India vs Australia 5th ODI

9:22 pm: That’s a wrap for now, folks. India have got a lot of thinking to do. Remember, this was their last ODI before the World Cup. Do stick around for the presentations. Till then, it’s goodbye.

9:16 pm: The last time they won an ODI series was in 2017. What a time to peak for Australia, defending champions of the ICC World Cup. They were down 0-2 and from Ranchi, they just raised their game higher. Aaron Finch and Co. have managed to ressurect themselves just in time. Throw Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith and David Warne into this team and you have a lethal Australia squad capable of defending the World Cup.

9:13 pm: IT’S ALL OVER! Marcus Stoinis cleans up Kuldeep Yadav for 8 and seal the series 3-2. They were down 0-2 in the five-match series, but fought really hard to notch up a clinical series win.

9:06 pm: WICKET! Jhye Richardson has picked up his second wicket after Mohammed Shami, who tried to pull it, but found the leading edge and it went high into the air to leave Richardson pick a nice catch running forward. Shami departed for 3, India 230/9 in 49 overs.

8:53 pm: WICKET! A fine innings by Bhuvneshwar Kumar has come to an end after he mistimed a slower delivery by Pat Cummins and lobbed it high into the air for Aaron Finch to pick up a simple one at mid-off. Bhuvi departed for 46. Kedar Jadhav wasted no time to join Bhuvi back in the pavillion and that looks like the night for India. Jadhav added 44 in what was a valiant effort, Jhye Richardson claimed his first wicket. India 223/8, need 50 off 22 balls.

8:48 pm: Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have brought the game back to life. India need 59 runs from the last 5 overs. The Kedar-Bhuvi partnership has yielded 82 runs. Can it be a match-winning partnership by these two?

8:39 pm: SIX! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets into the act now and launches a huge hit over the deep mid-wicket boundary to bring up the 200 for the hosts. India need 73 more in 42 balls (Kedar Jadhav 38, Bhuvi 31)

8:36 pm: The game is still on as hopes are pinned on Kedar Jadhav, batting on 38. Can he play a blinder of an innings here at New Delhi?

8:27 pm: Bhuvneshwar Kumar showing off his skills with the bat, striking a nice boundary to the third man region off Glenn Maxwell. India 178/6 in 40 overs. They need 95 off the last 60 deliveries.

8:16 pm: Australia in total control of the match with their spinners and pacers bowling in tandem. Need 110 off 78 deliveries. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look clueless in the middle. India 163/6 in 37 overs.

8:04 pm: Pat Cummins, who has been brilliant today, is making it all the tougher for the hosts. India 156/6 in 34.4 overs.

7:55 pm: Australia’s spinners have rattled the Indian run-chase. Kedar Jadhav is the last recognised batsman with Bhuvneshwar Kumar out in the middle to give him company. India 147/6 in 32.1 overs.

7:46 pm: A double wicket maiden for Adam Zampa! He’s got two wickets in the 29th over. After sending Rohit Sharma, Zampa bowled a similar delivery to Ravindra Jadeja, who walked back without troubling the scorers. Guess, it’s Australia all the way, now. India 138/6 in 29.4 overs.

7:41 pm: WICKET! Is that the match for Australia? Guess the pressure got to Rohit Sharma, who came down the wicket to Adam Zampa, but missed it completely to leave Alex Carey with a simple stumping. Rohit departs for 56, India 132/5 in 28.2 overs.

7:35 pm: Would you believe it? Glenn Maxwell has dropped the simplest of simplest catches at cover. Rohit Sharma drived it uppishly to cover and Maxwell bent down and spilled it. India 131/4 in 27 overs.

7:28 pm: WICKET! Just after he smashed a huge six, Vijay Shankar falls in the next delivery, a wasted chance, departs for 16, Adam Zampa gets his first wicket. India 120/4 in 24.4 overs.

7:25 pm: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma has just brought up his half-century — his 41st in ODIs — a good knock under pressure. His presence will be vital for the hosts in this tricky run-chase. India 114/3 in 24.2 overs.

7:18 pm: And with that single, Rohit Sharma has reached 8000 ODI runs in his 206th match. India will want him to hold this innings together. India 108/3 in 22.2 overs.

