James Faulkner hit a century in 57 balls © PTI
Nov 2, 2013
MS Dhoni: The batting has been fantastic. The openers have been doing really well. Overall our batting has been good. We have to improve our bowling. At the top level you have to keep improving and death bowling is still a concern.
Rohit Sharma is Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series.
Rohit Sharma: My game plan was simple. I wanted to stay there. Since the ground was small and the outfield is quick we knew it would be high-scoring. We always spoke about building small partnerships and luckily we got a big one today. We have been successful in building partnerships in this series. Credit goes to Virat [Kohli] and Shikhar [Dhawan] as well.
At the moment I just want to enjoy and continue. The upcoming series against West Indies will be important for me.
Australia 326 | Overs 45.1 overs | Doherty 0* OUT! Faulkner 116 (73b)
India win by 57 runs.
What a way to end the match. James Faulkner pulls it high over mid-wicket off Shami Ahmed. Shikhar Dhawan in the deep runs to his right a takes a brilliant catch. And that’s it India have sealed the series 3-2.
Australia 326/9 | Overs 45 | Faulkner 116* OUT! McKay 18 (37b)
Jadeja completes his spell on a high. Beats the defence of Clint McKay to disturb the stumps. Much-needed breakthrough for India. The 115-run partnership in 83 balls has finally been broken. India are just a wicket away.
Australia 323/8 | Overs 44 | Faulkner 114*, McKay 17*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls well and pitches it full. A leg-before appeal against McKay was turned down by the umpire. He doesn’t allow much width as well to be hit on either sides of the wicket. Another three-run over for Australia.
61 runs needed in 36 balls.
Australia 320/8 | Overs 43 | Faulkner 112*, McKay 16*
Tight over Jadeja. Just three runs from it. India will need a few of those overs to build some pressure on Australia.
64 runs needed in 42 balls.
Australia 317/8 | Overs 42 | Faulkner 110*, McKay 15*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack now. After two singles, Faulkner slogs a length delivery over long-off for a six. Nine runs from that over.
The mood is slowly getting nervous. Australia need 67 runs in 48 balls.
Australia 308/8 | Overs 41 | Faulkner 102*, McKay 14*
McKay too has started contributing well in this partnership. Hits a boundary through covers. There was a close stumping call against McKay. He was beaten on forward defence. The third umpire ruled it in favour of the batsman.
76 runs needed in 54 balls.
Australia 303/8 | Overs 40 | Faulkner 101*, McKay 10*
Shami Ahmed comes back into the attack and the run-flow stems for a while. This is also the record ninth-wicket partnership for Australia. With McKay hanging around the Aussies are in with a chance. A boundary comes off McKay’s bat.
Australia 298/8 | Overs 39 | Faulkner 100*, McKay 6*
James Faulkner has hit the fastest hundred by an Australian in ODIs breaking Matthew Hayden’s record. In the meanwhile Coulter-Nile has hit a boundary.
Australia 293/8 | Overs 38 | Faulkner 99*, McKay 2*
Vinay Kumar has completed his century in his eighth over and Faulkner is on the verge of scoring the fastest ton by an Australian batsman in ODI. Three fours and six has been hit in that over.
21 runs from the over.
Australia 272/8 | Overs 37 | Faulkner 78*, McKay 2*
Finally Clint McKay gets his first run. Places it towards mid-wicket. The ball crosses the fielder and the batsmen cross for one. Five singles coming from that over.
Australia 267/8 | Overs 36 | Faulkner 75*, McKay 0*
Poor first ball from Vinay Kumar. Give a juicy full-toss to Faulkner and he dispatches it for a boundary. Gets his length right and keeps it full in the rest of the over.
Australia 262/8 | Overs 35 | Faulkner 70*, McKay 0*
James Faulkner is now the highest scorer for Australia in this innings. Slaps three boundaries.
50-run partnership between McKay and Faulkner comes up and McKay is still on 0!
Australia 249/8 | Overs 34 | Faulkner 57*, McKay 0*
There was a huge leg-before appeal against Faulkner but he survives. Ashwin conceded two wide deliveries and was hit for a boundary over covers by Faulkner.
Australia 240/8 | Overs 33 | Faulkner 50*, McKay 0*
Faulkner continues his sparkling knock with two boundaries and a six off Jadeja. He completes his fifty.
