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18 September 2017, 01:07 | Ruben Stone

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That nothing was learnt from the two dismissals showed in Manish Pandey's attempt to get off the mark in style. Later collects two in the penultimate delivery.

Coming to bat at No. 6, Dhoni smashed a crucial half-century against Australia in the first One-day International (ODI) of the five-match series in Chennai, on Friday.

India were all over the hapless Sri Lankans in the latter's own den without having to break sweat.

The format changes from the five-day Tests to the fifty over ODIs but the intensity, passion and will to win will be the same, something both teams have adopted from their fiery, oft-grumpy leaders Steve Smith and Virat Kohli respectively.

Australia's recent ODI form has been atypically horrendous away from home.

Tottering at 76/6, all-rounder James Faulkner (32 from 25) played a lone hand but kept losing his partners as Matthew Wade (9), Pat Cummins (9) and Coulter-Nile (2) failed to rise to the occasion.

It won't be smooth sailing for the visitors, though, by any stretch of imagination.

The series ends on 1 October with a match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.

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Ravindra Jadeja was not included in the starting XI.


Left-arm spinner Patel sprained his left ankle during a practice session on the eve of the first ODI.

Kuldeep and Chahal have done pretty well in the limited chances that they have got since then and even though there's a perception that wrist-spinners can go for runs, the leggie has an economy rate of 4.14 and the chinaman 3.97 in ODIs. Accordingly, they summoned mystery spinners KK Jiyas and local lad Murugan Ashwin to prepare for the match. Against Sri Lanka, Rahul was given the first option to make the position his own, but he didn't fire in three games.

"I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we do". The India captain said, "Players need to adapt to what the team requirement is more often".

The Aussies made a good comeback after historic first Test defeat against Bangladesh.

While in the IPL, Dhoni guided CSK to two league titles in 2010 and 2011 while they finished runner-up as many as four times in eight season under his leadership.

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