Statement performance, victory by India

India innings (toss: India, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Rahane caught Wade, bowled Coulter-Nile 5 (15) 0 0 33.33
R Sharma caught Coulter-Nile, bowled Stoinis 28 (44) 3 0 63.63
V Kohli (C) caught Maxwell, bowled Coulter-Nile 0 (4) 0 0 0.00
M Pandey caught Wade, bowled Coulter-Nile 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
K Jadhav caught Cartwright, bowled Stoinis 40 (54) 5 0 74.07
MS Dhoni (WK) caught Warner, bowled Faulkner 79 (88) 4 2 89.77
H Pandya caught Faulkner, bowled Zampa 83 (66) 5 5 125.75
B Kumar not out 32 (30) 5 0 106.66
K Yadav not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras: 14 (3 no-balls, 5 wides, 2 leg byes and 4 byes)
India’s total: 281/7 in 50 overs, at 5.62 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 11/1 (Rahane, 3.3), 11/2 (Kohli, 5.1), 11/3 (Pandey, 5.3), 64/4 (Rohit, 15.6), 87/5 (Jadhav, 21.3), 205/6 (Pandya, 40.5), and 277/7 (Dhoni, 49.4)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
P Cummins 10 1 44 0 4.40
N Coulter-Nile 10 0 44 3 4.40
J Faulkner 10 1 67 1 6.70
M Stoinis 10 0 54 2 5.40
A Zampa 10 0 66 1 6.60
Australia innings (DLS target: 164 runs in 21 overs, at 7.80 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
D Warner caught Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 25 (28) 2 0 89.28
H Cartwright bowled Bumrah 1 (8) 0 0 12.50
S Smith (C) caught Bumrah, bowled Pandya 1 (5) 0 0 20.00
T Head caught Dhoni, bowled Pandya 5 (6) 0 0 83.33
G Maxwell caught Pandey, bowled Chahal 39 (18) 3 4 216.66
M Stoinis caught Jadeja (sub), bowled Kuldeep 3 (10) 0 0 30.00
M Wade (WK) stumped Dhoni, bowled Chahal 9 (10) 1 0 90.00
J Faulkner not out 32 (25) 1 1 128.00
P Cummins caught Bumrah, bowled Chahal 9 (7) 1 0 128.57
N Coulter-Nile caught Jadhav, bowled Bhuvneshwar 2 (5) 0 0 40.00
A Zampa not out 5 (4) 0 0 125.00
Extras: 6 (5 wides and 1 leg bye)
AUS’s total: 137/9 in 21 overs, at 6.52 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 15/1 (Cartwright, 3.5), 20/2 (Smith, 4.6), 29/3 (Head, 6.4), 35/4 (Warner, 7.6), 76/5 (Maxwell, 11.6), 76/6 (Stoinis, 12.3), 93/7 (Wade, 15.2), 109/8 (Cummins, 17.1), and 127/9 (Coulter-Nile, 19.2)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 4 0 25 1 6.25
J Bumrah 4 0 20 1 5.00
H Pandya 4 0 28 2 7.00
K Yadav 4 0 33 2 8.25
Y Chahal 5 0 30 3 6.00

India vs Australia 1st ODI, match report

Australia began the ODI leg of their tour of India 2017 with a disappointing 26-run defeat by D/L method. Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a dream opening spell after India had won the toss and chosen to bat first, reducing them to 11/3 in the sixth over with twin strikes of Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey for ducks in what was also his third over (he had also dismissed Rahane for 5, in the fourth over). While India had a 53-run partnership for the fourth wicket, between Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav, Australia struck again through Marcus Stoinis in the 16th over to get into the Indian middle order. Stoinis struck once more, in the 22nd over, removing Jadhav for 40 and putting his team firmly in control. India were 87/5 at this stage and an Indian fan could not have been blamed for fearing the worst.

But from an Australian perspective, one of the causes for disappointment will be the lack of penetration from James Faulkner and Adam Zampa and how they allowed the 1st ODI to drift. The over that changed the complexion of this match, given the circumstances, was the 37th: Zampa had bowled seven relatively tight overs (7-0-28-0) until this point and now was the time for Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni to make a move with the score at 148/5. Pandya had largely played within himself but he was the one to provide impetus to the Indian innings, with Dhoni holding one end up. And, off the second, third, fourth, and fifth deliveries of the 37th over, with a four and three towering sixes, Pandya provided the much-needed momentum.

