India played 50 overs in the game. The rain came and made it look like a T20 affair for the visitors. 164 runs to get in 21 overs with the mathematics of Duckworth–Lewis method. Which meant that the Australians needed a great opening partnership. Hilton Cartwright was playing his debut game and one could see he was battling the demons of playing the debut ODI game. He was nervous, Bumrah got the better of him quickly. Steve Smith soon became the victim of Pandya who had a tremendous outing with the willow in his hand earlier during the Indian innings.
Smith tried to pull a slower ball off Pandya skying it high in the sky. Bumrah running back-word hung on beautifully to the catch. Australia crumbled as the run rate kept getting high. Maxwell provided a blitz when he launched himself in a Kuldeep Yadav over smacking the china-man for 3 gigantic sixes before getting out to Yuzvendra Chahal trying to send him over the park.
Indians were left high and dry when they lost their 3 wickets for a mere 11 runs including skipper Kohli for a duck who tried to slash a delivery over point but was caught by Maxwell. Kedar Jadhav along with Rohit Sharma steadied the ship for India for a brief moment of time. After a 50-run stand, India was again in trouble with both the set batsman back in the pavilion and only 87 runs on the board.
MS Dhoni looked unfazed once again and along with Hardik Pandya, he started the consolidation with singles and doubles. Pandya, on the other hand, looked in good nick and was scoring swiftly. In one of Zampa’s over Pandya decided to make the most out of that over. He hit 3 consecutive sixes and started the momentum shift. He was caught by Faulkner off Zampa but not before he had put India in a strong position with a blistering 83 runs off just 66 balls which included 5 sixes. Dhoni launched himself towards the end as he has always done all his career before getting out trying to send one over the long off boundary of the second last ball of the innings. Bhuvneshwar, once again proved his worth as a batsman when he scored 32 runs off just 30 balls.
In the Indian bowlers didn’t allow the Australians to settle and have a shy at the target with both the spinners taking picking wickets at regular intervals.
Here are some of the important stats from the game.
100 100th half-century for the Indian wicketkeeper in international cricket. 4th Indian to do so along with Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Dravid.
101 101st sumping for MS Dhoni in ODIs when he stumped Australia wicketkeeper, Mathew Wade.
4 4th time in his career Hardik Pandya has hit 3 consecutive sixes. Twice against Pakistan during Champions Trophy, once against Sri Lanka in the Test and in this game against Adam Zampa.
241 runs scored by MS Dhoni before finally getting out in ODI cricket. He was not out in last 4 innings against Sri Lanka.
100.25 MS Dhoni’s average is ODI in Chennai.
1 This was David Warner’s first ODI game in India.