India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore November 1, 2013

Another high-scorer on cards for series decider

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Match facts

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

The series couldn't have meant more differently to the two sides. It is tied 2-2, is headed into a decider in Bangalore, and what do Australia do? They take, Mitchell Johnson, self-admittedly their Man of the Series, and put him on a flight to Australia so he can present a case and prepare for the Ashes. India, on the other hand, have rested their important Test allrounder - on Indian turning tracks, that is - for the West Indies Tests because he has a shoulder strain, but they have every intention to play the man, Ravindra Jadeja, in this decider.

So down we go into one last run-fest between a desperate home side who last won a proper ODI series against these visitors back in 1986, and the tourists whose minds are already thinking of the Ashes. The captains and the bowlers have come to Bangalore fearing the worst because of the short boundaries there, the batsmen are not gloating about the runs they have amassed, and yet another 350-plays-350 - entirely possible here - could be the definitive message to the legislators of the game that they have badly skewed the balance between bat and ball.

Form guide

Australia LWLWW (most recent games first, completed matches)
India WLWLW

In the spotlight

Virat Kohli comes back to his third home for this ODI. His second home is Delhi, and his first is when he is batting in a chase. Within 13 days he has scored India's fastest and third-fastest centuries to make them the only side in the world to have successfully chased down 350 or more twice. India will need more of the same.

George Bailey has been to Australia what Kohli has been to India. He will be fighting Johnson for the Man-of-the-Series award. Bailey has done enough to make a case for himself: he now has the most runs in a bilateral series by anyone. He is also the leading ODI run-getter in 2013.

Team news

Amit Mishra's first home ODI began well with the ball turning and the batsmen not picking his wrong 'uns, but it went wrong pretty soon, and long hops made regular appearances as he was put under pressure. He could lose out to Jaydev Unadkat in the only likely change in the Indian XI.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Nathan Coulter-Nile is expected to take Johnson's place.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty

Stats and trivia

  • Kohli needs 81 runs to reach 5000 in ODIs. If he does it in this game, he will be the fastest to the landmark. If he takes two innings to get there, he will be the joint-fastest, alongside Viv Richards
  • Kohli is the only player to have scored five successive scores of 50-plus on two separate occasions
  • Only Hashim Amla has reached 1500 career ODI runs faster than Bailey, who did so in his 32nd innings

Quotes

"It has turned out to be a great series for our team in many ways; the way we've fought back from different situations. Personally, I've been pleased with my batting and hopefully I can do it again in the last game."
Virat Kohli

"It's a very exciting way to end this series. I think it's just reward that it's two-all now, leading into the final, because it has been an outstanding series so far."
Brad Haddin

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 2, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @sandipmanjrekar nobody had shown any guts to chase? don't forget the brave run chase by Srilanka against Australia in the WC final 1996 with a great knock of 107* by Aravinda Desilva, HL gibbs 175 from 111 balls against the same team while chasing 434. Also don't forget 146 unbroken partnership by yuvi and dhoni against Pakistan in Pakistan from 16.3 balls while chasing Pakistan's 286 in 2006. these are some examples only. others also proved earlier. not by these 3 (Virat, dhawan and rohit). Yuvi and raina are temporarily out of form now. will get their form soon.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    sounds exciting. Can India post 400!!

  • anoop3301 on November 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Talking about flat tracks, I vividly remember the Ind Vs SA series held in Feb 2010. Sachin Tendulkar had just scored the first double hundred in ODI history and India had already won the series 2-0. He was rested in the inconsequential 3rd ODI. Out comes AB De villiers who loses no opportunity to take advantage of a flat track and blasts a hundred of 50 odd balls and SA emerge victorious. It was a turbo-boost to his career and he has never looked back. At present, would you believe it, AB has better stats that even Viv Richards ! Of course, AB is right not talked about in the list of all time great batsmen.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    I will say only one thing! Whoever bat first today will lose the game and the series. So, best of luck yo India if they can post 400 today.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    if zak was dropped on fitness, then how fit is mishra and ashwin??

  • Jass4 on November 2, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    george bailey has scored 67% of his runs in midwicket and long on area. why indian are not getting this thing in their mind when they are bowling

  • Bonehead_maz on November 2, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    There until this game is once only where a team chasing did not win. That time it was not Australia.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Australia win toss I think Australia win match.

  • Iceman29 on November 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    y Vinay kumar is in this team only God knows...

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    It is just crazy desicion to have Mitchel Jhonson back in Australia!!! Are they even thinking at all.. Its a series decider. Poor poor prioritizing of resources. Ashes is long way away. This is a psychological win for England!!!

  • on November 2, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @sandipmanjrekar nobody had shown any guts to chase? don't forget the brave run chase by Srilanka against Australia in the WC final 1996 with a great knock of 107* by Aravinda Desilva, HL gibbs 175 from 111 balls against the same team while chasing 434. Also don't forget 146 unbroken partnership by yuvi and dhoni against Pakistan in Pakistan from 16.3 balls while chasing Pakistan's 286 in 2006. these are some examples only. others also proved earlier. not by these 3 (Virat, dhawan and rohit). Yuvi and raina are temporarily out of form now. will get their form soon.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    sounds exciting. Can India post 400!!

