India vs Australia 2018-19

Australia Win: That’s it. Australia (288/5) take 1-0 series lead with a 34-run win over India (254/9)

A few lusty blows from Bhuvneshwar Kumar provides entertainment but that doesn’t help the fact that India need 43 off 8. Surely, it’s a climb that is steep enough for Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep.

OUT: The wicket India hoped not to lose. Rohit falls for a wonderful 133. And that should be it for India. 221 for 7, need 68 off 26.

Jadeja falls: Rohit Sharma is running out of partners. India 216 for 6, need 76 off 35.

Rohit keeps India alive. He takes sixes off Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis off consecutive overs to bring the equation to 76 off 36. Rohit moves to 127 off 125. Jadeja is doing the sensible thing of giving Rohit most of the strike. The required rate is still over 12.

There you have it. Century No. 22 in ODIs for Rohit Sharma. But the big question is, can he win it for India? 110 needed off 61. Subdued celebration from him.

Equation getting tight for India: 121 needed of 69 balls. Rohit Sharma approaching his 100 while Dinesh Karthik has moved to 14 off 19.

If only Dhoni had taken the review

WICKET: And that’s all she wrote. Dhoni, having played such a composed innings, is out LBW to Behrendorff. Surprisingly, he did not go for the review. Most of the times his judgement is correct but this time he fails to get it right. The replay showed the ball pitching outside leg. Unfortunate. None the less, a handy innings this from the former India captain, who added 137 runs with Rohit for the fourth wicket.

FIFTY for MS Dhoni: Yes, Welcome back, MS. It’s been a long wait for the former India captain but he’s finally brought up his 68th half-century off 96 balls. Drills one down to ground from Marcus Stoinis followed by absolutely no celebrations at all. India 136/3.

End of Over 30: India 133/3. Rohit and Dhoni continue to bat positively. The equation has come down to 156 off 20 overs. Gettable by all means. Meanwhile, Rohit has taken Lyon for a third six, and Dhoni is approaching his half-century. Can India pull this one off?

The 100 comes up for India in the 26th over and they’re still three wickets down. This has been a terrific 100-run stand between Dhoni and Rohit, keeping India alive in the game.

FIFTY for Rohit: It’s been a special effort and one which India needed dearly. His fifty has come off 62 balls, a credible effort knowing he was 11 off 30. Dhoni too has picked up pace at the other end. India are nearing 100 and would require these two to carry the good work.

End of Over 21: Rohit and Dhoni grow in confidence. They have added 69 off 104 balls to help steady the Indian innings after it was rocked by Australia early on. Just one boundary so far, but both have combines to hit four sixes. It’s getting better for India, who have moved to 73/3 but there’s still plenty of work left to be done.

India get a move on. After being tied down for the first half hour, Dhoni and Rohit have attempted to get the scoring rate going. The last two overs have resulted in a six each from Rohit and Dhoni. The opener pulled Siddle into the stands, and next over, Dhoni stepped out to Lyon and deposited the ball towards into the crowd. Dhoni moves to 12 off 40. India 45/3 in 15.3 overs.

End of Over 10: India 21 for 3. It’s been all Australia in the innings so far. Took out three of India’s top four, leaving the task of rebuilding to Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. The former India captain is 3 off 22, while the vice captain is 11 off 30.

After seven overs, India are scoring at 2 an over to reach 14 for 3. Way below the required run rate but it’s time for damage control. MS Dhoni and Rohit have a huge task ahead.

End of Over 5: Rohit Sharma off the mark with a SIX. India 11 for 3 in chase of 289.

India 3 down: Well, Well, Well! Australia’s new-ball attack is doing more damage than India would have expected. Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu fall in a span of three balls. Kohli flicks Jhye Richardson straight to square leg for three and two balls later Rayudu is trapped LBW for a DUCK, the review not saving him. The two bowlers had played four combined ODIs before this match.

WICKET: Dream start for Australia. Jason Behrendorff picks his maiden ODI wicket as Shikhar Dhawan goes for a golden duck. Australia took a horrible review the previous ball against Rohit Sharma after an LBW appeal against him was turned down. There were no doubts next ball though, as Behrendorff bowled a splendid inswinger to Dhawan catching him stone dead in front of the stumps. India 1/1.

