Play resumes in 1st ODI, Australia set

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2017

That nothing was learnt from the two dismissals showed in Manish Pandey's attempt to get off the mark in style. Later collects two in the penultimate delivery.

A enormous clash is on the cards when ambitious India take on the present World Champions Australia on Sunday (September 17) in the five-match one-day global series-opener in Chennai.

India were all over the hapless Sri Lankans in the latter's own den without having to break sweat.

Overall, MS becomes the 14th player to score 100 fifties across all three formats of worldwide cricket (ODIs, Tests, and T20Is).

Australia is now ranked number two in the ODI rankings while India is just one spot under them.

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

It won't be smooth sailing for the visitors, though, by any stretch of imagination.

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The "Aussies" dominate India across formats, when it comes to head-to-head numbers.

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has added another feather to his illustrious cap as he completed the century of the fifties in global cricket. However, it would be without the services of its specialised opener Shikhar Dhawan in the first three outings.

Maxwell managed to bring the mounting required run-rate down but legspinner Chahal's flighted delivery did the trick for India, as the Australian holed one to Manish Pandey at long on. KL Rahul is also an option. Ravindra Jadeja, originally rested from the series, has been drafted as a cover. Touted as "mystery spinners" by the team-mates, Kuldeep and Chahal would be banked upon to provide the breakthroughs in the middle of the game. And also the players involved in the series, you know, that becomes more exciting and players are more pumped up to win games and outdo each other.

"Yeah, obviously we got ourselves into a good position".

We have to make sure we need guys who are more than 100% fit. The stylish left-hander David Warner is a threat against any bowling unit, Steve Smith is one of the modern day greats and the Virat Kohli versus Steve Smith rivalry will inevitably be a USP of the series; in particular Smith loves scoring runs against the Indians. It is being wrapped only in learning, as proof by their comeback in Bangladesh Tests. They fought back to triumph convincingly in the second rubber.

This was the Baroda all-rounder's career-best ODI score, surpassing the 76, which he belted against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final in England, earlier this year.

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