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Oct 16, 2013
India: 362/1 | Overs 43.3 | Rohit 141*, Kohli 100* [India win by 9 wickets]
ITS ALL OVER! INDIA CHASE DOWN 359 to enter record books! This is now the second highest successful run chase in ODIs. Credit to all the batsmen, with a special mention for Rohit Sharma who finished unbeaten on 141 off just 123 deliveries. Virat Kohli went berserk with his 52-ball century, the fastest by an Indian in ODIs. It also happens to be his 16th ODI for Kohli. India have scaled down what looked like an impossible mountain. A lot of credit is also due to Shikhar Dhawan who scored 95. India have leveled the ODI series 1-1 in thumping style. Hard luck for Bailey and Co. who were completely blown away in the second half of the game.
India: 348/1 | Overs 43 | Rohit 127*, Kohli 100* [India need 12 runs to win from 48 balls]
Kohli scores the fastest century by an Indian! What a hand he has played here. From the time he walked out, it was all about aggression for him. Nine runs from the over.
India: 339/1 | Overs 42 | Rohit 125*, Kohli 93* [India need 21 runs to win from 48 balls]
Maxwell introduced and he straightaway comes around the wicket. Kohli, who is clearly in a hurry to finish this run chase, hits him for a six over the cow corner. Kohli noticed that there was no protection in the deep on the off-side. He hits it over the in-field.
India: 325/1 | Overs 41 | Rohit 123*, Kohli 81* [India need 35 runs to win from 54 balls]
Doherty comes in and is taken apart immediately. Kohli jumps out of the crease and plays an exquisite inside out shot to the boundary. Only one more run is taken from the over.
India: 320/1 | Overs 40 | Rohit 123*, Kohli 76* [India need 40 runs to win from 60 balls]
Johnson bowls at 90 miles an hour and Kohli sends it back with equal brutality past the cover fielder for four. Rohit then takes over and gets three boundaries. First, with Johnson going for the yorker and bowling slightly outside the off-stump, Rohit placed it behind point. He then hits one through extra cover and follows it up with one through mid-off. 18 runs taken from the over. India are just 40 runs away from the second highest successful chase in ODI history.
India: 302/1 | Overs 39 | Rohit 111*, Kohli 71* [India need 58 runs to win from 66 balls]
Faulkner continues. In the current flow, a good over for the visitors? Eight runs from it. It also brings up the 300 for India.
India: 294/1 | Overs 38 | Rohit 105*, Kohli 69* [India need 66 runs to win from 72 balls]
And with that boundary through cover point, Rohit Sharma has probably scored one of his most important ton — his third in ODIs. What a wonderful knock it has been so far. This is also his ton as an opener, sending a message to the selectors, perhaps. Johnson has lost his rhythm and bowls one down the leg that runs away for five wides.He was aiming for a yorker there. 13 runs from the over. The asking rate has gone below six runs an over. India are on the cusp of a historic win here.
India: 281/1 | Overs 37 | Rohit 99*, Kohli 68* [India need 79 runs to win from 78 balls]
Faulkner bowls. Rohit hits him for two boundaries, the first of which is a cover drive that should be watched over and over again if you are an aspiring batsman. The confidence of having played that, helped him slice the next delivery to the boundary behind point. 10 runs from the over. Rohit just one short of his third ODI ton.
India: 271/1 | Overs 36 | Rohit 90*, Kohli 68* [India need 89 runs to win from 84 balls]
The powerplay period begins. I doubt this duo even need this. Mitchell Johnson is into the attack. Kohli picks up two consecutive boundaries — one through short fine leg and the other between mid-wicket and mid-on. Nine runs from the over.
India: 262/1 | Overs 35 | Rohit 90*, Kohli 58* [India need 98 runs to win from 90 balls]
Faulkner bowls, Rohit hits. It’s just been a pattern all day. Nine runs from the over. The asking rate is well within reach now. India need 98 runs to get from 90 deliveries. Unreal chasing, this.
India: 253/1 | Overs 34 | Rohit 84*, Kohli 56* [India need 107 runs to win from 16 overs]
27-ball 50 for Kohli! What a run chase this is turning out to be. These two batsmen are making 359 look simple. Kohli gets his fifty and then goes on to slam a six off the over to take 10 runs from it.
