'Thala' MS Dhoni Completes Another 'Century' at Chepauk
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 18, 2017,
Sep 18, 2017, 0:40
When Chepauk fell silent at the loss of India's top three wickets cheaply in the first ODI on Sunday, Australia celebrated the success of their strategy of wooing batsmen with wide and full deliveries after keeping them in check with tight bowling. Virat Kohli and Co have been nothing but phenomenal in demolishing a below-par Sri Lankan side.
At the same time, their Test cricket experience against India earlier this year and that Bangladesh series would have prepared them for sterner tests like this one. Rain is the obvious factors which will affect the both team India and Australia anyway at the today's match.
Aaron Finch will miss out owing to a calf injury. MS Dhoni's finishing skills aren't getting better, while KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav haven't yet carved their name in any of the open spots in India's middle order. Hopefully they can back up in couple of days time.
Two balls later, Coulter-Nile had his third when Pandey also edged behind to Matthew Wade.
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"Spin has always played a pretty big part in ODIs particularly in these conditions". He is proved himself in all formats. That's not being fair to the sport and that's something that we as a team do not believe in. Once he gets his role done, he will start winning us games. "Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers", Kohli said. The bounce and carry off the deck brought an immediate smile on the bowler's face and every time both Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile bent their backs, the ball zoomed past the shoulder of the bat. The fact that all three have IPL experience should stand them in good stead.
Hardik Pandya accounted for two wickets to dent Australia's chase further. But Axar suffered an ankle sprain on Friday while playing football in practice and was ruled out for the first three ODIs.
Ravindra Jadeja was not included in the starting XI..
Australia called in local left-arm wrist spinner K.K. Jiyas, who played for Delhi in the Indian Premier League, to help prepare for Kuldeep's guile during net practice in Chennai. The stylish left-hander David Warner is a threat against any bowling unit, Steve Smith is one of the modern day greats and the Virat Kohli versus Steve Smith rivalry will inevitably be a USP of the series; in particular Smith loves scoring runs against the Indians. There was an element of confidence in his batting as the all-rounder played freely. Rahane on the other hand has struggled to make the most of the limited opportunities that have come his way, but still managed 342 runs from seven matches at 48.85.