Australia in India, 3 ODI Series, 2020

India vs Australia - 3rd ODI

Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Date & Time: 19 January 2020

India 289/3

RR: 6.08 | India beat Australia by 7 wickets

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As far as India are concerned, their home season comes to an end. But their cricket does not end, does it? They plan for the New Zealand tour next and then the Indian T20 League. It was a marvellous period for them post the World Cup, where they did not lose a single series. They continue to find all types of bowlers - fast and spin and if any, they just need some exposure for the young guys who can play if the likes of Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli fail. Hope you enjoyed our coverage and looking forward to your company soon. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Right. That ends a competitive, really competitive ODI series. Perhaps the best series played by India at home post the 2019 World Cup. Australia will be disappointed. Not because they lost, but because they believed they had a really good chance to win. Last time around, a weak team had won the series from behind. This time, a strong unit let slip a series lead. However, given their torrid 2019, one would believe that they are turning a corner and are slowly getting back to being considered as one of the strong teams in world cricket. Their fast bowlers are always a revelation but it is the batting which keeps letting them down. Marnus Labuschagne is a good addition to the top four but the middle order needs to find players who are good and who can be consistent. Perhaps this break will help them.

VIRAT KOHLI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. On him and Rohit doing well again, Kohli says that both of them are very experienced and believed that all they had to do was to deny Australia wickets. Stresses that this is how they play, one guy takes the responsibility of batting through and allows the other to go for his shots. On his shot-making, especially against the short ball, Kohli says that he practices a lot in the nets but has plenty of clarity in his mind about playing the short ball on the front foot. Adds that on another day, if your mind is cluttered, you will nick one behind. On Australia's quality, Virat says that this unit was better than the one which visited Indian shores in 2019 which won after being 0-2 down. So to win against such a side, that too, from behind, after losing that last series, is a big boost to his side.

ROHIT SHARMA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it was an important game but the team just wanted to enjoy itself which it did. Lauds the bowling unit for keeping the Australian line-up under 290. Adds that once Rahul got out, it was important that the hosts got a good partnership and none better than Kohli to have as your partner. Stresses that at no stage did either of them want the momentum to go to the opposition and further says that it was he who told Kohli that he was looking in good touch and hence, it should be he who should go for the shots. Praises Australia for always coming up with quality bowling attacks and says that the Indians had to be smart while playing them. Admits that in the first two games he was trying something different, hence struggled but here, he just looked to bat through. Adds says that he was seeing the ball really well.

Australian captain, Aaron Finch, says that he was happy with the score put up by Australia although he admits that they were 20-30 runs short. Stresses that the guys are improving but the momentum keeps getting stolen from them as the middle order is still trying to get to terms. On the performance of his spinners, Finch says that the big difference in this series was their line, which he says, they learnt from Jadeja. Is proud to be a part of such a series where both teams played well. On Starc and Cummins proving expensive here, Aaron is not too concerned and says that such things happen when you play against the best side in the world.

Shreyas Iyer now comes up for a chat. Admits that in all the matches that he has played so far, Australian attack has been the best and says that it feels satisfying to come out on top. Admits that they were targetting the short ball against him, into the body but he was mentally prepared and counter-attacked. Stresses that no matter what, he would do only what his skipper says and tells that the captain's advice was to try and take as many singles as possible and that gave him plenty of confidence.

Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri has a chat with Sanjay Manjrekar. Shastri says that the Indian team showed great character, especially after the thrashing in Mumbai. Is happy that the Indians believed that they could come back and do well not once but for two games in a row. Stresses that the hosts won against all odds as it was Australia who won all the tosses in the series but it was India who capitalized on the moments. Is really happy that the batsmen did not open the door against the Aussie attack which always looks for wickets. Is particularly happy with Rohit taking his time and then attacking and the composure of Shreyas Iyer as well. On the bowlers developing yorkers, Shastri says that it is a warning for other sides who look to attack India at the death because they have variety. Believes that this was a very tough Australian side which played India, credits them for playing well but also praises his own unit for coming out on top.

Earlier in the day, Australia lost their way from a commanding position at 173/2 in the 32nd over to finish at least 40 runs below par. Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne played really well but it was India who came back superbly towards the end of the innings. The Indian spinners bowled well while Shami got a 4-fer.

Another disappointing night for Australia. They are a pack which looks for wickets but if the surface does not offer them much, they struggle. Pat Cummins perhaps bowled his worst ever ODI spell in over a year and that perhaps shows how tired he was. His body needs rest. Mitchell Starc is nowhere near the Starc we all know and sprayed the ball all around the pitch. Hazlewood was on the money as he just does not need the pitch for any assistance. On a track which was slowing a little, Agar and Zampa did well, with combined figures of 20-0-82-2. Perhaps, if the target was above 300, the batsmen might have gone after the spinners and that could have resulted in their wickets but Rohit and Kohli were content in just playing them out.

Towards the end, Shreyas Iyer helped himself to some useful runs and spent some nice time in the middle along with his captain. He struggled at the start but was determined and disciplined not to throw it away and slowly eased into his innings. Kohli missed out on his century but he was just playing for the team's win. A totally unselfish innings, allowing the youngster to gain confidence and not worrying about the 3-figure mark.

