Australia tour of India, 2nd ODI: India v Australia at Jaipur, Oct 16, 2013
India won by 9 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
16 October 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.30India are in their customary huddle. The Australian openers Aaron Finch and Phil Hughes walk past them on their way to the pitch. It looks like Finch will take the first ball, which will be bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Sunny K: "Aaron Finch will again lay a blinder today as hes very good both on the back and front foot.. Both the Kumars bowl at around 130 kmph which will be kind of bread and butter stuff for Finchy!"

1.25pm It's almost game time here. Can India's bowlers put in a stronger display today with a more conducive pitch for fast bowling, or will Australia's comfort on bouncy conditions transfer the advantage away from the home side?

Bhakta : "What I like about Dhoni is he gives more and more chances for the players. See in the case of Rohit despite his continuous failure, now promotion of Raina and Ishant is also included in the site. Great captain for failures."

Uwaisul Karnain: "@Gothi: India never had a successful and long term death over bowler? What about Zaheer Khan & Javagal Srinath?"

Haripraghash: I think in the middle order we have 3 guys who cant play bounce. Jadeja, raina and yuvraj. And yuvraj is you see is a front foot puller and if the pitch is quick enough he will struggle.

Datt: "In the first ODI, mitchell johnson disturbed the whole indian batting form. His 2 bouncers against Dhawan made the whole team on back foot. Rest we saw......"

Vishvadeep Gothi: "India never had a successful and long term death over bowler. So the current selection is okay for now."

I suppose the question on team selection can be done away with. Confused feedback regarding India sticking to their fast bowlers from the last match is flooding the inbox. So how bout a different question, Dhoni touched on it a little at the toss, but what do you think? Can the Jaipur pitch, with its true bounce, aid India's shot makers enough to beat Australia?

Uwaisul Karnain: "Really surprised not to see any changes to the Indian bowling setup today! Non of the fast bowlers were effective at the death overs in the first game. The selection of death bowlers will be a big decision that MSD has to make today."

partha: "good in one way , initial 10-15 overs it will swing and later spin and by 35th over u may expect some reverse swing and in the afternoon the pitch will be a bit on the slower side and in the night a tad quicker"

1.00pm Toss: Australia have won the toss and have elected to bat. Both teams are unchanged. "It was an all-round effort last game and getting around 300 would put the pressure right on the opposition," said George Bailey. "They've been very helpful, we've got a lot of inputs from Watson and Faulkner and hopefully we can keep the momentum going in this game as well"

MS Dhoni says he was looking to bowl first, in case dew makes an appearance later in the evening. "We were on track until the 25th over in the last game, just a bit of bad shot selection did us in. The Jaipur pitch is good for strokeplay with the ball coming onto the bat. And the outfield is also very good. We'll be looking to level the series here and hope to keep going in the next five matches"

Jackie: "Don't forget about Jadeja, even he is ex-player of RR"

Ajay: "Is it mini RR vs CSK today???"

Rohit Jain: "When will India get over the fascination of Ishant Sharma, other than his initial few series never felt confident about him, probably he is being helped by the fact he is mostly injury free and tries a lot in NETS :)"

Kunal: "hello there, I think the climatic conditions would rather suit the Indian bowlers this time. The ball would carry well in Jaipur. No doubt aussies have got a strong pace attack but jaipur is all prepared to support the local team."

Brad Haddin believed Australia had used a normal number of short balls in the last game, while Virat Kohli expanded on how the short ball is a tactic to set the batsman up and not quite a wicket taking delivery by itself. Whatever it is, it does make for some good cricket viewing

Sekar: "James Faulkner and Shane Watson will be even more dangerous here considering that they have played with RR recently. But no RR players in the Indian squad...Result guessable?"

Ronak Vora: "I wonder who would have Curator listened to? MSD or Watson?"

For those bored of bland questions, here is Devashish Fuloria's inside scoop on how things are going to go down.

12.45pm Hello and welcome to live ball-by-ball coverage of the second ODI between India and Australia and I suspect the visitors might be just a little more happy about the trip north to Jaipur, where the ball would enjoy a lot more carry than slow Pune. What do you guys think?

0.1

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, good length ball, just a little outside off and Finch stays back and punches it through cover to get off the mark right away

0.2

Kumar to Hughes, no run, Hughes is on the back foot too, even if this was a lot fuller. Still angled at the two slips lying in wait though as the batsman blocks it

0.3

Kumar to Hughes, no run, hint of inward movement to that full length ball on middle, which makes the bat turn in Hughes' hand as he looks to push it down to mid-on

0.4

Kumar to Hughes, no run, tucked away off his pads as square leg comes into play. Bhuvi holds this one a little back and Hughes was quite comfortable on the back foot

0.5

Kumar to Hughes, FOUR, width and smashed. it was not quite a half-volley but with that much room to free the arms and with Hughes' strength square of the wicket, that ball was going nowhere other than the point boundary

0.6

Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, fuller again and this could have been crashed for four too, if not for mid-off running around and diving to stop it. Hughes is consciously going forward here

End of over 1 (6 runs) Australia 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • PJ Hughes 5 (5b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 1 (1b)
    • B Kumar 1-0-6-0

Ishant Sharma from the other end

1.1

I Sharma to Hughes, 1 run, and he starts off with a shortish ball that pushes Hughes back as he blocks it down to his feet

1.2

I Sharma to Finch, 2 wides, back of a length and way wide of off. Finch still tries his best to reach it, but is unsuccessful. The keeper can't collect it cleanly either as the batsmen take a single along with the wide called by the umpire

1.2

I Sharma to Hughes, 1 run, picked off his hips as he moves back and across to meet the shortish ball and nudge it to fine leg

1.3

I Sharma to Finch, 1 run, guided to third man, as he sways back and late cuts the back of a length ball aimed outside off stump

Ishant is bowling with two slips for the leftie and a slip and gully for the right-hander

1.4

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, homes in on the stumps and he explores a fuller length too. Hughes covers the line and brings down a straight bat

1.5

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, flicked with soft hands to the left of midwicket, who runs around and collects the ball with some energy. The leaner, fitter Yuvraj in play there

1.6

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, keeps it nice and tight on the stumps and Hughes meets the full length ball from the crease as he blocks

Santhosh Rajan: "I see Hughes as a more dangerous batsman than finch. He's the one who started the carnage last match. If he's gone early, Finch will struggle. If Finch goes early, he'll not. Hitting boundaries with classical strokes comes naturally to him."

End of over 2 (5 runs) Australia 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • PJ Hughes 7 (10b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 2 (2b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-5-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-6-0
2.1

Kumar to Finch, FOUR, Bhuvi continues to give the batsman ample room outside off. The length was good enough, but he needs to bowl that on off stump. Finch has no troule lofting this over the head of cover to kickstart his boundary count today

2.2

Kumar to Finch, no run, goes tighter immediately and Finch with no room on hand, manouvres the ball into midwicket region

2.3

Kumar to Finch, no run, a little back of a length, but it is on middle which means Finch is happy to punch it back down the pitch

2.4

Kumar to Finch, no run, Finch is getting some straight-bat practice here, which is much better for India's cause. Bhuvi bowls it short of a length and the batsman punches it straight down the ground

2.5

Kumar to Finch, no run

2.6

Kumar to Finch, no run, Much fuller this time and homes in on middle stump as Finch pushes this back to the bowler

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 15/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AJ Finch 6 (8b 1x4)
    • PJ Hughes 7 (10b 1x4)
    • B Kumar 2-0-10-0
    • I Sharma 1-0-5-0
3.1

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, that's his steady length, pushing the batsman on the back foot, who tucks the ball angled on leg stump to midwicket

3.2

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, still on a leg stump line to Hughes, who shuffles across and gets hit on his thigh pad as the ball dribbles away,

Leg slip in play

3.3

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, short of a length on middle and leg and Hughes works it off his pads to midwicket.

