AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR /
AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR /

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya played an aggressive knock of 83-runs that came in just 66 deliveries against Australia in the first ODI at the Chepauk Stadium. Pandya came out to bat at number 7 when the hosts were tottering at 87/5 and took on the Australian bowling attack from there on. His swashbuckling knock was well complemented by a responsible 79 from former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Meanwhile, though his knock took India out from a precarious situation, one thing about Pandya went unnoticed during his innings. Soon after his amazing knock, Hardik was trolled by fans for wearing his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians’ gloves. The cricketers are known to be superstitious and this was another example of the same. IPL’s another team Chennai Super Kings were quick to tweet about the same: “Pandya wearing @mipaltan gloves. Dhoni back in Chepauk. Both playing for @BCCI. Unity in diversity. @IPL for the win. #INDvAUS”

And just after CSK’s tweet, fans started trolling Pandya for wearing his IPL team’s gloves.

Pandya produced a scintillating all-round show while Mahendra Singh Dhoni also slammed a patient half-century. With the comprehensive victory, Virat Kohli and his boys have taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series. Australia were set a target of 164 runs in 21 overs via Duckworth and Lewis System after rain finally relented in Chennai. Earlier, Pandya played his career-best knock and Dhoni slammed his 100th international half-century which took them to 281 for 7. Pandya and Dhoni scripted a brilliant recovery act after India’s top-half was blown away for only 87 runs — courtesy some controlled swing bowling from Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/44) and Marcus Stoinis (2/54). The duo added 118 runs for the sixth wicket with Pandya taking the attack back to opposition with some brilliant sixes while Dhoni once again played the role of sheet anchor to perfection.

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