Australia in India, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Date & Time: 17 January 2020
RR: 6.18 | India beat Australia by 36 runs
Righto! First win for India in Rajkot in three attempts. But as the home season nears a close, one has to say, this is the best series which we have witnessed. India-West Indies came close but two teams loaded with firepower in batting and bowling have given the fans their money's worth. Now, can the final ODI enthrall us as well and end India's home season with a bang? Well, join us for another batting paradise and bowlers' demise on Sunday, 19th January 2020 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
KL RAHUL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he could not asked for a better start to 2020. On batting at number 5, KL says that it was a different position and he just needed a couple of balls to adjust to the situation. Is happy with the way he batted and got a few partnerships along. On his wicket-keeping, Rahul says that it is something which he has grown up doing but didn't quite get to do it as he was mostly playing first-class cricket. Ends by saying that he has been keeping for Karnataka in the domestic circuit in the last season, so he was pretty confident about his skills.
Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, smiles on being asked about his batting position again. Says that it is very important to figure out what is the best batting position for a player (KL Rahul) when he is in such great form. Lauds that innings as one of his best in his opinion, in international cricket. Observes that the last few games have been very important for Shikhar Dhawan and calls him as one of India's best players in ODIs. Adds that India are always in good shape when Rohit and Dhawan are looking good and Rahul's innings here adds the icing on the cake. On Rohit's fitness after he landed awkwardly on his left shoulder, Virat says that he just had a word with his vice-captain and says that Rohit was confident of being fit for the final game. On the yorkers coming one after another at the death, VK says that the bowlers told him that this is the best chance to showcase their skill and they did. On KL Rahul's keeping, Kohli says that it is great for the team if he becomes a multi-dimensional player as it opens up a lot of options for the team.
Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, admits that it is very cold in Rajkot and he did not expect it. Agrees that his bowlers conceded a few too many but also praises the Indian batsmen. Is full of praise for Adam Zampa for his progressive improvement. Lauds Marnus Labuschagne for his wonderful display in his first innings with the bat. On Harsha joking about Smith and Labuschagne being long-lost brothers, Finch smiles and also jokes that they are always together and further says that the only time they aren't together is when they are asleep. On the main reason why the chase faltered, Aaron says that they probably lost a wicket too many with the required rate climbing up.
Earlier in the day, after being asked to bat, India put their best foot forward as they amassed 340 on the board. The top three were in top gear as they batted at a better rate than on Tuesday and the result showed, as almost 350 was reached. Australia had a tough outing with the ball again and unlike the first ODI, could not quite turn things around this time. As many as four batsmen in the match got close to scoring a century but none got there. These are the most runs in an ODI in India without an individual century.
Kuldeep Yadav says that his fingers are cold but he is fine. On his 100th ODI wicket, Yadav says that it was a tough 4-5 months after the World Cup, but he is slowly getting his rhythm back. On his mindset while bowling his last two overs, Kuldeep says that Smith and Labuschagne were batting really well and he only thought that if he got one wicket, he would get another one. On him flighting the ball and worrying the batsmen, Yadav says that the wicket was on the slower side and hence, was looking to vary his flight and pace. Is happy that his plans and hard work are being shaped into place.
India tried their best on a pitch which was not aiding the bowlers much. Bumrah was good and economical as usual while Shami and Saini took care of the wickets. They went for runs but critically, kept the wickets coming. It was the spin duo of Jadeja and Kuldeep which made the real difference, going for 123 in 20 overs for 4 wickets. Here is Kuldeep talking to Harsha Bhogle.
Australia did not get off to the best of starts chasing 341, losing Warner early, but then got a lot of partnerships after that. 62 between Finch and Smith, then 96 between Smith and Labuschagne, followed by 42 between Smith and Carey and then 38 between the two Ashtons. They had the plans in place to chase down 341, with the blueprint neatly laid down but the slow pitch hampered their execution. Smith had to play till the end and the others around him. That almost happened, till that magical 38th over where Kuldeep removed Carey and Smith. Looking at the finish, one will feel had one of them stayed till the end, we could have had a different finish.
When 644 runs are scored in 99.1 overs, you really cannot blame the captains for wanting to field first. But perhaps, Aaron Finch read it wrong a bit. The pitch did slow down a touch in the second innings and there was not enough dew to pose problems for the bowlers.
Two days, two clinical performances, two different teams. Australia were resounding in Mumbai, while India were professional here in Rajkot. That sets up a cracking finale in Bengaluru.