7:13 pm: Vijay Shankar has joined Rohit Sharma out in the middle with a huge task at hand. It’s still not out of the reach for India, but conditions are not so conducive for a run-chase. India 101/3 in 20.3 overs.

7:06 pm: WICKET! A dream delivery for an offspinner and Nathan Lyon has delivered when it matters the most. Drew Rishabh Pant forward for the short and found the edge that left Ashton Turner pick up a simple catch at slip. Pant departs for 16. India 91/3 in 18 overs.

6:59 pm: SIX! Adam Zampa into the attack and local boy Rishabh Pant has launched it into the deep-midwicket stands for a massive six, first one for the hosts. India 88/2 in 16.3 overs.

6:55 pm: It’s getting tough out there with the ball not coming on to the bat easily. Australia have two specialist spinners in Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa and the part-time spinner in Glenn Maxwell. India 80/2 in 16 overs (Rohit 35, Pant 8)

6:49 pm: Rishabh Pant has joined Rohit Sharma out in the middle and immediately slashed one off Marcus Stoinis for a boundary as it cleared backward point. India 78/2 in 14.5 overs.

6:40 pm: BIG WICKET! How in the world did Virat Kohli miss that one? The wicket Australia were looking for and Marcus Stoinis has delivered. Kohli, who was looking to whack it past through the off side, found the edge and departs for 20. India 68/2 in 12.3 overs.

6:32 pm: Sloppy fielding from Australia. Glenn Maxwell with a needless direct hit at the bowler’s end and there was nobody backing it up and the ball kept racing away to the fence. India 56/1 in 10.5 overs.

6:29 pm: FOUR! Didn’t quite time it well, but Rohit Sharma just about manages to clear Marcus Stoinis at mid-on. India 43/1 in 10 overs.

6:24 pm: Pat Cummins, who has already taken 13 wickets in the ODI series, has bowled the first maiden of the match. He’s proving to be a vital cog in the Australian wheel. India 38/1 in 9.1 overs.

6:20 pm: BOUNDARY! Freeze this moment! All of Rohit Sharma’s class in that shot as he punched it on the backfoot through the covers. India 38/1 in 8 overs.

6:16 pm: The sheer pace of Pat Cummins to bang it hard got to Rohit Sharma with the ball hitting on a crack that took Rohit by surprise. Lucky for him and India, there were no injury concerns. India 38/1 in 7.4 overs

6:09 pm: Virat Kohli has joined Rohit Sharma out in the middle and immediately found his groove with a typical Kohli stroke as he leaned into that one off Cummins and eased it through the gap at cover for a boundary. India 25/1 in 5.3 overs.

6:04 pm: WICKET! Pace, accuracy and Australia have struck early with Pat Cummins finding the outside edge of Shikhar Dhawan, who departs for 12. India 15/1 in 4.2 overs

5:54 pm: Local lad Shikhar Dhawan has freed his arms smashing consecutive boundaries off Jhye Richardson in the second over. The first one was clipped away through backward square leg, while he went for the drive in the next delivery. India 11/0 in 2.2 overs

5:48 pm: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are watchful are the start with Pat Cummins right on the money. India 1/0 (1 over).

Meanwhile, Australia were helped to a 272 on the back of Usman Khawaja’s second century of the series. What a tour the southpaw is having in India. Here’s what he had to say.

India keep Australia to 272/9 despite Khawaja’s 100

Despite Usman Khawaja s second ODI hundred that laid a solid foundation for Australia early on, India came back strongly to restrict the visitors to 272/9 in the fifth and the final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi on Wednesday. Click here to read more

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5:09 pm: WICKET! Jhye Richardson run out off the final delivery as Australia have been restricted to 272/9 in 50 overs. They were 175/1 at one stage with Khawaja and Handscomb well set. However, their departures triggered a collapse before few lusty blows from Richardson (29) and Pat Cummins (15) pushed them forward. Bhuvneshwar took three wickets while Jadeja and Shami picked up a couple of wickets each.