3.4

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, goes on the bounce to leg slip. Ishant's line is keeping him in play and so is Hughes' tactic to shuffle across and nudge it into the leg side. Raina's throw comes at Hughes, who deftly bats it away

3.5

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, fuller ball on middle and leg as the batsman works it to midwicket

3.6

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, and there's the change-up. This one just outside off stump but Hughes was going for the expansive drive, but only managed a bottom edge which goes to the keeper

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • PJ Hughes 7 (16b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 6 (8b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 2-1-5-0
    • B Kumar 2-0-10-0
4.1

Kumar to Finch, FOUR, No leg slip to the right-hander, but Bhuvi strays on his pads. Finch is happy to flick it fine off his pads and has enough power in the stroke to beat deep fine leg

4.2

Kumar to Finch, no run, punched down the ground and it beats Bhuvi's dive for mid-on to come round and collect. This was fuller in length, but Finch prefers to stay back

4.3

Kumar to Finch, no run, the sound off the bat is quite loud. This was back of a length with just a little room outside off. Finch goes back and pushes the ball into the covers

4.4

Kumar to Finch, no run, absolutely no room there as Finch is forced to get up tall and block the back of a length ball back to the bowler

4.5

Kumar to Finch, FOUR, and there's another example of the forearm strength he has. It was just a push, but the sound off the bat was crisp and the ball raced away wide of mid-off

4.6

Kumar to Finch, no run, shifts his weight forward and presents a straight bat as the good length ball is driven into cover

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia 23/0 (RR: 4.60)

    • AJ Finch 14 (14b 3x4)
    • PJ Hughes 7 (16b 1x4)
    • B Kumar 3-0-18-0
    • I Sharma 2-1-5-0
5.1

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, short ball, going up around chest-high but Hughes is comfortably in line and defends it at his feet with soft hands

5.2

I Sharma to Hughes, 1 run, and soft hands gives profit this time. Defends the good length ball on square on the off side and races off for a single

5.3

I Sharma to Finch, 1 run, good short ball from Ishant. Got this around chest-high, but with Ishant's pace - in the early 130s - Finch has time enough to adjust, roll his wrists and hook it to the man at deep fine leg

5.4

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, short of a length again, as Hughes gets in line and defends off the back foot

5.5

I Sharma to Hughes, 2 runs, cleverly played. Waited for the ball to come to him and it had almost passed him when he dabbed it fine. Bhuvi rushes around from square third man and pulls out a full length dive to save the four.

Sriram: "Aussies are making use of the bad balls.But there is no singles in between. This might save india as we can tighten the runs if we dont bowl bad balls!!!"

5.6

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, inside edge as Hughes prods forward and hopes to drive. He had moved a little too far across to enable that shot to get any timing as the ball deflects off his pad and goes away tamely down the pitch

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 27/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • PJ Hughes 10 (21b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 15 (15b 3x4)
    • I Sharma 3-1-9-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-18-0

Only the lone slip now, with a short fine leg

6.1

Kumar to Finch, no run, he's on the off stump corridor, on the shortish side which allows Finch to go back and defend

6.2

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, he goes across to the off stump and nudges it straight of midwicket. It was a length ball and having hit the gap the batsmen collect the single

Michael: "Hmm. I think I sense Australia up to their old tricks of blooding test cricketers from ODI's. It was particularly successful in getting Gilchrist, Clarke, Hussey, Symonds etc up to the level of test cricket"

6.3

Kumar to Hughes, no run

6.4

Kumar to Hughes, no run, flicks off his pad as the fuller length ball is pushed through midwicket

6.5

Kumar to Hughes, no run, this time his line is back around the off stump, which makes the batsman invest in the straight bat. Defends down the ground

6.6

Kumar to Hughes, no run, on the pads again, but it doesn't cost him considering the field is set there. Hughes' clip off the pads only reaches as far as midwicket

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 28/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • PJ Hughes 10 (25b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 16 (17b 3x4)
    • B Kumar 4-0-19-0
    • I Sharma 3-1-9-0
7.1

I Sharma to Finch, no run, short and a little width offered, but Finch's cut though powerful is not placed well enough to beat point

7.2

I Sharma to Finch, no run, fuller and a lot more tighter on off stump which forces Finch to come forward and block it back to Ishant

Vinayak-Nadkarni: "I think key difference in India's performance is BK's bowling form. He was exceptional in helpful conditions in England & WI. We always had early wickets. No early wickets means middle order looks stronger than it is and our batting will be under pressure to chase a big score. One small thing makes big impact on result."

Prashanth: "@Huges Don't waste balls now score as much as u can,Spinners will come after 10 overs"

7.3

I Sharma to Finch, no run, goes off the outside half of the bat as ishant homes in on top of off stump. Finch was looking to block it, but tried angling the face of the bat on impact

7.4

I Sharma to Finch, FOUR, short ball at 136 kph, but it did not rise high enough to trouble the batsman. Finch dragged it from outside off, rolled his wrists once again to keep it down and slammed it through midwicket for a powerful four

slip and short cover in place

7.5

I Sharma to Finch, no run, chops the good length ball outside off straight to point, and he looked disappointed with his effort

7.6

I Sharma to Finch, 1 run, this time he waits for it a little more and beats point, but third man being quite square proves handy. Ishant continues to keep it shortish and wide outside off.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 33/0 (RR: 4.12)

    • AJ Finch 21 (23b 4x4)
    • PJ Hughes 10 (25b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 4-1-14-0
    • B Kumar 4-0-19-0

Gautham: "@Michael: On those terms, Bevan should ave been the first man to make it up there, which wasn't the case. On those lines, It seems very unlikely that Bailey would too!"

Short midwicket for Bhuvi

8.1

Kumar to Finch, no run, bowls back of a length, but on a tight middle stump line. Finch goes across to his off stump and nudges it to Ashwin at short midwicket

8.2

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, punches the good length ball on off stump down the ground. Bhuvi pulls out another dive, which goes in vain as long-off comes up to do the formalities

8.3

Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, and to the left hander, he strays on the pads. India have struggled to keep up a steady line. Hughes happily picks it off to deep fine leg to camp at the non-strikers'

8.4

Kumar to Finch, no run, another strong back foot punch from Finch as Bhuvi keeps it shortish and outside off

8.5

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, this time he whips the back of a length ball from outside off stump, and places it to the right of the man at short midwicket

Sundar: "4 overs for 14 runs from Ishanth inside 10 overs is like investing on Gold when its price is at the lowest... shrewd captaincy from MSD"

8.6

Kumar to Hughes, no run, fuller length on middle but Hughes remains back on the crease as he pushes it down the ground

End of over 9 (3 runs) Australia 36/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • PJ Hughes 11 (27b 1x4)
    • AJ Finch 23 (27b 4x4)
    • B Kumar 5-0-22-0
    • I Sharma 4-1-14-0
9.1

I Sharma to Finch, 2 runs, a little in dip there, but easily negotiated as Finch calmly tucks it behind square to deep fine leg off the back foot to collect a couple

9.2

I Sharma to Finch, 1 run, dropped. Short and wide and Finch goes for the full blooded cut. It didn't look as well timed as his back foot punches and it was also hit in the air. Yuvraj, at point, leaps full length to his left and gets both hands to it as the ball dips on him, but it pops out

9.3

I Sharma to Hughes, 3 runs, flicked off his pads as Ishant angles a full length ball on leg stump. The ball is timed sweetly through square leg

9.4

I Sharma to Finch, FOUR, and there's evidence of how well he is punching the ball. Stands up as tall as he can get and smacks it straight of the man at mid-off who can only escort it to the boundary

9.5

I Sharma to Finch, no run, that one jags back in to beat Finch's cut shot. It was back of a length, but not too wide outside off to merit the shot

Aditya: Catch dropped by Yuvraj. Perhaps Jadeja or Raina should have been at backward point. Emotional field placement from Dhoni.

