India: 202/4 | Overs 19.4 | Yuvraj Singh 77*, MS Dhoni 24* [INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS]
INDIA win by six wickets!
With just seven to get and the likes of Yuvraj and Dhoni in the middle, Watson really had to pull off an never-seen-before miracle. Yuvraj takes a single off the first ball and Dhoni finishes it off with a four and a couple of runs. India begin the series with a good six wicket win thanks to Yuvraj’s spectacular performance.
Yuvraj is in a hurry here! He gets a glorious straight six and follows it up with a pull behind square. Faulkner then strays down the leg side and Haddin can’t stop it from running away to the fine leg boundary. 20 massive runs off the over. 29 runs to win from 18 balls.
Ladies and Gentleman, its Yuvraj time! He clears the deep midwicket fielder to get a six off the second ball. He then flicked the next ball, only for Shane Watson failing to keep a good attempt. Watson takes the catch, tosses up the ball and tries to come back in to take the catch but his foot touches the rope. Yuvraj rubs salt to wounds with a flick to fine leg boundary. 18 runs from the over.
McKay gets Virat Kohli! Big wicket, this. Kohli comes down the track but fails to clear long-on.
Yuvraj then, gets cheeky! He positions himself to cut a delivery but has to change his decision mid-way as it turns out to be a slower one. Yuvraj chooses to wait for it and plays his cut just beyond the reach of a full stretched Haddin.
Xavier Doherty comes in and gets a vital breakthrough. Just when Kohli and Dhawan were looking set to build a big partnership, Doherty dismissed Dhawan. The Southpaw came down the wicket but Doherty was quick to change his line and bowl a short ball. Dhawan missed it and Haddin completed the formalities behind the stumps. Yuvraj Singh comes to bat.
India: 74/2 | Overs 8 | Dhawan 28*, Kohli 16*
Moises Henriques comes into the attack and is hit for a straight boundary by Kohli. He gets a quick double and then scores another boundary with a lovely cut to beat the third man fielder. Dhawan then punishes Henriques for a poor delivery outside the off-stump. He collects a boundary past point to finish the over with 15 runs.
Clint McKay gets rid of Rohit Sharma! Lazy, lazy cricket here from Rohit. He doesn’t get to the pitch of the ball and tries to play an aerial stroke on the off-side but can only manage an outside edge straight to Haddin behind the stumps. McKay had given Rohit a six off the first ball but has finished with the last laugh. Suresh Raina walked out.
India: 2/0 | Overs 1 | Dhawan 0*, Rohit 1*
Shane Watson has been handed the new ball first up. He starts with a lovely ball to Rohit Sharma, opening up the Indian opener. Hint of late movement there. Watson gets the next delivery to beat Rohit’s bat from outside the off-stump. Excellent first over from Watson. Just two runs from the over.
Ishant Sharma started with a well-disguised slower ball which ends up as a dot ball. Coulter-Nile plays a wild swing in the next delivery and gets a couple. Good variation from Ishant coupled with excellent fielding from Suresh Raina prevents a certain boundary. Faulkner gets a six off the final delivery to take Australia past the 200-run mark.
Slower ball seems to be the trick on this wicket. Vinay Kumar takes the pace off the ball and keeps Faulkner from going for the big shots.Coulter-Nile, however, beats the point fielder and gets a boundary.Vinay Kumar finishes with a good over. Eight runs from it.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes again. He has his fourth wicket of the game. Henriques fails to read the slower deliver and goes through with his shot. He mistimes and the leading edge is taken by Yuvraj. Six runs and a wicket from the over.
Australia: 176/6 | Overs 17 | Henriques 8*, Coulter-Nile 1* OUT! Finch 88 (52) This is a game of uncertainties! Finch, who has been whacking everything bowled to him has been dismissed off a full toss.Vinay Kumar deserves credit for latching onto a return catch off his bowling. Finch’s sparkling innings comes to an end. He departs for 89 off 52 balls. The physio is out nursing Vinay’s left hand. Replays suggest it could have had a bearing on the webbing between a couple of fingers.Nathan Coulter-Nile comes out.Kumar bowls a slower one to the new comer who is happy to take a single.
Is Finch eyeing another ton in this format of the game? Looks so at the moment. He welcomes Ishant with two fours in two balls and gets a single off the third ball. Ishant gets his third boundary of the over.
