Commonwealth Bank Series - 1st match

Australia v India

Australia won by 65 runs (D/L method)

Tendulkar and Gambhir to open for India, Ryan Harris to start off

India have to chase 217 as per the D/L method. Don't ask me how they arrived at that figure

Dean: "Good to know the D/L men earn the big bucks....they were sweating on the calculations only to arrive at exactly what Australia scored! Good days work lads!"

Chev: ""D/L Makes my head hurt."

0.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, right on middle on a good length, pushed on the leg side but Harris gets to it quickly

0.2

Harris to Gambhir, 1 wide, bouncing delivery but down the leg side

0.2

Harris to Gambhir, no run, beaten outside off as he pushes at one going across him

0.3

Harris to Gambhir, no run, back of a length ball dropped to cover from the crease

0.4

Harris to Gambhir, 3 runs, carved over extra cover, Gautam makes room and slices the pitched up delivery over the in-field

0.5

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, pushed off the front foot towards extra cover

martin: "all this talk of DRS being unreliable - when was the last time you saw a D/L score that made any sense?"

0.6

Harris to Tendulkar, no run, hurried into a defensive push to a straightening length ball

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (214 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.90)
SR Tendulkar    0* (2b)      RJ Harris    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    3* (4b)     

1.1

Starc to Gambhir, 1 run, Starc starts off at 141 kph from a length, worked behind square leg

1.2

Starc to Tendulkar, no run, goes across to an angled length ball and pushes back to the bowler

1.3

Starc to Tendulkar, 1 wide, swings in sharply but starts on leg and carries down the leg side

1.3

Starc to Tendulkar, no run, straightening on middle and leg, nudged to square leg

1.4

Starc to Tendulkar, 1 wide, 144.8 kph delivery angled too far wide across the right hander

1.4

Starc to Tendulkar, 2 runs, bit of width and he guides it wide of third man for a couple

1.5

Starc to Tendulkar, OUT, he's gone! Ponting takes out Tendulkar, Starc pitches it up wide, not full enough, Tendulkar reaches out and goes for the drive, it flies low to Ponting's right, and the veteran goes down to take it safely, he is mobbed by his team-mates

SR Tendulkar c Ponting b Starc 2 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

1.6

Starc to Kohli, no run, 146 kph length delivery left alone as it angles across outside off

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 9/1 (209 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.96)
V Kohli    0* (1b)      MA Starc    1-0-5-1
G Gambhir    4* (5b)      RJ Harris    1-0-4-0

Starc working up good pace in his first over

2.1

Harris to Gambhir, 1 wide, bowls it wide down the leg side

2.1

Harris to Gambhir, no run, left alone quietly as it shapes across him

2.2

Harris to Gambhir, 1 run, shot! Gautam leans into the drive but a superb diving stop from Warner at cover saves a few runs

2.3

Harris to Kohli, no run, checks his forward push on the off side as this one bounces from a good length

2.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, stays back and gets across to defend a pitched up ball

2.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, lovely delivery, holding its line as it is bowled fullish outside off, Virat goes pushing at it and is beaten

2.6

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face and runs this back of a length ball to third man

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 12/1 (206 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 7.10)
V Kohli    1* (5b)      RJ Harris    2-0-7-0
G Gambhir    5* (7b)      MA Starc    1-0-5-1

Varun: "India is off to a terrible starc..."

3.1

Starc to Kohli, no run, goes reaching out to a wide pitched up delivery, similar to the one that got Sachin, Virat is beaten though, as he did not move his feet well enough

Dave: "Mitch Johnson gets picked up in the IPL... Stark responds by picking up Sachin. I know who's winning that battle."

3.2

Starc to Kohli, 1 leg bye

3.3

Starc to Gambhir, OUT, outside edge and gone! super stuff from Starc, Gautam falls to a nick outside off again, Starc gets it to rear up at him from back of a length, and Gautam pokes it on its way to the keeper

G Gambhir c †Wade b Starc 5 (17m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Dave: "A Starc contrast to the end of Australia's innings and India can't Wade themselves out of trouble."