9.6

I Sharma to Finch, no run, better from Finch as he gets back in line behind the ball pitched outside off and on a shortish length and pushes it to mid-off

End of over 10 (10 runs) Australia 46/0 (RR: 4.60)

    • AJ Finch 30 (32b 5x4)
    • PJ Hughes 14 (28b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 5-1-24-0
    • B Kumar 5-0-22-0
10.1

Kumar to Hughes, no run, forays down the track, but Bhuvi offers no room to exploit as Hughes pushes it down the ground to mid-on

10.2

Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, this time he is on the pads and Highes only has to work it off to fine leg and jog a single

10.3

Kumar to Finch, no run, tiniest bit of away movement as Finch goes back and blocks the fullish ball

Nikhli: "@Sundar - your gold investment just went south!"

10.4

Kumar to Finch, no run, shortish and outside off, been a staple length today and Finch pulls out his favourite shot of the morning, punchint it to extra

10.5

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, and the only change up to that plan is when the bowler goes on the pads, and is easily picked away to deep fine leg

10.6

Kumar to Hughes, FOUR, a swift spare of runs in the last couple of overs. Ishant bowls this way outside the line of leg stump and Hughes did well to reach it and even better to flick it well to the left of the man at deep fine leg

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 52/0 (RR: 4.72)

    • PJ Hughes 19 (31b 2x4)
    • AJ Finch 31 (35b 5x4)
    • B Kumar 6-0-28-0
    • I Sharma 5-1-24-0

First change of the day. Vinay Kumar replaces Ishant

11.1

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, oops, that kept low! It was nowhere near full of length and Finch was justified in going back, but the ball is only around shin high and he just manages to get his bat in line

11.2

Vinay Kumar to Finch, 1 run, this time he is ready for the ball, in case it keeps low, and pushes it down the ground confidently

11.3

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, oh, that surprised him. He was coming down the track and Vinay digs this one into the middle of the pitch. Hughes is caught off guard as he hooks and the ball goes in the air to vacant square leg region. Good bowling there

11.4

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, explores a fuller length and he's driven quite strongly down the ground off the front foot

11.5

Vinay Kumar to Finch, FOUR, tries another short ball, but Finch is far more equipped to handle this one. He is still at the crease, pushes his weight ball and hooks the ball quite well to beat the man at deep square leg

11.6

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, this one seams back in from outside off and Finch, looking to cut, had to adjust at the last minute and chop it to point

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 58/0 (RR: 4.83)

    • AJ Finch 36 (40b 6x4)
    • PJ Hughes 20 (32b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-6-0
    • B Kumar 6-0-28-0
12.1

Kumar to Hughes, no run

12.2

Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, nudged off his pads to deep square leg as the fuller length ball is picked off to deep square leg

12.3

Kumar to Finch, no run, just a tad bit slower, 124kph, and fuller as Finch flows into a front foot cover drive. But the fielder is on hand to stop it

12.4

Kumar to Finch, no run, opens the face on impact to steer this shortish ball on off stump to point

12.5

Kumar to Finch, no run, shortish ball, but FInch was coming on to the front foot and slaps it down the ground but the bowler moves across in his follow through and fields it to prevent any runs

12.6

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, fuller and on the off stump corridor as Finch presses forward and pushes it down to long-off

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 60/0 (RR: 4.61)

    • AJ Finch 37 (44b 6x4)
    • PJ Hughes 21 (34b 2x4)
    • B Kumar 7-0-30-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-6-0

Alpesh : "Surprising to see India is struggling to get a break through in early overs with the regular bowlers. Do something different and hand Yuvi or Jadeja a quick fire over. Do something different folks..."

13.1

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, good lines here from Vinay. Full length ball on off stump which forces the batsman to meet it with a defensive bat on the front foot

13.2

Vinay Kumar to Finch, FOUR, oh, he finds the gap through the off side. The ball was on a similar length as the last one, but there was possibly just a hint more room. Finch stays leg side of it and meets it with a full-flowing drive that beats the diving man at short extra cover.

13.3

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, oh, he almost dragged that onto his stumps. It didnt have enough room for the pull shot, though it was short enough. The ball takes the bottom edge and skirts just wide of the off stump

13.4

Vinay Kumar to Finch, 2 runs, this one pitched on middle and wasn't too short, but at Vinay's pace, it is still easy enough to rick back and pull strongly in front of square.

13.5

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, takes the outside half of the bat as he goes back to defend the short of a length ball on off stump

13.6

Vinay Kumar to Finch, no run, steers the back of a length ball to point off a strong back foot push

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 66/0 (RR: 4.71)

    • AJ Finch 43 (50b 7x4)
    • PJ Hughes 21 (34b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-12-0
    • B Kumar 7-0-30-0
14.1

Kumar to Hughes, no run, fuller length around the off stump corridor, to which Hughes stays in the crease and drives it to mid-off

Dixit: "@Alpesh: Yuvi or Jadeja or Raina are only for the worst conditions. Its not too bad yet as the scoring rate is still in control."

14.2

Kumar to Hughes, no run, fuller again this time he places it a little wide of the man at mid-off, but he comes up quickly to force both batsmen to rush back into their crease and abandon thoughts of a single

14.3

Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, strays on the pads this time, though on a fuller length, and is clipped through square leg

14.4

Kumar to Finch, 1 run, fuller and homing in on middle and leg, driven down the ground to long-on

14.5

Kumar to Hughes, no run, on a good length and its pushed down the ground to mid-off

14.6

Kumar to Hughes, no run, shorter than usual from Bhuvi and a little bit of room too. Hughes was looking for that, but his rasping cut shot only goes as far as point

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 68/0 (RR: 4.53)

    • PJ Hughes 22 (39b 2x4)
    • AJ Finch 44 (51b 7x4)
    • B Kumar 8-0-32-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-12-0

Vish: "New balls from both ends has reduced the ability for India to use its slower bowlers during the first 15 overs - the ball is still only 7 to 8 overs old"

15.1

Vinay Kumar to Finch, SIX, reaches his fifty with a six over deep square leg. The ball was dug in quite short, but Finch made no effort to keep it down even if there was a man patrolling the boundary. Confident strike.