Australia 225/8 | Overs 32 | Faulkner 35*, McKay 0*
The wickets are falling but that doesn’t reduce the number of sixes being hit. Faulkner smashes a six on the first ball of Ashwin’s over. Not much coming from that apart from another single from Faulkner.
Australia 218/8 | Overs 31 | Faulkner 28*, McKay 0* OUT! Coulter-Nile 3 (5b)
Coulter-Nile goes for a big shot and is caught at long-on by Virat Kohli. Faulkner on the next ball hit a flat six. Faulkner, on the third ball gave a sharp catch back to the bowler, but it was struck hard. Seven runs coming from the over.
Australia 211/7 | Overs 30 | Faulkner 21*, Coulter-Nile 3*
Dropped! James Faulkner slogs towards mid-wicket off Ashwin and Shami Ahmed can’t latch on to it. It was a simple catch.
Four runs from that over.
Australia 207/7 | Overs 29 | Faulkner 19*, Coulter-Nile 1* OUT ! Watson 49 (22b)
Bizarre way of getting out. Shane Watson cuts the ball hard and it bounces past MS Dhoni’s knee towards Ravindra Jadeja at short thirdman. Watson is shocked at being out but replays showed the umpire was spot on.
Australia 204/6 | Overs 28 | Faulkner 17*, Watson 49*
Faulkner gets behind the second ball from Shami Ahmed a hits it for a six. That was the 32nd six of the match — a record in ODIs. And it is soon surpassed when Watson smashed one more to make it 33 sixes.
Australia 190/6 | Overs 27 | Faulkner 10*, Watson 42*
Faulkner goes for a wild swing on Ashiwn’s first delivery for a boundary. But he corrects his line and continues to keep it full to prevent anymore big hits. The last ball of his over was hit ferociously back by Watson. Ashwin got a hand to it but the ball deflected towards long-off.
Australia 184/6 | Overs 26 | Faulkner 5*, Watson 41*
Jadeja prevents any big hits on the first four balls but Watson wasn’t going to stay quiet. He slaps the ball over long-off for a flat six. For a moment looked like someone will catch but the power in the shot was phenomenal.
Australia 177/6 | Overs 25 | Faulkner 4*, Watson 35*
After Glenn Maxwell, Shane Watson is taking this chase with big hits and Vinay Kumar is at the receiving end of the batsman’s aggressive instinct. Watson smashes three sixes and a four. All the sixes were in Watson’s arc on the leg-side between long-on and mid-wicket. Poor bowling by Vinay Kumar. He kept it short and didn’t have much pace to challenge Watson’s reflexes. Vinay Kumar has gone for 76 in seven overs.
Australia 155/6 | Overs 24 | Faulkner 4*, Watson 13*
After being tied down for a while, Watson heaves Ahmed over mid-wicket for a six. Ahmed had offered that one to be hit by bowling a length ball. The fifth ball is punched through covers for a four. Watson completes the over with a single off to long-on.
Australia 141/6 | Overs 23 | Faulkner 2*, Watson 1* OUT! Maxwell 60 (22b)
Glenn Maxwell clobbered a six on the first ball of Vinay Kumar’s over. But Kumar pitches the next one short and the batsman hits it high in the air towards mid-wicket where Jadeja takes a well-judged catch.
Shane Watson has finally come in to bat at No 8. Straight away he is in action for the wrong reasons. Shikhar Dhawan mimics Watson’s hamstring injury and the batsman is in no mood for such a banter.
Australia 132/5 | Overs 22 | Maxwell 54* OUT! Voges 4(14)
He misses the fastest fifty but doesn’t miss out on the second fastest one. Completes fifty in 18 balls. He has equalled Simon O-Donnells record. Maxwell go to his fifty with a six over covers.
But India won’t mind that as Shami Ahmed beats Voges with his pace to disturb his leg stump. Voges tries to work that on the leg-side but misses it completely.
Australia 125/4 | Overs 21 | Voges 4*, Maxwell 47*
Australia have taken the batting powerplay. With Maxwell in such aggressive mood the Aussies want to cash in soon.
The fourth ball is swept well for a six by Maxwell. He gets a single on the last ball. He is on 47 from 16 balls and still stands a chance to equal the record for fastest fifty in 17 balls held by Sanath Jayasuriya.
