Aaron Finch top scored for Australia with 96 © Getty Images
Aaron Finch top scored for Australia with 96 © Getty Images

Jan 18, 2015

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Mitchell Starc has been declared the man of the match for two games in a row for his career best figures of six for 43.

Australia have beaten India at MCG by four wickets after a brilliant innings by Aaron Finch. They won with an over to spare and have won both the matches in the tri-series so far. Earlier, Rohit Sharma’s century had propelled India to 267 for eight in 50 overs. Read Nishad Pai Vaidya‘s match report here

Australia still need 15 runs from the final two overs. It won’t be easy as the bowlers have been extremely disciplined in the last few overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is entrusted to bowl the 49th over.

Australia just 20 runs away from victory and they have four overs to get it. Glenn Maxwell and Bead Haddin are the last recognised pair and would not want to leave it to the tail enders to do the job.

Steven Smith is out for 47 and stitched together a 101-run stand with Aaron Finch. Smith played extremely attacking cricket but played defensively, whenever it was requited. Aaron Finch is batting on 95.

Australia have reached 200 in the 36th over. Aaron Finch nears his century and Steven Smith is looking at his attacking best at the other end. Australia need 68 more runs in 14 overs to win the match.

Australia have taken the batting powerplay and they are just 72 runs from their second victory of the tri-series. Steven Smith and Aaron Finch have already put on 81 runs for the third wicket and will want to finish the game off without any further damage.

Australia are inching closer and closer to a win. If they keep going t this pace, they’ll win easily. India desperately need a wicket or two quickly.

Australia still need 113 runs from 20 overs and make it two wins in a row in the series. Steven Smith looks to be in an aggressive mood and Aaron Finch is playing second fiddle to him. Looks like it’s going to be an exciting finish.

Aaron Finch scores his sixth half-century as he looks to guide Australia to a winning position. Steven Smith is keping him company at the other end.

Shane Watson is clean bowled off the bowling of Akshar Pate. Watson looks to sweep Akshar Patel over the top but he misses it completely and the ball hits his off stump.

Australia managed to reach their 100 without much damage. Australia lost David Warner for 24 and since then Shane Watson and Aaron Finch have taken Australia into a commanding position. India now desperately need a wicket or two if they are to win the game.

Australia make it to 15 overs without any major hiccups. Shane Watson and Aaron Finch have been able to stabilise the innings since David Warner’s dismissal. They’re sure to win the match at this rate.

Australia lose their first wicket in the form of David Warner, who tries to pull a ball and goes in the air and is eventually gobbled up by Suresh Raina at covers. Dangerous Warner goes for 24.

Australia bring up their 50 in the ninth over without losing a wicket. They haven’t looked in trouble even for a single moment. They are well on course to win this game, unless India can come up with something special.

Australia have made a brisk start to their run-chase as they haven’t lost any wicket in the opening six overs of the match. They are also going at almost six an over, which makes it a perfect start for them.

Australia begin their run chase with David Warner and Aaron Finch opening their innings. David Warner will be high on confidence after a superb century in the previous game. Aaron Finch will look to make up for his failure in the first ODI against England.

 

Thats it! it’s all over at MCG. Australia score 16 runs in that over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it’s heartbreak for India as they lost this game very narrowly. Once again, a professional performance by Australia

 

This match is going down to the wire. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been given the responsibility to bowl the 49th over. Australia need 15 to win from 12 balls.

 

Mohammed Shami walks off the field injured after bowling the first ball of the 47th over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls five dot balls and also picks up the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. India on top at this stage.

 

Glenn Maxwell is caught and bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He bowled a slow ball on Maxwell’s leg stump and Maxwell managed to lob it back to the bowler.
G Maxwell 20 (23) c&b B Kumar

 

 

Australia need 20 from four overs. India putting immense pressure on the batsmen, They are very much in the game.

 

Australia need 26 more runs to win the match in five overs. Glenn Maxwell and Brad Haddin will look to guide the team home without any hiccups.