15.2

Vinay Kumar to Finch, OUT, Raina does the trick with the bowlers hardly looking likely to get the wicket. Finch dabbed it to the covers off the back foot and set off for a quick single, but even as he stretched out to make his ground, the throw had already broken the stumps

AJ Finch run out 50 (64m 53b 7x4 1x6) SR: 94.33

Shane Watson is the new man in

15.3

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, this time the direct hit leaks runs. Hughes tucks the ball off his hips and the square leg did well to get to the ball, but Watson was well back in his crease leaving very little need for the throw

15.4

Vinay Kumar to Watson, FOUR, And he gets off the mark with a four. Streaky though it was. The ball was outside off and its length ensured the cut shot was on, but the ball leaps up above where the slips would have been and goes to the fence

15.5

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, fullish and on middle which is blocked solidly back to the bowler

15.6

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, opens the face of the bat as he steers the back of a length ball outside off stump to point

End of over 16 (11 runs) Australia 79/1 (RR: 4.93)

    • SR Watson 4 (3b 1x4)
    • PJ Hughes 23 (40b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-23-0
    • B Kumar 8-0-32-0

Spin into the attack, Jadeja comes in with a leg slip

16.1

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, not too much flight, but he comes forward and defends back to Jadeja

16.2

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, plods his front foot right across to the off stump and sweeps the fullish ball to deep fine leg

One slip for Watson

16.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, angled on leg stump and turns just a little, which Watson is wary of as he defends straight down the line of it

16.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, more turn for Jadeja, who flights this a little bit more and draws Watson forward. The ball beats the edge and Dhoni asks for a stumping, but there is nothing there

16.5

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, gets right to the pitch of this one with his reach and drives it to long-on

16.6

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, shuffles across to the off side again and works the ball around the deep square leg

Aby: ""Jadeja into the attack and Dart game starts"" ---- Darts? What other games would these players be good at? What do you think?

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 82/1 (RR: 4.82)

    • PJ Hughes 25 (43b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (6b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-3-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-23-0

Thanks Alagappan. It's been a solid start from the Aussies despite the loss of Finch. Can they continue driving the advantage home? Vinay continues

17.1

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

17.2

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, no run, fuller length on off, it invited the drive and Hughes crunches it off the front foot, but straight to cover

17.3

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, ah, another shortish delivery on the pads and Hughes wanted to whack it to the deep square leg boundary, but doesn't get hold of it completely, ends up playing it to fine leg

17.4

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, he is committed to bowl short of length today, Watson defends this one back to the bowler

17.5

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, keeps it accurate on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

17.6

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, slightly fuller, Watson comes forward and plays a punchy drive down the ground, but Ishant at mid-off cuts it off

utkarsh: "Dont know about others, but Finch would be awesome at baseball .."

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 83/1 (RR: 4.61)

    • SR Watson 5 (9b 1x4)
    • PJ Hughes 26 (46b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-24-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-3-0
18.1

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman turns it to deep midwicket for a single

ned: "Most batsmen would be good hitters in Baseball but particularly Hughes with his flourishing follow-through"

18.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, flatter and shorter on stumps, the batsman punches it back to the bowler

18.3

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, slower, fuller and on the stumps, Watson comes forward and eases it to long off for a single

18.4

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, similar delivery now to Hughes and he pushes it to long on for another easy run

18.5

Jadeja to Watson, no run, fuller delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman opens the face and plays it towards cover

18.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, again pushed to cover, slightly aerial this time, but all in control

Sukhendra: "Of course Warner would be amazing at Boxing! Any doubts? Ask Joe Root!"

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 86/1 (RR: 4.52)

    • SR Watson 6 (13b 1x4)
    • PJ Hughes 28 (48b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-24-0

Ashwin is introduced into the attack

19.1

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman defends it to point

19.2

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, slower and a lot of turn on this one, Hughes waits and tries to cut it, but ends up scooping it towards point, not in control at all, it just drops short of the fielder

19.3

Ashwin to Watson, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, Watson plays it with turn towards midwicket

19.4

Ashwin to Watson, SIX, now he bowls a long hop, you can't expect to give away anything less than six on those ones. Watson smashes it flat, over the deep midwicket fielder

19.5

Ashwin to Watson, 2 runs, now he pushes it along with the turn to deep midwicket for a couple

ned: "Could you picture Ishant Sharma representing India at the Olympics in high jump wearing lycra tights?"

19.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flatter this time, the batsman defends it to midwicket

Aby: "Game of Darts and Carrom will be played simultaneously on the same feild now with Jadeja and Ashwin bowling"

End of over 20 (9 runs) Australia 95/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • SR Watson 14 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • PJ Hughes 29 (50b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-9-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
20.1

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, waits on the back foot and chops it on straight to point

20.2

Jadeja to Hughes, 2 runs, flatter and turns into the batsman, who waits and pushes it to wide long on for a couple

20.3

Jadeja to Hughes, 2 runs, on the pads, it is easily flicked fine, past the leg slip fielder, for a couple of runs

Essamha: "Joe Root at Farmville."

20.4

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, there is trouble for Watson, he has run halfway down the pitch while Hughes didn't move at all after playing it to short third man. The throw was wild though, it went the midwicket

20.5

Jadeja to Hughes, no run

20.6

Jadeja to Hughes, SIX, he comes down the track and gives it a mightly swipe, it goes over deep midwicket for a six to bring up the team's 100

Badhri: "Dhoni has to be good at cards (Rummy)? He always holds all the aces and has been deemed lucky by many all throughout his career."

End of over 21 (10 runs) Australia 105/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • PJ Hughes 39 (56b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 14 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-16-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-9-0
21.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, flatter and quicker on the stumps, Watson defends it back down the pitch

21.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, another short one, Watson goes deep in the crease and flat-bats that along the ground to deep midwicket

21.3

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot and pushes it to deep cover

Garry: "@Sukhendra - i can't say i'd agree... by all reports, Warner's punch comfortably missed its mark!"

21.4

Ashwin to Watson, 2 runs, it was that straighter one again, on the pads though, and it's nudged fine on the leg side for a couple

21.5

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, there was a fielder at deep midwicket, but he could just see this fly 5 feet away from him. It was short and it was slapped hard to the boundary. Lots of short and filthy deliveries from Ashwin

21.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, now bowls a conventional delivery outside off, the batsman defends

End of over 22 (8 runs) Australia 113/1 (RR: 5.13)

    • SR Watson 21 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • PJ Hughes 40 (57b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-17-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-16-0

Alpesh: "Do not know about the India team here but Aussies certainly playing MONOPOLY here.."

22.1

Jadeja to Hughes, no run, pushed through on off, the batsman comes forward and defends

22.2

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, shorter this time, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it to long on

Shozab: "On a serous note, AB Devilliers is very good at many sports i believe. Hockey, Rugby, Golf and tennis"

22.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, bowl it full and on the stumps, Watson comes forward and defends it to midwicket

22.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, gets one to spin from leg stump, the batsman gets a leading edge towards off as he tries to turn it to midwicket

22.5

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, shorter this time, allows Watson time to go back and nudge it to square leg

22.6

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, Hughes does the same, he goes back and clips it behind square on the leg side for a single

End of over 23 (3 runs) Australia 116/1 (RR: 5.04)

    • PJ Hughes 42 (60b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 22 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-17-0

Yuvraj comes in to replace the ordinary Ashwin

23.1

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, no run, bowls a tossed up delivery on off, Hughes defends to point

Leg slip in place

23.2

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, no run, bowls the arm ball now, Hughes stays in the crease and defends

23.3

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, no run, pushed through on middle and off line, Hughes tucks it to square leg

23.4

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up and full, Hughes neatly tucks it to deep midwicket for a single

revanth: "if there is any texting/typing contests, KP would excel !!"

23.5

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, FOUR, another short ball, these are gifts being served to Watson and it's not his birthday..it's Kallis'.. He hammers it to deep midwicket boundary

23.6

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, full and flighted, driven back to the bowler

Glenn Fernandes: "Arjuna Ranatunga at Sumo wrestling! :-|"

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 121/1 (RR: 5.04)

    • SR Watson 26 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • PJ Hughes 43 (64b 2x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-5-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0
24.1

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up and full, Hughes plays it with the spin towards midwicket for a single

24.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, quicker and fired on the pads, the batsman defends it down the pitch

24.3

Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, only slightly short, just slightly, Watson goes deep and mows it to the same area he has been peppering in the last few overs. The fielder had no chance

24.4

Jadeja to Watson, no run, fuller and straighter this time, Watson defends it down the pitch

24.5

Jadeja to Watson, SIX, oh he is in some mood, he just lifts this tossed up delivery over the head of the bowler. For a second Ashwin at long off was interested, but it clears him with ease

24.6

Jadeja to Watson, no run, fuller on off, the batsman comes forwards and bunts it on the crease

Prasanna: "Speakaing of cricketers who exceclled in other sports, Jonty Rhodes was an accomplished hockey player and he had represented South African Squad."