  • anoop3301 on November 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Talking about flat tracks, I vividly remember the Ind Vs SA series held in Feb 2010. Sachin Tendulkar had just scored the first double hundred in ODI history and India had already won the series 2-0. He was rested in the inconsequential 3rd ODI. Out comes AB De villiers who loses no opportunity to take advantage of a flat track and blasts a hundred of 50 odd balls and SA emerge victorious. It was a turbo-boost to his career and he has never looked back. At present, would you believe it, AB has better stats that even Viv Richards ! Of course, AB is right not talked about in the list of all time great batsmen.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    I will say only one thing! Whoever bat first today will lose the game and the series. So, best of luck yo India if they can post 400 today.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    if zak was dropped on fitness, then how fit is mishra and ashwin??

  • Jass4 on November 2, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    george bailey has scored 67% of his runs in midwicket and long on area. why indian are not getting this thing in their mind when they are bowling

  • Bonehead_maz on November 2, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    There until this game is once only where a team chasing did not win. That time it was not Australia.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Australia win toss I think Australia win match.

  • Iceman29 on November 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    y Vinay kumar is in this team only God knows...

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    It is just crazy desicion to have Mitchel Jhonson back in Australia!!! Are they even thinking at all.. Its a series decider. Poor poor prioritizing of resources. Ashes is long way away. This is a psychological win for England!!!

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    I think people miss the point that India have quality batsmen in virtually any conditions and similarly Pakistan have quality bowlers on any pitch in the world. At the moment Kohli and Dhoni are miles ahead of the best basemen in Pakistan's team i.e Misbah and Ajmal, Hafeez and Irfan are far and away superior to Kumar, Ashwin or Jadeja. The problem is that with the WC in 2015 on true Australian pitches with some bounce, India will know that any total they set will not be safe, batting first and Pakistan will have the same issue chasing any particular total. That may rule both sides out for the tournament as the coin toss determines teams' fortunes time and again. I don't think the four fielder rule would be problematic outside any country except India because (a) the pitches are absolute roads and (b) both India and Aus attacks are not the same as Pakistan or South Africa's. On the same pitches last year, Pak won a one day series where the par score was about 240. Difference, bowling!

  • SandipManjrekar on November 2, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    W/C final 2003 at Johannesburg... AUS scored 359. Never heard about flat pitch at that time. Much hype on how Ponting was great....

    W/C final 2007 at Bridgetown...AUS scored about 280 in 38 overs. Never heard any complaint about flat pitch. Talks on Gilly the great....

    Last 2 ODI bi-lateral series with AUS in INDIA. AUS triumphed in both. Never heard any complaint about flat pitches on both occasions.

    The reason... nobody had shown any guts to chase. Even Blade-Runner's SL also in 2007.

    This time 3 players have shown how to chase. When Raina, Yuvi & Even MS upto some extent found difficult to dominate on this good Oz Attack but not these 3....Virat, Dhawan & Rohit.

    At the same time BD excelled against Kiwis in BD. Pak/SA unable to score decent on same type of track in UAE. It's totally unfair to blame on pitches or suspecting on IND batsmen's ability. Mind it these r exceptional efforts/courage to chase mammoth & Bailey is a special one too. But our bowlers were disappointing.

  • AltafPatel on November 2, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @Arun Bose Are you saying Pak who beaten India on their own soil few months back is poor on even flat track as well !? Appreciate your hardwork to put comment.

  • sachinisawesome on November 2, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @ Cricketlover54 If they were flat tracks how come ENG couldn't even chase 130 in 20 overs, How come Sri lanka scored 180 on a flat track. How many 300 + scored were there on those england flat tracks. Please analyze before you comment. And flat track is the reason for high scored then I would request people to not say that India's bowling attack is pathetic coz as per your comments its the track not the bowler who are bad.

  • on November 2, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Yuvaraj was a failure in this series ONLY in 3 areas. (1) Batting; (2) Bowling; and; (3) Fielding. Repeat: ONLY 3 areas! Is there anything left? If someone says "catching", i have already factored that into "fielding". Let us not be sentimental fools; please let him go.

    The one standing next in line for the exit gate is Raina. Those who did not see the matches fully may not believe this: I have lost count of the number of misfields and wild throws by Raina, during this series!

    The one who was already outside the exit gate was Ishant; swimming against the tide of any progress and vulnerable to the sharks (goods batsmen); ...but Dhoni brings his fishing rod and hauls him him back into his decorative fish bowl, just to look and admire at! At, what, I don't know!

  • AltafPatel on November 2, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Instead pitch preparation is the biggest question ? Whether sporting pitch or that attracts crowd with more runs suits the modern era. India-Aus series brought something that crossed limit, instead low scoring but tight finish SA-Pak match has more reasons to bring back the interest.

  • team_india_no1 on November 2, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I feel ECB must have requested BCCI to make so much flat decks so that all the Australian batsman get to bad manners. Australian heroes like Warner, Finch, Voges, Maxwell, Hughes are all going to suffer when they encounter different alien conditions than the Indian batsman. In fact Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj and even Dhoni has the ability to adapt to various conditions. I am only impressed with Sir George Bailey right from when he was picked for T20 world cup captain. He is by far the most impressive among the new Australian crop. In fact I was wild with anger when Indian newspapers carried this series advertisement with Mahendra Singh Dhoni photo vs Shane Watson photo. Finally it is the Indian team and fans who should complain about these flat decks rather than Australia. This was india's best chance to steamroll Australia.