India: 243/1 | Overs 33 | Rohit 83*, Kohli 47* [India need 117 runs to win from 17 overs]
Bailey puts his faith in McKay and gives him another over. It doesn’t exactly pay off as Kohli continues his onslaught to get a four through covers. The over ends with a sensational one-handed six from Rohit as 13 runs are collected from this over.
India: 230/1 | Overs 32 | Rohit 77*, Kohli 40* [India need 130 runs to win from 18 overs]
Watson replaces Doherty but Kohli gives him the same treatment. He slams a six off the second delivery over which is dug in short by Watson. Kohli stays in his crease and hits it over deep mid- wicket. He then comes down the wicket, makes room and hits it through covers for a four. 12 runs from the over.
India: 218/1 | Overs 31 | Rohit 76*, Kohli 29* [India need 142 runs to win from 19 overs]
Oh boy! That does not look good. Rohit Sharma hits McKay for a six over mid-wicket but is down with what seems like a hamstring pull. Turn away if you’re an Indian fan because this is not looking good at all. The recent rules regarding by-runner could force Rohit to go off retired hurt. He is carrying on but its not going to be easy. Kohli, meanwhile, is busy planting sixes all over the ground. He picks up an over-pitched delivery and hits it over long-off to take 14 runs from the over.
India: 204/1 | Overs 30 | Rohit 69*, Kohli 22* [India need 156 runs to win from 20 overs]
Doherty returns in the hope of keeping the scoring under check but now has Kohli to bowl to who launches him for a six. It takes India past the 200-run mark. 10 runs from the over.
India: 194/1 | Overs 29 | Rohit 67*, Kohli 14* [India need 166 runs to win from 21 overs]
The wicket-taker James Faulkner continues and Kohli picks up a four a six off it to up the scoring rate. 11 runs from the over.
India: 179/1 | Overs 28 | Rohit 66*, Kohli 4* [India need 177 runs to win from 22 overs]
Johnson comes around the wicket. With Dhawan’s departure, he has just four runs to give away. This is what Anjum Chopra had to say about Dhawan:
Super knock comes to a sad end. Shikhar dhawan was outstanding with his stroke play. Unlucky to miss a 100 today. #superbknock
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) October 16, 2013
India: 179/1 | Overs 27 | Rohit 64*, Kohli 2* OUT! Dhawan 95 (86)
What a break for Australia! Dhawan goes! A brave knock comes to an end. Wonder what he could have done had he played on till the end. It’s caught Haddin bowled Faulkner, minus the eye poking today.
India: 176/0 | Overs 26 | Rohit 63*, Dhawan 95* [India need 184 runs to win from 24 overs]
Against the run of play, Johnson has bowled a good over. Only three runs taken from it.
India: 173/0 | Overs 25 | Rohit 62*, Dhawan 93* [India need 187 runs to win from 25 overs]
Dhawan is turning it on here! Watson comes back and is welcomed by Dhawan with a dance down the tack and boundary through covers.Watson bowls short and Dhawan pulls it behind square. He is in a mood to cut and pull and drive anything that is bowled to him. Another over with nine runs from it. India are slowly creeping their way towards Australia’s total.
Johnson comes back into the attack and bowls a short delivery that goes to Dhawan at waist level. The in-form South paw pulls it to the square leg boundary. Johnson does well to vary the pace and fox to Dhawan for a couple of swing-and-a-miss attempts but Dhawan gets another boundary, this time slightly behind square. Nine runs from the over.
India: 155/0 | Overs 23 | Rohit 62*, Dhawan 76*
Dhawan punishes Faulkner and gets two fours in the first two deliveries to put pressure on him. He however, has only three more runs to offer from the remaining four deliveries.
India: 144/0 | Overs 22 | Rohit 61*, Dhawan 68*
Doherty continues to bowl his sixth over. After giving away just four singles in the first five balls, he bowls one loose delivery which is swept to the boundary by Rohit.
India: 136/0 | Overs 21 | Rohit 55*, Dhawan 64*
James Faulkner comes in to bowl. Dhawan continues to go down the track and find a way to guide the ball to the cover boundary. Four more runs are taken from the remaining over.