Australia 117/4 | Overs 20 | Voges 4*, Maxwell 40*
Maxwell continues to clobber. The first ball from Ravindra Jadeja is sent into the mid-wicket stands. After a couple of singles, Maxwell delicately placed the fifth ball past thirdman for a four. Jadeja gets some turn on the last ball and Maxwell can’t get much power behind his shot.
Australia 105/4 | Overs 19 | Voges 3*, Maxwell 29*
Ashwin keeps his length full not allowing the batsmen to get underneath the ball. Maxwell who faces the last three deliveries can’t do much. Two runs from the over.
Australia 103/4 | Overs 18 | Voges 2*, Maxwell 28*
Glenn Maxwell is still enthusiastic about this chase. The second ball goes for a four. He hits four more on the fourth ball coming down the wicket and sending it on the leg-side. He had more to offer on the last two balls hitting one over square-leg and the other high over long-off.
23 runs in the over!
Australia 80/4 | Overs 17 | Voges 1*, Maxwell 6* OUT! Haddin 40 (49b)
Ashwin gets one more wicket. Brad Haddin was forward in defence and the ball brushes the bails before Dhoni appealed to check whether his glove hit the stumps. Replays showed Haddin was bowled. Haddin was beaten completely by that classic off-spinner.
Glenn Maxwell starts off in style hitting a six over mid-wicket.
Australia 72/3 | Overs 16 | Haddin 38*, Voges 1* OUT! Bailey 4 (12b)
What on earth was Bailey doing there? He goes run out after stopping mid-pitch to see if Haddin made his ground. Vinay Kumar who received the throw and immediately threw the ball to Dhoni who completed the formality.
Adam Voges walked out with Australia in a tight spot. Vinay Kumar conceded just four runs from the over.
Australia 68/2 | Overs 15 | Haddin 36*, Bailey 3*
Ashwin continues from around the wicket. He bowled a peach-of-a-delivery to Haddin that went through. Haddin failed to read the doosra from Ashwin’s hand and was thoroughly beaten. He was lucky that the ball did not get the stumps. Just two runs from the over.
Australia 66/2 | Overs 14 | Haddin 35*, Bailey 2*
Vinay Kumar is extremely accurate and bowls a probing line to Bailey. He took a single on the third ball by placing towards point.
Australia 65/2 | Overs 13 | Haddin 35*, Bailey 1* OUT! Hughes 23 (33b)
Another wicket. Ashwin flights the ball on Hughes’s legs. The batsman’s eyes light up and he flicks it hard but it flies straight to mid-wicket where Yuvraj Singh holds on comfortably. George Bailey the new batsman gets a single and that’s the only scoring shot of the over.
Australia 64/1 | Overs 12 | Hughes 23*, Haddin 35*
Vinay Kumar drops the third ball short and Haddin spots it early and pulls it for a boundary. Kumar bowls a no-ball on the last delivery. Hughes blindly slogs the free-hit and is caught at thirdman; the batsmen go for a single.
Australia 56/1 | Overs 11 | Hughes 21*, Haddin 30*
The bowlers haven’t leaked runs but the occasional boundaries are helping the batsmen to rebuild their confidence. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a today over except for the fourth ball which was there to be hit and Hughes didn’t miss out.
Haddin too gets a boundary on the last ball of the over. He pulls the ball ast mid-wicket for a four.
Australia 46/1 | Overs 10 | Hughes 16*, Haddin 25*
Haddin almost gave a catch to mid-off by committing himself to a drive on the first ball from Vinay Kumar. The next delivery was in the slot and Haddin drove it for a boundary. Kumar then switches to round the wicket and still gets hit for a four thanks to an easy offering to Haddin on his pads.
46 comes from the first powerplay.
Australia 37/1 | Overs 9 | Hughes 16*, Haddin 16*
Phil Hughes flicks the second ball towards deep backward square-leg and the batsmen complete a comfortable two. Some accurate line and agile fielding restricts Hughes from earning more runs in that over.
India’s opening bowlers have done well on the flat deck to keep the Australians quiet.
Australia 35/1 | Overs 8 | Hughes 14*, Haddin 16*
Shami Ahmed has been impressive so far. The second ball cuts sharply into the right-handed Haddin and he is beaten completely. He pulls the third ball over mid-wicket for a couple. He mistimed that ball yet had got enough on it to clear the infield.