End of over 25 (11 runs) Australia 132/1 (RR: 5.28)

    • SR Watson 36 (32b 4x4 2x6)
    • PJ Hughes 44 (65b 2x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-30-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-5-0
25.1

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, FOUR, he draws the outside edge with an arm-ball, but the slip is on the leg side, this one just runs down quickly to the boundary

25.2

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the pads, he dabs it to the left of midwicket for a single

25.3

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, FOUR, tossed up and full, Watson takes a tiny step forward and drives it firmly over extra cover.. beautifully hit

25.4

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, fuller and on off, the batsman tries to push it to cover, but gets an inside edge

25.5

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, 1 run, flatter this time, the batsman stays in the crease and punches it with ease to long on

25.6

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, slower delivery on the pads, Hughes calmly nudges it behind square on the leg side to bring his half-century

Puneeth Nagaraj: "Viv Richards played the football World Cup. Dennis Compton also played football for Arsenal."

End of over 26 (11 runs) Australia 143/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • PJ Hughes 50 (68b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 41 (35b 5x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-16-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-30-0
26.1

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, fired on the off stump, the batsman nudges it through wide mid-on for a single

26.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, he takes a big forward stride and smothers in on the pitch

26.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, opens the face and runs it down to backward point

26.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, quicker delivery on off, Watson waits on the back foot and dabs it to cover point for a single

26.5

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, shorter on off, but slightly quicker, Hughes goes back and punches it down the ground to long on

26.6

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, on the pads and Watson drops it on the leg side for a single

Raj: "Ellyse Perry represented Australia in Women's Cricket as well as in football and that too at a very young age."

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 147/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • SR Watson 43 (39b 5x4 2x6)
    • PJ Hughes 52 (70b 3x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-34-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-16-0
27.1

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, 1 run, it's flighted and almost yorker length, but Watson punches it with ease to long on

SauravJain: "Don't know how many have heard of the Namibian Cricketer Rudie van Vuuren. He is the first man to represent his country in both Cricket and Rugby World Cups in the same year - 2003! Hell of an achievement!"

27.2

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off and Hughes, in his own weird style, mows it over midwicket, it doesn't go very far though

27.3

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, he comes forward and defends it solidly to the off side

27.4

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, FOUR, only slightly shorter and Watson is quick to spot the length and cuts it hard to the off side. Vinay makes a valiant attempt, but just ends up parrying the ball to the boundary

27.5

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, no run, this one is not short at all, but Watson chooses late cut, chops it to backward point

27.6

Yuvraj Singh to Watson, 1 run, lots of loop in this one, Watson drives it firmly along the ground to long off

End of over 28 (7 runs) Australia 154/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • SR Watson 49 (44b 6x4 2x6)
    • PJ Hughes 53 (71b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-23-0
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-34-0

Ashwin, who has bowled at least one bad ball every over, comes back

Narayanan S: "Speaking of players excelled in other sports, not a player, but an umpire, Steve Bucknor was an International Football referee too. He was referee in World Cup qualifying matches in 1988."

28.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, he gives him the charge straightaway, but the length is not there, Watson hits it straight to midwicket

28.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, it's short, but it's quick too, Watson pulls it to wide long on to bring up his fifty now. How quickly has he got there without anyone noticing..

28.3

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, tossed up delivery from round the stumps, gets some turn as well, better delivery, Hughes defends it off the front foot

28.4

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, it's shorter again and it allows Hughes to get back well in time and cut it to deep point

28.5

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, flatter and shorter on the stumps, Watson goes down on his knee and swipes across the line to hit it to deep midwicket

28.6

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, pushed through on off, Hughes calmly punches it to deep cover off the back foot

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 158/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • PJ Hughes 55 (74b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 51 (47b 6x4 2x6)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-21-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-23-0

Vinay Kumar is brought back

29.1

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, no run, bowls fuller length on off, the batsman tries to punch it to the leg side, but inside edges it on to his pads

29.2

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, slightly short of length outside off, 127 kph, Hughes drags it to deep square leg with a horizontal bat shot

Torben Fink-Jensen: "Steve Bucknor sounds a bit like a masochist. Is there anything he does where people don't yell at him?"

29.3

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman punches it to midwicket off the front foot

29.4

Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 wide, he drifts down the leg side and it's duly called a wide

Watson, the homeboy, looks very very good today

29.4

Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, he stands tall and drives this length delivery on the up, but mid-off is inside the circle

29.5

Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 run, short of length on off, this time Watson pushes it softly towards mid-off and calls early for a single

CCat: "'India is now feeling the brunt of allowing too many foreign players having experience of Indian conditions. Aaron finch made merry in Pune and Shane Watson might have played more than anyone in current Indian team at Jaipur.' That's the one downside of the Indian T20 League"

29.6

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, FOUR, he had to bowl one extra ball in the this over and he chooses to go short, Hughes has no problems in putting this away to the deep midwicket boundary for four more

In Pavlovian experiments, the dog learns a response after getting negative feedbacks.. Here..?

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 165/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • PJ Hughes 60 (77b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 52 (50b 6x4 2x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 5-0-31-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-21-0
30.1

Ashwin to Watson, SIX, oh welcome! long hop is what Watson has been hitting well, so long hop it will be.. Watson sends it into the crowds through deep midwicket

30.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, goes back and punches the shorter length delivery down the ground to long on

30.3

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, this is better, conventional delivery on off, the batsman defends it to cover

30.4

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, very slow this time, allows the batsman to go back, but he punches it to cover

30.5

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, he is playing everything from the back foot, fails to beat the man at cover again

30.6

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, tossed up full and on the stumps, the batsman comes forward now and nudges it through midwicket for a single

End of over 31 (8 runs) Australia 173/1 (RR: 5.58)

    • PJ Hughes 61 (81b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 59 (52b 6x4 3x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-29-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 5-0-31-0
31.1

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, no run, starts off with a back of length delivery on the stumps, Hughes defends it to midwicket

31.2

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, no run, length delivery, the batsman waits on the back foot and cuts it straight to the man at point

Round the wicket

31.3

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, FOUR, it was a length ball, but Hughes creates room by moving his front leg out and crashing it through point, where Yuvraj ends up moving to the wrong side and allowing the boundary

Back over the wicket

31.4

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, FOUR, now he chooses his favourite, the short ball, and gets hammered with a powerful pull through deep midwicket, it just bounces inside the boundary

Jayesh Hirani: "At this rate, I don't expect anything less than 350+ from the Aussies; unless they have a monumental collapse."