Dhawan gets his fifty too! It comes off a lovely late cut from the southpaw off Doherty. He follows it up with another four covers. 10 runs from the over.
India: 118/0 | Overs 19 | Rohit 53*, Dhawan 48*
Maxwell continues but bowls one down the leg side which Haddin can’t stop from reaching the fine leg fence. Only two more runs come from the over.
India: 111/0 | Overs 18 | Rohit 52*, Dhawan 47*
Doherty continues and Rohit gets a boundary to bring up his half-century. Six runs from the over as the opening partnership goes up to the nelson number.
India: 105/0 | Overs 17 | Rohit 47*, Dhawan 46*
Rohit breaks the shackles finally! He comes down the track and hoicks it over long-on for a six. 100 comes up for India. Yet only seven runs from the over.
India: 98/0 | Overs 16 | Rohit 40*, Dhawan 46*
Doherty continues to strangle the two batsmen at the wicket. They can only take three runs from the over. This Doherty-Maxwell spell could go on to be vital for Australia at the end.
India: 95/0 | Overs 15 | Rohit 38*, Dhawan 45*
What a period this for Australia. Maxwell continues and gives away only two runs in his over.
India: 93/0 | Overs 14 | Rohit 37*, Dhawan 44*
The runs have dried up as Doherty continues. Dhawan survives a close stumping call. He is riding his luck today. Another over of just four runs from it.
India: 89/0 | Overs 13 | Rohit 35*, Dhawan 42*
Spin from both ends as Glenn Maxwell is brought on. He manages to keep both Rohit and Dhawan from playing the big shots. Just four runs from the over
India: 85/0 | Overs 12 | Rohit 34*, Dhawan 39*
Xavier Doherty brought into the attack. He starts well. Only five runs from his over.
India: 80/0 | Overs 11 | Rohit 31*, Dhawan 37*
Watson continues and comes around the wicket to Dhawan. The previous over onslaught has impacted his rhythm. He gives away 11 runs.
India: 69/0 | Overs 10 | Rohit 29*, Dhawan 34*
Now Rohit gets into the act! He hits one over the mid-wicket boundary for a four . He then reads McKay’s slower delivery which is full and picks up a boundary over covers. 12 runs come from the over. India have 69 for no loss on the board in 10 overs.
India: 57/0 | Overs 9 | Rohit 17*, Dhawan 34*
Dhawan is making use of the dropped catch! He comes down the wicket and gets three fours in the first three balls — first over mid-wicket and the next two through point. Dhawan comes down the wicket again but can only get a single. 14 runs come from the over.
India: 43/0 | Overs 8 | Rohit 15*, Dhawan 18*
Dhawan gets a reprieve! He comes down the wicket in the hope to play over the mid-wicket. However, a top-edge goes high up in the air. Brad Haddin calls for it but fails to hold on to it. Just four runs from the over.
India: 39/0 | Overs 7 | Rohit 15*, Dhawan 18*
Shane Watson brought into the attack. He had a good time with the bat and has started well with the ball too. Just one run from it.
India: 38/0 | Overs 6 | Rohit 14*, Dhawan 18*
Shikhar Dhawan comes down the track and hits one through to the cover boundary. He does the same on the following delivery but gets only a couple of runs. Dhawan shuffles a bit in the crease during McKay run up and guides a length delivery on the leg side for couple of more runs. He then comes down the track for a swing-and-a-miss of the next delivery. Eight runs from it.
India: 30/0 | Overs 5 | Rohit 14*, Dhawan 10*
Johnson starts off with a wide down the leg side. He comes around the wicket to Rohit. The Indian opener unleashes what can be called the perfect cover drive — front foot goes to the pitch of the ball, the back foot planted firmly on the toes and the chin positioned well — this is straight out of the coachin manual. Six runs from the over.
Clint McKay offers some width to Rohit who slashes at it. The ball is hit over the in-field to the boundary behind point. He then hits one straight over the in-field off a length delivery from McKay. Eight runs from the over.
