India have good all-round bowling unit - Steven Smith

Jasprit Bumrah (left) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were impressive in the game in Chennai
Jasprit Bumrah (left) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were impressive in the game in Chennai
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Australia captain Steven Smith urged his team to be wary of the Indian bowling attack which he feels is well equipped for all the conditions.

Chasing a revised target of 164 in 21 overs against India in the first One-Day International in Chennai, Australia managed only 137 for nine as they struggled to get going following regular fall of wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya started the innings with a lot of discipline that saw the likes of Hilton Cartwright, Smith and Travis Head departing early while the spinners ensured the middle order had a tough going on a pitch that had a reasonable turn.

"We certainly haven't just been focusing on wrist spin. We've been facing our fast bowlers in the nets and other net bowlers as well," Smith said.

"There hasn't just been that focus on spin bowling, that's for sure. India have some quality seamers as well," he added.

The spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav troubled Australia with the knuckle balls and between them picked five wickets while conceding 63 runs but Smith insisted that his team was well prepared for it.

"The guys knew what they were going to come with before this game. Everyone had seen the footage and watched a bit of the series in Sri Lanka where they bowled quite a few (knuckle balls)," said Smith.

"It wasn't any surprise to us. Batting for 20 overs is difficult when you're losing wickets and trying to go quite hard."

Both India and Australia will now head to Eden Gardens in Kolkata which will host the second ODI on Thursday.

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