5:03 pm: WICKET! A half-hearted appeal from Bhuvneshwar Kumar for caught and bowled. He didn’t look convinced. The umpires after a brief discussion go for the review. Soft signal is not out. And the ball hits the bat and then comes off Cummins’ pad before settling into the hands of Bhuvi. He’s out after scoring 15 off 8. Australia 263/8

Bumrah: First 8 overs – 14 runs | Bumrah’s 9th over – 19 runs

4:58 pm: Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are playing some lovely innings for Australia in these death overs. Jasprit Bumrah has been taken to the cleaners – four fours in his ninth over including a needless overthrow by Bumrah as he threw the ball in frustration at the stumps and there was nobody to back it up. 19 runs from the over. Australia 260/7 in 48 overs

4:54 pm: A big over for Australia – 11 runs from it including a four to Pat Cummins. Australia 241/7 in 47 overs

This has been a collapse for Australia – from 175/1, they have been reduced 229/7 which means they have lost six wickets for the addition of just 54 runs

4:49 pm: WICKET! Another one bites the dust! India are on a roll as Mohammed Shami induces an edge from Alex Carey with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant taking a fine catch to send him back on 3. Australia 229/7 in 45.5 overs

4:42 pm: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets his second wicket as Marcus Stoinis gets an inside edge that crashes on the stumps. He scored 20. Australia 228/6 in 44.2 overs

4:28 pm: Kuldeep Yadav did get a wicket in his final over but also leaked 14 runs including two sixes – one each to Turner and Stoinis. Australia 217/5 in 42 overs

4:26 pm: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav gets his first wicket of the match! His first of the over was a half-tracker and was duly put away by Ashton Turner for a SIX. A wide followed before Turner played one shot too many and holed out to Ravindra Jadeja near long-on. He scored 20 off 20. Australia 210/5 in 41.2 overs

4:18 pm: Right then. 10 overs to go. Ashton Turner and Marcus Stoinis in the middle. Australia 202/4. How much will they end up with?

4:07 pm: Ashton Turner, hero of Australia’s stunning Mohali comeback, gets off the mark with a clip past mid-on for four. Australia 188/4 in 37 overs

4:05 pm: WICKET! India have come back strongly with three quick strikes. This time they have gotten rid of well-set Peter Handscomb for 52. An outside edge and Rishabh Pant does to rest to give Shami his first wicket of the match. Australia 182/4 in 36.3 overs

3:59 pm: FIFTY for Peter Handscomb – his fourth of ODI career. Australia 179/3 in 34.4 overs

3:55 pm: OUT! Wickets in quick succession for India as Ravindra Jadeja strikes for the second time in this match to get rid of in-form Glenn Maxwell cheaply. He goes for an uppish drive but ends up spooning it straight to Kohli at cover. He scored 1. Australia 178/3 in 33.5 overs

3:47 pm: OUT! Kohli throws the ball on the turf in anger. It’s been such a knock from the Aussie opener who has peeled off his second century of the series. He drives one from Bhuvneshwar through covers but finds Kohli who accepts a decent catch. He scored 100 (106). Australia 175/2 in 33 overs

3:41 pm: HUNDRED for Usman Khawaja! He’s having a dream run in the ongoing five-ODI rubber. This is his second ODI century and both have been scored here. Australia 174/1 in 32 overs.

Meanwhile, India legend Bishan Singh Bedi isn’t happy with the wicket dished out for the series-deciding 5th ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. Here’s what he has said

3:26 pm: Kohli brings in Jasprit Bumrah. India need a wicket here now. Australia are cruising after opting to bat in Delhi. Score 157/1 in 28 overs

3:22 pm: Khawaja swivels on to square leg region for his 10th four and brings up the 150 for Australia. Score 152/1 in 27 overs

3:19 pm: Khawaja steps out to Kuldeep and sends the ball soaring high over the bowler’s head for his second six of the innings. Australia 145/1 in 26 overs

3:12 pm: Khawaja looks all set for a big score today as well. He keeps finding the boundaries and has added yet another one to bis hit total, off Shami, to move 70 off 70. Australia 128/1 in 24 overs

3:05 pm: Kohli brings back Shami for a second spell. He drops one short and Khawaja pulls him through mid-wicket for his seventh four. Australia 119/1 in 22 overs

2:54 pm: Handscomb steps out and sends the first delivery from Kedar Jadhav past the boundary for a four to bring up Australia’s 100 runs.

2:52 pm: Spin in operation from both the ends now – both left-armers. Australia 97/1 in 19 overs

2:44 pm: FIFTY for Usman Khawaja – his 8th in ODIs. Has struck six fours and a six so far.

