India in Australia, 3 T20 International Series, 2018

Australia vs India - 3rd T20I

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

Date & Time: 25 November 2018

India 168/4

RR: 8.54 | India beat Australia by 6 wickets

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Right! That is it from the T20Is! Two rain-marred ones and a third proved to be a nice game - batsmen scoring runs and then bowlers pegging things back. India have announced themselves with the white ball. However, their major issues have been with the red ball. The 4-match Test series starts from Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10.30 am local (0000 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, gives the credit of the win to the Indian openers. Stresses further that the wicket slowed down in the middle overs and India had a few tricky moments but then praises Dinesh Karthik for showing great composure. Praises Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa for doing well with the ball and forcing the batsmen to take risks. Points out that the former has a gut feeling of a batsmen so it was hard to score off him. Mentions that skill-wise, India were better than Australia today. On Dhawan and Rohit, Virat is amazed at their consistency and the way they score runs. Does not want to think too much about the loss in the first game, marking it as a one-off. Heaps more words of praise for Krunal Pandya whose accurate bowling helped the Indians tie down the Aussies in the middle overs. Terms their bowling performance as professional and informs that they felt 180 would have been a good total here. Further states that 15 runs less was a bonus for them. Laughs when asked about his anger over the Melbourne weather and says that it is something uncontrollable and they have to accept it as a sportsmen. Praises the crowd for coming in large numbers and states that it has always been like this at MCG and SCG, especially.

Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, praises India for batting extremely well in the Powerplay. Admits that it was very difficult to come back from there. Also says that Australia themselves had a moment of madness with the bat, losing 2 wickets in an over which hurt their momentum. Praises his bowlers though, for taking it till the end but cheekily admits that India were always in control. Lauds the bowling of Maxwell and Zampa and has a word of praise for Tye as well. Also agrees that there is not much room for error when you bowl to class batsmen like Kohli or the Indian openers. On the flaws in this game, Aaron identifies their sluggish scoring in the middle overs, especially after the great start but is quick to state that Australia are heading in the right direction. He is confident about his own form and is feeling very confident about the upcoming Test series.

SHIKHAR DHAWAN HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE SERIES. On the cheer that he gets, Dhawan jokes that probably they love him a lot. Then says that he loves to entertain people and tonight, it was a great game of cricket. Terms it as a good game of cricket and repeats that it's good to see a full house and support for India. Is confident that India will do well in the upcoming Test series too and hopes to get the same support from the crowd. On his knock in this game, Shikhar says that he enjoyed his innings and feels great that India could level the series.

KRUNAL PANDYA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that it feels great to contribute to a winning cause. Admits that he felt downcast after a poor first T20I but then told himself that he needs to buck up and do better. Does not want to focus on any one wicket and feels that every dismissal that he got was worth remembering. Thanks the support staff for backing him and adds that, as a team, their best part is that they back every player.

Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell were the standout performers with the ball while Mitchell Starc, making a comeback in this format, also looked impressive. This match was owned by the spin bowlers with Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav doing all the damage in the first innings. While batting, Australia also got a good start from their openers but failed to capitalize. If it was not for the partnership between Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marcus Stoinis at the death, they would not have even crossed the 150-run mark.

Chasing a tricky target, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan went berserk from the word go. They lit the SCG with their outstanding shots and thoroughly entertained the crowd dominated by the Indian fans. They departed in quick succession but Virat Kohli (batting at 3) looked in fine touch. A couple of wickets went down on back-to-back balls in the middle overs but just when it appeared that the Kangaroos will get on top, the Indian skipper formed an alliance with Dinesh Karthik to dash all the hopes of the Australian team.

Fantastic win for India! The fact that it's their skipper who has steered them home puts the cherry on the cake. Not to underestimate the opening partnership and Dinesh Karthik's contribution in the stand with Virat Kohli. Australia fought hard in the field but eventually, their sorry performance in the Powerplay with the ball cost them the game.