  • ashokvetri on November 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Great.... Go India & fight for our great victory (flying win) against this kangaroos..

  • ladycricfan on November 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Correction :Ashwin is no8 in the test rankings not no3

  • saqib710 on November 2, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    plzz dnt play raina today!

  • ladycricfan on November 2, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @binu Emilia, cricinfo and icc reliance ranking charts still show that Jadeja and Narine are joint no 1 bowlers. I don't know if icc has revised it recently. Many people are not happy with the performance of Indian bowlers specially Ashwin. Ranking speaks louder. Ashwin fared better than Swann and Mishra in ODIs. Ashwin is no3 in the test rankings for the bowlers. Only Indian in top 10.

  • team_india_no1 on November 2, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Vivfan India are the under-19 world cup champions held in Australia with Australia reaching the finals as well. Also all playing conditions are the same for both the teams, so any other no 1 team can not win on flat decks is no complaint. You can only complain if the track changes drastically from one innings to the other which isn't happening. In fact if the pitches had been spinning like in Tests Australia would have struggled here. But this series has been ultra boring as all the tracks have been very very similar, leave alone batting or bowling friendly. Surely such series will drive away the crowds in a long run.

  • MrCricket0099 on November 2, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I have been a die hard cricket fan for many years, and series like this is just makes me sad, preparing pitches like this time and time again. Cricket is not a sport for India

  • binu.emiliya on November 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Some people saying the SA vs PAK are very exciting , i am watching these matches and poor batting technique by both team PAK not showing any aggression in their batting and SA were pathetic in batting against PAK spinners but both team is bowling good. In this series batting by Kohli,Dhawan,Rohith and Dhoni are good from Indian side.Baily, Watson,Finch and Maxwell batting good for Aus, in bowling Mitch is the star though he is expensive and Bhuvi and Jadeja from India is bowling better than other bowlers

  • sweetspot on November 2, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @Vivfan - India did not invent the ranking system. It just happens to win a whole lot more than the others. That's what #1 means. If you have invented any other system, you are welcome to propose it to the ICC. I'm sure there are others who would support you too!

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    @johntycodes- Both those teams Pak and SA are mediocre batting sides..It's inevitable that they will struggle against good bowling on flat tracks..UAE provides flat and slow tracks.. please don't compare their batting line-ups with India's.. India has two batsmen who are in top five odi batsmen rankings.. Virat Kohli and MSD along with other talented batsmen.. SA has only AB who can't win a match for SA on his own.. Both those matches were won defending the total not chasing.. Pakistan couldn't chase in the first odi and SA couldn't in the second.. Chasing requires lots of character and pure batting skill on any track..

  • on November 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Ambati Rayudu must play in place of Yuvaraj. He is as aggressive as Yuvaraj and more gutsy.

  • binu.emiliya on November 2, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    @SC13159, Jadeja is not the joint number 1 ,he is the no 1 bowler in ODI and Narain is 2 nd and Jadeja achieved this not in inda during the Champions Trophy ,WI and Zim series Actually he is not that much good in the current series because the pitch is not spinning

  • Cricketlover54 on November 2, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @Sachinisawesome. I have no idea which CT you were watching. Champions Trophy in England had pitches that were unusually similar to the ones in Sub-Continent. They WERE flat tracks. I agree Mahela is a flat track bully, but so is the rest of Indian side apart from Kohli.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    @cricinfo_is_the_best- If you want to talk abt PAK Vs SA odi series going on in UAE then I would say both these teams have a mediocre batting line-up..Pakistan struggle against pace and SA struggle against spin on a flat track.. UAE has flat tracks, period.. It's the batting skills what matters more.. Both these teams are exceptional bowling teams that's why ball is dominating the bat there.. You can't compare Pakistan's and SA's batting line-up with India's.. So, I think I m making perfect sense..Sub-continental pitches never offered any swing except reverse swing which used to be there when we played with an old ball..a 30 over used ball but now one ball can be used only for 25 overs so it remains new thruout the game..Spinners can't grip the new ball hence they struggle to stop the run-flow as well.. It's the first series in India after the rule change..before this there was a competition even here between bat and ball.. You need to learn more abt this game.. Have a good day mate..

  • Vivfan on November 2, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @ramil. India are the ODI world no. 1 in preparing and winning in flat-decks, this series has been nothing but disgrace to cricket. There is no way that India can face pace-bounce which will be prepared in WC'15, and Eng and NZ for next year.