Australia tried whatever they could. They kept telling themselves that they were one wicket away from collapse but that never came. The 137-run stand between Kohli and Rohit just shut all doors on the visitors and so convincing and dominating was the stand, that when Rohit eventually got out, with 81 runs more needed from 80 balls, the game was virtually over. Rohit produced probably his best knock in a run chase while Kohli, was Kohli. Just struggled a bit against the spinners but then eased off against the others.

As is always, the top 3 are crucial for India whether they bat first or second. Here it was just 2 - Rohit and Kohli. Sharma, in the absence of Dhawan, added 69 for the opening wicket with Rahul but the latter was struggling big time. Then, in came the skipper and just punished Australia out of the game and series.

A comprehensive win for the Indians. 286 was not a bad score from the Aussies, albeit it was 30-40 runs less, but the manner in which India have chased it down shows their dominance. A total thrashing in the second and third games. Truly the better of the two sides.

47.3
4
J Hazlewood to M Pandey, FOUR! That is it! INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS! Full and around off, Pandey hammers it straight back. Hazlewood does not even react while the umpire tries to duck and just about does so. The ball races to the fence down the ground. INDIA WIN THE SERIES 2-1!
47.3
0
J Hazlewood to M Pandey, WIDE. A bouncer, down the leg side, Pandey ducks. Hazlewood is not happy with the call.
47.2
0
J Hazlewood to M Pandey, Around off, defended towards short mid-wicket.
47.1
4
J Hazlewood to M Pandey, FOUR! GORGEOUS! Full and outside off, Pandey drives this straight back past the bowler and beats mid off! India a hit away now.
46.6
0
M Starc to S Iyer, Full on middle, Iyer flicks it through mid-wicket but the fielder dives to his right to stop the ball at short mid-wicket.
46.5
0
M Starc to S Iyer, A low yorker outside off, dug out back to the bowler.
46.4
2
M Starc to S Iyer, Outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
46.3
0
M Starc to S Iyer, Full and straight, Shreyas pummels it down the ground, just past the non-striker. Mid on mops it up.
46.2
0
M Starc to S Iyer, Full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
46.1
4
M Starc to S Iyer, FOUR! That is an outstanding shot. Full and outside off, Iyer reaches out and carves it over cover. His bottom hand comes off the bat but the flies towards the fence! Almost goes the distance. The umpire checks it upstairs and replays find that the ball just bounces in front of the ropes.
45.6
0
J Hazlewood to M Pandey, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. 9-1-46-1 for Hazlewood.

Manish Pandey walks out for the final rites.

45.5
0
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, OUT! BOWLED! Perfect ball, but 45 overs late. Very full, around middle, Kohli looks to swing across the line but misses it altogether. A rare cross-batted shot and that brings about his downfall. The ball hits the pad and then hits the stumps. Century gone for Kohli but he will not care. Series in the bag. Just 13 more needed for a win.
45.4
0
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, A yorker, on middle, pushed towards mid on.
45.3
4
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, FOUR! A short ball, outside off, Kohli pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
45.2
1
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
45.1
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, Around middle, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
44.6
4
M Starc to S Iyer, FOUR! Now, he goes inside out! Full and wide outside off, Iyer leans and lofts it over cover for a boundary! 14 from the over, Starc's figures read 8-0-60-0.
44.5
6
M Starc to S Iyer, SIX! Good pickup shot! A length ball outside off, Iyer just lifts this over mid-wicket and the ball goes all the way!
44.4
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Dropped short, around off, Virat gets down on a knee and pulls it awkwardly, almost like a tennis forehand shot, through mid-wicket. Both Kohli and Starc share a smile. Good to see.
44.3
0
M Starc to V Kohli, A short ball, outside off, Kohli looks to pull but the ball barely comes off the surface. Goes off the bottom edge back to the bowler.
44.2
1
M Starc to S Iyer, Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
44.1
2
M Starc to S Iyer, Around middle, Iyer pushes this towards mid on. Skipper Aaron Finch fumbles and the ball goes through. Two runs taken to raise the 50-run stand. With 26, Iyer has been an equal contributor in the partnership.

Mitchell Starc gets a change of ends. 7-0-46-0 so far.

43.6
1
A Zampa to S Iyer, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run. 8 from the over, as Zampa finishes with figures of 10-0-44-1. Respectable, as compared to his other mates.
43.5
0
A Zampa to S Iyer, Full and around of, well blocked out again.
43.4
0
A Zampa to S Iyer, Around middle, spinning away, watchfully defended.
43.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and around middle, worked through square leg for a single.
43.2
2
A Zampa to V Kohli, Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
43.1
4
A Zampa to V Kohli, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for India! Zampa starts his final over with a short ball and Kohli pulls it through mid-wicket. Finds the gap and the boundary!

Adam Zampa again. 9-0-36-1 so far.

