ICC Champions Trophy Warm-up Matches, Australia v India at Cardiff, Jun 4, 2013
Played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (neutral venue)
4 June 2013 (50-over match)

Hello and welcome to our coverage of this warm-up game between India and Australia in Cardiff. MS Dhoni has won the toss and decided to bat.

The teams are out for the anthems which was not seen in the earlier matches. Sourav Ganguly said in the pitch report it should be a high-scoring match. It's a bright and sunny day in Cardiff and the first ball is going to be balled soon.

M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle and Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over. A bit of a delay here because there is something kept in front of the sight screen, waiting to be covered.

0.1

Starc to Vijay, no run, full and outside off, Vijay drives it straight to point on the front foot

0.2

Starc to Vijay, no run, short on the leg stump, is going down the leg side and just clips Vijay's pads on the way to the keeper

0.3

Starc to Vijay, no run, full outside off again, Vijay pokes his bat out without much footwork but misses it

0.4

Starc to Vijay, no run, full again, this time on the off stump, Vijay defends it on the front foot

0.5

Starc to Vijay, 1 leg bye, shorter on the leg stump this time, Vijay tries to glance and misses it, but it's swinging down the leg side and the fielders and Starc appeal in vain as the batsmen run for a leg-bye

0.6

Starc to Dhawan, 1 wide, full and outside the leg stump, going down further, signalled wide by the umpire

0.6

Starc to Dhawan, no run, good length ball on middle and off, defended solidly by Dhawan

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0

    • S Dhawan 0 (1b)
    • M Vijay 0 (5b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-1-0

Clint McKay to share the new ball with Starc. He has two slips for Vijay

1.1

McKay to Vijay, 1 wide, slow and way outside the off stump, swings away further to the keeper, left alone for a wide

1.1

McKay to Vijay, no run, almost full outside the off stump, Vijay plays it a bit in the air to point off the front foot

1.2

McKay to Vijay, no run, good length ball outside off, Vijay puts his front foot forward and drives it straight to cover

1.3

McKay to Vijay, 1 run, full outside off again, Vijay pushes it a bit wide of the fielder at cover for a single

1.4

McKay to Dhawan, no run, good length ball on middle stump, Dhawan goes on to the back foot and defends it

1.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, pitches on off and angling away, Dhawan pokes his bat out and it misses his bat by a couple of inches

1.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, wide of the off stump and angling away from Dhawan, left alone by the batsman

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 4/0

    • S Dhawan 0 (4b)
    • M Vijay 1 (8b)
    • CJ McKay 1-0-2-0
    • MA Starc 1-0-1-0
2.1

Starc to Vijay, OUT, full and on the middle stump in the block hole, big appeal from the bowler and the umpire has given it out, poor decision that one. Vijay got his bat down but just in time and got a big inside edge but there is no DRS in warm-ups so Vijay has to walk back

M Vijay lbw b Starc 1 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

2.2

Starc to Kohli, no run, good length ball outside off stump and angling away, left alone by Kohli

2.3

Starc to Kohli, no run, outside off on good length again, Kohli leaves it again

2.4

Starc to Kohli, FOUR, just a bit full on the off stump, Kohli comes on the front foot and drives it down the ground, it flicks Starc's boot on the way to a boundary. Not a very straight bat but times to perfection

2.5

Starc to Kohli, no run, Starc goes outside off again, Kohli leaves it alone

2.6

Starc to Kohli, no run, goes further away from the batsman after pitching outside off, Kohli shoulders his arms

End of over 3 (4 runs) India 8/1

    • V Kohli 4 (5b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 0 (4b)
    • MA Starc 2-0-5-1
    • CJ McKay 1-0-2-0
3.1

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, outside off and angling away, Dhawan prods tentatively and it takes and outside edge towards the third man

3.2

McKay to Kohli, 1 wide, pitches it way outside off and it swings further away for a wide

3.2

McKay to Kohli, 4 runs, full on the off stump, but it's slow and Kohli works his wrists to place it between mid-on and midwicket. It's a slow outfield and the batsmen run four as it doesn't reach the boundary

3.3

McKay to Kohli, no run, straight on good length outside off, Kohli leaves it alone

3.4

McKay to Kohli, no run, fuller this time outside off and Kohli leaves it alone again

3.5

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Kohli opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man for a single

3.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, good length ball around the off stump and angling away, Dhawan goes back a bit and leaves it alone

End of over 4 (7 runs) India 15/1

    • S Dhawan 1 (6b)
    • V Kohli 9 (9b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 2-0-9-0
    • MA Starc 2-0-5-1
4.1

Starc to Kohli, no run, full just a bit outside off, Kohli comes forward to push it down the ground but it takes an inside edge to midwicket

4.2

Starc to Kohli, no run, short on the middle stump, Kohli goes back on the back foot and defends it

4.3

Starc to Kohli, OUT, this is pitched outside leg and is drifting further down and Kohli wans to glance it and only manages an edge to the keeper. No need to wait for the umpire as Kohli walks on his own. Starc has a grin on his face as it wasn't quite a wicket-taking delivery

V Kohli c †Wade b Starc 9 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Not a quick start here from India and Australia have struck twice already. Rohit Sharma is the new batsman

4.4

Starc to RG Sharma, FOUR, full toss on the pads and swinging down the leg side further, Rohit plays it off the pads and it beats the fine leg fielder

4.5

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, good length ball on middle and leg, Rohit tries to play it to the leg side but it misses his bat and strikes him on his pads

4.6

Starc to RG Sharma, no run, outside the off stump on good length, left alone by the batsman

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 19/2

    • RG Sharma 4 (3b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 1 (6b)
    • MA Starc 3-0-9-2
    • CJ McKay 2-0-9-0
5.1

McKay to Dhawan, no run, on the leg stump and a bit full, Dhawan misses it while trying ot drive it down and a big appeal for lbw. Going down the leg side and declared not out

5.2

McKay to Dhawan, 4 byes, he drifts down further and this one is wide down the leg side, the keeper also misses it and it's gone all the way to the boundary