Sydney has of late seen high scoring fixtures, and while this one didn’t breach the 300-mark, 288 seems a competitive total. Marsh and Khawaja set the base with their solid half-centuries, and Handscomb and Stoinis build on it. Handscomb scored 73 off 61 when run scoring wasn’t easy and Stoinis found his spots in the final two overs. How will India’s batsmen respond? Stay tuned. We’ll be back with the second innings shortly.

Here’s how Marcus Stoinis took on the Indian attack in the final overs

Innings break: Australia finish on 288 for 5, a total they would be might happy with. From 208/4, Handscomb and Stoinis launched an assault with Australia scoring 80 runs off the last seven overs. Glenn Maxwell remained unbeaten on 11 off 5.

WICKET: Gone. A ball after he was dropped, Peter Handscomb holes out at sweeper cover. The previous delivery he pulled towards the gap between deep square leg and fine leg with an ambitious Amabati Rayudu, attempting to catch it, send the ball over the boundary rope. But no misdudgment this time as Dhawan trakes a comfortable catch. Handscomb departs but he’s done the job scoring 73 off 61 balls.

Vital stand: Stoinis and Handscomb have added 60 runs off 55 balls for the fifth wicket and have helped Australia break the shackles in the final five overs. From 208 in 43 overs, Australia have progressed to 248 after 47. Two overe remain. 53 runs have come off last 42 balls.

Handscomb goes big: A crunching SIX off Kuldeep Yadav brings up the half-century for Peter Handscomb. After going five overs without a boundary, Stoinis and Handscomb strike a six each off Kuldeep to break the shackles. Australia 222/4 in 44 overs.

Australia 208/4 in 43 overs, the last three overs producing just 13 runs. Did Australia miss a trick here by not sending Glenn Maxwell ahead of Marcus Stoinis?

Right then. The final 10 overs remain. Australia are 195/4. How much do you back them to score? Khawaja reckons the surface is a little slow and that 280 should be a fighting total.

India not giving away easy runs: A staggering 122 dot balls have been bowled by India in this innings so far.

While all the focus was on Marsh and his half-century, Peter Handscomb has played an equally important hand, if not better. He’s struck four boundaries but it’s been his running between the wicket that has stood out. With 36 off 37 balls, he is striking the ball at a rate of almost a 100.

WICKET: Australia 186/8 in the 38th over. Oh no! The wicket Australia did not want to lose. Shaun Marsh, who had played excellently till now, perishes in the deep to give Kuldeep his second wicket. Flighted delivery and Marsh goes for the lofted drive but he didn’t apply much power behind it. Mohammed Shami takes a fine catch running in from long-on. He goes for 54 off 70.

FIFTY for Marsh: Shaun Marsh brings up his 13th half-century with a crunching pull shot. He’s been in terrific form since the last one year or so in the 50-over format even though his Test form has come under a bit of scanner. None the less, this innings has been extremely crucial for Australia and sets the platform nicely for the average score of 327 on this ground. Australia 176 for 3 in 35.3 overs.

Should India have gone in with Chahal ahead of Jadeja?

WICKET: And there is the breakthrough for India. Ravindra Jadeja gets Usman Khawaja out LBW for 59. While he has been prolific with his reverse sweeps in this innings, he falls to a sweep shot. Going for a slog, the ball raps him on the pads and Khawajs is given out, the review not saving him. Timely wicket for India. Australia 133/3 in the 29th over.

FIFTY for Khawaja: It’s been a long time coming. Terrific half-century for Usman Khawaja off 70 balls. He needed this. More importantly. Australia needed this badly for him. Runs haven’t been easy to come for him but this knock will go a long way in getting some confidence back. Australia 117/2 in 25.2 overs.

100 up for Australia: A stirring FOUR from Usman Khawaja with a reverse sweep brings up the 100 for Australia. India are just beginning to get a little frustrated here. Boundaries are beginning to come. India have Jadeja and Rayudu operating in tandem. Two boundaries conceded by Rayudu off the 24th over.

Partnership: Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have added 50 runs for the third wicket. Australia needed this after both their openers fell cheaply and both batsmen have stepped up nicely to the challenge. Some much-needed runs these for both batsmen. Australia reach 95/2 after 21 overs.

A short wrap on Bhuvneshwar completing 100 ODI wickets.