    India does not deserve to be No. 1 in ODI, if there ever was a ranking for No. 1 in Flat-Decks then India gets the Gold.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 2, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    How can India expect to produce Fast Bowling talent like Srinath and Kapil Dev from the past when they produce these flat tracks making the game of cricket unbalanced. Which Indian kids watching these games today, would ever want to be a fast bowler? There is nothing to inspire them here - no bowling heros to look up to.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    I like india's batting side, but bowling side is worst... india should improve their bowling side... kohli is rocking man.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 2, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Another flat track bully display coming up with pitches which are prepared to be purely batsman friendly. The SA vs PAK game from yesterday showed that bowling and low scoring games can be equally if not more exciting than these batting circus shows in India.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    short pitch deliveries are the problems for most of Indian batsmen except Kohli,Rohit and Dhoni.. Dhavan is just an escape guy with dropped chances

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    ICC should be concerned about these kind of batting paradise wickets! with these kind of tracks india try to cover up their weak bowling attack. BCCI should make fast and swing tracks which will enable indian bowlers to be more confident and proactive as well as they will learn..but instead, BCCI always ordered to make batting tracks which will cover up their weakness, old traditional policy...With these batting tracks even pakistani (struggling) batsmen like hafeez, jamshed and others easily scored big runs on the board which is followed by tail-enders as well but the fact is..Asian batsmen get exposed in fast and Swing tracks..

  • ladycricfan on November 2, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    ICC world ranking for ODI spinners:

    1 Narine

    1 Jadeja

    3 Ajmal

    5 Herath

    18 Ashwin

    24 Swann

    30 Mishra

    Jadeja is joint no 1 and Ashwin fared better than Swann. Spinners usually excel in India. The problem in this series was that not a single pitch was traditional Indian slow turner. Bangalore pitch again is a known batting paradise with short boundaries and expect another high scoring match unless the curator produce some miracle.

  • ramli on November 2, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    xtrafalgarx ... you were expectd to lose ... you will don't worry ... it is not about winning ODI series ... it is about staying at No. 1 and more than that winning WC-2015 ... we will be there right at the top ... see you

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Johnson is back home!? This shows what importance Aussies give to this series!!! What Aussies are interested is to expose their players in all conditions, to make them the world beaters again. When will we Indian have the mental make up of Aussies? We make flat pitches to save our soul. Jai Ho!

  • Pavinasen on November 2, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    If india chase they will win.If the bat they must make over 350,as their bowlers have not shaken off the club cricket mentality

  • sweetspot on November 2, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Here we go again about short pitched bowling! Mitchell Johnson has been exceptional to left handers in general over the series, but it is mostly wrong shot selection that has cost those wickets, none while fending in fear, so to speak. Yuvi and Raina are proven match winners, and Jadeja is hardly a slouch. In all fairness, Raina was wrongly given out in the last game. It happens. Even the very impressive MJ went for seventy two runs in ten overs. That's what's happening to bowlers these days. Replacing players all the time cannot be the only strategy! This Indian team is pretty well balanced. Let them sort out little problems.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    I think India would do better by dropping Yuvraj Singh. He has proved that his heroics in the one-off T20 was a big fluke and that he is there in the team just to fill up his pockets. Pathetic performer in this series. He needs to be sacked

  • Rohan2009 on November 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Is it only the new rule that is contributing to these run fests or the stupid tracks in India..Where on one hand we have 300+ scored in almost every inning in India while on the other Pakistan defended some 209 in 2nd ODI and SA defended 189 in 1st ODI..Even Bangladesh, which again is part of sub continent, defended less than 250 in both the ODIs against NZ..There is something definitely wrong with the pitches in India

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Yuvi will give Diwali gifts for there Fans

  • xtrafalgarx on November 2, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @Pranarnia, Johnson went home for the ashes, he only has 1 game to prove hilmself. This series means more to India than it does to Australia because India has more to lose. People expected Australia to lose it anyway so if we lost it's not as a big a deal as if India lost, they would have lost to the world no.2 at home.

    For a developing side, we have done our job.

  • on November 2, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    One thing that beats me is how come the PAK- SA matches are more bowler friendly under the same new rules or is it that the new rules are not applicable for them. Even when they have two new balls and fielding restrictions how the bowlers gain upper hand. This means only one thing either the #1&2 teams have too bad bowlers or the pitches are just asphalt roads!! whichever way it is evident our bowlers are club class at least in this tournament and the pitches are not good for competitive cricket.. Hope BCCI realises this at the earliest..

  • Iceman29 on November 2, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Yuvraj sing and Raina...if these two cant bat in these batting friendly pitches what are these gonna do in Australia WC 2015...Pathetic...Dhoni has to realise that and has to invest the time in somebody like DK, Rayudu, Rahane...atleast DK and Rahane's technic is way better than Raina and Yuvraj...

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Another worst show of Cricket will be seen if it will Full batting pitch . Australia should Bat first & RESTRICT INDIA below 300 . Otherwise they have no Hope at all

  • ramli on November 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Oh ... for a change, let us look forward of course until the start of the match) that Ishant Sharma will take a five-for in a low scoring last-ball thriller???

  • sachinisawesome on November 2, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner What about the pitches in Sri lanka where BD scored 638 runs. 10 out of 17 100s scored by kohli are outside India. How many does Mahela has. Who won the CT was it on flat track your team failed to reach 190 against India when India scored those runs in 34 overs. All we get is hatred from you becoz your team is struggling to put 11 players on the field but one of these days try and answer some of our questions as well.