5.3

McKay to Dhawan, no run, left alone outside the off stump

5.4

McKay to Dhawan, 3 runs, outside off with a bit of room, Dhawan opens his arms and drives it between cover and mid-off for three runs

5.5

McKay to RG Sharma, no run, drivable length outside the off stump, Rohit leaves it alone

5.6

McKay to RG Sharma, no run, pitches outside off again and comes back in a bit, left alone by the batsman

End of over 6 (7 runs) India 26/2

    • RG Sharma 4 (5b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 4 (10b)
    • CJ McKay 3-0-12-0
    • MA Starc 3-0-9-2
6.1

Starc to Dhawan, no run, full on the off stump, Dhawan drives it back to to the bowler who gets a hand to it and saves some runs

6.2

Starc to Dhawan, no run, good length ball right aorund the off stump, Dhawan comes forward and defends it solidly

6.3

Starc to Dhawan, no run, full and way outside the off stump, Dhawan goes for a flamboyant drive down on one knee but doesn't connect

6.4

Starc to Dhawan, FOUR, full outside off again and Dhawan gets it off the middle this time, pierces the gap between extra cover and point, crisp timing there

6.5

Starc to Dhawan, no run, pitches around middle and leg and swinging down leg, Dhawan tries to flick it and this one hits his pads

6.6

Starc to Dhawan, no run, good length ball around off stump, Dhawan defends it straight back towards mid-on

End of over 7 (4 runs) India 30/2

    • S Dhawan 8 (16b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 4 (5b 1x4)
    • MA Starc 4-0-13-2
    • CJ McKay 3-0-12-0
7.1

McKay to RG Sharma, no run, outside the off stump on good length and coming back in, Rohit leaves it alone

7.2

McKay to RG Sharma, FOUR, just outside the off stump and a tad slower this time, it takes the outside edge and goes between the keeper and the first slip, neither of them goes for the catch and a lucky boundary for Rohit

7.3

McKay to RG Sharma, 1 wide, pitches way outside off stump and swings further away for a wide

7.3

McKay to RG Sharma, no run, good length ball around middle and leg, pushed to midwicket on the front foot

7.4

McKay to RG Sharma, 1 run, good length ball outside off, Rohit tries to play it on the off side but manages an edge on the other side of the pitch for a single

7.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, around the middle stump, pushed back by Dhawan

7.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, short of good length on the leg stump, Dhawan goes back a bit plays it to midwicket

End of over 8 (6 runs) India 36/2

    • S Dhawan 8 (18b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 9 (9b 2x4)
    • CJ McKay 4-0-18-0
    • MA Starc 4-0-13-2

Mitchell Johnson is the new bowler

8.1

Johnson to RG Sharma, no run, short of good length outside off and going away further, left alone by the batsman

8.2

Johnson to RG Sharma, no run, full and way outside off, Rohit goes down on one knee and drives it straight to cover

8.3

Johnson to RG Sharma, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, angling away, Rohit goes back a bit and pushes it on the off side for a single

8.4

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, short outside the off stump, goes straight to the keeper as it's left alone

8.5

Johnson to Dhawan, 1 run, good length ball on middle, Dhawan defends it on the off side and calls for a single immediately, dives at the non-striker's end to make it on time

8.6

Johnson to RG Sharma, no run, pitches around leg going towards Rohit's pads, who plays to midwicket for no runs

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 38/2

    • RG Sharma 10 (13b 2x4)
    • S Dhawan 9 (20b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-2-0
    • CJ McKay 4-0-18-0

Quite a slow start here for Dhawan who had a very attacking debut against Australia on his Test debut.

9.1

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, on the leg stump, Dhawan pushes it towards mid-on and calls for another quick single, not a direct hit and makes it on time again, without a dive this time

9.2

McKay to RG Sharma, OUT, pitches way outside off but this one comes back in a bit after pitching, Rohit wanted to play at it and leaves it alone at the last moment, but the ball bounced enough to clip the edge of the bat and hit the stumps. Another dismissal because of the batsman's fault, this one would have missed the stumps by a long way

RG Sharma b McKay 10 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

9.3

McKay to Raina, no run, good length ball around off and swings away, Raina goes back to defend it and misses it by a long away

9.4

McKay to Raina, no run, drivable length outside off, Raina drives tentatively and it takes the edge to second slip but fals short

9.5

McKay to Raina, no run, outside off on good length again, Raina leaves it alone this time

9.6

McKay to Raina, OUT, this wasn't a short ball and it didn't swing much either but Raina is gone. It pitched on leg stump and was going straight, Raina goes back in the crease to play it off his pads and misses it completely as he was standing in front of the off stump. The ball hits middle and leg stumps. Raina was expecting a short one there

SK Raina b McKay 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 10 (1 run) India 39/4

    • S Dhawan 10 (21b 1x4)
    • CJ McKay 5-0-19-2
    • MG Johnson 1-0-2-0
10.1

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, good length ball on off, Dhawan defends it solidly on the off side

10.2

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, good line and length from Johnson outside off, Dhawan leaves it alone

10.3

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, closer to the off stump just short of good length, Dhawan leaves it alone again, although it came back in a bit after pitching

10.4

Johnson to Dhawan, FOUR, pitched further up outside off and Dhawan cashes in on it, he comes forward a bit and drives it through he covers with a straight bat for a four

10.5

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, a tad shorter than drivable length outside off, Dhawan chooses to leave it alone

10.6

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, good length ball just outside off, Dhawan opens the face of the bat and guides it to point

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 43/4

    • S Dhawan 14 (27b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 0 (0b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-6-0
    • CJ McKay 5-0-19-2
11.1

McKay to Karthik, no run, pitches way outside off and comes back in a bit, Karthik leaves it alone

11.2

McKay to Karthik, no run, coming back in after pitching around off on good length, Karthik defends it on the front foot

11.3

McKay to Karthik, no run, Karthik walks down the pitch and defends another one which pitched outside off and was coming towards him

11.4

McKay to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik comes down again and flicks a length ball on off stump towards midwicket for a quick single to get off the mark

11.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, pitches just outside off, Dhawan stays int he crease and guides it to point by opening the face of bat

11.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, a little full around off and swinging a bit away from him, Dhawan drives to cover for a dot ball

End of over 12 (1 run) India 44/4

    • S Dhawan 14 (29b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 1 (4b)
    • CJ McKay 6-0-20-2
    • MG Johnson 2-0-6-0

McKay has just left the field.