3.4

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, almost another one, Rohit gets a wide and short one, and has a waft at it to get beaten

3.5

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, coming in from a length an bounces to strike Rohit on the thigh pad

3.6

Starc to RG Sharma, 2 runs, reaches out to a short and wide one again, and it goes in the air towards third man, couple of bounces before he gets to it

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 15/2 (203 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 7.25)
RG Sharma    2* (3b)      MA Starc    2-0-7-2
V Kohli    1* (7b)      RJ Harris    2-0-7-0

4.1

Harris to Kohli, no run, solid push from Virat, the pitched up delivery races to mid off

4.2

Harris to Kohli, no run, he tends to come forward more often than not, and this time is beaten as he pushes at one holding its line

4.3

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, this time he stays in the crease, and drops the shortish one behind point for a quick single, throw misses at the striker's end

4.4

Harris to RG Sharma, no run, almost got him, just short of a diving shortish mid on as Rohit pushes loosely off the front foot

4.5

Harris to RG Sharma, no run, this time he plays tightly towards mid on

4.6

Harris to RG Sharma, 2 runs, opens the face and squeezes the full delivery between cover and point

End of over 5 (3 runs) India 18/2 (200 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.60, RRR: 7.40)
RG Sharma    4* (6b)      RJ Harris    3-0-10-0
V Kohli    2* (10b)      MA Starc    2-0-7-2

Anil: "Definite future of Indian cricket right now in the middle, what will they do? At least a fight back.... "

5.1

Starc to Kohli, no run, beaten outside off as he has flails at a bouncing short of a length ball going across him

5.2

Starc to Kohli, 3 runs, goes for the pull, not timed well, but he will get three for his effort

5.3

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, eases a pitched up ball back to the bowler

5.4

Starc to RG Sharma, 1 run, slashes at a widish one, and it flies down to third man

5.5

Starc to Kohli, no run, gets forward and pushes a length delivery back to Starc

5.6

Starc to Kohli, no run, too good, draws him forward with the fuller length, and beats him with the angle

End of over 6 (4 runs) India 22/2 (196 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 7.53)
V Kohli    5* (14b)      MA Starc    3-0-11-2
RG Sharma    5* (8b)      RJ Harris    3-0-10-0

6.1

Harris to RG Sharma, 1 run, inside edge races past the stumps to fine leg as he goes for the cover drive, it nipped in a tad after pitching on a fuller length

6.2

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, shot! full marks for intent to Virat as he lunges forward and smacks this pitched up delivery over extra cover

6.3

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, drops the length ball in front of cover from the crease and they hare across for the run

6.4

Harris to RG Sharma, FOUR, and now Rohit, eases on to the front foot and swings the full delivery high over extra cover, one bounce for four

6.5

Harris to RG Sharma, no run, superb comeback from Harris, Rohit was looking to launch into another big stroke, but the length was shorter this time, so he checked the shot, but it also held its line to beat him completely

6.6

Harris to RG Sharma, no run, swing and a miss to end the over as Rohit fails in his attempt to slog over midwicket

End of over 7 (10 runs) India 32/2 (186 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 7.44)
RG Sharma    10* (12b 1x4)      RJ Harris    4-0-20-0
V Kohli    10* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-0-11-2

bowling Powerplay has been taken

7.1

Starc to Kohli, 2 runs, lovely stroke from Virat, he steps out and makes room to power this one over extra cover

7.2

Starc to Kohli, no run, moves across and pushes an angled length ball on the off side

7.3

Starc to Kohli, 2 runs, gets across again and works from off in front of square leg, and will come back for the second, well done

7.4

Starc to Kohli, no run, Starc gets low and gets a hand to this drive in his followthrough, the ball is struck firmly enough to ricochet as far as mid on

7.5

Starc to Kohli, 1 run, pushed to mid off for a single

7.6

Starc to RG Sharma, 1 run, another inside edge to fine leg, Rohit pushing in slow motion with an angled blade

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 38/2 (180 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 7.50)
RG Sharma    11* (13b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-17-2
V Kohli    15* (21b 1x4)      RJ Harris    4-0-20-0

8.1

Harris to RG Sharma, 1 run, worked with the angle off the pad towards midwicket

8.2

Harris to Kohli, FOUR, the bouncer get big on Virat, but he swivels and goes hard at the pull, gets it in the air but over midwicket and into the boundary

8.3

Harris to Kohli, 2 runs, leading edge flies past point wide of third man as he looks to work from outside off to leg

8.4

Harris to Kohli, no run, hangs his bat at a widish length delivery and belatedly withdraws the bat

8.5

Harris to Kohli, no run, and again, Harris is getting it to straighten after angling it in widish outside off, Virat goes reaching out again and misses

8.6

Harris to Kohli, 1 run, chopped down to third man from close to the body

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 46/2 (172 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 7.47)
V Kohli    22* (26b 2x4)      RJ Harris    5-0-28-0
RG Sharma    12* (14b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-0-17-2

