Spinners restrict Australia in rain shortened chase after Pandya, Dhoni brilliance
India 281-7 (Pandya 83) beat
Australia 137-9 (Maxwell 39) by 26 runs DLS method
First One-Day International in Chennai
After Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni rescued India from 87 for five to 281 for seven in their innings, a collective bowling effort saw them restrict Australia to 137 after the target was revised to 164 off 21 overs due to rain in the first One-Day International in Chennai.
Pat Cummins deal early blows to Indian top-order
After India won the toss and decided to bat first. Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-44) provided the early breakthrough in the fourth over when Ajinkya Rahane (5) edged behind. In the next over, Rohit Sharma (28) was handed a reprieve when he was put down in the fifth over but Coulter-Nile returned back to account for Virat Kohli (0) and Manish Pandey (0) to reduce India to 11 for three.
Rohit-Jadhav begin recovery but Australia continued to dominate
Rohit and Kedar Jadhav (40) halted the slide and added 53 runs for the fourth wicket and just when the innings was gaining momentum, Marcus Stoinis (2-54) removed both the set batsmen as India were left reeling at 87 for five at the end of the 22nd over.
Calm Dhoni, Fierce Pandya helped India recover
Just when it looked all over for the home side, Pandya (89) counterattacked the Australian attack while Dhoni (79 not out) was holding one end up. The pair took India to 148 for five at the end of 35 overs but the innings took a turn when Pandya hit Adam Zampa (1-66) for three sixes and a four in the 36th over during which he even completed a half-century. India added 50 runs in a span of five overs . Pandya fell 11 runs short of a deserving century but Dhoni carried on to lift India to 281 for seven in their innings.
Early wickets keep Australia out of the game
Rain at the start of the innings led to a delayed start with Australia needing 164 to win off 21 overs. Hilton Cartwright (1) was castled in the third over and soon Pandya (2-28) removed Steven Smith (1) and Travis Head (5). Australia slipped to 45 for four at one stage from which they hardly recovered with only Glenn Maxwell (39) showing some fight.
Australia managed 137 for nine in the allotted 21 overs as India go 1-0 up in the series. Pandya was also named the man of the match for his all-round performance.