India Beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth Lewis method

India Beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth Lewis method

Zampa collects a single off the first ball of the over.

The men-in-blue will now face the Kangaroos at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. WSide off the third delivery.

When rain arrived between innings, reducing Australia's allotment of overs to 21 and their target to 164, the time afforded to Dhoni and Pandya was sheared away from the touring middle order.

Chennai: Hardik Pandya produced a scintillating all-round show while Mahendra Singh Dhoni also slammed a patient half-century as India beat Australia by 26 runs in a rain-curtailed match at Chepauk Stadium on Sunday.With this comprehensive victory, Virat Kohli and his boys have taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series.

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

The last time the Australians played a bilateral ODI series in India in 2013, the hosts won seven-match series 3-2.

Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile is likely to partner Pat Cummins with the new ball, while leg-spinner Adam Zampa is Australia's front-line tweaker.

At home, India have been rampant over the a year ago of so winning against New Zealand and England 3-2 and 2-1 respectively in the 50-over format. Shikhar Dhawan is unavailable for India and the hard-hitting Aaron Finch is unlikely to feature for the visitors due to a calf injury.

Indian cricket is now going through a wonderful phase and in terms of batsmanship and craftsmanship we have Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Kannur Lokesh Rahul and the most obvious Rohit "the hitman" Sharma. KL Rahul is also an option. Peter Handscomb, who joined the squad on Saturday, however is available and the team management will take a final call on Sunday. However the Aussies are well aware of what threat wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal can pose for them. Given his rich experience of first-class cricket, he can only talk about what the Indian spinners can throw at them in the ODIs. You never know what's coming out of their hand. We were trying too many things, too many slower balls.

"There hasn't just been that focus on spin bowling, that's for sure". India has learnt flat pitches, small boundaries, two new balls and also the dew factor have made it hard for classical finger spinners and wrist spinners are the best wicket-taking options through the middle overs.

Kohli, the world's best one-day batsman, had been dismissed for a duck against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy in June, which was his first ODI duck since August 2014.

Former Captain MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya took India from a very tough situation to the respectful score of 281 where Pandya scored 83 and Dhoni scored 79 runs respectively.



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