Haddin is struggling here. He is trying for expansive shots but not connecting many. Finally manages to flick the wayward last delivery on the leg-side for a boundary.
Australia 29/1 | Overs 7 | Hughes 14*, Haddin 10*
Haddin finally moves ahead by launching a shot over extra-cover for a boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He hit one more on the fifth ball by swinging his arm over mid-on. Ten runs from that over.
Australia 19/1 | Overs 6 | Hughes 13*, Haddin 1*
Phil Hughes works the first ball by Shami Ahmed to deep fine-leg for a couple. Bhuvneshwar Kumar misfields there. Hughes cuts the next ball but it is well-stopped by Yuraj Singh at point. Haddin in the meanwhile is still struggling to score with one from 15 balls.
Australia 16/1 | Overs 5 | Hughes 10*, Haddin 1*
Haddin goes defensive against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He does go for a drive on the fourth ball but it was well-stopped by Rohit Sharma running in from covers.
Maiden over from Kumar!
Australia 16/1 | Overs 4 | Hughes 10*, Haddin 1*
Hughes is tied down by Shami Ahmed on the first three balls before he gets a length delivery which is hit towards deep backward square-leg for a couple. Only two runs from the over.
Australia 14/1 | Overs 3 | Hughes 8*, Haddin 1*
The first ball by Bhuvneshwar Kumar is going towards the leg-side and Phil Hughes gets the bat on to it to help the ball to the boundary. Kumar finds an edge off Haddin’s bat on the fifth ball but falls just short of the slips. Ravichandran Ashwin fumbles and allows the batsman to go for a single.
Australia 7/1 | Overs 2 | Hughes 2*, Haddin 0* OUT! Finch 5 (5b)
Shami Ahmed provides the first breakthrough. The ball coming in to Aaron Finch hits on his pads. Shami Ahmed and the fielders appeal loudly; Nigell Long accepts it and Finch is gone leg-before for five. The batsman is unhappy as the ball was drifting towards the leg.
Brad Haddin has been promoted up the order. Ahmed’s fifth delivery hits him on the pads but this time the umpire turns down the appeal.
Australia 6/0 | Overs 1 | Finch 5*, Hughes 1*
Australia start off on a good note with a boundary through the covers by Aaron Finch off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Rohit Sharma is all over the place, catch some of the interesting reads on the stunning knock below:
Rohit Sharma hits most number of sixes in an ODI innings
101 runs hit in the last five overs! The balls flew around the stadium. Half-way through the innings one wondered whether India would inch closer to 330. But a sensational innings by Rohit Sharma supported by an equally brutal MS Dhoni sky-rocketed the score.
Read the innings report here.
India 383/6 | Overs 50 | Jadeja 0* OUT! Rohit 209 (158b) & Dhoni 62 (38b)
What a way to get to double hundred. Rohit Sharma clobbers the ball over covers for a six to become the third Indian to score a double hundred in ODIs. Magnificent innings! He doesn’t stop there; the next ball is sent flying into the stands over mid-wicket. However he is caught at deep fine-leg by substitute fielder Moises Henriques for 209 off 158 balls. 16 sixes in that innings.
Dhoni finishes with two more boundaries. He is run-out on the last ball.
India 362/4 | Overs 49 | Rohit 197*, Dhoni 53*
The first ball of the over by Coulter-Nile is clobbered over long-off for a six. He follows it up with a boundary past point. Gets a couple on the third ball to move to 196. The fourth ball is a dot. Rohit gets a single on the next. Dhoni finishes the over with a four past covers.
India 345/4 | Overs 48 | Rohit 184*, Dhoni 49*
The second ball is full and wide by James Faulkner and Dhoni dispatches it over the covers for six. The penultimate ball of the over too goes for a six. And this time it is even bigger. Dhoni unleashes the helicopter shot and the ball lands on the roof of the stadium. The last ball is awkwardly pulled towards fine-leg for a four.
India 325/4 | Overs 47 | Rohit 183*, Dhoni 30*
Rohit Sharma on six-hitting spree!
Rohit Sharma is not just hitting sixes but breaking a few records as well. He has already hit more sixes by an Indian in an ODI innings. The first one is pulled over mid-wicket. He follows it up with a boundary. The next one was a boundary past point. Hits a six, four and six on the last three balls.
