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Australia managed 243 before Rohit Sharma’s blistering century led India to a comfortable win
So India wrap up a comprehensive series win, and it’s no less than they deserve. They outplayed Australia for the majority of this shotgun tour at home, and emerge from it the best ODI side in the world, officially and otherwise.
They destroyed Australia today, whichever way you spin it. Again, the visitors laid a platform that provided hope, but as with the rhythm of the series they were reeled in and suffocated before succumbing. There were murmurs that 240-260 may have been competitive on a slow wicket, but India put paid to that with a batting exhibition of their own. Rohit Sharma, in particular, was absolutely majestic in his 125 from 109 balls. You’ll struggle to find ODI innings’ as sublime as the one he produced today. It goes without saying, Sharma is Man of the Match.
Pandey drills two balls down the ground from Faulkner to finally end Australia’s misery. I’ll have some post-match thoughts soon, and will make sure we get any post-series comments and awards, should they take place.
42nd over: India 235-3 (Pandey 3, Jadhav 5)
Zampa continues. A nice wrong’un to Pandey, who leaves his stumps open, but it doesn’t spin back enough. Good ball, little social win for Zampa there. Singles otherwise. We wait. We wait.
41st over: India 232-3 (Pandey 1, Jadhav 4)
Both batsmen just playing themselves in here. So where to for both teams now? India are just about unstoppable, Australia – notional world champions – seem a long way off. Beyond their well-documented perils with this surface, they’re structurally week – especially in the middle overs of a match. The Champions Trophy bore that out too.
40th over: India 231-3 (Pandey 0, Jadhav 4)
Two boundaries and two wickets from Zampa’s eventful over, though the equation remains the same: India will win this at a canter. These are those moments where we wait for the inevitable.
Now Kohli! He tries to hit Zampa inside-out over long off, but finds Stoinis at long-off instead. The captain smiles wryly, a little gloss taken off. Not to much though. They need 16 from 62. Pandey to the crease, though the crowd wanted Dhoni, it must be said.
Sharma holes out. What an innings. It was a long-hop from Zampa, and Sharma tried to heave it over the mid wicket grand stand. Sometimes those shorter ones can spin a little more off the wicket, and it left Sharma reaching for it. It caught the toe of his bat, and into the hands of Coulter-Nile about fifteen metres in from the boundary, taking it low. A standing ovation for Sharma – a wonderful innings.
39th over: India 223-1 (Kohli 35, Sharma 125)
Faulkner starts with a wide but there’s a bit of action: Wade takes it down leg-side, and as a result feels the need to whip off the bails (why wouldn’t you, I guess). Faulkner then appeals, Erasmus says no, and Smith reviews it. There’s nothing on hot-spot, so it’s a wide. Michael Clarke says ‘surely there’s a murmur there?’ No Michael, there was not. A few balls later, Sharma plants his front foot and whacks Faulkner over long on for six. “Like a golf swing,” says Clarke. On that I agree. A few more singles, another great over for India. What a shellacking this is. They would have chased 350 on this.
38th over: India 212-1 (Kohli 33, Sharma 117)
He’s not bad, Finch, conceding only singles in the main. But Kohli and Sharma are toying with the visitors, there’s no doubt. And then Kohli slaps Finch for four over mid wicket. Michael Clarke sounds very cross on TV – notes with tongue in cheek that Smith has opted for a slip to Sharma from Finch’s bowling ‘when he’s on 115. He didn’t have one when he was on zero’. About the fifth time today he’s gone for Smith.
37th over: India 203-1 (Kohli 26, Sharma 115)
Such an elegant batsman, Rohit. Here he swivels a shortish Coulter-Nile ball in between long leg and square leg – once-bounce four. Oh dear, then a six! Stands, no foot movement, and swings through the arc all the way. It’s like a pull shot with a straight-ish bat. On any other day that would’ve just been a normal back-of-a-length ball – maybe run to third man or left. Here, Sharma deals it a hefty blow.
36th over: India 189-1 (Kohli 24, Sharma 103)
There’s a bit of chat between Sharma, Kohli and physio Pat Farhart at the over’s end: does Sharma come off post ton? I thought he might’ve, but he’s staying out there. Very understandable, how often to you find yourself in that kind of nick in an international match? You may as well cash in for all it’s worth.
35th over: India 187-1 (Kohli 23, Sharma 102)
India need 63 from 96 as the over commences, and they start the over accordingly. Sharma does try and smash Coulter-Nile through mid wicket early early, but a bottom edge means no run as he sends Kohli scampering back. Sharma can barely run, it seems. And it stands to reason, as a shorter NCN delivery is pummelled, muscled, brutalised over mid wicket for six! There’s his hundred! It’s been a fantastic innings, 102* from 94 balls, after absorbing 14 balls without scoring. So 102 from 80 after that.
34th over: India 180-1 (Kohli 22, Sharma 96)
Cummins misfields from Finch’s first offering, giving Sharma two. Sharma then pushes one for a single. Kohli continues the rhythm with singles of his own. Their batting says ‘keep Finch on.’ I want to keep watching him too.
33rd over: India 174-1 (Kohli 20, Sharma 92)
1,1,1,2,1,0 from Cummins’ over – Sharma passed 6000 ODI runs, and nears a ton too. The only thing that could stop him, it seems, is a hamstring issue that looks increasingly problematic for him. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if he brings up his ton and retires hurt.
Interesting moment earlier…
Kohli missed one from Head, and Wade fumbled it before spilling it. Cameras fixed on Smith, whose glare was 80s Border-esque. It’s a tough surface, but Wade really does drop a lot of ball, it has to be said. Wonder where Smith’s head’s at with it all.
32nd over: India 168-1 (Kohli 18, Sharma 88)
India break the shackles somewhere here. Early, they’re content to milk Travis Head, adding to the lull that comes with the early knowledge of who will win. But from the last ball, Sharma advances and swings Head wide of mid on for six. Has he done a hammy in the process? Pat Farhart’s out there. Looks like we’ll take a drink as a result.
31st over: India 158-1 (Kohli 15, Sharma 81)
Only a leg bye from Cummins’ over, he’s bowling well. Theres’ an almost run-out from the first ball of the over – Kohli started coming down the non-strikers end after Sharma had slapped it to point. He was sent back, and survived.
30th over: India 157-1 (Kohli 15, Sharma 81)
Again, risk-free singles. Little bit of fire from Michael Clarke in the commentary box here, who castigates the visitors for ‘no positive body language’, ‘looking like they’re gone’. Earlier, he said they’d lacked aggression – he didn’t hold back. He then asked co-commentator Brad Hogg whether he’d don the gold again.
29th over: India 154-1 (Kohli 14, Sharma 79)
The crowd have started a Mexican Wave, this time with their mobile flashlights on. Does look pretty against the night backdrop. They know this is as good as done. Cummins only goes for three again, as conversation on TV turns to have far Australia have fallen in the ODI arena. May be better to think about it in terms of India’s ascension.
28th over: India 151-1 (Kohli 14, Sharma 76)
1,1,2,3,1,0 – another eight for India. They are positively coasting here. Surfing the wave of their crowd, their skill, and their obvious superiority to Australia. Here’s a band with the word ‘surf’ in their title, too:
27th over: India 143-1 (Kohli 8, Sharma 74)
As quiet as it gets, only one from Cummins’ over – to Kohli, who retains the strike. Smith may have brought back his strike man in a bid to create something on an otherwise docile pitch. India were happy to defend him. Meanwhile, the TV broadcasters show us a list of players with the highest ODI averages against Australia of all time. Both Sharma and Kohli feature, respectively. Where, you ask? Kohli fifth, Sharma first. Need one of those ‘beard stroking’ emoticons.
26th over: India 142-1 (Kohli 7, Sharma 74)
Tight enough from Zampa until Rohit Sharma has enough, and caresses him with technical and aesthetic aplomb over cover for four. It keeps India ticking over, seven from it.
25th over: India 135-1 (Kohli 4, Sharma 70)
More cleanliness from NCN, there’s only three from it. He just cramps batsmen. He’s usually full on off-stump, or fourth stump, with the occasional shorter one thrown in for variety. Not literally thrown, obviously. Very impressive.
24th over: India 132-1 (Kohli 2, Sharma 69)
Zampa starts with one quick and flat, but it’s short, and Sharma cuts him for four behind point. A single brings Kohli on strike, and he cuts a short one straight to Smith who misfields, sending the ball ricocheting down to mid off. He gives the customary low hand raised ‘sorry’. Good to see him back on the field, on the plus side. The early boundary allows the batsman to settle though, and their added singles gives them 8 from the over.
23rd over: India 124-1 (Kohli 0 Sharma 63)
Rahane found himself a boundary through the leg side before succumbing to Coulter-Nile, who himself seemed to find some tail that over, with the ball dipping in nicely on occasion. Australia will need to go on a run of wickets here to bring themselves back into it.
He’s out! NCN deserves it, he’s been unerring. Just worked too far across his crease there, Rahane. Replays shows the balls clipping this wickets, thus ‘Umpires Call’, and the soft signal condemned him. Kohli to the crease.
Coulter-Nile hits Rahane’s thigh pad as he steps across to flick one too the on-side. Coulter-Nile was up straight away and Erasmus gave it. Has Rahane shuffled a little too far? Looks it.
22nd over: India 120-0 (Rahane 57, Sharma 63)
So we’re into the territory where an Australian victory from here would register as one of their greatest ever. That’s how comfortable India look. Just as I type this, Wade puts one down. He’s up to the stumps keeping to Faulkner, and Rahane tries to run one down to third man, perhaps finer. It takes the edge, and Wade puts it down. One of those catches that tests technique and judgment as much as anything else, and Faulkner grimaces.
21st over: India 115-0 (Rahane 55, Sharma 60)
Our man NCN back, and he’s bowling that channel as per – there’s glides, and dots, and no dramas. It’s the NCN way. Four from it. Also, Smith just left the field to get his shoulder looked at. Wonder how bad it is?
20th over: India 111-0 (Rahane 53, Sharma 57)
Faulkner returns, and unlike his colleagues he doesn’t concede a boundary early. Rahane charges at him later on and swipes at one that spends a good amount of time in the air before falling short of mid wicket. It’s quiet as the crowd anticipates Rahane’s milestone and he delivers – hitting Faulkner straight back over his head for four to bring up a fifty of his own. India cruising.
19th over: India 105-0 (Rahane 48, Sharma 57)
It’s Stoinis, and he delivers a full toss early on that Sharma tickles around the corner for two to bring up his half century. That’s number 35, I’m told – that’s a lot of bat raising for your country to be fair. The crowd has barely died down before he swivels Stoinis for four to keep the festival of Sharma going. He takes another two behind point to make it a great one for India
18th over: India 96-0 (Rahane 47, Sharma 49)
Head’s probably been Australia’s best bowler so far. He’s a very good cricketer in my view, and he’s assisted by a decent pitch. Now, Smith has landed awkwardly on his shoulder. He grimaces, rolls it around, and doesn’t look happy. Brett Lee reminds us of when Shane Warne did this at the MCG. Think he missed a year for that. Smith is up.
17th over: India 85-0 (Rahane 46, Sharma 39)
Stoinis is back – and we’re back to the cross-seam, back of a length grind. The openers take it easy, and we have another three from it. That will be drinks. Let’s take a bit more correspondence. This time from Pete:
16th over: India 82-0 (Rahane 44, Sharma 38)
Three singles from Head’s over now, and he was up for a caught behind early on. It was off Rahane’s pads though; Head’s spin and bounce causing the misjudgment before Wade dived to snare it. No dice, though. Stoinis is on next over.
15th over: India 79-0 (Rahane 42, Sharma 37)
So it’s just singles interspersed with the odd boundary now. He’s prone to the occasional low, full-toss Zampa, and Rahane takes full toll mid way through the over. It’s a cover drive, and that boundary, plus the five singles around it, make for a fruitful over for India.
14th over: India 70-0 (Rahane 35, Sharma 35)
Head’s moving through his over quickly here, and concedes only one’s and two’s. At one point he finds Rahane’s inside edge, but the opener survives.
13th over: India 63-0 (Rahane 30, Sharma 35)
And now a big over for the home side. After a few more singles, Sharma charges down the track at Zampa. He wants to go inside-out over cover but the ball spins less than anticipated. It takes his outside edge but it’s thick enough to beat Wade and scoot away for four. But then he gets it right, after Zampa drops short and Sharma clobbers him square for four. Ten from the over.
12th over: India 53-0 (Rahane 29, Sharma 24)
Head’s introduced, and it’s milking season as he concedes a single from every delivery. It’s still early days, mathematically-speaking, but India is in serious control here. Wickets seem to exist in the great distance and Australia don’t have many to play with. 1,1,1,1,1,1 here.
11th over: India 47-0 (Rahane 26, Sharma 21)
Zampa into the attack now, and he beats Sharma (in flight, nothing more) from the off. Sharma checked his drive, the ball travelled through the air awhile, before skidding down to mid off for one. Three singles finish the over. Michael Clarke notes that both batsmen are batting ‘with no risk’. He’s right.
10th over: India 43-0 (Rahane 24, Sharma 19)
Faulkner comes on, and bang, concedes a boundary. It’s another crisp, easy-on-the-eye off drive. Stroked, not struck. Two more singles, and India win another over again. Hard to see wickets here.
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9th over: India 37-0 (Rahane 19, Sharma 18)
When does a solid start become a good start? Maybe here. India are going at just over four, which is good enough, and are wicketless. Part of Smith’s packed off-side trade-off is that he has to bring fine leg up. Stoinis errs, though, and Sharma flicks him mid-over right past that man and finds the boundary.
8th over: India 32-0 (Rahane 18, Sharma 14)
Sharma eventually pierces Smith’s sardine-packed off-side field and finds a boundary at the end of the over. That wasn’t before he swivelled 360 degrees through an NCN short ball, again underscoring the slowness of the wicket. Realise I’m hopping about in non-linear fashion here, but the West Australian finishes his over with a slower ball. That’s where we’re at. India looking untroubled, Australia need wickets fairly soon. I just doubt Australia’s ability to find a run of wickets through pressure – India are too well attuned to batting here.
7th over: India 28-0 (Rahane 18, Sharma 10)
So an officially solid start for India, who added three this over. It was delivered by Stoinis, who must have been brought on to satisfy Smith’s (and everyone else’s) instinct that this wicket will reward slow(er) bowling. Get ready for the grind. Back of a length bowling. Pace taken off. Checked drives.