42.6
4
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, FOUR! Nicely done! Short and outside off, Iyer backs away and slaps it over cover to make it 11 from the over!
42.5
4
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! A length ball outside off, Iyer leans and drives it through the covers!
42.4
0
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, A short ball outside off, Shreyas backs away and looks to slash but misses.
42.3
2
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, A short ball, around off, Iyer looks to pull but is not comfortable at all. The ball goes off the top edge but lands in no man's land near mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
42.2
0
J Hazlewood to S Iyer, Outside off, Iyer looks to heave but is late on the shot. Mistimes it towards cover.
42.1
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, A length ball, outside off, punched through the covers for a single. The stand is worth 30 from 33 balls.

Josh Hazlewood is back on. 7-1-29-0 so far.

41.6
0
M Starc to S Iyer, A short ball, around middle, Shreyas hops and fends it towards the leg side. Calls for a single but is sent back.
41.5
4
M Starc to S Iyer, FOUR! FANTASTIC! Full and outside off, Iyer leans and drives it through the covers. Marnus Labuschagne chases after it and dives but in vain.
41.4
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and outside off, Kohli drives it towards mid off, takes the fielder on, calls for a quick single and makes it easily, in spite of a direct hit at the bowler's end.
41.3
1
M Starc to S Iyer, Outside off, Iyer dabs it through point. Steven Smith dives to his left but fumbles. The batsmen take a single even though someone behind Smith comes charging in to throw the ball.
41.2
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
41.1
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
41.1
0
M Starc to V Kohli, WIDE. Drama! A length ball, around middle, Kohli gets across and looks to flick but misses. There is a noise as the ball goes past the bat and Australia appeal but the umpire signals a wide. Finch now ponders about the review but he is timed out. Ultra Edge shows that the ball went off the pad.
40.6
0
A Agar to S Iyer, Full and outside off, pushed gracefully towards David Warner at short extra cover. Ashton Agar is done for the night. 10-0-38-1.
40.5
0
A Agar to S Iyer, Iyer works this through mid-wicket and sets off for a single but is sent back.
40.4
1
A Agar to V Kohli, On middle, worked towards short fine leg for one more.
40.3
1
A Agar to S Iyer, Full and outside off, pushed towards point for a run.
40.2
1
A Agar to V Kohli, LEADING EDGE, SAFE! Bowled slower through the air, the skipper looks to flick but the ball turns away, takes the leading edge and lobs in the air. But nowhere near the fielders in the ring. The ball goes to cover in the deep. A single taken.
40.1
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Flighted outside off, Kohli looks to drive but the ball turns away and takes the outside edge towards short third man.

POWERPLAY 3 TIME. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Will Finch go for it though? India just need 63 from 10 overs.

39.6
0
M Starc to S Iyer, A length ball outside off, Shreyas punches this through the covers and yells, 'WAIT AND SEE!' Because it is David Warner prowling over there. David dives to his left to stop.
39.5
0
M Starc to S Iyer, Landed outside off, played straight to backward point.
39.4
4
M Starc to S Iyer, FOUR! Finds the gap. A short ball, outside off, Iyer gets on top of the bounce and punches it through cover-point. Finch doing the right thing by keeping the field up to the new batsman but he needs his bowlers to bowl to the field.
39.3
0
M Starc to S Iyer, A length ball, around off, angling away, Iyer looks to tap and run to the off side but is sent back.
39.2
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
39.1
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to David Warner at short extra cover.
38.6
0
A Agar to S Iyer, Goes right back in his crease and defends.
38.5
0
A Agar to S Iyer, Outside off, locked towards backward point.
38.4
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
38.3
1
A Agar to S Iyer, Action replay of the previous delivery. 69 more needed from 69 balls.
38.2
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Around off, worked through square leg for a single.
38.1
4
A Agar to V Kohli, FOUR! That is halfway down the pitch and just too easy for Kohli. Goes back and works it through mid-wicket. Two is the call but the lightning outfield doubles it. Deep mid-wicket doves to his left, but in vain.

Ashton Agar is back on. 8-0-28-1 so far.

37.6
1
M Starc to V Kohli, A length ball around off, Virat walks across and tucks it towards fine leg for one.
37.5
1
M Starc to S Iyer, A good length ball around off, SI just calmly guides it behind point and gets his captain back on strike.
37.4
1
M Starc to V Kohli, On a good length outside off, steered towards third man for a run.
37.3
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Landed outside off, driven straight to point.
37.2
1
M Starc to S Iyer, Nice running. Iyer taps this towards cover-point and calls for a quick single. Marnus Labuschagne gets to the ball from cover, picks it up, turns and has a shy at the bowler's end and hits bull's eye. But Shreyas is well in. The umpire does not even refer it upstairs.
37.1
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 79 more needed from 77 balls.

Mitchell Starc returns. 4-0-28-0 so far.

36.6
0
A Zampa to S Iyer, Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, Zampa's figures read 9-0-36-1.
36.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and around off, flicked through square leg for a run.

Shreyas Iyer walks in at number 4, replacing Rohit.