19.4
4
A Tye to V Kohli, FOUR! INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Kohli finishes it off in style! He has his arms aloft in celebration. Skipper leading from the front. Andrew Tye dishes out a length delivery outside off, Kohli attacks it with all his might and muscles it over mid-wicket for a boundary. All over, India have levelled the series.
19.3
4
A Tye to V Kohli, FOUR! Scores are leveled! Tye serves it on a length and around middle and off, Kohli gives it the full whack of his bat and spanks it over the bowler's head. No chance for the long on fielder.
19.2
0
A Tye to V Kohli, Another slower delivery, on the shorter side and wide outside off. Kohli flashes and misses. He isn't pleased that it's not given as a wide.
19.1
0
A Tye to V Kohli, Beaten! Knuckle delivery, on a length and outside off, Kohli is early into the swing of his bat and misses.

Andrew Tye continues...

18.6
2
M Starc to D Karthik, Short and angling down the leg side, Karthik is early into the pull shot and it seems to have taken the bottom half of his blade. Squirts to deep square leg and they collect a brace. 11 from the over, only 5 more needed.
18.5
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Starc goes short around off, the Indian skipper stands tall to pull it to deep mid-wicket for a run. 50-run stand comes up, it has come in good time too.
18.4
1
M Starc to D Karthik, Wristy this time. Starc slants in a length ball on middle, Karthik flicks it in front of square leg and crosses.
18.3
4
M Starc to D Karthik, FOUR! Shot, DK! Starc overpitches outside off, Karthik brings down an angled bat and drives it square of the wicket on the off side. It speeds all along the turf, no chance for sweeper cover.
18.2
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Sharp delivery, at 143 kph, angling in on a good length, Kohli is early into the shot and fails to connect. It hits his pads and rolls near the surface as they steal a leg bye.
18.1
2
M Starc to V Kohli, Starc steams in from 'round the wicket and spears in a fuller length ball on middle, Kohli flicks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a couple of runs.

Mitchell Starc is back on to bowl the penultimate over. 16 runs needed.

17.6
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Was that a catch? No, says the umpire. Full and outside off, Karthik looks to swing hard but gets it off the inside edge back to the bowler. Tye runs forward and catches and appeals but the umpire turns it down. The bowler is claiming that the ball took the inside edge, hit the pads and then lobbed back to him. However, the umpire was certain that the ball had bounced. 11 from the over, 36 in the last 3!
17.5
6
A Tye to D Karthik, SIX! Off the top edge! My word, bats these days... A short ball, outside off, Karthik looks to pull but is done in by the bounce. Gets a thick top edge which sails over mid-wicket! 16 more needed from 13 balls now!
17.4
1
A Tye to V Kohli, 19th T20I Fifty for Kohli! 5th vs Australia, 4th IN AUSTRALIA. Wow. Gets there in a bit of an unorthodox manner. A short ball, outside off, slower in pace, Virat looks to pull but is early into the shot. Gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps to fine leg! A single taken.
17.3
1
A Tye to D Karthik, Comes down the track and eases it to long off for a run.
17.2
1
A Tye to V Kohli, Shorter in length, outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
17.1
2
A Tye to V Kohli, On a length around off, worked wide of mid-wicket for a very quick couple. Excellent running.
16.6
2
G Maxwell to D Karthik, Risky shot but no harm done. Quicker, flatter and shorter in line of the stumps, Karthik tries to pull it with a reverse bat but gets a top edge behind the keeper. By the time it's pulled back, they take a couple. 13 from this over. 27 needed off 18 balls, India's game to lose.
16.5
2
G Maxwell to D Karthik, Direct hit would have been curtains for Karthik. He plays towards the right of the bowler and sets off for a single. Maxwell immediately runs across, puts in a slide, picks up the ball and aims at the bowler's end. Fails to hit the target otherwise DK would have been a goner. Not backed up and they run the extra run as well.
16.4
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Fires it shorter and quicker down the leg side, Kohli goes back and pulls it in front of square leg for one.
16.3
6
G Maxwell to V Kohli, SIX! A risk-free shot by Kohli. He uses his feet to get down the track, reaches the pitch of the ball and then nonchalantly flicks it with the spin over mid-wicket. Effortless.
16.2
1
G Maxwell to D Karthik, Flighted and full around off, DK sweeps it through square leg for a run.
16.1
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Flatter and on middle, turned off the pads to mid-wicket for a run.

