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

commentary

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 and call it the devil's number. 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 until 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 a tremendous amount of confidence in the Indian think tank. Yes. Their batting looks even 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.

T20I 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.

49.2
4
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...

49.1
0
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...

48.6
0
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?

48.5
4
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!
48.5
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, MS misses his flick.
48.4
3
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.
48.3
0
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Excellent comeback from the bowler. Fires in a yorker, Kedar can only jab it back to the bowler.
48.2
4
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!
48.1
1
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?

47.6
4
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.
47.5
1
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.
47.4
0
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.
47.3
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Comes down the track now and helps it through square leg for a single.
47.2
4
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!
47.1
2
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.

46.6
1
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.
46.5
1
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.
46.4
1
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.
46.3
1
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Full toss outside off, Jadhav moves and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
46.2
1
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.
46.1
1
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?

45.6
0
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.
45.5
1
P Siddle to K Jadhav, A full toss outside off, Jadhav is happy with bunting it through point for a single.
45.4
1
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
45.3
1
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Down the leg side again, helped through square leg for a single.
45.2
2
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a couple. Excellent running.
45.2
0
P Siddle to K Jadhav, WIDE. Another loose ball, down the leg side, a full toss again. Once more, Kedar misses his flick.
45.1
4
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.
45.1
0
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.

44.6
1
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Length delivery on the hips, Jadhav flicks it for a run.
44.5
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Dhoni flicks it to the fine leg region for a single.
44.4
4
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.
44.3
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Full on middle, Dhoni flicks it straight to the fielder at short cover.
44.2
1
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Short ball, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
44.1
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, A short ball, around off, Dhoni swivels to pull but mistimes it towards long on for a single.
43.6
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Flicks it off the pads and takes a single. Finally a run in this over and Zampa finishes off with figures of 10-0-34-0. Excellent over here by the leggie.
43.5
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on middle, MS blocks this one as well. Wow... only he can defend 5 balls in the 44th over of a chase.
43.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Good bowling. Flighted on middle, tempting Dhoni to go for it but he refuses and blocks it.
43.3
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Flighted delivery on middle, MS defends that one off the front foot.
43.2
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Loopy delivery on middle, MS is not taking any risk and blocks that one.
43.1
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on off, Dhoni hits it back to the bowler.
42.6
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Outside off, punched through the off side for another single.
42.5
1
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Down the leg side, flicked away for one.
42.4
3
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Outside off, steered behind point. Three runs taken.
42.3
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Around off, pushed to the leg side.
42.2
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Outside off, MS gets across again and this time meets the ball. Defends.
42.1
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Outside off, Dhoni looks to force it through the off side but the ball cuts back in and beats the inside edge.

Marcus Stoinis is back on. 6-0-31-1 so far.

41.6
1
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Angling into the right-hander, clipped towards fine leg for one.
41.5
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Around middle, cutting in, helped straight to mid-wicket.
41.4
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, A bouncer around middle, Dhoni lets it sail over.
41.3
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, NOT OUT! Waste of a review. It looked high and is high. Going over the top. Desperate stuff from Australia. Length delivery around off, Dhoni tries to flick it but misses and the ball hits him high on his pads. The Australian players appeal but the umpire turns it down. Richardson looks extremely confident and convinces his captain to go for the review. Unfortunately for the home side, Hawk Eye projects it to be going over the top.

Huge shout for LBW! Jhye reckons he has Dhoni plumb in front. The umpire disagrees and Australia have gambled with a review. Height could be an issue...

41.2
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Good length delivery on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers and straight away says no for a run.
41.1
1
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Length delivery on off, Jadhav guides it to third man for a single.

Some issues for Dhoni. Seems to be around the groin region. The physio has been called to the middle. There is a bowling change as well. Jhye Richardson returns. 8-1-19-1 so far.

40.6
1
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Jadhav flicks it towards fine leg and gets a run.
40.5
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Flighted delivery on middle, MS flicks it on the leg side and rotates the strike.
40.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on off, Dhoni defends that off the front foot.
40.3
2
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Short in length. It's a leg spinner once again. Dhoni cuts it through covers and gets a brace.
40.2
1
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Tossed up on middle, Kedar flicks it away on the leg side for a single.
40.1
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Short leg spinner pitching on leg, Dhoni pulls it towards square leg for a single. They look for two but decide otherwise.

