Pandya, Dhoni rescue India

Reuters

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Chennai, Sep 17 Showers have delayed the start of the Australian innings in the first ODI against India at M A Chidambaram Stadium here today.

However, Pandya and Dhoni batted India out of the sticky situations, using an aggressive, yet patient approach, respectively.

India's steady recovery exploded in the 37th over of Sunday's match.

The all-rounder blasted five sixes and as many fours in his 66-ball blitz before falling to the leg-spinner.

"We've talked about that and we know fielding is going to play a big part in this series and Australian cricket do pride themselves on being one of the best fielding teams in the world so we'll keep working on that in the next few days".

"Tonight we weren't good enough and we were outplayed by India. And this wicket 270-80 is a winning total".

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"Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer".

At the other end, Steve Smith dropped Rohit Sharma (28) off Pat Cummins at second slip in the fifth over.

Rain stopped play for some time before the match was reduced to nearly a T20 affair. Things began to look downhill for India with 11 runs on the board and three wickets down.

"A soon as he got his length back a little bit and made him go across the ball he got him out".

Kuldeep Yadav picked up the wicket of David Warner early to stub Australia's chase. Glenn Maxwell on his day can make a joke of the bowling attack and Australia would hope that he clicks in the series. They added 118 runs for the sixth wicket, though at first they were content rotating the strike as their 50 partnership came off 67 balls.

Earlier, the 23-year-old Pandya meted out special treatment to Adam Zampa, taking the young legspinner to the cleaners on three consecutive occasions to get to his third ODI fifty off 48 balls before falling to the same bowler, later in the innings.

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Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/30.

As far as the teams are concerned, Australia have called up Peter Handscomb as a cover for the injured Aaron Finch while India have lost Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel from their original squad even before a ball was bowled. Out of the 144 ODIs that the two sides have played, India has managed to win only 40 matches while eight yielded no result.

India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch which his counterpart Steve Smith wasn't so sure about.

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.

The series now moves to Kolkata on Thursday.

Warm-up game, done. Pre-match media interactions, done.

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