Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s Live Coverage as India takes on Australia in the third and final ODI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday.
Australia 151/4 after 30 overs: Dropped! Kohli drops Carey but that was a tough one as the ball just brushes the finger tips of the India skipper, who did his best to time his jump but the ball evades him to reach the fence.
Australia 145/4 after 29 overs: Carey releases the pressure as he plays a slog sweep off Kuldeep but India very much in control of the game. Australia needs 158 runs in 21 overs.
Australia 139/4 after 28 overs: Jadeja running through his overs and India on the attack. Alex Carey and Cameroon Green have a tough job in their hands.
Australia 137/4 after 27 overs: Right then, India with the wicket of Finch are dictating terms and a couple more would certainly tilt the game in India’s favour.
Australia 133/4 after 26 overs: A bobble here, a bobble there and taken! Gabbar holds on at long-on as Finch runs out of charmed lives, trying to clear the infield. Green, however, hits a six off a no ball later in the over to calm the Oz nerves.
Australia 122/3 after 25 overs: Thakur, bowling with the cross-seam, is getting the ball to move. His first delivery to Green was nothing but absolutely unplayable. The CSK seamer is even bothering Finch a bit who shouts a frustrated, “Oh, come on!” after the fifth delivery.
Australia 119/3 after 24 overs: Jadeja sticks to the right channels again to concede only a single off the over.
Australia 118/3 after 23 overs: Not this time! Shikhar Dhawan does well to hold onto an excellent catch at mid-wicket as Thakur removes Henriques. He continues to bowl excellent line and lengths, asking all sorts of questions of new man Green.
Australia 116/2 after 22 overs: Calculated stroke, that from Finch, as he welcomes Jadeja with a boundary over mid-on. He is seeing the ball a lot better now.
Australia 111/2 after 21 overs: Thakur replaces Kuldeep on the other end. Henriques works one through the gap between mid-wicket and mid-on to get a boundary. He follows that up with another four towards mid-wicket. This has turned out to be a costly over.
Australia 98/2 after 20 overs: The Jadeja overs continue to get over before you can bat an eye. India needs wickets now. Finch and Henriques continue to look solid, though.
Australia 95/2 after 19 overs: The Australians are ambling along in the chase and the spinners won’t bother them much. The required run-rate is quite in check as Kuldeep concedes only two of this over.
Australia 93/2 after 18 overs: Finch makes it three out of three as he reaches his fifty in style, with a huge maximum over deep backward square.
Australia 83/2 after 17 overs: Kuldeep needs to adjust to his line as Finch sweeps for a boundary and India needs wickets. Jadeja-kuldeep need to bowl in tandem like Agar and Zampa to choke the Australians from making the run-chase easier.
Australia 73/2 after 16 overs: Spin from both ends and Jadeja starts in brilliant fashion giving just a single from his over. A wicket here will put Australia on backfoot.
Australia 72/2 after 15 overs: Kuldeep is growing in confodence and he is getting into his act of setting up the batsmen. Henriques and Finch have taken a step back and are now banking on singles.
Australia 66/2 after 14 overs: India on attack mode and Shardul bowls a maiden and almost had Henriques as the ball went past the outside edge. The wicket of Smith has given India hope of defending the total.
Australia 66/2 after 13 overs: India take the review against Finch for LBW and they lose it. There was no bat involved as Kuldeep’s purchased turn, Finch went for the shot but he missed the ball and that was going down the leg. The bowler didn’t appeal but Rahul insisted and although the ball was pitching in line, it was missing the stumps. Poor call.
Australia 64/2 after 12 overs: Shardul strikes and he strangles Smith down the leg and India right in this game with the big wicket of Smith. Moises Henriques into the crease and he gets off the mark with a tickle to the fine leg and then smacks through the point for consecutive boundaries.
Australia 56/1 after 11 overs: Spin into the attack and Kuldeep starts well giving five from his opening over.
Australia 51/1 after 10 overs: Finch is living dangerously as Shardul Thakur almost had him caught but the ball flies well over Jadeja at backward point and runs to the boundary.
Australia 45/1 after 9 overs: Luck favouring Finch as Bumrah drops the Australian skipper off his own bowling – although a difficult one but the Dhawan drop is hurting India.
Australia 44/1 after 8 overs: A direct hit is missed as Pandya misses the stumps and Finch is living dangerously, but India missed an opportunity once again. Natarajan is fighting nerves as he bouwls two wides and then gets spanked by Finch through the covers. India needs to attack, else Smith and Finch will make it Australia’s game.
Australia 33/1 after 7 overs: Oh dear! Shikhar Dhawan needs to take catching practice, instead of slamming his thigh often as he drops a sitter at first slip. Bumrah induces an outside edge and Finch was gone but Dhawan hands the Australian skipper a life.
Australia 25/1 after 6 overs: Natarajan strikes on debut as he picks his first wicket. Labuschagne gets an inside-edge and the ball crashes on to the stumps. Natarajan looks up to the heavens and the Indians are delight with the breakthrough.
Australia 25/0 after 5 overs: Fab batting from Finch as he smokes Bumrah for a maximum over cover and India needs a wicket to be in the game.
