Australia in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: 02 March 2019
RR: 4.96 | India beat Australia by 6 wickets
So that is all from here in Hyderabad! The Indians have started the series on a positive note and what is more important is that their middle order seems to be giving answers to the questions that were being raised. The away side has a lot that they would like to improve on, mainly on the batting front. The Aussies are struggling with their 50-over form and would like to set it straight in the very next game. That one will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. It will begin at 1330 local (0800 GMT) on 5th March, Tuesday. See you for the coverage of that game. Till then, take care and cheers!
Man of the Match, Kedar Jadhav smiles and says that his bowling is all about angles and reading batsmen's mind as he looks to bowl stump-to-stump. Admits that he doesn't feel like a bowler and just enjoys rolling his arm. Reminds that recently in Australia, he was involved in a similar kind of a chase. Thanks MS Dhoni for continuously guiding him and adds that he is learning from Dhoni and Kohli as they are the best finishers. On the question that had Dhoni not been there how he would have batted - Jadhav smiles and answers that he might have tried to play more shots earlier but MSD can read your mind and reminds you about the game situation. Signs off by saying that every time you think about the team, more often than not you will end up on the winning side.
Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that the game was a difficult one and that they did well with the ball. Praises the partnership between Dhoni and Kedar that took them over the line. Reckons that bowling won them the game and he knew that a partnership or two will be enough. Informs us that he was happy that the middle order was put under pressure and he discussed with the coach about how this will be a shadow practice for the games to come. Reserves special mention for Kuldeep Yadav who he says is always ready to put his hand up and try and do stuff for the team. Does not forget Mohammed Shami who he feels did really well to lose weight and bowls with a lot of heart. Is happy with the way the pacer has come back into the white-ball setup and believes that the bowling unit is shaping up really nicely in the run-up to the World Cup.
Australia's skipper, Aaron Finch admits that they were 20-30 runs short on that wicket. Feels that had they batted well towards the end, they would have got that score. Praises his bowlers for putting in a good effort. Adds that everyone is trying and they just need to give attention to details a bit more. On not opting for the sixth bowling option, Finch mentions that the quicks looked more effective and that's why he stuck with them.
Mohammed Shami begins by saying that it's been a long journey and everyone has worked hard. Adds that they have been performing superbly in the last 3-4 years and hopes to keep going. States that it's been up and down in his life and thanks God for everything. He always tries his best for the team, adds Shami. Mentions that he has been working on his line and length and it's giving him results. Also talks about his fitness and says that he was 93 kgs when he returned from the injury break and has worked really hard to reduce his weight.
As for the Aussie bowling, they cannot be blamed. They gave their all and tried their best. The pick of the bowlers were Coulter-Nile and Zampa who grabbed a couple of wickets each. The rest bowled economically but in the end, the target was just too low to be defended on a surface that was two-paced. Earlier on in the afternoon, the Aussie skipper won the toss and elected to bat but his team could manage just 236 off the back of a fifty from Usman Khawaja and a few small but good knocks from Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile. The feeling at the mid-way stage was that the total was about 25-30 short and in the end, that was what it proved to be. A good way for the home team to begin the series and the Kangaroos will have to come back harder in the next game, especially with the bat. The presentation to follow, but first an interview with Mohammed Shami who is down near the ropes with Sanjay Manjrekar.
The innings though began poorly for the hosts as they lost Shikhar Dhawan for a first-ball duck. Then came a solid partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli which set the Men in Blue on their way. The skipper looked really good while he was out there while the Indian vice-captain did not look his original self. A 76-run stand was then broken followed by a flurry of wickets. India collapsed to 99/4 from 80/1 and it looked like the middle muddle will be seen all over again but it was not to be.
This has been a partnership for the ages! India take an early lead in the ODI series. At 99/4 it did not look like the Indians were going to have it easy. But how wrong have we been proved? The duo of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav built an unbeaten partnership of 141 runs and took their team across the line. The Australians did more than well with the ball but it just was not enough in the end. Both the batsmen got to their fifties with Jadhav playing the aggressor's role. Dhoni took the backseat as he helped his partner motor along on his own route.
Marcus Stoinis to bowl the 49th. Dhoni on strike, will he finish it with a maximum?
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back. Was good with the new ball, 8-2-35-2 so far...
Pat Cummins is back into the attack.
Adam Zampa is back on. It is his last over, he has figures of 9-0-42-2 so far.
Pat Cummins to bowl now, replacing Jason Behrendorff.
Marcus Stoinis is now on.
Jason Behrendorff comes back into the attack.
Powerplay 3 begins. Australia can push an extra fielder outside the ring now. A maximum of five allowed till the end. 61 needed off 60 balls.
Adam Zampa is back on. Has figures of 8-0-39-2 so far.
Pat Cummins is back on.
Has that been taken? Stoinis at mid on seems to be claiming that catch but is not too sure. Dhoni looks unperturbed. The umpires take it upstairs and the soft signal is not out.
Drinks break! The period of play has been a slow one. India have got a partnership building but the Aussies have not let them off the hook. The runs are coming slowly and a wicket here might just cause some discomfort in the hosts' dressing room. The required rate has just crept above 6 per over. 104 needed in 102 balls now.
Jason Behrendorff is back on.
Adam Zampa with a change of ends. Meanwhile, Dhoni has got a change of bats.
Marcus Stoinis returns into the attack, replacing Adam Zampa.
Looks like Jadhav has some problem with the sightscreen and wants it adjusted. Actually with a chair which is in front of the screen, and it is being moved away.
Kedar Jadhav walks in at number 6.
MS Dhoni arrives with India in a spot of bother.
Drinks break! A massive break against the run of play for the visitors. Kohli was looking in supreme touch and the Aussies have seen the back of him on the last ball before the break. They will now look to build up and pick a few more quick wickets from here. Meanwhile, for the hosts, Rohit will look to join hands with the new man, Ambati Rayudu and take India ahead. Exciting times ahead!
Review time... Loud appeal from the Aussies for an LBW against Virat Kohli. The umpire is unmoved but Zampa thinks it's pad first. His captain takes it upstairs! Let's see what the replays have to say...
Marcus Stoinis is into the attack.
Adam Zampa is on now.
Rohit Sharma is seen waving at the dressing room, asking for something after the end of this over. Maybe, he wants some magic spray for the blow he received earlier in the over.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Pat Cummins is now into the attack.
Virat Kohli walks in at number 3.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl with the other new ball.
Welcome back for the chase. A modest target of 237 is on the cards as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan make their way out to the middle. Jason Behrendorff has the first new ball in hand for the Aussies. A slip in place, all set to go... Let's play!