26 runs in that over by Xavier Doherty !
India 299/4 | Overs 46 | Rohit 157*, Dhoni 30*
The first ball of McKay’s over is whipped towards deep mid-wicket by Dhoni. Glenn Maxwell at that position goes for the low catch but can’t hold on to it. After that it was all Rohit Sharma show. Two consecutive boundaries followed by a six on the fifth ball over deep backward square-leg. Gets to his first 150+ score in ODIs.
16 runs from the over.
India 283/4 | Overs 45 | Rohit 142*, Dhoni 29*
Rohit Sharma completes 1000 runs in ODIs in 2013.
Rohit drives the full length delivery between mid-off and cover for a boundary, well placed shot. Dhoni overshadowed Rohit’s shot with two powerful strokes for boundaries. The skipper pulls the full-toss delivery towards mid-wicket for the first boundary. Then pulls it for four more towards deep backward square-leg.
The last ball was a yorker and Dhoni digs it for a single.
India 268/4 | Overs 44 | Rohit 137*, Dhoni 19*
Dhoni takes a single on the first ball. Rohit follows it up with a push on the on side wide of long-on for a couple. Dhoni, later in the over plays the ball delicately towards fine-leg and sprints across for two. Completes the over with one more single.
India 261/4 | Overs 43 | Rohit 134*, Dhoni 15*
The first four balls were quietly played for just two singles. However, a sensational shot from Rohit Sharma is never far behind. He times his pull shot beautifully over deep square-leg for a six.
He has already hit nine sixes so far.
India 253/4 | Overs 42 | Rohit 127*, Dhoni 14*
Rohit Sharma dropped!
Rohit gets six on the first two deliveries. Places the first ball wide of the fielder on the off-side and gets a couple. The next ball he comes forward and hits it to the same region for a boundary.
On the fifth ball he pulls towards deep square-leg. The ball just goes through Moises Henriques — the substitute fielder for a six.
India 238/4 | Overs 41 | Rohit 113*, Dhoni 13*
Clint McKay is looking good in this spell. However, he still concedes four more by drifting on Dhoni’s leg who gets the bat on to the ball an it runs fine behind the keeper. An overthrow helps Dhoni collect the second run on the penultimate ball.
India 232/4 | Overs 40 | Rohit 113*, Dhoni 7*
One more boundary for Rohit. Faulkner comes round the wicket and pitches is short of good length but the batsman times the ball well over extra-cover for a boundary. He almost got run-out on the penultimate ball. Dhoni awkwardly pulls the ball and thinks of a single but reverts back. Rohit was down the wicket before he backtracked. The ball hit him on the way which saved him from the run-out.
Just 22 runs in the batting powerplay.
India 226/4 | Overs 39 | Rohit 108*, Dhoni 6*
Rohit is slowly loosening up. He makes room and lofts the ball over covers for a six and follows it up with a single off McKay.
India 218/4 | Overs 38 | Rohit 101*, Dhoni 5*
4th ODI ton for Rohit Sharma!
Dhoni gets a thick edge which runs towards thirdman and allows Rohit to take strike for the remainder of the over. He doesn’t get any run on the next two balls. However, he chips the ball in the air over covers and runs to get to his ton. Virat Kohli applauds with a big smile. After that run-out the importance of Rohit’s wicket doubled as he was the man in form.
India 215/4 | Overs 37 | Rohit 99*, Dhoni 4*
The batsmen place the ball in the gaps and keep the score moving with singles. Sharma had an opportunity to complete his ton on the last ball but the ball is fielded by short mid-on.
India 211/4 | Overs 36 | Rohit 97*, Dhoni 2*
Rohit is beaten on the first ball of Faulkner’s over. The ball angles into him and Rohit is cramped for space. The ball runs through the inside of his bat. Haddin is interested in an appeal but not much enthusiasm from the rest. Rohit takes a single on the fourth ball. Dhoni doesn’t take much chance and plays out the remaining two deliveries carefully.
India 210/4 | Overs 35 | Rohit 96*, Dhoni 2*
Aaron Finch doesn’t give much chance for batsmen to free their arms. Darts the ball in with more pace. Two runs from the over.
