Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of India vs Australia 2nd ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Zampa continues. Virat Kohli is nearing his half-century. Meanwhile, Iyer muscles one over mid-wicket for four. Kohli brings up his 50 with a boundary to backward square!
India 140/2 after 22 Overs: Maxwell’s third over yields a boundary for Kohli, who pulls a short ball for four. Picks a brace off the fifth ball. A single to end the over. Nine coming off it. Maxwell’s three overs have gone for 23.
India 131/2 after 21 Overs: Adam Zampa is back into the attack. Five runs off the first over of Zampa’s new spell. Both the batsmen have been rotating strike rather easily so far.
India 126/2 after 20 Overs: Maxwell continues. You’d imagine this is also a very crucial innings for someone like Iyer, who is trying to establish himself as India’s new No. 4. He has done well so far – reverse sweeps Maxwell for four. 10 coming off that over.
India 116/2 after 19 Overs: Henriques continues. The partnership between Kohli and Iyer is now worth 50 plus. Good recovery after having lost both openers in quick succession. Meanwhile, Henriques giving a good account of himself: 4 from this over.
India 112/2 after 18 Overs: Glenn Maxwell has been introduced into the attack. Good over from Maxi. Four singles from it.
India 108/2 after 17 Overs: Moises Henriques into the attack after the break. Seven runs coming off it in the end including an extra.
India 101/2 after 16 overs: 100 up for India and although the required rate is touch over 8, Kohli has dropped anchor.
India 98/2 after 15 overs: Kohli has got into his groove as he straight drives Cummins and then guides one to the third man boundary. The Indian skipper is in the mood to hunt down this massive total.
India 89/2 after 14 overs: Shreyas gets into the act with a boundary and the duo is building a partnership.
India 84/2 after 13 overs: Kohli smacks Cummins for a maximum over the deep and then reviews a LBW that the umpire ruled him Out. Inside edge and Kohli knew straightaway. Calm and composed, Kohli seems to have set his eyes on the target.
India 77/2 after 12 overs: Adam Zampa into the attack and Iyer pulls him through the mid-wicket to end the over with a boundary.
India 70/2 after 11 overs: Kohli is off the mark and the Indian skipper is in no rush. The master of run chases has to belt another one. Meanwhile, David Warner has suffered a groin injury. He will be going for scans.
India 67/2 after 10 overs: Shreyas Iyer plays an unusal shot as he moves away and guides Hazlewood’s short delivery over point for a boundary. Kohli, yet to get off the mark.
India 61/2 after 9 overs: Cummins strikes and he removes Mayank Agarwal. Both Indian openers are gone after giving a good start. Shreyas Iyer joins Kohli, who is yet to get off the mark.
India 58/0 after 8 overs: Hazlewood strikes and after yet another great start, India loses a wicket. Dhawan falls and that brings Kohli into the middle. The Indian skipper needs to play a blinder to level the series.
India 56/0 after 7 overs: Mayank Agarwal just displayed an exquisite cover drive and then punched Cummins through mid-off and India going at 7.81 runs per over. Excellent start from the openers.
India 47/0 after 6 overs: Crunch! What a shot! Dhawan just sits on Hazlewood’s back of length delivery and pulls over the mid-wicket for a boundary. India in the chase.
India 37/0 after 5 overs: Dhawan carries on his fine form as he belts Starc for a hat-trick of boundaries and this is great going from India. An inside-edge, then a cut over the ring and then a bottom-edge that beats fine-leg. All runs count.
India 21/0 after 4 overs: David Warner has limped off the field and the Indian openers are being watchful, while playing with freedom.
India 17/0 after 3 overs: Change of length from Starc as he goes back of length, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms.
India 12/0 after 2 overs: Superb shot from Dhawan as he gets going with a sublime cover drive and India, up and running in chase of 390.
India 8/0 after 1 over: Brilliant start from India as Mayank Agarwal with good positive intent hammers Starc for two boundaries – one through the mid-wicket and another behind point to get the run chase going.
Right then, India begins the tall chase of 390 and it will be Mayank Agarwal along with Shikhar Dhawan. Mitchell Starc to start proceedings with the new ball.
End of Innings: Australia posts 389/4
A century from Steve Smith and half-centuries from Labuschagne and Maxwell has powered Australia to a massive target of 389/4. This will take some batting from the Indians.
Australia 374/4 after 49 overs: Bumrah finally gets a wicket as he gets Labuschagne and what a class knock this has been from him. Played under the shadow of Smith but came off his own once the centurion departed. Top act.
