Firstly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya’s blistering batting and then the brutal attack from the Indian bowlers, these were the key elements which worked against Australia in the first ODI of the series. Team India defeated the Aussies by 26 runs (by DLS method) in Chennai. Hardik Pandya bagged the man of the match for his phenomenal performance with the bat and two wickets he had taken.

India won the toss and elected to bat first. Despite losing early wickets, Indian cricket Team bravely posted a tough total of 281 runs in 50 overs. Later, the game was affected by rain and the number of overs were reduced for Australia. The guests needed 164 runs to win from 21 overs. However, they fell short by 26 runs and lost the game.

Here are the highlights of India vs Australia 1st ODI in Chennai:

22:10 IST Jasprit Bumrah brings up the last over of the match. Bumrah to Faulkner, no run but the ball kisses Faulkner’s bat and lands in Dhoni’s gloves. Is it a catch? Umpire needs to check it out with the TV umpire and he gives it not out. A run out miss and then a dropped catch from Jadhav. We need to wait till the last bowl. 7 runs off the over and India win by 36 runs (DLS)

22:05 IST Adam Zampa, last man to bat, comes in at number 11. 5 runs from the over and a wicket, AUS: 130/9 after 20 overs, need 34 runs from 6 balls

22:02 IST Wicket Coulter-Nile c Kedar Jadhav b Bhuvneshwar 2(5)

22:00 IST Bhuvi continues and gives away a run off the first ball. Bhuvi to Coulter-Nile and it’s a wide.

21:59 IST Bumrah is the new bowler and Faulkner welcomes him with a four. 2 singles came off the next 2 balls. 7 runs from the over, AUS: 125/8 after 19 overs, need 39 runs from 12 balls

21:55 IST Chahal continues and removes Cummins off the first ball. Nathan Coulter-Nile comes to bat at number 10 while Faulkner hits a huge six off the second ball. 3 singles more came from the over. AUS: 118/8 after 18 overs, need 46 from 18 balls

21:52 IST Wicket Pat Cummins c Bumrah b Chahal 9(7) [4s-1]

21:51 IST Bhuvneshwar is back and bowls to Faulkner and he takes 3 runs to long on. Bhuvi to Cummins and a single came off the second ball. After another single, Cummins hit Bhuvi for a four. 12 from the over, AUS: 109/7 after 17 overs, need 55 runs off 24 balls

21:46 IST Excellent over from Chahal, 6 runs and a wicket. AUS: 94/7 after 16 overs

21:44 IST WICKET Wade st Dhoni b Chahal 9(11) [4s-1]

21:44 IST Chahal continues and bowls to Faulkner, no run off the first ball. Faulkner tossed up the next ball in the air but Chahal misses the catch and gives a life to him. Chahal to Wade, and he is out. MS Dhoni stumps out his Aussie counterpart.

21:40 IST Pandya comes back and bowls to Wade, 2 runs came off the first ball. Wade drives the next ball towards the cover and takes a quick single. Pandya to Faulkner and 2 runs were taken off the third delivery. Another single off the next ball. Australians need to shift the gear now if they wanna take the game home. Now, a wide. Pandya to Wade and no runs as the ball hits Wade’s helmet. No damage though! 7 from the over, AUS: 91/6 after 15 overs, need 73 to win off 36 balls

21:35 IST Chahal brings in his next over and bowls to Faulkner, 1 run off the first ball. Chahal to Wade Chahal drops the catch. Wade gets a life and hits a four off the next delivery. No run off the next bowl but MS shouts for LBW, umpire says no. Another single off the next and a dot to end the over. AUS: 84/6 after 14 overs

21:32 IST James Faulkner and Mathew Wade are the new batsmen and Aus need 87 off 50 balls. Kuldeep Yadav is back on track after a costly last over and removes Marcus Stoinis. 2 from the over, AUS: 78/6 after 13 overs

21:30 IST Wicket Stoinis c (sub)Jadeja b Kuldeep Yadav 3(10)

21:26 IST WICKET Maxwell c M Pandey b Chahal 39(18) [4s-3 6s-4]

21:25 IST Chahal continues and bowls to Stoinis and one run came off the first ball. Chahal to Maxwell and drives towards square leg. Indians appeal for a catch but TV umpire gives it not out after referring the replay. No run off the next two deliveries. Chahal to Maxwell again and this time it’s a six towards the deep mid wicket again.