12.1

Johnson to Karthik, no run, a short ball around leg stump, left alone by Karthik

12.2

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, Karthik pushes it towards cover for a single

12.3

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, good length ball on the off stump, Dhawan drives straight to cover

12.4

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, similar delivery just around off, bit short this time, Dhawan goes to the back foot and guides it to point

12.5

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, full towards middle and off, Dhawan pushes it back to the bowler off the front foot

12.6

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, short one outside off, Dhawan watched it till the last second and left it alone to the keeper

End of over 13 (1 run) India 45/4

    • S Dhawan 14 (33b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 2 (6b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-7-0
    • CJ McKay 6-0-20-2

James Faulkner is the new bowler and replaces McKay.

Vivek SIngh Jat: "Sourav Ganguly said in the pitch report it should be a high-scoring match. I guess he meant about combined total of both the teams."

13.1

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, full outside off, Karthik drives it off the front foot to mid-off

13.2

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, Karthik walks down to a good length ball outside off and flicks it to the left of mid-on

13.3

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, full outside off, Karthik drives it straight to cover

13.4

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, short of good length on the middle stump, Karthik works it to fine-leg for a single

13.5

Faulkner to Dhawan, no run, good length ball outside off, Dhawan defends it off the back foot

13.6

Faulkner to Dhawan, 2 runs, full and drifting towards Dhawan's pads, he flicks it on the on side for a couple of runs

End of over 14 (3 runs) India 48/4

    • S Dhawan 16 (35b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 3 (10b)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-3-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-7-0
14.1

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, short ball on middle stump, Karthik goes back in the crease and defends it with soft hands for a quick single

14.2

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, quick and right in the block hole, Dhawan gets his bat down but it hits his toe first and a half-hearted appeal from Australia isn't entertained much. It was pretty close and ball-tracking showed it clipping leg stump

14.3

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, full outside off, Dhawan drives it on the off side

14.4

Johnson to Dhawan, 1 run, a bit shorter this time outside off, Dhawan makes room a bit and guides it to third-man for a single

14.5

Johnson to Karthik, no run, full and outside off, Karthik drives it to the fielder at cover

14.6

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, Karthik walks down and pushes a fullish ball outside off straight down just wide of mid-off for a single

The players are taking drinks. Much needed for India as Australia have taken out their top order without breaking a sweat

Matrix: "India still has a chance of making a big total as Dhoni is still there"

End of over 15 (3 runs) India 51/4

    • KD Karthik 5 (13b)
    • S Dhawan 17 (38b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-10-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-3-0
15.1

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, back of a length just outside off and he guides it to point.

15.2

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, Good line, angling across the right-hander and swinging away. Karthik leaves it alone

15.3

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, goes down the track to this one. Its full on off stump and driven to cover

15.4

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, Good use of the feet. Makes it into a half volley and easily flicks it through midwicket and times it well enough to take it to the boundary

15.5

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, Faulkner answers with a slower ball. Karthik is down the track and he misses it, beaten by absence of pace

15.6

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, full and around the off stump. Defended confidently into the covers

Sriram: "@Matrix - How can you forget Sir Jadeja?"

End of over 16 (4 runs) India 55/4

    • KD Karthik 9 (19b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 17 (38b 2x4)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-7-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-10-0
16.1

Johnson to Dhawan, OUT, Short ball and he's gone. A predictable equation for Indian batsmen. Its dug in around head high. He looks to hook it, but the ball is well outside off stump and the ball lobs out to mid-on where its easily taken

S Dhawan c McKay b Johnson 17 (39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 43.58

Dhoni's in

16.2

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, Dug in short again. Dhoni jumps on his back foot and ticks it off through the midwicket region

16.3

Johnson to Karthik, no run, Well bowled. Using the left armer's angle and a little bit of swing takes it across the edge of Karthik

16.4

Johnson to Karthik, no run, Fuller now and Karthik drives it off to the covers.

16.5

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, Uppish, but there's no fielder at gully. Flashed at it. The ball was wide, but was back of a length and third man is left to tidy up

Humair Amil: "Is it the same Indian team which scored 350 odd the other day?"

16.6

Johnson to Dhoni, FOUR, on the pads and Dhoni moves across on his back foot and plays it down the fine leg with the smallest of fuss

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 61/5

    • MS Dhoni 5 (2b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 10 (22b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 5-0-16-1
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-7-0
17.1

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, Full and outside off. Karthik chooses to play at that and it goes off to mid-off

17.2

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, Back of a length, just outside off stump. Karthik guides it to point off the back foot and David Warner dives spectacularly to save that one

17.3

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full outside off, Karthik chooses to play it and hits it out to mid-off

17.4

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, Bangs it in, but its outside off and Dhoni drops his hands and lets it go

17.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, outside off just back of a length and its left alone

17.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, Fuller and he moves forward to defend it softly

End of over 18 (1 run) India 62/5

    • MS Dhoni 5 (5b 1x4)
    • KD Karthik 11 (25b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-8-0
    • MG Johnson 5-0-16-1
18.1

Johnson to Karthik, no run, Fullish length, swinging away. Karthik leaves it alone on the front foot

18.2

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, On the pads and its turned down to fine leg off the front foot

18.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 wide, Oh thats very wide. The swing takes it just to the wrong end of that wide marker

18.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, On the pads, he's on the back foot and turns it down to fine leg

18.4

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, Walks down the pitch and the bowler pulls the length. It goes to square leg

18.5

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, Angled across and moves away. Dhoni hangs his bat but he's beaten

18.6

Johnson to Dhoni, FOUR, Lovely shot, made it look completely effortless. Full and swinging into the pads. Dhoni brings those powerful wrists into play and whips it off through midwicket

End of over 19 (8 runs) India 70/5

    • MS Dhoni 10 (8b 2x4)
    • KD Karthik 13 (28b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-0-24-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-8-0
19.1

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, On the front foot to that one full and around off stump. Driven to mid-off, not well timed

Update on the Aussie captain, Michael Clarke: "Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris: "Micheal is still experiencing some lower back pain and as such is not fit for the warm-up game against India today. Micheal will head to London tomorrow for specialist treatement and a decision on his fitness for next game will be made in due course."