Australia 18/0 after 4 overs: Natarajan goes short agains and Finch pulls again through the mid-wicket for a boundary. The debutant needs to correct his length.
Australia 14/0 after 3 overs: Labuschagne picks his first boundary as he drills Bumrah through the covers and Australia up and running in the run chase.
Australia 9/0 after 2 overs: Finch welcomes Natarajan with a beautiful pull over the deep mid-wicket and this is going to be a test of character for the debutant.
Australia 2/0 after 1 over: Good start from Bumrah he gives just two runs as Labuschagne if off the mark.
Alright we are back for the chase and it will be Marcus Labuschagne along with Aaron Finch. For India it will be Jasprit Bumrah with the new ball.
End of Innings: India 302/5
Unbeaten knocks of 92 and 66 from Pandya and Jadeja has powered India to a competitive score and this has been a brilliant recovery. The duo put an unbeaten 150-run stand to give the bowlers a target to defend.
India 289/5 after 49 overs: This has been a remarkable recovery and all credit to Jadeja and Pandya for going after the bowling after getting their eye in. 10 runs from Hazlewood over and 300 on the cards.
India 279/5 after 48 overs: Jadeja slams a brilliant 43-ball half-century and the last three overs has yielded 53 runs! Jadeja goes hard as he hits Abbott for a hat-trick of boundaries and then smokes over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Excellent from India.
India 260/5 after 47 overs: Jadeja gets into the act with two sixes and the 250 is up for India. The 280 run-mark is now possible and the partnership is worth 108. Brilliant batting from Pandya and Jadeja.
India 243/6 after 46 overs: Fabulous from Pandya as he smacks Abbott for a six and two boundaries and the 250-run mark is in sight for India. The pick of the shot was when Pandya was up in the air and smokes Abbott for a maximum to make it a 17-run over.
India 226/5 after 45 overs: Runs, finally flowing for India and Pandya gets a move on after his fifty as he smacks Hazlewood for a boundary.
India 216/5 after 44 overs: Fifty for Pandya and what a crucial knock this has been from the all-rounder. He is now the leading run-scorer for India in this series and it has been a good knock.
India 209/5 after 43 overs: Zampa finishes his spell and what a brilliant one this has been 10-0-45-1.
India 204/5 after 42 overs: The 200 is up for India and Pandya gets a boundary to give India some momentum.
India 198/5 after 41 overs: Six runs from Zampa’s penultimate over and India needs a couple of good boundary overs to finish strong.
India 192/5 after 40 overs: The run-rate inching close to just 5 rpo and a good finish will lift India to a competitive total. Jadeja and Pandya hold the key.
India 184/5 after 39 overs: Welcome boundary for India as Pandya stands tall to pull Abott through the mid-wicket and the ball beats the fielder to cross the ropes. India needs a couple of good overs and they will be back in the game.
India 176/5 after 38 overs: Maxwell gets the over pretty quickly and gives just three and both Pandya and Jadeja are batting with minimal risks. The last 10 will be interesting.
India 173/5 after 37 overs: Still no boundary for India as Pandya and Jadeja are doing the hard work by taking ones and twos and Australia clearly bossing at the moment.
India 167/5 after 36 overs: Maxwell purchases bounces and little turn but has peeled off another tight over. With no boundaries on offer, Pandya and Jadeja banking on singles.
India 164/5 after 35 overs: Pandya gets a much-needed boundary for India and Agar finishes his spell. Brilliant from the spinner as he gets two wickets and gives 44 from 10.
India 156/5 after 34 overs: India is stuck and there is absolutely no momentum. Pandya and Jadeja need a couple of good overs to get India to a competitive total.
India 155/5 after 33 overs: Ravindra Jadeja joins Pandya and Agar bowls yet another tight over, giving just three runs.
India 152/5 after 32 overs: What a review from Australia and Josh Hazlewood picks the prized scalp of Kohli. There was a half-hearted appeal for caught behind, Finch took the review and it proved to be a master stroke! Sniko suggested a faint spike and Kohli falls to leave India five down.
India 149/4 after 31 overs: Singles are not going to hurt Australia and Hardik needs to tee off as the run-rate is just 4.76.
India 144/4 after 30 overs: Kohli is timing the ball brilliantly but is struggling to find boundaries as there is protection in the deep.
India 139/4 after 29 overs: Shot from Kohli as he cuts Zampa behind point for a much-needed boundary to give India some momentum.
India 133/4 after 28 overs: Fifty from Kohli and this has been a fighting fifty from the India skipper. It has been a hard work out there in the middle.
India 128/4 after 27 overs: Zampa and Agar have picked wickets and have kept the lid on scoring. Hardik Pandya is off the mark and needs to hold fort along with Kohli.
India 125/4 after 26 overs: Ashton Agar picks his second wicket and KL Rahull falls for a sweep as the ball hits him flush in front of middle. Rahul opts for a review but in vain. Australia in control.
India 122/3 after 25 overs: Kohli motoring on nicely and Rahul is off the mark and one of the batsman will attack.