6th over: India 25-0 (Rahane 17, Sharma 8)
Ooh, a beautiful cover drive from Rahane this time to start the over. Front foot in the preferred method so far, as Rahane opened the face and leant on Coulter-Nile’s otherwise well directed delivery. Shows the quality of the wicket, especially with the new ball ‘coming on’, as they say. Rahane’s prepared to relax after that, and he sees out the over.
5th over: India 21-0 (Rahane 13, Sharma 8)
And after Rahane finds an early single from Cummins, there’s still no runs for Sharma for the majority of the over. At one point he tries to pump Cummins out of the stadium, but inside edges it onto his toe and sends Cummins sprawling in an attempt to take a catch from the rebound.
4th over: India 12-0 (Rahane 12, Sharma 0)
No slips operating for Coulter-Nile, who’s nevertheless still managing to move the ball away. Wonder if that will hurt them later. Sharma, uncharacteristically, plays out a maiden though. NCN keeping things in a very tight channel. Sharma is nought from twelve, prompting something approaching a ‘tsk’ from the TV commentators. He’ll surely catch up.
3rd over: India 11-0 (Rahane 11, Sharma 0)
Rahane whips Cummins, very straight actually, between bowler and non-striker for four to start things off this over. He’s prepared to make that his major flourish for the over, before finding a single through mid-wicket later on. Rohit is yet to get off the mark, though he’s had little strike.
2nd over: India 6-0 (Rahane 6, Sharma 0)
Only one from Coulter-Nile’s over, who finds that characteristic away-shape straight away. Aside from one that he bangs into the wicket, the rest is full and both batsmen are watchful.
1st over: India 5-0 (Rahane 5, Sharma 0)
Cummins strikes Rahane on the pad first ball and there’s a huge appeal! Upire Erasmus says not out, Smith thinks about reviewing but the camera pans to Warner who’s coldly motioning that the ball was travelling over. His is the final word, and his judgment was right too. Two balls later and Rahane clips Cummins sumptuously off his pads for four. It was a little straight, not too much so, but it was full and exquisitely timed. New ball boundaries are the best boundaries. Now there’s a delay due to the position of a light(?) – there’s been plenty of similar delays this series – and we finish with five from the over.
Players are out on the ground
In the post innings interview, Marcus Stoinis was confident that the slower wicket would work to Australia’s advantage. ‘Cross seam, hit some pads’ was his key message. We’ll see. Australia feels a spinner short, especially without Zampa. Will we see Head get a bowl?
Damian’s got the idea
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After five matches, thousands of runs, handfuls of wickets, and memories that already need jogging, we arrive at the final innings of this shotgun ODI series.
A disappointing innings after a good start for Australia. Warner (53) and Finch (32) both looked in good nick but after Finch played a poor shot to concede his wicket it was downhill all the way. Australia’s batsmen couldn’t find any rhythm against India’s trio of spinners with the score lurching from 100-1 to 242-9 with precious few boundaries to speak of. Forties for Head and Stoinis threatened to send Australia to a decent total but they both fell before they could make a late charge.
Axar Patel’s 3-38 were the best figures but he was ably supported in a six-man attack without any deadweight. They all took advantage of what is a slower than expected surface, one proving difficult to time, especially against slower bowlers and off-pace deliveries.
50th over: Australia 242-9 (Cummins 2)
Kumar with the final delivery of the innings, Nathan Coulter-Nile swings, misses, and is castled. A comprehensive end to proceedings.
50th over: Australia 242-8 (Cummins 2)
Final over of the innings, and it begins with more bad cricket. Faulkner slogs a full toss down Pandya’s throat at long-on and he shells a straightforward catch running in.
49th over: Australia 237-7 (Faulkner 9)
Shocking cricket to start the penultimate over. Faulkner attempts a suicidal second run but the bowler can’t even try to gather the overly-aggressive throw and the batsman escapes despite being 20-yards out.
48th over: Australia 232-6 (Wade 18, Faulkner 6)
Finally Wade connects! Kumar begins the 48th over with a fuller wider one, it’s in Wade’s arc and it goes over the rope alongside the sightscreen. Wade tries again later in the over but he screws his drive and it’s in the air for an age before deep midwicket realises he can’t get around to make the catch.
47th over: Australia 220-6 (Wade 8, Faulkner 4)
More terrific death bowling from India, Bumrah this time shaking up his lengths and proving impossible to get away. Not a great audition from either batsman looking to stake their claims to remain in this Australian XI.
46th over: Australia 214-6 (Wade 4, Faulkner 2)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Bumrah for the death overs. Once again his mixture of pace and length is difficult to get away, especialy for two new batsmen, both looking to get on the front foot. Three singles, three dots and India tighten the screw further.
45th over: Australia 211-6 (Wade 3, Faulkner 0)
Is that a wicket? Faulkner edges Bumrah to a diving Dhoni second ball. Soft signal is out but the keeper wasn’t convinced he took it clean. First slow-mo replay shows the ball bouncing before it hits Dhoni’s gloves. The third umpire wants more angles but they’re horribly slow in arriving. Eventually Richard Illingworth’s patience is tested too far and he goes back on field to call not-out regardless.
45th over: Australia 210-6 (Wade 3)
Surely time for Stoinis to start teeing off as Bumrah returns to the attack.
44th over: Australia 210-5 (Stoinis 46, Wade 3)
Wade the new batsman but in current form not the player Australia need striding out to the crease. He tries to make up for his lack of timing by lap-sweeping everything Kuldeep sends down. Just five from another excellent over for India. Kuldeep ends with 0-48 from his ten.
43rd over: Australia 205-5 (Stoinis 43)
Kohli still persisting with spin as Axar bowls his final over. – and it’s a beauty!
42nd over: Australia 202-4 (Head 41, Stoinis 43)
Head has thrown his bat at plenty today without connecting often but he picks up four with a meaty slog sweep to dent Kuldeep’s figures.
41st over: Australia 195-4 (Head 34, Stoinis 43)
Axar Patel returns for his final two overs. He’s bowled beautifully today and continues that excellent form, giving little way with both batsmen looking to put their foot on the gas.
40th over: Australia 190-4 (Head 33, Stoinis 40)
Runs for Australia! Stoinis connects with a lofted wristy sweep for four and then waists deep in his crease for a loose delivery outside off that’s cut away powerfully. Is this the start of a late acceleration?
39th over: Australia 179-4 (Head 31, Stoinis 31)
Excellent over from Bumrah. Head swings and misses again before Stoinis’ outside edge is beaten from one that straightens. There’s an inch-perfect yorker in there for good measure as well as Australia can only find one run from the six deliveries.
38th over: Australia 178-4 (Head 30, Stoinis 31)
Kuldeep continues after drinks, and he continues to flight the ball and tease Australia’s batsmen. This pair seem comfortable just accumulating for the time being though, keeping wickets in hand for a late assault.
37th over: Australia 173-4 (Head 26, Stoinis 30)
Another excellent over for India.
Was a pleasure to meet young Kuldeep when I was last in India. I really enjoy watching him bowl & cause confusion, even against Oz #INDvAUS
36th over: Australia 171-4 (Head 25, Stoinis 29)
Another tight over from Kuldeep who continues to tease, tossing the ball up, inviting the big shot. Stoinis is circumspect but Head fancies himself even though he’s lacked timing. Michael Clarke on TV thinks Head’s not picking the spin.
35th over: Australia 168-4 (Head 24, Stoinis 27)
Paceman Bumrah back into the attack, replacing the standout Axar, who has two overs remaining.
34th over: Australia 165-4 (Head 23, Stoinis 25)
Kuldeep Yadav continues India’s spin assault with his left-arm legspin. He returns to the attack well, turning the ball into Stoinis who struggles to get him away, and Head is unable to make contact with a couple of lusty slog sweeps. The second of those is reviewed by India with the suspicion of an under-edge through to Dhoni but DRS reveals no deflection.
5th ODI: 13 runs came from Kedar Jadhav’s 10th over. He’s bowled 10 overs for the first time in ODIs. Aus: 158/4 #INDvAUS
33rd over: Australia 162-4 (Head 22, Stoinis 24)
Axar not so easy to attack with his height and variation of angles. Australia settle for four singles as this vital partnership continues to grow.
32nd over: Australia 158-4 (Head 21, Stoinis 21)
Australia quite smartly move into counterattacking mode in Jadhav’s final over. A well-timed sweep earns Head four before Stoinis goes downtown for six back over the bowler’s head. Scratching around wasn’t working, and both these batsmen have big powerful levers to belt them out of trouble.
31st over: Australia 145-4 (Head 15, Stoinis 14)
Stoinis is living on borrowed time out there. He swipes and misses at a wide long hop then gets away with two genuine outside edges that both beat keeper and slip. Axar is bowling beautifully and deserves more reward.
30th over: Australia 139-4 (Head 15, Stoinis 8)
Jadhav into his ninth over, and he gets away with an obvious wide first up that isn’t given. Just three singles to show for Australia’s scratching around at the crease.
Kedar Jadhav in his 9th over!
The longest he has bowled for India
8-0-27-0 vs NZ at Ranchi in 26-10-2016#IndvAus
29th over: Australia 136-4 (Head 14, Stoinis 6)
Axar maintains the pressure with an opening pair of dot balls but Head relieves the pressure with a beautiful cover drive for four from the third. A hat-trick of dots follows as Australia continue to struggle to rotate the strike.
First 10 overs – 60/0 (10 fours)
Since spinners came on – 69/4 in 17 overs (Four fours)#INDvAUS
28th over: Australia 132-4 (Head 10, Stoinis 6)
Jadhav rattles through another parsimonious over. This partnership is huge now for Australia, especially if they continue to absorb dot balls. Run-rate down to 4.7 rpo.
27th over: Australia 129-4 (Head 8, Stoinis 5)
Kiss of death almost for Stoinis who changes tack from playing straight and attempts to sweep. Predictably he misses but is struck outside the line of off-stump and survives. Later in the over Axar finds a genuine edge from Stoinis’ bat but Dhoni isn’t alert to the chance and it skips to third-man to the left of first slip. Australia not looking like they’re going to post anything intimidating at the moment.
26th over: Australia 123-4 (Head 7, Stoinis 0)
Both new batsmen trying to play straight and it pays dividends with Head driving the first boundary in aeons just past the non-striker. It’s the only scoring shot of the over though, another good one for Jadhav.
25th over: Australia 119-4 (Head 3, Stoinis 0)
Just one run and the wicket from an excellent Axar Patel over.
Um, what was I just saying? Handscomb goes for the sweep again but Axar generates more bounce than Jadhav which leads to a ballooning top edge that Rahane comfortably collects running from slip a few metres behind the stumps.
Not very smart batting from Australia today.
24th over: Australia 118-3 (Handscomb 13, Head 2)
Handscomb pulls out the paddle sweep for the second time against Jadhav to earn himself two, it’s a risky shot in these conditions. Otherwise Australia again struggle to get the roundarmers away.
23rd over: Australia 114-3 (Handscomb 10, Head 1)
India’s spinners have turned this match on its head. Australia raced to a strong start but since spin was introduced the run-rate has stalled and wickets have gradually fallen.
Warner shattered with that dismissal.
The pressure eventually tells, Warner chipping Axar to long-on for 53. The poor bloke looked cream crackered as he trudged off and it was a shot full of fatigue.
22nd over: Australia 111-2 (Warner 53, Handscomb 8)
Jadhav into his fifth over and these are no longer bonus overs for Kohli, the part-timer is a key weapon with his low skiddy deliveries on a slow barely-bouncing pitch. Five from this one with neither batsman looking to hit out.
21st over: Australia 106-2 (Warner 52, Handscomb 4)
Another good over from Axar, just three from it, including one delivery that beats Handscomb and only just passes the off stump. India now turning the screw with their spinners in the heat.
20th over: Australia 103-2 (Warner 51, Handscomb 2)
Before Smith decided on his ill-advised stroke, Warner brought up an excellent 50 to continue his excellent form from Bengaluru.
Jadhav does it again! Roundarm over the wicket, gun-barrel straight, after playing in the V for so long Smith sweeps out of nowhere, misses, and the umpire’s finger goes up in a flash. Another gift for India.
19th over: Australia 98-1 (Warner 49, Smith 15)
A pretty lengthy drinks interval ends with Axar Patel introduced for the first time today. Warner and Smith respect his flighted left-arm orthodox deliveries, rotating the strike for four easy singles.
18th over: Australia 94-1 (Warner 47, Smith 13)
Warner really looks to be feeling the heat out there. No surprise considering the workload he’s shouldered on this tour of Bangladesh and India.
17th over: Australia 90-1 (Warner 45, Smith 11)
India rattling through their work with spin from both ends and after a dry spell Australia find the boundary again. Warner driving the excellent Kuldeep with precision through the covers.
16th over: Australia 82-1 (Warner 39, Smith 9)
Jadhav is terrific fun. Comedy wides and full tosses jostle for attention with decent deliveries, making him awkward to get away. Neither batsman can get hold of what look like innocuous pies, which is great news for India.
15th over: Australia 78-1 (Warner 37, Smith 8)
Kuldeep continues with his left-arm legspin over the wicket to Smith who blocks the first delivery – the seventh Kuldeep dot in a row – before using his feet to drive a single into the outfield. Warner is immediately onto the reverse sweep to make sure he’s not on strike for long. Smith repeats the trick of earlier to keep the scoreboard moving, but it’s another good series from the young bowler.
14th over: Australia 74-1 (Warner 35, Smith 6)
Kedar Jadhav had a golden roundarm in Bengaluru and the part-timer is given a chance early here.
13th over: Australia 71-1 (Warner 34, Smith 5)
Maiden from Kuldeep to Smith. The Aussie skipper is reaching, trying to whip Kuldeep to leg, but he keeps hitting fielders with shots not right out of the screws. The occasional googly keeps Smith watchful.
12th over: Australia 71-1 (Warner 34, Smith 5)
Smith makes his presence at the crease known with the most authoritative front foot cover drive. Ooomph, that was tasty. But the story of the over is Finch’s dismissal. He looked so easy at the crease before that, working singles from the good balls, dispatching the bad, but he went for the wrong shot to the wrong ball and now his skipper is in the middle.
Gift for India! Pandya continues and out of nowhere Finch throws his wicket away, aiming a lofted cover drive to a slower ball that Bumrah does his absolute best to drop at mid-off but he somehow clings on to send Finch on his way.
