All three sailed beyond the boundary as Pandya raced to a half-century and with MS Dhoni resurrected an India innings that, according to former Australia skipper Michael Clarke, should have ended at 130 or thereabouts. "It would have been really nice to come off, it would have been 20-30 runs less of my bowling", he said. A top Kolkata Police expressed delight in hosting the World Cup-winning Indian captain and heaped praise on the latter's shooting skills.
Smith insisted there were no surprises in the game, as Australia had prepared for all challenges. Probably I bowled three balls too full.
"It wasn't any surprise to us".
"It didn't work out as we would have liked but we've got to turn things around in a couple of days' time in Kolkata", he added. The umpire goes upstairs to check for the validity of the ball and replays show that it is above waist height indeed.
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. He smashed as many as two sixes and four boundaries and lifted the Chennai crowd off their feet.
Zampa did make Pandya his only wicket of the innings.
Dhoni soon took over to blast some vital runs in the last five overs as he added 72 runs with number-eight Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished unbeaten on 32.
"I guess the message to Zampa as well was to try and bring his length back a little bit".
"It was important to get Hardik off strike and we couldn't do that".
"I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I did not execute it too well", Zampa said. We don't think a lot about what's happening. "Wrist spinners are mostly attacking but when your captain is so attacking, you get freedom to attack more". "We look at things depending upon the situation If Kuldeep bowls first, I tell him where the ball is spinning from and how we can get him out", said the Indian spin bowler".