Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Even Pakistan had chance to win Test series in Australia: Mohammad Yousuf

Even Pakistan had chance to win Test series in Australia: Mohammad Yousuf

India's build-up to the game was marred by the news that Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul had been sent home after making controversial comments about women on an India-based television show.

MS Dhoni who had failed to reach the elusive 10,000-run mark for India in the ODI series against West Indies past year has made it possible in the series against Australia at SCG.

The 30-year-old smashed three centuries and scored 453 runs in the ODIs against West Indies in October, 2018.

The ball before, Australia had wasted its review on an LBW shout against Sharma - the replays showed the delivery from the Western Australian paceman was pitched outside leg and travelling high.

Earlier, Test discard Peter Handscomb top-scored with 73 off 61 balls as India restricted Australia to 288 for five.

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Marsh look well set before he holed out to Mohammed Shami off Kuldeep at long on, ending a 53-run stand with Handscomb, who later found Shikhar Dhawan at extra cover off Kumar.

While he put in a more consistent showing than any of the other previously tried contenders, this run came in conditions different from those in England.

Dhoni, playing his 333rd ODI, became just the fifth Indian to break through the 10,000-run barrier in the format.

Border, who led Australia to their maiden World Cup triumph in 1997, also criticised the structure now in place.

As for Australia, the team will be banking on their surprise ODI selections in the squad. The match can also be streamed live on the Sony Liv app as well. But there were no sizeable contributions from the middle order.

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Kohli conceded the scandal has "hit hard" but was confident that India's preparation for the one-dayers has not been disrupted. Their frontline spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja, bowled 20 overs to take 3 for 102. Yuzvendra Chahal will miss out in that scenario.

Indian captain Virat Kohli fronted the media yesterday and condemned Pandya and Rahul's behaviour, insisting their views are not reflective of the whole side.

"We have to look at the pitch". "But when he came out to bat today we had already lost three wickets and the guys were bowling pretty well at that point".

Teams:Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.

Following sexist views by Pandya and Rahul, on Thursday, a 2-ODI ban for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul was recommended by Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai.

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"It does nothing to the spirit that we've been able to create within the changeroom and these are purely individual opinions and something which as I said is in an inappropriate space".

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