11th over: Australia 63-0 (Warner 31, Finch 32)
Kuldeep Yadav’s left-arm leggies into the attack early and it will be fascinating to see how this slow surface responds.
Warner-Finch become the 4th opening pair to score 2⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ODI runs after…
10th over: Australia 60-0 (Warner 29, Finch 31)
Kohli isn’t the funkiest of captains, especially with his new ball bowlers, but he has to take action and remove Bumrah from the attack – and it’s Pandya who replaces him.
9th over: Australia 54-0 (Warner 28, Finch 26)
50-up for Australia with one of Warner’s heavy-handed glides through the covers. He makes those off-side strokes look simultaneously delicate and brutal when he’s in top form.
8th over: Australia 48-0 (Warner 23, Finch 25)
Yet more boundaries on the leg-side for Australia. Bumrah too straight again, first allowing Finch to glide to the vacant fine-leg, then in the slot to be lofted over midwicket and finally a full half-volley that is punched effortlessly back down the ground.
7th over: Australia 35-0 (Warner 22, Finch 13)
After that flurry of boundaries, back to a steady accumulation of singles for Australia against Kumar.
You know it has been a funny old week when it ends with Jos Buttler and Steven Finn getting papped throwing a dildo around
6th over: Australia 33-0 (Warner 21, Finch 12)
Almost every run has been scored on the leg-side so far, an indication of both the line India have bowled, and the slowness of the pitch, enabling anything short to be worked into gaps. The latest on-side boundary arrives after Bumrah switches around the wicket but again drops short and allows Warner to jab wide of mid-on. The next four is more classical. Warner standing and delivery at the crease, carving a decent length delivery through the covers.
5th over: Australia 21-0 (Warner 10, Finch 11)
Warner’s into the boundaries now as well. After three very tight overs India’s bowlers have shown there is no margin for error on this surface. Anything slightly short has been seized upon, most recently Warner flicking off his hip towards midwicket.
4th over: Australia 14-0 (Warner 5, Finch 9)
Finch releases the shackles with the first boundaries of the innings. Bumrah drops short twice and the Australian opener is on both like a flash, pulling well in front of square for the first four, just behind for the second. The first was beautifully timed, the second not so much, but the outfield is like a runway.
3rd over: Australia 5-0 (Warner 4, Finch 1)
India keeping things tight early on. Just three from a disciplined Kumar over, including a very neatly taken single from the final delivery showing Australia are alert to the situation and keen to keep the scoreboard moving.
2nd over: Australia 2-0 (Warner 2, Finch 0)
Jasprit Bumrah has a new ball of his own to send down. He begins with a perfect fourth stump line and length, keeping Finch calm for a very good maiden.
@JPHowcroft England’s ‘slim chance & no chance’… Genuinely bullish re: Ashes? Mainly due to home advantage?
1st over: Australia 2-0 (Warner 2, Finch 0)
Warner and Finch, both in excellent nick, open the batting for Australia. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball for India.
While the international 50-over side is in action the best of the domestic aspirants have been competing in the early rounds of the JLT One-Day Cup.
Earlier today South Australia (240-8) defeated Queensland (157 ) courtesy of an unbeaten 115 from Tom Cooper and five wickets to Joe Mennie. There were low scores for Usman Khawaja (8) and Matt Renshaw (1), while Mitchell Swepson failed to take a wicket.
The Ben Stokes imbroglio rumbles on in the background to this match, as was the case in Bengaluru. The status of England’s allrounder threatens to tilt the balance of the Ashes one way or the other. Those ways being slim chance and no chance.
The famously diplomatic Ian Chappell began a column for ESPN this week with the following excoriating opening paragraph.
With Ben Stokes in the team, England have a realistic chance of retaining the Ashes. If he is missing through suspension following his late-night altercation in Bristol, then there’s more chance of the Brexit decision being reversed than of England clinging to the urn.
There’s also a surprisingly interesting F1 Grand Prix unfolding in Malaysia.
If you want to keep an eye on the NRL grand final, Paul Connolly is all over that not insignificant parcel of sport right here:
Ah, that explains things – Kane Richardson is ill, apparently, hence Faulkner’s recall.
It’s hot and hazy in Nagpur with temperatures in the low 30s for most of the match.
One change for Australia, and it’s a curious one, unless the hitherto excellent Kane Richardson is injured, because he’s been replaced by James Faulkner.
Australia: Warner, Finch, Head, Smith(c), Handscomb, Stoinis, Wade (wk), Faulkner, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Zampa.
Three bowling changes for the hosts following the disappointing showing in Bengaluru. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep come in for Chahal, Shami, and Umesh.
IND XI: A Rahane, RG Sharma, V Kohli, K Jadhav, M Pandey, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, A Patel, B Kumar, K Yadav, J Bumrah
Good evening everybody and welcome to OBO coverage of the fifth and final ODI of Australia’s tour of India.
The visitors averted a series whitewash in Bengaluru, halting India’s quest for 10 ODI victories in a row in the process. It was a victory set up by an incredible partnership between Aaron Finch and David Warner at the top of the order, and despite the rest of the line-up failing to cash in, a solid total was posted, and subsequently defended.
Jonathan will be here shortly. Here’s how Australia ensured there won’t be a whitewash this series with their first victory earlier in the week:
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/oct/01/india-v-australia-fifth-one-day-international-live
- Australia 334-5; India 313-8: Australia win by 21 runs
- David Warner and Aaron Finch star as tourists narrow series deficit
A David Warner century inspired Australia to a victory in the fourth one-day international against India, restoring some pride for the tourists with the series already lost.
Warner’s 124 in his 100th match helped his side set India 335 to win, a target that the hosts fell 22 runs short of after some classy bowling at the death from Australia.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/28/david-warner-hundred-for-australia-sets-up-timely-win-over-india
David Warner and Aaron Finch put on 231 for the first wicket before the tourists ably defended a total of 334 in Bangalore
Closed out nicely by Australia, they’ve done it easy in the end. So it won’t be ten on the trot for India, and the visitors arrest a terrible slide away from home, their first away triumph after a dozen losses in a streak that lasted nearly a year.
The Australian quicks were fantastic in the defence of 334. Kane Richardson finished with 3/58 after conceding two sixes in his first over, fighting back across multiple spells. It was much the same for Cummins (1/59) and Coulter-Nile (2/56) who were asked to keep chopping and changing, all getting better as the night went on.
“I think that’s just about it” suggests Brett Lee. You’d hope so for Australia, NCN picking up Axar holing out to the first ball of the last over, India needing 29 from five balls. A second wicket to him. Another who has more than earned his keep tonight.
49th over: India 306-7 (Axar 5, Shami 1)
They can’t get Cummins away, not in a meaningful way in the context of the final result, which seems assured now. Smith has the DLS sheet out of his pocket again, but he’s all set now. A leading edge from Axar should have gone to hand with any luck – he deserved another. Brilliant final spell here from the attack-leader. Especially after a poor start. Five from it, giving him 1/59 for the night. Well bowled. In theory, 29 to win in six balls. NCN to finish it off.
48th over: India 301-7 (Axar 1, Shami 0)
Shami can’t get his first ball away, so it is only the one scoring shot from the over. Albeit a Dhoni six, but he was done next ball. 34 from two overs. Not unheard of in the T20 era, but with two new batsmen who have faced a ball each. Cummins to bowl the penultimate set.
Richardson has all-but won the game for Australia. And he’s deserved it too, dotting up Dhoni with a series of cutters and slower balls. The champion batsman got him away over the cover rope with a muscular slap, but chopped on when trying to repeat the dose. A wicket well-earned. India now need 34 from 13 balls with their masterful chaser no more.
47th over: India 295-6 (Dhoni 7, Axar 1)
Brett Lee has made up a term, saying it was “fairy rain” that had them come off earlier. Anyway, not him: the cricket. Dhoni. DHONI. Clever, gets out of the way when Cummins strays, helping the ball on its way. Next ball he charges. Nearly chops on! Wade makes a good save. Nearly chops on again. All happening, to borrow from WM Lawry. Cummins a third time too quick to Dhoni, who can’t get him to the rope. Six runs and a wicket; Australia have won that over. India now need 40 from three overs.
Big swing, but Pandey can’t shovel it over midwicket. He misses, Cummins hits. Simple as that.
46th over: India 289-5 (Pandey 33, Dhoni 2)
Seven and a wicket from the over, so it is advantage Australia. 46 left from 24 balls. Dhoni gets two from his first ball, running hard and creating some pressure, which forces the misfield on the rope. Pandey striking them beautifully as well. “It was like Usain Bolt finishing a race” Harsha says of Dhoni.
Maybe it is a good outcome for India? Richardson has earned that wicket, four balls into another fine over of late-innings bowling. Jadhav threw his hands at a ball outside the off-stump, not getting enough of it, Finch doing the rest at the cover boundary. But before the ball had even been caught the crowd were chanting DHONI. The man they obsess over more than any other comes to the crease with 49 needed from 26 balls. And if you want anyone walking out right now to chase it down, it is him.
45th over: India 282-4 (Jadhav 64, Pandey 31)
Cummins back. Pandey gets just enough on it to bunt two behind point to start. They’ll take it. But it is Jadhav who makes the bigger dent when the chance comes, flaying through point with control. He’s premeditating deep in the crease, but the width is thre. Cummins bites back with a rapid off-cutter, that he just keeps out. He then lands the yorker of the night. Deserve a wicket with that; absolutely perfect, to the man who was on the advance as well. More class to finish it, dropping back to crash into Jadhav’s thigh pad. All up, eight from it. 53 in five overs the new equation.
44th over: India 274-4 (Jadhav 60, Pandey 28)
Richardson back and begins with the most immaculate slower ball, beating the bat of Pandey. Another change up next, from the side of his hand. Nails a yorker, too. Richardson has barely done a thing wrong since his first over. Missed a full toss to finish, so it is only five from the set. Bowled, Richo. 61 from 36 needed. Might be time to throw one a wicket away in order to get Dhoni in.
43rd over: India 269-4 (Jadhav 58, Pandey 25)
PANDEY! NCN on a good length at the stumps but the right-hander plays a glorious stroke into the crowd at midwicket. What remarkable timing! Flick of the wrist has sent it 80+ metres. “Bring the length back” we can see Smith mouthing on the TV. Not wrong. He does and it’s over. Ten from it though, just what they needed since coming back out.
42nd over: India 259-4 (Jadhav 55, Pandey 18)
Commentators are very adamant that there was no real rain across the 23-minute delay. Given it was so brief, no time lost from the game. It ends up a very good over for the hosts either side of the break, Pandey finding the gap at cow corner to end Zampa’s set. I reckon they might go elsewhere from that end at this stage. He has one over left.
That happened quick! We are back! Zampa straight into it with an LBW shout, turned down. DRS used.
“It is bordering on ridiculous that we are off the field.”
Says the commentator on TV. Apparently not a lot of rain, but Smith has an umbrella up anyway on the Australian balcony. Like that. Like that a lot. Brad Hogg says that a storm must be on the way. Either way, they are off and the covers are on.
Well! Pandey smashes Zampa through cover for four… and then the umpires take them off. Covers on. It narrows the margin from four runs to two in the space of the ball, but DLS dictates that they would need to br 253-4 at this stage in order to be ahead. Plenty of time for them to get back on there if/when it stops. The waiting game begins, Australia with their noses ahead.
41st over: India 247-4 (Jadhav 53, Pandey 9)
NCN has been fantastic tonight. Both he and Richardson have showed their experience, good T20 lengths to prevent potent swings. Now I’ve written that, to the final ball the big quick does attack the stumps, Jadhav needing no hesitation to clip through midwicket. It could be an important boundary too, with a bit of rain about. India now only four runs behind the par score with DLS. Smith has the piece of paper out of his pocket clarifying that fact between the overs. Jadhav to 50 with the shot as well.
40th over: India 240-4 (Jadhav 48, Pandey 7)
Full bunger from Zampa; the first of those we have seen from him in a while. Wipes his hands on the towel in the best traditions of spinners who have just been hit for four, suggesting it is slipperly. Pandey away, nevertheless. He’s using his feet again later in the over, but can’t find a gap. Lovely dot to finish, a leg before dismissal turned down. No consideration of a review. Looked pretty good? Anyway, it’s seven from the over as the gap between runs needed and balls left grows further. And perhaps as importantly, the end of the period where only four are allowed outside the circle. Ten overs, 95 runs. If they get there from here, it’ll be quite the win. In their interests to get Dhoni in ASAP.
39th over: India 233-4 (Jadhav 47, Pandey 1)
NCN’s turn again. Was able to breakthrough almost immediately earlier on. Jadhav instead wants to score, and has to. He’s down the track and flicking at the point of contact, down to the gap at midwicket for four. A timely boundary. But the big quick keeps banging it in short of a length, conceding only two further singles. A run a ball won’t do it from here, now needing 9.27 an over.
38th over: India 227-4 (Jadhav 42, Pandey 1)
NOT OUT! He dragged the foot, but was grounded at the point of contact. Top over from Zampa, two runs to go with the wicket. Beats the bat between times. The leggie was sloppy in his first spell, smashed in his second but could be the matchwinner in the end.
HAS WADE STUMPED JADHAV? Going upstairs to find out. A cheeky little backhand attempt.
Superb from Zampa! Back into the attack but only his second ball of the spell to his nemesis Pandya, who cannot help himself first ball of the new over. Tries to thrash a ball outside the off-stump but doesn’t pick the added bounce, a fat top edge going high to Warner running around from long-off. Good catch under the lights. A lot to like about Zampa’s resilience there. Australia – dare I say it – should win from here.
37th over: India 225-3 (Pandya 41, Jadhav 41)
Richardson won’t get a ton of love for the tour he is having, but I’ve enjoyed his work. Just bangs it in short of a length with any number of different grips. No room for proper swinging of arms there, singles to sweepers through tucks and sweeps the best option. A fifth single ends the over with a relatively quick single to Dave Warner, but he doesn’t hit. They were probably home. They cut to Hilton Cartwright mid over banging a couple of kitchen knives together. Sure. Turns out they were to clean the spikes of one of his teammates between overs. Pretty useful service from the 12th Man there.
36th over: India 220-3 (Pandya 39, Jadhav 38)
I like this a lot: Zampa is back. He’s operating at Jadhav rather than his nemesis Pandya in the first instance. Really good start with an lbw appeal, then a big turning leg break. Four dots on the trot when he misses a full toss! The pressure relieved with a single. Right. One ball to come, one run from it so far. Zampa v Pandya. Surely he goes at him? He does not. That’s a high-quality dot, pitching leg on the perfect length, denying a big swing. Pandya keeps the strike with a single. 116 from 85 means the required rate is now 8.2 an over across 14.