21:19 IST Kuldeep to Maxwell and he goes for a reverse sweep but couldn’t connect. No runs off it. Kuldeep to Maxwell and he pulls it off for a boundary. Kuldeep to Maxwell and a big six to deep mid wicket and another six towards the straight off the next ball. 16 runs off the first 4 balls and two more to go. Another six towards the deep mid wicket again and one ball to spare. Kuldeep to Maxwell, no run but Dhoni grabs it successfully and dislodge the bails. 22 runs from the over, AUS: 69/4 after 11 overs

21:16 IST Bowler changes and Yuzvendra Chahal comes into bowl. Chahal to Stoinis, the ball turns and starts with a horror half-tracker. Chahal to Stoinis, no runs while Dhoni appeals for a stumping chance. TV umpire referred and it’s not out as Stoinis grounded his feet. No runs off the first 5 balls and a double to end the over. 2 form the over, AUS: 47/4 after 10 overs

21:11 IST Hardik Pandya continues and Marcus Stoinis is the new man in. It’s a virtual Kings XI Punjab vs India now. Pandya to Maxwell and no runs off the first two balls. Pandya to Maxwell and he take a couple of runs. It was knuckle ball from Pandya while Maxwell drove it towards mid-on. Two back to back fours and a dot ball to end the over. 10 from the over, AUS: 45/4 after 9 overs

21:07 WICKET Warner c Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 25(28) [4s-2]

21:06 IST Kuldeep Yadav to Warner, drags it to short of leg and takes a couple of runs. Another couple of runs off the second ball. Warner it on his toe at this time but need a support at the other end too. No runs off the next 3 balls and Warner’s inning comes to an end at the last delivery. Warber gets caught behind as the ball turned too sharply to bamboozle the Aussie opener.

21:02 IST Glenn Maxwell come in to bat at number 5. 6 runs and a wicket from the over, AUS: 31/3 after 7 overs

21:00 IST WICKET Head c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 5(6)

20:59 IST Pandya continues with his over and bowls to Head. One run off the first ball and Warnes takes two off the next ball. Warner takes another single off the third. Catch it was the call form Pandya it’s short of Kuldeep who was at the short fine leg. Next ball, Pandya to Head, and he is out.

20:58 IST Here comes the spin attack and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has the ball. On the other hand, Travis Head is the new man in to bat at number 4. 5 runs came from the over, AUS: 25/2 after 6 overs

20: 52 IST Wicket Smith c Bumrah b Hardik Pandya 1(5)

20:49 IST Bowler changes and Hardik Pandya replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Pandya to Warner and a single came off the first ball. No runs off the next ball while Smith takes a single off the third ross-seamer on middle and leg. 3 runs came off the fourth ball. Pandya to Smith, no run but the ball hits Smiths pads. Big appeal from the Indias but umpires say no. Virat Kohli takes the review and unlucky Indians, the TV umpire says, it’s field umpire’s call. Smith escapes. Pandya to Smith, now the Aussie are unlucky. Smith departs for 1 as Bumrah takes a great catch.

20:45 IST Steven Smith comes at number 3. AUS: 15/1 after 4 overs

20:44 IST WICKET Cartwright b Bumrah 1(8)

20:42 IST Bumrah is back and bowls the first to Cartwright. A single came off the first ball and then two dot balls. Warner doesn’t want to miss more balls, thus takes a single off the fourth and gives the strike to Cartwright. Bumrah to Cartwright, back of a length delivery and Cartwright is clean bowled.

20:40 IST Bhuvi is back into the attack with his 2nd over and bowls to Warner. A single to start the over. A knuckle ball from Bhuvui and Warner pushes it towards the point.No runs off the next while Cartwright takes another single towards the slip. The ball took the outside edge of his bat and was stopped by Rohit at the slips. Another boundary form Warner off the next and 6 runs came from the over. AUS: 13/0 after 3 overs.

20:38 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, Warner on strike, FOUR! He hits that one down the gro the nd, first boundary of the innings. He takes a single off the next ball. Cartwright on strike, he plays the back of the length delivery towards midwicket, a dot ball. Next ball, the ball goes past the outside edge, a dot ball. The next one goes down the leg side, Bumrah with a half-hearted appeal, the ball brushed the batsman’s pads on that occasion. He plays the next one towards point, another dot ball. AUS 7/0 in 2 overs

20:28 IST Bhuvi to Warner, no runs off the first 2 balls and then a wide. Bhuvi continues his good bowling and concedes only 1 more off the last ball. 2 from the over, AUS: 2/0 after 1 over

20:27 IST The rain has gone and the chase begins. David Warner and Hilton Cartwright are at the crease while Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack.