Powerplay 3 signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the game. Adam Zampa comes back into the attack. 8-0-27-0 so far.

39.6
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Length ball outside off, cut straight to the man at point. That brings an end to Stanlake's night with the ball, he finishes with figures of 10-0-49-0.
39.5
2
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Good running. This is excellent stuff. Kedar Jadhav wrists it towards short fine leg and takes off. He instantly knew the second run is on so he calls Dhoni for the second and both take off. Good stuff, knew exactly where the fielders were.
39.4
2
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Short of a length outside off, Kedar rises on his toes and slaps the cut through the covers. Big gap out there, so the batsmen are able to come back for the second. With this, the 50-run stand also comes up.
39.3
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Full outside off, pushed to the covers off the front foot for nothing.
39.2
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Short of a good length delivery and it's worked away on the leg side for a run.
39.1
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Short ball outside off, Jadhav taps this towards short third man. He takes off, Dhoni too does that, but then says no, there's a bit of confusion which infuriates Jadhav and he lets out a noisy grunt. The run is completed in the end.
38.6
1
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Clipped down towards fine leg and a single is taken.
38.5
0
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Just behind a length, around off, defended with soft hands close to the body.
38.4
4
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, FOUR! That is a shot of confidence. Much better from Kedar Jadhav. Slowly growing in the game now. Full ball right in the slot, he lofts it cleanly over mid on and sends it across the rope on the bounce.
38.3
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Good running. Dhoni pats it in front of short extra cover and takes off. Finch from mid off runs forward, collects and fires a throw at the bowler's end, but misses. Wouldn't have mattered, Dhoni would have been in anyway.
38.2
2
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Top edge and safe! Luck with Dhoni so far. Short ball and the batsman moves inside the line, looks to help the pull down to fine leg but gets it off the top edge. It lands safely in that same area and two runs are taken.
38.1
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Stays inside the crease and blocks it out solidly.
38.1
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Wide! Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. The umpire has signalled a wide.
37.6
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Fifty for MS Dhoni, his 70th overall in this format and third consecutive one in this series. A calm knock from him yet again. Gets to the milestone by pushing it through cover-point and getting to the other end. Has plenty more to do obviously, but so far he's made the most of the life given to him.
37.5
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Full delivery on off, flicked through square leg for one more.
37.4
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Short of a good length just around off, tapped down on the off side from within the crease.
37.3
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
37.2
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Beaten! Almost edged it behind. Billy generates some serious pace again, just over 140 clicks, Jadhav attempts to run it down to third man and misses.
37.1
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, It's full, it's fast and on middle stump, MS Dhoni wrists it in front of square on the leg side and takes a single.
36.6
4
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, EDGY FOUR! Doesn't matter how they come, as long as they come. Jadhav comes down the track and swings across the line, but gets a top edge instead which flies over the keeper's head for a boundary.
36.5
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Dhoni walks down the track as Stoinis pitches it short. The batsman helps the pull down to fine leg and completes the run.
36.4
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Not giving the batsman any room, around off, defended well.
36.3
1
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Shaping back in from a good length, Jadhav plays this late as he works it wide of the man in front of square leg. Gets to the other end without much trouble.
36.2
0
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, Full on off, wristed straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
36.1
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Length delivery on off, MS closes the face and tucks it square on the leg side and the batsmen pinch a single.

Marcus Stoinis comes back on.

