Aus not thinking only about spin, says Smith

Pandya's stay at the crease included five fours and five sixes, while M.S. Dhoni scored 79 runs. "I don't think you'll see any country playing more than three one-day matches in a series in the future", Sutherland said.

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. We were trying too many things, too many slower balls, just not hitting that good hard length we were hit early on.

Smith dropped Rohit Sharma when he was on four in the fifth over. Pandya was on 13 when Smith misjudged a catch.

First, he took a catch behind the stump to get rid of Stoinis before showing his reflexes to get rid of David Warner and Matthew Wade. The second one-day global is in Kolkata Sept. 21. India is leading the series one to zero.

Australia had brought in local bowler KK Jiyas ahead of Sunday's game to practise facing a left-arm wrist spinner and Smith said the performance in Chennai was disappointing but that his side have got to be ready for more.

Given the Chepauk's notoriety for spin, one could safely hedge their bets for the inclusion of two spinners. The former skipper was also able to change gears once his partner was dismissed in the 41st over of the Indian innings.

Pandya was named Man of the Match, and said: "It was a good day for me". The sluggish nature of the pitch and overcast conditions played their part, but the Aussies did their bit perfectly.

The Indian players were waiting for their flight to Kolkata, the venue for second ODI.

"There's no practice schedule today and everyone will be resting", the local Team India manager said at the airport after both the teams landed via a chartered flight at 3.30pm.

On the penultimate delivery, a young Steve Waugh shattered the stumps of Maninder Singh to help Australia win the match.

Australia lost the 1st ODI against India by 26 runs in Chennai, after MS Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya bailed India out of trouble. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up figures of 3-44, striking three times in the space of seven balls. His knock of 83 under pressure when India were 87-5 should allay concerns regarding his maturity. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed the maturity expected from him. Mukherjee's East Zone colleague Ashish Browmick, however, fears that the surface may not have enough pace in it if it remained under the covers for too long.

  • Julie Sanders