36.4
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, OUT! CAUGHT! Well, finally, for Australia, a wicket has fallen. It is probably too little too late but at least Zampa will have something to show for his efforts. The crowd stands up as one to applaud for Sharma. What a knock. Zampa has been bowling googlies, but this one is a leggie. It is tossed up, outside off and Rohit looks to play the slog sweep. For once, Sharma mistimes this and gets a top edge high in the air. Mitchell Starc runs to his left from long on and completes the formalities. End of a terrific innings and a mammoth stand of 137.
36.3
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, The wrong 'un again, Rohit comes down the track to defend but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Is hit on the pads and the ball goes to short extra cover.
36.2
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, A touch short, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
36.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, The googly, around off, Kohli lunges to defend but the ball spins in, takes the inside edge and goes through mid-wicket. A single taken. The skipper moves to 60 from 65 balls.
35.6
1
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, Outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for one more. 13 from the over, Cummins' figures read a sorry 7-0-64-0!
35.5
2
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, Terrific fielding. Short and wide outside off, Kohli slaps it through point. The ball races away but Mitchell Starc races to his left and dives to stop the ball. Two runs taken. Still giving it their all, are the Aussies...
35.4
4
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, FOUR! FABULOUS! Full and straight, Kohli drives this straight back through mid on. The fielder has no chance! 200 UP FOR INDIA. 85 more needed from 86 balls.
35.3
4
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, FOUR! CLUNK! A short ball, outside off, Kohli pulls it over mid-wicket with disdain! 57TH ODI HALF CENTURY FOR KOHLI! 89 more needed from 87 balls.
35.2
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
35.1
0
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, Full and down the leg side, Kohli gets across to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads and goes fine but Alex Carey dives full length to his left and makes a half stop. A leg bye taken.
34.6
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and outside off, a leg spinner, Kohli leans and pushes it through the covers for a single.
34.5
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, The googly, around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
34.4
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Comes down the track, does Rohit and Zampa fires it very full. Sharma can only push it towards long off for one.
34.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, This is eased past cover now, for a run.
34.2
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
34.1
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Floated around middle, pushed towards long on for a single. The stand moves to 120 from 130 balls.
33.6
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, A length ball outside off, steered softly towards third man for another single. Just like that, 9 runs come from the over, no pressure, no stress. 99 more needed from 104 balls.
33.5
1
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, Full and straight, effortlessly flicked to deep mid-wicket for another single.
33.4
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Landed outside off, on a good length, Sharma guides this towards third man for one more.
33.3
1
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, Short again, the skipper looks to pull, is not quite to the bounce of the ball but still manages to pull it all along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
33.2
4
Pat Cummins to V Kohli, FOUR! Another cracking shot. Short and outside off, Kohli punches this through the covers and the ball races away!
33.1
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, A length ball, down the leg side, Rohit looks to tuck it towards fine leg but gets it off the pads. Was there any wood? Because the umpire has not given any signal as the batsmen take a single.

Pat Cummins now. 5-0-43-0 so far.

32.6
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Comes down the track, Zampa fires this up, Rohit is cramped for room and can only ease this down to long on for another single.
32.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full on middle, worked through mid-wicket for one more.
32.4
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Another wrong 'un, this time Sharma connects with his flick and gets a single through fine leg.
32.3
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, The googly, around middle, Rohit misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
32.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Tossed up outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
32.1
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full on middle, pushed straight back to the bowler.

Adam Zampa to bowl now. 6-0-26-0 so far.

31.6
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 14 from the over. Hazlewood's figures read 7-1-29-0 so far.
31.5
4
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, FOUR! CLUBBED! All of a sudden, the runs are flowing like a river! A short ball, around middle, Kohli gets across and pulls it all along the ground through square leg!
31.4
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Around off, worked through square leg for one more.
31.3
6
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, SIX! Hit cleanly as a whistle! 100-RUN STAND IS UP IN 114 BALLS! A length ball, around off, Rohit just lofts it through the line and clears long on with ease!
31.2
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, A length ball, around off, coming in, Kohli looks to tuck but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and a run is taken.
31.1
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A short ball, around off, Rohit swivels and pulls it over square leg for a single.
30.6
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Fired around off, watchfully defended.
30.5
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
30.4
2
A Agar to V Kohli, Superbly dabbed away. Kohli waits for the ball ton arrive and runs this down, almost off the keeper's gloves, fine of short third man. Two runs taken.
30.3
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Full on middle, now Rohit sashays down the track and pushes it to long on for one. The stand moves to 90 from 18 balls.
30.2
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Comes down the track and looks to go inside out but skews it. The ball is in the air but in the gap. A run taken.
30.1
1
A Agar to R Sharma, A short ball outside off, punched down to long off for a single.
29.6
0
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, Full and outside off, Kohli flays it through point but Steven Smith over there dives to his right and makes a stunning stop. Kohli is not happy.
29.5
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Around middle, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
29.4
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, A touch wide outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
29.3
0
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, Full and outside off, Kohli wants to tap and run but is sent back.
29.2
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, THERE IT IS! 29TH ODI CENTURY FOR ROHIT! A masterclass from Rohit and for a change, in a run chase. Gets there with a gentle dab towards third man for an single. Just getting India cruising through on a difficult batting track.
29.1
2
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, JUST OVER! A length ball, around off, Rohit looks to flick but is not in full control. Just gets it over a leaping short mid-wicket. Two runs taken, moves to 99.