 

Australia still need 27 from six overs and India and Australia will feel that the wicket of George bailey would have given India the edge.

 

Australia are 42 runs from winning the match and India need a couple of quick wickets, which will put pressure on the Australia batsmen. Interesting eight overs ahead of us.

 

Two new batsmen are at the crease after Steven Smith and Aaron Finch were dismissed in quick succession. India are now back into this game, although they can’t afford to take it easy.

 

OUT! Aaron Finch is caught behind just four runs short of a well deserved century. He will be utterly disappointed as he would have wanted to see Australia home. Great bowling from Umesh Yadav.
A Finch 96 (127) c Dhoni b Yadav

 

Aaron Finch was looking good is looking good as he nears his century. He’s joined by Glenn Maxwell at the other end, who is himself an aggressive player.

 

OUT! Steven Smith is out for 47 just as he was looking to finish the game as soon as possible. This will come as a respite for India but will know that their job is not yet done. Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman.
S Smith 47 (52) c Ashwin b Shami

 

Australia are easing their way to an easy win. Steven Smith crosses 1,000 runs in ODIs and is nearing a half-century. Aaron Finch is closing in on his sixth century at the other end.

 

 

Australia 200/2 | Overs 36

Australia have reached 200 and find themselves in an extremely comfortable food position to seal this match. Aaron Finch nears his century and Steven Smith closes in on his half-century as well.

 

 

Australia need just 72 runs in the final 15 overs in the match to register another win in the series. Australia are now forced to take the batting powerplay.

 

India are leaking too many runs at the moment. part-time bowler Suresh Raina has been targetted nicely. India must change it’s tactics with batting powerplay around the corner.

 

Seven runs came of that Umesh Kumar Over. It was a good over but one ball strayed down the leg side and Steven Smith punished it.

 

10 runs came from that Suresh Raina over as India still look for the wicket that might bring them back into the game.

 

Australia get five runs from that over and still need just under six runs an over to win the match with eight wickets in hand. Suresh Raina comes in to bowl his off-spinners.

 

Steven Smith breaks the shackles as he scores two boundaries from Ashwin’s over. 10 runs came from that over

 

The run flow seems to have reduced thanks to some good and sensible bowling by India. But Australia have depth in their batting and a batting powerplay up their sleeve and can still win this match.

 

 

The required run-rate is almost six an over for Australia. India will look to build more pressure and try to squeeze out another wicket, somehow.

 

Just a four and a singe of this over as Mohammed Shami tries to control the run flow. Ravichandran Ashwin comes on to bowl the next over.

 

Australia are marching towards victory and India will have to pick up wickets in order to stay alive in the game.

 

Aaron Finch scores his sixth half-century as he looks to guide his side to a victory. Steven Smith is playing at the other end.

 

Just three runs from that over. India have been successful in containing Australia but need a few more wickets. Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.

 

 

India will be happy after picking up the wicket of Shane Watson in the previous over. They need one or two more soon to have a chance of winning.

 

Akshar Patel gets his man. Shane Watson goes for a slog sweep and the ball knocks the off stump off. This is just what India wanted at this stage.
S Watson 41 (39) b Akshar

 

Good over from Ravichandran Ashwin. He and Akshar Patel are bowling very well in tandem and will look to pick up a wicket in the next couple of overs.

 

Just three runs came of that Akshar Patel over but India need a few quick wickets to stop the run flow. Ravichandran Ashwin continues from the other end.

 

Australia going at over five runs an over and with nine wickets in hand are well on course to win this game easily.

 

Great over from Akshar Patel, concedes just two runs from that over. A wicket or two will do very well for India at this stage.

 

Shane Watson blasts the last ball of the over for a huge six as he overtakes Aaron Finch to 37. India desperately need a wicket here.

 

Shane Watson is looking extremely dangerous as he is going over a run-a-ball. He’s well supported by Aaron Finch at the other end, who seems to be playing a second fiddle to Watson.

