India vs Australia 1st ODI 2017: IND to Opt Bat First

Emilio Banks
September 18, 2017

David Warner heads back to the pavilion as rain stops play in Chennai.

Kedar Jadhav was tried in the series against England and he did a splendid job, scoring a century at Pune and nearly pulling off a win in the third ODI at Kolkata. Australia's strength in the ODI game can give some opportunity to India to showcase their talents. I think it's up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions that the team requires him to do.

Hardik Pandya is a finisher for the team India. Every bilateral series leading up to a World Cup must be viewed as an exercise for teams to find out things they didn't know already, to try new players and to adopt new strategies.

Pandya, then, returned with the ball and bagged two of the most important Aussie wickets, that of Steve Smith and Travis Head to cap off a ideal day on the field. He's someone who you have to watch really closely.

It has, however, been the 50-over format that has seen some of Australia's worst cricket in recent times, especially away from home where they have lost their last eight fully completed matches, last managing a win against Ireland in September of 2016, hardly a banner result. And Kohli said India once again today proved how good their lower-middle was. So the pitch cans quickly absorbed the Chennai hit here. We can't control the weather (the DLS method coming into picture due to rain).

"If you look to bat in one position in all formats, it becomes hard for the team to find the right balance. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers", Kohli said.

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# India have won the toss and have opted to bat first. While Rahul will be bat later as he is in the No. 4 spot.

Left-arm spinner Patel sprained his left ankle during a practice session on the eve of the first ODI. While pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are back to face Australia, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to be rested.

Australia, meanwhile, will be sweating over the fitness of their opener Aaron Finch.

Maxwell had dropped a far simpler catch in nearly the exact same spot on the ground in Australia's warm-up match on Tuesday, but he held on when it mattered today.

Earlier, West Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile made a dream start to his first worldwide match since June a year ago with a sensational opening spell in Sunday's series-opener. He did it in the two matches against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, off Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, against Sri Lanka's Malinda Pushpakumara in a Test, and Adam Zampa in this match.

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