India in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2019

Australia vs India - 3rd ODI

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

Date & Time: 18 January 2019

India 234/3

RR: 4.74 | India beat Australia by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Shaun Marsh & b Peter Siddle c Shaun Marsh & b Peter Siddle 91710
Shikhar Dhawan c Marcus Stoinis & b Marcus Stoinis c Marcus Stoinis & b Marcus Stoinis 234600
Virat Kohli c Alex Carey (W) & b Jhye Richardson c Alex Carey (W) & b Jhye Richardson 466230
MS Dhoni not out not out 8711460
Kedar Jadhav not out not out 615770
Dinesh Karthik
Ravindra Jadeja
Vijay Shankar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Shami
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 1, w 7, nb 0)
Total 234 (3 Wkts, 49.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
15-1 (Rohit Sharma,6), 59-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,16.2), 113-3 (Virat Kohli,30),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jhye Richardson10 1 27 1 2.70
Peter Siddle9 1 56 1 6.22
Billy Stanlake10 0 49 0 4.90
Glenn Maxwell1 0 7 0 7.00
Adam Zampa10 0 34 0 3.40
Marcus Stoinis9.2 0 60 1 6.52

That is it from the game then! Australia continue to be winless. They cannot win any series be it Tests, T20Is or ODIs. Victory continues to elude them and they will hope there is some spark or a change around the corner. They have Sri Lanka coming up next with tours of India (why again?) and UAE to follow. India meanwhile, get ready to expand their tour Down Under with a visit to New Zealand for 5 ODIs and a T20I. Do join us for both series and much more. Plenty of cricketing action in the months to follow in this 'YEAR OF THE WORLD CUP!' ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, also agrees that it was not an easy wicket to bat on, hence had to bat deep. Admits that the team was getting nervous but had plenty of confidence in Dhoni and Jadhav. Adds that they wanted to give Kuldeep Yadav a break and Yuzvendra Chahal, who came in, did fantastic work on his first game in Australia. Feels that it's been an amazing tour for them as they won both the Test and ODI series and drew the T20I series, which could not have been a better result. Stresses that it was a collective effort and is proud of everyone for doing so well. Adds that the team is confident and is raring to go to New Zealand and strut its stuff there.

Australian captain, Aaron Finch, feels that Australia took it down to the wire. Admits that when you give great players a couple of chances, it backfires. Rues the dropped chances as the result could have been much different had those been taken. Praises his bowlers for giving it their everything, trying their best to defend a modest total. On the dropped chances, he says those things happen. On the batting, Finch says that in this game perhaps there was lesser patience shown in the middle overs and they ended up targetting more than they should have.

MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. The crowd is rupturing its applause. 'DHONI! DHONI! DHONI!' goes the chant. MS says that it was a slow wicket and hence one had to be careful playing the shots. Adds that he calculated how many overs every bowler had left and planned his knock accordingly. Mentions that it was important to target certain bowlers and that was the gameplan. Praises Kedar Jadhav for the support he gave and adds that his unorthodox shots take the pressure off him (Dhoni). On batting at number 4, Dhoni says that it all depends on the game situation and what the team wants from him. Feels that his batting position is irrelevant when compared to the balance of the team, so is happy to bat anywhere.

YUZVENDRA CHAHAL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Chahal says he's obviously happy to have done well in his first game in Australia. Adds that the wicket was turning so he wanted to take advantage of that by varying his pace. Continues saying that there are plenty of challenges, with the next one being in New Zealand, so is looking forward to those.

Hard to fault too much from the Aussie bowlers. They bowled with intensity, created pressure and also made opportunities. But, their fielders let them down. As many as 2 dropped catches and then 2 run out chances missed. Too much in a series finale. Jhye Richardson bounced back after a poor second ODI while Zampa showed some confidence with the ball. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

87. What is so bad about 87? Ask the Aussies. 13 short of a 100. Hence, they consider it unlucky. Normally, it is their batsmen who get dismissed on that number. Tonight, it is a man from the opposition, who came in with the team in a bit of trouble at 59/2 but has stayed unbeaten till the end on guess how much - 87. Just 6 boundaries in his knock but till he was there in the middle, no one had any doubt who would win. His average in run chases now zooms up to 103.07. Mahendra Singh Bradman. Take a bow.

Kohli and Dhoni did what they do best. Grind out oppositions. First the skipper had a 44-run stand with Dhawan. Then added 54 with his former captain. And then, when things seemed to be in Australia's control with Kohli getting out, Kedar Jadhav came out and eased out all fears. His unbeaten 121-run stand with Dhoni would have instilled tremendous amount of confidence in the Indian think tank. Yes. Their batting looks even more stronger now, with the middle order stepping up.

Coming to this match, chasing 231 should never have been difficult but circumstances made it difficult for India. Some tight opening bowling saw the visitors struggling and they were reduced to 26/1 in Powerplay 1. Then they would have lost Kohli and later Dhoni, not once but multiple times but Australia kept grassing chances. Well, good teams do not need more opportunities.