9.1

Starc to Kohli, no run, advances down the track and makes room, eyeing the extra cover boundary again, but mishits it to mid off this time

9.2

Starc to Kohli, 1 run, pushed softly in front of point for one

9.3

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, Rohit is looking very loose out there, pushes away from the body to one angled across, and is beaten

9.4

Starc to RG Sharma, 2 runs, third inside edge for Rohit as he pushes with an angled bat, the ball goes in front of square leg

9.5

Starc to RG Sharma, FOUR, outside edge flies past a diving slip for four, Rohit sees it pitched up very wide and goes after it

9.6

Starc to RG Sharma, 1 run, 145.7 kph high full toss close to off, he does well to open the face and guide it to third man

End of over 10 (8 runs) India 54/2 (164 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 7.45)
RG Sharma    19* (18b 2x4)      MA Starc    5-0-25-2
V Kohli    23* (28b 2x4)      RJ Harris    5-0-28-0

10.1

Christian to RG Sharma, 1 run, loopy wide delivery first up, flashed hard on the bounce to third man

10.2

Christian to Kohli, FOUR, shot! Virat is turning it on with some crisp strokes, drives hard in the ground, and it bounces over extra cover to race to the boundary

10.3

Christian to Kohli, no run

10.4

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face to a short of a length ball and runs it to third man

10.5

Christian to RG Sharma, 1 run, very awkward looking half-pull falls just short of midwicket as Rohit plays the stroke on one leg

10.6

Christian to Kohli, 1 run, worked behind square leg off the pads

End of over 11 (8 runs) India 62/2 (156 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 7.42)
V Kohli    29* (32b 3x4)      DT Christian    1-0-8-0
RG Sharma    21* (20b 2x4)      MA Starc    5-0-25-2

McKay into the attack

11.1

McKay to Kohli, 2 runs, on the pads and worked behind square leg for a couple of runs

11.2

McKay to Kohli, OUT, Ponting at shortish backward point holds on to the screamer, Virat was batting superbly but he is gone now, cuts a wide delivery hard but straight to Ponting

V Kohli c Ponting b McKay 31 (30m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 91.17

11.3

McKay to Raina, 1 run, runs it to third man with an open face

11.4

McKay to RG Sharma, OUT, McKay strikes again, India deep in trouble now, short of a length and getting big on Rohit, who has looked like getting out any moment, moves away just a bit after pitching and Rohit can only fend it to the keeper

RG Sharma c †Wade b McKay 21 (34m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Dhoni is in

11.5

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, moves across to a back of a length ball and works it through square leg

11.6

McKay to Raina, 1 run, moves forward and eases the pitched up ball to sweeper cover

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 67/4 (151 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 7.55)
SK Raina    2* (2b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-2
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      DT Christian    1-0-8-0

12.1

Christian to Raina, no run, pushed away on the off side

12.2

Christian to Raina, no run, pops up off a leading edge down the wicket as he looks to work on the leg side

12.3

Christian to Raina, no run, jabs a full delivery away to point

12.4

Christian to Raina, 1 run, short ball and he checks the pull to fine leg

12.5

Christian to Dhoni, no run, late in getting bat down to one headed for the stumps, jabs it on the leg side in the end

12.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, targetting the stumps again with a pitched up ball, Dhoni works it late behind square leg

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 69/4 (149 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.30, RRR: 7.84)
MS Dhoni    2* (3b)      DT Christian    2-0-10-0
SK Raina    3* (6b)      CJ McKay    1-0-5-2

13.1

McKay to Dhoni, FOUR, whoa, that has been clobbered between extra cover and mid off, pitched up delivery, he stays in the crease and powers it into the gap, all hands

13.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, gets across and defends a length ball

13.3

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, he is in the air as he smashes another pitched up ball from the crease, this time to sweeper cover

13.4

McKay to Raina, 1 run, worked off the pads to fine leg

13.5

McKay to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, moves a long way across, and the ball pops up off the thigh pad on the leg side, they go through with the run

13.6

McKay to Raina, no run, appeal for leg before but that one pitched outside leg

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 76/4 (142 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 7.88)
SK Raina    4* (8b)      CJ McKay    2-0-11-2
MS Dhoni    7* (7b 1x4)      DT Christian    2-0-10-0

14.1

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, flashed away hard to the man at sweeper cover, he is going for his shots

14.2

Christian to Raina, OUT, oh dear, Raina has fallen to the short ball, to Dan Christian, not the most threatening bowler going around, goes for an awkward pull, off the front foot, and only ends up lobbing the ball for midwicket to take a dolly running to his right

