Pandya's knock was the game-changer, says Kohli


Hilton Cartwright will make his one-day worldwide debut and Australia will bowl first in the first ODI against India in Chennai.

Pandya's stay at the crease included five fours and five sixes, whilst MS Dhoni scored 79 runs.

Once the rain finally relented, Australia were set a revised total of 164 to win off 21 overs, but they didn't get off to a good start as Cartwright was clean bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for one run. Glenn Maxwell (39 off 18) and James Faulkner (32 not out off 25) did their best to keep the contest alive, but Stoinis (3), Matthew Wade (9), Pat Cummins (9) and Coulter-Nile (2) departed at regular intervals to stunt any momentum the tourists tried to build.

Opting to bat first, India made what could be termed as the worst start to their innings, losing their first three wickets of just 11 runs. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up figures of 3-44, striking three times in the space of seven balls.

However, it was the ex-captain cool MS Dhoni and the rising star Hardik Pandya who were there to save the day. "Obviously we can not control the weather, but we were outplayed by India tonight". For the visitors, NM Coulter-Nile took three wickets.

"I did think about it (changing the order)".

"Hardik Pandya's one I couldn't quite get my hands underneath of it unfortunately".

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As soon as the broadcaster aired the visuals, Twitter and other social media platforms were flooded with photos and videos accompanied by comments praising the former Indian skipper.

Indian cricket board is liable to play Pakistan for a series for it committed to earlier however, a repeated refusal has been the stance ever since the vow. India wanted wickets from them and they have given that.

Smith also believes Australia spinner Adam Zampa has to respond, after taking a beating against Pandya whose 83-run blitz took India to 281-7 in 50 overs.

The hard-hitting all-rounder perished a short time later, out caught off Zampa.

Dhoni also hit two sixes in his marvellous innings on Sunday. To make matters worse, Smith endured a rare off day in the field, reprieving Rohit Sharma early on and then, more importantly, dropping Hardik when he had only 13 on the board. In doing so, he crossed 4000 ODI runs on Indian soil, becoming only the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to do so. The bowler, Chahal pushed a ball wide to Wade, who was premeditating and Dhoni grabbed it and took the bails off in a flash to get rid of the Australian keeper.

Although, we don't have any idea about who will play or who don't but looking at the current perspectives, India's chance of winning the world cup is sky-rocket.