35th over: India 218-3 (Pandya 38, Jadhav 37)
Kane Richardson’s turn to see if he can put in another tight spell. He’s improved through the night so far. He’s missed second up with a yorker, clipped by Pandya past square leg. Hasn’t faced many balls of late but a reminder that he can finds the rope at will. No further runs though. That’s fine bowling. 117 from 90 needed now. When do they go hard? Dhoni to come. Pandey too.
34th over: India 213-3 (Pandya 33, Jadhav 37)
There it is again, Jadhav decides to take a proper swing and makes wonderful contact after charging Stoinis. He’s right on top of the medium pacer. It’s into the crowd at long-off. Expect to see more of that after drinks with 7.6 an over still needed. Well set for a quality finish. Just as they are on the final day of the county cricket, as they scrap it out for who stays in the top flight. Follow that with Will on the other blog.
Hope for Middlesex: Dawson flashes at The Other Ryan Sidebottom and is caught at first slip! Five more for Warks… Dawson made 9 from 95.
33rd over: India 204-3 (Pandya 32, Jadhav 29)
Cummins a fine job in this set. Pandya hasn’t much strike of late an takes one first ball to mid-off. They had to motor, but got there comfortably in the end. He’s right on the money to Javhav throughout the rest. Until the very last ball… another wide from Cummins down the legside. Is this going to happen again, where India get out of the over with runs at the back end? Nup. Just a single to third man. Jadhav keeps the strike. Three from it. Bowled, Patrick.
This is going to be a good finish. The wickets of Rohit and Kohli have thrown an opportunity towards Jadhav and Pandya
32nd over: India 201-3 (Pandya 31, Jadhav 28)
Now they’re both coooking. Second over in a row where the bowler has done a fine job until the final two balls. This time Stoinis drops short and is slapped by Jadhav to the rope at midwicket. Next, it’s short enough again for the batsman to thrash through point. 200 up with the shot. Required rate still hovering around 7.7. Doing that nicely at the moment, without many risks.
On a practical level, no Ashes tour for Ben Stokes as things stand. But Alex Hales free to play in SA domestic T20 league
ECB have given themselves a bit of breathing space to consider everything away from the game tomorrow and deal with things appropriately
31st over: India 191-3 (Pandya 30, Jadhav 19)
Less effective from Cummins this time around, starting well before spraying a wide down the legside that Wade can’t glove, two added. Jadhav gets one away to third man off an edge next ball; the bottom of the bat by the looks of the replay. Then keeps the strike in that direction as well, with a single. Nine from it.
Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.
Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.
30th over: India 182-3 (Pandya 29, Jadhav 13)
Stoinis! Didn’t look like we were going to see him again in this match going straight off the ground reaching for his groin. Used here in favour of Zampa. Tough call to take the young spinner out of the attack rather than giving him a chance to force the error, but there we have it. Jadhav up the business end for the bulk of this over though, picking up the eight they require to keep with the rough required rate. Highlight a boundary pulled through midwicket into the gap from a fairly loose delivery. Stoinis not quick enough to get away with that, especially on a track without much life in it for the most part.
29th over: India 175-3 (Pandya 27, Jadhav 8)
Cummins back for NCN, Smith rotating the quicks at that end. He’s quick from the get-go, smacking into Pandya’s thigh. Looks like it must have been fleshy based on the response. Have a bruise for that, mate, the bowler would have informed. Superb piece of bowling to finish the over, beating Jadhav with a beauty outside the off-stump. He didn’t get any movement in his opening spell with the new ball, but that is genuine outswing. Change has worked well, only two from the over. 160 from 128 needed.
28th over: India 173-3 (Pandya 26, Jadhav 7)
PANDYAMONIUM! Knew it had to come soon, Zampa the man he targets just as he did to begin the series. He just flat-bats the first of two sixes, deep midwicket cleared by a long way. Zampa tries to deceive him into a false stroke outside the off-stump, but he goes again! Over extra cover for six more. Well, that’ll do. TV graphic shows that Pandya has 50 runs from 26 Zampa balls at him in this series. Feels about right. He fights back with a good final ball, landing his topspinner and forcing respect. Will Smith keep backing Zampa? Has the runs to play with to buy the wicket, doesn’t he?
27th over: India 158-3 (Pandya 13, Jadhav 5)
Pandya clips a couple out to the sweeper to begin. Working into his innings. Javhad does likewise later in the over. A really close catching midwicket next to the pitch introduced, suggesting that they are going to attack Pandya’s stumps with seam. Six from it. But they need a bit more than that 177 to get at 7.7 an over from this point. “There are too many runs to get to rebuild,” observes Harsha. In other words, Pandyamoooodium probably coming soon.
26th over: India 152-3 (Pandya 10, Jadhav 2)
Good time to bring Zampa back. He struggled earlier, but two new men. And Pandya will go at him, no question about that. Loves attacking spin of any kind and has already taken Zampa down in this series. It’s a really good over too, eating Pandya outside the off-stump with a slower delivery well outside the off-stump, keeping him honest either side with top-spinners directed at the woodwork. Should be a good contest between these two over the next few overs.
25rd over: India 149-3 (Pandya 8, Jadhav 1)
Harsha on the TV is gutted that Kohli has departed. But India still in decent enough nick with ample depth and experience in these chases. Jadhav, the new man, off the mark with a steer to third man. Pandya keeps the strike with a tuck. Two runs and the huge wicket from it. Perfect return to the attack from NCN.
Fantastic bowling change! NCN returns to the attack and second ball has Kohli! The captain chops on from the crease. Undone trying to get a bit cute, not a lot of footwork. Cinnaswamy, momentarily, silenced.
24rd over: India 147-2 (Kohli 21, Pandya 7)
Right, it is Pandya at four, as he was at Indore. The internet nearly exploded when he was elevated up the list in that game on Sunday. He was the matchwinner. Kohli the first to find the boundary here though, a superb cover drive. His best shot yet. Pandya’s turn comes though – BIG over long-on, in keeping with what we have seen throughout from the emerging star of the game in this series. Can’t let these two get into a groove. They’ve done well to get the openers, but Australia can’t rest.
What a mess! Kohli to backward point, well stopped by Smith who makes a wonderful take and throw at the ‘keeper’s end. It misses, but they are both ball-watching, ending up at that end. It gives Head, who is backing up, sufficient time to get it down to the non-strikers’ end for Richardson to take the bails. One brings two! On reflection, utterly brilliant from Smith to make the stop to begin with. Full five, one hand, the works.
Earlier in the over, Kohli played a glorious clip from middle stump through the onside for four. Stat flashes up on TV that he is the fastest to 2000 ODI runs as captain. That’s in 36 matches, the next quickest ABDV in 41.
22nd over: India 127-1 (Rohit 63, Kohli 10)
A graphic comes up on TV showing how closely Head’s deliveries have been. Very consistent for a spinner usually identified as a part-timer. But he’s a better bowler than that. Doesn’t stop Rohit though! Nothing wrong with the penultimate ball of this over but Rohit comes down the track to meet the ball at the pitch and hits him over his head for six. That’s one way to hit a bowler of their line and length. Good response from Head though, straight back on it to end the set.
21st over: India 119-1 (Rohit 56, Kohli 9)
Richardson again. Was a good change getting him on for Zampa, who was struggling early. Four singles to the sweepers but nothing more. Pattern of his match in Indore too, battled early on but once the South Australian found his groove became very hard to get away. Essentially filling the John Hastings role and doing it well.
20th over: India 115-1 (Rohit 54, Kohli 7)
Head stays on. And Stonis gets his first workout there, having to chase hard behind the ‘keeper after the captain Kohli executes a little glide. Big dive, but can’t stop it. First boundary for Virat. And he’s dropped last ball of the over! That could be a very big moment in the context of this game. Head has earned the return catch taken off the back foot from Kohli, so it wasn’t going too quickly. He dives to his left and it doesn’t stick. Proooobably should have done better there. Either way, it’s a legit dropped catch. The champion survives. Australia on top at the moment.
If you close your eyes and just listen, the ovation Kohli gets when he goes out to bat these days brings back memories of No.10. #INDvAUS
19th over: India 108-1 (Rohit 53, Kohli 1)
Right, so Richardson has got the incision. Clutch take from Finch. But that brings Virat to the middle, and we certainly know it with the huge response from the crowd. They love him in Bangalore, that’s for sure. Off the mark with a single to third man to end the over. Two from it. Just what Australia needed. Oh, and the camera cuts to Marcus Stoinis… he’s back on the field! Given the way he left, that’s quite surprising.
First ball after drinks! Rahane makes room to slap down the ground and nearly goes the whole way but Finch completes a good catch running around at long-on. Super hand from the opener. But now a chance for Australia to force their way into this the old-fashioned way: quick wickets.
18th over: India 106-0 (Rahane 53, Rohit 52)
“Yeeesss, Heady! That’s close to a nick mate!” Matthew Wade, of course, encouraging his off-spinner from behind the pegs. He is doing a lovely job again, pushing through the last over before the drinks break for just three singles. Against the flow of play, he has 0-11 from three. They drink with the home side, according to my CricViz app, a 54% chance of winning from here. Australia at 42 and the tie four. Before you yell at me/them, remember that their numbers are backward looking. Still pretty fun to keep an eye on in chases like this.
17th over: India 103-0 (Rahane 51, Rohit 51)
Another second-decker! Rohit has gone BIG over midwicket, picking up a quicker Zampa delivery nice and early, down into the slog-sweep position and delivering! AND AGAIN! Longer this time! To 50 he moves as well with the Indian 100 as well. Superb over, worth 14. Magnificent clean hitting from the opener. He’s seen Rahane go at a better clip throughout, but now pulled even. Slog-sweeps suggest something ugly, but they were both very pretty indeed.
16th over: India 89-0 (Rahane 50, Rohit 38)
Down the ground goes Rahane to classy half-century, his third on the bounce. Head going nicely here, beats Rohit then pushes Rahane deep back in the crease. Gives it a real rip. Done well since coming into the Australian white-ball XI last year in the West Indies to now push ahead of Maxwell. Twice now he’s been kept when the Victorian dropped. Not least due to the fact that Smith rates his spin as a better option. Wade creates some levity to end the over, throwing the ball back to the bowler and hitting Rahane on the helmet. Laughs all round. Play on.
Best resign yourself to the fact that you will NEVER be allowed home now, Adam!
15th over: India 85-0 (Rahane 48, Rohit 36)
Zampa just taking a while to find it here. In his first over he was too short, now too full. But again he’s saved any real scoreboard damage, conceding just the four in the over. Won’t be claiming any wickets with that, though.
14th over: India 81-0 (Rahane 46, Rohit 34)
Trav Head on from the end Stoinis was operating from. Nice cover drive/slap from Rohit gets him a couple, nearly beating the sweeper. But Head does this well, rushing through a 60-second over. Spoke too soon: gives away an overthrow last ball, Rohit to retain the strike as a result. Four from it. Two spinners operating, Australia need to find something before the accumulation phase catches up with them.
13th over: India 77-0 (Rahane 45, Rohit 31)
Zampa back into the XI with Agar injured. Bit stiff to be dropped given the 18 months he’s had in the canary yellow. Takes him a while to find his length, dropping short a few times in a row through the middle portion of the over. But gets away with it. Five singles.
12th over: India 72-0 (Rahane 42, Rohit 29)
Finch completes the over with his left-arm-neither-here-nor-theres. Oh, Marcus. The news is all in his face when walking from the field. He knows he’s in strife. Bowlers tend to. Very disappointing for the all-rounder.
That video shows a dickhead trying to bottle @benstokes38 and getting his just desserts in my opinion….
Groin injury. Straight off. Injured when fielding off his own bowling, couldn’t complete the next delivery. I blame myself for that. Urrrrrghhhhh.
11th over: India 69-0 (Rahane 40, Rohit 28)
Richardson has pushed back well in his second over. Belt and braces stuff, full on off-stump and just outside. In turn, only four singles from the over. If Australia lose here, it’ll be 12 completed ODIs away from home since they last won. Rough.
10th over: India 65-0 (Rahane 38, Rohit 26)
Marcus Stoinis to replace NCN. No change to Rahane’s approach, another blistering stroke through point, more or less off the front foot. Utter class. Gets one off around the corner later in the over to keep the strike. Nice comeback from the big all-rounder after that boundary came from his first ball. He’s done plenty right with ball in hand.
9th over: India 59-0 (Rahane 33, Rohit 25)
COP THAT! What a way to get your 50th six against Australia. Rohit sees a ropey short ball from the new bowler Richardson, and tucks right in. It’s big too, into the crowd. They are loving it. TV cross to shots of the press box, they will be cheering in there too no doubt. Rahane gets into it too! Doesn’t go the full journey, but another forceful blow from a poor delivery, out to the rope. Richardson has been quite good since coming into the XI, but has conceded 12 in his opening set here. After a couple of decent overs for Australia, too. India’s 50 up in the process. They’re right on track.
Rohit Sharma becomes the 1st batsman in ODIs to hit 50 sixes against Australia
Next best: 39 by Eoin Morgan#IndvAus
8th over: India 47-0 (Rahane 28, Rohit 18)
First boundaryless over, by my count. NCN doing his bit, keep it just short of a length for the most part, generating some away swing when he pitches up further. Not a lot of bounce out there, either.
7th over: India 45-0 (Rahane 27, Rohit 17)
Odd batting from Rohit to begin, doesn’t need to attempt a lap of Cummins at this stage, I’m fairly sure. He misses, hit on the pad. Appeal is turned down. No review. Would have been close, the replay confirms, but not hitting. Turning the strike over via a leg bye, Rahane gets a go and carves with complete ease behind point for four more. His fourth boundary alongside the six in the previous over. In superb nick, he is.
6th over: India 39-0 (Rahane 23, Rohit 17)
Oh! Rahane isn’t meant to be known for his big hitting but he’s nailed an absolute beauty here, all the way for six! “That’s the shot of the series!” says Michael Clarke. Front foot, over cover, slap. Cop that, NCN! What a player. Speaking of Clarke, they have a chat to him on the TV about an ODI ton he made at Bangalore in 2007 with a few highlights. “What’s going on with me hair?” his first response. Okay. Dots through the rest of the over, ball where Rahane tries to make room and flick behind square and it only just goes over his leg stump. Eventful whenever he’s on strike at the moment.
