Certainly a huge morale-boosting win for the Australians in the first One-Day Internationals. They not only played the top-ranked India in all departments, but also showed that despite missing some of their key players, they will put up a big fight. Indians lacked a big knock in the middle, and perhaps left it for too late.
MS Dhoni is cleaned up by Clint McKay! The Indian skipper fails to read a slower delivery once again as McKay has delivered a body blow to the Indians. Dhoni’s off-stump is knocked out and also India’s hopes to win the game.
Ravindra Jadeja is out! Faulkner drops it short, the left-hander pulls but ends up mistiming it. George Bailey takes a good catch at mid-on as India slip further. They now need 112 runs to win from 60 balls. R Ashwin has come out to the middle, and the Indians will pray that the batsman plays a knock similar to what he played for the Chennai Super Kings a few days ago in the CLT20 2013 semi-final.
India 191/5 | Overs 39 | Jadeja 11*, Dhoni 17*
Clint McKay foxes the Indian batsmen with three slow deliveries first up in the over — off which they fail to score. Jadeja, however, gets hold of a wide delivery outside the off stump, which he sends flying over the fielders on off side. Seven runs come off the 39th over.
India 184/5 | Overs 38 | Jadeja 5*, Dhoni 17*
Faulkner continues to trouble the Indian batsmen as the Aussie bowler has now delivered twi good overs in the batting powerplay. India now need 121 runs to win in 12 overs.
India 181/5 | Overs 37 | Jadeja 4*, Dhoni 15*
MS Dhoni starts off with a boundary on the first ball and hits another on the second last. Indians desperate to get some quick runs now. 10 runs scored off Watson’s eighth.
India 171/5 | Overs 36 | Jadeja 4*, Dhoni 6*
India need some quick runs now. Faulkner keeps it tight once again as the hosts batsmen collect only four runs in that over. India need 134 runs from 14 overs now.
Kohli mistimes a pull shot off Watson as the ball falls once again in no-man’s land off the third delivery. But his stay at the crease is ended soon by Watson, who traps him in front of the wickets on the next as Kohli played across the line. Australia are in complete command now.
India 164/4 | Overs 34 | Kohli 59*, Dhoni 6*
The required run-rate is nearning nine per over now. Doherty is continuing to surprise with tight bowling as India get another four runs off him. India now need 141 runs to win from 96 balls.
India 160/4 | Overs 33 | Kohli 57*, Dhoni 4*
Shane Watson has been one of the good performers with the ball for Australia. Only five runs come off his sixth over in the game.
India have never successfully chased a target above 300 against Australia. Will they fail again today? Or a MS Dhoni blitz will take them home?
India 155/4 | Overs 32 | Kohli 55*, Dhoni 1*
Doherty, who was punished by the Indian batsmen so far, bowls a maiden! India need some momentum after losing wickets in quick succession.
India 155/4 | Overs 31 | Kohli 55*, Dhoni 1*
Kohli gets a boundary off Johnson’s first ball of his seventh over as the Indians manage only five off it. The run-rate is now nearing eight an over.
India 150/4 | Overs 30 | Kohli 50*, Dhoni 1*
Kohli completes his half-century as Indian batsmen manage only two runs off Doherty’s sixth over of the game.
Impressive captaincy by the Tasmanian Bailey. Once again gets Mitchell Johnson into the attack against a batsman who is not comfortable against short bowling. This time it was Yuvraj Singh and he is back in the pavilion. After a slow bouncer that Yuvraj lets go, Johnson gets an edge that flies straight to the stand-in ‘keeper Hughes, off a delivery that was 151.6 kmph. India in trouble now, needing 158 runs from 21 overs.
MS Dhoni is the new man in. And yes, Brad Haddin is back on the field.
Wicket! Needless shot as one could say — Raina tries to hit over the leg side, but gets a leading edge and Doherty gets something to cheer about with a catch at thirdman. In-form, Yuvraj Singh is in, and he gets off the mark with a six over the midwicket region through an edge that flies 71 meters.