India 208/4 | Overs 34 | Rohit 95*, Dhoni 1* OUT! Yuvraj 12 (14b)
James Faulkner into the attack and Yuvraj is gone just before the powerplay. He goes for a drive and the thick edge is brilliantly caught by Brad Haddin behind the wicket. It was a wide delivery and the batsman offers a casual drive.
India 203/3 | Overs 33 | Rohit 92*, Yuvraj 11*
A series of short balls from Nathan Coulter-Nile
He tests Yuvraj with a bouncer on the first ball. The batsmen managed to take an evasive action. The next ball was short as well but Yuvraj did well to get behind the line and pull it towards mid-wicket for a couple. The next one is yet again a short one as Yuvraj offers no shot. The left-hander then awkwardly pulls another short ball, but this time around the top-edge flies over fine-leg fence. Rohit plays delicately past keeper on the last ball for a four to get India past 200.
India 190/3 | Overs 32 | Rohit 88*, Yuvraj 2*
Rohit Sharma is defensive against Doherty before he ambled across for a single on the fourth ball. Yuvraj on the last ball glances the ball towards short-fine-leg for one run.
India 188/3 | Overs 31 | Rohit 87*, Yuvraj 1*
Nathan Coulter-Nile back in the attack. He manages to generate bit of bounce on the first ball and it almost kissed Rohit Sharma’s bat on the way to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Yuvraj got off the mark on the fourth ball by placing the short delivery towards fine-leg for one.
India 185/3 | Overs 30 | Rohit 85*, Yuvraj 0* OUT! Raina 28 (30b)
Raina perishes in a similar fashion as Shikhar Dhawan. He is forward in defence against Xavier Doherty. The ball hits him on the pads and the umpire had no hesitation in giving him out leg-before. Raina though was a bit disappointed at the decision.
Just two runs from that over thanks to a couple from Raina before he got out.
India 183/2 | Overs 29 | Rohit 85*, Raina 26*
Shane Watson continues, or does he? He stops short during his run up, showing a lot of pain on his face. Moments later he walked back to the pavilion, probably with a hamstring. Maxwell replaces him. Rohit is not too concerned about the hamstring problems in the opposition camp. He gets two back-to-back sixes over deep midwicket. 14 runs from the over.
India 169/2 | Overs 28 | Rohit 72*, Raina 25*
Doherty comes from around the wicket. Raina sweeps the first delivery for a single. Rohit then launches a full delivery for a magnificent straight six. Rohit hit it against the turn but managed to pick it up at the point of delivery to negate the turn. He followed it up with another six, this time reaching out to a length ball and flicking the ball over long on. 16 runs from the over.
India 153/2 | Overs 27 | Rohit 59*, Raina 22*
A couple of short deliveries from Watson to Raina and the latter has done well. He pulls the first one towards deep square leg for a couple of runs and then guides the next one to the third man boundary.
India 146/2 | Overs 26 | Rohit 59*, Raina 15*
Second six for Rohit Sharma. Comes down the track to Glenn Maxwell and lofts the ball into the long-on stands. He hit the ball with the turn and got it right out of the middle of his bat. 10 runs from the over.
India 136/2 | Overs 25 | Rohit 51*, Raina 13*
Yet again a miscommunication. Suresh Raina plays the ball on the off and sets off for a single seeing a misfield. Rohit straight away refuses. He was almost half-way down the pitch but manages to get back comfortably. Raina manages to collect a boundary with a confident push on the on-side. He places the last ball of the over in the gap on leg-side to add a couple more.
The first boundary after nine overs. Watson concedes eight runs in his over.
India 128/2 | Overs 24 | Rohit 50*, Raina 6*
Raina cuts the frst ball to thirdman for a single. Rohit, after playing two dot balls almost chops the next ball on to his stumps but gets a lucky single to complete his half-century. This is his 20th ODI fifty and third in this series. Three runs from that Nathan Coulter-Nile over.
India 125/2 | Overs 23 | Rohit 49*, Raina 4*
Australia have slowed down the pace of the game considerably. While Raina is struggling to get his feet moving, Doherty with his accurate line has kept the batsmen in check. Rohit on the last ball manages to ease the pressure by chipping the ball on the off-side and gets two more runs.
India 119/2 | Overs 22 | Rohit 45*, Raina 2*
Suresh Raina is extremely anxious. Doesn’t get the pitch of the ball and is beaten twice trying to poke outside off-stump. Just one from the over.
