Cricket World reacts as Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni take India to a competitive position in the Chennai ODI

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Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni

After a horrible start in the first ODI of the series against Australia, Team India ended up with a highly respectable total of 281 with the loss of seven wickets.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India got off to the worst possible start as they lost their top order within no time.

Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile wrecked havoc as he ripped through the Indian top order picking up the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Virat KohliΒ and Manish Pandey, the latter two who were dismissed for a duck.

With India struggling at 87-5, things were looking really bleak and it looked like the Men in Blue wouldn’t even reach 200. However, Hardik Pandya took matters into his own hands during the middle overs as he smashed Adam Zampa all around the park. He scored 83 off just 66 balls with five fours and five maximums.

WATCH: Hardik Pandya hits a four and 3 consecutive sixes off Adam Zampa

MS Dhoni played second fiddle during their 118 run partnership by picking up singles and giving the strike to Pandya.

However, it was vintage Dhoni towards the end of the innings as he ended up scoring 79 in 88 deliveries with four fours and two sixes to his name.

Cricketing world showered rich praise on Pandya and Dhoni for their innings.

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