The Australian bowlers had bowled so well and kept India under a tight leash, that one massive over (24 runs came in the 37th over) wasn’t going to alter the proceedings too much. But to ensure that India didn’t do significant late damage, Australia needed Faulkner and Zampa to provide them with the breakthroughs simply because the Indian batsmen were likely to target and look to score runs off this duo. Stoinis had surprised us with the way he bowled and by taking the crucial wickets of Rohit and Jadhav. He finished with 2/54 and also importantly for Australia, Steve Smith was able to get 10 overs from Stoinis. A similar wicket-taking spell from Zampa or Faulkner could have ensured that India didn’t get away.

While Zampa and Faulkner did manage to pick the wickets of Pandya and Dhoni, who had inflicted significant damage to their bowling figures, they provided the breakthroughs well after India had gotten themselves into a very good position. Pandya was dismissed in the 41st over but not before he had scored 48 runs off his last 21 balls and in the process, got India’s score past 200. And Dhoni, who had arrived at the crease in the 17th over, provided India with a late flourish and India’s score was 277 when the former skipper holed out to long-off off Faulkner.

Dhoni’s role for much of his innings was occupying the crease and collecting the runs that were on offer. But after Pandya was dismissed in the 41st over, Dhoni took control of the situation—he was helped once again by the maturity shown by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the bat and, batting at No. 8, the five fours he hit helped the cause—and with a combination of clean striking and unerring placement, the former India skipper dragged his team’s total to above 250. Reaching 250 will have been India’s target after the fall of Jadhav with the score at 87, but thanks to the 118-run sixth-wicket partnership between Dhoni and Pandya, a 30-ball 32 from Bhuvneshwar and the 71-run partnership he shared with Dhoni, India rose to 281/7. Pandya made a 66-ball 83, his innings punctuated by five fours and five sixes, and Dhoni made his 100th half-century in international cricket, scoring 79 off 88 balls (4×4 and 2×6).

A steady, unrelenting drizzle delayed the start of the Australian innings by two hours. When the drizzle finally stopped, Australia were set a perfectly chaseable score in T20 terms, of 164 runs from 21 overs. And a batting line-up featuring David Warner, Steve Smith, Travis Head, and Glenn Maxwell will be fancied to chase this score down. But a mix of superb bowling from all the Indian bowlers and unorganised batsmanship from the Australian batsmen consigned the visitors to a disappointing 26-run loss in the 1st ODI.

The debutant Hilton Cartwright played a nothing shot across the line against the pacey Jasprit Bumrah and had his off stump knocked back; a length delivery from Pandya, who had an lbw appeal against Steve Smith turned down only on the previous delivery and India’s review of the on-field umpire’s decision had also been unsuccessful, took the leading edge of Smith’s blade and Bumrah, with the ball behind his left shoulder to start off with and swirling in the air, completed an extremely difficult catch fielding at short fine-leg; Head edged through to Dhoni, off Pandya; Warner did likewise, failing to read Kuldeep Yadav’s straighter one and trying to cut the chinaman spinner through point, edged through to Dhoni; and Maxwell, having set the cat among the pigeons with four clean hits (one four and three sixes) off Kuldeep in the eleventh over, which produced 22 runs, holed out at long-on in trying to hit Yuzvendra Chahal against the spin over wide long-on.

Before Maxwell walked in to bat and played a cameo innings of 39 off 18 balls (3×4 and 4×6)—he had scored 33 runs off 13 balls at one stage—Australia were 35/4 at the end of eight overs and the top order comprising Warner, Smith and Head had left the middle and lower middle order with too much to do. Australia may have felt that the rain interruption favoured India more, with the DLS target of 164 needing the visitors to score close to eight runs per over, but they can have no excuses for the poor shots they played and being reduced to 35/4, thereby making the task harder for themselves.

Bumrah and Pandya, the boys from Baroda, provided India with the early breakthroughs and the two wrist spinners picked in the playing XI (Kuldeep and Chahal) bowled wicket-taking deliveries and a good line and length to be effective. They bowled impressively, apart from the one Kuldeep over in which Maxwell took him on, throughout the middle phase and their bowling performances were crucial in India winning the rain-hit 1st ODI in Chennai.

Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers, finishing with 3/30 off his five overs, while Kuldeep (2/33, 4 overs) and Pandya (2/28, 4 overs) took two wickets apiece. Bhuvneshwar (1/25, 4 overs) and Bumrah (1/20, 4 overs) took a wicket apiece and bowled the kind of spells that didn’t allow Australia the start or the finish they needed, in pursuit of 164.

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