Australia slump to ODI loss against India

Australian tweaker Adam Zampa took just one wicket on a deck where India's spinners made hay

Australian tweaker Adam Zampa took just one wicket on a deck where India's spinners made hay

You never know what's coming out of their hand.

In contrast, India have lost just three of their last 15 ODIs, all away from home.

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (captain), Manish Pandey, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Their only apparent weakness, it seems, lies in their batting.

Opting to bat first, Aussie pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile crumbled down Indian hope to mere 11 for three wll within the first powerplay overs as he removed jittery opener Ajinkya Rahane and then skipper Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey for a duck - India's fourth such instannce where No. 3 and 4 batsman departed without affecting the score.

Talk of having two wrist spinners in the side got Kohli excited but he kept his cards close to his chest regarding the bowling combination for Sunday. Although the spin department has performed well, in pressure situations, the lack of experience in the spin department can cost India big time.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during the first one day worldwide (ODI) cricket match in the India-Australia series at the M A Chidhambaram stadium in Chennai.

Confidence is an influential factor in sport. They will bank on David Warner, who has been in red-hot form in the sub-continent. It's not unnatural for an opener to desire a boundary early in the innings for that feel-good factor. Rahane has found an opening and if he scores, it will complicate matters. With Australia - and the rest of the world - struggling to pick wristspin, Kuldeep is likely to be persisted with.

Ravindra Jadeja was not included in the starting XI.

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India will therefore have to choose between him and Yuzvendra Chahal for the second spinner's slot. So Hilton Cartwright will partner with David Warner at the top. Fans can also enjoy commentary in Hindi for ODI series between India and Australia on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. His innings was filled with five fours and five sixes. There is a forecast for thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon. Considering how they have performed in the last two Champions Trophies in England, and their current reputation, India will start among the favourites to regain the trophy they won in 2011. The first ODI match will be played in Chennai on September 17, at the MA Chidambaram stadium from 1.30 pm onwards. "He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him", Kohli added. While he also hit couple of tons in the 50-over format of the game here.

"I feel confident and it was nice to get some time in the middle the other day to get a feel for the wicket and the conditions". Even his runs in the West Indies came at a much slower rate than is the current norm for 50-over games (though it must be noted that that had a lot to do with the pitches too).

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