5th over: India 33-0 (Rahane 16, Rohit 17)
Rohit goes big! Cummins short, and doesn’t hesitate to swing the arms in the general direction of midwicket, popping it into the crowd. The corresponding series four years ago was where this player hit a double ton. Not enough runs out there for him to do that today, but hard to stop when he gets on the heater as he was on Sunday in Indore for a time. Couple of singles to see out the set. No issues for either batsmen at this stage.
4th over: India 25-0 (Rahane 16, Rohit 9)
Rohit’s turn to strike hard square of the wicket, NBN giving him the necessary width to complete a punishing slap to the point boundary. Close up of Smith’s face. Looks like he wants to go home as well. They’ve spent a looooot of time in the subcontinent this year. Smith and Warner especially. About six weeks for the Border-Gavaskar, roughly eight weeks for the IPL, over three weeks in Bangladesh now this series, where they had seven days prep before the first ODI. It’ll work out to roughly 20 weeks. NCN gets it together for the back half of his over, with a bit of tail away from the right handers too.
3rd over: India 20-0 (Rahane 16, Rohit 4)
Wonderful stroke Rahane, clipping Cummins off his pads to start the fresh over; his third boundary already. Can’t set a field for that with no swing to speak of early on in this Australian defence. A couple to Rohit in that general direction as well. Cummins has been quite outstanding across this tour (remember, it began with two Tests in Bangladesh), but he might be tiring now. I say it again: get him home.
2nd over: India 12-0 (Rahane 10, Rohit 1)
“Rohit, Rohit!” goes the chant as Coulter-Nile (or NCN as I am going to refer to him from now) takes the ball. They usually save the chant for Kohli and Dhoni, so they must have really enjoyed his rapid 70-odd on Sunday. Rahane down the business end after a single, and he steers with complete comfort through the cordon along the ground for his second boundary. The Indian vice-captain is away. “This is the difference between having 290 on the board and 330,” observes Michael Clarke. “They have to take these two on straight away. Last time, they knew they could just see off the two opening bowlers.”
If you get involved in a street brawl you better have a bloody good batting/bowling average or you’re in serious trouble.#Ashes
1st over: India 6-0 (Rahane 6, Rohit 0)
Before we begin. Why is Pat Cummins still in India? Gotta get the boy home, don’t you? He is missing the T20s anyway, let him watch these dead rubbers from the couch. Anyway, here he is. Rahane away with a couple behind square and then launches into a smashing square drive. It’s in the air and only a couple of feet from a diving Head at point, but four runs. Up to 146kph with the final delivery of the over.
I have a take on England’s Ashes squad that I want to save for an article, but I’ll test it out here. Here goes. In the form of how they set the S.A.T questions when I completed it in America way back when:
Vince/Ballance : Trevor Bayliss’ Ashes squad :: Benson/Hedges : Mike Bassett’s World Cup squad.
Quick update on Stokes is up.
He has apologised to the board, who held a teleconference this morning to review the disturbing footage that emerged last night. Bloody hell. Grim isn’t it?
Thanks to JPH for keeping me up to speed as I raced around London this morning. Caught the last few overs and especially enjoyed his Randy Macho Man Savage “OOOOH YEEEAH!” directed at Marcus Stoinis when flogging a massive one at the death. Adam Collins taking the baton now for India’s chase of 335 for a four-zip series lead.
Australia eventually reached a total they’ll feel confident of defending after once again threatening to throw away a strong position. David Warner and Aaron Finch put on 231 for the opening wicket in quick time, but after Warner fell for 124 in his 100th ODI, Finch (94) and Steve Smith (3) followed soon after.
Peter Handscomb (43) and Travis Head (29) regrouped for Australia and some late boundaries for Marcus Stoinis (15*) took the total to a score just above par you’d think on a small ground with a lightning outfield and a venue India are used to winning on.
50th over: Australia 334-5 (Stoinis 15, Wade 3)
Shami to bowl the final over and it’s a good one for Australia, 15 from it.
49th over: Australia 319-5 (Stoinis 2, Wade 0)
Good if not fluent innings from Handscomb – 43 from 30. Regathered some of Australia’s momentum after the wheels threatened to fall off again.
49th over: Australia 319-5 (Stoinis 2)
India’s turn to make a mess of things now. A run out opportunity is missed following a poor throw to the keeper, and then Handscomb gets lucky with a mistimed drive towards the cover sweeper that Rahane dives for, misses, and concedes four. Yadav puts the next one in the Victorian skipper’s hitting zone and watches the ball sail over cow corner for six.
48th over: Australia 306-4 (Handscomb 33, Stoinis 2)
Handscomb has been fine today but he doesn’t look comfortable as a late-innings striker. He’s overcome that with some good running and by dispatching the bad ball but he’s not a destructive force compared to some of the other players at Australia’s disposal.
47th over: Australia 300-4 (Handscomb 29, Stoinis 0)
Head never really looked in, always trying to hit the ball a bit too hard during his 38 ball stay worth 29 runs.
That’s more like it from Head! After a wide to start the over Umesh puts one in Head’s slot and he swings that massive arc of his to cart the ball over cow corner for a flat six. He tries the same shot later in the over but doesn’t pick the slower ball and Rahane swoops on the square-leg fence to pocket the catch.
46th over: Australia 287-3 (Head 20, Handscomb 27)
A boundary to start Shami’s over, the first in aeons that Australia have begun positively. It was a delightful shot too from Handscomb, straight drive just to the off side with a beautifully held classical pose in the follow though.
45th over: Australia 276-3 (Head 18, Handscomb 21)
All pace from hereon in with Umesh interrupting Jadhav’s fine spell. He has a full deck of deliveries making him difficult to line up. Cutters, yorkers, genuine pace on a length, all hoicked with brute force by the batsmen but none middled. Just five from the over.
44th over: Australia 271-3 (Head 17, Handscomb 17)
Tidy over from Shami, five from it.
43rd over: Australia 266-3 (Head 16, Handscomb 13)
Jadhav moves into the seventh over of his momentum changing spell. He gets away with one run from his opening three deliveries to Head but a full toss to Handscomb is put away nicely to release the pressure. Still, another decent over in the scheme of things for India with just six coming from it.
42nd over: Australia 260-3 (Head 15, Handscomb 8)
Chahal’s legspin a bold inclusion into the attack. To the left-handed Head the line is well wide of off, spinning in prodigiously but slowly. To the right-handed Handscomb it’s a more conventional off-stump line from over the wicket.
Interesting phase of the game both Head & Handscomb in need of runs but team requires minimum 8-10 per over in last 10 overs! #INDvAUS
41st over: Australia 252-3 (Head 9, Handscomb 7)
Jadhav continues, prompting the conversation on commentary to wonder if he bowls with the lowest arm in cricket history. It’s certainly in Malinga territory.
40th over: Australia 248-3 (Head 7, Handscomb 5)
Shami replaces fellow opening bowler Yadav and Head’s keen to smack him out of the attack. A swing and a miss is followed by a fierce inside edge onto his pad before a conventional off drive rotates the strike. Just two from the over.
39th over: Australia 246-3 (Head 6, Handscomb 4)
Jadhav continues – he isn’t going to give up the ball now after being called on originally as cannon fodder for Warner and Finch. And he sends down another rapid over that Australia can’t get to grips with.
38th over: Australia 240-3 (Head 2, Handscomb 3)
Oooh, Head’s a lucky boy. A leading edge lobbed just past the bowler in his follow through and died near the umpire after another nervy shot.
Oh dear or dear oh dear. DON’T PANIC!!!!!!!!
Smith’s gone. Three for five in the blink of an eye. Chipped Umesh Yadav to Kohli’s safe hands at midwicket and the wheels are falling off like a Russian dashcam compilation.
37th over: Australia 236-2 (Head 0, Smith 3)
It was a super knock from Finch, his second in a row. He missed out on his century today but I thought be batted better than he did in Indore. The timing of his dismissal is disappointing though, so soon after Warner’s, inviting India back into the game.
Not again? Was that record opening partnership just the prelude to an even more hilarious collapse?
Umesh Yadav comes back into the attack and after frustrating Finch for four deliveries the Victorian picks out mid-on with a mistimed lofted drive.
35th over: Australia 231-1 (Finch 94)
Crunch! Raining sixes in Bengaluru. Finch lines up Jadhav’s weirdness and manufactures a leg-stump half-volley and sticks into the cheap seats.
33rd over: Australia 222-0 (Finch 86, Warner 123)
Warner hits the roof! Axar bowls one in the slot and the centurion wallops it high over cow corner. Clean power hitting from Warner, clearing his front leg, gritting his teeth and muscling it miles.
33rd over: Australia 206-0 (Finch 86, Warner 107)
Yadhav’s action really is a thing of wonder. He approaches the crease over the wicket from an angle but delivers almost from around the wicket, his action is so rounded his arm stretches wide of the umpire at the point of release. It’s effective for now with just three runs from the over.
32nd over: Australia 203-0 (Finch 85, Warner 105)
200 partnership now up for Australia as Axar continues his nifty business.
Why is 87 “hated” in the Australian culture?
31st over: Australia 197-0 (Finch 81, Warner 103)
Kedar Jadhav’s part-time roundarms are brought on to see if they can burgle a wicket. They are odd things to witness. His arm is nearer horizontal than vertical, really flat skimmer deliveries.
30th over: Australia 191-0 (Finch 80, Warner 98)
Axar back into the attack and he’s greeted by Finch’s delicate side, the right-hander dropping to one knee and casually lapping a boundary behind square on the leg side. Warner continues to intelligently nudge his way to his century.
29th over: Australia 183-0 (Finch 75, Warner 95)
Warner in no rush to reach three figures, despite how much Chahal tempts him into a reckless shot. It’s a sign of how well these two have batted in tandem that they’ve accepted the occasional quiet over without any sign of desperation.
28th over: Australia 180-0 (Finch 73, Warner 94)
Pandya back on to replace Axar and it gives Warner a chance to show his game isn’t all about power with some aggressive running keeping the scoreboard motoring along.
We understand members of the ECB board have spoken via video conference to activate disciplinary procedures with regards to Ben Stokes. pic.twitter.com/zWBS82wtj8
27th over: Australia 174-0 (Finch 72, Warner 90)
Chahal continues and every so often one of his leggies grips but there’s no field set to profit from anything any more, nor are they landing in consistently dangerous areas. Finch cuts out any risk of spin from the last delivery of the over, taking a big stride and monstering Chahal over the sightscreen.
26th over: Australia 161-0 (Finch 61, Warner 88)
Axar continues his excellent spell with a stifled appeal for a leg-side strangle against Warner. Finch has seen enough, stays leg-side of the ball and goes inside-out for six over cover. Axar has been hard to get away in recent overs but Finch shows the way with a mighty hit. He backs that up by dispatching a sloppy legside delivery to become the leading runscorer in the series so far – from just two knocks!
25th over: Australia 148-0 (Finch 50, Warner 86)
Finch backs up his ton in Indore with a 50 here in Bengaluru. He’s looked more compact and controlled than he did last time out, which is ominous for India.
24th over: Australia 145-0 (Finch 49, Warner 85)
Axar continues to be difficult to get away, mixing up his pace and angles with his left-arm orthodox.
23rd over: Australia 143-0 (Finch 48, Warner 84)
Chance! First of the day for India and missed by MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Finch advances to Chahal, swings and misses, but Dhoni’s hands are nowhere near the ball as it races away for four byes. Poor keeping really to not get anywhere near that chance, and with runs flowing freely India can’t afford to be too charitable.
22nd over: Australia 136-0 (Finch 47, Warner 82)
First appeal of the day arrives in the 22nd over as Warner goes back to an Axar delivery from around the wicket and getting hit on the pad, but it’s sliding well down leg.
21st over: Australia 135-0 (Finch 47, Warner 81)
As with previous tight overs, Australia respond immediately afterwards, Warner advancing to Chahal’s opening delivery and depositing him into the stand behind midwicket. Further runs are worked both sides of the wicket as Australia’s brilliant start continues.
20th over: Australia 124-0 (Finch 46, Warner 71)
Axar back into the attack and he delivers a tidy and very rapid over, just the one from it.
19th over: Australia 123-0 (Finch 46, Warner 70)
More runs for Australia, and Chahal’s second over features a mighty swish of Warner’s Kaboom, sending the ball effortlessly over the square leg boundary. There’s turn later in the over but by then the batsmen were watchful, safe in the knowledge the scoreboard was already motoring.
18th over: Australia 112-0 (Finch 45, Warner 61)
Australia bang on top at drinks. Can they finally go on and deliver a big score after conspiring to finish under par so far this series?
17th over: Australia 104-0 (Finch 42, Warner 56)
Yuzvendra Chahal the latest Indian bowler to try his luck. Warner responds by batting without any headwear whatsoever. Not often you see that in international cricket – not even a cap. Chahal doesn’t really land any of his leggies but Australia have been wary of his variations this series and treat him with respect.
Cashing in on the nothing to lose situation. Warneful fifty. #INDvAUS
16th over: Australia 101-0 (Finch 42, Warner 54)
Pandya’s variations all coming out now to stem the flow of runs but this opening pair look compact, composed and they’re timing the ball beautifully, meaning there are runs from almost every delivery.
15th over: Australia 96-0 (Finch 40, Warner 50)
50 for Warner in his 100th ODI. Three dot balls from Axar before he drops short on a couple of occasions. First he’s pulled over midwicket for six, then carved through the offside for four. This pair at the crease could break records the way things are going.
14th over: Australia 85-0 (Finch 40, Warner 40)
Four from Pandya’s second over as both batsmen calmly consolidate.
13th over: Australia 81-0 (Finch 39, Warner 38)
Axar really rattles through his work, which is great for the over-rate, not so much for florid descriptions of the action. Three singles precede a well placed cut from Warner that beats the ring of four on the offside. He calmly follows up that boundary with a nurdled single. Excellent batting.
12th over: Australia 73-0 (Finch 37, Warner 32)
Hardik Pandya replaces Umesh Yadav. Pandya has been one of the stars of the series but he’s powerless to deny Finch in this mood. Another four through the covers to a delivery on the rise, and this one might be the purest of them all. It looked just like a back-foot push but it raced away beyond the reach of the cover sweeper. He repeats the trick a couple of balls later but the field had adjusted and only a single resulted.
After 100 ODIs:
Most runs – Amla (4808)
Highest ave – Richards (55.28)
Most 100s – Amla (16)#INDvAUS
11th over: Australia 64-0 (Finch 31, Warner 30)
Axar Patel into the attack for Mohammed Shami. Axar bowls left-arm orthodox with plenty of flight, and appreciable away drift to the left-handed Warner, indicating the ball is coming out nicely with plenty of revs. He’s not afriad to fire it in either when sees the batsman advancing. Just one run from an excellent start.
10th over: Australia 63-0 (Finch 31, Warner 29)
More shoddy fielding from India. Two ring fielders failed to commit to a square cut bouncing between them resulting in neither making the stop and Warner picking up four. Warner rides that momentum next ball with a crunching stand and deliver drive through extra cover.
9th over: Australia 50-0 (Finch 27, Warner 20)
50 up for Australia with a Warner nudge to square leg. Shami alternating over and around the wicket not to the left-hander.
8th over: Australia 49-0 (Finch 27, Warner 19)
Yadav finding a good line and length this over, as well as a hint of away movement in the air and off the pitch. Finch chases one early that then forces him into a defensive mindset but he can’t resist a nibble at another that streaks down to the third-man fence. On replay that was a genuine open-faced glide from the batsman.
7th over: Australia 45-0 (Finch 23, Warner 19)
Another first-ball four for Australia, this time from Finch, but it’s a thick inside edge to square leg from a drive aimed towards cover. Four more to Warner with a nifty pull off his hip to a Shami delivery too short for this surface. It might have been a set-up because a slower ball bouncer arrives shortly afterwards but Warner does well to control his aggression. A statement that carries plenty of weight in current circumstances.
6th over: Australia 36-0 (Finch 18, Warner 15)
Warner, aggrieved at observing the day’s first maiden from the non-striker’s end, smacks a lofted drive back over Yadav’s head that takes a bounce before crossing the rope.
5th over: Australia 29-0 (Finch 17, Warner 11)
Better from India, first maiden of the day. Shami giving Finch less width and when he does stray fractionally the field is well set.
4th over: Australia 29-0 (Finch 17, Warner 11)
Oof! That was very tidy from Finch, driving square to a Yadav delivery on the rise that skips merrily to the point boundary for four. Yadav overcorrects, strays onto Finch’s pads and that’s as easy as knocking the top off a cold one for the big lad from Colac.
3rd over: Australia 19-0 (Finch 8, Warner 11)
100 ODIs for Warner but none would have featured a more beautifully timed straight dive for four that heralded the start of Shami’s second over. Two balls later and the first genuine win for the bowler has Warner thick-edging onto his pads from one that just seamed into him a little. Shami stays on that tight line for the rest of the over and has another moral victory from the final delivery, finding Warner’s outside edge this time, but the ball races through the vacant third slip region and away for four.
2nd over: Australia 9-0 (Finch 8, Warner 1)
Umesh Yadav, with his face covered in war-zinc, shares the new ball with Shami. Not a lot to report from a solid wicket-to-wicket line but Kohli’s horrendous misfield to allow Warner his first run was not one for the superstar’s highlight reel.
1st over: Australia 5-0 (Finch 4, Warner 0)
Mohammed Shami to open for India on his recall to the side, right-arm over the wicket to Finch, bowling to two slips. Second ball is a juicy floating half-volley with a hint of away swing that Finch just eases into and admires all the way to the cover fence. A few other loose deliveries in an ordinary opening are not put away.
India have lost only once in last 16 International matches at Chinnaswamy since 2005. The loss was in a T20I v Pak in Dec 2012. #INDvAUS
The players are faced with the most clement conditions of the series so far. In southern India the temperature is in the mid-20s with overcast skies threatening the occasional shower during the day.
It’s David Warner’s 100th ODI today. To borrow a stat from Cricinfo: during his first 71 ODIs he hit five centuries and averaged 37. In his next 28 ODIs he’s smacked eight tons at an average of 60.
The venue here has undergone some renovations in recent times so nobody seems entirely sure what to make of the surface. Kohli admits he would have batted first too, indicating the dryness of the pitch suggests there may be turn later in the day.
As in Indore, Australia will bat first.
Maxwell dropped and Wade recalled. Not going too well over there, is it? #INDvAUS
For the hosts there are three changes with Kuldeep, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar all given a spell with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel having a dart.
IND XI: A Rahane, RG Sharma, V Kohli, K Jadhav, M Pandey, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, A Patel, M Shami, U Yadav, Y Chahal
Couple of changes for Australia. Out go the injured Agar and the discarded Maxwell. In come the returning Wade and Zampa.
Australia XI: Warner, Finch, Smith (c), Handscomb, Head, Stoinis, Wade (wk), Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Zampa, Richardson #INDvAUS
One thing that must be pointed out early, while it’s all fun and games poking fun at England’s misfortune and the alleged misbehaviour of an apparent recidivist, the behaviour in question is no laughing matter. Former Australian international David Hookes died after an assault outside a Melbourne pub in 2004.
Sadly just viewed the damning video footage of the Ben Stokes incident It brought back horrific memories for me Nothing good comes of this
Seconds out, round four! In the blue corner, the undisputed champion of the series and the pound-for-pound best-ranked cricketing side in One Day Internationals – India! And in the gold corner, the challenger, 0-3 on tour so far, struggling to land a blow, it’s Australia!
Ok, enough with the lame boxing gags for now (for now, I must insist, not for good).
Jonathan will be here shortly. In the meantime, there’s a little something going down in the England camp less than two months out from the start of the Ashes, in case you hadn’t heard.
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• Australia 293-6; India 294-5
• India win by five wickets to go 3-0 up with two games to play
India withstood an early assault by Australia to wrap up the ODI series with a five-wicket victory in the third one-day international in Indore.
Australia had looked on course for a huge total after winning the toss and batting, but they stumbled to 293 for six after Aaron Finch was dismissed for 124 off 125 balls.
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India sealed their ninth ODI victory in a row with a win over Australia that seals the series with two to play
India win the series. Australia no good.
So, that’s nine on the trot for the home side, their longest ODI winning streak, wrapping up this series with two rubbers still to play. Australia, meanwhile, have lost ten of their last 11 away from home. Ugly, no matter how you cut it.
There it is! Pandey down the ground with one last lavish stroke, then the winning run digging a Richardson yorker down to fine leg. That’ll do, 13 balls to spare. Clinical, all told. Some final thoughts in a tic.
47th over: India 287-5 (Pandey 30, Dhoni 2)
Well, Maxwell is on. Sure, why not. Two singles. Dhoni, for the most part, just happy to knock it on the head. Come on fellas, finish this off now.
46th over: India 285-5 (Pandey 29, Dhoni 1)
Can’t get over this response to Dhoni. As Harsha says, cheerily, every person is on their feet. Off the mark to mid-on. Nine needed, four overs. Nine on the trot for India when they finish this off.
Pandyamonium comes to an end! Tries to clear a fifth sixth over long-on, but doesn’t quite make the contact this time. But what a hand it has been. Brought up to number four and has, quite simply, won the match for his country. Crowd don’t mind though, thrilled that Pandya is gone as it means they can watch Dhoni bat for a few minutes. What a massive response!
45th over: India 283-4 (Pandya 78, Pandey 29)
Boom, boom, boom, boom! I want you in my room! (Sorry, had to). Let’s go through it. Stonis the man getting punished. Pandey, slap through midwicket. Four. Pandey, pulled through midwicket. Four. Pandya, ramp over the ‘keeper. Four. Pandya, pull shot that would have travelled two or three times the length of the boundary. Four. A couple singles along the way. 18 off the over. Carnage. Nothing Australia can do.
44th over: India 265-4 (Pandya 69, Pandey 20)
Twitter is still losing its mind over Pandya being elevated to four. Weird. Anyway, what a player. Demonstrated by the most immaculate on-drive off Cummins to begin the fresh over. Hardest shot in the game, and all that. A lot more than a bloke who smacks them over cow corner. Eight from it. Nearly done now, 29 to get in six overs for the series win.
43rd over: India 257-4 (Pandya 63, Pandey 18)
It is Stoinis. Probably not the guy they want bowling over 43, but Smith had to push hard with his frontliners between overs 30 and 40. Pandey cuts/slaps the penultimate delivery to the cover boundary. Ensures seven come from the over. 50 partnership up in 47 balls.
42nd over: India 250-4 (Pandya 62, Pandey 12)
Cummins it is. Clarke still predicting a hat-trick. A bit loose, but whatever works. He does go within a couple of inches of getting Pandya! Another inside edge that lands safely without crashing into the stumps. A lot of those tonight. Instead, four runs. He’s able to access third man twice to finish the over, which is worth seven. 250 up in the process.
Yep: ‘Since the 2015 World Cup, nobody has a higher strike rate against spinners than Hardik Pandya (50+ runs). #INDvAUS‘
41st over: India 243-4 (Pandya 55, Pandey 12)
Agar pushes a couple through before throwing them up. Best available plan at this stage, mixing it up to try and force something. He can’t, other than one inside edge. Three singles added. 1-for-71 the final figures of the spinner. He was better than that though. “I can feel a hat-trick coming on!” says Clarke. He was having such a good night on the mic, too.
40th over: India 240-4 (Pandya 53, Pandey 11)
NCN’s final over here, in the last of the four-men-out power play. Whatever we’re calling that in 2017. And he’s done it well, mixing up lengths, lines and speeds. But both batsmen play calmly, pushing five runs to sweepers. India need 54 from the final ten, Australia have one over left from Agar, then it’ll be up to Richarson, Stoinis and Cummins. The latter to get first crack, I’d expect. This isn’t going to the 50th over anyway, as Clarke rightly says on TV.
39th over: India 235-4 (Pandya 50, Pandey 10)
Massive! Again! Pandya loves taking on Agar, by my count four times he’s taken him over the rope. He’ll be gutted, the spinner, having won the error the last ball of his previous over. Long on has been the destination of each six, this again deep into the crowd. 29 runs have been added in three overs now. Pandya 50 from 45 balls with a single to square leg. Should be matchwinning.
38th over: India 227-4 (Pandya 43, Pandey 9)
Ten more runs to go with the 11 from the previous over. That cuts deep after the dropepd catch. Pandey’s turn this time, flicking NCN off the hip then taking him down the ground with ideal timing. This could be over in a hurry from here.
37th over: India 217-4 (Pandya 42, Pandey 0)
Pretty good commentary from Clarke. “Will Pandya take on Agar again down the ground?” Next ball: over long-on for six! From the crease when contact is made, just a lovely swing. All muscle. Four more when Agar offers up a half-tracker. Can see what he is trying to do, darting through the gate, but Pandya is too quick and too good. Dropped! Is that the game? Smith! Pandya gets a big edge, sliced away over cover. Smith running back does just about everything right to get into position, but can only get a hand to it in the end. Fantastic from Agar to throw it up. Smith got there in time, but seemed to lose it. Either way, that was, surely the moment. The captain knows it too.
36th over: India 206-4 (Pandya 31, Pandey 0)
Pandey joins to man who replaced him up the list. Wonderful from Richardson, just short of a length with a couple of cutters, then full at the stumps. One run and a wicket from the over. He’s bowled superbly in this spell.
Two wickets in two overs! It is the new man Jadhav, edging Richardson with an attempted cut. No footwork there. A tiny little nick that has now really got Australia back in the game. But India, of course, have depth. And Dhoni.
35th over: India 205-3 (Pandya 30, Jadhav 2)
Jadhav next, so he stays at number five. Sure that discussion will continue to generate plenty of energy. Off the mark with an inside edge! Close call. Fantastic from Agar.
Kohli has holed out! Around the wicket, takes on Agar down the ground but fails to make the desired contact, Finch does the rest with a composed take about 15m in from the rope. Where did that come from?! Previous ball was declared dead when a rag came out of Agar’s pocket, the run not able to be taken. Maybe some frustration as a result of that? Well then. They have dried up the runs and got their man. Do they have enough runs to bowl out India in time from here?
34th over: India 202-2 (Kohli 28, Pandya 29)
Richardson given another twist. And in keeping with the theme of the last little period, he’s tight. To the extent that a mid up nearly comes from the final ball of the over, Pandya trying to turn one into two but sent back by his skipper. Four from it. Still a fair bit of concert about Agar’s hand. He’s been off then on then off. Now, it seems, about to return to the attack.
33rd over: India 198-2 (Kohli 26, Pandya 27)
Stonis’ handy spell continues. Kohli picks up a couple through the gap at cover. A trio of singles round out the over. Five from it. Under 100 the required runs now. When will Kohli decide to suck the life of it as a contest? These chases normally conclude on his terms.
32nd over: India 193-2 (Kohli 22, Pandya 26)
I think we can call this a proper little comeback from Australia. Well, maybe not if they don’t find a wicket from it, but two singles here makes 13 from the last four overs. NCN did well to keep Pandya quiet. Kohli retains the strike with another single to third man. To be fair, they only need 5.6 an over to win from here, so they can afford to chill out. They can do that now at their second drinks break.
31st over: India 191-2 (Kohli 21, Pandya 25)
Stoinis concedes four singles. So, that’s 11 in the last three. Or more relevance: Kohli nearly knocked over from the last ball. Inside edge that just about spills back onto the stumps. Not that you’d know from TV, Harsha more focussed on Rohit’s hitting from earlier.
30th over: India 187-2 (Kohli 19, Pandya 23)
NCN replaces Cummins. Why? Might need a rest. But if not, surely still the go-to while these two threaten to make the mathematics of who bowls when irrelevant over the next half-hour or so if not dismissed? No slight on Coulter-Nile, who does his bit: three from the over. Kohli retains the strike with a glide to third man. Easy peasy, innit?
29th over: India 184-2 (Kohli 17, Pandya 22)
Stoinis was taken to last time he had a crack, but makes sense for Smith to keep throwing it around, especially with Pandya enjoying Agar’s offerings so much. Does well too, four singles to the sweepers but nothing further. Big debate going on about Pandya being elevated to no. 4. Working pretty well so far here.
Cummins should just head home after this game. Keep him for the Ashes. No point playing out even the last two games of the series. #INDvsAUS
28th over: India 180-2 (Kohli 15, Pandya 20)
Cummins in no hurry to take Kohli on, making a tweak or two before charging in. Much as it was with Agar, a repeat of his previous over as well. Does everything right then Kohli takes him down the ground with an off-drive Sachin would be proud of. Outstanding execution with mid-off up. What a player.
27th over: India 172-2 (Kohli 9, Pandya 18)
Wow. Pandya has skills to take Australia down in a real hurry here. Second time he’s taken the first ball of an Agar over cow corner. This time he’s standing tall and proud when contact is made. Ten from it, the rest of the set milked to the sweepers. Perfect chasing.
26th over: India 162-2 (Kohli 7, Pandya 10)
Cummins to continue. The right call. He’s been the man most likely, got to back him in to try and run through India before these two get set in the slightest. BIG SHOUT for lbw, but turned down and no review. Handscomb cruicial there waving off the referral. That was against Pandya. When Kohli gets his chance he doesn’t miss out, to the last ball of the over flicking with class to the rope. The captain is away.
25th over: India 157-2 (Kohli 3, Pandya 9)
Agar launched by Pandya! The young man is away! First ball of the over, crashed into the crowd at midwicket with a fierce swing of the bat. Goodness me he’s got game this fella. Agar recovers, concedeing only singles thereafter. Nine from it, though.
24th over: India 148-2 (Kohli 2, Pandya 1)
Gee, how about the roar for Pandya? On that measure, he’s only behind Kohli and Dhoni for God-like status. That hasn’t taken long for the young all-rounder. Keeps the strike with a steer to third man.
Cummins is back and he’s done it! Both openers now gone and this game might be on again! It’s darted back at the right-hander, beating the bat and crashing into his front pad. Rahane misses the flick. Quick and straight, that’ll do it. No review. Two new batsmen at the crease with 146 still needed for the home side. Plenty will still need to break Australia’s way, but it isn’t yet game/series over. Not for nothing.
23rd over: India 145-1 (Rahane 68, Kohli 2)
Agar being sliced and diced by Murali Kartik on the telly. He’s back into the attack now. Weird criticism, saying that he liked him when he first played Test cricket. Anyway, he’s on now, and through the set for just four singles. Nice return considering he was off the field until not long ago with a dislocated finger. Australia have a window here to get back into the game. Won’t be open for long.
22nd over: India 141-1 (Rahane 66, Kohli 0)
Kohli yet to face as they crossed, Rahane adding to his boundary from before the wicket with a couple behind square. Huge roar for the captain, as always. They were showing highlights from India’s 2007 World T20 triumph earlier on the telly, it being ten years since that sliding doors (sorry) moment in our game. From it came the IPL and, well, everything that we consider normal about our game in 2017. Harsha got very excited when the shots of Dhoni taking his shirt off popped up.
There it is! The sub fielder Cartwright keeps his cool when under a big top edge at midwicket, completing the catch. Harder than it looks under the lights at this time of night. Rohit just lost his way a bit over the last few overs, so not entiely surprising that he’s fallen. Was an excellent innings, especially during the first power play.
21st over: India 134-0 (Rahane 59, Rohit 71)
Richo has fought back really well after Rohit literally popped him out of the stadium early on. A lesser lad would have fallen away badly from there. A couple of singles to sweepers on the posh side, nothing further.
20th over: India 132-0 (Rahane 58, Rohit 70)
NCN to Rahane. I wonder if NCN is connected to the NBN? Was anyone beyond 2013? Still pretty angry about this. He does ever so well to keep the Indian vice-captain down the business end for the duration of the over. But then, for reasons best explained by him, he tried to bounce him to finish. Didn’t work, this track flat as they come, Rahane smacking it through the onside for four more.
19th over: India 126-0 (Rahane 54, Rohit 69)
Richardson’s turn to try and create something from nothing. He doesn’t concede a boundary, so that’s commendable. Rohit tried to put him on the moon, but didn’t make enough contact, bouncing a metre of so from the rope. Outstanding work from Cummins making a nice stop at deep mid wicket. Very little reaction time after the ball bounced. A fine cricketer. Given he created the chance in the previous over, surprised he’s been taken off after just one over in his second spell, come to think of it.
18th over: India 121-0 (Rahane 51, Rohit 67)
On the other side, Moeen Ali has just pumped a 54-ball century. Couple overs left in England’s (big) I won’t be offended if you chuck that on instead, as India have this won. NCN also brought back, but it doesn’t matter now. Rahane takes him off the hip to the rope and moves to a half-century. Run a ball, piece of cake. 21st time to the mark in ODIs for him. Only one other single, to the West Australian’s credit.
WOOOOOW! No words for @MoeenAli – he brings up his century from 56 balls!
17th over: India 116-0 (Rahane 46, Rohit 67)
Well, it is Cummins that Smith is turning to for the wicket he so desparately requires. Makes no difference though! Bang, bang! Rohit just pumps the bowler back over his head, then pulls through midwicket to split the sweepers. He’s doing as he pleases here. This is sensational batting. INJURY! Agar was diving to save the second of the two but looks to have smacked a finger out of place. Uh oh. Straight off the field. If that’s his bowling hand, no way he’ll be able to continue. Send in the part-timers. DROPPED! Oh dear! Handscomb the man. It’s low and quick. He has to go with one hand. But still: the stand-in ‘keeper has put down Rohit Sharma! The chance created and not taken. Replacing Wade as a specialist stumper, that will be a talking point following this match, make no mistake about that. It ends an eventful over, and they’re directed by the umpires to grab grab a drink.
16th over: India 106-0 (Rahane 45, Rohit 58)
Marcus Stonis to replace Kane Richardson. The latter a South Australian. Wonder who he barracks for in the SANFL? A brilliant Grand Final in that competition earlier today, Sturt going back to back with a one-point win over Port Adelaide. Great stuff. Stonis does well too… until he doesn’t. Can’t drop short at his pace, Rahane punishing the mistake through midwicket again. Sounds crazy to say with just over a third of the runs collected, but we’re nearly at game over stage already. Let’s be honest with ourselves.
15th over: India 100-0 (Rahane 40, Rohit 57)
Short, no good. Agar gives Rohit a chance to swing his arms and he accepts. NCN nearly cuts off the cut with a big dive, but can’t get his hand on it. Clarke says the Indian grounds are so hard, when you dive it is like concrete. Explains why he takes a while to get up. Oh, more rubbish from Agar, second time he’s fell badly short in the over, pulled by Rahane to the midwicket rope. Keeps the strike with a clip to square leg and the 100 is up for the home side to end the 15th. Run rare required south of 5.6 an over now. Doing this easy.
FUN FACT: Australia have never taken a wicket in an ODI in India. #funfact
14th over: India 90-0 (Rahane 35, Rohit 52)
Rahane fond of responding to Rohit’s huge hitting with some lovely shots of his own. He punches the first ball of this new over from high in his stance. Cut off by the sweeper, but deserved a boundary. Rohit tries to heave over mid-on to a slower ball, and it is a miscue. Lucky it doesn’t go to hand at cover. Really doesn’t need to do that. Showing over to over that he can do a lot of damage without a lot of risk. Six from the Richardson over.
13th over: India 84-0 (Rahane 31, Rohit 50)
Just when I was finished writing about Agar’s useful start, keeping Rahane then Rohit cramped across five well-directed deliveries, Rohit smashes him over long on for six! In doing so the opener moves to 50 in 42 balls. Pretty much a half-volley, a clean swing through the ball. Wonderful strike. His fourth six along the way. If he’s still there at over 25 it may as well be game over. Who can Smith turn to? It has been Zampa over the last 18 months, but he isn’t in the XI tonight.
12th over: India 77-0 (Rahane 30, Rohit 44)
Richardson could have dropped his bundle after a poor start, but sticks with it here. Beats Rahane outside the off-stump, against the flow of play. Three singles, Rahane keeping the strike pulling along the carpet.
11th over: India 74-0 (Rahane 28, Rohit 43)
“If India bat 45 overs this is game over,” says Clarke as Agar enters the attack. The spinner will need to put on a clinic here to get his side back into it. Won’t happen in this first one, five of the six deliveries balls scored off without any risk. Perfect batting for the circumstances. Well set up for Kohli, too. Grinds them better than most/any.
10th over: India 68-0 (Rahane 26, Rohit 39)
Last over of the power play and they are not missing out! Rahane’s turn now, though. After watching Rohit explode, he’s into it with three boundaries in an over. The first is an ugly swipe, but it matters little with the field up. The second is clever, coming up to Stonis and clipping off the hip with fine leg up. Ideal timing. The third the best of the lot, finding a gap through backward point with a cut played with his knees bent to such an extent that he’s nearly on the ground when the contact is made. Just about the first ten overs. Can transfer into accumulation mode from an excellent base.
9th over: India 55-0 (Rahane 14, Rohit 38)
HUGE! Richardson has been PUT OUT OF THE GROUND. That sure is something. Rohit has charged and made room, the bowler obliging by dropping short. The swing is perfectly timed – he’s picked it and popped it literally out of the stadium at square leg! Not a small grandstand either. “I don’t hit my driver that far!,” says Clarke. “It must have gone 120 metres.” Joyous one-day batting. To be fair to Richardson, he fights back into the over with some well-directed changes of pace.
8th over: India 42-0 (Rahane 13, Rohit 30)
“It’s a sign of the times isn’t it,” Clarke says on the TV. Ten years ago 293 on the board would win 9/10 games, he says. Now? It’s just not enough. “They really needed 340.” He’s spot on, that hyperinflation in no small way starting during this corresponding series four years ago. Come to think about it, one of the first things I wrote about of this caper. There in one innings, Rohit his 16 sixes. Not so again this over though, Stonis into the attack and immediately putting the brakes on. Four from it via singles. Having a good series with the ball, he is. Has a big job tonight.
7th over: India 42-0 (Rahane 10, Rohit 29)
Richardson’s turn at the bowling crease. Good change. Oh and he’s nearly got Rohit! The book will read four runs, but that was a flay with less control off the front foot. At backward point Maxwell is diving to his left and got a hand to it – an excellent effort. Still, the runs keep flowing. And again! Richardson cannot drop short to this man right now. He rocks back and plunders to the midwicket rope. Only two men out in this power play, Rohit can help himself there. In total control here.
6th over: India 34-0 (Rahane 10, Rohit 21)
Rohit again, on that’s a better shot than the previous over, clipping with timing and class when NCN strays ever so slightly. Barely swung the bat. Gorgeous batting. And goes big again! Second over on the trot, swings through the line to a length delivery and lofts it over the long-off rope! Superb shot. A nice old dent being put into this. Australia urgently need to get rid of Rohit or this could get ugly on the evidence of the last couple of overs. 11 from the over.
5th over: India 23-0 (Rahane 10, Rohit 10)
BIG! Rohit has looked ropey so far, but not here, flogging a pull hook well into the crowd over square leg. That’ll help get the blood pumping for the opener. Watching the replay, he really got underneath it, getting it into the second tier of the stand! Cop that. Right from the over, both of them getting their teeth into this chase now.
4th over: India 15-0 (Rahane 9, Rohit 3)
Taken them three and a half overs of this power play, but India have their first boundary. It’s stand and deliver stuff from Rahane, who came down to meet the Coulter-Nile length delivery, slapping over cover. Singles then exchanged, Rohit’s less convincing off an inside edge. Leg bye to finish it.
3rd over: India 8-0 (Rahane 4, Rohit 2)
Cummins hitting the deck hard here, Rahane picking out the ring fielders on the off-side, playing from the crease. Hmm, some controversy mid-over. Smith was lobbing the ball to the fielder at mid-on when the ball was essentially dead. But it went over his head, Stonis not picking it up at all. The umpires consult and agree that the Indians can’t add runs in that situation. I’m not so sure about that. Anyway, it’s over. Rahane again scores off the final ball of the over, pushing to the onside. One from it.
2nd over: India 7-0 (Rahane 3, Rohit 2)
It is NCN starting off as well. Bit of hoop, Rohit edging to third man along the ground. Squared up, though. Much improved bowler, Coulter-Nile. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is a big part of the World Cup defence a couple of years from now. Handscomb getting nice and active early on with the gloves, prompting a chat on the telly about him replacing Wade. The latter’s international career must be hanging by the proverbial thread. Back to the here and now: after talking up the paid, the bowler sprays one down legside and the ‘keeper can’t glove it. Couple added. Rahane keeps the strike with a single. Steady.
1st over: India 2-0 (Rahane 1, Rohit 1)
No risks to begin, Cummins on the spot well in the 140s kph. Rahane uses that pace to get off the mark down to third man. Rohit does likewise to keep the strike behind square to end the set.
Righto. Players are out on the field. Big job ahead of Australia’s trio of quicks Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson. Or, Cummo, NCN and Richo as I’ll probably end up referring to them at some stage. Rohit, Rahane and Virat ahead of them in the first instance. 293 the target. PLAY!
“You know against India you have to take ten wickets.” The words of Aaron Finch, who did his bit with a punishing ton, but with the middle order unable to go on with it in the final ten overs – a crime in modern ODI cricket – that’s the reality for Australia now. There’s no way they will restrict India if they bat the distance; not on this track, not with the experience the hosts have chasing down anything. So wickets it must be.
What promised to be a fill-your-boots runfest turned into a surprisingly interesting Australian innings.
David Warner’s run-a-ball 42 set the tone early but it was Aaron Finch’s muscular 124 that did the damage. When Finch was in full flight it looked as though 350 was a gettable total but once he holed out to deep midwicket Australia slumped from 224-1 to 293-6 in 12 overs. Steve Smith looked set for more than his 63 while everyone else that followed struggled for timing.
50th over: Australia 293-6 (Stoinis 27, Agar 8)
Not the best final over from the otherwise excellent Bumrah. A couple of wides and a couple in Agar’s slot enable Australia to add a little gloss to the scoreboard.
49th over: Australia 281-6 (Stoinis 24, Agar 2)
Kumar’s final over full of well executed yorkers is spoiled by one delivery that slips out of his hand in his delivery stride. He’s fortunate to see it called a dead ball, not a no-ball and just five runs from the over sees Bhuvneshwar finish with 0-52 bowling with the new ball and then at the death on a very flat pitch.
48th over: Australia 276-6 (Stoinis 21, Agar 0)
Bumrah’s changes of pace are making him so difficult to score off. His slower ball is a floaty off-cutter but his quicker one is sharp and angled into the right-hander. He has 2-40 from his nine overs.
This is one of those catches that used to be ‘the best catch in the world’ and is now standard fare. Pandey takes Handscomb’s drive on the long-off boundary, overbalances but throws the ball up before he crosses the rope, returns to the field of play and completes the dismissal. Magical stuff.
