India post 281 in 1st ODI against Australia  9/17/2017 12:44:46 PM  2

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni raises his bat after scoring a half-century in the first one day international (ODI) cricket match against Australia at the M A Chidhambaram stadium in Chennai on September 17. Photo: AFP Half-centuries by Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India post 281/7 in the opening one-day international against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.

Electing to bat, the hosts lost five early wickets before Pandya, who hit 83, and Dhoni, who scored 79, shared a 118-run sixth-wicket stand to put up a challenging total.

Aussie fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed three wickets, including the prized scalp of Virat Kohli for nought, in the first game of the five-match series.

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