India 135/2 | Overs 27 | Kohli 45*, Raina 37*
Kohli clobbers it towards the covers as the two Indian batsmen are looking comparatively more at ease now. Raina survives a close chance of run out as he comes into the crease sliding while trying to sneak a run through point. Six runs scored off that over.
India 129/2 | Overs 26 | Kohli 40*, Raina 36*
Faulkner’s fourth over of the match gets four runs to the Indians, who now need 174 runs to win from 144 balls with eight wickets in hand.
India 125/2 | Overs 25 | Kohli 38*, Raina 34*
Raina once again comes down the track and hits a six straight above Doherty’s head. The Indians are scoring freely against the specialist Australian spinner — an area which the tourists need to address.
India 114/2 | Overs 24 | Kohli 36*, Raina 25*
Kohli pulls for a boundary off Faulkner as the Indians add eight runs to their total.
India 106/2 | Overs 23 | Kohli 31*, Raina 23*
Doherty is on from the other end and his fifth over yields five runs for India. The Aussie spinner has so far been somewhat ineffective with 32 runs coming off his five overs. India now need 199 runs to win from 162 balls.
India 101/2 | Overs 22 | Kohli 29*, Raina 20*
Adam Voges is introduced into the attack and Kohli banks on the opportunity to score off a part-timer. The Indian batsman cracks two boundaries to help his side cross the 100-run mark in the 22nd over of the game.
India 92/2 | Overs 21 | Kohli 21*, Raina 19*
Raina dances down the track to slam a boundary after a very, very long time, off Doherty. However, the left-handed is lucky as a leading edge falls in no-man’s land. All this was after he was dropped by James Faulkner at extra cover.
India 87/2 | Overs 20 | Kohli 21*, Raina 14*
Watson is continuing the good work for his side as he allows only two runs to be taken off from his fifth over of the game.
India 85/2 | Overs 19 | Kohli 20*, Raina 13*
Suresh Raina directs a ball down the leg side for boundary off Mitchell Johnson to get some momentum. On the penultimate ball of the over, Phil Hughes does well to stop the ball going past him to the boundary after Kohli got a thick inside edge. Brad Haddin is still off the field.
India 79/2 | Overs 18 | Kohli 19*, Raina 8*
Things have slowed down a bit for India since Rohit Sharma’s dismissal. Only 12 runs have been scored while the asking rate is now more than six-and-a-half. India need a further 226 runs from 32 overs, but for that, they’ll need big innings from some of their top-order batsmen. Only one run comes off Watson’s fourth over of the game.
India 78/2 | Overs 17 | Kohli 19*, Raina 7*
Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack and troubles both Raina and Kohli with his line and pace. Only three runs taken from that over.
India 75/2 | Overs 16 | Kohli 19*, Raina 5*
Watson keeps it tight as the Indian batsmen manage only three runs off the 16th over of their chase.
India 72/2 | Overs 15 | Kohli 18*, Raina 3*
Indian batsmen scramble for six singles off Doherty. The hosts now need 233 runs to win from 33 overs. It’s time for drinks break.
Big wicket! Watson, who has a knack of providing big breakthroughs gets Rohit Sharma caught by Phil Hughes behind the wicket. Rohit tries to cut a delivery that was rising up, but gets an edge and Hughes does well to grab the chance. Suresh Raina walks in.
India 65/1 | Overs 13 | Kohli 14*, Rohit 42*
Doherty returns and gives away only four runs in the second over of his spell.
India 61/1 | Overs 12 | Kohli 12*, Rohit 40*
Shane Watson is introduced in the attack and the former Australian vice-captain begins on an impressive note by giving away only six runs.Sloppy work by Australian fielders allows Indian batsmen to take one more run with an over-throw. Brad Haddin is still off the field.