 

Australia score seven runs from that over. India will have to squeeze in a few quite overs to get back into the game.

 

Australia seem to be cruising despite the loss of David Warner early on. If they keep going at this rate, they’ll surely win.

 

Another decent over for Australia as they have managed to get a move on since David Warner’s dismissal. Shane Watson is looking more and more dangerous.

 

 

Australia 57/1 | Overs 12

Excellent over from Umesh Yadav, bowls the first maiden of this innings and also picked up the wicket of David Warner in his previous over.

 

 

Excellent over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he concedes just one run form the last over. Aaron Finch and Shane Watson look to carry on the momentum after David Warner’s dismissal.

 

India will breathe a huge sigh of relief after dismissing David Warner. Shane Watson can be equally dangerous. Another wicket here and India will be right back in this game.

 

David Warner top edges a ball from Umesh Yadav, which pops up in the air and falls in the grateful hands of Syresh Raina. Umesh Yadav redeems himself after a bad first over.
D Warner 24 (22) c Raina b Yadav

 

 

Australia score 11 runs from that last over from Mohammed Shami. Australia cruising at this stage.

 

Australia marching on towards the target with confidence. Their opening partnership will be key if they are to make a successful run-chase.

 

 

Another economical over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, conceding just three off that over. Mohammed Shami is set to bowl the next over, hoping to be better than the previous over.

 

 

Australia 29/0 | Overs 4

Mohammed Shami bowls another horrendous over and David Warner capitalises with two boundaries. Nine runs coming from that over.

 

Excellent over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he just concedes just two runs from the third over. Mohammed Shami replaces Umesh Yadav at the other end.

 

Some poor bowling by Umesh Yadav has cost India 13 runs from the second over. He has to make a stronger comeback in the next over.

 

 

 Australia 5/0 | Overs 1
Australia score five runs off the first over, chasing 268 runs to win the second ODI at Melbourne. David Warner will want to continue his form from the first ODI, where he smashed a hundred against England.

 

 

 

India end the innings at 267 for eight after conceding just five singles off the last over. Inda will be extremely happy with the score considering the kind of start they had.

 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes off the very first ball and Mitchell Starc gets six wixkets in a match for the first time in his career. Mohammed Shami is the new batsman.
B Kumatr 0(1) b Starc

 

Rohit Sharma is out after he scored 138 off 139 balls. He failed to connect a full toss from Starc and Maxwell was able to grab on to the ball at mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Ashwin out in the middle.
R Sharma 138 (139) c Maxwell b Starc

 

India play out Patrick Cummins without giving him a single wicket. India will want to get atleast 20 runs in the remaining two overs.

 

Rohit Sharma finishes the over with a huge six over mid wicket, which brings up 250 for India

 

Gurvinder Sandhu completes his quota of 10 overs on his debut. He finishes with one for 58, having gotten the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane early on.

 

 

 

Akshar Patel plays a bad shot as he finds himself LBW off the bowling of Starc. Starc now has four wickets in the match so far.
OUT! Akshar Pater 0 (2) LBW b Starc

 

MS Dhoni drags one back to his stumps as his brief innings comes to an end. He would’ve made a difference of 15-20 runs in the end. Akshar Patel joins Rohit Sharma out in the middle.
MS Dhoni 19 (31) b Starc

 

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni bring up their 50-run stand off 54 balls. They will now look to bat till the end of the match so that India get closer to 300.

 

Eight runs scored of the Mitchell Starc over. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are slowly but steadily getting India closer to 300.

 

Eight runs coming off the last over. India will now look to get somewhere around 300, considering that they have eight wickets in hand.

 

 

 

 

India will now look to finish the innings with a bang as nine more overs are left. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni will look to score as many runs as possible.

 

 

 

Rohit Sharma looks to take the long handle as he hoists the ball over mid wicket for a boundary. 10 Overs remain in the innings.