19.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, Dug in, but Dhoni is quick on the back foot and hooks it down so the ball safely goes along the ground to fine leg

19.3

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, tries to steer the ball to third man but there's not enough pace and the keeper moves to his left to collect it without much trouble

19.4

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, fullish and on the stumps. he moves across and defends it to the on side

19.5

Faulkner to Karthik, 2 runs, Back of a length and bouncing up to his hips. Soft hands turns it down to fine leg and the two Indian wicketkeepers sprint across to complete a double

19.6

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, back of a length on the off stump and is confidently defended into the off side

End of over 20 (4 runs) India 74/5

    • KD Karthik 16 (33b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 11 (9b 2x4)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-12-0
    • MG Johnson 6-0-24-1

Strac in for Johnson

20.1

Starc to Dhoni, no run, Full on the pads and its pushed to the on side

20.2

Starc to Dhoni, no run, Full and on the off stump. Dhoni pushes it to mid off

20.3

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball. Dhoni tickles it around to square leg off the back foot and scampers off for the singe

20.4

Starc to Karthik, no run, On the off stump, just back of a length and Karthik gets back behind it and defends it

20.5

Starc to Karthik, no run, It hits Dhoni and no chance of any runs. Good drive from Karthik. Full and outside off and he moves fluidly into the front foot and times it well, but the captain couldn't move away in time

20.6

Starc to Karthik, no run, Beaten. Hits a good length and moves just a bit away. Karthik's intended glide to third man is not successful as he cant get any bat on it

End of over 21 (1 run) India 75/5

    • KD Karthik 16 (36b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (12b 2x4)
    • MA Starc 5-0-14-2
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-12-0

Watson's into the attack

21.1

Watson to Dhoni, SIX, And Dhoni greets him with a towering six over long on. walks into that shot and unleashes a full swing of his arms and watches it sail over the boundary.

21.2

Watson to Dhoni, no run, around the off stump and its chopped off the back foot to point

21.3

Watson to Dhoni, no run, on a length and on the off stump. he moves across and defends it

21.4

Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and wide. Dhoni gets down on one knee, reaches out and times it quite well through point. Sweeper cover races to his left, dives and saves it

21.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, on the stumps and drifting leg side. He turns it down to square leg off the back foot

21.6

Watson to Karthik, no run, Good line and length. Homes in on off stump and Karthik moves forward and blocks it.

End of over 22 (9 runs) India 84/5

    • KD Karthik 16 (37b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 21 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0
    • MA Starc 5-0-14-2
22.1

Starc to Dhoni, FOUR, Straight down the ground, well timed and Karthik shows the captain how to move out of the way of the ball coming at the non striker. Full and outside off stump. Dhoni's straight bat times it well enough to beat mid-off

22.2

Starc to Dhoni, 1 wide, Tries to glance it but its wide of him down the leg side

22.2

Starc to Dhoni, no run, full and outside off. Dhoni hits it well but it goes to the fielder at cover

22.3

Starc to Dhoni, no run, on a length, moves back and hits it to point

22.4

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, that one nips in after pitching. Inside half of the bat is taken and it goes down to fine leg

22.5

Starc to Karthik, 2 runs, Back of a length and its flicked off his hips into the gap between square and fine leg and good, urgent running gets two

22.6

Starc to Karthik, 1 wide, another one. To Karthik this time. He's down the track but still cant get bat to it

22.6

Starc to Karthik, 1 wide, This time Karthik doesn't bother trying a shot. He pulls out of it and the ball goes to the keeper, well wide of the batsman's pads

22.6

Starc to Karthik, no run, Around the off stump, good full length and its defended out to cover

End of over 23 (10 runs) India 94/5

    • KD Karthik 18 (39b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 26 (21b 3x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 6-0-24-2
    • SR Watson 1-0-9-0
23.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, Good length on off stump. He defends it out to point

23.2

Watson to Dhoni, no run, thats on the stumps, drifting in just a little but but Dhoni plays it safely down the wicket for midwicket to come round and tidy up

23.3

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, Dug in, but it only reaches as high as his chest and Dhoni pulls it powerfully out to the fielder at deep midwicket

23.4

Watson to Karthik, 2 runs, Short, but that only gets up as far as his waist. Karthik pulls it hard in front of square to deep midwicket

23.5

Watson to Karthik, no run, tries to open the face, but the ball moves away to beat him. Lucky not to get the edge

23.6

Watson to Karthik, no run, Good length ball on off stump and good solid defence from Karthik.

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 97/5

    • KD Karthik 20 (42b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 27 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-0
    • MA Starc 6-0-24-2

Mitchell Marsh into the attack

24.1

Marsh to Dhoni, no run, starts well. Good length ball on the stumps and he blocks it out down the ground

24.2

Marsh to Dhoni, no run, A little bit of room and Dhoni tries to hit it just a bit too hard and doesn't time it

24.3

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run, Back of a length outside the off stump and its guided off the back foot just behind point.

24.4

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, on the pads and its ticked off in the region of midwicket

24.5

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run, Full outside the off stump and he plays the square drive out to sweeper cover

24.6

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 101/5

    • KD Karthik 22 (44b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 29 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-4-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-0
25.1

Watson to Karthik, no run, Down the track and tries to hit it too hard. No timing on it and it goes out to mid-on

25.2

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, back of a length outside off and he opens the face to guide it fine of point

25.3

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, Full outside off and Dhoni's forward push, though powerful goes only as far as the covers

25.4

Watson to Karthik, no run, Oh, well bowled. Points to the bowler there. He comes down the track but he bowls it short and angles it in at the batsman. Karthik had to be quick with his evasive action and he was

25.5

Watson to Karthik, FOUR, Excellent timing. He's on the backfoot waiting and he pulls it fine and the ball flies away to the boundary, beating deep square leg

25.6

Watson to Karthik, no run, He hasn't been discouraged from walking down the track. This time its a good length ball and is defended away to the off side

