Pandya and Rahul suspended over comments about women on TV show

Captains Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli

Captains Aaron Finch and Virat Kohli

The Indian cricket team has been preparing for the upcoming ODI series against Australia and Indian skipper Virat Kohli cleared his intentions.

They never really recovered, although MS Dhoni and centurion Rohit Sharma did their best to get India back in the match, the team was kept to 9-254 off the 50 overs.

The visitors looked well placed to chase down the total, with the two highest run chases at the SCG - 334 by Australia against England in 2011 and 331 by India against the home side in 2016 - well above their target.

Usman Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in nearly two years while Peter Handscomb, playing his first ODI in 15 months, top-scored with 73 after Aaron Finch opted to bat.

Australia failed to find or clear the rope once between the start of the 37th over and end of the 43rd over, a stretch that featured just 27 runs. The Indian middle-order has often come unstuck with Dhoni at the crease, and the team management will be hoping for a fiery start to the year from the stalwart.

The second game in the three-match series will be held at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

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What are the teams for the 1st ODI between India and Australia? However, India captain Virat Kohli said in a press conference that he is not too stressed about the possibility of a ban on all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his "inappropriate" comments on women as the side has a ready replacement in Ravindra Jadeja.

"We kept losing wickets at the wrong time", Sharma said. "Personally, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four", Rohit said. "Till then it was just bowlers dominating and hitting their lengths because we lost 3 wickets and we were under pressure to build the partnership so obviously that point we only decided that we have got to take the game forward and once we got the 100-run partnership the mindset changed and we made a decision to kick on and get 6-plus an over".

Australia was 2-133 in the 29th over when Jadeja trapped Khawaja (59 off 81 balls) in front. "All these external factors are not going to derail our motivation or the preparation for the World Cup".

The sporting world also came in to congratulate Dhoni on his 10000th run mark in ODI for India. Credit to him and he summed up the conditions just as well as we did.

"In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments", Harbhajan said. The contest will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney. So are we developing the right sort of players?

The three leading runscorers from the JLT - Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott and D'Arcy Short - were each dropped for the ODI series against India.

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