31.5

Vinay Kumar to Hughes, 1 run, oh this one is nicely played, some finesse here. He waits in the crease and opens the face at the last moment to run the length delivery down to third man

31.6

Vinay Kumar to Watson, OUT, he has disappeared trying to up the rate! It was a short of length delivery outside off and Watson tries to power it over long on with a flat-bat hammer hit, but ends up hitting it high rather than long, it descends at long on where Ishant takes a well-judged catch

SR Watson c I Sharma b Vinay Kumar 59 (60m 53b 6x4 3x6) SR: 111.32

El Capitano walks in.. Bailey is here

End of over 32 (9 runs) Australia 182/2 (RR: 5.68)

    • PJ Hughes 70 (86b 6x4 1x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 6-0-40-1
    • R Ashwin 4-0-29-0

Ashwin continues, his tormentor has left now

32.1

Ashwin to Bailey, no run, tossed up full outside off, the batsman pushes it to midwicket off the front foot

32.2

Ashwin to Bailey, no run, pushed through outside off this time, the batsman punches it back to hte bowler

32.3

Ashwin to Bailey, 1 run, good bowling this by Ashwin, bowls it slower and on the stumps, the batsman pushes it down to long on

32.4

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, pushed through a touch quicker, the batsman goes back and defends it

James: "Do pavlovian experiments involve the meringue-and-fruit dessert Pavlova? Another proud Australian icon we stole from NZ." ----- Making me hungry..

32.5

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, cramps him for room, Hughes defends it back to the bowler again

32.6

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, tossed up delivery, he comes forwards and pushes it to the bowler

Dale: "Don't think we don't know what you did there Jayesh. And cricinfo you're supposed to be unbiased yet you continue to publish jynxing posts like Jayesh's there."

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 183/2 (RR: 5.54)

    • PJ Hughes 70 (89b 6x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 1 (3b)
    • R Ashwin 5-0-30-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 6-0-40-1

Now Yuvraj comes in to bowl

33.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bailey, 1 run, full and flighted outside off, Bailey eases it to long off

33.2

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, FOUR, fires it full and wide outside off, with the amount of time Hughes has spent in the middle, he had all the time to carve it through extra cover, easy runs

33.3

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, FOUR, oh this is so well-placed! It doesn't look pretty on the eye, but he places that short delivery sweetly in the gap at wide long on

33.4

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, now he comes forward and dabs it to the off side for a quick single

33.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bailey, 1 run, fulller delivery, Bailey gives the strike back to Hughes with an easy push to long off

33.6

Yuvraj Singh to Hughes, 1 run, it's a low full toss, but Hughes keeps the strike with a calm nudge to long on

Vimal Menon: "Ah, Pavlov's classical conditioning, stated a conditioned stimulus signals the occurence of a second stimulus. In case of Ashwin, the conditioned stimulus (long hops) signals the occurence of a second stimulus (further long hops). *Meanwhile, Amit Mishra giggles*"

End of over 34 (12 runs) Australia 195/2 (RR: 5.73)

    • PJ Hughes 80 (93b 8x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (5b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-35-0
    • R Ashwin 5-0-30-0
34.1

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot

34.2

Ashwin to Hughes, 1 run, it's slightly on the pads, Hughes clips it to backward square leg for a single

34.3

Ashwin to Bailey, 1 run, he charges down to launch it over the sight screen, but ends up slicing it over cover, some brownie points for Ashwin for beating the batsman there

34.4

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, quicker delivery from round the wicket, Hughes pushes it to midwicket

34.5

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, good accurate bowling this, the batsman comes forward and defends it back down the pitch

34.6

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, slightly shorter, but the batsman punches it straight to cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 197/2 (RR: 5.62)

    • PJ Hughes 81 (98b 8x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 4 (6b)
    • R Ashwin 6-0-32-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-35-0

It's time for batting Powerplay. Ishant is back

Jithu: "This is superb come back by Hughes, we all know how much he suffered to play against spin for the test series. Good"

35.1

I Sharma to Bailey, no run, he bowls length outside off, Bailey comes forward and pushes it to cover

35.2

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, Dhawan hits the stumps from cover, he only had one stump to aim at and they are reviewing it. It's all safe in the end. Bailey had nudged that length delivery towards cover point for a quick single

Paul: "Ah ha Vimul! I wondered when someone would introduce Pavlov's classic conditioning syndrome. Personally, I found his cakes absolutely delicious (as did Mike Gatting!!)."

35.3

I Sharma to Hughes, no run, it's a bouncer and it's a decent one, Hughes aims for the pull, but it eludes the bat

Smudgeon: "James, I think trading a pavlova for Luke Ronchi was a good deal."

35.4

I Sharma to Hughes, 1 run, slightly slower from Ishant, Hughes wanted to clip it behind square on the leg side, but has to adjust late and he drops it towards the left of the bowler for a single

35.5

I Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, it was looking like a good over till now, but then he delivers a length delivery on off, the batsman goes for a golf swing over the bowler's head for a one-bounce four

35.6

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, short of length just outside off, the batsman steers it to third man for a single

And that is drinks in Jaipur. Alagappan Muthu to take you through till the end of the innings. Ciao

End of over 36 (7 runs) Australia 204/2 (RR: 5.66)

    • GJ Bailey 10 (10b 1x4)
    • PJ Hughes 82 (100b 8x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 6-1-31-0
    • R Ashwin 6-0-32-0

Thanks Devashish. Jadeja comes in place of Ashwin, with a slip in place

Cris: "Phillip Hughes is a huge fan of SRT and in past maybe paying tribute to him by not playing to his best while sachin was on the team......showing his true colours now!!!!" Well, technically Sachin had hung up his ODI boots quite a while ago

36.1

Jadeja to Bailey, no run, darts in on middle and he goes back to keep it out

36.2

Jadeja to Bailey, no run

36.3

Jadeja to Bailey, no run, chips down the track and nudges the flatter ball into the off side

36.4

Jadeja to Bailey, SIX, No nudging this time though. 92 kph ball on off stump is met with a smart skip down the track and lofted over the bowler's head. Rohit Sharma at long-off was interested for a second or so before he watched it sail over his head

36.5

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, gets forward and pushes the flatter length ball through the covers for a single

36.6

Jadeja to Hughes, 1 run, he goes back in his crease and works it off his pads to deep midwicket

End of over 37 (8 runs) Australia 212/2 (RR: 5.72)

    • PJ Hughes 83 (101b 8x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 17 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-42-0
    • I Sharma 6-1-31-0

Ashwin changes ends and comes around the wicket

37.1

Ashwin to Hughes, no run, flights it a little better this time and gets a little turn because of it, but Hughes having played back to cut it, misses

37.2

Ashwin to Hughes, OUT, and he finally strikes, although only just. Dhoni had to juggle it a few times to keep the ball in his gloves. A little turn outside the off stump forces the edge to be taken off the intended cut shot from Hughes. He isn't too happy with the decision though. There was a big edge though

PJ Hughes c †Dhoni b Ashwin 83 (147m 103b 8x4 1x6) SR: 80.58

Glenn Maxwell comes in with the Powerplay still on

37.3

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, flighted at 77kph outside the off stump and Maxwell presses forward and pushes it into the off side

37.4

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, sees the ball full on middle and works it off his pads to midwicket

37.5

Ashwin to Maxwell, SIX, pitched on leg and turning further, Maxwell goes down on one knee and smashes the ball over the fine leg boundary with a powerful sweep shot

37.6

Ashwin to Maxwell, no run, scurries back leg side of the ball, pitched just outside off, as he waits for it to turn and cuts it to point

End of over 38 (6 runs) Australia 218/3 (RR: 5.73)

    • GJ Maxwell 6 (4b 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 17 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 7-0-38-1
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-42-0
38.1

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, steady flat darts from Jadeja allows Bailey to get back and punch into the covers

38.2

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, loses his line that time as Maxwell waits for it on the back foot and flicks it through midwicket

38.3

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run

38.4

Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, full and flat on off stump and its the reverse this time. Short third man reluctantly jogs after it because it was struck so well he had no chance of stopping it

38.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it down the ground for a single

38.6

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, tossed it up a little and Bailey is happy to work it through the covers off his front foot

End of over 39 (9 runs) Australia 227/3 (RR: 5.82)