47th over: Australia 272-5 (Stoinis 18, Handscomb 2)
Better for Australia courtesy of a couple of Kumar wides and a a remarkable straight driven four from Stoinis that was little more than the batsman digging out a yorker. Still frustrating at this stage to see Handscomb swing and miss at the final couple of deliveries.
46th over: Australia 263-5 (Stoinis 12, Handscomb 1)
Remember, Australia were cruising at 224-1 but since Finch holed out it’s been an ugly collapse.
Brilliant from Bumrah. He returns to the attack with a dot ball, a leg-bye, then a slower ball off-cutter that is too good for Head’s mighty swipe.
The wheels falling off for Australia.
45th over: Australia 259-4 (Head 4, Stoinis 11)
Pace to see us home now with Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning to the attack for the first of his three remaining overs.
44th over: Australia 255-4 (Head 3, Stoinis 9)
Both these men are powerful hitters and can get the scoreboard moving at pace with little effort. And Stoinis does exactly that with what appeared to be a gentle push for six over long off. It was a decent over from Kuldeep though, with just that one hit beating the field.
43rd over: Australia 245-4 (Head 1, Stoinis 1)
Two new batsmen at the crease now and a likely 350ish has become a battle to make 300. Credit to India and their young spinners for hanging in when little was on offer.
The collapse continues with Maxwell’s ugly innings brought to a close. Chahal threw the ball wide of off stump, Maxwell – hatless it must be added – chased after it like a dog snapping its jaws at a treat, but he can’t reach far enough and Dhoni completes the formalities.
42nd over: Australia 243-3 (Maxwell 5, Head 0)
Kuldeep makes it spin at both ends and again he offers a line outside off stump that the batsmen find awkward getting away.
41st over: Australia 236-2 (Smith 60, Maxwell 3)
Chahal returns for his ninth over and he sends down a lovely over – again just two off it. The bowler tossing up his leggies outside off, making him an awkward prospect to slog.
40th over: Australia 234-2 (Smith 59, Maxwell 2)
Four overs of spin still to be bowled at some point, but not right now as Bumrah comes into the attack. He bowls four dot balls in a very tidy over too, conceding just two runs while Maxwell struggles to find his timing.
39th over: Australia 232-2 (Smith 58, Maxwell 1)
The wicket ball, by the way, was the fastest of Kuldeep’s spell, so it wasn’t just a tired batsman holing out, the bowler played his part in the dismissal. Reward for persistence.
Good to see Maxwell came in ahead of wicket-keeper Handscomb. Sets the tone. #INDvAUS
38th over: Australia 224-2 (Smith 51, Maxwell 0)
That was a super knock fro Aaron Finch, exactly the innings his captain was imploring his side to produce during the week.
Kuldeep continues his penance and he’s finally rewarded for it; Finch slapping a brutal slog sweep into the safe hands of deep midwicket.
37th over: Australia 221-1 (Finch 122, Smith 50)
Pandya’s figures haven’t been hammered too badly, which is a testament to his variety. Once again he sends down an over without conceding a boundary, which is no mean feat. There are enough singles in there for skipper Smith to reach his 50 though – his 19th in ODIs.
36th over: Australia 216-1 (Finch 120, Smith 47)
The final drinks break of the innings has been taken, so it’s all slog no grog from hereon in.
What in the name of baggy greens is this ODI? The mean match of a weird series and we’re given a belter on a ground I wouldn’t trust with a national match. Should I blame the curator or the players for not being extraordinary enough? Nevermind me. Just woke up, grumpy.
35th over: Australia 206-1 (Finch 113, Smith 45)
Pandya continues his role of cannon fodder and Australia bringing up the 200 in an over featuring a meaty swipe for four by Finch who is now in T20 mode. Poor bloke’s probably cream crackered and just wants an ice bath and a tall mango lassi.
34th over: Australia 197-1 (Finch 107, Smith 44)
Kuldeep continues and after Smith milks a single Finch sweeps hard for four to bring up his century! Terrific batting from the opener who came into the game after a calf strain, lacked timing for his first 40 or so runs and then shifted through the gears.
33rd over: Australia 186-1 (Finch 97, Smith 43)
Pandya back into the attack and he’s looked as likely as anyone today with his changes of pace and variety of slower balls. He concedes only three runs as the fatiguing Finch nears his century.
32nd over: Australia 183-1 (Finch 95, Smith 42)
Kuldeep backed in by his skipper despite Finch’s aggression and he delivers a tidy over in return.
31st over: Australia 180-1 (Finch 93, Smith 40)
A trademark wristy four from Smith sets up another good over for Australia off Chahal. This partnership now worth more than 100 and it’s come at a run-a-ball.
30th over: Australia 171-1 (Finch 91, Smith 34)
Australia have built an excellent platform out there and another straight six from Finch keeps the momentum going. Kuldeep beat Finch in the flight and the stump mic picked up an ‘Oh no” but so short are the boundaries it didn’t matter. The opener took no chances with the next delivery, muscling a straight drive all along the turf for four much safer runs.
29th over: Australia 160-1 (Finch 80, Smith 33)
Chahal the latest bowling change for India and three dot balls in a row suggest a big shot might be on its way – and it comes – a brutal pull from Finch from a delivery just a fraction short that scoots away for four.
28th over: Australia 153-1 (Finch 75, Smith 32)
Kuldeep wasn’t out of the attack for long and he almost gets Finch with a sweep that just lobs over short fine leg. Business as usual aside from that scare with the scoreboard ticking over nicely.
Aaron Finch is like some sort of super-Hilton Cartwright. Hard to think of higher praise than that. #INDvAUS
27th over: Australia 146-1 (Finch 73, Smith 27)
Kumar and Bumrah in tandem as Kohli turns to his strike bowlers to break the partnership. There’s nothing happening out there for seam or spin though with Australia steadily accumulating runs.
26th over: Australia 137-1 (Finch 66, Smith 25)
Bumrah back into the attack and just two runs come from the opener’s bowling.
25th over: Australia 135-1 (Finch 65, Smith 24)
Aaron Finch is feeling the heat out there, as you might expect from almost two hours of batting in searing heat containing plenty of quick singles.
24th over: Australia 130-1 (Finch 61, Smith 23)
Kuldeep Yadav doesn’t look like replicating his hat-trick heroics of the other day. Both batsmen are milking singles on the on-side at will, with Brad Hogg on commentary (no mean left-arm wrist spinner himself) suggesting Kuldeep’s line is too straight.
23rd over: Australia 126-1 (Finch 59, Smith 21)
Pandya relieves Chahal but he can’t stem the flow of runs with Smith making that exaggerated leg-side flick of his for four and Finch taking a giant step down the track and crunching a cover drive of the highest order.
@JPHowcroft morning jp
Great start by aus here
22nd over: Australia 117-1 (Finch 55, Smith 16)
Kuldeep Yadav comes on for Pandya and the faintest bottom edge from a tickled sweep earns Finch another boundary. Tough job now for India’s young pair of spinners on a flat pitch offering no assistance against two set batsmen.
21st over: Australia 110-1 (Finch 50, Smith 14)
Two boundaries from the over, brings up Finch’s 50.
20th over: Australia 102-1 (Finch 42, Smith 14)
Pandya earns the edge of Finch’s bat but there’s no slip and four runs is the result. It was an expansive drive from Finch who missed his timing by some distance. The Victorian hasn’t looked fluent so far but he’s accumulated 40 and rotated the strike nicely.
Would love see some counter attacking against the Indian spinners,small ground ,going over the top wouldn’t be a bad option #INDvAUS
19th over: Australia 95-1 (Finch 36, Smith 13)
Chahal keeps pushing Finch onto the back foot but the batsman is watchful and not at risk of losing his wicket. Smith by contrast is immediately on the front foot, stepping down the wicket and driving well through midwicket for four.
18th over: Australia 90-1 (Finch 35, Smith 9)
Australia begin the over on 87, their danger number, if confirmation bias is to be believed. Although as far as sporting curses go it’s not a patch on Mayo’s in the GAA which continued into its 66th year last week.
17th over: Australia 87-1 (Finch 33, Smith 8)
There’s that big shot from Finch – and he clears the long on fence with ease! That was the second delivery of Chahal’s over; the first was a nervy inside-edge into the on-side. The rest of the over safely dealt with.
16th over: Australia 79-1 (Finch 26, Smith 7)
Pandya again getting joy from his quick offbreaks, beating Finch this time but not snaring the outside edge. Finch just getting a little bogged down out there. He might need his skipper to nurse him away from a reckless shot or two.
15th over: Australia 76-1 (Finch 25, Smith 5)
Chahal is causing the two right-handers to study the ball right onto the face of the bat. Watchful over after the mayhem of the previous one.
14th over: Australia 74-1 (Finch 24, Smith 4)
That was a ripping delivery from Pandya, a genuine fast offbreak. He ripper his fingers around that ball and it gripped on a length and beat the outside edge of a set batsman. He was coming from around the wicket too, so any away movement was going to feel accentuated. Top, top bowling.
Huge unexpected wicket for India!
Warner was moving through the gears and after punching a four through extra cover off Pandya, the bowler extracts his revenge, ripping one through Warner’s defences and sending the bails flying in the air.
13th over: Australia 66-0 (Warner 38, Finch 24)
Chahal’s second over has Warner moving up a gear. A reverse sweep first up fails to connect, but two from the next delivery precedes a clean straight six, the first maximum of the game. Finch tries the same shot but can only muscle the ball to long on. 11 from a productive over for Australia.
12th over: Australia 55-0 (Warner 28, Finch 23)
Hardik Pandya ensures pace continues at one end and he continues India’s policy of denying Finch and Warner any width, cramping them up whenever possible. Australia’s sharp running means the scoreboard continues to tick over.
11th over: Australia 52-0 (Warner 26, Finch 22)
The first bowling change sees leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal come into the attack. Warner does his best to get off strike first ball but in his haste invites his partner into run out territory with Kohli hitting directly. The third umpire shows Finch just making his ground.
10th over: Australia 49-0 (Warner 24, Finch 22)
Bumrah will also be given a five-over spell and his fifth over is more impressive than Kumar’s, restricting Australia to pinched singles. One of those pinched singles turns out to be worth three runs though, courtesy of some sloppy backing up leading to a couple of handy overthrows.
9th over: Australia 43-0 (Warner 21, Finch 19)
That’s more like it! Back to back fours to welcome Kumar’s fifth over. The first was a tickle off his legs, the second a beautiful cover drive with textbook raised ftont elbow.
8th over: Australia 35-0 (Warner 13, Finch 19)
Australia still not imposing themselves on this contest with any force. Warner almost runs himself into trouble with a quick single and then a Finch lofted drive comes off the inside half of his bat and reaches the fine-leg boundary rather than long on. It may well be this pitch is more two-paced that we expected and it deserves due care and attention. Still, India will be happy with the run-rate so far.
7th over: Australia 26-0 (Warner 11, Finch 12)
Australia’s openers still keeping their powder dry, respecting anything sent down on a decent line and length. On a surface this good and a ground this small, time getting in at the crease like this cannot be wasted. This pair need to cash in.
6th over: Australia 24-0 (Warner 10, Finch 11)
There’s no swing, no seam movement, and just the odd delivery keeping low out there, otherwise it is a road. Which makes Bumrah’s ability to beat Finch’s outside edge especially impressive. Just one from the over.
5th over: Australia 23-0 (Warner 10, Finch 10)
Australia getting into their work now after a watchful start. Warner works his first boundary after Kumar strays onto his pads.
That’s the first time in 12 matches Steve Smith has called a toss correctly. 4 x IPL, 3 x CT, 2 x Tests in B’desh & first two #INDvAUS ODIs
4th over: Australia 17-0 (Warner 4, Finch 10)
Bumrah continues and he offers the first big scoring opportunity to Finch but the opener swings and misses at a long hop outside off stump. Bumrah readjusts superbly and forces a thick edge that squirts away for the first four of the day. Cricket, eh? Good ball goes for four, rank one gets a play-and-miss ‘ooh’ from the field.
3rd over: Australia 7-0 (Warner 3, Finch 2)
Kumar continues to Warner and beats him with one that keeps surprisingly low. It forces a change of approach from the bowler, sending him around the wicket with the field changing accordingly – no slips but two catchers in front of square on either side of the wicket. Not a lot happening thereafter, straight bowling, straigh batting.
Shortest boundary at Indore 51 metres. Isn’t that less than regulation?
2nd over: Australia 6-0 (Warner 2, Finch 2)
Jasprit Bumrah with his own new ball, sending it down with his right arm, over the wicket. He’s straight to Finch, who gets off strike with a single, and targeting Warner’s outside edge, which he beats with the third delivery of the over.
1st over: Australia 3-0 (Warner 1, Finch 1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India, over the wicket, shaping the ball into the left-handed Warner. It’s the one that goes the other way that did for Warner in Kolkata and it almost accounts for him again, fencing at one outside his off stump that flies just wide of the diving gully. Warner was on the walk to Kumar, attempting to negate the swing.
The two sides are out for the national anthems. Indore has turned out in force here at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, the joint is rocking.
It is an unforgiving venue for the players. The glare on the field is like a spotlight being shone from the heavens. If you were a fast bowler and your captain fielded first after winning the toss you’d give him a very filthy look indeed.
The best batting pitch of the series is what has been presented by the Holkar Cricket Stadium curator. “An absolute belter” according to Michael Clarke.
Faced with such a flat deck Australia will be delighted to have won the toss and not be sentenced to fielding once again in the burning heat and stifling humidity.
India are unchanged:
IND XI: A Rahane, RG Sharma, V Kohli, M Pandey, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, B Kumar, K Yadav, J Bumrah, Y Chahal
Big selection news for Australia with two changes: Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb come in for Hilton Cartwright and Matthew Wade. And yes, that does mean Handscomb will take the gloves. Could this be a glimpse into the future of Australia cricket?
Australia XI: Warner, Finch, Smith (c), Head, Handscomb (wk), Maxwell, Stoinis, Agar, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Richardson #INDvAUS
Scoring runs has not been easy for Australia this series so far but they will have a golden opportunity to put that right today in Indore.
Evening all, and welcome to live OBO coverage of Australia’s third ODI of what is quite literally a bilateral series with India. We’re in Indore for this one, a place where Australia must win to keep alive their hopes of winning this five-match revenue raising exercise.
I’m later than usual to the keyboard today, so that’s enough preamble for now. I’m sure there’ll be more ambling as we go through the 50 overs.
Jonathan will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of where Steve Smith believes Australia must improve.
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