DRINKS Interval: It’s been a good, productive first hour for India but Australia haven’t played bad themselves. Both times, they lost a wicket, they ensured another one didn’t go down soon. After Finch was bowled by Bhuvneshwar, Carey and Khawaja took them forward. When Kuldeep Struck in his first over to snap the partnership, Khawaja and Marsh batted sensible to take them to 75/2. Interesting see-saw period between both sides.

End of Over 13: Australia 56/2. A ripping over from Mohammed Shami, beating Shaun Marsh twice on the off stump. Khawaja is 16 off 29 Marsh is 8 off 11 with a boundary.

WICKET: Edged and Taken! Australia 41/2. Alex Carey throws away a good start as Kuldeep picks up a wicket in the first over. Slightly short and Carey, trying to cut it hard, edges it to Rohit Sharma at slips,. who takes a wonderful reflex catch. That’s the end of that partnership just when it seemed like developing.

End of Over 9: Australia 37/1. India have tightened things in the last three overs or so, making it tough for Australia to score. There have been a couple of huge heaves from Khawaja. Is that an indication of frustration. India sense an opening and keeping that in mind, Kuldeep Yadav has been introduced.

Seven overs gone, Australia 30 for 1. Runs coming in ones and twos at the moment. With a decent scoring rate, Carey and Khawaja need to play themselves in. There have been a few crisp shots but have not been able to get past the close-in fielders.

Oh boy! Have a look at that for a wicket. Quite a way to get your 100th ODI wicket.

End of Over 4: Australia 20/1. Two boundaries in that over from Carey off Khaleel. Two left-handers at the crease.

BOWLED HIM: Aaron Finch’s wretched run continues. Bhuvneshwar gets one to nip back in as the ball goes through the bat and pad to rattle the stumps. With that, Bhuvneshwar gets his 100th ODI wicket. Australia 8/1.

End of Over 2: Khaleel oversteps but no harm done as he follows up woth a dot ball off the free hit. Australia 8/0.

End of Over 1: A good, disciplined start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, giving away just two runs. He seems to have found his rhythm pretty early.

Flashback: India were beaten 1-4 in the last bilateral series in Australia, but their only win came at the SCG where they gunned down 331 runs. For Australia, Mitchell Marsh and David Warner had scored centuries, while Manish Pandey’s unbeaten 104 had gotten them home. Strangely, none of the three are playing today.

Virat Kohli: We would have batted first as well but a couple of players were inclined towards chasing. It’s a brilliant wicket to play on, with shorter boundary on one side. It’s going to be an exciting chase as I am always inclined towards chasing. That’s always not the team plan, we need to take a collective decision. Anyways we have to bowl first now. We are always looking to improve as a side. We need to restrict teams to a lesser total, something that’s difficult these days. We need to strike when the big games arrive. When two quality players (Hardik and Rahul) are not featuring, it upsets the balance of the side. There are few guys who’ve got a chance to prove themselves. Jadeja is back in the ODI side, let’s see what he’s got to offer.

Aaron Finch: We are gonna bat first mate. I think the middle overs we have to get it right, we have identified. We need to brush up there and improve. I think we need to keep wickets in the back end. My form wasn’t great during the Test series, but I went back and got freshened up after playing BBL.

TOSS: Australia captain Aaron Finch wins toss and opts to bat first. India include Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja in their line-up. Dinesh Karthik gets the nod ahead of Kedar Jadhav at No. 5.

Teams

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff

7:10 am: Jason Behrendorff has just received his maiden cap, becoming the 227th Australian cricketer to play one-day international for the country. Giving the cap is the great Glenn McGrath, a man whom Behrendorff must have grown up idolosing. Pretty sweet moment for the 28-year-old.

6:15 am: Good morning everyone! Welcome to our live coverage from the first ODI of a three-match series between India and Australia to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

PREVIEW

It was at the SCG where India basked in the euphoria of their maiden series Test win in Australia. Five days removed that historic day, India and Australia will square off at the same venue once more in a series of equal magnitude if not more. 2019 is the year of the World Cup, and with only a handful of one-day internationals remaining for either side between now and May 30, the final leg of preparations begins.

Both teams find themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum. India have been formidable in ODIs, having won the Asia Cup in September, followed by a 3-1 victory over the West Indies at home. Australia, their opponents meanwhile had a forgettable 2018, where they lost three straight bilateral series which included a losing streak of seven matches. Last year, they won just three of the 24 matches they featured in and have plenty to worry. Click here to read more