India 118/2 | Overs 21 | Rohit 44*, Raina 2*
Three singles on the first three balls. Raina then defends the fourth ball before ambling across for one more. Rohit ends the over with a shot to sweeper cover for one.
India 113/2 | Overs 20 | Rohit 41*, Raina 0* OUT! Kohli 0 (3b)
oooh! Kohli is out for a duck! The last thing you want when you are in form is to be dismissed run-out. Kohli plays the ball softly behind the bowler. He wanted a quick single but Rohit Sharma slipped and sent Kohli back but it was too late for him to go back. He was greeted with a loud cheer from the Bengaluru spectators but the excitement is shortlived.
India 112/1 | Overs 19 | Rohit 40* OUT! Dhawan 60 (57b)
OUT! Shikhar Dhawan out for 60
Doherty maintains a steady length keeping the batsman tied up and gets the desired result. The first wicket for Doherty in the series.
Finally the partnership has been broken. Coming over the wicket, Doherty pitches the ball in line of the stumps and it hits Dhawan plumb in front. Hint of turn pitching on off-stump and came back in to him.
India 109/0 | Overs 18 | Rohit 38*, Dhawan 59*
Good over from Maxwell. First over after the brief rain halt, Dhawan and Rohit are watchful. Two runs from that over.
Play set to resume as weather has cleared up and the floodlights are on. The players are back on the field.
The rain has stopped and play likely to start at 3:15 pm.
Bad News: It’s raining in Bengaluru. The players are off the field. It started with a part cloud cover before it started drizzling. By the time Doherty completed his over it came down heavily. The covers are on. We’ll bring you live updates as and when the play resumes.
India 107/0 | Overs 17 | Rohit 37*, Dhawan 58*
The first ball off Doherty’s over is sweetly driven through covers for a couple by Rohit. A single each on the last two balls. Rohit places to covers for a single. Dhawan on the last ball sweeps for one more.
India 103/0 | Overs 16 | Rohit 34*, Dhawan 57*
Glenn Maxwell begins the proceedings after drinks. The first ball is very wide but Dhawan hits it on the off-side. Aaron Finch in the deep runs to his left but fails to get a hand to it. Maxwell keeps it tight until Dhawan picks two more on the last ball.
This is the sixth 100+ partnership between Dhawan and Rohit in the 19 innings they have opened together in ODIs.
India 97/0 | Overs 15 | Rohit 34*, Dhawan 51*
Fifth ODI fifty for Shikhar Dhawan. Cuts the ball towards deep point and picks a single to get to his half-century.
Six singles from the Xavier Doherty over. No problem for the batsmen to place the ball in the gaps and keep the scoreboard moving.
India 90/0 | Overs 14 | Rohit 30*, Dhawan 48*
The first ball of Coulter-Nile’s over is driven through cover. Aaron Finch misfields which helps Dhawan to collect four easy runs. The batsmen run three singles and a wide from that over helps India to fetch eight runs from the over.
India 82/0 | Overs 13 | Rohit 29*, Dhawan 42*
Spin introduced for the first time in the form of left-arm bowler Xavier Doherty. Two singles come from the first two balls. Dhawan sweeps the third one but Maxwell pulls off a fantastic stop at square-leg. The next ball was cut by Dhawan straight to Watson. The fielder throws it back immediately. Dhawan was almost run-out there if the throw was spot-on. Fortunately for India, no harm done.
India 79/0 | Overs 12 | Rohit 28*, Dhawan 40*
Dhawan drives the first ball of Watson’s overs to covers. Thinks of going for a single but returns back. Finally gets a run on the third ball by pushing it softly towards mid-wicket. Rohit Sharma replicates a similar shot on the next ball to add one more. Dhawan gets a boundary on the fifth ball. Pulls it fine towards fine-leg. Didn’t get the timing right but the placement was good enough.
The good part with these two is they collect the singles and twos with ease. And at the same time have the phenomenal ability to switch to an aggressive mode whenever they wish to.
India 72/0 | Overs 11 | Rohit 27*, Dhawan 34*
McKay comes back into the attack replacing Faulkner. Starts off with a ball angling on the leg. The ball brushes past Sharma’s thigh-pad and Brad Haddin couldn’t get to it; four leg-byes for India. The next ball is cut towards the thirdman by Sharma for a single. Dhawan rotates the strike with a similar shot.