Glenn Maxwell to bowl the 17th over. Big chance taken this by Aaron Finch. After this, Starc has got one and Tye two.

15.6
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Reaches out for a length ball outside off and plays it square of the wicket on the off side. Finds point. 12 from the over.
15.5
1
A Tye to V Kohli, Gently taps a length ball wide of point for a run. 40 needed off 25 balls.
15.4
0
A Tye to V Kohli, Extra bounce around middle and leg, Kohli fails to work it around off his pads.
15.3
6
A Tye to V Kohli, SIX! The Indian skipper has decided to take Tye on. He reads the slower one early, it's on the fuller side at 118.6 kph and Kohli jumps out of the crease. Doesn't try to hit it too hard, just times his shot all the way over long off for a maximum. All timing, no power.
15.2
4
A Tye to V Kohli, FOUR! Quality shot from a quality batsman! Back of a length delivery around off, Virat gets into a perfect position and carves it over point for a boundary.
15.1
0
A Tye to V Kohli, Angling in on a length around off, it's pushed back to the bowler.
15.1
0
A Tye to V Kohli, Wide! Tye slips a length delivery down the leg side, Kohli fails to flick it off his pads and is very disappointed with himself.
14.6
0
A Zampa to D Karthik, Walks down the track, nearly yorks himself and pushes it out to covers. Not much in the gap. Dot ball to end another fine over by Zampa, just 4 from it. 4-1-22-1, Adam is done for the evening. What an effort from the leggie!
14.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Short this time, it's been pulled down to wide long on for a run.
14.4
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Quicker and flatter through the air, around leg, Kohli fails to middle his flick shot.
14.3
1
A Zampa to D Karthik, Loopy full ball around off, Karthik rotates his wrists and flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
14.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Skidding into the batsman from around middle, Kohli goes on the back foot and punches it to long on for a run.
14.1
1
A Zampa to D Karthik, Slower through the air, full and around off, Karthik presses well forward and hits it down to long on for a single.

Adam Zampa is back on.

13.6
1
A Tye to D Karthik, Aahhh... spoils a wicket maiden with a run off the final ball. Karthik gently taps a length ball in front of square leg and Kohli calls him through.
13.5
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Good lines by Tye. Serves it around off and DK once again blocks it from the crease.
13.4
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Around off on a length, Karthik defends it from the crease to the off side.
13.3
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Another delivery angling into the batsman, Karthik fails to work it around and is hit high on the pads.
13.2
0
A Tye to D Karthik, Full and angling on off, defended off the front foot.

Dinesh Karthik, the new finisher for India, walks in next.

13.1
0
A Tye to R Pant, OUT! Two in two for Australia and they are roaring. Tye was held back by Finch but as soon as he is introduced, he delivers. Pant bags a golden duck. A clever slower bouncer around leg, at 113 kph, Pant attempts to wheel a pull shot but is early into the swing of his bat. It arrives late, kisses the gloves and loops behind. Carey moves across to his right and grabs the catch easily. This is turning out to be a fun contest.

Rishabh Pant walks in next. Also, Andrew Tye has been introduced into the attack.