SK Raina c DJ Hussey b Christian 4 (14m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

14.3

Christian to Jadeja, no run, leaves alone a sharply rising back of a length ball outside off

14.4

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball whipped through midwicket for one

14.5

Christian to Dhoni, no run, gets across and carefully pats away a length ball on the off side

14.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, opens up and pushed through extra cover for a single

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 79/5 (139 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 8.17)
MS Dhoni    9* (10b 1x4)      DT Christian    3-0-13-1
RA Jadeja    1* (2b)      CJ McKay    2-0-11-2

Doherty on to bowl some left arm spin

15.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, comes down the track and pushes to the bowler's right for a single, Doherty rushes quickly and slides to stop the ball

15.2

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, worked through square leg with the spin

15.3

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, extra cover cannot stop the ball and they take the single to long off

15.4

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, short and flat, slapped away to sweeper cover

15.5

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, forced from outside off through midwicket

15.6

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, punched back to the bowler

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 84/5 (134 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 8.37)
RA Jadeja    3* (5b)      XJ Doherty    1-0-5-0
MS Dhoni    12* (13b 1x4)      DT Christian    3-0-13-1

16.1

Christian to Dhoni, no run, leaves alone one hanging around outside the off stump on a good length

16.2

Christian to Dhoni, no run, comes in with the angle, nudged to midwicket

16.3

Christian to Dhoni, no run, pushed off the front foot in front of point for one

16.4

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, rides the bounce on a short of a length ball, it drops close to the pitch off the bat handle

16.5

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, moves well across and works in front of square leg

16.6

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 87/5 (131 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 8.73)
MS Dhoni    14* (18b 1x4)      DT Christian    4-0-16-1
RA Jadeja    4* (6b)      XJ Doherty    1-0-5-0

17.1

Doherty to Dhoni, 2 runs

17.2

Doherty to Dhoni, 2 runs, walks out and nudges off the pads in front of square leg for a comfortable two

17.3

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish one cut hard wide of sweeper cover

17.4

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, spinning in from outside off, pushed back to the bowler

17.5

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, lunges forward and nudges with the spin behind square leg

17.6

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, dabs a widish one but straight to point

End of over 18 (6 runs) India 93/5 (125 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 8.92)
MS Dhoni    19* (22b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-11-0
RA Jadeja    5* (8b)      DT Christian    4-0-16-1

18.1

Christian to Jadeja, no run, beaten on the drive outside off with one that angles past the outside edge

18.2

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, stays in the crease and pushes past extra cover for one

the asking rate touches nine

18.3

Christian to Dhoni, no run, standing open after moving across but cannot push the length ball past the bowler

18.4

Christian to Dhoni, 1 run, stays in the crease and swings a pitched up ball down to long off

18.5

Christian to Jadeja, 1 run, widish one flashed down to third man for one

Ahmed: "Mitchell Starc does exactly what Irfan Pathan used to, albeit at 20-25 kph quicker."

18.6

Christian to Dhoni, 2 runs, legs wide apart, as he whips forcefully through midwicket

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 98/5 (120 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 9.23)
MS Dhoni    22* (25b 1x4)      DT Christian    5-0-21-1
RA Jadeja    7* (11b)      XJ Doherty    2-0-11-0

19.1

Doherty to Jadeja, no run, pushed off the front foot on the leg side

19.2

Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs, makes room and cuts for a couple through point

19.3

Doherty to Jadeja, 2 runs, dabs it late fine past the keeper on the off side

19.4

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, driven along the ground to long off

19.5

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, stays back and works on the leg side, Doherty rushes to the ball and throws at the non-striker's but Dhoni is through

19.6

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, forced with the spin down to long on

End of over 20 (7 runs) India 105/5 (113 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 9.41)
RA Jadeja    13* (16b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-18-0
MS Dhoni    23* (26b 1x4)      DT Christian    5-0-21-1

Zeeshan: "@ Ahmed: Oh, come on!!! Get over Pathan."

