Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell during the first one day global cricket match in the India-Australia series at the M A Chidhambaram stadium in Chenna. It will go into a stretch of limited-overs cricket at home having swept Sri Lanka across formats recently, and the team is gradually becoming a ruthless unit with players for every condition and situation.
If India were to really make progress towards regaining the World Cup in 2019, this is an area that needs to be addressed on a match-by-match basis.
Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three wickets for India.
Smith's men would be aiming to exact some revenge for the defeat suffered in the 2013 series but a lot depends on batting big and the bowlers finding ways to contain a marauding Indian batting line-up led by Kohli and Rohit. "Once he gets his job done, he'll start winning us games", Kohli backed Rahul to the hilt. The average first-innings score at this venue is 264, but with modern-day batting at its best, 300-plus totals in both innings isn't entirely implausible.
The two sides have won four matches each in the eight T20Is they have played.
Hardik Pandya blasted three consecutive sixes off Adam Zampa to register his third ODI fifty.
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.
Pandya made a scorching 66-ball 83, while Dhoni after a cautious start wrecked carnage at the end.
From 6-76 the mountain was too steep to climb and Australia finished 27 runs short at 9-137.
Opting to bat first, Team India were struggling for 87/5 in 22 overs at one stage, Pandya and Dhoni then stitched up a crucial 118-run partnership for the sixth wicket to get India back on the track.
The Aussie all-rounder was fielding at backward point when the India captain smashed a cut shot high in the air off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile. The wickets to fall were that of Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey in that order. Nathan Coulter-Nile up for the next over.
Australia favoured seam in the first match, but it's unclear if they'll change tack for Thursday's match in Kolkata.
James Faulkner has been chosen as the bowling allrounder with his seamers preferred to Ashton Agar's left-arm orthodox.
Warm-up game, done. Pre-match media interactions, done.