Hardik Pandya’s all-round flamboyance complemented by MS Dhoni’s customary calm enabled India to record a comfortable 26-run win over Australia in the rain-curtailed opening ODI of the five-match series in Chennai.
Courtesy Pandya’s blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni’s 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat.
However intermittent showers during the break played spoilsport as Australia were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Chasing the target, Australia did not have the best of starts and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Pandya (2/28) helping himself with a couple of wickets.
The young wrist spinners — Kuldeep Yadav (2/33) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/30) then ran through the middle and lower order as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Here are some of the amazing Twitter reactions from cricketers and celebrities in praise of Pandya, Dhoni and others:
— shibani dandekar (@shibanidandekar) September 17, 2017
Congratulations India on a wonderful victory.KungFu Pandya,Chahal were brilliant and MS Dhoni as always showing the stuff that he is made of
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 17, 2017
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 17, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 17, 2017
@hardikpandya7 showing he has a good head on those strong shoulders.
— Sundar Raman (@ramansundar) September 17, 2017
Have said it before n will repeat, arrival of @hardikpandya7 is a game changer for Indian cricket. Hope he's managed well.
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) September 17, 2017
— Shirley Setia (@ShirleySetia) September 17, 2017
— Kinita Kadakia Patel (@KSKadakia) September 17, 2017
— Nikita Dutta (@nikifyinglife) September 17, 2017
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) September 17, 2017
Very impressive win from 🇮🇳🏏
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) September 17, 2017
@hardikpandya7 great knock buddy….
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) September 17, 2017
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 17, 2017
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) September 17, 2017
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 17, 2017
— IQBAL ABDULLAH (@iqqiabdullah) September 17, 2017