India 118/3 after 24 overs: KL Rahul joins Kohli and although India bat deep, a batsman needs to stand along with Kohli, who is batting well and is nearing his fifty.
India 114/3 23 overs: There’s the breakthrough and Zampa strikes to remove Iyer, who went for an inside out shot and is caught at backward point.
India 111/2 after 22 overs: Top stuff from Agar as he is keeping a tight leash on the batsmen. Both batsmen putting in hard yards to keep the scorecard ticking.
India 107/2 after 21 overs: India going at 5 runs per over and they need to attack the spinners and get the run-rate up.
India 104/2 after 20 overs: The chin music is on but Iyer does well with a controlled pull to the deep backward square boundary and the 100 is up for India.
India 96/2 after 19 overs: Iyer flicks Zamapa against the tuns and he ball runs through the backward point for a boundary. This partnership is going to be vital for India.
India 88/2 after 18 overs: Top over from Green as he beats Kohli thrice but the India skipper is up for the task. Just a single and time for Drinks!
India 87/2 after 17 overs: Shreyas Iyer joins Kohli after Gill departed for a pre-meditated shot and the young batsman was on for something special.
India 84/2 after 16 overs: WICKET! Agar gets the ball to crash onto Gill’s pads and the umpire doesn’t hesitate before raising his finger. Gill, however, decides to go upstairs post a consultation with Kohli. The big screen confirms there was no bat involved and the ball would have just gone on to clip the top of middle and off. Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman.
India 81/1 after 15 overs: Kohli and Gill continue rotating the strike to keep the singles coming.
India 77/1 after 14 overs: Agar to continue. Gill takes a single but Kohli is in no mood to take any undue risk.
India 76/1 after 13 overs: Kohli gets to the 12,000-run mark in ODIs in only 242 games with a single. Staggering figures, those! Eight runs come off the Abbott over.
India 68/1 after 12 overs: Time for some left-arm spin. Ashton Agar calls for a catch as Kohli slashes a short and wide delivery over the fielder stationed at backward point.
India 59/1 after 11 overs: Green’s back into the attack and looks to trouble the young Gill early on with the added bounce facilitated by his towering stature. A fuller delivery, later, however, has been driven comfortably towards the long-on region by the 21-year-old. He follows it up with another four towards midwicket with a glorious-looking pull.
India 49/1 after 10 overs: Abbott mixes it up well and bowls a tight over. Only a hurried single off the last ball sees Gill retain strike.
India 48/1 after 9 overs: Debutant Cameron Green to bowl his first; he has been picked based on his performances in the Sheffield Shield. Green is primarily a batsman, but the 6’7”- tall cricketer can roll his arm over as well, when required. Looks quite decent at it too. However, to bowl tto one of the best in the business you have to be something more than just decent. Kohli smacks him for two back-to-back boundaries.
India 40/1 after 8 overs: Top shot and the Indian captain is away with a gorgeous straight drive and what a sight to watch, Kohli play that shot.
India 35/1 after 7 overs: Gill in looking in good touch as he pulls Hazlewood for a maximum over deep fine leg. Kohli, yet to get off the mark, having faced just a delivery.
India 26/1 after 6 overs: Soft dismissal and Sean Abbott strikes to remove Dhawan. The change of pace did Dhawan there as the batsman wanted to go over cover, but instead spoons a simple catch to Ashton Agar.
India 24/0 after 5 overs: Gill gets his wrists into play as he unleashes an exquisite flick through the mid-wicket and he gets going as both openers seem to have got their eye in.
India 18/0 after 4 overs: India off to a string start and this time, Dhawan sweeps Maxwell to the deep fine-leg boundary as nine comes from Maxwell’s second over.
India 9/0 after 3 overs: Dhawan gets going with a cracking drive through the covers and then takes a single off the final ball to retain strike.
India 4/0 after 2 overs: Surprise! It’s Glenn Maxwell with the new ball and both the Indian openers are off the mark. Maxwell drew a false shot as Dhawan tried to go after it and the ball falls safe.
India 0/0 after 1 over: Hazlewood starts with a maiden over as he bowls an immaculate line, not allowing Dhawan to get off the mark.
Right then we are all set for the final ODI and it will be Shikhar Dhawan along with Shubman Gill. Josh Hazlewood with the new ball.
Toss: India wins toss, opts to bowl first
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w), Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Debut for Natarajan: As expected T Natarajan will be making his debut, while Cameroon Green gets his ODI cap.
Left chasing shadows in the first two games, a listless Indian team would most certainly tweak its bowling combination in order to avoid a second successive clean-sweep when it takes on Australia in the third and final ODI here on Wednesday.
A 0-3 defeat against Australia would be their second rout in consecutive ODI series having met the same fate in New Zealand earlier this year.
Promising Bengal fast bowler Ishan Porel’s saga of injuries continued as he has been sent back home from Australia after sustaining a hamstring injury during a net session.
“Ishan Porel has a hamstring injury and is already back in India for the past few days. It’s a hamstring injury but the degree of it can only be assessed once he goes to the NCA for assessment,” a senior BCCI source told PTI.
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), D’arcy Short, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Daniel Sams, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper).
Match Starts: 9:10 am IST