12.6
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, OUT! Maxwell strikes as Rahul holes out! 57 needed off 42 balls, Australia hanging in there. Maxwell serves a flighted full ball around off and Rahul jumps out of the crease to play a big shot. Goes through his shot well but gets more height than distance behind it. Nathan Coulter-Nile at long off takes the skier safely.
12.5
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Shortish and on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run. Kohli isn't happy with himself, thinks he could have done better with that shot.
12.4
2
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Turns it off his pads to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
12.3
2
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Uppish but just over point! Flighted delivery, landing full around off, Kohli moves back and tries to go inside-out over covers. Mistimes it badly and ends up slicing it over the infield. Two taken.
12.2
1
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Gets back and strokes it through mid off for a run.
12.1
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Goes on the back foot and punches it to short cover.
11.6
1
A Zampa to L Rahul, A googly on the shorter side around off, Rahul punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a run.
11.5
3
A Zampa to V Kohli, Floated delivery around off, Kohli plays it very late, almost off the keeper's gloves towards short third man. Lynn there moves across to his left, puts in a slide but misses the ball completely as it goes under his hand. They take three runs.
11.4
2
A Zampa to V Kohli, Hurries back into the batsman from around off, Kohli moves back and works it gently through mid-wicket. Rushes back for the second run.
11.3
1
A Zampa to L Rahul, Tossed up ball on middle, knocked down to long on for a run.
11.2
0
A Zampa to L Rahul, Advances down the track to take it on the full but hits it back to the bowler.
11.1
0
A Zampa to L Rahul, Flipper around leg, Rahul plays the reverse sweep but finds the point fielder.
10.6
1
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Loopy and on off, Rahul drives it to the right of the bowler this time. Maxwell dives but fails to stop it this time. A single to end the over, just 3 from it.
10.5
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. Another dot ball.
10.4
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Quicker and on middle, Rahul plays it out off his pads to mid-wicket. Maxwell moves across to his right to stop the ball.
10.3
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Play and a miss! Quicker one, wide outside off, KL tries to be cheeky with his reverse-batted shot but misses.
10.2
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Flighted and full on off, forced down to long on for a run.
10.1
1
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Flatter and outside off, Rahul moves across the stumps and punches it down to long on for a run.
9.6
4
A Zampa to V Kohli, FOUR! Spoils a good over! Zampa errs this time and lets out a short and wide delivery outside off, the Indian skipper camps back and whacks it through point for a cracking boundary. We have reached the halfway mark, India need another 73 for a win.
9.5
1
A Zampa to L Rahul, Tossed up ball on middle, not turning much, Rahul goes back and punches it down to long on for one.
9.4
0
A Zampa to L Rahul, A googly around off, Rahul gets forward and defends it to the off side.
9.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, A little bit of turn there, around off, Kohli plays it late, to the left of short third man. A single taken.
9.3
0
A Zampa to L Rahul, Two wides! Zampa drifts this one down the leg side and KL fails to work it around. The keeper also fails to collect and they cross.
9.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up ball around off, Kohli goes for an unlikely slog across the line and hits it down towards long on for a run.
9.1
2
A Zampa to V Kohli, Flighted and full around leg, Kohli clips it behind square leg and scampers back for the second run. Excellent running between the wickets.

Change of ends for Adam Zampa.

8.6
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Bowls it on a flatter trajectory around middle, Virat goes back and punches it through the vacant area at mid-wicket. Maxwell runs after it and they take a run. Just 3 from the over, spinners are doing a better job in this match.
8.5
0
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Floated full around off, Kohli pushes it off his front foot to covers.
8.4
1
G Maxwell to L Rahul, This time works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
8.3
0
G Maxwell to L Rahul, Flatter and on off, skidding through at 91.7 kph, Rahul gets back and hits it on the leg side.
8.2
1
G Maxwell to V Kohli, A little short and on middle, Kohli moves back and turns it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
8.1
0
G Maxwell to V Kohli, Flighted and on middle, defended back to the bowler.

Glenn Maxwell to bowl now.

7.6
1
N Coulter-Nile to V Kohli, Fuller and outside off, Virat drives it through covers for a run. 11 from the over after a wicket maiden by Zampa.
7.5
1
N Coulter-Nile to L Rahul, Stays back and punches it towards mid off. Scampers across for a sharp single as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
7.4
6
N Coulter-Nile to L Rahul, SIX! KL is a class act! Coulter-Nile digs in a short delivery around off, Rahul stands back inside the crease to get on top of the delivery and pulls it handsomely in front of square leg. The fielder at the edge of the rope thinks he is in with a chance but it sails over him.
7.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to L Rahul, On a length around off, Rahul drives it towards covers.
7.2
1
N Coulter-Nile to V Kohli, Short this time and it has been pulled to fine leg for a run.
7.1
2
N Coulter-Nile to V Kohli, Straighter in line, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is back on.

6.6
0
A Zampa to L Rahul, Fuller and around off, driven off the front foot to short cover. A wicket maiden for the leggie. Wonderful, Zampa!

KL Rahul is the new batsman.