Eight runs from that over.
India 64/0 | Overs 10 | Rohit 25*, Dhawan 32*
The first ball was a length delivery from Watson but Dhawan couldn’t place it convincingly. The burly all-rounder maintains a tight line. The third ball is a short one and Dhawan gets hit in the belly. He manages to get a single. On the last ball Dhawan flicks the ball fine of the leg-side and gets a couple.
64 runs coming from the first powerplay.
India 60/0 | Overs 9 | Rohit 25*, Dhawan 29*
Six for Rohit Sharma
James Faulkner keeps his length on the fuller side. The second ball of the over though deserved a boundary. Sharma had timed beautifully but the cover fielder managed to stop it from running away. The next ball was slightly short, however, Sharma couldn’t pull it convincingly. He gets two runs on the penultimate delivery and then breaks the shackles by lofting the ball over covers for a six. Yet again good timing.
India 52/0 | Overs 8 | Rohit 17*, Dhawan 29*
The fourth bowler introduced inside ten overs. Shane Watson comes in to bowl and starts off with a fine line not allowing Rohit Sharma to place the ball around for a boundary or single. The first three balls are in the corridor outside off-stump before he bowls a wayward delivery on the leg which is placed by Sharma on the leg-side for a single.
India 51/0 | Overs 7 | Rohit 16*, Dhawan 29*
Yet again James Faulkner offers width and Rohit Sharma cuts it to the boundary to get India to fifty inside seven overs. Faulkner then comes round the wicket and beats Sharma with a good length delivery. Sharma manages to get a single on the last ball by playing towards thirdman.
Whenever the bowlers have offered width and bowled on the legs of the batsmen, Dhawan and Sharma dispatched it to the fence.
India 45/0 | Overs 6 | Rohit 11*, Dhawan 29*
Shikhar Dhawan gets three boundaries. The second ball of the over by Coulter-Nile is short and Dhawan’s jab on the leg-side was enough for the ball to run towards square-leg boundary. Two balls later he leans into the shot and drives it for a four. The last ball of the over is pitched on his legs and Dhawan once again places it past mid-wicket for a four.
India 33/0 | Overs 5 | Rohit 11*, Dhawan 17*
George Bailey makes the first change in bowling; brings in James Faulkner in place of McKay. Rohit Sharma in that over got committed to a stroke. He tried to play on the up and mistimed it, was lucky that the ball didn’t carry to mid-off. The next ball was pitched wide on the off and provided ample room for Sharma to place it to the left of point for a boundary.
India 29/0 | Overs 4 | Rohit 7*, Dhawan 17*
Good over from Nathan Coulter-Nile. Rohit Sharma got a single on the third ball. The next ball, Shikhar Dhawan almost gave his wicket away. The ball hurried on to him and he offered a half-hearted pull shot. The ball balloons in the air but falls safely ahead of deep fine-leg fielder.
India 26/0 | Overs 3 | Rohit 6*, Dhawan 15*
An expensive over from Clint McKay — 17 runs from it. The first ball is wayward on the leg-side; even Brad Haddin misses it and the batsmen get three extra runs. After that Dhawan hits three boundaries. The first legitimate ball of the over is placed by Dhawan to the left of mid-off for a four. The next two deliveries are on his leg and the left-hander just whips it away for two more boundaries.
India 9/0 | Overs 2 | Rohit 5*, Dhawan 2*
Rohit Sharma hits the first boundary of the match. Pitched up delivery and Sharma chips it in the air. The ball just flies over mid-on for a boundary. Otherwise an accurate over from Nathan Coulter-Nile.
India 4/0 | Overs 1 | Rohit 1*, Dhawan 2*
Clint McKay begins the proceedings. Starts off with a slightly wide delivery which is well connected by Rohit Sharma for a single. More important from McKay’s point of view is that he is getting good swing and carry.
Dhawan too starts off with a scoring shot driving through the covers for a couple.
Australia captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to field against India in the seventh and final One-Day International (ODI) in Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. The series is square at 2-2.
Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in for Mitchell Johnson for Australia.
India have made one change. R Vinay Kumar comes in for Amit Mishra. It was unlikely that India would have gone in with two spinners on the Bangalore pitch. Vinay Kumar will be confident playing in his home conditions as well.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Shami Ahmed.
Australia: Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
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