    • GJ Bailey 20 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 12 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-51-0
    • R Ashwin 7-0-38-1

Ishant Sharma comes back in

39.1

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, full and angling in on leg stump, but Bailey produces a simple, straight bat to drive it to the right of the bowler

39.2

I Sharma to Maxwell, no run, looked to dab that fine of third man and collect another boundary, but it was the off cutter from Ishant. There wouldn't have been enough pace on it even if Maxwell had managed to get bat on it

39.3

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 run, gets forward and nudges the full length ball straight of midwicket to pick up an easy single

39.4

I Sharma to Bailey, SIX, another slower ball, but this has been spotted and dispatched. Made a little room for himself and launched into a full-blooded drive over the top of the bowler

39.5

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, a little early into the drive that time and Maxwell had to evade the ball as it came at him. Bailey was looking to drive through the covers on the up, but the ball goes down to long-on

39.6

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and across and just lets the ball, pitched on the shorter side, guide off the open face of his bat to third man

End of over 40 (10 runs) Australia 237/3 (RR: 5.92)

    • GJ Maxwell 14 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 28 (21b 1x4 2x6)
    • I Sharma 7-1-41-0
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-51-0
40.1

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, no turn for Jadeja this time and Maxwell works the angle to nudge to to midwicket

40.2

Jadeja to Bailey, FOUR, swept again, all along the ground and well wide of Ashwin at short fine leg. Jadeja pushed it through on leg stump but Bailey gets more than enough bat on it

40.3

Jadeja to Bailey, no run, returns to an on off stump line and the batsman keeps it out

40.4

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, length ball is pushed down the ground for a single

40.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, no run, quicker ball from Jadeja and Maxwell catches on to it, going back and meeting it with a straight bat

40.6

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, goes back and cuts the length ball to deep point

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 244/3 (RR: 5.95)

    • GJ Maxwell 16 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 33 (24b 2x4 2x6)
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-58-0
    • I Sharma 7-1-41-0

Vinay Kumar replaces Ishant

41.1

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, 2 runs, lazy work from India there. Maxwell flicks the shortish ball off his pads to deep square leg but a bad throw from the deep and Dhoni was lax as well, trying to collect it with one hand and the deflection off his glove allows the batsmen to steal a second

41.2

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, 1 run, in compensation, he doesn't even pitch the ball this time as Maxwell drills this through midwicket

41.3

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, chops the length ball outside off to third man to rotate strike

41.4

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, no run, makes a little room to try and cut the ball, but there wasn't enough room there for him and point backpeddles to collect the ball

Yuva Krishna: "A hat-trick can only save India here.. Not Hat-trick of boundaries!!"

41.5

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, FOUR, slopping from Ashwin, he's leaking runs in the field to add to his woeful time with the ball. Vinay's in dipper snuck low off the pitch and Maxwell was almost beaten, but his flick somehow managed to get enough bat to head straight to fine leg, where Ashwin doesn't get down low enough

41.6

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, FOUR, dropped Length ball, angling on the pads meets a crisp pick-up shot from Maxwell. Bhuvi was coming in off the boundary and suddenle realises he has to go back and the ball bounces off his palms and into the boundary

End of over 42 (12 runs) Australia 256/3 (RR: 6.09)

    • GJ Maxwell 27 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 34 (25b 2x4 2x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 7-0-52-1
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-58-0
42.1

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, fuller ball to which the batsman comes forward and drives to long-on

42.2

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, little room on offer and Maxwell makes some of his own to cut it to deep point

42.3

Jadeja to Bailey, SIX, on middle stump and Bailey employs the slog sweep to excellent effect. The ball is lifted over midwicket boundary. 87m six as Australia are motoring along

42.4

Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, better there as he flights the ball and Bailey comes forward and pushes through the covers

42.5

Jadeja to Maxwell, FOUR, And Maxwell gets into the act. Length ball on off stump is dragged onto the leg side with a powerful short-armed pull shot

42.6

Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, tossed up and the batsman reaches forward and pushes into the off side

End of over 43 (14 runs) Australia 270/3 (RR: 6.27)

    • GJ Maxwell 33 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 42 (28b 2x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 10-0-72-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 7-0-52-1
43.1

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, FOUR, turns that into a full toss with a little skip down the wicket and all he does is pierces the off side ring to collect another boundary

43.2

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, 4 leg byes, he shuffles across to the off side, wanting to turn the ball behind square on the leg side, but doesn't connect. Australia don't complain though as the ball runs away for four, even as the Indians appeal for lbw

43.3

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, 1 run, the length ball outside off is dabbed to third man, as it has been easily done all innings

Sam Roy: "Talent-wise Ashwin is probably the most talented of the current crop of India's test cricketers with his bowling and especially his batting (and slip catching). But as a limited overs cricketer does he really deserve his place ahead of Mishra? Leg-spinners take more wickets in limited overs cricket as batsman like to go after them. And lso because they have more natural variations."

43.4

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, mows the fullish ball on leg stump through midwicket, it was an ugly slog and he wears a wry smile as he jogs through for a single

43.5

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, FOUR, Jumps down the track, makes ample room for himself and smashes the leg cutter over the infield on the off side. And with all the men in the deep on the other side of the ground, there was no question where that ball was headed

Around the wicket

43.6

Vinay Kumar to Maxwell, 1 run, tries the yorker, but misses it by a few inches. Maxwell jams the ball onto his pad, looking to hoick it away, but they sneak a quick single

End of over 44 (15 runs) Australia 285/3 (RR: 6.47)

    • GJ Maxwell 43 (26b 6x4 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 43 (29b 2x4 3x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 8-0-63-1
    • RA Jadeja 10-0-72-0

Ishant replaces Jadeja.

Ganamurthy N N: "Dhoni should take back his comment on best fielding side.. From last match, we are below standards both in fielding as well bowling. time to change his strategy, bring back Mishra.."

44.1

I Sharma to Maxwell, FOUR, goes for the yorker on off stump, but Maxwell has immense balance at the crease and drills the ball to the right of the man at extra cover

44.2

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 run, this time he has a lot more room to work with and he's not happy after the ball was flayed only as far as deep point

Sunny: "Praveen Tambe can probably be a better spinner than Ashwin in all formats if given a chance."

44.3

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, full toss on leg stump and he's very luck to get away with that. The man at fine leg is safe this time and there was even a possible chance of a run out, but Maxwell was too quick

44.4

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 wide, the leg stump line continues and even with Maxwell going for a wild slog over the top of short fine leg, the ball was too wide to connect

44.4

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 wide, and again. Maxwell was on his knees this time, hoping to exploit the vacant area at deep fine leg, but he would need a ten foot pole to have reached that

44.4

I Sharma to Maxwell, 1 run, yorker outside the off stump and Maxwell uses the open face to steer it to deep point

maxson: "commentators says ISHANT into the attack. i wonder are india attacking or defending???"

44.5

I Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, yorker gone wrong again. Thigh-high full toss on off stump is heaved away wide of long-on. Australia are rampaging with these two at the crease

44.6

I Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, more lacklustre death bowling from India. After following a wide with a wide, he follows a full toss with a full toss. He slams it over midwicket this time for the same result. And its fifty for Bailey

End of over 45 (17 runs) Australia 302/3 (RR: 6.71)

    • GJ Bailey 52 (32b 4x4 3x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 49 (29b 7x4 1x6)
    • I Sharma 8-1-58-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 8-0-63-1

Bhuvi into the attack

45.1

Kumar to Maxwell, 2 runs, and starts off with a useful yorker, but it is hardly threatening as Maxwell pushes it down the ground and exploits the slowness of the fielder at long on to rush back and reach his fifty off only 30 balls.