India 55/1 | Overs 11 | Kohli 8*, Rohit 38*
Kohli gets going with a fine cut shot off Xavier Doherty and Rohit signs off with a brilliant shot past the slip as the Indians seem to be picking up after the early loss of Dhawan. India now need 250 runs from 39 overs.
India 43/1 | Overs 10 | Kohli 3*, Rohit 31*
Just two runs scored off McKay in the 10th over of the chase.
India 41/1 | Overs 9 | Kohli 2*, Rohit 30*
Rohit tries to provide India a much-needed momentum with two shots for boundaries, but not convincing enough. Rohit hits in the air over the long off on the first ball off Faulkner and on the third plays a stroke across the line towards midwicket for another four. The stylish batsman signs off with another four off the last ball — a flick towards the fine leg boundary. 12 runs scored off that over.
India 29/1 | Overs 8 | Kohli 2*, Rohit 18*
McKay keeps up the good work for the Australians as only one run scored in the eighth over.
Sloppy work from Australia to give away four runs through over throw on the first ball. But on the next, Brad Haddin takes an easy catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan off James Faulkner. But amid the celebration, Faulkner accidently hurts Haddin’s eye. All this results in a long delay, and the ‘keeper walks off the field after failing to collect the next ball left alone by Virat Kohli.
Phil Hughes dons the gloves for the Aussies now.
India 22/0 | Overs 6 | Dhawan 3*, Rohit 17*
Lucky, very lucky for Rohit Sharma. McKay makes him move forward to play, gets an edge and the ball races away to the boundary between the ‘keeper and the first slip fielder Shane Watson. Mitchell Johnson cuts a likely boundary at the fine-leg boundary as the Indians seems to be picking up after a slow start.
India 15/0 | Overs 5 | Dhawan 2*, Rohit 11*
Johnson continues to bowl fierce pace as Indians look to be struggling at the moment. Rohit breaks the shackles with a superb cover drive, as seven runs are scored off the fifth over of the game.
India 8/0 | Overs 4 | Dhawan 2*, Rohit 5*
The Australians have begun on a positive note to defend a strong total. McKay, after being wayward in his first over, returns to trouble the Indians as they manage only one run in that over.
India 7/0 | Overs 3 | Dhawan 2*, Rohit 4*
Johnson keeps it tight as Rohit Sharma manages only one run off the third over in India’s chase.
India 6/0 | Overs 2 | Dhawan 2*, Rohit 3*
Clint McKay hasn’t found is line. He starts with a wayward delivery outside off.Four runs off the over.
India 2/0 | Overs 1 | Dhawan 1*, Rohit 1*
Mitchell Johnson is bowling in full pace recording more than 152 kmph twice. Just two off the over.
Australia recovered well after crawling for 14/0 in the first six overs to post a daunting target of 305 against a star-studded Indian batting line-up. Phil Hughes was unfortunate to miss out on a half-century, but the form of Aaron Finch is proving crucial for the depleted Australian side. George Bailey chipped in well for Michael Clarke with the bat, but will his captaincy inspire the tourists to take lead in this ODI series? Stay tuned to find more.
Australia 304/8 | Overs 50 | Johnson 9*, McKay 11*OUT! Faulkner 27(22) | Overs 49.2
Clint McKay takes Australia past 300 in just two hits! Ishant is punished for being wayward and short as McKay pulls it for four, and clears the long on boundary on the next ball to take Australia to 304. Earlier in the over, Faulkner was caught by R Vinay Kumar.
Australia 291/7 | Overs 49 | Johnson 9*, Faulkner 25*
Mitchell Johnson hits down the ground to collect another four runs on the third ball for his side after Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t allow them to score easy runs. Johnson hits another boundary off the penultimate ball of the over to make it nine from the over.
Australia 282/7 | Overs 48 | Johnson 1*, Faulkner 24*
James Faulkner slams back-to-back sixes off Vinay Kumar to raise Australia’s hopes of getting a huge total. 16 runs come from the 48th over.