T20 series tied. Test series won. ODI series won. Boy, what a tour it has been for India. They were expected to win but they have not allowed the Aussies to win more than 3 matches in 10 outings. Superb. Take a bow.

M Stoinis to K Jadhav, FOUR! INDIA WIN THE MATCH, SERIES AND THE TOUR! Full on middle, Jadhav whips it over mid on and finds the fence! The batsmen do not run because the ball has raced to the boundary.

The Indian team meanwhile is getting ready to celebrate from the dugout...

M Stoinis to K Jadhav, A low full toss outside off, pushed straight to mid off.

1 run needed. 6 balls in hand. 7 wickets in the bank. How many balls will this last? Here comes Marcus Stoinis...

P Siddle to MS Dhoni, We have a last over. Full on middle, almost a yorker, Dhoni can only push it towards short mid-wicket.

Last ball of the match? 1 needed. A biggie?

P Siddle to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Ahhh... full and outside off, Dhoni pummels it past the bowler. Mid off is inside and cannot get there!
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, MS misses his flick.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, What a shot that is. Backs away to the leg side and Siddle bowls a full toss. Kedar is cramped for room but somehow, he turns his bat and carves it over point. Three runs taken. India a hit away from a series win now.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Excellent comeback from the bowler. Fires in a yorker, Kedar can only jab it back to the bowler.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, FOUR! Killing blow and that should seal the deal. Just 9 needed now from 10. A short ball outside off, Jadhav rocks back and slaps it over point for a boundary!
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Misdirected yorker, a low full toss on the pads, Dhoni flicks it towards fine leg and gives Jadhav the freedom to use his weapon of destruction...

Who bowls the 49th? No options. Peter Siddle it will be. 8-1-43-1 so far. Will this be the final over of the match as well?

M Stoinis to K Jadhav, FOUR! What a way to bring up your half century! Full and wide outside off, Jadhav reaches out and slashes it behind point. The fielder starts to run to his right but comes second! 13 from the over, just 14 needed from the final 2.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. They pick up a single. 100-STAND IS UP! What a way to finish off the series.
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Down the leg side, Jadhav misses his flick and a leg bye is taken with the ball going off the hips.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Comes down the track now and helps it through square leg for a single.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! A full toss and it has been put away! Stoinis misses the yorker but Dhoni doesn't. Gets down on a knee and sweeps it powerfully behind square leg. Peter Siddle starts to chase from fine leg but comes second in the chase!
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Not Out! Dhoni survives and so does Jadhav. Length delivery on off, Dhoni charges down the track and hits it hard towards mid off. Aaron Finch there dives to his left and gets a hand to it but cannot keep hold of it. Or rather, let us say, he has saved a boundary. Dhoni goes for a quick second. Finch quickly gathers the ball and throws at the bowler's end. Stoinis collects it and takes off the bails. Now Jadhav struggles to get back in but when it is referred upstairs, replays show that he has just made it.

A dropped catch first up... is it a run out as well? Dhoni has been dropped by Finch but there is a run out appeal against Jadhav. Referred upstairs...

Marcus Stoinis returns. 8-0-44-1 so far.

J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Once again short in length and Dhoni pulls it away for a run and keeps the strike for the start of the next over.
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Full length delivery outside off, Jadhav gets on one knee and sweeps it towards mid-wicket. The ball falls short of Maxwell in the deep and they take a single.
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Slower bouncer. Dhoni waits for it and pulls it towards fine leg. Carey gets to it quickly and does well to keep it down to a single.
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Full toss outside off, Jadhav moves and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Short of a length, Dhoni pulls it away wonderfully but straight to the fielder at square leg for a single.
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Oops... Jadhav gets ready for a paddle and Jhye smartly bowls it very full and in line of the stumps. But credit to the batsman for adjusting well. Kedar flicks it through square leg for a single.

Jhye Richardson to bowl out. Last throw of the dice for Finch. 9-1-21-1 so far. Can he strike for his captain?

P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Full and around middle, MS looks to tuck and run to the leg side but Siddle gets across quickly. 11 from the over, without any effort.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, A full toss outside off, Jadhav is happy with bunting it through point for a single.
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Down the leg side again, helped through square leg for a single.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a couple. Excellent running.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, WIDE. Another loose ball, down the leg side, a full toss again. Once more, Kedar misses his flick.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, FOUR! That releases the pressure. Full and outside off, Jadhav comes down the track and slaps it wide of mid off for a boundary! 39 more needed from 29 balls now.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, WIDE. Extra ball. A full toss, down the leg side, Jadhav misses his flick.

Peter Siddle returns. 7-1-32-1 so far.

M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Length delivery on the hips, Jadhav flicks it for a run.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Dhoni flicks it to the fine leg region for a single.
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! A much needed boundary here for India. Dhoni dances down the track and attempts a pull and gloves it. The ball goes towards the fine leg region. Billy Stanlake there runs to his right and puts a dive in but he is too tall and cannot get down in time and the ball goes to the fence.