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    I think raina was the most relieved man as mitch is back home . hahaha.. but i think its high time raina should now counter this problem of short pitch deliveries otherwise i fear it will be situation that was faced by ganguly way back in 2001-2. Pls raina do something i am a biug fan of yours and cant always see you ducking in all short pitch delieveries by any fast bowler in world . You are a great player and you need now to prove it .

  • on November 2, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    350 Plus runs for both the teams Parcel !

  • siddhartha87 on November 2, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    really disappointed with the pitches. This pitches and boundary size are suitable for t20 's only.

  • Cricket_Is_Oxygen on November 2, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Last year,during the same time the ball was seaming & swinging in Bengaluru,where Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made an impressive debut against Pakistan.Will it be the same case today or will it be another high scoring game? Eagerly waiting..Those who are commenting about the Pak-SA series,the ball seems to be dominating the bat there.One thing is for sure you people want one thing to dominate the other.The need of the hour is a sporting wicket and not a wicket where one seems to have a upper hand over the other.With the conditions UAE batting seems difficult,with the conditions in India bowling seems difficult both are not good for the game. Atlast we want a contest atleast India and Australia are producing it whereas SA-Pak are not simple..

  • u.moral on November 2, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Kohli bashers look up his stats...averages 53 in Australia, 46 in England, 57 in South Africa...its all just blind hate and ultimate jealousy...smh..

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    guys I am very dissapointed with the new 4 fielders outside the circle rule by icc. Cricket is surely a game of a bat and ball. The real cricket lovers don't want to see 350 runs with nothing much for the bowlers. and present day batsmen shouldn't compare themselves the early days great batsmen. because they earned every run not that runs are gifted to them. so pls icc change this 4 fldrs rule. its harming the beauty of cricket. I along with many definitely love to watch ban-nz and pak-sa series which are more lively bat-ball contested odi series rather than hitting boundaries in every ball in ind-aus series.

  • Pranarnia on November 2, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    i think australia have already felt like they have lost this series, so they have sent mitchell johnson.. Bailey, v want johnson today... i want to see atleast a competition between a batsman and a bowler(yuvraj, raina vs johnson)... if there is no johnson, then its like a video game cricket... bowler bowls batsman hits...

  • cricinfo_is_the_best on November 2, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Those who say that spinners won't get any help from any ball not at least 20 overs old well look at how pakistan bowled in the 2nd ODI against south africa. Its all in the pitch I am telling you.

  • cricinfo_is_the_best on November 2, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    @Arun bose - The only one who isn't making much sense here is you my fellow Indian. Indian tracks have never been such batting beauties. Its almost as if they are playing on roads.

  • on November 2, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting to see India's batting skill and performance in SA. And its surely gonna b a disaster for these so called flat track hitters. kohli I'll rate u great aftr ur performance in fast bouncy track facing great SA bowlers. otherwise u r just a fat track bullies.

  • johntycodes on November 2, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    How can you say the new fielding and 2 new balls rule in ODI cricket is dominated by the bat. There are 2 other ODI series going on at the moment where teams can barely score 200 runs. Ball clearly dominating there.

  • cricketisagame on November 2, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    @Arun Bose , Indian pitches are like this from ages..It's nothing new.. Australia team of before used to beat India in India on these very same wickets.. What's changed? nothing..absolutely nothing. Well, I do not think anyone complaining here about the results including Australians. the discussion point is the widening gap between the bat and ball in terms of balance. I do agree with you it has nothing to do with small grounds because majority of Indian grounds are not that small when you compare but the latest rules of 2 new balls and field restrictions made it batsmen's game. Indian spinners failing in Indian pitches highlights it. Aus won in the past and will win but remember it is not Australia complaing about this but everyone inlcuding Dhoni.

  • Naren on November 2, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    @shot274. Indians know they cannot create world record with their bowling stocks. They keep making batting tracks so we have 100 centuries in an International career for fun. I am not taking anything away from Sachin, but so many dead series centuries which are quite meaningless. You won't need a 20 year career to surpass Sachin anymore.

  • Naren on November 2, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Australia's best chance was to use Johnson and Courter Nile together. For some reason they never did and depended on McKay, very ordinary in Indian pitches. Finch and Hughes have disappointed after a good start. Voges very ordinary on most times. Maddinson should have stayed on after Twenty20. Also no idea why Steve Smith was not playing in first place. Even Cameron White was in very good form during IPL. David Warner on hindsight should have played as well.

  • cooljack_143 on November 2, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    what can be a BIGGER GIFT for the people of India on a DIWALI DAY than an Indian Victory:-) India is all set to take this Series after long long time vs Oz in ODI's..

  • landl47 on November 2, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Such has been the madness of this series that Johnson is being talked about as Australia's Man of the Series when in 5 games he has taken 7 wickets at an economy rate of 5.68, a rate which would guarantee a short career unless your name happened to be Jade Dernbach. Now for the last game we're promised another flat track with miniscule boundaries, 5 men in the circle, 2 new balls and close fielders regarded as a laughable anachronism.

    Even Dhoni has begun to realize that this is killing ODI cricket. No-one but the uneducated non-cricket watcher thinks it's fun to see batsmen mishitting sixes and bowlers reduced to cannon fodder. What will happen if this carries on is that young players will not want to bowl and bowling will be left to part-timers who throw a few down while waiting till it's their turn to bat.