Australia 265/7 | Overs 47 | Johnson 0*, Faulkner 8*OUT! Bailey 85(82) | Overs 46.3
Bailey falls after a briliant knock of 85 off 82 balls, studded with 10 boundaries. The Australian captain tries to clear the midwicket boundary but is caught near the ropes by Suresh Raina.
Australia 259/6 | Overs 46 | Bailey 81*, Faulkner 6*
The Australian captain is adding some very crucial runs for his side. After scrambling for five runs on the first five balls, Bailey gets a boundary on the last ball off Vinay Kumar to take the run count to nine.
Australia 251/6 | Overs 45 | Bailey 75*, Faulkner 4*
Bailey gets a boundary off Ashwin as Australia add another seven runs to their total. Australia will be gunning to take their score near to the 300-run mark.
Australia 244/6 | Overs 44 | Bailey 69*, Faulkner 3*
Bailey punishes Bhuvneshwar Kumar for being too short with two good pull strokes for four. 10 runs scored from that over.
Ashwin gets the reward for being tight in his line as he traps Haddin in front of the wickets to get the sixth wicket of the innings. Only four runs scored.
Australia 230/5 | Overs 42 | Bailey 58*, Haddin 10*
Another brillilant over by Ravindra Jadeja as Australian batsmen scramble for just three runs.
Australia 227/5 | Overs 41 | Bailey 56*, Haddin 9*
R Ashwin continues the good wok from the other end as only three runs are scored in the 41st over.
Australia 224/5 | Overs 40 | Bailey 54*, Haddin 8*
Brad Haddin gets going with two boundaries off R Vinay Kumar in the 40th over of the game. Yuvraj Singh dives to his right at the point position but the ball was quick to go past him, getting Haddin his first boundary. The Aussie batsman then cracks a fine cover drive to score the another boundary.
Australia 215/5 | Overs 39 | Bailey 53*, Haddin 0*
Impressive over by Ravindra Jadeja as only one run is scored off him.
Maxwell is out after some clean and impressive hitting. The right-handed batsman clobbers a low full toss on the middle and leg stump over the square leg boundary to provide Australia some momentum in the batting powerplay. Vinay Kumar is punished further in the over for bowling a wide delivery which is sent over the ropes on the off-side. But the bowler has the last laugh as he gets Maxwell caught by Rohit Sharma.
Australia 200/4 | Overs 37 | Bailey 51*, Maxwell 18*
Australian captain George Bailey meanwhile completes a quick half-century. Ashwin is punished for putting a full-toss outside the leg stump, and Maxwell lofts it for a six over the deep square leg region. 12 runs come off it. Australia bring up their 200 runs.
Australia 188/4 | Overs 36 | Bailey 48*, Maxwell 9*
Australia take the mandatory batting powerplay. Only three singles come off R Vinay Kumar’s over.
Australia 185/4 | Overs 35 | Bailey 46*, Maxwell 8*
Australian batsmen are struggling to find the gaps. Maxwell lofts the ball on the leg to take a single. A quite over. Just three runs from the over.
Australia 182/4 | Overs 34 | Bailey 44*, Maxwell 7*
Maxwell doesn’t waste time as he makes his intentions clears. He smashes a boundary off the third ball of the over.
Australia 174/4 | Overs 33 | Bailey 42*, Maxwell 1*
Just two runs off the over. Australia’s innings is struttering after a brilliant start.
There goes another! Absolutely poor from Watson who had all the time in the world to put up a good score. Watson leans forward to hit Yuvraj Singh in the air, and the fielder at long on takes a simple catch to send back the experienced Aussie batsman.
OUT! Ravindra Jadeja gets the first breakthrough for the home side. Phil Hughes plays it down the leg side and Suresh Raina takes a sharp catch at the leg slip. Hughes misses out on a well-deserved half-century. The dangerous Shane Watson walks in.
