India vs Australia 1st ODI at Chepauk

Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will aim to get the better of the Steve Smith-led Australian cricket team as they clash in the first match of a five-ODI series in Chennai

India has gone on to lose four of their last six ODI matches in which Virat Kohli has been dismissed for a duck, although one of their two wins in that run came against Australia (Nov 2013). They will bank on David Warner, who has been in red-hot form in the sub-continent.

The series is the first time India and Australia have faced off since their fiery Test series in February and March of this year, which the hosts won 2-1. Australia's strength in the ODI game can give some opportunity to India to showcase their talents.

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Hardik Pandya is a finisher for the team India. Formidable ODI sides, which includes India's 2011 World Cup squad, were not dependent on individuals.

Speaking from Chennai Smith said: "I'd say Travis will probably bat four". Steve Smith, who wasn't part of that series is now the leader of the Aussies and would be expected to lead from the front in a tour that promises to be another run fest. So the pitch cans quickly absorbed the Chennai hit here. We can't control the weather (the DLS method coming into picture due to rain).

Dhoni was also complemented well by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who remained unbeaten on 32 off 30 balls and, more importantly, forged another vital half century partnership for the seventh wicket.

India have tried Pandya, but that means Umesh, Bhuvneshwar or Bumrah not getting the first go.

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Given the strengths and weaknesses of both the teams, the first match becomes all the more crucial and will generate some kind of momentum going into the further matches. While Rahul will be bat later as he is in the No. 4 spot.

Ravindra Jadeja has been called in as a replacement and will be available.

In their absence, left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel, left-arm leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav and leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal have done the job well.

Smith opted to postpone his decision on the final playing XI and Travis Head will continue to play at No. 4. Australia will be upbeat after drawing a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. Shikhar Dhawan is unavailable for India and the hard-hitting Aaron Finch is unlikely to feature for the visitors due to a calf injury.

Smith expects spin to play a big role; he can show his charisma at the middle overs.

After defeating Sri Lanka by 9-0 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian Cricket team is ready to take on the Australian Cricket Team in India. Before ICC trophy Australia had lost two matches against New Zealand in ODI.

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