Hardik Pandya undaunted by new challenges, set sights on more heroics

After the ODI series, India are scheduled to play three Twenty20 matches against the visiting team, the team for which will be announced after the ODIs. He did not look flustered against the Indian spinners and had no trouble against the pacers as he reached the three-figure mark. Frustratingly for Australia and skipper Steve Smith, though, the outcome could have been far different in Indore. But the inability of the Aussies top and middle order to put together partnerships ended up costing them a very winnable match.

"Almost through but I would want finish the match next time", he accepted, after he gave his wicket cheaply trying to force the issue when there was no need to do. In the end, they had to settle with 293/6 in their 50 overs - a below par score on this wicket.

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on 24 September said that he is happy to bat anywhere and sees it as an opportunity to do something nice for the team. The Australian left-hander has started to open his shoulders and just then Pandya struck. He, sadly, missed out a well-deserved hundred when he lobbed one straight back to Shakib Al Hasan. India will be delighted with this breakthrough.

He performed with the ball as well in the first innings, getting the all-important wicket of a unsafe David Warner. The swing master Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have made the Australian top-order look ordinary while the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has made the Kangaroos dance to their tunes. Australia move closer to fifty. With this win India also regained their lost number 1 spot ahead of South Africa and Australia who now sit at 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The Australians exploited the flat Holkar track as Finch added 70 runs for the opening wicket with David Warner (42, 44b, 4×4, 1×6) and raised a 154-run partnership with Smith (63, 71b, 5×4) for the second wicket. Fox Sports and Channel 9 will telecast the match is Australia, while Sky Sports will beam the series in the UK.

"I think Bumrah and Bhuvi are probably two of the best death bowlers going around, particularly when the wicket sort of slows up a little bit as it did", Smith said.

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Steve Smith was left frustrated with Australia's strong start but failure to see it turn into a win. It's good that there's no pressure on me and I enjoy bowling to him.

India: Rahane lbw b Cummins 70; Sharma c sub (Cartwright) b Coulter-Nile 71; Kohli c Finch b Agar 28; Pandya c Richardson b Cummins 78; Jadhav c Handscomb b Richardson 2; Pandey n.o 36; Dhoni n.o 3.

The game on Sunday should be a keenly-fought contest amid reports of rain.

Although India were trounced by the West Indies with seven wickets and eight balls remaining, India won the series 3-2.

The stage was set for Australia to go for the kill, being placed 234 for two in 40 overs, but they lost Smith and Glenn Maxwell (5) in successive balls. He walked onto bat at number four, which even flummoxed on-air commentators during the time after India had got a solid start from Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.


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