After a horrible start in the first ODI of the series against Australia, Team India ended up with a highly respectable total of 281 with the loss of seven wickets.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India got off to the worst possible start as they lost their top order within no time.
Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile wrecked havoc as he ripped through the Indian top order picking up the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey, the latter two who were dismissed for a duck.
With India struggling at 87-5, things were looking really bleak and it looked like the Men in Blue wouldn’t even reach 200. However, Hardik Pandya took matters into his own hands during the middle overs as he smashed Adam Zampa all around the park. He scored 83 off just 66 balls with five fours and five maximums.
MS Dhoni played second fiddle during their 118 run partnership by picking up singles and giving the strike to Pandya.
However, it was vintage Dhoni towards the end of the innings as he ended up scoring 79 in 88 deliveries with four fours and two sixes to his name.
Cricketing world showered rich praise on Pandya and Dhoni for their innings.
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) September 17, 2017
Hardik Pandya has made it a habit of playing the big impact innings. Seeing one currently. Amazing stuff! #INDvAUS
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 17, 2017
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 17, 2017
Faulkner has got away with a few no-balls. Time to get the 3rd umpire involved with the front foot no-ball
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) September 17, 2017
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 17, 2017
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 17, 2017
— Jason Gillespie 🌱🌈 (@dizzy259) September 17, 2017
@hardikpandya7 is a serious player!!
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) September 17, 2017
Brilliant innings from Pandya 83 off only 66 balls.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) September 17, 2017
— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) September 17, 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2017