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 107/5

    • KD Karthik 27 (49b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 30 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-4-0
26.1

Marsh to Dhoni, no run, Marsh is hit. Powerful shot from Dhoni as he comes down the track. The bowler takes evasive action and is in the end lucky as the ball just missed his face

26.2

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run, full and on the pads. Dhoni turns it around to the leg side

26.3

Marsh to Karthik, no run, lovely straight bat from Karthik. Punched back to the bowler

26.4

Marsh to Karthik, no run, Full outside off and its driven to mid-off

26.5

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, Angled in and drifting to the pads. Its clipped off the hips fine of square leg

26.6

Marsh to Dhoni, no run, good length around the off stump. Dhoni pushes it to the off side and looks for the single, but Karthik sends him back

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 109/5

    • MS Dhoni 31 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 28 (52b 2x4)
    • MR Marsh 2-0-6-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-18-0
27.1

Watson to Karthik, no run, Oh, he missed out. Short and wide and he slaps it straight to point

27.2

Watson to Karthik, no run, Lazy shot from Karthik. Lucky not to get the edge. Drives on the up extravagantly and misses it completely

27.3

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, good length, angling into middle and Karthik gets behind it nicely and tucks it down to fine leg

27.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, Good length ball, drifting in after pitching and Dhoni taps it out between cover and mid-off and is immediately off for that single. Well run

27.5

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, Good run again. Driven straight down the ground, the bowler gets a hand to it and slows it down and the batsmen sneak through before mid-off could get to it

27.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, good length on off stump and it gets the straight, dead bat from Dhoni

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 112/5

    • MS Dhoni 32 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 30 (56b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-21-0
    • MR Marsh 2-0-6-0
28.1

Marsh to Karthik, FOUR, Well played. He's got the yorker wrong there. Its perfect in length but it drifts just enough down the leg side for Karthik to get a little feather and it races down to fine leg as short fine fielder jogged after it

28.2

Marsh to Karthik, no run, Good reply. Lovely line and length outside off and he draws Karthik into the drive and beats his bat with a hint of away swing

28.3

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run

28.4

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run

28.5

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, Chance Short ball, down the leg side. Karthik helps it along down to fine leg, where it falls just a few inches short of the diving Starc

28.6

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he turns it around to square leg

End of over 29 (8 runs) India 120/5

    • MS Dhoni 34 (36b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 36 (60b 3x4)
    • MR Marsh 3-0-14-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-21-0
29.1

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, Back of a length outside off and he guides it down to third man

29.2

Watson to Karthik, no run, Fullish length on the off stump and its defended out to cover

29.3

Watson to Karthik, 1 run, on the front foot and he angles the bat for the ball to go down to third man

29.4

Watson to Dhoni, no run, Lots of action there. Dhoni dabs it out to the off side and looks for the single but the fielder comes in quickly and hits the stumps. Karthik was safely back inside the crease

29.5

Watson to Dhoni, no run, Back of a length and outside off and he moves back to chops it to point

29.6

Watson to Dhoni, no run, on the stumps, good length and Dhoni goes back and pushes it out to the off side

Match State: Drinks

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 122/5

    • MS Dhoni 35 (40b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 37 (62b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 5-0-23-0
    • MR Marsh 3-0-14-0

Mitchell Johnson brought in

30.1

Johnson to Karthik, no run, on a length on the off stump, Karthik gets forward to defend to the fielder on the off side

30.2

Johnson to Karthik, no run, full and angling away from the batsman outside off. Kartihk looking to go midwicket but ball beats him

30.3

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length going into middle and leg. Karthik tucks it away to the leg side for a single

30.4

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, short and angling across the batsman. Dhoni gets on the back foot and defends to mid-off

30.5

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off. Dhoni gets forward and defends to mid-off for a single

30.6

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length going past off stump. Karthik opens the face of the bat off the back foot to steer to short third man

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 125/5

    • KD Karthik 39 (66b 3x4)
    • MS Dhoni 36 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 7-0-27-1
    • SR Watson 5-0-23-0

Clint McKay will come back on to have a bowl

31.1

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and angling into the batsman outside off stump. Karthik gets forward to defend back to the bowler

31.2

McKay to Karthik, FOUR, short and going down the pads. Karthik swivels and helps it on its way with a lofted shot to fine leg

31.3

McKay to Karthik, 2 runs, short of a length pitching outside off and angling in. Karthik gets forward and flicks square to the leg side. Able to complete two

31.4

McKay to Karthik, no run, pitches on a length outside off. Karthik gets forward but plays inside of the ball as it carries through to the keeper

31.5

McKay to Karthik, no run, short of a length going down middle and leg. Karthik tucks it away to the leg side for none

31.6

McKay to Karthik, 1 run, short and wide outside off. Karthik cuts it square to the off side and Warner dives to stop a certain boundary just inches before the rope. Great fielding!

End of over 32 (7 runs) India 132/5

    • KD Karthik 46 (72b 4x4)
    • MS Dhoni 36 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 7-0-27-2
    • MG Johnson 7-0-27-1
32.1

Johnson to Karthik, 1 wide, bouncer from Johnson and going down leg. Late call from the umpire for a wide

32.1

Johnson to Karthik, 1 wide, short and going down leg again. Batsman leaves it alone.

32.1

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, full and angling away from off stump. Karthik gets forward to steer to mid-off for a single

32.2

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, on a length pitching on middle, angling away from the batsman as Dhoni goes for a mighty swipe without any footwork to midwicket, but doesn't make contact

32.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, short ball, pitching on middle and off, angling away. Dhoni rears back to pull solidly to deep square leg

Sid Daga: "Can't understand Australia's tactics. If this is a practise game, why aren't they trying Coulter-Nile or Doherty, seeing as pacers are troubling India?"