35.6
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Yorker on the stumps, worked towards wide mid on.
35.5
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Dhoni takes the same route. Plays this late as he cuts it behind point. Single to the total.
35.4
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Waits for the ball to come, opens the bat face and guides it behind point for a run.
35.4
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Wide! Bumper outside the line of off stump, Jadhav arches back and lets it pass through.
35.3
3
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Superb placement. All about the timing, that shot. Dhoni just leans into this full delivery and drives it through the gap in the covers. The fielder chases it down as the batsmen take three.
35.2
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Short of a good length outside off, Jadhav opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man. One run collected.
35.1
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Play and a miss! Length delivery well outside off, Jadhav looks to cut but fails to make connection.
34.6
2
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Loopy and full outside off, driven hard through wide mid off. The batsmen easily take two runs.
34.5
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Turning away from around off, Dhoni lets it go.
34.4
1
A Zampa to K Jadhav, That was in the air for a while but fell just short. Tossed up leg break on middle and off, Jadhav got low to play the slog sweep and got a top edge which flew over mid-wicket. Luckily for him, it fell short of Richardson coming in from the deep. A single was taken.
34.3
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Goes with the spin this time and slaps it to sweeper cover for one run.
34.2
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, A lot of flight on this as Zampa pitches it around off, full in length. Dhoni isn't tempted and lets it go.
34.1
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Some pace on this as Zampa bowls it on the stumps, Dhoni goes back and places it back to the bowler.
33.6
4
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, FOUR! That should relieve a little bit of pressure off Jadhav. He has some width offered outside off, so he stands tall and slaps the cut through cover-point and finds the fence.
33.5
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Back of a length outside off, a mistimed cut shot from Kedar Jadhav finds the point fielder.
33.4
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Shortish delivery pounded in, Dhoni rides the bounce and helps the pull down towards fine leg for a run.
33.3
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Full ball curling back in, Jadhav flicks it through square leg and gets to the other end.
33.2
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Outside off on a good length, Kedar dabs it with an open face to the man at point.
33.1
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Just ahead of a length, around off, blocked out from the front foot.

Billy Stanlake is back.

32.6
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, The quicker one again, on middle stump, Dhoni backs away and pushes it gently to the cover area.
32.5
1
A Zampa to K Jadhav, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
32.4
0
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Pushed quicker through the air, takes the inside edge of the bat and thuds onto the pads.
32.3
2
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Tossed up leg break around off, Kedar gets low and slog sweeps this. Isn't in control of it, but it's enough to clear wide mid on and fetch him two runs.
32.2
0
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Short and quick on the stumps, he goes back and keeps it out on the leg side.
32.1
0
A Zampa to K Jadhav, Quicker through the air, the flipper from Zampa, Jadhav is undone by the pace and caught high on the pads. Luckily for him, the height saves him.

Adam Zampa returns.

31.6
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Fullish in length, on off stump, comfortably worked away to covers. End of the over.
31.6
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, another wide called by the umpire.
31.5
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, Dhoni gets behind the line of the ball and pushes it to the left of the bowler.
31.5
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Wide! Short and down the leg side, wide signalled by the umpire.
31.4
1
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Short of a length ball which just sits up for Jadhav, he swivels and pulls it through backward square leg for a single.
31.3
0
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Jadhav pushes this full delivery defensively towards the cover area.
31.2
0
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Another yorker, on middle stump, the batsman keeps it at bay somehow.
31.1
0
J Richardson to K Jadhav, Full ball on the fifth stump line, Jadhav presses forward and meets it with the full face.
30.6
0
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Full again, outside the line of off stump, defended with a slightly opened bat face. India need 114 runs to win in 114 balls.
30.5
1
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Quite full again, Kedar flicks it away neatly and takes a single.
30.4
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, Billy spears in a yorker on the stumps, Jadhav digs it out towards mid on.
30.3
0
B Stanlake to K Jadhav, On the fuller side of the length, around off, Jadhav is half-forward as he blocks it off the inner half onto his pads.
30.2
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, In line of the stumps, slightly fuller in length, worked in front of square leg for a quick single.
30.1
2
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, A little too straight in line, Dhoni works it through square leg and comes back for the second.

Kedar Jadhav out now to bat. Also, Billy Stanlake comes back into the bowling attack.

29.6
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, OUT! Caught behind! Jhye gets Kohli again! Thrice in three innings. Australia think to believe again. Is there still life in this game? They will certainly feel so. Kohli is gone. A nothing shot, to say the least. It is full and wide outside off. Kohli comes forward, gets across and meekly pushes at it. Gets a thick outside edge which is snapped by Carey behind. The 54-run stand is broken. India need 118 more from 120 balls.
29.5
2
J Richardson to V Kohli, Outside off, eased behind point for a couple.
29.4
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven straight back.
29.3
1
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Landed outside off, steered towards third man for a run.
29.2
1
J Richardson to V Kohli, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
29.1
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, A length ball around middle, Kohli comes down the track and looks to swipe but mistimes it towards mid on.
28.6
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Full length delivery and MS drives it straight to the fielder at mid on.
28.5
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Dhoni comes down the track once again and tries to go over the bowler but misses the full length ball outside off. Unusual this from Dhoni. The Snicko later on show there was a faint inside edge. No Australian player was appealing except Maxwell at point and the bowler. Once again lucky escape and it looks like it's Dhoni's day.
28.4
4
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Edge and Four! Dhoni struggling for timing here. He charges down the track and tries to hit it over mid off, he gets an outside edge and the ball flies over Carey and goes to the fence for a boundary.
28.3
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Full and Dhoni tries to drive it through mid on. It gets high on the bat and fall short of fielder at mid off.
28.2
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Full and around off, Dhoni swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball goes towards cover.
28.1
1
P Siddle to V Kohli, Short and wide outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
27.6
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Full and on off, MS pushes it to covers to finish the over. Maiden from Richardson.
27.5
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Defended off the back foot by MS.
27.4
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Bouncer! On off, Dhoni ducks underneath that one.
27.3
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Once again shorter in length, MS punches it off the back foot straight to the fielder at point.
27.2
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on off, Dhoni punches it off the back foot on the off side straight to the fielder.
27.1
0
J Richardson to MS Dhoni, Full and hit straight to the fielder at point.