20:23 IST And after hours of wait, the game is about to begin. The game has been reduced to 21 overs where Australia need 164 runs to win

20:02 IST Reportedly, the covers are off again. The final decision by the field umpires are still awaited.

19:45 IST No relief from the rain. The covers are still on

19:29 IST  This time the drizzle is bit heavy. The Indian players have left the field while both the Australian openers – David Warner and Hilton Cartwright have returned to the dressing room.

19:22 IST The weather is playing the game of hide-n-seek. It’s drizzling again and covers are on again.

19:18 IST Good news for the fans. The covers are off and the Indian players are out on the field.

19:00 IST The covers were off for a while but unfortunately, they are back. Stay tuned for more updates.

18:15 IST Rain has affected the game and the ground staff are trying their best to dry the outfield!


17:25 IST After 50 overs, IND: 281/7, Australia need 282 runs to win

17:24 IST WICKET Dhoni c Warner b Faulkner 79(88) [4s-4 6s-2]

17:20 IST Last over of the inning, Faulkner to Dhoni and it’s a four and a NO BALL. 5 runs off the first ball and a free hit. No runs off the next but Dhoni tears apart Faulkner’s next delivery. Inside out and a huge six towards. long off. 11 runs off 2 balls and 4 more to go. Faulkner to Dhoni and it’s a miss. Faulkner to Dhoni again and MS Dhoni is caught by David Warner at the long off.

17:16 IST Cummins brings up his final over and starts off with two dot balls. A single off the third and MS Dhoni gets the strike. Cummins to Dhoni, 1 runs to the backward point. Bhuvi gets a life as he gets dropped t he covers. 4 from the Over, IND: 266/6 after 49 overs

17:11 IST Faulker is back into the attack and MS Dhoni charges him for a four towards the fine leg off the third ball. Faulkner to MS, a dot ball and then a biggie. The ball goes into the crowd and it’s a six. First six by MS Dhoni. A superb four towards the fine leg to end the over. IND: 262/6 after 48 overs

17:06 IST Cummins continues and Bhuvi takes a single to give the strike to Dhoni. Cummins to Dhoni, 1 run and Dhoni brings up his 66th ODI fifty. 50 runs off 75 balls. What a batting from Dhoni. From 64/4 to 242/7, Dhoni batted all along to uplift the situations. And now Bhuvi punching the balls hard. 6 from the over, IND: 246/6 after 47 overs

17:00 IST Coulter-Nile with his last over and now Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ruining his bowling. Two back-to-back fours and then a double. MS Dhoni on 49 and has the strike. 1 run away from his 66th ODI fifty. Not in this over though. 12 from the over, IND: 240/6 after 46 overs

16:55 IST Marcus Stoinis with his last over and Bhuvi has the strike. No runs off the first ball but he pulls off again for a boundary towards the mid-on. Stoinis to Bhuvi, a dot ball but a big appeal from the bowler and keeper. Umpire says no and the Aussies take the review. Not out says the TV umpire and Australia loses a review. Dhoni is on 47 and has the strike now. A wide from Stoinis and an extra run to the Indians. 7 runs from the over, IND: 228/6 after 45 overs

16:51 IST Coulter-Nile continues and Dhoni smashes him for a boundary off the third delivery. 8 runs from the over, IND: 227/6 after 44 overs

16:47 IST Adam Zampa with his last over. Zampa to Dhoni, 1 run came off it. Zampa to Bhuvi and he pulls it away for a fiery shot. A boundary off the fourth ball. 7 overs from the over, IND: 213/6 after 43 overs

16:44 IST Coulter-Nile has been brought into the attack and Dhoni has the strike and takes a single off the first delivery. Coulter-Nile to Bhuvi, no runs off the next three deliveries. 1 from the over, IND: 206/6 after 42 overs

16:42 IST Pandya’s dangerous inning comes to an end while Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in at number 8. IND: 205/6 after 41 overs

16:40 IST WICKET H Pandya c Faulkner b Zampa 83(66) [4s-5 6s-5]

16:38 IST Final powerplay and Zampa comes into the attack. Dhoni takes a single off the first delivery and now, Pandya has the strike. Third ball, Zampa to Pandya and another huge six. The ball has gone into the crowd towards the long-on.

16:33 IST Stonis comes with his 9th over and Pandya welcomes him with a whopping six towards the long-on. 3 singles taken after that humungous six and 9 runs came off 4 balls. 12 from the over, IND: 198/5 after 30 overs

16:29 IST Faulkner into the attack and the crowd is cheering for Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni. Suddenly the crowd has become energetic. 2 runs came off the first 3 balls and another single taken by Dhoni off the 4th. Faulkner to Pandya, pulled away for a boundary. Pandya remains the only Indian batter to hit sixes in this game so far. 8 runs from the over, IND: 186/5 from 39 overs

16:24 IST Patt Cummins comes to bowl but there is stopping fro Pandya anymore. Hits another four to Cummins and moves on to 63 off 54 balls. He changed the game completely with those 3 sixes. 6 runs from the over, IND: 178/5 after 38 overs

16:18 IST Zampa comes into the attack and Dhoni welcomes him with a single. Zampa to Panda and it’s a four between mid-off and mid-on. A humungous six off the next ball. Pandya is getting back on the track and scores his 3rd ODI fifty. What a sudden comeback by the Indians, credit goes to Pandya’s monstrous batting. 4,6,6,6  and one more ball to go. Hattrick of sixes again by Pandya. A single to finish the over. 24 from the over, IND: 172/5 after 37 overs

16:15 IST Pat Cummins is back and bowls to Pandya and concedes a run. Cummins to Dhoni, a dot ball followed by a single. 2 from the over, IND: 148/5 after 36 overs

16:11 IST Zamapa again starts the over with a dot ball. Pandya and Dhoni are rotating the strike continuously and adding runs to the board. 3 singles from the over, IND: 146/5 after 35 overs

16:08 IST Stoinis to Dhoni, 1 run towards the third man. Pandya takes another single off the next ball. Stoinis to Dhoni, 1 run again and Pandya gets the strike. 55 runs partnership brewed up between these two batsmen. 4 from the over, IND: 143/5 after 34 overs

16:05 IST Aussies are back with the spin attack and Zampa comes to bowl.  6 singles taken off the six balls, IND: 139/5 after 33 Overs

16:00 IST Marcus Stoinis is back and gives away a boundary as bye runs. An uppercut played by Pandya to steal a single and finish the over. IND: 133/5 after 32 Overs

13:55 IST Once attack continues and James Faulkner comes with his 7th over. 3 runs came off the first two balls and then a single off the next delivery. India desperately need a few boundaries right now. 4 runs from the over, India 125/5 after 31 overs

13:52 IST Coulter-Nile To Pandya. No runs off the first ball but a single was taken from the next. Coulter-Nile to Dhoni and he takes a quick single towards point. Pandya gets the strike back and pushes the ball for another single. 3 runs from the over, IND: 121/5 after 30 Overs

15:43 IST Faulkner continues with his sixth over. A good over so far as no runs conceded in 5 balls. And ends the over with a dot. Another maiden over from the Aussies, IND: 118/5 after 29 overs

15:40 IST Coulter-Nile to Hardik Pandya, no runs off the first ball. The second delivery takes the edge of Pandya’s bat and carries to captain Smith in the first slip. But Smith misses it and it goes for 4. Another couple of runs off the next delivery. 8 runs from the over, IND 118/5 after 28 overs

15:36 IST Jame s Faulkner to Pandya, 1 run off the first ball. Faulkner to Dhoni, no runs off the next two deliveries. 3 runs from the over, IND: 110/5 after 27 overs

15:31 IST Marcus Stoinis into the attack again. Stoinis to Pandya and 2 runs came off the first ball and single from the second. Dhoni gets the strike and no runs off the 3rd and 4th. 3 runs off the first four balls and 2 more deliveries to go. 3 from the over, IND: 107/5 after 26 overs

15:26 IST Faulker comes back into the attack. Dhoni on strike and takes a single off the first ball. Faulkner to Pandya and no runs off the next two deliveries. Takes a single off the next ball. 2 runs from the over, IND: 104/5 after 25 overs

15:22 IST Stoinis is back while Dhoni has the strike. After a dot ball, Dhoni drove the second delivery towards the straight and takes a triple. Pandya gets the strike and after two dot balls, hits a four to the third man. A superb uppercut from Pandya which hints he is getting on the track. 7 from the over, IND: 102/5 after 24 overs

15:19 IST Zampa brings up his 5th over and bowls to Dhoni. A single taken off the first ball and Pandya takes the strike. Pandya returns the strike to MS and two runs came off the next ball. 1 run more came from the over, IND: 95/5 after 23 overs

15:16 IST Hardik Pandya comes in at number 7. Stinis struck again and removed set batsman Kedar Jadhav. 4 balls, 3 runs and wicket. A good over so far by Stoinis. And then delivers a wide, an extra run to the struggling Indian team. Stoinis to Pandya and a dot. Last bowl, Stoinis to Pandya and a dot again. IND: 90/5 after 22 overs

15:14 IST WICKET Kedar Jadhav c Cartwright b Stoinis 40(54) [4s-5]

15:08 IST Zampa continues and bowls to Jadhav. No runs off the first ball but a single taken off the next. 2 runs from the first 4 balls and a dot again to end the over. 2 runs from it, IND: 86/4 after 21 overs

15:04 IST Pat Cummins into the attack and 4 runs till the fifth ball. A dot ball to end the over and IND: 84/4 after 20 overs

15:00 IST Zampa comes into the attack and concedes 3 runs in the over, IND: 80/4 after 19 overs

14:56 IST Cummins to Dhoni and he takes a single off it. Jadhav on strike now and no run off the second ball. Cummins to Jadhav and 4 runs towards the third man area. 6 from the over, IND: 77/4 after 18 overs

14:53 IST MS Dhoni is in at number 6 and the entire stadium chants his name. ‘THALA’ is out to back. Zampa to Dhoni and he takes a couple of runs off the first ball. 3 runs off the first two balls and now Jadhav on strike. Zampa to Kedar Jadhav and he hits a boundary after two dot balls. 7 from the over, IND: 71/4 after 17 overs

14:50 IST WICKET  Rohit c Coulter-Nile b Stoinis 28(44) [4s-3], IND: 64/4 after 16 overs

14:47 IST Stoinis to Jadhav and a single was taken off the first ball. Rohit gets the strike and scores no run off the next two balls. Stoinis to Rohit and it’s a four to deep backward point.

14:44 IST Spin attack brought in, Adam Zampa to Rohit, no run off the first ball and neither from the second. Zampa to Rohit again, and a quick single was taken. Just  runs came off the over, IND: 59/3 after 15 overs

15:37 IST Stoinis comes into attack and bowls to Jadhav, 1 run came off the first ball. Rohit takes a quick single off the next ball while Jadhav takes another off the third delivery. 6 singles taken from the 6 balls and IND: 57/3 after 14 overs. Drinks Break

14:32 IST Jame Faulkner to Rohit and a leg bye. 1 run came off the first ball. Faulkner to Jadhav and he cuts the ball for a four towards the deep backward point. A single taken off the next ball and now Rohit Has the strike. 4th ball, Faulkner to Sharma, no runs. Faulkner to Sharma and he punches the ball towards the boundary. ANother 4 from the over. 10 runs from the over, IND: 51/3 after 13 overs

14:27 IST Marcus Stoinis is the new bowler inducted by Steve Smith. Stoinis to Sharma and a single was taken off the first ball. A good over delivered by Stoinis. 3 runs form the over, IND: 41/3 after 12 overs

14:23 IST Faulkner to Rohit. A good length ball and no runs came off it. A single came off the second and Jadhav gets the strike. Faulkner to Jadhav and no runs off the 3rd and 4th ball. And a no-ball again by the Aussies and another free hit to the Indians. 4 Runs from the over, IND: 38/3 after 11 overs

14:18 IST Coulter-Nile continues and bowls to Jadhav. No run came off the first four balls and then ba biggie hit by Jadhav. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t cross the fence due to the slow outfield and a single was taken. A couple of runs to end the over, IND: 34/3 after 10 overs

14:15 IST Change in bowling and here comes James Faulkner while Rohit welcomes him with a boundary. A quick single took off the next delivery and 2 consecutive dots. India have lost 3 early wickets and now, these two players need to settle down and score runs. Jadhav takes a single to mid wicket and a dot ball off the last ball. IND: 30/3 after 9 overs

14:10 IST Coulter-Nile to Rohit and a dot ball to start with. After three dot balls, Rohit takes a quick single off the fourth. Just 1 run off the over, IND: 24/3 after 8 overs

14:05 IST Kedar Jadhav is the new man in while Patt Cummins brought back to attack. Cummins to Rohit and a quick single took off the first ball. Jadhav hits a boundary off the 3rd ball in front of square on the on-side. Another quick single by Jadhav off the 5th delivery. 6 runs from the over so far and now the last ball. Cummins to Sharma and just a single. IND: 23/3 after 7 overs

14:02 IST The Australians are on fire now. 3 wickets and no runs off 14 balls. And now Rohit smashes a four. The first boundary for India. A good over by Coulter-Nile, IND: 16/3 after 6 overs

14:00 IST M Pandey c Wade b Coulter-Nile 0(2)

13:58 IST Manish Pandey comes at number 4. Coulter-Nile started the over with a wicket and removes Virat Kohli for a duck. The Aussies are building pressure on the Indians. Coulter-Nile to Pandey, no shot, Mathew Wade grabs the ball and appeals. Umpires say no and the Aussies go for a review.

13:57 IST WICKET Kohli c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 0(4)

13:52 IST Cummins continues and bowls to Rohit, no runs off the first balls. India need to shift the gear soon as the run rate is pretty low – 2.36. No runs off the 5th ball as well and another dot ball to end the over. Maiden Over. IND: 11/1 after 5 overs.

13:51 IST Virat Kohli comes in at number 3. IND: 11/1 after 4 overs

13:48 IST WICKET  Rahane c Wade b Coulter-Nile 5(15)

13:45 IST Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack again. Nathan to Rahane, no run off the first ball and then a no-ball. Umpire signals free hit. Nathan Coulter-Nile to Rahane again and missed. No runs off it again.

13:42 IST Pat Cummins continues while Rahane has the strike. A couple of runs taken by Rahane after missing first two deliveries. And then a wide after the 4th ball. The Indian batters are looking for a boundary now. Cummins to Rohit, last bowl and Rohit pulls it off. Didn’t cross the boundary, only 2 runs of it. IND: 10/0 after 3 overs

13:36 IST Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack and starts the over with a dot ball. Coulter-Nile has been bowling a good over so far, no runs off the first 4 balls. Rahane seems to be struggling a bit facing the Aussie speedster. Just one run from the over, IND: 4/0 after 2 overs

13:32 IST Cummins to Rahane and first run comes on the board. A quick single by Rahane to start the game. Good piece of bowling from Cummins as no runs came of the next 4 balls. Last ball and two runs off it. IND: 3/0 after 1 overs

13:27 IST  The game begins in Chennai. Rahane and Rohit are out to open the Indian innings and Pat Cummins brings the first over.

13:06 IST The playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa

13:04 IST From the Australian side, Ashton Agar, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Kane Richardson will miss out. Hilton Cartwright will make his ODI debut while James Faulkner is back and so is Nathan Coulter-Nile.

13:02 IST In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane comes in the Indian playing XI and will bat up the order. Ravindra Jadeja has been rested while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendr Chahal are the two spinners to play today.

12:59 IST Toss time. Both the captains are out and Kohli flips the coin. INDIA WIN TOSS AND OPT TO BAT FIRST

 

Let’s have look at the pitch:

From the dugouts:

Team India played a phenomenal cricket in the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour and it will be expected from them to continue the momentum. The players are in good forms, however, India may miss Shikhar Dhawan who will not be available for the first three ODIs. In such a case, it will be a good opportunity for Ajinkya Rahane to bat up the order and show his skills.

After a long time MS Dhoni, Chennai’s ‘THALA’, is back to his second home which will make the local crowd more excited. His form has been outstanding in the last series where he set and broke several world records.

Surprisingly, Ravindra Jadeja is back in the team and has replaced injured Axar Patel. Now the team will have one of its experienced spinners to bamboozle the Aussies.

As far as the Australian side is concerned, Steve Smith wishes that spin should be the key factor in Chennai. Especially during the middle overs when there will be a need to slow down the proceedings and could end up naming just two fast bowlers – Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile – in the line-up. Smith could try out with Ashton Agar, Head and Glenn Maxwell who have worked enough in the nets

James Faulkner has also returned to the squad after missing out the Champions Trophy 2017.

Also, Hilton Cartwright may get the opportunity to make his debut and open the inning with David Warner at the top until Aaron Finch recovers from his calf injury.

Squad:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yazuvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (WK), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Peter Handscomb, Aaron Finch.

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