Australia engage local Indian spinner to foil Yadav threat

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2017

India beat Australia 2-1 earlier this year in a controversial Test series, played in such a hostile atmosphere that Kohli said at the end he didn't consider Australian cricketers as his "friends" any longer. People tend to focus on the said individuals, but can this summit be about Rohit Sharma, who is creating a niche for himself, and can he finally get out of the shadows of the more illustrious Virat Kohli?

Given the strengths and weaknesses of both the teams, the first match becomes all the more crucial and will generate some kind of momentum going into the further matches. There was some overnight rain but forecast for the day is quite pleasant.

The fact that Kerala chinaman bowler K.K. Jiyas flew in to help the Aussies practice on Friday is a clear indication of how seriously the tourists are taking spin.

Rohit Sharma out for 28 runs from 43 balls.

What is even more remarkable is that since 2013, the right-handed opening batsman has scored over 1,100 runs at an average of 110 against the same opposition.

Test all-rounder Hilton Cartwright opened in Finch's absence in this week's warm-up game, but was dismissed for a second-ball duck. There isn't much that separates the two sides on paper.

This ODI series is gaining hype in light of the tension and controversy during the Test rubber earlier this year but Kohli isn't willing to indulge in it.

Pat Cummins will lead the Australia pace attack. But they get even more risky and we all saw that in their recently concluded Bangladesh tour.

In recent times, there has been talk of the Indian think-tank preparing for the ICC World Cup in 2019. He comes into the match at Chennai off the back of consecutive hundreds against Sri Lanka in the final two ODIs.

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Pandya looked to be on his way to a century, but he top-edged an attempted slog sweep to third man off Zampa to top score with 83 off 66 balls, including five sixes and five fours.

The master of chasing, he has excellent technique against both pacers and spinners alike.

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Kohli believes wrist spinners provide a great deal of surprise element and are very reliable. These are the best four Indian bowlers in the IPL.

It will be interesting to see how the Indians approach Zampa. It's hard to look at just one game.

Chennai: Virat Kohli is fast approaching the half-way mark of cricket's Mt. Everest - 100 worldwide centuries. Ravichandran Ashwin is still resting. But in the end, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets and two wickets each to take the target beyond Australia's reach. Unlike the run-fest inducing highways recently found in limited-overs matches on Indian soil, this was a type of surface wherein run-making could be a consternation.

Yadav against Smith will be one of most intriguing battles of the series.

However it will be the wrist spinner's duty to ensure that he picks up important wickets on the flat pitches.

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