Johnson going around now

32.4

Johnson to Karthik, no run, delivers this wide off the crease and angles sharply just short of a length into off stump. Karthik forward to defend to cover

32.5

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, pitches wide off the stumps on a length. Karthik glances it fine to third man for a single

32.6

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, short and angling away from a middle stump line. Dhoni pushes to cover for none

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 137/5

    • MS Dhoni 37 (45b 3x4 1x6)
    • KD Karthik 48 (75b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 8-0-32-1
    • CJ McKay 7-0-27-2

They have taken the Batting Powerplay

33.1

McKay to Karthik, 1 run, Slower ball pitching on a length outside off. Karthik blocks to point and takes a quick single. Warner coming in from point picks up and throws without hitting the stump

33.2

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, Short and outside off stump. Dhoni blocks to point, stays in his crease, notices the overthrow from the fielder which deceives Wade, and jets off for an overthrow

33.3

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and on the hips, Karthik pulls it straight to the fielder at short fine

33.4

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and outside off stump. Karthik gets back to cut but finds the fielder on the off side

33.5

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and seaming in outside off stump. Karthik stops it dead in its track, but does come in on an angle, ends up getting lodged in his pads

33.6

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and on off stump. Karthik dead bats it again for none

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 139/5

    • KD Karthik 49 (80b 4x4)
    • MS Dhoni 38 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 8-0-29-2
    • MG Johnson 8-0-32-1

James Faulkner comes on to have a bowl

34.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, pitching short of a length angling away from off stump. Dhoni pushes square to backward point for a couple

34.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 wides, wide ball going down legside. Dhoni lets it go but Wade fumbles behind for an overthrow

34.2

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, short and on leg stump. Karthik waits on it before pulling to the square boundary for a well played fifty. Karthik is certainly making a case for selection here. Question to you readers is who would he replace in the current squad?

34.3

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, ball on leg stump at a good length. Karthik comes down the track, tries to flick to midwicket to no avail

34.4

Faulkner to Karthik, no run

34.5

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, short of a length on middle , Karthik gets back to cut but finds backward point

34.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, yorker length on middle, Karthik able to dig it out

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 148/5

    • KD Karthik 54 (85b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 40 (47b 3x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-21-0
    • CJ McKay 8-0-29-2
35.1

McKay to Karthik, no run, slower ball short of a length outside off stump. Karthik in no position to deal with it as it passes his blade to the keeper

35.2

McKay to Karthik, 3 runs, nicely done by Karthik, McKay bangs one short as Karthik was advancing down the track, he adjusts and pulls it wide of mid-wicket for an easy three

35.3

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, short going down middle and leg. Dhoni is able to glance it off the back foot for a single to backward square leg

35.4

McKay to Karthik, 1 run, short and outside off stump. Karthik gets back to pull to mid-on for a single

35.5

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, short and on middle and leg. Dhoni glances off the back foot to short midwicket

35.6

McKay to Karthik, no run, fuller on the same line, Karthik forward to block it and it goes harmlessly to the bowler

End of over 36 (6 runs) India 154/5

    • KD Karthik 58 (89b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 42 (49b 3x4 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 9-0-35-2
    • JP Faulkner 5-0-21-0
36.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length on middle. Dhoni waits on it before playing a lofted shot over mid-on. Not strong enough as it carries to the long-on fielder

36.2

Faulkner to Karthik, SIX, fuller on middle stump and Karthik gets forward to flick to square leg for a six

36.3

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, short of a length on middle angling away from the batsman. Karthik on the back foot to cut it but is unable to get any bat on it

36.4

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, wide and full from Faulkner. Karthik gets on his knees to try and steer square on the off side but misses

36.5

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, full and going down legside. Faulkner trying to get it straight here and Karthik helps it on its way to the fine leg boundary

36.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 no ball, slower ball on a length going past the off stump. But called a no ball straight away by the umpire as it appears that Faulkner's knee has clipped the non-striker stumps. Not a free hit though

36.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, slower ball just outside off and defended to point

End of over 37 (13 runs) India 167/5

    • KD Karthik 69 (95b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 43 (50b 3x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-34-0
    • CJ McKay 9-0-35-2
37.1

McKay to Karthik, 3 runs, short and on off stump. Karthik gets back to pull to midwicket. Able to scamper three runs with ease

37.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short ball on off and middle. Dhoni advances down the track but ends up parrying to the bowler

37.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short and on middle and leg. Dhoni pushes to cover for none

37.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short and outside off. Dhoni cuts it on the back foot but finds the fielder in the inner ring

37.5

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, short and on middle. Dhoni goes back to pull it and finds deep square leg for a single

37.6

McKay to Karthik, no run, short and outside off. Karthik goes for a pull but misses the ball

Batting Powerplay is now over

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 171/5

    • KD Karthik 72 (97b 6x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 44 (54b 3x4 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 10-0-39-2
    • JP Faulkner 6-0-34-0
38.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length going down middle and off. Dhoni pushes to cover for a single

38.2

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off stump. Karthik forward to drive it square and is able to complete a single

38.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, short and angling away from off stump. Dhoni nudges it to the fielder at mid-off

Deepak: "What is the way to get your comment published ???? - I had a comment during 34th over and still have not finding any comments published for in the past 20 min. If my comment doesnt get published during a practice match - noway it will get published on a regular match with lot more users". Are we good now Deepak? :)

38.4

Faulkner to Karthik, 2 runs, on a length angling away outside off. Karthk plays with soft hands but almost inside-edges. Able to sneak two runs as it goes to fine leg

38.5

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, shot from Karthik! full and on middle and leg. Karthik lofts the ball over midwicket for a boundary

38.6

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, on a length going on off stump and middle. Karthik blocks it to point for none

End of over 39 (9 runs) India 180/5

    • KD Karthik 79 (101b 7x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 46 (56b 3x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-43-0
    • CJ McKay 10-0-39-2

Mitchell Marsh in now. Getting into the business end of the innings. India looking to capitalise.