Jhye Richardson is back on. 5-0-12-0 so far.

26.6
3
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Shorter delivery on off, Dhoni pulls it between mid-wicket and mid on, Adam Zampa comes from square leg and stops it from going to the fence. The batsmen take three runs.
26.5
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Length delivery outside off, MS creams this cut but straight to Maxwell at backward point.
26.4
1
P Siddle to V Kohli, Short ball outside off, Kohli cuts it through covers for a single.
26.3
1
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, The batsman charges down the wicket and works it through mid on. Shaun Marsh comes charging in but misses his under-arm shy at the bowler's end. Single easily completed.
26.2
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
26.1
1
P Siddle to V Kohli, Unlucky for Australia. Full on middle, Kohli pushes it towards mid on. He takes a couple of steps, Dhoni responds, but is then sent back. Marsh gets to the ball from mid on and has a shy at the bowler's end. He hits but MS is well in. However, the ball deflects off the stumps towards sweeper cover and the batsmen take a single.
25.6
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Shorter in length, Kohli punches it off the back foot for a run.
25.5
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on middle and off, Dhoni pushes it to long off for a single.
25.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Leg spinner outside off, MS chooses to leave that one.
25.3
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Loopy delivery on off, Dhoni drives it. Maxwell at short cover dives to his right and stops it.
25.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Flighted delivery on off, Virat pushes it to long on for a single.
25.1
2
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up on off, Kohli wonderfully drives it through covers. There is a fielder in the deep but still manages to get two.
24.6
1
P Siddle to V Kohli, Run down towards third man for a single. Keeps strike for the start of the next over.
24.5
0
P Siddle to V Kohli, Charges down the track and Kohli goes down the track and hits it straight to the fielder a mid off.
24.4
1
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Shorter in length, MS flicks it away towards fine leg for a single.
24.3
4
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, FOUR! BRUTAL! Bad idea from Siddle. On a slow pitch, he has banged in short to one of the best players of the pull shot. Whacked over mid-wicket.
24.2
2
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
24.1
0
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Around off, watchfully defended.

Peter Siddle returns. 4-1-13-1 so far.

23.6
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up on off, Kohli drives it superbly but Maxwell at covers dives to his left and saves a certain boundary. Great fielding, would still be kicking himself for the dropped catch though.
23.5
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Shorter in length, it is a leg spinner and MS cuts it away on the off side for a single.
23.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on middle, Dhoni defends it with a classic front foot defence.
23.3
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Flighted on off, hit straight to the fielder at cover.
23.2
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Straighter one outside off, Dhoni leaves that one.
23.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up on off, Kohli pushes it to cover for a single.
22.6
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Full on middle and leg, Dhoni plays it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
22.5
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Fuller this time and MS defends it off the front foot.
22.4
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Defended the good length delivery off the back foot.
22.3
4
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Slashed! Dhoni comes down the track and hits it through mid on for a boundary. That would go to the fence even in the slowest outfield.
22.2
1
M Stoinis to V Kohli, Full and around off, flicked through square leg for a single.
22.1
0
M Stoinis to V Kohli, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
21.6
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Played to the point region by the batsman.
21.5
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
21.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Comes down the track and pushes it towards the bowler.
21.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
21.2
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, SAFE! Australia have simply not been good in the field tonight. Another chance goes abegging. Full and outside off, Kohli reaches out and drills it towards point. He initially takes a start and Dhoni responds. But then, Peter Handscomb dives to his right and stops it. Now, Kohli is ball-watching, hence cannot see Dhoni in the middle of the pitch. Now MS sees Kohli running back and retreats. The throw is a good, simple one to Zampa but he fumbles and by the time he deflects the ball onto the stumps, it is too late. Nerves. Nerves. Nerves.