India: 16/0 | Overs 3 | Rohit 2*, Dhawan 9*
Mitchell Johnson has absolutely nothing to give away. Add to that, pace in excess of 150 kmph. Johnson finishes the over with a short delivery that is pulled well by Shikhar Dhawan to the mid-wicket boundary. Seven from the over.
Clint McKay starts off from the other end. Five runs taken from the over.
India: 4/0 | Overs 1 | Rohit 0*, Dhawan 0*
Mitchell Johnson starts off with a ball down the leg side and runs down to the fine leg boundary. The next ball almost gets rid of Rohit Sharma as it goes through his bat and pad and takes his thigh on the way to the wicketkeeper. A big should for both leg before wicket as well as caught behind is turned down. A good start for Johnson. Just four from it.
Australia: 359/5 | Overs 50 | Bailey 92*, Haddin 1*
Australia post 359 for five in 50 overs
The final over from Ishant fetches 12 runs for Australia as they finish on a mammoth total of 359. Bailey finishes with an unbeaten 92 off just 50 deliveries to guide his side to an enormous score against what has been an inept bowling performance from the hosts. For the first time in ODIs, all of the top five batsmen have scored 50 or more. It is going to be a herculean task for India. If the wicket has some pace and swing, India might be out of the tie very soon. Will be interesting to see how India start this chase.
Australia: 347/5 | Overs 49 | Bailey 81*, Haddin 0* OUT! Voges 11 (8)
Ten runs and a wicket come from the penultimate over as Voges tries to go for a reverse scoop and hits it straight to the fielder.
Bailey just cannot stop hitting through the cover region, can he? Bhuvneshwar Kumar, despite that boundary, has been Dhoni’s most economical option on a bad day like this. However, his final over has a few runs in it as Voges gets behind the ball and gets a six. 15 runs from the over.
Australia: 322/4 | Overs 47 | Bailey 65*, Voges 2*
Ashwin returns. He brings his ‘pause and deliver’ bowling stride and gets spanked for a six. Ashwin then bowls one slightly outside the off-stump but Bailey comes down and hits it through covers.
Australia: 309/4 | Overs 46 | Bailey 54*, Voges 1* OUT! Maxwell 53 (32)
Now Maxwell’s half-century comes up. But a phenomenal partnership comes to an end due to miscommunication. They have added 95 runs off just 50 deliveries for the fourth wicket. Bailey walks back for 53 off 33 balls. Adam Voges walks out.
Australia: 302/3 | Overs 45 | Bailey 52*, Maxwell 49*
Maxwell, you beauty! The right hander welcomes Ishant with a boundary through covers. Pressure was telling on Ishant as he bowled a couple of wides, way down the leg side for a wide. He follows it up with two waist-high full tosses which are pulled to the mid-wicket boundary. That brings up Bailey’s half-century and the 300 for Australia. 17 runs from the over.
Vinay Kumar starts off poorly. Maxwell comes down the track and pieces the off-side field to get a boundary. The next ball is drifting down the leg and runs away to the fine leg boundary. In the penultimate delivery, Maxwell danced down the track, Vinay Kumar bowled a slower delivery from back of the hand which the million dollar baby picked and slammed over the in-field on the off-side. 15 runs from the over.
Australia: 270/3 | Overs 43 | Bailey 42*, Maxwell 33*
14 runs come from Jadeja’s final over. Bailey first gets a huge six on the leg side while Maxwell follows it up with a four.
Australia: 256/3 | Overs 42 | Bailey 34*, Maxwell 27*
Indians are having a horrible day in the field. First Vinay Kumar bowls a short delivery that stays low on Bailey who manages to pull it behind square. The ball goes straight through Ashwin’s hands to the boundary. In the next delivery, Bailey gets a boundary This time, Bhuvneshwar is probably a step or two ahead of his mark and fails to take the catch. 12 runs from the over.
Australia: 244/3 | Overs 41 | Bailey 33*, Maxwell 16*
Jadeja in to bowl his ninth over. He has been expensive today and has failed to pick up a single wicket. He gives away seven runs in the over.
