India in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Date & Time: 15 January 2019
RR: 6.06 | India beat Australia by 6 wickets
Sydney went to the Aussies, Adelaide goes to the Indians. We are all square at 1-1 and there is all to play for in the final game at the MCG. That one will begin at 1320 local (0220 GMT) on the 18th of January, Friday. Take care and see you for that one. Cheers!
India's skipper Virat Kohli is also the Man of the Match. He is very pleased with the overall effort and says that to get the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession at the death was crucial which meant they were not chasing 330. Praises Bhuvneshwar Kumar and adds that he brought back the whole team into the game. States that Vijay Shankar is in the squad and that gives them the option but he is not too keen on changing the winning combination. Feels that his bowlers did pretty well. On his innings, Virat says he tries to get into the zone whenever there is a target on the board. Adds that the whole idea was to keep things simple and also take calculative risks. Hopes to keep helping the team. Further says that it was a really tough day with the conditions being too hot and they need a good day rest. On MS Dhoni, Kohli says that there is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Praises him and says that he calculates the game so well and today was an MS classic. Mentions about the contribution of Karthik as well who showed the right kind of intent.
Australia's captain Aaron Finch says that they hung in really well and praises India for their batting. Feels they needed to keep taking wickets but ran into that man Dhoni. Praises MSD for timing his innings and credits India for playing well and calls it a good game of cricket. Mentions that they need to get their batting in the first Powerplay right and admits he is responsible for that and needs to start scoring. Further adds that he is trying to get the best out of the players and as a captain, it's important for him to be consistent with his actions. Lauds Shaun Marsh for his century under brutal conditions. On managing his bowlers, Finch replies that it would have been nice to have Jhye Richardson bowl at the death. States that it's tough against experienced batsmen and reckons there are lots of positive for them. He is looking forward to MCG and hopes to win the series there.
Coming to Australia's batting inning earlier, it mainly revolved around Shaun Marsh's 131 which powered the total to 298. It was eventually about 10-20 short as it proved to be. A point to be considered could also be the last 3 overs of the Australian batting innings which yielded only 17 runs as India snapped four wickets during that period. Made all the difference in the end. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!
Virat Kohli though continued playing as he normally does in chases and was involved in two more fifty-plus stands, first with Ambati Rayudu and then with MS Dhoni. He reached his 39th ODI century but failed to stay till the end. When he fell, a further 57 were required but Dinesh Karthik joined hands with the former Indian skipper and took the touring team over the line in the last over. A very important factor in the chase was the running between the wickets as the Indians ran the field ragged. MSD was a little cramped up in the end but finished stuff with a trademark six that shows the fighting spirit of the man. For the Aussies, no bowler made a great show but none was very poor either. They managed to build pressure in the middle overs but failed to get breakthroughs at regular intervals. Just a good game of cricket in the end and India just about played better than Australia to level the series 1-1.
So that should settle the debate on whether Dhoni still has it in him or not. He has proved exactly why he is so important to the team going into the World Cup. Got his second consecutive fifty and took India to victory. The chase though, was more than just about Dhoni. It started off really solidly with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan adding 47 for the first wicket before the latter perished to an unnecessary shot. The former though was joined in the middle by the skipper Virat Kohli and what followed was a lovely display of batting where runs were being milked easily till Rohit holed out at deep mid-wicket.
Jason Behrendorff to bowl the final over. MS Dhoni on strike...
Quite humid out there in the middle and Dhoni is feeling the heat. He is down on the ground and has some drinks to help him. It's not easy, especially for wicket-keepers.
An important over coming here for Australia. This is the very stage when India pulled things back with the ball. Jason Behrendorff to bowl it.
Marcus Stoinis is back on.
Nathan Lyon to bowl his last over.
Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman.
The players are having drinks. 61 needed off 42 balls. India would like to close in the gap quickly and avoid taking it deep. For Australia, they need wickets to build pressure.
Jhye Richardson is brought back into the attack. Australia need a wicket and they need it quick.
Powerplay 3 signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the end of the match. Also, Peter Siddle is back on.
Jhye Richardson is back on now.
Marcus Stoinis returns. 112 needed to win for India off 90 balls.
Nathan Lyon is called back into the attack.
Bowling change. Aaron Finch brings his premium fast bowler Jason Behrendorff to bowl with a new batsman in the middle. Good thinking.
MS Dhoni arrives in the middle. He received plenty of criticism for his slow innings in the first ODI and now is the time to silence his critics.
Jhye Richardson is back for another spell.
Glenn Maxwell to roll his arm now.
Change of ends for Peter Siddle.
Nathan Lyon is back on.
Ambati Rayudu walks out to the middle.
Marcus Stoinis has the ball in his hand.
Drinks are on the field. After providing a good start, Dhawan departed but that hasn't halted India at all. Rohit is joined by his skipper in the middle and the two are motoring along nicely. 40 runs have been added between them, and if Finch can't come up with something soon, that number could soon rise to triple figures.
Peter Siddle comes back on.
Jhye Richardson returns to the attack.
Powerplay 2 signalled. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the 40th over. Also, Nathan Lyon comes into the attack.
Skipper Virat Kohli walks in at no.3.
Peter Siddle is the first bowling change for Australia.
Jhye Richardson to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings for India. Jason Behrendorff will bowl the first over with the first new ball.