Josh Hazlewood returns. 5-1-10-0 so far.

28.6
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and outside off, Rohit pushes this down to long off for a single and keeps the strike. Moves to 97.
28.5
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Action replay of the previous delivery. Just varying his pace there.
28.4
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full again, driven back to the bowler.
28.3
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
28.2
2
A Agar to R Sharma, Short and fired down the leg side, Rohit gets down and pull-sweeps this through square leg. Pat Cummins races to his right from deep mid-wicket, slides and parries the ball to short fine leg. Two runs taken. 150 UP FOR INDIA. 137 more needed from 130 balls.
28.1
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Full and around off, powered down to long on for a single.
27.6
1
A Finch to V Kohli, Short around off, pulled down to long on for one.
27.5
1
A Finch to R Sharma, Tossed up slightly, eased down to long off for a run.
27.4
0
A Finch to R Sharma, Full and outside off, watchfully and sensibly pushed towards cover.
27.3
6
A Finch to R Sharma, SIX! CLOBBERED! That is the biggest of the night! Short in length from Finch, halfway down the pitch, around middle, Rohit rocks back and pulls this over mid-wicket for half a dozen! Moves into the 90s in a flash.
27.2
0
A Finch to R Sharma, Around off, spinning away, watchfully defended.
27.1
1
A Finch to V Kohli, Full and down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.

A frustrated Aaron Finch takes the ball in his hand now.

26.6
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Big appeal for LBW, turned down. A short ball, around middle, Sharma looks to pull but misses. Ball Tracker shows it to be missing leg.
26.5
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for one more.
26.4
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Oohhh.... nearly a throw away. Full and outside off, Rohit comes down the track and looks to go big but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Luckily for him, the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards long on. A run taken.
26.3
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Goes back and pushes it towards mid on. But Agar quickly gets across to his right to stop it.
26.2
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
26.1
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Misfield. Full and outside off, Kohli powers this straight back. Agar tries to stop it but the force on that induces a misfield as the ball bursts through his fingers towards long on. Agar holds his hand in pain as a single is taken.

Ashton Agar is back on. 5-0-16-1 so far.

25.6
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Outside off, nearly pushed back to the bowler.
25.5
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
25.4
6
A Zampa to R Sharma, SIX! BRUTAL! Short and outside off, Rohit goes back and launches it over mid-wicket via a pull!
25.3
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
25.2
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, A touch short, punched down to long on for a single. The stand moves to 60 from 77 balls.
25.1
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Floated outside off, driven straight to cover.
24.6
1
M Starc to V Kohli, Landed outside off, extra bounce, Kohli rides the bounce nicely and dabs it to third man for one more.
24.5
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Landed outside off, the skipper looks to tap and run to the off side but is sent back.
24.4
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Short and wide outside off, Kohli throws his bat at it, looking to cut but misses.
24.3
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Around off, solidly defended.
24.2
1
M Starc to R Sharma, That is a terrific effort from Steven Smith. Has saved at least 3 runs there. Short and outside off, Rohit punches this through backward point but Smith at point dives to his left and makes a half-stop. Restricts the batsmen to just a single. Rohit moves to 80 from 91 balls.
24.1
4
M Starc to R Sharma, FOUR! FABULOUS! That is a Rohit special. Full and wide outside off, Rohit leans and drives this behind point. The ball races away!
23.6
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, A huge shout for LBW, turned down! Zampa is on his haunches in desperation. Kohli smiles as the umpire shakes his head. Finch comes across for a chat but is advised against taking the review. The googly, outside off, Kohli looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Ball Tracker shows it to be missing leg stump.
23.5
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, More flight outside off, Rohit lunges and pushes it towards long off for another single.
23.4
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Slowly flighted around off, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
23.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, A touch short, tucked through mid-wicket for one more.
23.2
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Outside off, eased through mid off for a run again.
23.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, 50-RUN STAND IS UP IN JUST 64 BALLS. Full and around off, Kohli drives this through mid off for a single.
22.6
0
M Starc to R Sharma, In the air... does not carry. Full on middle, Rohit chips this uppishly but luckily for him, it is well short of mid on.
22.5
1
M Starc to V Kohli, A bit too straight, flicked straight to deep mid-wicket for a run. 169 more needed from 163 balls.
22.4
0
M Starc to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
22.3
4
M Starc to V Kohli, FOUR! ELEGANT! 5000 RUNS AS ODI CAPTAIN - Kohli is the fastest to his milestone as well. And what a way to get there too. A length ball outside off, Kohli comes forward and drives this on the up, past a diving extra cover, to the fence behind.
22.2
1
M Starc to R Sharma, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
22.1
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Full and around off, watchfully defended.

Pace is back. Mitchell Starc returns. 2-0-16-0 so far.

