Australia in India, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
Date & Time: 05 March 2019
RR: 4.88 | India beat Australia by 8 runs
Right-o! Victory number 500 for India in all ODIs. They have always looked as one of the favourites to win the World Cup but matches like these are making them look even more dominant. They have snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat and will be buoyed with the win. Next stop is Ranchi, where the third ODI will be played on March 8, 2019 at 1.30 pm local (0800 GMT). Can Australia save the series? Join us to find out! ADIOS! Take Care!
Victorious Indian captain, VIRAT KOHLI, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is exhausted now as he has spent over 100 overs in the field. Adds that he felt 250 would be competitive but 275 would have been safe and that is what they were looking for. Is happy with his 40th ODI century but is happier with his side's victory. On the gamble to give Vijay Shankar the final over, Kohli says that he was initially going to give him the 46th, leaving Shami and Bumrah to bowl the final 4 but he was advised to first bowl the senior guys out, then leave it to Vijay Shankar at the end. Is happy with the way he bowled though, in the final over. Agrees that Rohit and Dhoni always keep giving him advice. Says that Jasprit Bumrah is a champion. Admits that these close games test India perfectly as in a World Cup, any game could be close and matches like these will help them at that stage. On Kedar Jadhav, Virat says that this pitch was tailor-made for him and was even eager to bowl the final over. Praises him for his overall contribution. And finally, on his 40th ODI century, Kohli says that 40 is just a number.
Australian captain, Aaron Finch, says it was really close and they were hoping they could get over the line. Credits the way Marcus Stoinis played. Adds that they had the momentum but then they gave it back to India and they won the game. Feels that Stoinis will learn a lot from this which is a good thing going forward. He is happy with the start he got but he needed to score more. States Virat Kohli was the difference between the two sides today.
Vijay Shankar is now having a chat with Harsha Bhogle. Shankar says he is very pleased. Mentions he did not feel he would get to bowl after he went for runs in his first over. States he wanted this opportunity and is pleased he could defend and take his team over the line. Further adds he was clear in his mind on what he wanted to do and it came off well. Says he is ready to do whatever the team needs him to. Ends by saying he is working hard on all aspects of his game.
And finally. You may like some, you may not like some but you just cannot ignore Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah. He bowled well phenomenally throughout the game but this one particular over - the 46th, his 9th - was probably the one which truly told us who will win the game. When he came on, Australia needed 29 from 30 balls with 4 wickets in hand. When he finished his over, Australia needed 28 from 24 balls with 2 wickets in hand. His double-wicket over, consisting of the scalps of Coulter-Nile and Cummins, literally sealed the game.
Now, the Indian bowling. Whom would you praise? Whom would you not? Pretty difficult to say. Mohammed Shami went wicketless but how good was he in the death overs? Ravindra Jadeja - just a wicket but how economical was he? Kuldeep Yadav - he looked disgusted with himself after his performance tonight but he got the scalps of Finch, Maxwell and Carey - all at crucial junctures. Kedar Jadhav - really short of adjectives for this man. Irony.
And the innings in general? Well starts for Finch, Khawaja, Marsh, Handscomb, Stoinis and Carey - even if one had batted through, the tourists would have won. They kept getting small and meaningful stands but nothing which could threaten India for a long period of time.
At the toss, Kohli said that he expected indifferent bounce to follow as the game went deep and that is exactly what happened. Australia were going at a good rate but suddenly the batsmen became cautious and eventually the wickets started to fall. No one was set out there and after the opening stand of 83, they had three partnerships in excess of 30 - but none crossing 50.
251 was what the target was, for Australia. Definitely a tough one to chase at the toss. But given the way India were batting in the middle stages, the visitors would feel that they were chasing 20-30 runs less. And then, Finch and Khawaja staged an 83-run opening stand which probably kept the dressing room composed. But, there was drama to follow.
End of a topsy-turvy battle and India have come out on top again. They choked Australia or let us put it this way, the Aussies choked themselves and eventually got themselves into a rut. With 33 needed from 33 balls with 5 wickets in hand, you back the chasing side to win but perhaps it did not back itself.
Adam Zampa is the last man in.
And Stoinis is dismissed first ball! Not shockingly, he takes the review. Looks dead plumb.
Who will bowl the final over? Vijay Shankar. 1-0-13-0 so far.
Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.
Nathan Lyon walks in at number 10, replacing Cummins.
Has that carried? Has Cummins edged one behind? The umpire is not sure. He has a chat with his fellow umpire and then refers it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT.
Pat Cummins walks in at number 9, replacing Coulter-Nile.
Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
Nathan Coulter-Nile walks in at number 8, replacing Carey.
Mohammed Shami returns. 7-0-38-0 so far.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. The equation seems like it is going down to the wire but one wicket and this will be all over. Kuldeep Yadav is back on for the finishing duties. 7-0-27-2 so far.
Jasprit Bumrah is back on now.
Alex Carey is the new man in. The last recognized batsman for the Aussies.
Direct hit! Is Handscomb short? He has started to walk back but the umpire takes it upstairs to check.
Mohammed Shami is on now.
Kedar Jadhav is back into the attack.
Ravindra Jadeja is back on.
Marcus Stoinis is the next man in at number 6, replacing Maxwell. The game seems to be slipping away from the Aussies.
Another appeal for a stumping and once again the Indians are not very confident. Maxwell is the man in question.
Kuldeep Yadav is back on.
Glenn Maxwell walks in next, at number 5, replacing Marsh. If it is his night, the match might finish 10 overs earlier than expected.
An appeal for a stumping has been taken upstairs. Handscomb is the man in question. The Indians do not look very confident though.
Ravindra Jadeja replaces Kedar Jadhav.
Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. Replaces Kuldeep Yadav.
Drinks! The game is evenly poised at the moment. You can say it is maybe a little in the favor of the Aussies. They started off really well with the openers adding 83. However, they lost both of them for exactly the same score. The two out there now have started well but need to continue. India, need wickets at regular intervals.
Peter Handscomb walks in now. Two new batsmen at the crease.
Shaun Marsh walks in at number 3, replacing his skipper.
Kuldeep Yadav is back. Change of ends for him.
Kedar Jadhav is into the attack now.
Kuldeep Yadav into the attack now.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Vijay Shankar is on now.
Ravindra Jadeja is on now. So just like Australia, the Indians too have brought on a spinner pretty early.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The India players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Australian openers, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. The right-hander will be on strike and he will face Mohammed Shami who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...