Is that a run out? Confusion in the middle, Dhoni sent back... referred upstairs.

21.1
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, A full toss around off, driven towards long off for a single.
20.6
0
M Stoinis to V Kohli, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Kohli drives it straight to the fielder at mid on.
20.5
3
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Shorter on length, MS pulls it away through mid-wicket and the outfield once again slows the ball and it doesn't reach the fence. The athleticism of Kohli and Dhoni sees them come back for the third. Great running between the wickets on this occasion.
20.4
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni,Full on middle and leg, hit straight to the fielder at mid on.
20.3
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Another opportunity to get Kohli out goes begging. Virat Kohli and India riding their luck here. Full length delivery on off, Dhoni hits it to mid off and calls for a single. Virat is off on his bike but MS sends him back and Virat gives up all hope. Jhye Richardson from mid off hurries to throw at the non-striker's end and misses. The Indian skipper was not even in the frame there.
20.2
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni,Dhoni not looking comfortable against Stoinis. Good length delivery outside off, MS tries to punch it but gets an inside edge. Luckily for him he doesn't chop it onto his stumps.
20.1
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Good, early call. He skips down, defends it in front of mid on but doesn't rush through. Virat, too, is able to retreat in time.
19.6
1
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, This full delivery outside off, is driven square through point for a run.
19.5
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Dhoni comes out again, gets close to the pitch and pushes it away from danger.
19.4
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Missed out. Even he knows it. Short and on leg, Dhoni camps back to heave it away but misses and is rapped around the hips.
19.3
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, Leg break on middle and off, going away, the batsman stays back and keeps it out.
19.2
0
A Zampa to MS Dhoni, The flipper around off, MS uses his feet and blocks it back down the track.
19.1
3
A Zampa to V Kohli, Quicker delivery outside off, shorter in length too, Kohli does well to use the pace. Just sits back and cuts it through point. The man in the deep moves to his left to cut it off, but the batsmen take three.

Adam Zampa is called back on.

18.6
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Full in length, on off stump, pushed back down the track defensively to end the over.
18.5
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Positions himself well behind the line and presents a straight bat in defense.
18.4
1
M Stoinis to V Kohli, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
18.3
3
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Looking good here. He leans forward and just pushes this with good timing through the covers for three runs.
18.2
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Some good movement for Marcus Stoinis. It lands on off and cuts back in, takes the inner half of Dhoni's bat and deflects down the track off the pads.
18.1
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, A little ahead of a length, on the stumps, Dhoni defends from inside his crease.
17.6
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Yorker fired in on the stumps, dug out to the right of the bowler.
17.5
1
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, Shortish just around off, a mistimed pull from Dhoni is helped past short leg, towards mid-wicket. Both these players are quick so they complete the run with ease.
17.4
1
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Back of a length into the body, VK with a little swivel pulls it along the ground through backward square leg. A single is taken.
17.3
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Solid. Virat Kohli keeps bat and pad close together, waits for the length ball to come to him and then defends right off the middle.
17.2
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Length delivery rising off the surface, Kohli stands tall and punches this on the up. However, he can't beat the cover fielder.
17.1
3
B Stanlake to MS Dhoni, A faster outfield and even that would have gone to the fence. Full around off, Dhoni drives it through the vacant mid off region and takes three for it.
16.6
0
M Stoinis to V Kohli, Full once more, closer to the off stick on this occasion, Kohli blocks. A wicket and three runs from it. Good over from Stoinis.
16.5
1
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Off the mark. Full and outside off, Dhoni plays it off the outer half to third man and crosses over.
16.4
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Lbw appeal which is shut down. Height the issue here. Stoinis lands it on middle and it cuts back in, catches Dhoni on the thigh pad as he tries to play at it.
16.3
0
M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Dropped! First ball. That too such a simple catch, from one of Australia's best fielders. Kohli has been dropped already, now Dhoni. How costly is it going to prove? Short ball outside off, with some room on offer, Dhoni flashes at it and hits it to point. Maxwell moves to his left and just spills it.

MS Dhoni will be the new man in.