20.1

McKay to Jadeja, no run, pitched up delivery driven to mid off

20.2

McKay to Jadeja, no run, backs away but ends up chopping a widish one

20.3

McKay to Jadeja, 2 runs, worked off the pads behind square leg and Jadeja comes back for the second

20.4

McKay to Jadeja, no run, looks to make room and pull a shortish one but withdraws in the end

20.5

McKay to Jadeja, 1 run, slower one dragged from outside off down to long on

20.6

McKay to Dhoni, no run, played out to point from the crease

End of over 21 (3 runs) India 108/5 (110 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.14, RRR: 10.00)
MS Dhoni    23* (27b 1x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-2
RA Jadeja    16* (21b)      XJ Doherty    3-0-18-0

batting Powerplay has been taken

21.1

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, drives a full delivery to long off

The attendance today is 29,959, not bad, but given the size of the ground, the crowd looks smaller than that figure

21.2

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, tries to hammer this one out of sight but mistimes it back to the bowler

21.3

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, misses as he swings at a pitched up ball outside off

21.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run

21.5

Doherty to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss swung down to long on

21.6

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 wide, hurled in full and fast very wide outside off, and is called one, marginal call

21.6

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, gets it right this time as he fires it in full and quick closer to the stumps, Dhoni can only slam it back down the track

End of over 22 (4 runs) India 112/5 (106 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.09, RRR: 10.60)
MS Dhoni    24* (31b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-22-0
RA Jadeja    18* (23b)      CJ McKay    3-0-14-2

22.1

McKay to Jadeja, 1 run, charges down the track but ends up mishitting the length ball on the off side

22.2

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, well bowled, Dhoni was making room but McKay forced him to check his stroke with a slower one

22.3

McKay to Jadeja, OUT, another one goes! this would have been a six at most grounds in India, McKay banging it in short, Jadeja looks to pull it into the stands beyond deep midwicket but only gets it as far as the man in the deep who holds on as he tumbles to the ground

RA Jadeja c MEK Hussey b McKay 19 (34m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.00

22.4

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length ball pops up off an inside edge but there is no one around square leg to take it

22.5

McKay to Ashwin, 2 runs, short ball awkwardly helped fine on the leg side, Starc runs across and parries it back in as he jumps over the rope

22.6

McKay to Ashwin, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, was in the air for some time

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 118/6 (100 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.13, RRR: 11.11)
R Ashwin    3* (2b)      CJ McKay    4-0-20-3
MS Dhoni    26* (33b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-22-0

23.1

Doherty to Ashwin, 2 runs, OUT, superb work in the deep from Christian, Ashwin hung his bat out to a wide and low full toss and got it through point, Christian chased and stopped it with a slide, looked back to see them attempting a third, and steadied himself before aiming at Ashwin's end, knowing that the slower man would struggle to make it, he is caught short by a mile, and more

R Ashwin run out 5 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

23.2

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, swung down to long on

23.3

Doherty to R Sharma, 1 run, backs away and mistimes a slog in front of square leg

23.4

Doherty to Dhoni, 1 run, even Dhoni would have struggled had the throw from extra cover hit, it didn't

23.5

Doherty to R Sharma, OUT, they keep falling, Rahul departs to a full toss, he makes room, and has a big swing at it, only to miss, and the ball crashes into middle

R Sharma b Doherty 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Ashutosh: "Can't blame Ashwin. This time he completed two runs."

23.6

Doherty to Kumar, 1 run, pushes a low full toss towards mid off and they go through for the single

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 124/8 (94 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.16, RRR: 11.75)
P Kumar    1* (1b)      XJ Doherty    5-0-28-1
MS Dhoni    28* (35b 1x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-20-3

Clarke comes on now

24.1

Clarke to Kumar, no run, pushed away on the off side

24.2

Clarke to Kumar, no run, looks to clobber a flighted ball out of sight, but is beaten by the turn

24.3

Clarke to Kumar, no run, patted back to the bowler

24.4

Clarke to Kumar, 1 run, eases a pitched up ball down to long off

24.5

Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, smacked straight back at Clarke and it goes through him

24.6

Clarke to Kumar, 2 runs, whipped through midwicket for a couple

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 128/8 (90 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.12, RRR: 12.85)
P Kumar    4* (6b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0
MS Dhoni    29* (36b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-28-1

25.1

Doherty to Dhoni, no run, forced to extra cover

25.2

Doherty to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni has holed out to long off, he has been swinging full deliveries hard from the crease, he got hold of this one alright, it flew off the middle high towards Warner, who timed his leap superbly to hold on to it

MS Dhoni c Warner b Doherty 29 (61m 38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.31

25.3

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, no run, pushed down the track off the front foot

25.4

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, no run, leading edge pops up and falls in front of point

25.5

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, no run, struck high on the pad with a quicker one, they appeal but the umpire is unmoved

25.6

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, pushed down to long off

End of over 26 (1 run) India 129/9 (89 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.96, RRR: 14.83)
R Vinay Kumar    1* (4b)      XJ Doherty    6-0-29-2
P Kumar    4* (6b)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0

Prashant: "Any match above 20 overs is daunting for them."

