Chennai ODI: India reach 84-4 in 20 overs

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Australia captain Steven Smith opined that the rain interruption between innings played a critical role in his side's defeat in the opening One-Day International against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Hardik Pandya top-scored for India, and took the wicket of Australian skipper Steve Smith. "Virat realises MS Dhoni is looking to win matches for India".

Ravindra Jadeja, who replaced left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Saturday, was not included in the starting XI. "It is important to keep picking wickets and have breakthroughs throughout".

"Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalise on the start we had".

Players to watch for this series are Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner from Australia who've been in fine form lately. "When you have two new balls from both ends, as we saw throughout the game, it was a new-ball wicket", Smith told reporters. It takes time. Jinks said it's hard to switch. After all, Australia have the second best win percentage in ODIs behind Pakistan on Indian soil. "The captain is comfortable to get them into the fray as they can get crucial breakthroughs we look forward to in the middle part of the game", vice-captain Rohit said on Friday. Recently Australia played two test series against Bangladesh which ended in a draw. Kedar Jadhav is said to be most suitable and stable player at No. 6 while KL Rahul occupies the No. 4 spot?

"We spoke at the toss that we wanted to put on a big score". The unfit Aaron Finch will also not be available for selection which will leave Warner as the only designated opener in the side.

"I'm excited by the opportunity to go up the order again", the South Australian said ahead of the five-match ODI series.

The other day, Ravi Shastri was talking about taxing schedules for the Indian cricketers. The 36-year-old looks certain to add to his 301 ODI caps on Sunday but questions marks remain on whether he is worthy of a place in the World Cup squad.

"I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we do".

India are coming into the series on the back of a highly successful Sri Lankan sojourn where they drubbed the hosts 9-0 across all the three formats.

"I am not too concerned about my differences with Kohli. We can't have a more flawless combination".

Kohli faltered in the Test series 46 runs in five innings, his poorest return from a series on home soil and has a point to prove against Australia.

Pandya and Dhoni scripted a brilliant recovery act after India's top-half was blown away for only 87 runs - courtesy some controlled swing bowling from Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/44) and Marcus Stoinis (2/54).

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