6.5
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, OUT! Timber! Zampa created pressure by bowling dots and then breaches Rohit's defense. He pushes this one quicker through the air, at 91.3 kph, a googly, Rohit gets back to work it around the leg side but has not picked the variation. It takes the inside edge of his bat and goes onto the stumps after brushing his back pad. Massive breakthrough. 98 needed off 79 balls, game on!
6.4
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and on off, driven back to the bowler. Four dot balls, pressure building.
6.3
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Stifled appeal for an lbw! Zampa delivers a tossed up ball around leg, Rohit goes down with the pull shot but misses as he falls down. He is hit high on the pads, they appeal but it quickly dies down. Zampa himself says it's going down. Good to see that from a bowler.
6.2
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Sharma tries to play the square cut but fails to make any connection.
6.1
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Flatter and fuller on off, it's pushed back to the bowler.

Time for some leg spin of Adam Zampa.

5.6
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Good length delivery on middle, Virat blocks it on the leg side. End of a successful over for Australia but India have got the better of the Powerplay by scoring 67 runs in it.
5.5
0
M Starc to V Kohli, A touch short and on off, Kohli gets on his toes and blocks it down.
5.4
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and around off, Kohli defends it from the crease to the off side.

Virat Kohli is back at his usual batting position. 98 needed off 87 balls.

5.3
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, OUT! What a review! It's pad first and Starc has removed the dangerous Dhawan. He bowls it full and quick, in line of the stumps, Dhawan brings his bat down to keep it out but it seems that it has brushed the front pad first. They appeal but the umpire feels that it's bat first and shakes his head. Starc convinces his skipper to take the DRS and Finch obliges. The replays roll in and they show that it's hit the pad first and is going on to smash the leg stump. Entertainment from Dhawan's bat is over.

Shout for an lbw! It's not given and Aaron Finch has taken the DRS. We thought it's bat first. Let's see...

5.2
4
M Starc to S Dhawan, FOUR! It's raining fours and sixes and Duckworth-Lewis can do nothing about it. Starc overpitches around off and Dhawan drives it through the line. He pierces the gap at covers with surgical precision to find the boundary.
5.1
1
M Starc to R Sharma, Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Sharma dabs it to third man for a run.

Starc returns.

4.6
4
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, FOUR! Dhawan is unstoppable, 42 in the last two overs for India, they are cruising! A short ball in line of the stumps, Dhawan swivels and powers it over mid on, one bounce into the fence.
4.5
4
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, FOUR! Smashing shot yet again! Stoinis delivers a slower one wide outside off. It's on a length and Dhawan packs a punch over the bowler's head for a boundary.
4.4
6
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, SIX! No holds barred! That's huge, that's a monster... Back of a length delivery on middle, Shikhar turns inside the crease and dispatches it in front of square leg via a murderous pull shot. The ball goes into the stand. The crowd is loving it. 50-run stand comes up...
4.4
0
M Stoinis to S Dhawan, Wide! Stoinis probably was aiming for a slower yorker but ends up serving a loopy full toss way wide outside off. Dhawan leaves it and the umpire exercises his arms.
4.3
1
M Stoinis to R Sharma, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
4.2
6
M Stoinis to R Sharma, SIX! And what he does next ball, he sends it flying over the fence. A length delivery angling into the batsman, Rohit shows no mercy and hoists it over long on. It appeared to be an off pace delivery but Rohit got enough power to dismiss it.
4.1
0
M Stoinis to R Sharma, Full and on middle, Sharma helps it off his pads to mid-wicket. First dot ball for him.

Bowling change. Marcus Stoinis to bowl...

3.6
4
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, FOUR! Wow, places a fielder deep on the leg side and bowls it wide outside off. Really making your captain look like a fool. Offers width outside off and Dhawan has no qualms in smashing it to the sweeper cover boundary. 20 runs from the over, the biggest of the match so far.

Mid-wicket drops back.