16.2
0
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, OUT! Stoinis with the breakthrough! That man again, he has been pretty good with the ball in this series. A rather soft dismissal though, Dhawan is frustrated with himself as he walks back. Gets another start which he fails to convert. Fuller length ball on middle and Dhawan drives this aerially back to the bowler. Stoinis sticks his hands out to his right and takes a sharp catch. Excellent work. The budding stand is broken.
16.1
2
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, Good length ball on the hips, Dhawan works it down towards fine leg for a double.

Marcus Stoinis on to bowl now.

15.6
2
B Stanlake to V Kohli, A little too straight in line, easy enough for the Indian captain to work it through backward square leg for a couple more.
15.5
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Full and straight from Billy, Kohli drives it straight back to the bowler.
15.4
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Cutting away from a good length, outside off, run down to short third man. Dot ball.
15.3
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, On the shorter side of things once again, this time Kohli pulls, with a little swivel, and places it through mid-wicket. He comes back for the second.
15.2
1
B Stanlake to S Dhawan, Back of a length this time, Dhawan pulls it aerially through the vacant mid-wicket area and gets to the other end.
15.1
0
B Stanlake to S Dhawan, Goes full and attacks the stumps, Shikhar drives it to mid on.
14.6
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Quite full and a little straight in line, flicked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
14.5
1
A Zampa to S Dhawan, Drags it short and keeps it outside off, punched into the off side by Dhawan for an easy run.
14.4
0
A Zampa to S Dhawan, The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it, again.
14.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tosses it up there, on off, knocked to long off to get off strike.
14.2
1
A Zampa to S Dhawan, Short and flat in line of the stumps, pulled away square on the leg side for a run.
14.1
0
A Zampa to S Dhawan, Provides some good air on this, seeing this Dhawan dances down. Can only block it in the end though.
13.6
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, A little ahead than a length and close to off, it's kept out safely from the front foot.
13.5
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Short of a good length just outside off, patted square on the off side.
13.4
4
B Stanlake to V Kohli, FOUR! Wonderful. Such a joy to behold, second boundary of the over for Virat Kohli and the 50 comes up for India as well. Back of a length delivery which just sits up for the Indian skipper, he swivels and pulls it along the turf through mid-wicket for a boundary.
13.3
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Keeps it nice and tight, close to off on a length, Virat blocks it down on the off side beside him.
13.2
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Back of a length outside off, cut hard but straight to the man at point.
13.1
4
B Stanlake to V Kohli, FOUR! That's a great shot. Gets on top of the bounce this time and is in perfect control. Short ball outside off, Kohli stands tall and smashes it through the covers for a boundary.
12.6
0
A Zampa to S Dhawan, The leg break on middle and leg, turns in, Dhawan goes back to work it across the line but is caught on the pads. No appeal as it was always going down leg.
12.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Too full and well outside off, it's slapped through towards sweeper cover. One run to the total.
12.4
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Flat, short and on middle and leg, Virat is on the back foot as he works it to the man in front of square leg.
12.3
1
A Zampa to S Dhawan, Flighted delivery around off, full in length, eased down to long off by Shikhar for one.
12.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up delivery around off, Kohli strides forward and drives it through the covers for a run.
12.1
1
A Zampa to S Dhawan, Flipper on the pads, worked away on the leg side for a single.

Adam Zampa will roll his arm over.

11.6
4
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Dropped and FOUR! It is a big chance gone down. Back of a length delivery outside off, the ball skids on after pitching and hurries onto the batsman. Kohli tries to run it down to third man but it takes the outside edge and travels quickly to Handscomb at first slip. He jumps to his left and gets his hands to it but fails to hold on. The ball races behind for a boundary. A tough chance but he should have caught that one.
11.5
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Full length delivery on off, Virat hits it straight to the fielder at cover.
11.4
1
B Stanlake to S Dhawan, Shikhar plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
11.3
1
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Full and on off, Kohli hits it to mid on and calls for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the stump at the non strikers end. He hits but Virat was well in.
11.2
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Once again quick ball in length on middle and off. Virat hits it straight to the fielder at mid on. It was bowled at 146.5 kph.
11.1
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Shorter on length on off, Kohli blocks it off his back foot.
10.6
0
G Maxwell to S Dhawan, Drifting in, lands and then turns away from the batsman, it is blocked from the front foot.
10.5
2
G Maxwell to S Dhawan, Well outside off, spinning away, Shikhar stays back and hits it through cover-point to retain strike with a couple of runs.
10.4
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
10.3
2
G Maxwell to V Kohli, On the leg stump line, Kohli goes deep inside the crease, lets the ball come to him before he nudges it fine down the leg side. Runs the first one hard and manages to come back for the second.
10.2
1
G Maxwell to S Dhawan, Short and wide outside off, Dhawan slaps the cut through to sweeper cover for a run.
10.1
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Tossed up on middle and leg, turning in, Kohli wrists this with the spin behind square leg and gets a single for it.