Australia 364/3 after 48 overs: Maxwell is turning the heat on and is already on 47 off just 22 deliveries. This game is turning out to be like the first encounter.
Australia 351/3 after 47 overs: Maxwell smacks Bumrah for a maximum, goes on one knee and slams the pacer over covers and the ball travels the distance for a maximum.
Australia 339/3 after 46 overs: Maxwell tees off as he smokes Shami for a maximum as Australia is nearing the 350-run mark.
Australia 326/3 after 45 overs: India needs to tighten things and with Maxwell at the crease, the death bowling will be key to India’s chase. Anything over 350 will be very hard to achieve, given that the picth is going to further slow down.
Australia 314/3 after 44 overs: Fifty for Labuschagne and this has been a quiet, classy knock from the middle-order batsman. The 300 is up for Australia.
Australia 307/3 after 43 overs: Maxwell spoils Jadeja’s fine over by fetching two consecutive boundaries and the 300 is up for India. Jadeja finishes with 10-0-60-0
Australia 296/3 after 42 overs: Finally, India finds a way to remove Smith as Hardik Pandya strikes. The only rare time that Smith has erred in his shot selection but what a fabulous knock this has been. Absolute genius.
Australia 288/2 after 41 overs: Another century from Smith and he gets to the landmark in just 62 balls. What a batting masterclass this has been from Smith and his century has put Australia in commanding position.
Australia 262/2 after 39 overs: You can watch Steve Smith bat, all day. He unleashes a couple of classic drives and threads the field so beautifully to find the boundary. Top stuff from Smith.
Australia 250/2 after 38 overs: The 250 is up for Australia as Hardik bowls is second over. He is doing a decent job as he doesn’t concede a boundary and gives just four runs.
Australia 246/2 after 37 overs: Labuschagne gets into the act as he smacks Chahal for a couple of boundaries and this partnership is woth 90 off just 69 deliveries.
Australia 235/2 after 36 overs: Well, at last, Kohli asks Hardik Pandya to roll his arms over and after a long time, Pandya comes into the attack and starts in a fine fashion.
Australia 230/2 after 35 overs: Kohli turns to Mayank Agarwal and India’s lack of a sixth bowler is clearly hurting. Smith punishes Agarwal for a couple of boundaries and Australia ready for the late charge.
Australia 220/2 after 34 overs: Yet another fifty for Smith and the Australian run machine continues to score almost every time he walks in. Calm, composed and class all over the knock. He isn’t done yet and that means, India is in trouble.
Australia 209/2 after 33 overs: Chahal is back into the attack and he starts his second spell in a decent way, giving just six. Smith and Labuschagne building nicely with a fifty run partnership.
Australia 203/2 after 32 overs: Excellent from Jadeja as he gives just six from his over and the spinner has dragged his length back. 200 up for Australia.
Australia 197/2 after 31 overs: Smith is up and running as he pockets two back to back boundaries and Saini continues to be expensive as he has conceded already 44 in his five overs.
Australia 187/2 after 30 overs: Smith launches Jadeja high over deep mid-wicket for a maximum and he is looking in sublime touch at the moment. India needs to pick a wicket here.
Australia 173/2 after 29 overs: Bumrah is keeping things tight and India is in control of things at the moment. If they can pick Smith here, the game would change and the momentum would shift India’s way.
Australia 168/2 after 28 overs: Jadeja running through his overs and the over-rate has been good from India’s point of view.
Australia 164/2 after 27 overs: Smith is just all class as he guides Bumrah behind point for a boundary and Marnus Labuschagne is off the mark with a single.
Australia 157/2 after 26 overs: Brilliant from Shyeyas Iyer as he hits the bulls’ eye with a direct hit from long-off and packs off Warner. India fighting back as both the set openers are back in the hut.
Australia 153/1 after 25 overs: Smith with a beautiful drive down the ground gets going and at a half-way stage, Australia in complete control.
Australia 145/1 after 24 overs: A couple of wickets here would bring India right back into this game as Smith and Warner are way too capable to go an attacking spree.
Australia 142/1 after 23 overs: Finally, India finds a breakthrough as Shami strikes to remove Finch. The opener closed his bat a bit early and the ball takes a leading edge as Kohli takes an easy catch at extra cover. Steve Smith, fresh from a century from the last game is back.
Australia 136/0 after 22 overs: Australia going at a very good pace with Warner playing the role of an aggressor. Finch, having reached his fifty is making India toil.
Australia 130/0 after 21 Overs: Chahal errs in line; sliding down leg and Warner gets down to sweep it past the diving backward square-leg for four. That’s fifty for Aaron Finch – gets there with a maximum.