3.5
6
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, SIX! He has picked the bones out of it! Coulter-Nile switches to 'round the wicket for the left-hander and dishes out a tasty length ball. Dhawan fetches it from outside off and launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Huge over for India, this!
3.4
2
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, Slower bouncer around off, Dhawan drags his pull shot off the inside half of the bat. It travels in front of square leg and they take a couple of runs.
3.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, Slower one, full and on leg, Dhawan plays it over his pads to the on side. NCN collects the ball in his followthrough.
3.2
1
N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma, Clever batting. A length ball around off, Sharma calmly dabs it in the direction of the third man region for a run.
3.1
6
N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma, SIX! Rohit has got plenty of bat on this one. Coulter-Nile errs in his line again, bowls a shortish delivery around middle and Rohit easily rides the bounce. Follows it up with the big swing of his bat and dismisses it over backward square leg for a biggie.
3.1
0
N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma, Wide! Good length delivery drifting down the leg side, Rohit will be disappointed not to get any bat behind it.
2.6
4
M Starc to S Dhawan, FOUR! That's a shot of a batsman in prime form! Starc overdoes his length this time. Serves it fuller and on off, Dhawan crunches his drive through the gap at extra cover for a glorious boundary. 145 needed off 102 balls.
2.5
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, A 139.6 kph short delivery, around off, it just shoots off after kissing the deck and Dhawan is beaten for pace as he attempts to pull it.
2.4
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, Play and a miss! Full in length, on middle and leg, Dhawan tries flicking across the line but misses. It goes off his pads to the point fielder.
2.3
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, A touch short and on middle, Dhawan turns it on the leg side but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
2.2
2
M Starc to S Dhawan, Angles in a length ball on off, Dhawan drives it through the line with good timing. Tye makes a half stop at mid off and they collect a couple of runs.
2.2
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, Wide! Bowls it very wide outside off, Dhawan chases and misses.
2.1
1
M Starc to R Sharma, Lands it on a length outside off, Rohit taps it down from the crease towards point and takes a quick single.
1.6
4
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, FOUR! Smart batting! Senses the line to be just outside off and Dhawan shuffles across the stumps in anticipation. As soon as NCN drops the ball in that line, Shikhar is ready to smash it over backward square leg for a boundary. 9 from the over!
1.5
0
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, Make it three. Back of a length delivery around off, Dhawan swings his bat across the line, a little too early and the ball takes the inner half before rolling to mid-wicket.
1.4
0
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, Wicket to wicket line, landing on a length and offering no room, Dhawan sticks back and pushes it out on the off side. Not in the gap, two dot balls now.
1.3
0
N Coulter-Nile to S Dhawan, The line is very straight, Dhawan turns it off his pads to the leg side and looks for a run. Rohit sends him back seeing the mid-wicket fielder attacking the ball.
1.2
1
N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma, Goes very full this time, a hint of movement in the air, Rohit squeezes it out past backward point and takes a run.
1.1
4
N Coulter-Nile to R Sharma, FOUR! Rohit greets NCN with a boundary. He receives a length delivery on the pads and easily lifts it over short fine leg for a boundary. He needs to get into the good areas quickly.

Who will bowl from the other end? It's Nathan Coulter-Nile.

0.6
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, Full and angling into the batsman, Dhawan flicks it across the line but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
0.5
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, Bends his back and digs in a short ball on middle, Dhawan leans back and allows it through to the keeper.
0.4
1
M Starc to R Sharma, What a lethal yorker! Rohit is lucky that his stumps are intact. He brings his bat down just in time and gets it off the inside edge. It goes behind square leg and they cross.
0.3
1
M Starc to S Dhawan, Back of a length ball on off, angling back in with good pace, Dhawan stays back inside the crease and just deflects it down to third man for a run. Both the openers off the mark now!
0.2
0
M Starc to S Dhawan, Mishit! Starc delivers it on a length just outside off, not much movement this time. Dhawan goes hard at it, trying to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half of his bat. It rolls back to the bowler.
0.1
1
M Starc to R Sharma, Edgy beginning. A little bit of shape back into the right-hander from a fuller length around off. Rohit brings down his bat and it goes off the outside edge to third man. India are away with a single.

We're back for the run chase. 165 off 120 legal balls. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the usual openers for India. Mitchell Starc is back playing this format after a gap of almost two years. He will kickoff the proceedings with the ball. The countdown ends and let's play screams the umpire.