Powerplay 2 signalled. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the 40th over. Also, Glenn Maxwell is brought on to bowl.

9.6
0
B Stanlake to S Dhawan, Edge but does not carry. Full length delivery on off, the ball swings away from Dhawan. He tries to defend it off his front foot but finds the outside edge and the ball falls short of second slip. He played it with soft hands which resulted in the ball falling short of the fielder. End of Powerplay 1 and a good start for Australia. At this stage, the hosts were 30/2.
9.5
1
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Length ball on off, Virat defends it and takes a quick single.
9.4
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Ohh close! Shorter on length outside off, Kohli has a swing at it but misses. The ball misses the outside edge by just a whisker.
9.3
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Bouncer! It is short and on middle and leg, Virat ducks underneath that one.
9.2
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Length delivery on off, Virat rocks onto his back foot and defends it away.
9.1
0
B Stanlake to V Kohli, Starts with a yorker on off stump. Kohli manages to keep it out. Good start by the tall Australian.

Billy Stanlake into the attack now.

8.6
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Rock solid in defense. Dhawan tightly blocks it down in front of short cover to end the over.
8.5
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Back to around the wicket, just behind a length close to off. Shikhar pats it down on the off side.
8.4
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Uses the angle going away from him, watches the ball closely as he cuts this square. Unfortunately for him, he finds the man at point.
8.3
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Continues from over the wicket to Dhawan, angles across a length ball. The opener defends from within his crease.
8.2
1
J Richardson to V Kohli, Over the wicket to Kohli, a back of a length ball outside off, it's steered behind point with an angled bat for one more.
8.1
1
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Full delivery outside off, from around the wicket, Dhawan drives with a perfectly straight bat towards mid off. Gets a single comfortably.
7.6
0
P Siddle to V Kohli, First ball on middle and leg to Kohli. He flicks it away straight to the fielder at square leg.
7.5
1
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Good length delivery on middle, Dhawan flicks it away on the leg side for a single.
7.4
3
P Siddle to V Kohli, Uppish but safe. Full length delivery on off, Kohli uppishly drives it wide of Stoinis at short cover. Finch gives the ball a chase and saves it from going to the boundary, the slow outfield helps his cause. Kohli gets three runs from that.
7.3
1
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Shorter in length, Shikhar guides it down the third man to rotate the strike.
7.2
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Charges down the track and defends the length delivery on off.
7.1
2
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan flicks it towards square leg and gets a couple.
6.6
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, Fuller length on off, Kohli blocks it to finish off the over.
6.5
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, Shorter in length on off, Virat pushes it to the fielder at point.
6.4
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, Once again targeting the fourth stump channel to Kohli. He leaves it alone.
6.3
0
J Richardson to V Kohli, Good length delivery outside off, Kohli shoulders arms to it. The ball swung in after pitching.
6.2
1
J Richardson to S Dhawan, On a length around off, Dhawan pushes it between mid off and cover for a single.
6.1
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Full length on off, Dhawan hits it back at Richardson.

Virat Kohli walks in at number 3, replacing Rohit.

