Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones faced Indian fans' wrath for what some dubbed as his "brain fade moment" on Twitter. India beat Australia by 26 runs (DLS) in a rain-curtailed first ODI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. Following India's comfortable victory, Jones tweeted: "So I see India needed a bit of rain to win that game. Ok ... bring on Game 2." The statement didn't go down too well with Indian cricket fans, who criticised him for the comments. India will have a chance to take a 2-0 series lead when they take on the visitors in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday.
Indian fans on Twitter were left fuming and took Jones to task for his statement.
Another brain fade moment for another Australian— Charan Raj (@Charanrajck) September 18, 2017
Rains are always good for the team batting second, U shud hv some cricketing knowledge to know that which I am afraid u don't. #INDvsAUS— Varun Garg (@IamV_Garg) September 18, 2017
If u would have played football u would have made a great defender— the_silly_point (@the_silly_point) September 18, 2017
What crap. R u serious. Hope u watched the game. India won it comprehensively— Romil Shukla (@RomilShukla) September 18, 2017
Sir you should take advice from specialists to improve your "digestion" problem— Vijay (@Im_VD04) September 18, 2017
So Australians always need some excuse to accept the loss . Come on uncle, be brave— Akshay VK18 Sharma (@akshaypasu) September 18, 2017
Visit your nearest psychiatrist asap...or else things could get worse..— Shubham Jain (@shubham_jain24) September 18, 2017
Hardik Pandya's all-round performance complemented by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's customary calm enabled India to record a comfortable win over Australia.
Courtesy Pandya's blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni's 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat. However, intermittent showers during the break played spoilsport as Australia were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Chasing the target, Australia did not have the best of starts and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Pandya (2/28) helping himself with a couple of wickets.
Young wrist spinners -- Kuldeep Yadav (2/33) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/30) then ran through the middle and lower order as India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
For Australia, Glenn Maxwell made a quickfire 39 off 18 balls while James Faulkner remained unbeaten on 32 off 25 deliveries but that was't enough for the visitors.