Virat Kohli is introduced into the attack and Finch plays a late cut to complete his half-century, and Australia cross the 100-run mark without any loss. It has been a terrific recovery from the tourists after crawling to only 14 runs off the first six overs. Finch continues to play strokes as the second last ball of the over is slammed over the covers for six. India are in pressure now.
Finch cuts through the point region as he inches closer to his consecutive half-century on this tour, after an impressive outing in the one-off Twenty20 match at Rajkot. Australia batsmen take a risky single on the fourth ball of the game, with Hughes making it on time while Suresh Raina missing a direct hit.
Finch smashes a six off Ashwin’s first ball over the deep midwicket area and on the fifth, gets a boundary through the point region as the Aussies add another 10 runs to their totals. Indians need a wicket to pull back things.
Virat Kohli provides a lifeline to Phil Hughes! Ishant gets some extra bounce on a delivery that was outside the off stump, Hughes slashed hard and Kohli, who was standing at point, dropped a catch which he seldom misses. Finch adds insult to the injury for the Indians with two consecutive boundaries as the Australians add 10 runs in the 12th over.
Hughes is leading Australia’s charge as he gets a boundary from the deep square leg region off Ishant Sharma’s first ball of the 10th over. The Australians cross the 50-run mark as eight runs come from the over.
Australia 42/0 | Overs 9 | Hughes 23* , Finch 17*
Hughes gets another boundary through the cover on the up off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the Australian batsman add another six runs to their total.
Australia 37/0 | Overs 8 | Hughes 18* , Finch 16*
Now Hughes gets into the groove with two impressive strokes off Vinay Kumar. The left-handed batsman thrashes one way outside the off stump over through point and ends the over with a pull shot to collect another boundary at the deep square leg area.
Australia 29/0 | Overs 7 | Hughes 10* , Finch 16*
Finch shrugs off a slow start and clobbers two boundaries and a six as 15 runs come off Bhuvneshwar’s fourth over of the match. FInch clears the mid-on boundary to hit the first six of the game on the third ball, cracks a four through covers on the next and ends the over with a boundary on the mid-on region.
Australia 14/0 | Overs 6 | Hughes 9* , Finch 2*
The Indian bowlers have been very impressive so far. They have given no room for the Aussie batsmen to play their strokes, and supported well by the fielders they have kept things quiet. Only one run in Vinay Kumar’s third over of the game.
Australia 13/0 | Overs 5 | Hughes 9* , Finch 2*
Bhuvneshwar makes two appeals for leg before against Aaron Finch but the ball was going down the leg side on both the occasions. The Indian seamer continues to trouble the right-handed Aussie opener by keeping the ball on the middle and leg stump.
Australia 11/0 | Overs 4 | Hughes 8* , Finch 2*
Hughes cracks a fine boundary through the cover region to hit the first boundary of the game, on the fourth ball of Vinay Kumar. Earlier in the over the left-handed Aussie opener collected three runs in the same area.
Australia 3/0 | Overs 3 | Hughes 1* , Finch 1*
Bhuvneshwar continues to trouble the Australian batsman with his swing and late movement as the third over of the game is a maiden. The tourists must now be looking for few quick runs after a slow start.
Australia 3/0 | Overs 2 | Hughes 1* , Finch 1*
Two singles off R Vinay Kumar’s first over of the game as Indians begun on a positive note at Pune.
Australia 1/0 | Overs 1 | Hughes 1* , Finch 0*
Confident start by Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as only one single taken in the first over of the game.
Australian skipper George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat against India in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Pune.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune is making its ODI debut with this fixture. The only other international game to be played there was the T20 between India and England in 2012.
India : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
Australia : Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the ODI series between India and Australia 2013-14. The first of the seven-match series will begin in sometime and mark the ODI debut of the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune. I am Devarchit Varma and I will bring you the over-by-over updates.
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