India's new team formation with former captain MS Dhoni down the lower order paired up with the all-rounders brought up a new charm. This effect was apparent in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, but toppling Australia with the same buildup turned it as a verified winning approach. India slogged itself to 87 to 5 in 22 overs attacked by Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, when the Pandya-Dhoni set off the strike, the score bolstered to 200 plus in the next 18 overs. Finally, India scored 281 runs, being pulled by strongman Dhoni.
Although, the target was a bit challenging for Australia, it still has the chance of winning the match under the scaled figures. The chase was rain disrupted reducing the target for Australia to 164 in 21 overs. It was again Hardik Pandya, who wreaked the team with others with the ball. All Australia could do in the inning was to play 21 overs to score 137 runs for 9 wickets. It was a hefty victory for India, proving their difference of strength when compared to other teams in the format.
In the beginning, Aussie bowlers gained an edge with a combination of catches and pace bowling. Kohli, Rahane, Manish Pandey went off in a blink. India was 11 for 3 wickets in 6 overs. Rohit Sharma began the scores with Kedar Jadhav. Sharma batted until the 16 over to being 28, while Jadhav scored 40 until Pandya paired up with Dhoni in the 22nd over. Dhoni and Pandya partnered for 19 overs 118 runs. Pandya scored 83 for 66 runs, with the best blitz in the match. He smashed a flurry of consecutive sixes off Adam Zampa, breaking through the confidence of Aussie bowlers. It was five fours and five sixes for the him.
Meanwhile Dhoni played like the grandmaster bringing 79 off 88 balls. His maturity was defined by the fact that he stayed on the crease 9 overs more than Pandya. His partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar was imperative to scale the target to a challenging level. Kumar scored 32 off 30 balls. Dhoni played until the final over adding 72 runs in the stretch.
Australia's chase was struck with sheer pressure. The target by D/L method was easy but none of the players could stand up to India bowlers. The best score was from Glenn Maxwell, 39, followed by Faulkner's unbeaten 32. Bumrah was excellent, Pandya was strong and Yuzvendra Chahal was impressive. While the spin off Kuldeep Yadav was enough to strangulate the chase.
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