Dhoni scored 79 runs while Pandya scored fantastic 83 runs.
Virat Kohli’s men eventually won by 26 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method. Team Indian would look to win the 2nd ODI and maintain their lead in the series but top-order form would be important in the second ODI as everything time we can not expect Dhoni to do this job.
Since October 2014 though he has passed fifty 25 times including eight tons and has amassed a further 2711 runs. There was another double blow when MS Dhoni (5), playing in his 300th ODI for India, was caught.
At number 4, KL Rahul could stake a claim after Manish Pandey failed to impress in the last tie scoring a duck. They are going in with the same team. The Curator Sujan Mukherjee said he has prepared a lively pitch which unwrapped out the covers disclosed a track with a good trace of grass. He has given away just 12 uns from the first 3 overs.
“We really don’t know when he will play here next in India colours and he is in form at the moment”. Kohli forced Rahane for a second run in the 24th over, and the latter was run out, unable to beat Hilton Cartwright’s throw from long on. Steve Smith said he would happily take a duck in this match if his team crosses the finishing line eventually.
In Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia have two in-form quicks to take the new balls.
Playing 100 ODI matches isn’t an ordinary feat, but it seems Australia skipper Steve Smith was destined for it. Call it his body language or the all-round ability (he used to bowl vicious leg breaks early in his career), he makes everything look normal.
The tourists made two changes to their starting line-up with right-arm medium-quick bowler Kane Richardson and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar replacing James Faulkner and Adam Zampa. So, there are chances that it may get slower as the game goes on. Win the toss and?
Obviously, on the Thursday match between India and Australia, there are some expectations we are having from Pandya.