2:40 pm: Peter Handscomb is in such fine touch. He seems to have picked up from his century in Mohali two days back. A sweep off Kuldeep gets him his first four and then an edge follows that evades Rohit Sharma at first slip to roll past the fence giving him another boundary. Australia 87/1 in 16 overs

2:34 pm: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja brings India a much-needed breakthrough in his first over of the match. It takes the left-arm spinner just three deliveries to make an impact, as he uproots the off-stump to end Finch’s promising innings on 27. Australia 76/1 in 14.3 overs

2:24 pm: Kuldeep started with a wrong’un. Khawaja later stepped out to lift one over the long-on boundary for a six – the first of the innings. Score 65/0 in 12 overs

2:20 pm: Spin in Kuldeep Yadav introduced. Australia 54/0 in 11 overs

2:12 pm: FIFTY up for Australia in 9.3 overs – Aaron Finch works one away to deep mid-wicket for a triple to bring up the milestone.

2:01 pm: A good start from Bumrah. Just three runs in it. Australia 41/0 in 7 overs

First bowling change of the day – Jasprit Bumrah replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar

1:57 pm: Now Finch gets into the act, two punches from the Aussie skipper as moves to 15 with two fours off Shami. Eight runs from the over. Australia 38/0 in six overs

1:47 pm IST: The good start continues and Khawaja looks in ominous touch today. He clatters two more fours off Shami – the first a whip through covers and the second a classy straight drive past the non-striker. 9 runs from the over. Australia 28/0 in four overs

1:43 pm IST: A productive third over for Australia. Bhuvneshwar bowled his first outside off and Finch went after it crashing it through covers for his first boundary. Khawaja then directed one via his wrists to backward square leg boundary for his third four of the innings. 10 runs from the over. Australia 19/0 in 3 overs

1:38 pm IST: Mohammed Shami began his over with two testing deliveries to the Aussie captain. The first one, an away swinger almost took an edge with Finch himself acknowledging it. The next, he almost chopped on before rushing off to the other and for a single and to the safety zone. Khawaja then drove one superbly through covers for a four. Australia 9/0 in 2 overs

1:33 pm IST: So Bhuvneshwar Kumar has started the proceedings for India in Delhi. Did well barring one delivery which he sent down the legside allowing Usman Khawaja to free his arms and send that rolling past the square leg boundary. Four runs from the over. Australia 4/0 in 1 over

The bell has been rung and it’s DDCA president Rajat Sharma who does the honours. The two umpires enter followed by the India openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. A loud cheer which means the Indian players have entered the field. Overcast conditions in the national capital today. This should be a cracker.

TOSS REPORT: Australia opt to bat in Delhi, Jadeja and Shami in for series-decider


Kohli: We would have liked to bat first as well, need to restrict them with the ball. We one of the one of the best chasing sides in the world and we have to show that today. Last few games didn’t go our way, but Australia have played better cricket. In terms of team composition, we know which way we are going for the World Cup. We are not invincible, and there will be sides that can beat us if they play better cricket on the day.

Finch: The wicket and the squares have been re-laid over the last few years, so we can’t look into the numbers much. Not a lot of international cricket here [Kotla] over the last 10 years. It’s important to keep the momentum, whenever you get the opportunities with the bat, take it, and take the team across the line.

Playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon

1:00 pm: Australia captain Aaron Finch wins the toss, opts to bat first in Delhi. Two changes for both the teams. India have brought allrounder Ravindra Jadeja for Yuzvendra Chahal while Mohammed Shami has been added as an extra bowler replacing KL Rahul. Australia have brought in allrounder Marcus Stoinis in place od Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon gets a spot in place of Jason Behrendorff

Hello and welcome to our coverage from the fifth and final ODI between India and Australia. The series is all set for a tasty finale with both the teams having won two matches each. Ashton Turner’s stunning assault in Mohali has pushed the five-ODI rubber to a decider in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla, India captain Virat Kohli’s home town. Stay with us for all the updates.

Creating history is the key to winning the series for Aaron Finch’s Australia. From being down 0-2, sixth-ranked Australia now stand toe to toe with No 2 India after consecutive wins in Ranchi and Mohali and a hat-trick of wins will give them the series. But history tells us that no team has ever come back from 0-2 to beat India in a series of five ODIs, and nor has any Australian side ever done that in a five-match series against any opposition.

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