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Australia's chase in first ODI delayed by rain

17 September 2017

The Steve Smith-led Australia handed batsman Hilton Cartwright his one-day global debut at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. India lost Ajinkya Rahane (5), Virat Kohli (0) and Manish Pandey (0) in a space of 11 balls. This proves costly for Patel who want to prove his mettle against our old rivals as he took 6 wickets in the recently concluded ODI Series against Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni not only himself scored his 66th fifty but also motivated Hardik Pandya to score a classy 83.

He was eventually out for 79 in the 49th over, dismissed for the first time in the last six innings. The opener once again falls prey to a short ball and Coulter-Nile at deep square leg takes an easy catch. Slotting KL anywhere in the middle order - and this is assuming he gets agame - could also be borne out of creative planning.

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The Mumbai batsman didn't look very convincing in his brief stay.

Fighting half-centuries by Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India recover from a top-order slump and post 281/7 in the opening one-day worldwide against Australia in Chennai on Sunday. The former skipper played 88 balls. On a day when India's formidable top order failed to fire, the likes of Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya stepped up to help the hosts put up a formidable total.

Showing no signs of the stress fracture in his back, which has cruelled the last 15 months of his career, Coulter-Nile finished with 3-44 off his 10 overs.

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The home side won the toss and will bat first in overcast and muggy conditions for Sunday's clash at the historic MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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. Dhoni had not been dismissed across four ODIs and the lone T20 worldwide during the Sri Lanka tour. In Another blow, Finch also ruled out of the series after an injury and he will be replaced by Handscomb.

Australia T20 squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.

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With superstar talents like captain Smith, the enigmatic David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, Australia will always pose a serious threat in any format, but the need to bounce back and find their best cricket in a hostile environment against a hungry opposition desperate to continue to stamp their authority on the tourists is paramount.

Australia's chase in first ODI delayed by rain