39.1

Marsh to Dhoni, 1 run, short and on middle and leg, Dhoni steps back before glancing the ball to the fielder at cover for a single

39.2

Marsh to Karthik, FOUR, short and wide and Karthik dispatches to the square boundary on the offside. Plays a nice back foot cut which is just over the cover fielder

39.3

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, on a length on off stump. Karthik pushes to mid-off for a single

39.4

Marsh to Dhoni, SIX, full and on middle. Dhoni forward and plays a lovely pickup shot down the ground for a six. Very Dhoniesque shot and with that bludgeon gets his 50 off just 58 balls

39.5

Marsh to Dhoni, FOUR, off stump and full and Dhoni opens up his shoulders to hit straight back down the ground. Looks like Mitchell Marsh is being targeted by the batsmen

39.6

Marsh to Dhoni, SIX, on a length outside off stump. Dhoni waits before rocking back and lofting over the offside for a six near third man. Amazing shot from the Indian captain

End of over 40 (22 runs) India 202/5

    • MS Dhoni 63 (60b 4x4 3x6)
    • KD Karthik 84 (103b 8x4 1x6)
    • MR Marsh 4-0-36-0
    • JP Faulkner 7-0-43-0

Mitchell Johnson has been asked to bowl. Both batsmen looking to get it on here so time for some experience from the Australian left-handed bowler

40.1

Johnson to Karthik, no run, full and outside off stump. Karthik drives it firmly on the up but finds the fielder at cover

40.2

Johnson to Karthik, no run, short of a length on middle and off. Karthik looking to deposit it over the midwicket boundary, but unable to get anything on it

40.3

Johnson to Karthik, FOUR, short and on off stump. Karthik dances down before cutting to the left of backward point for a boundary

40.4

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, short of a length going past the off stump. Karthk steers it to third man

40.5

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss outside off stump. Dhoni forward to drive on the up to deep extra cover

40.6

Johnson to Karthik, no run, on a length outside off stump. Karthik lets it go to the keeper

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 208/5

    • KD Karthik 89 (108b 9x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 64 (61b 4x4 3x6)
    • MG Johnson 9-0-38-1
    • MR Marsh 4-0-36-0

Shankar: "DK always Comes up with "Drop Me if you can" innings whenever team is in jeopardy of selecting him... Last time he did is against WI before selection of 2007 WC squad..."

41.1

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, short and going wide of off stump, angling away from the batsman. Dhoni cuts off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single

41.2

Starc to Karthik, 2 runs, full and on middle. Karthik plays a lofted shot over midwicket and it lands inside safely

41.3

Starc to Karthik, 2 runs, short and on middle. Karthik seems rushed as he plays a pull but ends up spooning to square leg, but falls in no-mans land

41.4

Starc to Karthik, FOUR, full and on middle. Karthik drives this powerful through the leg side and beats long-on to the boundary

going around the wicket now

41.5

Starc to Karthik, FOUR, Starc delivers wide off the crease and short. Karthik able to play a ramp shot over the keeper to bring up his second consecutive ton in these warm-up fixtures. Karthik banging down the door for selection

41.6

Starc to Karthik, 1 leg bye, Starc spears it in to middle and leg. Karthik tries playing fine to the boundary but ends up finding the fielder at short fine leg

End of over 42 (14 runs) India 222/5

    • KD Karthik 101 (113b 11x4 1x6)
    • MS Dhoni 65 (62b 4x4 3x6)
    • MA Starc 7-0-37-2
    • MG Johnson 9-0-38-1
42.1

Johnson to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off stump. Karthik drives this powerfully on the up and carries to extra-cover who drops it because of the sheer velocity

42.2

Johnson to Dhoni, SIX, short of a length going past off stump. Dhoni waits before whacking this over midwicket for a huge six!

42.3

Johnson to Dhoni, FOUR, full and wide of off stump. Dhoni plays a flat batted shot down the groundy. This one rocketed to the boundary.

42.4

Johnson to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and on middle. Dhoni once again winds up to hit down the ground. Marsh, at long-off, runs over to try and catch it at the boundary. As he was diving he is able to catch it in the air, but then quickly throws it back on the field of play, before falling on the boundary. Amazing fielding effort by Marsh and it looks like the Australians have saved a certain six. Batsmen only ran two

42.5

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, wide and outside off. Dhoni drags it to mid-on for none

42.6

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, full and outside off stump. Dhoni drags it again to mid-on for a single

End of over 43 (14 runs) India 236/5

    • MS Dhoni 78 (67b 5x4 4x6)
    • KD Karthik 102 (114b 11x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 10-0-52-1
    • MA Starc 7-0-37-2

Starc coming in from around the wicket again

43.1

Starc to Dhoni, no run, delivers this wide and full outside off stump. Dhoni plays and misses as it carries to the keeper

43.2

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker length on middle. Dhoni digs it out for a single to cover

43.3

Starc to Karthik, 2 runs, yorker on middle and leg, Karthik squeezes it square on the leg side for a single

43.4

Starc to Karthik, FOUR, full and on middle and leg. Karthik picks it up on the full and helps it on the way to the fine leg boundary

43.5

Starc to Karthik, 1 run, short but doesn't get much height as Karthik steers on the back foot with a dab to third man

43.6

Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, full toss on middle and Dhoni opens the face to guide it to sweeper cover for a couple

End of over 44 (10 runs) India 246/5

    • MS Dhoni 81 (70b 5x4 4x6)
    • KD Karthik 109 (117b 12x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 8-0-47-2
    • MG Johnson 10-0-52-1
44.1

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, short and wide of off stump. Karthik forward to drive it to extra-cover

44.2

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, full and outside off stump. Karthik gets on one knee to try and hit across the line to midwicket

Midwicket goes back as a result

44.3

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off, Karthik squeezes it square to the off side

44.4

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, full and outside off and Dhoni gets back to try and flay to the offside, but doesn't get under it well as it goes to deep extra-cover

44.5

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off, Karthik hits to extra-cover for a single

44.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and outside off. Dhoni drives down the ground to long-off. Long-off misses on first instance but able to recover, preventing any additional runs

End of over 45 (5 runs) India 251/5

    • MS Dhoni 84 (72b 5x4 4x6)
    • KD Karthik 111 (121b 12x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-48-0
    • MA Starc 8-0-47-2

Roger: "Though inconsequential, it is refreshing to see Dhoni playing so well amidst all the controversy surrounding Indian Cricket. Well done Captain!"