5.6
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, OUT! Caught behind! Boy, that is a sensational delivery. You need to produce gems to get precious stones and Siddle has done exactly that. What a ball. The length is the key. FULL. Because it is that length which invites the batsman to drive or to play across the line. The line is straight and Rohit looks to flick on this occasion. But then, the ball pitches, straightens a touch and takes the outside edge. Simple catch for Shaun Marsh at first slip. Nothing much Rohit could have done there. Early strike for Australia and the pressure being built works.
5.5
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
5.4
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Around off, solidly pushed towards cover.
5.3
4
P Siddle to R Sharma, FOUR! Nicely done! Full on middle, Rohit flicks it casually over mid-wicket. The ball slows down near the fence but eventually makes it.
5.2
1
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Smart batting. Takes on Khawaja at mid on and completes a quick single. Usman charges in but then fumbles while trying to pick up and throw in one attempt. The single is easily completed in the end.
5.1
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
4.6
0
J Richardson to R Sharma, Once again on a length, Rohit punches it off the back foot to the fielder at mid off.
4.5
0
J Richardson to R Sharma, Shorter on middle and off, Sharma defends it.
4.4
3
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Full length delivery on middle and leg, Dhawan goes towards the ball and drives it in the gap between mid off and covers. It is not timed too well so it doesn't have the pace to go to the fence and Usman Khawaja who chases it from mid off saves a run. The batsmen come back for three.
4.3
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
4.2
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Fuller on off, Dhawan defends that one off his front foot.
4.1
3
J Richardson to R Sharma, Length delivery on middle, Rohit flicks it over square leg in a controlled manner, wide of the fielder at fine leg. The big boundaries at the MCG let them come back for the third.
3.6
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Gem of a delivery. Length ball outside off, it jags back in. Dhawan tries to defend it but the ball goes through between his bat and pad.
3.5
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Outside off on length, Shikhar chooses to leave that one.
3.4
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Full length delivery on off, Shikhar hits it straight to Khawaja at mid off.
3.3
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Good shot for no run. Godd length delivery on middle, it stays straight and Dhawan drives it beautifull but to mid on.
3.2
0
P Siddle to S Dhawan, Length delivery on off, Dhawan hits it straight to the fielder at mid on.
3.1
1
P Siddle to R Sharma, Full length delivery on off, Sharma guides it to third man for a single.
2.6
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Dhawan is squared up a bit as he defends this away. Hangs back inside his crease and taps it towards the cover area.
2.5
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Angles it across, a length ball outside off, defensively pushed in front of covers for no run.
2.4
2
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Spills it on the pads, Shikhar neatly tucks it behind square on the leg side and comes back for the second as there is a big gap out there.
2.3
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Just ahead of a length, outside off, a mistimed drive from the left-hander finds the mid off fielder.
2.2
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Width on offer outside off, Dhawan cuts hard but finds the man at point.
2.1
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Goes full and attacks the stumps, Dhawan stands in his crease and blocks it down the track.
1.6
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Siddle starts off with a maiden. Fires in a yorker on off, it's dug out on the leg side..
1.5
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Coming in at first but then shaping away off the deck. A length ball around off, Sharma has nothing to do with it.
1.4
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Full length delivery just outside off, Rohit presents the full face of the bat and defends.
1.3
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, NOT OUT! The height on that one saves Rohit Sharma. Length delivery outside off, the ball jags back in after pitching. Sharma is beaten by the swing and gets hit high on the back leg. The Aussies appeal but the umpire turns it down. Australian players have a discussion and they decide to review it. The Hawk eye show it was clipping the top of middle and it is umpire's call. Even though the wicket isn't to be had, Australia don't lose the review. So some silver lining in this.
1.2
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Fuller this time and Sharma keeps it away with a front foot defence.

The DRS has been taken by Australia. It's for an lbw decision against Rohit Sharma.

1.1
0
P Siddle to R Sharma, Length delivery first up on off, Rohit cuts it straight to the fielder at point.

Peter Siddle to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Length delivery on off, Dhawan punches it on the off side straight to the fielder. Good start here for Richardson.
0.5
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Full on middle and off, Shikhar hits it straight to the fielder at mid on.
0.4
0
J Richardson to S Dhawan, Shorter on length, Dhawan starts his innings with a font foot defence.
0.3
1
J Richardson to R Sharma, Good length delivery outside off, Sharma uppishly cuts it towards third man for a single. First runs on the board.
0.2
0
J Richardson to R Sharma, Full length on off this time, Rohit blocks it off his front foot.
0.1
0
J Richardson to R Sharma, Starts off with a length delivery on off, a hint of away swing after pitching. Sharma leaves that one.

We're back! The covers are off and the players are in the middle. The run chase is about to begin. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the usual Indian openers. The target is not a massive one so they can take their time and concentrate more on laying a solid platform. For Australia, they would need wickets at regular intervals to stay in the hunt. The new-ball spell is going to be crucial. Billy Stanlake has the pace and can cause trouble to the Indian openers just like Oshane Thomas did recently. First up, it will be Jhye Richardson to steam in with the first new ball. Let's see how things pan out...