India control ODI as Aussies feel the heat

Doug Mendoza
September 22, 2017

India: 252 all out in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 92, AjinkyaRahane 55; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/51, Kane Richardson 3/55). It wasn't easy to bat plus the bowling attack is quality as well, you literally have to create shots.

The Aussie bowlers continued plugging away despite the humidity and the crowd was silenced one again when the ever-reliable MS Dhoni fell for just five after sending a cover drive off Richardson straight into Smith's hand at short-cover.

As Steve Smith the Australia Cricket team captain prepares to play his 100th one-day worldwide for Australia, the maestro says his growth as a 50-over cricketer is still a long way down. Completely against the run of play, Head swung a Chahal full toss straight to midwicket, prompting a sheepish grin from the bowler at his luck.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal started the process of demolition picking up the wickets of Travis Head and the marauding Glenn Maxwell before Kuldeep pulled out his bag of tricks.

Wade chopped a wide, sharp-turning ball back on to his stumps before Agar was out lbw. Kohli went on to complete his fifty as well and perished on the score of 92 in the end.

Kohli laced his 107-ball knock with eight boundaries, while Rahane hit seven fours during his 64-ball innings.The time Kohli and Rahane were at the crease India were on course for a big score but the latter's dismissal in the 24th over opened the gates for Australia. We have an all-rounder in Hardik now and we have a couple of spinning all-rounders in Jadeja and Axar.

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Kohli added: "You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs".

The Australian team on Tuesday was forced to train indoors while the Indian team abandoned its practice session due to persistent rain and hazy conditions. He has recorded 30 ODI hundreds and 45 fifties.

Indian tail, except Hardik Pandya and Bhubaneswar Kumar, who scored 20 runs each to help India's total crossing 250 mark, did not last long and the hosts were all out for 252 in the last ball of the innings. While Kohli played the uncharacteristic role of the supporter in the partnership, Rahane did the majority of the scoring.

The Indian captain looked set for his 31st ODI century before playing a Coulter-Nile delivery onto the stumps.

The departure of Sharma saw India captain Virat Kohli joining Ajinkya Rahane and the duo played comfortably and picked up the run rate collecting ones and twos playing playing rival medium pacers and spinners comfortably.

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