21.6
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 5 singles from that over.
21.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full on middle, bunted down to long on for another single.
21.4
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for one more.
21.3
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Down the leg side, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
21.2
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and around off, driven back to the bowler.
21.1
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and around off, worked through mid on for a single.
20.6
0
M Labuschagne to V Kohli, 'AAARGH!' screams Kohli. He knows he has missed out. A poor ball, short and wide outside off, slapped straight to cover. 11 runs from the experimenting over.
20.5
1
M Labuschagne to R Sharma, Around off, Sharma works it through mid-wicket and sets off for a quick single. The fielder returns a slightly wide throw to Labuschagne who has to stretch to his right to disturb the bails. He does so but by then, Rohit has dived in.
20.4
6
M Labuschagne to R Sharma, SIX! BOSH! That is a half tracker again and this time Sharma does not miss out. Rocks back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket!
20.3
1
M Labuschagne to V Kohli, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
20.2
2
M Labuschagne to V Kohli, Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a couple.
20.1
1
M Labuschagne to R Sharma, That is short and outside off, Rohit pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

Interesting. Marnus Labuschagne into the attack.

19.6
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and outside off, driven wide of cover for one.
19.5
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven wide of cover towards long off for a run.
19.4
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Excellent bowling. Slowed down the pace, flighted it outside off, kept the line a bit wide, the length a touch full and got Kohli lunging. Then beat the outside edge.
19.3
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run. Rohit moves to 60 from 76 balls.
19.2
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, The googly, almost a yorker, around middle and leg, Rohit looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads, back to the bowler.
19.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and outside off, milked down to long off for a single.
18.6
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Outside off, pushed towards short third man.
18.5
2
A Agar to R Sharma, Thrown up outside off, driven through cover-point. The call is for two and it is answered pretty quickly.
18.4
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
18.3
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Around off, Sharma pushes it towards point, sets off for a single but is sent back.
18.2
0
A Agar to R Sharma, LEADING EDGE, SAFE! Full and around middle, Rohit looks to flick but gets a leading edge. Does not carry to David Warner at short extra cover.
18.1
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and down the leg side, worked towards short mid-wicket.
17.6
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Landed outside off, chopped down to short third man.
17.5
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
17.4
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Floated outside off, driven through the covers, towards widish long off for a single.
17.3
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and outside off, defended watchfully.
17.2
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, Landed outside off, dabbed to short third man.
17.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Landed outside off, played through point for a single. The stand moves to 20 from 28 balls.

DRINKS BREAK. India coasting along here. Australia need wickets in clusters.

16.6
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full again, pushed back to the bowler.
16.5
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
16.4
4
A Agar to R Sharma, FOUR! Finds the gap this time! Why go for power shots when ease and grace could do it? Short and outside off, spinning away, Rohit just guides it past first slip to the third man fence! 199 more needed from 200 balls.
16.3
0
A Agar to R Sharma, A touch short, skids through, outside off, Sharma looks to punch but the ball sticks on the wicket and comes on slowly. Takes the bottom edge and goes to cover.
16.2
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and outside off, Rohit slices it through point but Steven Smith dives to his left to stop the ball.
16.1
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Landed outside off, slowed through the air, watchfully pushed towards point.
15.6
0
A Zampa to V Kohli, Full and around off, Kohli whips this back to the bowler who fumbles but parries it towards mid on.
15.5
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, A touch short, the wrong 'un, punched through cover for one more.
15.4
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Floated on off, wristed down to long on for a run.
15.3
1
A Zampa to R Sharma, Full and wide outside off, Sharma drives this stylishly wide of extra cover for a run.
15.2
0
A Zampa to R Sharma, The googly, around off, Rohit is caught in his crease as he looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. There is an LBW appeal but it is comfortably going down the leg side.
15.1
1
A Zampa to V Kohli, Fullish, around middle, pushed down to long on for a single.

Adam Zampa into the attack now.

14.6
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Whips it away for a run.
14.5
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
14.4
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
14.3
1
A Agar to V Kohli, Short and wide outside off, slapped through the covers for a single.
14.2
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Short and wide outside off, Kohli looks to punch but the away turn induces a bottom edge. David Warner dives to his left at cover to stop the ball.
14.1
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Tossed up around off, watchfully defended.
13.6
4
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, FOUR! Sweetly timed. Short and outside off, Rohit punches this behind point and the ball races away. Third man dives to his left but in vain.
13.5
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, On middle and off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
13.4
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Full and around off, well defended.
13.3
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Outside off, on a length, tapped to the off side.
13.2
1
J Hazlewood to V Kohli, The batsman defends it from within the crease. They pick up a single.
13.1
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A length ball, down the leg side, Rohit misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The ball deflects to the leg side and a leg bye is taken.
12.6
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Drives this through mid off for one more. 4 runs and a wicket from the over, Agar's figures read 2-0-7-1.
12.5
1
A Agar to V Kohli, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. They pick up a single.
12.4
0
A Agar to V Kohli, Full and outside off, Kohli drives this through the covers but David Warner dives to his right to make a terrific stop.