Australia: 237/3 | Overs 40 | Bailey 28*, Maxwell 14*
Big over for Australia! Bailey is doing a great job with consolidating the start that was provided by the likes of Finch, Hughes and Watson. Australia could be in for another 300-plus total. He and Maxwell are keeping the scoreboard ticking. 10 runs from the over.
Australia: 227/3 | Overs 39 | Bailey 20*, Maxwell 12*
Maxwell gets a boundary off Jadeja and the batsmen collect five singles off the other five balls. Nine runs from the over.
Australia: 218/3 | Overs 38 | Bailey 17*, Maxwell 6* OUT! Hughes 83 (103)
Ashwin strikes! Hughes departs! A length delivery from Ashwin, moving away from the left-hander who was looking to cut the ball. MS Dhoni does well behind the stumps to hold on to what seemed like a thick edge. India celebrate but Hughes is not happy. He goes for 83 off 103 balls. Maxwell walks out and gets a six off the second ball he faces. Six runs and a wicket from the over.
Australia: 212/2 | Overs 37 | Hughes 83*, Bailey 17*
Jadeja bowls in the powerplay now. Bailey gets a six in an otherwise silent over. Eight runs come of the over.
Australia: 204/2 | Overs 36 | Hughes 82*, Bailey 10*
Ishant comes back into the attack as the powerplay over begins. Bailey gets a boundary straight back over the bowler. The Australian total has gone past 200. This is exceptional batting by Australia here. Seven runs from the over.
Australia: 197/2 | Overs 35 | Hughes 81*, Bailey 4*
Ashwin seems to be getting his confidence, line and length back quickly. Just two from it.
Australia: 195/2 | Overs 34 | Hughes 80*, Bailey 3*
Hughes gets a couple of boundaries from Yuvraj’s over. 12 runs from it. Australia are paving the way for a big total here.
Australia: 183/2 | Overs 33 | Hughes 70*, Bailey 1*
Ashwin into his fifth over. Watson’s wicket will give him some confidence. Ashwin finally coming into his elements, keeping it full and tight against the left-handed Hughes. Just one run from the over.
Australia: 182/2 | Overs 32 | Hughes 70*, Bailey 0* OUT! Watson 59 (53)
Vinay Kumar continues. Hughes moves his front foot out of the way and cuts the ball behind point. That boundary brought up the 100-run partnership. He then swats a short delivery to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Vinay Kumar turned it around towards the end of his over when Watson tried to go over the top but failed to connect and the tall Ishant Sharma did well to take an overhead catch. A very very important wicket for India here. Watson goes for 59 off 53 balls.
Australia: 173/1 | Overs 31 | Hughes 61*, Watson 59*
Ashwin continues to offer half-trackers and Watson picks the first one up and hoicks it to the stands over deep mid-wicket. Ashwin has been giving too much time to the Australian batsmen to play on the back foot. His length has negated the kind of spin he has generated.
Australia: 165/1 | Overs 30 | Hughes 60*, Watson 52*
Vinay Kumar is back into the attack. India badly need a wicket. Clarke is happy with this partnership at the moment.
Watto and Hughes getting us into a great position. 300+ looking good
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) October 16, 2013
Vinay Kumar’s good over is ruined by a short delivery in the final ball which is pulled to the deep midwicket boundary by Hughes.
Australia: 158/1 | Overs 29 | Hughes 55*, Watson 51*
Ashwin comes back and Watson is in no mood to let him settle down. It seems to be Australia’s strategy in this series. Ashwin’s confidence has been a bit low since the Rajkot T20 and that is showing in his line and length. His short length has been ineffective against the batsmen so far. Watson brings up his fifty.
Yuvraj Singh continues and gives away seven runs. Watson gets a boundary on the off-side.
This duo can be dangerous! Hughes has dug in and has settled down well while Watson has been as aggressive as ever. It’s an ideal combination in this format of the game. After a slow start, the visitors are ticking along nicely.
Australia: 143/1 | Overs 26 | Hughes 50*, Watson 41*
Watch out…the Watson storm is brewing! He blasts a full delivery over the up to the cover boundary. He has many good memories at this stadium for the Rajasthan Royals. He would love to do something in the yellow jersey here. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes brings up his half-century. It has been scratchy and cautious, but effective and useful nonetheless.
