The men in Blue started the five match ODI series against Australia on a brilliant win with victory of 26 runs against the men from the land of kangaroos by the Duckworth Lewis method at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
The game that changed targets
The first match of the series started off with a great game that was an amalgamation of the ODI and a Twenty 20.The MA Chidambaram stadium was all filled up with joy and excitement after India pulled off a 26-run win over Australia in the first of the five ODI series by the Duckworth-Lewis method. India won the toss and decided to bat first and they started off with a dreadful start to their innings. Australian bowler Nile reduced their hosts to 11 for 3. Ajinkya Rahane who was the opening batsman instead of Shekhar Dhawan, captain Virat Kohli and middle-order specialist Manish Pandey were removed from the field in quick sequence. Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav were the next to survive and they added a partnership of 64 runs together.MS Dhoni walked into his home ground amidst a lot of cheer and started his innings.
Dhoni does India proud
Dhoni proved to love his Indian home ground and scored an 88-ball 79 which comprised of 4 fours and 2 sixes. The Indian captain thus registered his 100th international half-century as well with this match.Hardik Pandya who is an all rounder supported Dhoni scoring a 66-ball 83 which was laced with five boundaries and five maximums. He was ultimately send back by Adam Zampa before he could score a century.
Why the Duckworth Lewis method?
The rain played spoil sport in the second half break due to which the target was revised to 164 in 21 over’s. Australia was already half defeated by then and they crumbled like a pack of cards.
The second ODI will be played in the Eden Gardens on September 21.