In walks the skipper. Virat Kohli is here in his favourite mode - chasing.

12.3
0
A Agar to KL Rahul, OUT! LBW! That is a terrific review from Ashton Agar. Yes, Agar, because no one else was sure. Full and down the leg side, to the naked eye, Rahul looked to sweep but misses. He is hit on the pads and Agar appeals but receives no support. He coaxes Finch to go for the review but Carey is not so sure. With literally 0 seconds remaining on the DRS clock, Finch signals for the review. Ball Tracker shows the pitching to be in line and going on to hit the stumps! Agar is pumped up and his teammates mob him. A struggling Rahul departs. 218 more needed from 225 balls.

DRS time! Ashton Agar is confident that he has got Rahul. Carey is not sure and with zero seconds left on the clock, Finch takes the review. And it is successful!

12.2
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Drives it towards long off for a run.
12.1
1
A Agar to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, chipped through the covers for a single.
11.6
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A length ball, down the leg side, Sharma looks to tuck it to the leg side but there is some extra bounce on that. Takes the glove and drops down the leg side, just beside the stumps.
11.5
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Tight line and length, just outside off, blocked towards mid on.
11.4
1
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, A short ball, around middle and leg, pulled to fine leg for one.
11.3
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A bit too straight, helped through backward square leg for a run.
11.2
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Just around off, watchfully defended.
11.1
1
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
10.6
1
A Agar to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, Rahul pushes it towards point. There is a bit of hesitation between the batsmen but eventually they go through for the single.
10.5
1
A Agar to R Sharma, Fired down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
10.4
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Again, full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
10.3
0
A Agar to R Sharma, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
10.2
0
A Agar to R Sharma, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
10.1
1
A Agar to KL Rahul, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for a single.

Finch needs wickets desperately. Not just one. 2 or 3 quickly. Ashton Agar has been brought on to bowl, in an attempt to curb the scoring rate. POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled as well. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle, till the 40th over.

9.6
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, On middle and off, well blocked out. A maiden from Hazlewood. His figures read 3-1-2-0.
9.5
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Full and on middle, flicked through mid-wicket but Ashton Turner dives to his left and parries it to mid off.
9.4
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Around off, coming in a long way, Sharma looks to defend but gets a bottom edge towards point.
9.3
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, That is a jaffa. A length ball, outside off, Rohit looks to defend but then the ball straightens and squares him up. Alex Carey collects and throws the ball up in air in celebration but Hazlewood shakes his head and does not appeal. He has some words to say to Sharma who does not respond. Replays show that it missed everything.
9.2
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Just in line of the stumps, watchfully defended.
9.1
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Full and around off, driven straight to mid on.
8.6
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Around off, moving away, KL gets across and defends. 13 from the over, Cummins has gone for 43 in his 5 overs.
8.5
4
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, FOUR! Not in control but a boundary! Full and outside off, Rahul reaches out to push and is not on control of that shot. The ball flies off the face of the bat and goes wide of the man at point, to his left. Races away to the fence. Aaron Finch is getting frustrated.
8.4
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Outside off, another lovely stroke, punched on the up through mid off. But David Warner dives to his left and makes a commanding stop. Keeps the batsmen to a single.
8.3
4
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, FOUR! ELEGANT! Half volley outside off, a touch wide, Rohit leans and drives it through point for a boundary!
8.2
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Full on middle and off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
8.1
4
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, FOUR! That is unlucky for the bowler. A short ball outside off, Rohit throws his bat at it and gets a bottom edge. It goes through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence. 50 UP FOR INDIA, 235 more needed from 251 balls.
7.6
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, A length ball outside off, nipping back in, Rahul is caught in his crease and is hit on the pads. Inside edge saved him.
7.5
1
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Outside off, steered nicely towards third man for a single. 239 more needed from 253 balls.
7.4
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, That is typical Hazlewood delivery. Lands it in the avenue of apprehension, on a good length just outside off, Sharma is not sure whether to wait for the inswinger or play for the away one. In the end, tentatively pushes at it and is beaten The ball just holds its line at the last moment.
7.3
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A length ball around off, Rohit gets across and defends it stoutly.
7.2
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, Full and around off, pushed straight to mid on.
7.1
0
J Hazlewood to R Sharma, A length ball outside off, calmly left alone.
6.6
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Outside off, steered towards third man for a single.
6.5
4
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, FOUR! Beautiful batting. A length ball, Rohit gets across and just turns it to the left of short fine leg.
6.4
1
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Short and outside off, Rahul slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge towards third man. It is flat and aerial and Adam Zampa at the fence has to decide whether to come forward for the catch or stay back and stop the boundary. Does the latter and takes it on the bounce. A single taken.
6.3
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
6.2
1
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, this is driven sweetly wide of mid off. But David Warner throws himself to his left and makes a half-stop. A single taken.
6.1
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, A length ball outside off, coming in with the angle, worked towards mid on.
5.6
1
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, A length ball, on middle, tucked through square leg for a quick single.
5.5
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, A length ball around off, KL looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
5.4
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, Around middle, pushed towards mid on.
5.3
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, Short and wide outside off, Rahul throws his bat at it but misses.
5.2
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, On middle, pushed straight to mid on.
5.1
0
J Hazlewood to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, left alone.

