India beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method runs in 1st ODI


first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Skipper Virat Kohli today said Hardik Pandya’s blistering half-century at a crucial stage was the game-changer for India in the first ODI of the five-match series against Australia, here.India beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-affected match to go 1-0 up in the series.Courtesy Pandya’s blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni’s 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat.And Kohli said India once again today proved how good their lower-middle was.“We spoke at the toss that we wanted to put on a big score. We lost wickets but MS (Dhoni) and Kedar played well.Hardik and later MS finished it off like he does.“Today was an example of how good the middle and lower order can be,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.“Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him,” Kohli added.The India captain also complemented his bowlers for restricting Australia after the visitors were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs in the rain-curtailed match.“The bowlers were outstanding as well. It is a matter of giving players confidence. (Yuzvendra) Chahal is very brave and doesn’t say no to any situation. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers,” Kohli said.“After the rain, we felt this was our best T20 attack. We can’t have a more perfect combination.”Rival captain Steve Smith said they lost the plot after reducing India to 87 for five.“Yeah, obviously we got ourselves into a good position.We had them at 5 for 87 and let things off a bit,” he said.Smith said the better side won today.“We lost too many wickets in the middle. You can’t control the weather. No complaints, we weren’t good enough and we were outplayed by India,” he said.Brief Scores:India: 281 for seven in 50 overs (Hardik Pandya 83, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 79; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/44).Austraia: 137 for nine in 21 overs (Glenn Maxwell 39, James Faulkner 32 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/30). Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. – REUTERS Pandya, Dhoni guide India to easy win over Australia Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. – REUTERS × COMMENTcenter_img Published on September 17, 2017 cricket SHARE COMMENTSlast_img

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