India vs Australia 1st ODI at Chepauk

Kelly Massey
September 18, 2017

Australia may turn back to Travis Head to partner David Warner at the top of the order for Sunday's first ODI against India in Chennai.

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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.

Think less about an impending three-figure mark and it might mean that you will reach the milestone more often than not, is India captain Virat Kohli's mantra while batting.

Aaron Finch will miss out owing to a calf injury. Australia have struggled to recapture those glory days that had seen them capture that World Cup under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. Against Sri Lanka, Rahul was given the first option to make the position his own, but he didn't fire in three games.

Here are the four things in focus for the five-match series against Australia. "There'll always be competition for a particular spot". And he is someone who needs to be backed because we believe that he has the ability. KL is an outstanding talent, he has proved himself in all formats.

Australia have handed Hilton Cartwright a one-day worldwide debut in the series-opener against India in Chennai. Peter Handscomb, who joined the squad on Saturday, however is available and the team management will take a final call on Sunday. There isn't much that separates the two sides on paper.

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In a massive number of players who come out to practice and the good enough players generally picked to play, the India is having talented Cricketers' like, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami they are on the bench.

Brief Scores: India 281/7 (Hardik Pandya 83, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 79, Kedar Jadhav 40, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/44, Marcus Stoinis 2/54) vs Australia.

Chahal ended Maxwell's 18-ball blitz and went on to claim two more wickets as India triumphed despite dropping three catches which could have cost them dearly in such a small chase.

The 22-year-old Kuldeep is likely to pair up with Chahal at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium with left-arm spinner Axar Patel nursing a sprained ankle and replaced by Ravindra Jadeja. The former skipper played 88 balls.

MS Dhoni was dismissed for just the second time in his last nine innings; as a result, Dhoni has an average of 89.6 in ODI cricket in 2017, the highest of any player to record at least five innings with the bat.

While Australia captain Steve Smith is already focusing on Kuldeep in the first game, Kohli hinted at unleashing two wrist spinners in Chennai.

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