 

India score four of that over as that ends the batting powerplay. They managed just 19 runs in the batting powerplay and lost the wicket of Suresh Raina in the process.

 

 

India not surprisingly going for the big hits despite being in the powerplay overs. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni must show more intent to get to a huge score.

 

 

Just two runs off that over from Mitchell Starc, but Rohit Sharma got to his sixth ODI century. Rohit has been at his elegant best today.

 

Rohit Sharma reaches his sixth ODI century as the ball hits the outside edge of the bat. This is also his third century against Australia

 

MS Dhoni announces his arrival to the crease with a four towards point. Rohit Sharma is batting on 99 at the other end.

 

Suresh Raina mistimes his shot and the ball falls directly into the hands of Glenn Maxwell at mid on. Captain MS Dhoni walks out to the middle to join Rohit Sharma thus ending the 126-run stand.
S Raina 51 (63) c Maxwell b Starc

 

 

Raina goes to his fifty with a single, which is his first half-century in Australia.

 

Rohit Sharma inches close to his century and Suresh Raina is on course to his half-century as India as India have taken the batting powerplay.

 

 

Back-to-back boundaries off the last two balls from James Faulkner takes Rohit Sharma six runs short of a well deserved century. Suresh Raina one blow away from his half-century.

 

Rohit Sharma is now well into his eighties as he pulls the last ball of the over for a boundary. Suresh Raina closes in on his half-century at the other end.

 

Two runs off the last ball brings up the 100- run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Will be interesting to see when the duo decide to take the batting powerplay.

 

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina inching closer to a 100-run partnership, with Suresh Raina getting closer and closer to his well deserved half century.

 

Suresh Raina looks to take on the off-spinner Glenn Maxwell as he scores a four over point. Two Australian fielders chasing the ball couldn’t reach it despite their best efforts.

 

Last ball from Gurinder Sandhu goes for a boundary, otherwise a great over from the debutant. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina going strong at the moment.

 

 

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina going strong as both of them look set for a huge score.

 

Huge appeal against Rohit Sharma for LBW, the umpire doesn’t respond and there’s chaos at the other end as Rohit was extremely close to running himself out.

 

 

Just four runs came from that over as this partnership is now starting to blossom. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina seem to have gotten their eyes in and now look to make the most of this good start.

 

 

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina involved in an on-field altercation and the umpires had to intervene to separate them. Only four runs came of that over.

 

 

Rohit Sharma brings up his fifty with a huge six over mid-wicket. That also brought u the 50 partnership between Rohit and Suresh Raina.

 

Eight runs came of the 22nd Over as India go past 100. Rohit Sharma just one run away from his half century as James Faulkner is back into the attack.

 

Rohit Sharma inches closer to his fifty as Suresh Raina takes the role of the aggressor in this budding partnership.

 

Suresh Raina looks aggressive as he lofts Shane Watson over mid on four another boundary. Raina looks to make up for a forgettable match in the final Test at Sydney. Rohit Sharma nears his half-century at the other end.

 

Suresh Raina scores a much needed boundary as India look to accelerate. Rohit Sharma has been rock steady at the other end so far.

 

Five runs from that over from Shane Watson. Rohit Sharma is slowly inching towards yet another half-century. Suresh Raina at the other end has made a slow start to his innings.

 

Rohit Sharma breaks the ice with a huge six over backward square leg. Productive over for India as eight runs came from the Mitchell Starc over. Shane Watson continues from the other end.

 

 

Just two runs coming off that Shane Watson over. He has been extremely economical so far. Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma play him out cautiously.

 

 

Mitchell Starc bowls a maiden over. He was extremely accurate and ROhit Sharma finds it hard to put the fast bowler away. Suresh Raina keeps him company at the other end.

 

Just three runs coming from that Shane Watson Over. India still in a spot of bother at this stage, but have the ability to post a big score from here on as well. Mitchell Starc is back into the attack.

 

 

India lose the wicket of Virat Kohli as Suresh Raina comes out to join opener Rohit Sharma out in the middle. Rohit has looked good so far and looks set for a big score today.