Jasprit Bumrah returns. 8-2-26-0 so far.
Adam Zampa is the last man in.
Kane Richardson walks in at number 10, replacing Agar.
Agar has been adjudged LBW. He has taken the review though, on insistence from Starc. Looks dead plumb. Where is the impact? Ball Tracker shows it to be in line. Crashing into the stumps.
Mitchell Starc walks in now, to face the hat-trick ball.
Pat Cummins walks in.
Mohammed Shami returns. 7-0-51-1 so far.
The physio is out in the middle now. This does not look good for Rohit. He is going off the field.
Navdeep Saini is back on. 7-0-40-0 so far.
Kuldeep Yadav to bowl out. 9-0-59-2 so far. Long on, deep mid-wicket, deep backward square leg, deep point and long off. All ringing in the perimeter.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the circle but neither side will care. The game is just drifting along and unless someone plays a blinder, everyone knows that it is just a matter of time before 1-1 is the series scoreline.
LBW REVIEW. Shami is confident, Rahul is not. Kohli goes with his bowler.
He is ringing the changes now, Kohli. Brings back Mohammed Shami to give him a chance to improve his figures. 6-0-45-1 so far.
Kohli looking to finish this off. Jasprit Bumrah returns. 6-2-17-0 so far.
Ashton joins Ashton in the middle. Agar walks out at number 7, replacing Smith.
Ashton Turner walks in next at number 6, replacing Carey. A slip in place for him.
Navdeep Saini returns. 6-0-33-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. Right. Where are we? Right in the middle of a well-played game. It would have been right in the balance had the master and disciple been playing together but Labuschagne's wicket has just tilted the balance in India's favour. It is all up to Smith now and with the required run rate slowly reaching the roof, he will need someone to play a blinder. Kohli has played his cards perfectly. In the 18 allotted overs remaining, he has 4 left for Bumrah, 4 for Saini and 2 for Jadeja. In the pending 8, he has 4 each for Shami and Kuldeep, both being a touch expensive tonight. He will look to get those two out of the way quickly, before this partnership starts to build. If a wicket falls, nothing better.
Kuldeep Yadav is back on. 5-0-37-0 so far.
Alex Carey walks in at number 5, replacing Labuschagne.
That looks plumb. But umpire Kettleborough has chosen to keep his finger down. Smith is the man in question. India take the review. Ultra Edge shows a spike when the ball goes past the bat but there is a massive gap between bat and ball. Ball Tracker shows the ball to be clipping leg stump. Smith survives!
Kohli goes for the kill. Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 4-2-7-0 so far.
Ravindra Jadeja returns. 4-0-21-1 so far.
Navdeep Saini is back on. 4-0-26-0 so far.
Change in bowling! Mohammed Shami returns.
A slight delay. Marnus Labuschagne is getting his right arm taped. Not sure what happened. But we are ready to resume.
Marnus Labuschagne walks out to bat. On his debut, he has been brilliant in the red ball format, can he do something special here?
Stumping appeal referred upstairs! Is Finch gone? His reaction seems to suggest. The gloves are off and he is sort of half-walking back to the pavillion. Here comes the replay. The foot is on the line when the bails are dislodged. But the question is - Where was the ball collected? In front of the stumps, or behind? 'It is very tight' says the third umpire. Eventually, he gives it in favour of the Indians.
Change of ends for Ravindra Jadeja.
Kuldeep Yadav is on now! He replaces Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Very interesting phase coming up. Will Australia target him?
Fielding restrictions lifted! Time for Powerplay 2. 4 fielders now allowed outside the 30-yard circle, till the 40th over.
Change of ends for Mohammed Shami.
Navdeep Saini is on now!
UNDER-19 WORLD CUP UPDATE - Not a day to remember for the Proteas. They are the hosts for this tournament but have started their campaign on a sorry note. In the very first match of the World Cup, they have been stunned by Afghanistan. Bowled out for a paltry 129, South Africa could not do much as they were trounced by 7 wickets and 25 overs to spare!!!
Steven Smith walks in at no.3.
Navdeep Saini is getting some treatment outside the boundary ropes. India are playing with 5 main bowlers and the Indian skipper would hope that this is not something major. Also, Shikhar Dhawan has not taken to the field and Yuzvendra Chahal has come on as a substitute for him.
Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end.
Time for the run chase! The Indian players are getting final instructions from the skipper in a huddle. David Warner and Aaron Finch, the two Aussie openers, walk out to the middle too. Jasprit Bumrah will start the proceedings for the Indians. Here we go...