Here comes Josh Hazlewood. For his first and last match of the series.

4.6
6
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, SIX! Up, up and away! Effortless shot. What timing. A length ball, a bit too straight, Rohit lofts it nonchalantly over mid-wicket! 249 more needed from 270 balls now. Rohit moves to 25 from 21 balls.
4.5
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Sliding down the leg side, Sharma misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Cummins puts in an LBW appeal but it is turned down. Going down leg.
4.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Full and just around off, this time Rohit is watchful and pushes it towards mid on.
4.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, EDGED, DROPS SHORT! Lazy from Rohit. Full and outside off, Sharma plays a loose-looking drive, without moving his feet and gets a thick outside edge. Luckily for him, it does not carry to the wicket-keeper Alex Carey.
4.2
1
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Full and around off, flicked through fine leg for a single.
4.1
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, A length ball outside off, Rahul makes a good leave.
3.6
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Appeal for an lbw! Not given. Finch has a chat with his bowler and decides against the review. Good length ball on middle and shaping back in, Rohit fails to defend and is hit high on the pads. Maybe, going over the stumps.
3.5
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. No run.
3.4
6
M Starc to R Sharma, SIX! Into the crowd. Starc is again short and wide outside off, Rohit reaches out for it and lofts it all the way over cover-point for a biggie. Not quite from the middle of the bat but it has travelled the distance. Starc was caught seeing back at his landing, not sure what happened!
3.3
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Identical to the last delivery, Sharma covers his stumps and allows it through.
3.2
4
M Starc to R Sharma, FOUR! Bang! Starc is on the shorter side with his length, it's outside off with the angle further taking it away, Rohit chases it and blazes it through cover-point for a boundary.
3.1
1
M Starc to KL Rahul, Fullish ball on the pads, Rahul clips it to the right of mid-wicket and calls his partner for a quick run.
2.6
1
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, On a length and outside off, Rahul shuffles across the stumps to play at it but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls wide of the slip fielder and they cross for a brisk single.
2.5
4
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, FOUR! Sweetly timed! Whatever position he bats, he looks extraordinary. Cummins overpitches around off, KL Rahul leans into the drive and creams his drive through extra cover for a glorious boundary.
2.4
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Angles in a length ball on off, Rahul covers the line and defends it back.
2.4
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, FIVE WIDES! We saw that happened to Bumrah this afternoon. Cummins fails to control his line and dishes it out way down the leg side. No chance for either the batsman or the keeper. It goes to fine leg for a boundary. Bonus runs.
2.3
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Good length delivery on top of off, Rahul goes on the back foot and taps it down to covers.
2.2
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Brings a fuller length ball back into the batsman from outside off, Rahul stays back and defends it near his front pad.
2.1
0
Pat Cummins to KL Rahul, Back of a length delivery outside off, Rahul, facing his first ball, leans back a bit and allows it through to the keeper.
1.6
4
M Starc to R Sharma, FOUR! Shot! Starc pitches it up and bowls it wide outside off, Rohit reaches out for it and drives it crisply through cover-point for a cracking boundary.
1.5
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
1.4
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Serves it full and outside off, it's driven off the front foot but straight to mid off.
1.3
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Huge shout for an lbw! Not given by the umpire. Alex Carey shakes his head and Aaron Finch decides not to review it. A lovely inswinger by Starc. He lands it on a length around middle at 147.4 kph and nips back in, Sharma fails to flick and wears it on his pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal for an lbw. Missing leg, shows the replay.
1.2
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Clocks 145 kph and serves a good length ball in the corridor of uncertainty. Rohit shoulders arms.
1.2
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Wide! Starc loses his line and slips a length ball down the leg side, Rohit tries to get some bat behind it but fails.
1.1
0
M Starc to R Sharma, Starts with a length delivery in the zone outside off, angling away from the batsman, Rohit stands with an open stance as he makes a leave.

Mitchell Starc to speed in from the other end.

0.6
1
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Good length ball close to off, Rohit pushes inside the line and taps it wide of backward point for a run.
0.5
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Hurls across a length delivery in the channel outside off, Rohit has nothing to do with it.
0.4
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Lands it full and outside off, Sharma presses forward this time in defense.
0.3
0
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, On a length around off, Rohit defends it from the back foot to the off side.
0.2
2
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Identical to the last delivery, once again Rohit stays back and works it through square leg for a couple of runs. 9000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma, becomes the third-fastest to reach this mark!
0.1
2
Pat Cummins to R Sharma, Off the mark first ball! Good length delivery on middle, Sharma eases his flick through square leg and scampers back for the second run. India are underway as well!

We're back for the run chase! The Australian players are taking the field. Rohit Sharma is opening with KL Rahul as Shikhar Dhawan injured his left shoulder while fielding. Not sure, whether he will bat or not. Pat Cummins to begin proceedings with the first new ball. Here we go...