    This was an ill-conceived series and it's turned out even worse than expected. Just a snore-fest of cheap runs and mind-numbing repetition. Two good sides deserve better.

  • on November 2, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Australian's performance in this series had been beyond the expectations of many of us. Whether they will admit or not, their intense experience in IPL with various franchises, on various Indian pitches, over five-six years,definitely seem to have helped. All of them, except one, had been associated and contributed to one IPL team or the other.

    We can expect a better than expected performance from the West Indian team too, for similar reasons. Thank God, it is not an ODI series; where with the addition of Pollard, Dwayne Smith & Dwayne Bravo, WI could probably have beaten India, more so in 20-20's. Be prepared for a good contest in the Sachin's farewell series, at Eden Gardens & Wankhede.

    For now, let us enjoy a run fest at B'lore; though it is less satisfying than an even contest between bat & ball!

  • on November 2, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    It is not just about the pitches India and Australia are playing in .. with two new ball in each inning .. where there is now swing and seam with 5 fielders inside the circle with the lightening quick out field and importantly with the heavy due on the field there is no chance for the bowlers ... In sub continent it is supposed to be reverse swing and spin but using two new balls in every inning it is highly impossible ... There must be some kind of checking for bat tempering ... you cant temper the ball but in last 20 years these bats are temper heavily ... even a edge can still manage to clear the rope .... Ground are so small nowadays we have temper with them as well .... seriously I have no interests in this kind of cricket where there is no reverse swing, no spin, no pressure applied on batsman ... This is not cricket i used to play .. this is not the way anyone should play it ... this is a business just to make money ...

  • Siva_Bala75 on November 2, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    In IPL, Bangalore is a 180-190 wicket. Extrapolating this, instead of the usual 350, can we expect 400 today?

  • on November 2, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    yes very pointless series with 350 plays 350 every time. a boundary isn't worth anything anymore as it is like a 2-3 in other games.

  • on November 1, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Batting wickets not withstanding, how good has the Indian side been, they have not needed Dhoni to win their matches for them. Nuff said

  • ssenthil on November 1, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    No bowler in this world can survive with only 4 fielders outside the ring in Indian pitches what may come. Even if you fire 6 yorkers for 60 balls there is still chance that you would end of conceding over 60 runs. Come on, this is plain stupid fault of ICC rather then Indian pitches as they are fresh wickets for the season opener after the rainy season. Come after 2 months, you will be ruled by the spinners but still only 4 fielders outside the ring will make it really tough in the final 10 overs for any side and any bowler.

  • Ahmedpakistan6 on November 1, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    I think the match and the series will be decided after the toss. Which ever team will win the toss will surely bowl first and will chase the target successfully.

  • on November 1, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    I don't understand why u folks r making so hoopla abt the indian pitches here it could be reason that Australians can't swallow the loss or indians can't believe that india is thrashing Aussie for all of ur knowledge other than indians putches s.africa , Australia, england , newzealand also have produced high scoring games, well here r the some of biggest score chased down other than indian pitches 438 was chased down by safrica venue Johannesburg 321 india chasing down within 37overs where Hobart Australia 306 srilanka vs aus where another austtalian pitches 330 runs where another typical bowler friendly south african pitches 325 india vs england Lord's another bowlers pitch the list is on n on folks

  • cricpanther on November 1, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Indians will fall short of decider, as Australia will win it with their aussie way!! No doubt that Dhoni amazed with last odi result as he already think to loose this series! I hope aussie will pull it up with their side. Common Maxwell

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Is it going to be another run feast on a highway like pitch?

  • Nampally on November 1, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    @shot274: I do agree with you that the pitches prepared in India made this series just a run fest. More sporting pitches are badly needed to even out the Bat Vs. Ball battle. ICC rule changes made ODI's a "Killing Field" for the bowlers specially on Indian wkts. Only spinjners of the Calibre of Narine, Ajmal & Swann & seamers of the calibre of Bret Lee will have their way. Neither India nor Australia had that class of accurate bowlers who bowl to their field consistently. If it was South Africa instead of Australia, playing this ODI series, I am sure the result would not have been any different. Steyn, Morkel & Co, are just as ineffective as the Aussie pace bowlers on Indian pitches. As for Dhawan & Kohli's success in SA, let us wait & see. Both are excellent World class batsmen. India also have Pujara , Rohit Sharma & Dhoni who are not far behind. Let us say it was a good batting practice for both Indian & Aussie batsmen before they play on livelier wkts. with confidence "built up"!

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    I don't understand this holler abt flat tracks or highways, Indian pitches are like this from ages..It's nothing new.. Australia team of before used to beat India in India on these very same wickets.. What's changed? nothing..absolutely nothing.. If anything has changed It's the mindset of these modern players and the batsmen friendly rules of keeping five fielders inside the circle.. Two new balls works in Aus, Sa,Eng with greentops but not here.. It's a dessert for batsmen to play with two new balls on these wickets cz it will come onto the bat nicely.. Earlier it used to reverse but now bcz of these two new balls the reverse swing option in ODIs has vanished and bowlers who are bowling here finding it hard to stop runs n spinners can't grip it.. Whoever is saying otherwise is either doesn't know the technicalities of the game or simply jealous of Indian cricket specially batting.. Please stop this nonsense..It's getting boring now..Talk with some sense and knowledge.. @Blade_Runner

  • philburd on November 1, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    What a disgrace for Australia! Bringing Mitchell Johnson home is saying this series and India are unimportant!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Dhoni should stop critisizing new rules and respect ICC. The issues are with cemented pitches. Just check PAK-SA series going on. I am now FED UP with high scoring encounters.

