Pace­man blasts back on to the world stage

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - MATT COUGHLAN

AF­TER more than a year out of in­ter­na­tional cricket, Nathan Coul­ter-Nile made a stun­ning re­turn by top­pling In­dia’s top or­der in Chen­nai.

The in­jury-plagued fast bowler pro­duced a lethal open­ing spell in last night’s first ODI, with his outswing tempt­ing a trio of right-handed In­dian bats­man.

Coul­ter-Nile col­lected 3-12 off his first five overs in his first match for Aus­tralia since play­ing against the West In­dies in Bridgetown in June last year.

The 29-year-old has over­come the stress frac­ture in his back that sent him home from last year’s tour to Sri Lanka and ru­ined his sum­mer.

Coul­ter-Nile’s only cricket this year has been eight IPL matches for the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers.

In­dian opener Ajinkya Ra- hane (five) went first vic­tim, his wild swing at a ball wide out­side off found the edge and sailed into Matthew Wade’s gloves.

The prized wicket of Vi­rat Kohli for a duck was Coul­ter- Nile’s sec­ond scalp. The In­dian skip­per could not re­sist a drive and Glenn Maxwell leapt in the air at gully to take a one­handed catch.

Man­ish Pandey (two) nicked one to Wade to give Coul­ter-Nile his third wicket.

The West Aus­tralian pace­man fin­ished with fig­ures of 3-44 as the hosts fought back to set a tar­get of 282.

Af­ter the early car­nage, MS Dhoni com­bined with Hardik Pandya for a 118-run part­ner­ship.

While Dhoni ro­tated the strike, Pandya’s power hit­ting came to the fore as he hit three con­sec­u­tive sixes off leg spin­ner Adam Zampa (1-66) in the 37th over, which yielded 24 runs.

Pandya looked on his way to a hun­dred, but he top edged an at­tempted slog sweep to third man off Zampa to end his in­nings of 83 off 66 balls.

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