Paceman blasts back on to the world stage
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.