  • atheros1672 on November 1, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Why do we have Raina in the team? Can anyone Justify? Batting - Pujara & Rayadu can play more sensibly Fielding - Pujara and Rayadu are equally good if not better Bowling- JOKE!!!!!!!!!

    Every bowler knows he is very bad with short pitched stuff and Dhoni wants to nurture him for WC in Australia as NO 4??????? Cant make any logic in the whole scenario...

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    for punters. tomorrow is the final match, as jonson has gone bck, one must think that which bowler is going to take wickets for australia, more over is the good news for raina and yovraj singh who were uncomfortable against him. i again suggest that if aus bats first, you should bet on aus, and wait, till the innings, and then bet on india, whatever score they will make, india will chase down easily. and if india bat first, just put your money on india. no thinking back, just bet on india and win.

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    New fielding rules and two new balls does not help the spinners.. Last match was played on a slow track and bigger ground. Normally Indian spinners are expected to bowl better in these conditions, but these rules affects them lot when the Indian paces does not provide early breakthroughs..

    Much better Australian attack can not defend 350+ scores. All these matches played on normal Indian ODI pitches. More than turn, slowness of the pitch helps the spinners when the ball is more that 20 overs old..

  • Nampally on November 1, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Dhoni needs to select his XI to conquer the present rule changes- not make them as an excuse! This is the decider match & a Must win situation for both the teams. India needs 3 seamers for sure- Dhoni had just 2 in the last ODI. Unadkat, Shami & B.Kumar fit the bill. If Jadeja is unfit, he needs to keep Mishra on a spin friendly pitch. In any case having Yuvraj & Jadeja bowling the similar stuff & not using one of them is a wasted bowler. Yuvraj & Raina have failed consistently vs. Johnson. Are these 2 guys good enough to face the pace albeit Johnson is not in the side? Rayudu will at least do a better job in batting than these 2 "Johnson's Bunnies". Also it is about time for the rest of the batting to show up instead of implicit over reliance on Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli. Without these 3 putting up sterling show this series would have been over long back. Bowlers must not give more than 250 runs by bowling at the right spots & to the field. OZ is already without its best Bowler-Johnson!

  • shot274 on November 1, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    For anyone who is not an Indian or Aus supporter this has been the most pointless series ever played! Its not that the best team will win. The better batting side will win. The bowlers have been totally neutralised. Crowds may like 350 plays 350 but it does get boring! In any form of cricket pitches which favour bowlers will provide better viewing and a much better account of batting skills.Can anyone in India suggest that based on this series Kohli , Dhawan and co will continue to be successful in South Africa?

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Replace Hughes with Ferguson, So, Watson opens with Finch. And Ferguson comes at no. 5. Bailey at 3, Voges at 4, Maxwell at 6, Haddin at 7, Coulter-Nile at 8, Faulkner at 9, McKay at 10, Doherty at 11. done!

  • on November 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Great news for Yuvi (and Raina). M Johnson has been sent back ! Yuvi can breath again now !

  • Vishal63 on November 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    India XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Suresh Raina, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Ravichandran Ashwin, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammed Shami

    As the regular bowlers are getting hit for runs and ending up giving away 340-360 runs, it would make more sense for the part-timers to give away 350-370 runs and have the extra batsman make up for it. Rayudu will add depth to the batting line-up. India have part-timers in Rohit, Virat, Yuvraj, Raina and Dhoni himself.

  • The-love on November 1, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I don't know why people are complaining about the pitches.This has been the trend from starting to have the pitches that suit the home side.If we have bowling pitches,it will be one sided affair for Australia.They have been bowling brilliantly on these pitches too.Its just the brilliance of 4 Indian batsmen that made them win 2 matches and 1 very close to win.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    George Bailey's current ODI batting average is 56.85, not 53.03 as mentioned in the article. So, it is the best batting average for an Australian, and the second-best in the world among batsmen who have played at least 10 matches, only behind Ryan ten Doeschate's 67.

  • Blade-Runner on November 1, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    This series will go down in the history as the infamous flat track series. Flat tracks are being produced to boost batsmen's averages. Disgraceful.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I agree with both the comments above in some sense but if all matches end up being above 350 chases, it's seems unfair for bowlers. Earlier Indian pitches atleast helped spinners. You must agree that there should be a good balance of batting and bowling which we don't see anymore.

  • jimwhatever on November 1, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    to score heavily aus should replace hughes with ferguson. hughes is slow in these conditions

  • KapilsDevils1983 on November 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I am hoping and praying against all odds that there is some grass, a few cracks, uneven bounce and overcast conditions and no dew!! I love ODIs, its a perfect balance of skills, aggression, pressure handling, innovation, intensity and fun BUT like any format, only if the pitches allow it to be!!

    Also, change these ridiculous rules, allow atleast 6 fielders outside the ring, some degree of ball tampering, options of two new balls initially and an old ball later.

    Hoping its not a 350+ run snoozefest!

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    It's amusing to see the public going on and on about the 'flat pitches'.

    Are you guys watching cricket being played on Indian soil for the first time? The pitches have always been flat. The scores have always been around 270-300.

    The extra 50 runs, has an obvious explanation.

    If it's a batting paradise, it is a batting paradise for both the teams. The best team will win.

  • gruntledemployer on November 1, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Must say, with scores of 350+ after 300+ after 350+, this is turning out to be one of great series of the history of cricket.

    Can India clinch this most crucial of series? Here's hoping there's another run fest: with India chasing down a 450+ score!

  • sanjaycrickfan on November 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    To everyone who can't seem to stop talking about pitches for this series, this is the start of Ranji season in India and the pitches will naturally be good for batting. They are prepared that way so that they will last for the whole season and curators won't change its nature just for one ODI.

    Both sides have some really explosive ODI batsmen in their side and scores will reach in excess of 300+. That's just the way it goes. Besides, the 40,000+ people who turned up to watch the last game didnt seem to complain. That's whom these games are played for.

  • binu.emiliya on November 1, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Vinay may came back in this match beacuse Bangalore is his home town But i want Unadkat , he was bowling good for RCB in this ground , but i love to see Mohith in the eleven, I hope selectors will prefer him for the WI series,so the bowling lineup for tomorrow will be Shami, Bhuvi,Unadkat plus Jadeja and Aswin no Amithmishra please!

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    This is just a insult to the game of cricket, i feel pity for bowlers who give 100% and in return what they get nothing.What i personally feel is all boards should make pitches as per condition in other countries and should prepare the respective team to practice to play in all condition rather complaining about the pitches.All boards should take strict steps and i will be happy seeing 250-280 total with help to bowlers rather seeing 350+ in every match . The day will not be far when each team would be playing with 11 batsman

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    with due respeect to all the batsmen...and credit to their talent...I dnt know when curators will use their brains and will prepare sporting pitches (I mean slight slow and turning pitches, it shuld be always like this atleast in India)

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  • on November 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    with due respeect to all the batsmen...and credit to their talent...I dnt know when curators will use their brains and will prepare sporting pitches (I mean slight slow and turning pitches, it shuld be always like this atleast in India)

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    This is just a insult to the game of cricket, i feel pity for bowlers who give 100% and in return what they get nothing.What i personally feel is all boards should make pitches as per condition in other countries and should prepare the respective team to practice to play in all condition rather complaining about the pitches.All boards should take strict steps and i will be happy seeing 250-280 total with help to bowlers rather seeing 350+ in every match . The day will not be far when each team would be playing with 11 batsman

  • binu.emiliya on November 1, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Vinay may came back in this match beacuse Bangalore is his home town But i want Unadkat , he was bowling good for RCB in this ground , but i love to see Mohith in the eleven, I hope selectors will prefer him for the WI series,so the bowling lineup for tomorrow will be Shami, Bhuvi,Unadkat plus Jadeja and Aswin no Amithmishra please!

  • sanjaycrickfan on November 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    To everyone who can't seem to stop talking about pitches for this series, this is the start of Ranji season in India and the pitches will naturally be good for batting. They are prepared that way so that they will last for the whole season and curators won't change its nature just for one ODI.

    Both sides have some really explosive ODI batsmen in their side and scores will reach in excess of 300+. That's just the way it goes. Besides, the 40,000+ people who turned up to watch the last game didnt seem to complain. That's whom these games are played for.

  • gruntledemployer on November 1, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Must say, with scores of 350+ after 300+ after 350+, this is turning out to be one of great series of the history of cricket.

    Can India clinch this most crucial of series? Here's hoping there's another run fest: with India chasing down a 450+ score!

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    It's amusing to see the public going on and on about the 'flat pitches'.

    Are you guys watching cricket being played on Indian soil for the first time? The pitches have always been flat. The scores have always been around 270-300.

    The extra 50 runs, has an obvious explanation.

    If it's a batting paradise, it is a batting paradise for both the teams. The best team will win.

  • KapilsDevils1983 on November 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I am hoping and praying against all odds that there is some grass, a few cracks, uneven bounce and overcast conditions and no dew!! I love ODIs, its a perfect balance of skills, aggression, pressure handling, innovation, intensity and fun BUT like any format, only if the pitches allow it to be!!

    Also, change these ridiculous rules, allow atleast 6 fielders outside the ring, some degree of ball tampering, options of two new balls initially and an old ball later.

    Hoping its not a 350+ run snoozefest!

  • jimwhatever on November 1, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    to score heavily aus should replace hughes with ferguson. hughes is slow in these conditions

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I agree with both the comments above in some sense but if all matches end up being above 350 chases, it's seems unfair for bowlers. Earlier Indian pitches atleast helped spinners. You must agree that there should be a good balance of batting and bowling which we don't see anymore.

  • Blade-Runner on November 1, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    This series will go down in the history as the infamous flat track series. Flat tracks are being produced to boost batsmen's averages. Disgraceful.