26.1

Clarke to Vinay Kumar, no run, hit on the pad as he misses the pull off a short ball, was going down leg

26.2

Clarke to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single

26.3

Clarke to Kumar, no run, patted back to the bowler off the back foot

26.4

Clarke to Kumar, FOUR, fine effort from Warner, he scrambles to his right at long on and goes one handed to try and catch a slog from PK, but cannot get to it

26.5

Clarke to Kumar, 1 run, worked towards square leg

26.6

Clarke to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 136/9 (82 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.03, RRR: 16.40)
R Vinay Kumar    3* (7b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-11-0
P Kumar    9* (9b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-29-2

27.1

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, no run, down the track and pushes at a flat delivery

27.2

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, no run, pushed to extra cover

27.3

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, makes room and slices over extra cover

27.4

Doherty to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, pushed to point who has a go at the non-striker's end but misses, direct hit, and it was over

27.5

Doherty to Kumar, no run, defended off the front foot

27.6

Doherty to Kumar, FOUR, flat-batted straight past the bowler, and even Warner cannot stop it this time

End of over 28 (7 runs) India 143/9 (75 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.10, RRR: 18.75)
P Kumar    13* (11b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-36-2
R Vinay Kumar    6* (11b)      MJ Clarke    2-0-11-0

28.1

Starc to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, whoa, that is an excellent stroke, that has been dismissed, Starc targetting the stumps from around the stumps, but Vinay took on the pitched up delivery and smoked it between extra cover and mid off

28.2

Starc to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, dabs a widish one down to third man

28.3

Starc to Kumar, 1 run, rides the bounce from back of a length and takes the single as the ball rolls towards point

over the stumps

28.4

Starc to Vinay Kumar, no run, beaten on the forward push by the length ball angled across

28.5

Starc to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, makes room and squeezes it from around leg stump to third man

28.6

Starc to Kumar, 1 run, dropped, well that spoils what could have been a perfect day for Australia, PK indulges in a upper cut that loops to Harris at third man, he gets around to it, and puts it down

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 151/9 (67 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.20, RRR: 22.33)
P Kumar    15* (13b 2x4)      MA Starc    6-0-33-2
R Vinay Kumar    12* (15b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-36-2

29.1

McKay to Kumar, no run, throws his bat at a widish back of a length delivery, cannot get to it

29.2

McKay to Kumar, no run, makes room to a slower one and dabs it to extra cover

29.3

McKay to Kumar, no run, another slower one, stays low too, he backs away and at the same time looks to pull it, too much to do off one delivery, beaten

29.4

McKay to Kumar, OUT, Harris redeems himself for dropping a simple catch by taking a brilliant low take, running a long way in from long on, and tumbling forward to hold on to PK's slog

P Kumar c Harris b McKay 15 (19m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

That's it from us for the moment for this game. Read Brydon Coverdale's match report here. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the second ODI of the series, between India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday, from Perth. Cheers

Clarke: "It's nice to win, great start, the guys who have been playing the Big Bash were perfectly suited to this game. We knew we only had 21 overs after the break. Wade was outstanding on debut. David Hussey continued his form, and Michael Hussey keeps getting runs in all forms of the game. His [Ricky Ponting's] body is about a 32-33 year-old's. He is catching well."

Wade is Man of the Match on ODI debut. Wade: "The boys are high after the Test series win and we want to keep that up. I am pretty familiar with the MCG, and it was good to go out there."

Dhoni: "Once they came back after the break, they went after our bowling. Our loose deliveries were too loose. That was the difference. And we did not get off to a good start in the chase. That was a crucial time after the Powerplay overs. If only we could have built the partnership (Kohli-Rohit). We have the self-belief. That comes with the youngsters."

Astonishing lack of fight from India after the rain break. They were on top for the first 10.4 overs, and then let it slip away completely, without a sniff of a fightback. All the resistance was from Australia's middle order, who drowned India's spinners in a blaze of frenetic running and power hitting. And their bowlers came out hungry for wickets, and India sank meekly. In hindsight, India had too many spinners - part-timers, specialist and spinning allrounders - and were a medium-pacer short. Loved the way Starc bowled, ran in smoothly, got bounce, got swing, and claimed the big wickets of Tendulkar and Gambhir

Adam: "How would you say that Wade's glovework has been this game?" Competent, and safe

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