Australia 117/0 after 20 Overs: Jaddu is slipping in a few tight overs here. Just two from it. Last 5 overs have gone for just 22.
Australia 115/0 after 19 Overs: Chahal into his fifth over. Pretty toothless bowling from India thus far. Good over from the leggie. Only two off it. Last two overs have gone for just six.
Australia 113/0 after 18 Overs: A quiet over that from Jaddu. Just four singles from it in the end.
Australia 109/0 after 17 Overs: Warner starting to call the shots now – shimmies down the track and clobbers a flighted Chahal delivery over long-on for six. Eight from the over.
Australia 101/0 after 16 Overs: Ravindra Jadeja, left arm orthodox, comes into the attack after the break. India need a wicket from somewhere. Good start from Jaddu. Six coming off it. This is now the fifth 100 plus partnership for Finch and Warner against India.
Australia 95/0 after 15 Overs: Chahal continues. A close run-out call off the first ball; Warner is just in. Good start to the over. Just one off the first three balls. And one off the next three. Just two off the over.
Australia 93/0 after 14 Overs: Finch starting to flex his muscles now. Collects 12 off this Bumrah over. Ominous signs for India once again.
Australia 81/0 after 13 overs: The run-rate is steady at 6 rpo and India will find it hard if it doesn’t finds a breakthrough. Warner and Finch batting without much fuss as Chahal struggles to find turn.
Australia 77/0 after 12 overs: A full toss hits Finch on his stomach and the skipper is fine as then Saini digs in a short ball and Finch swings hard, gets a top edge for a boundary.
Australia 71/0 after 11 overs: Second consecutive fifty for Warner and India once again finish the Powerplay without picking a wicket. This is going to hurt as both Warner and Finch are going great at the moment.
Australia 59/0 after 10 overs: Finch attacks Saini and he smacks him over mid-off for a boundary. However, the bowlers makes a little comeback to make it a seven-run over.
Australia 52/0 afetr 9 overs: Excellent from Bumrah as just two runs comes from his over but Australia off to a solid start and another 300 plus is on the cards,if India doesn’t pick wickets.
Australia 50/0 after 8 overs: Warner is in full flow and the fifty run stand is up for Australia. India needs a wicket.
Australia 41/0 after 7 overs: Saini needs to correct his length as the lack of movement isn’t helping the bowler as Warner smacks him for couple of boundaries.
Australia 29/0 after 6 overs: Change of ends for Shami and he is keeping the pressure on the openers as he gives just two and Finch takes a single off the last ball to retain strike.
Australia 27/0 after 5 overs: Warner welcomes Saini with a maximum as he helps the back of length delivery with a neat pull over the deep square leg boundary and Australia off to a sedate start.
Australia 18/0 after 4 overs: Finch is up and running as Bumrah goes down the leh and the Australian captain flicks it over the backward square-leg for a boundary.
Australia 10/0 after 3 overs: Decent second over from Shami as he gives just six from his second over. The body language from the opening bowlers has been good as they have come with an attacking midset.
Australia 4/0 after 2 overs: Bumrah starts with a maiden over and India needs to pick wickets upfront.
Australia 4/0 after 1 over: Warner is underway as he cuts Shami through the square and picks the first boundary. Shami bounces back to end the over with three dots.
Warner and Finch walk out to the middle. Shami to start proceedings with the new ball. A slip in place.
Toss Update: Aaron Finch has won the toss and elected to bat.
Virat Kohli: We have played enough 50 over cricket to pull up professionally. After the 30-over mark, the bodies started to stiffen up a little bit as we have not played a long game for a while. The guys have understood what we need to do right today. The second half was very encouraging even though we lost four wickets. The big partnership [between Dhawan and Pandya] kept us in the game. We can take a lot of positives from that. It’s about covering up in the early part of the innings where we are not far behind because you don’t wan’t your bowlers to not have time, especially at the death. We are playing the same XI.
Aaron Finch: We are going to bat. Stoinis is out today, a little bit of niggle in his side. We don’t want to push him too hard. Moises Henriques replaces him. The wicket was pretty good to be fair, got better with a bit of dew. Today, the wicket can get drier and slower as the game goes on.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Will India make changes to their playing XI? Who will replace Marcus Stoinis in Australia’s playing XI? Team news out soon. We are less than 10 minutes away from the toss.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Daniel Sams, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper)
Match: Australia vs India, 2nd ODI
Date: Sunday, November 29
Time: 9:10 AM
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney