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January 24 2018, 01:55 | Sammy Rose
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In case skipper Kohli prefers to give Jadeja, who has been resting for a while, some time to get back into the groove, he has the option of playing both the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The tourists ended on 9-137. At the end of 21 overs, the team from Down Under amassed 137 runs at the loss of nine wickets and ergo lost in the rain-truncated first ODI by 26 runs owing to DLS method, their first defeat at Chepauk.
The Aussie skipper has been continuing to pile-up the runs in global cricket, especially in Tests.
"Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer".
KL Rahul might have had his share of struggles ODI's but Kohli is confident that he will come good at No 4 slot.
Adding to it, this was also Kohli's 50th worldwide win as a captain and ergo equalled Rahul Dravid's tally.
In reply, the visitors had to wait for two hours to start their shortened chase as constant drizzle threatened to spoil the contest. "I obviously dropped one early and one that sort of yorked me as well - the Hardik Pandya's one, I couldn't get my hands underneath it". Hilton Cartwright is making his debut.
Later, Pandya took the crucial wickets of Steve Smith and Travis Head to finish with 2-28 in a man-of-the-match performance.
India have officially started looking at and building for the World Cup in England in 2019.
"160 with one new ball would have made things easier". Was the same for us. When you are playing 20 overs, you don't have a great deal of time to make things up.
AUSTRALIA: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Hilton Cartwright, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.
During his stint with the franchise, Dhoni had lead CSK to two IPL and one Champions League T20 titles. Competition for places is good, but beyond a point when answers are not found, it can get tricky.
"Kuldeep is very good".
Expectation: The pitch is smooth with some attractive surroundings, but Smith said that the pitch is too soft and tender. Tendulkar has repeatedly credited Dhoni and his team mates for helping him realise his dream of winning a World Cup for the country.
The duo thwarted the Australian bowling with some stubborn batting before Pandya let loose to take the attack to the opposition. India were 148 for 5 at that stage and the pressure was on Pandya and Dhoni, who were trying to rebuild the innings. Also, it's vital for a quality ODI side that one of their top six is able to bowl six to eight overs; there too, Pandya is the only legitimate choice.
As for the series itself, both teams are dependant on their stalwarts and both go in without two of the hardest hitting openers Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch, though the latter may recover from his calf injury resting for a couple of games.