Australia: 132/1 | Overs 25 | Hughes 44*, Watson 36*
Jadeja continues and Watson gets another boundary through mid-wicket and a six straight over long-off fielder’s head. This will be a crucial phase for the Indians. They cannot let Watson and Australia get away. 11 runs from the over.
Yuvraj Singh brought into the attack. Watson gets another poor delivery that he dispatches to the mid-wicket boundary with ease. Five runs from the over.
Jadeja into his fourth over. He has been an asset for his skipper in the middle overs. Another silent over, just three runs from it.
Australia: 113/1 | Overs 22 | Hughes 40*, Watson 21*
It is not going to be easy for both camps to keep Watson down. Even as Australia continue to play calculatedly, Watson is time and again looking to cut loose. Ashwin provides variation but his length is poor. Watson goes on his back foot and whacks it to the deep mid wicket boundary.
Australia: 105/1 | Overs 21 | Hughes 39*, Watson 14*
Oh dear! A run out chance missed! Yuvraj SIngh was looking to throw on the turn and threw the ball wayward while Watson was stranded mid-pitch. What a chance this was. Hughes then slog swept Jadeja to take the Australian total past the 100-run mark.
Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack and he gets some turn. Watson finally breaks the shackles and tries to whack one over the deep midwicket. He gets behind the length delivery and plays his shot and Bhuvneshwar Kumar misjudged the ball and lost it in the crowd. Watson gets a six from the ball and nine from the over.
Australia: 86/1 | Overs 19 | Hughes 28*, Watson 6*
Jadeja bowls his second over and continues to keep it tight. Just three runs from it.
Australia: 83/1 | Overs 18 | Hughes 26*, Watson 5*
Vinay Kumar continues. Australia’s cautious approach carries on. With Finch back in the pavilion, the batsmen are happy to take just one run from it.
Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack. Both batsmen are happy to collect just three runs from the over.
Australia: 79/1 | Overs 16 | Hughes 23*, Watson 4* OUT! Finch 50 (53) | Overs 15.2
Finally some drama! First, Finch gets to his third consecutive half-century of the limited-overs series with a six over deep square leg. In the following delivery, the batsmen challenge Suresh Raina’s arm and Finch is short of the ground when Raina got a direct hit. Finch had played the ball on the back foot and took a bit of time to start his run and Raina’s speed and accuracy did the half-centurion in.
Local boy Shane Watson walks out and gets a boundary off the top-edge. 11 runs and a wicket from the over.
Australia: 68/0 | Overs 15 | Finch 44*, Hughes 22*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. Still no real sign of aggression from the Australian batsmen. Bhuvneshwar keeps it tight. Two runs from the over. This is a great foundation for the visitors. If Finch can keep going till the end, then any total will be possible.
Australia: 66/0 | Overs 14 | Finch 43*, Hughes 21*
Despite the slow scoring rate, Finch has been in sublime nick. He plays a length delivery from Vinay through covers to the boundary. Vinay Kumar follows it up with a quicker delivery close to Finch’s body and he almost plays it on. Dhoni does well to dive to his right and get his hand to the ball. Wonder what is going through the batsmen’s mind. It’s not a tough wicket to bat on and the Indian pacers are not exactly express pace. Yet the openers have been far too cautious in their approach. Six runs from the over.
Australia: 60/0 | Overs 13 | Finch 37*, Hughes 21*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar into his seventh over. Dhoni has often bowled him out in the recent past. Looks set to do the same again today. Bhuvneshwar keeps it tight and has just one run to give away
Australia: 58/0 | Overs 12 | Finch 36*, Hughes 20*
Vinay Kumar comes in and his first delivery keeps low. Finch manages to bring his bat down on time. Vinay Kumar bowls a short delivery to Hughes who was seen dancing down the track. Vinay makes a good adjustment in the end to drop it short while Hughes has to stop and turn to just guide the ball on his leg side. Vinay Kumar bowls another short one, this time to Finch, but the lack of pace doesnt trouble the in-form opener who pulls it to the square leg boundary.
