Australia chasing 282 for ODI win in India

 

Australia will chase 282 for victory in the first one-day international in Chennai after an Indian fightback quelled the visitors' early dominance with the ball.

Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile made a dream start to his first international match since June last year with a sensational opening spell in Sunday's series-opener.

The West Australian paceman picked up three wickets in 13 balls including the prized scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli who was out for a duck to a sensational one-handed Glenn Maxwell catch in the gully.

Kohli may have been regretting his decision to bat first under overcast skies as Coulter-Nile made the most of conditions to shape the ball away from the right-handed batsmen.

He had opener Ajinkya Rahane (five) and Manish Pandey (duck), both caught behind and was unlucky not have a fourth wicket when Steve Smith missed a chance to catch Hardik Pandya at slip.

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.

Maxwell's classic catch removed Kohli for a duck. Pic: Fox Sports

India were reeling at 5-87 when debutant Hilton Cartwright took a simple catch to dismiss Kedar Yadav for 40 off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis (2-54).

The situation was tailor-made for MS Dhoni, who combined with Pandya for a 118-run partnership.

While Dhoni rotated the strike, Pandya's power hitting came to the fore as he hit three consecutive sixes off leg spinner Adam Zampa (1-66) in the 37th over which yielded 24 runs.

Pandya looked on his way to a hundred, but he top edged an attempted slog sweep to third man off Zampa to end his innings of 83 off 66 balls, including five sixes and five fours.

Dhoni holed out to deep mid-off in the final over off James Faulkner (1-67) after making 79 off 88 with two sixes and four fours.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar added a useful 32 off 30 balls to help the home side to finish with 7-281 from their 50 overs.

Cartwright is likely to open the batting with David Warner, in place of Aaron Finch who is out with a calf injury.


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