 

OUT! Virat Kohli top-edges a ball trying to pull and he’s caught at mid-on as the ball pops up in the air. James Faulkner gets his first wicket.
V Kohli 9 (15) c Bailey b Faulkner

 

Just three runs from Shane Watson’s first over. Good start for the medium-pacer as India once again look to consolidate after losing Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane within the powerplay overs.

 

 

Virat Kohli now looks to get a move on as he shows some intent. Lot of responsibilities lies on his shoulders today as Shane Watson comes into the attack.

 

Just five runs coming off the 10th over. India finish the first powerplay at 45 for the loss of two wickets and will look to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to get a few quick runs.
Five runs coming off that over for India. Rohit Sharma is looking good and is into his twenties now. He’ll want to make a big score today.
Ajinkya Rahane got caught behind off the bowling of debutant Gurinder Sandhu. Just four runs coming off the eights over. India look to re-build once again.
OUT! A Rahane is out trying to push a ball close to his body. He is caoght behind off the bowling of the debutant Gurinder Sandhu
A Rahane 12 (22) c Haddin b Sandhu
Australia have cut the free flow of runs. Just three runs coming off the over from Patrick Cummins. ROhit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane now trying to get their eye in as they look to play a long innings

 

Gurinder Sandhu conceds just one run in his first ever over in international cricket. India play him out cautiously.
Rahane and Rohit have done well so far after that early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. Just three runs came off the fifth Over
Rohit Sharma after having a close look at a couple of deliveries goes for a big shot and connects well as the ball sails over the long-off fence for a six and that was followed by four runs that were run by the batsmen as the ball went close to the boundary. Again, 10 runs from the over
India are living dangerously but got two boundaries in that over. The first was an inside edge off the bat of Ajinkya Rahane and the second one was an uppish cut past point. 10 runs off that over.
India have been jolted by the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, but look to regroup as Rahane and Rohit try to steady the innings. Mitchell Starc, just like he did against England, strikes in the very first over once again.

 

Shikhar Dhawan is the first batsman to be dismissed. He’s caught at second slip, trying to go for a drive by Aaron Finch off the bowling of Mitchell Starc
OUT! S Dhawan 2 c FInch b Starc
India have decided to open with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma therefore ending the confusion. They would want to get off to a good start as Australia can be very dangerous early on.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second ODI between India and Australia here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in on Saturday. I am Pramod Ananth, and I will be bringing you all the live updates from the what is expected to be an exciting contest

India lock horns with Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Melbourne. Australia put up an extremely professional performance against England and secured a three-wicket win and also earning a bonus point in the process. Australia dominated most part of the Test series against India earlier and won the four-match series 2-0. They certainly have the psychological advantage going into  this game. Catch the preview of the 2nd ODI between India and Australia here

Having retired from Tests, captain MS Dhoni is back and he will lead the side in the series and also in the upcoming world cup. India, firstly have to address as to who will open the innings for them. Will it be Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan-Ajinkya Rahane or Ajinkya Rahane-Rohit Sharma. Then, their premier fast bowler Ishant Sharma will miss the game due to an injury. This will pave way for wither Dhawal Kulkarni or Mohit Sharma to make an impression, if needed. The bowlers struggled to dismiss the Australian batsmen in the Tests and would hope that theu don’t ave a similar problem going into this game. India must go into the game believing that they can win the match as well as the series.

Australia on the other hand had everything going for them in the first ODI against England. Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner got four and three wickets respectively and David Warner started the series off with a magnificent century. They will want their skipper George Bailey to fire in the game as he is a crucial player in the team’s middle-order. It will be interesting to see if fast-bowler Gurinder Sandhu will get his debut. However, Australia will not want to change their winning combination.

Toss: India (Bat)

India playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Australia playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Gurinder Sandhu, Patrick Cummins

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (C&WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Australia: George Bailey (c), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty.

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