Australia: 52/0 | Overs 11 | Finch 31*, Hughes 19*
The fielding restrictions are done but Dhoni has just two fielders outside the circle at third man and long leg. Interesting move by the Indian skipper here. Bhuvneshwar continues to stray on the leg side and Hughes guides the final ball to the boundary. 50 comes up for Australia
Finch can’t stop himself from playing a shot past point. He cuts a delivery but fails to keep it down. Yuvraj Singh at backward point dives to his left but the ball pops out. A tough chance but Yuvraj doesn’t drop those. Ishant doesn’t have a fielder at mid-off and FInch uses that to his advantage to drive a length delivery on the up to the boundary. Ishant comes back well to beat FInch’s bat. A couple of stares and smiles are exchanged. A good over for the visitors, 10 runs from it.
Matthew Hayden is behind the mic. Indians must be glad he isn’t out there with Finch. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s line has been poor today. He bowls another one down the leg at Finch and the latter guides it to the fine leg fielder. The duo of Finch and Hughes haven’t shown an explosive side to their game. They are getting their eye in. Must be an instruction at the team meeting before the start of the game. Just three runs from the over.
Australia: 33/0 | Overs 8 | Finch 21*, Hughes 10*
Ishant Sharma tests Finch with another short delivery but this time the latter did exceptionally well to get on top of it in a jiffy to smack it to the square leg boundary. He follows it up with a poor delivery outside the off-stump and is lucky that Finch found the fielder. A loud cry of ‘come on’ from Finch who is clearly frustrated at not putting that ball away. Five runs from the over.
Australia: 28/0 | Overs 7 | Finch 16*, Hughes 10*
Here’s what Michael Clarke wants from his side.
Come on boys.. Big score batting first. @CricketAus
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) October 16, 2013
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. He does not allow Hughes to swing his arms. Hughes has to shuffle across and back and forth but still cannot put the ball away. Just one run from the over. The rate at which the Australians are going, Clarke’s request may not be fulfilled.
Australia: 27/0 | Overs 6 | Finch 15*, Hughes 10*
Ishant continues and tried to vary his length with a short delivery. Finch just about manages to get behind it and hooks it to fine leg for a single. Finch then plays in the same area once again and a good diving effort from Bhuvneshwar saved two runs for India. Four runs come from the over.
Australia: 23/0 | Overs 5 | Finch 14*, Hughes 7*
Bhuvneshwar continues and gets hit for a boundary after he strays on the leg side. Finch flicks it easily to the deep fine leg boundary. A bit of width on the off-side next, and Finch punches it through covers. Not too bad a ball but Finch is in fine nick here. Eight runs off the over.
Australia: 15/0 | Overs 4 | Finch 6*, Hughes 7*
Ishant Sharma continues. MS Dhoni’s famous leg-slip for Hughes again! Only this time, Hughes doesn’t give him a catch while facing Ishant. The tall Indian pacer has had a decent start here. He had been hit all over the park in the first two games. So much that Virat Kohli had to come to his defence. Meanwhile, Ishant has finished a maiden over.
Bhuvneshwar gives a bit of width to Finch and the latter picks it up and slams it over cover fielder to the fence. Bhuvneshwar comes back with good line and length in the rest of the over. Just four runs from it.
Australia: 11/0 | Overs 2 | Finch 2*, Hughes 7*
Ishant Sharma opens the bowling with Bhuvneshwar today. He has an erratic start with a wide outside the off-stump in the second delivery, but gives very little away otherwise. Just five runs from the over.
Australia: 6/0 | Overs 1 | Finch 1*, Hughes 5*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off the proceedings for India. Aaron Finch gets a single off the first delivery. Bhvneshwar is getting a bit of swing early on. He strays outside the off-stump and Hughes capitalises by driving the ball through point region to the boundary.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the ODI series between India and Australia 2013-14. The visitors are 1-0 up after a 72-run victory at Pune and will love to get another win under their belt. For the hosts, a loss could add pressure on MS Dhoni & Co. The Jaipur wicket has had a lot of runs in the recent past during the CLT20 2013 and will be no different today. The Indians looked susceptable against the pace and swing generated by the Australian bowlers. Is it going to be any different today? We might have to wait a bit longer to find that out. I am Prakash Govindasreenivasan and I will bring you the over-by-over updates.
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