45.1

Starc to Karthik, FOUR, Starc spears it in outside off. Karthik opens the face to steer it past third man to the boundary

HARIHARAN: "55/5 to 250/5 Amazing Comeback"

45.2

Starc to Karthik, 1 run, full and on middle, angling into the pads. Karthik goes for a lofted shot to extra-cover, but lands safely again

45.3

Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, short and going down leg side. Dhoni pulls off the back foot and the ball carries short of deep fine leg

45.4

Starc to Karthik, 1 run, Starc spears this in on middle. Karthik able to dig it out and run a single

45.5

Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and outside off. Dhoni steers fine to the off side for a couple

45.6

Starc to Dhoni, no run, yorker on off and middle. Dhoni pushes it to mid-off

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 260/5

    • MS Dhoni 87 (75b 5x4 4x6)
    • KD Karthik 117 (124b 13x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 9-0-56-2
    • JP Faulkner 8-0-48-0
46.1

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off. Karthik forward to push it to extra-cover

46.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, yorker on middle and Dhoni plays his trademark helicopter shot as he powers it with a flick to the square boundary. He's a dangerous man in the closing overs.

46.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 wide, Faulkner delivers this way wide down the off side. Umpire calls it wide.

46.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, OUT, full and outside off. With minimal footwork Dhoni lofts to the long-off boundary with another hopeful six but ends up finding Mitchell Johnson near the boundary. Superb rescue innings from Dhoni as India were in all sorts of trouble when he arrived to the crease.

MS Dhoni c Johnson b Faulkner 91 (77b 6x4 4x6) SR: 118.18

Sir Ravindra Jadeja canters to the crease

46.4

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full ball outside off. Karthik lofts it to sweeper cover

Davinder Hora: "Neither Batsmen or Bowlers..its the Keepers who have kept India alive.."

46.5

Faulkner to Jadeja, 1 run, short on middle, seaming to the off side. Jadeja tucks it away to the leg side for a single to get off the mark. Always a good feeling for the batsman

46.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, yorker length outside off. Karthik digs it out and is able to sneak a single

End of over 47 (9 runs) India 269/6

    • KD Karthik 120 (127b 13x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1 (1b)
    • JP Faulkner 9-0-57-1
    • MA Starc 9-0-56-2
47.1

Starc to Karthik, FOUR, Starc going around and delivers a length ball going on off and middle. Karthik lets it come to him before cutting over point for a boundary. Can't bowl short to Karthik in this kind of form

47.2

Starc to Karthik, 1 run, yorker length on middle. Karthik squeezes it to point for a single

47.3

Starc to Jadeja, FOUR, short and outside off. Jadeja plays a ramp shot off the back foot and is able to just beat the fielder at third man for a boundary

Starc coming over the wicket to the left hander

47.4

Starc to Jadeja, SIX, full and outside off. Jadeja was ready for it gets deep in the crease before lofting over long-off for a six.

47.5

Starc to Jadeja, 1 run, yorker angling in to middle. Jadeja plays to short mid wicket

47.6

Starc to Karthik, 1 run

End of over 48 (17 runs) India 286/6

    • KD Karthik 126 (130b 14x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 12 (4b 1x4 1x6)
    • MA Starc 10-0-73-2
    • JP Faulkner 9-0-57-1
48.1

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, full and outside off. Karthik gets back before hitting over extra-cover for a boundary

48.2

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off. Karthik steers to third man for a single

48.3

Faulkner to Jadeja, 1 run, on a length outside off. Jadeja drives on the up to long-off

48.4

Faulkner to Karthik, FOUR, full and outside off. Karthik threads it through the gap on the offside for a boundary.

48.5

Faulkner to Karthik, no run, full and wide once again. Karthik unable to get bat on it and it carries to the keeper

48.6

Faulkner to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off. Karthik squeezes to extra-cover for a single.

End of over 49 (11 runs) India 297/6

    • KD Karthik 136 (135b 16x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 13 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Faulkner 10-0-68-1
    • MA Starc 10-0-73-2

Marsh back on to finish off the innings

49.1

Marsh to Karthik, FOUR, pitches short and down leg side. Karthik waits on it before hooking to the fine leg boundary

49.2

Marsh to Karthik, 2 runs, short ball on middle going down leg. Karthik pulls strongly to midwicket and Faulkner runs in from the deep but is unable to reach and the opportunity is missed

49.3

Marsh to Karthik, 2 runs, dropped short and wide. Karthik steps to the offside and tries to maneuver this over short fine leg for a boundary. Carries to short fine leg and Karthik is able to return to his crease before the throw from the fielder

49.4

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, full and on off stump. Karthik steers this to third man for a single

49.5

Marsh to Jadeja, 1 run, full and on middle and leg. Jadeja can do little more than dig it out to long-off for a single

49.6

Marsh to Karthik, 1 run, full and wide and Karthik drives to extra-cover for a single.

Brilliant recovery from India here. At point they were 55 for 5 in the 17th over, and have been able to recover to 308 for 6. With the front line batsman getting out to some rather silly shots, it was left to the 'keepers' to have to mop up the mess. The pair put on a 211-run stand for the sixth wicket to effectively push the game in India's favour. This is Karthik's second ton, albeit in warm-up matches, after his unbeaten 106 against Sri Lanka on June 1, so the selectors should certainly take notice.

Karthik: "I've been hitting the ball really well. When you come in at six, its important to assess the situation. When you have Dhoni around its important to rotate the strike. I guess I have got some good bats (when asked where his power comes from). It was a good bowling attack, and it feels good to get some runs. I have had a good IPL and its important to keeping the same momentum from that and its important to keep going from there. I've always been very comfortable playing in the middle order so hopefully that will continue."

We will be right back once the second innings commences. In the mean time, why not take in Firdose Moonda's revealing interview with Andy Waller, Zimbabwe's head coach, in their pursuit for a berth in the 2015 ODI World Cup.

Do check in with the other ongoing match, as West Indies take on Sri Lanka in Edgbaston. Innings break there but promises to be a riveting chase as well.

For now its a temporary good-bye from me. Do join us in about 20 minutes for live coverage of the second innings.

End of over 50 (11 runs) India 308/6

    • KD Karthik 146 (140b 17x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 14 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • MR Marsh 5-0-47-0
    • JP Faulkner 10-0-68-1
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