Jadeja strikes. Trust the man to get India the most vital breakthrough. Maxwell goes for another big hit over long on but he can’t clear the tall Ishant Sharma who does well to stay inside the ropes after taking it on the edge. Much needed wicket for India.
India’s Sohail Tanvir Virat Kohli comes in to bowl. Kohli’s medium pace was brought in, in the hope of not keeping Maxwell from going a six-hitting frenzy. Unfortunately, for Dhoni, Maxwell picks him up to get his fourth six. Ten runs from the over.
Ashwin is back and he bowls from around the wicket to Finch who sweeps a poor delivery down the leg behind square. That boundary brings up Finch’s half-century. Ashwin continues to bowl down the leg.Ashwin’s off day continued as Maxwell got under a full delivery and tonked it over deep midwicket. He followed that up with another maximum, this time over mid-wicket. Jokes on the million dollar baby, anyone?
Ashwin bowls a waist height full-toss with a stop-and-deliver action but Maxwell whacks it over midwicket. 24 runs from the over.
Australia: 90/3 | Overs 9 | Finch 46*, Maxwell 2*
Jadeja follows up a good over from Vinay Kumar with another tight one. Only four runs from it.
Vinay Kumar sends back Shane Watson and George Bailey!Watson was not happy as he walked back but replays show there was no inside edge. The ball had struck him in line on the back pad and the umpire’s finger went up right away. Skipper George Bailey walked out next and perished off his third delivery in a bid to continue the aggression. He hit the ball straight to Jadeja at deep midwicket.Glenn Maxwell walks out.
Australia: 82/1 | Overs 7 | Finch 41*, Watson 6*
Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. He starts with a teasing delivery to Watson who looks set to slog sweep it but misses by an inch or two. Finch, meanwhile, is busy dispatching the ball all around the park. Jadeja bowls a delivery outside the off-stump and Finch manages to play away from the body and still have ball sail over the deep cover boundary.
Australia: 74/1 | Overs 6 | Finch 34*, Watson 5*
Ishant continues. Another stroke-filled over as Finch gets three boundaries from it. 14 runs from the over.
Australia’s fifty comes up but this has to be the best over for India so far. Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes to get rid of the aggressive Maddinson. The 21-year-old goes for 34 off 16. 12 runs and a wicket from the over.
Maddinson starts the over with a huge six over deep midwicket. 21-year-old Maddinson is giving an astute Dhoni a lot of headache here. A classy pull shot follows to give Australia 10 runs off the first two deliveries. Under the current circumstances, this is a good comeback from Ishant. He gives only two runs in the remaining four deliveries.
Well, Maddison seems like a man on a mission! MS Dhoni brings in Ravichandran Ashwin and Maddison comes down the track to get a boundary over covers off the first delivery. Poor bowling from Ashwin here. He bowls a short delivery to Finch who gives himself some room and plays it to the point boundary. Ashwin varied his line but Finch has enough time to move away from his leg stump and slam it through the same area again. Nightmarish start for Ashwin as he ends his final over with a poor delivery outside off-stump which is hit over the top on the off-side. 17 runs from the over.
Vinay Kumar starts off from the other end.Maddinson gets his second boundary of the innings. Its a poor back of the length delivery and the left-hander played it over covers.Vinay Kumar bowls a slower delivery but it is full and Maddison plays it over behind the point fielder.What a good surface this turning out to be. 10 runs from the over.
Australia: 9/0 | Overs 1 | Finch 5*, Maddinson 4*
Aaron Finch starts with a shot over the in-field. It was an inswinger from Bhuvneshwar Kumar but there was way too much time for Finch to swing his bat. Good change of pace from Bhuvneshwar. He will be the key for India. It’s a flat deck and lack of variation will give away lot of runs. Maddinson too is off with a boundary.
International cricket is back after a brief period of club-vs-club cricket but at the moment, an entire nation is busy grappling with the news of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from Test cricket after he plays his 200th game in November. However, like a wise man had once said, the show must go on. For the moment the focus should be in Rajkot and a certain comeback man, Yuvraj Singh. This is what he had tweeted earlier today:
Australia: Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nic Maddinson, James Faulkner, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty
Welcome to the live coverage of the only Twenty International between India and Australia at Rajkot. I am Prakash Govindasreenivasanbringing you over-by-over updates of the match. It’s a really flat deck and one can expect a high-scoring match here. The bowlers are likely to run for cover. There were some threats of rain here but no problems with the weather as of now.