45.2

Kumar to Maxwell, 1 run, fuller length again and homing on middle and leg, but Maxwell whips it away through midwicket for a single

45.3

Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, slog off the back foot to the length ball on off stump. Long on moves to his right to tidy up

45.4

Kumar to Maxwell, 1 run, Bhuvi attacks a line outside off stump for his best attempt at a yorker, but the batsman pushes it down the ground for a single

45.5

Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, OUT, and the low full toss materialises in his search for a yorker. But oh dear, both batsmen are at the bowler's end. Bailey had drilled it to long-off where Raina was lurking. Maxwell saw him, waited a bit and then ecided he would steal a second off him on the throw and raced down the pitch, but Bailey had his hand up yelling No. But it was too late

GJ Maxwell run out 53 (36m 32b 7x4 1x6) SR: 165.62

45.6

Kumar to Voges, 1 run, length ball on middle is worked away through midwicket for a single

Sasi: "Terrible from Ishant, i'm sure he wouldn't make it to Zim/ Bang playing XI, forget first ranked Indian team :( And the sir Jadeja craze is on the wane? he is good for 5-6 overs, should not bowl 10."

Akash Singhal: "Is this some sort of a record that all 5 batsmen have scored 50??" Yes, it is

End of over 46 (7 runs) Australia 309/4 (RR: 6.71)

    • AC Voges 1 (1b)
    • GJ Bailey 54 (34b 4x4 3x6)
    • B Kumar 9-0-39-0
    • I Sharma 8-1-58-0

Ashwin now

46.1

Ashwin to Voges, 1 run, and he uses the straighter one, which is dabbed into the off side

46.2

Ashwin to Bailey, 1 run, charges the offspinner darted at off stump and drives it strongly down the ground to long-off

46.3

Ashwin to Voges, 1 leg bye, Voges the new batsman employs the reverse sweep, but the ball goes off his thigh pad down to fine leg instead

46.4

Ashwin to Bailey, SIX, pause and deliver only allowes Bailey that much more time to line it up and smash it over cow corner. It was the length ball on middle stump which is never any trouble in the death

46.5

Ashwin to Bailey, no run, ducks in low as he pushes it through outside off stump. Bailey was trying to cut but he can't get low enough connect

Long-off comes in to mid-off

46.6

Ashwin to Bailey, FOUR, tossed it up well wide outside off, but Bailey sees it, comes down the track and nails it through the gap between cover and mid-off

End of over 47 (13 runs) Australia 322/4 (RR: 6.85)

    • GJ Bailey 65 (38b 5x4 4x6)
    • AC Voges 2 (3b)
    • R Ashwin 8-0-50-1
    • B Kumar 9-0-39-0
47.1

Kumar to Voges, 1 run, fuller on middle, but the batsman still goes back, opens his front leg and slogs it through wide mid on

Mitty: "Voges isn't a good slogger and he's out of form, should've put Faulkner or Haddin in front of him"

47.2

Kumar to Bailey, FOUR, full toss outside off and Bailey has a giant stride forward and slams it over the head of cover and with no one back behind him, it goes off for a four

Deep cover in place

47.3

Kumar to Bailey, 2 runs, and Voges turns one into two to get the big-hitting Bailey back on strike. It was a length ball on middle and he carves it through to deep midwicket. But Voges had put his head down and raced up and down the pitch well before the throw came in

47.4

Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, on a length again and Bailey doesnt connect as well as he had done over the course of this innings, so the ball lands short of the man at long-on

47.5

Kumar to Voges, SIX, oh, that was pure wristwork from Voges. It was the full toss on middle stump and he steps forward and just shovels it over the square leg boundary. That looked effortless

47.6

Kumar to Voges, 1 run, shortish, just a bit outside off and Voges guides it down to third man

End of over 48 (15 runs) Australia 337/4 (RR: 7.02)

    • AC Voges 10 (6b 1x6)
    • GJ Bailey 72 (41b 6x4 4x6)
    • B Kumar 10-0-54-0
    • R Ashwin 8-0-50-1

Vinay Kumar is back now. Square leg, midwicket, long-on, long-off are the men in the deep

48.1

Vinay Kumar to Voges, 1 run, full on leg stump is driven down the ground to wide long-on for a single off the front foot

Sundar: "@Mitty he was probably sent in to gain some form with this wayward bowling attack"

48.2

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, no run, slower bouncer on middle and leg and Bailey is completely beaten as he goes for the pull shot far too early

Cover comes in, mid-off goes back as Vinay comes round the stumps

48.3

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 2 runs, he gets the yorker more right than wrong that time, and Bailey digs it out well enough to reach the man at deep midwicket. Voges, with fresh legs, pulls Bailey through for the second yet another time

48.4

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, SIX, length ball with just enough room outside off for Bailey to slam it for a 106 m six over cow corner

48.5

Vinay Kumar to Bailey, 1 run, much better as he goes far more fuller this time and Bailey can only mishit it down the ground to collect a single

48.6

Vinay Kumar to Voges, OUT, the reverse scoop proves fatal for Voges. It was full and outside off, which meant he had to change his shot from the orthodox scoop and he doesnt get enough bat on it to beat Bhuvi at short third man

AC Voges c Kumar b Vinay Kumar 11 (14m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 137.50

End of over 49 (10 runs) Australia 347/5 (RR: 7.08)

    • GJ Bailey 81 (45b 6x4 5x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 9-0-73-2
    • B Kumar 10-0-54-0

Superlative: "I'm impressed. The top 5 all got 50's! I hope this isn't a false dawn! Perhaps No.1 Ranking to come in the next year? *dreaming*"

Brad Haddin is the new man in

49.1

I Sharma to Bailey, 2 runs, digs it into the middle of the pitch which gets the ball around head high outside off stump. Bailey tennis-forehands it down the ground to long-on and collects a couple

49.2

I Sharma to Bailey, no run, runs across to the off side to lift it over the keeper's head for a four, but the slower, full length ball beats him and goes tamely to the keeper

dee cover, long-on, long-off and deep midwicket on the fence

49.3

I Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, and he bowls a length ball, which enables Bailey to get underneath it and slam the ball wide of the man at deep midwicket.

49.4

I Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, gets it in the block hole on middle and Bailey digs it out as the ball goes down to long-on

49.5

I Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, he pulls the short of a length outside off to deep midwicket to give the strike back to Bailey for the last ball

James: "@Superlative: If we keep this up we could be #1 by next weekend."

NAbyendu mandal: "Some things never change...be it 2003 or 2013.. Australia score 359 yet again!!!"

Venugopal: "@Superlative - Sorry - All top 5 cannot get #1 ranking in batting same time!!"

49.6

I Sharma to Bailey, FOUR, carves it over point to finish the innings with a four to record the highest total in Jaipur. He went for a wide yorker, but Bailey got under it well enough to slam it almost for a six. Replays show the ball bounced just a few inches inside the rope

5.00pm Brad Haddin had said Australia were looking to limit quick wickets in the middle and put on a better batting performance in Jaipur after putting up 304 on the board. Safe to say mistakes rectified. Australia's openers laid a solid foundation and their middle order contributed quite heavily to record the first time in ODIs where all of the top five batsmen scored fifties. They were helped, of course, by India's bowlers, including the spinners indulging in short-pitched bowling. George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell's onslaught at the end of the innings took Australia from a good position to one where they can potentially dictate terms for this match, unless India's famed batting works overtime. Join us in around half-an-hour for the India chase.

Harlequin: "Who needs Clarke eh?!"

Ashutosh: "How good a player this bloke Bailey is ? Bats with minimum of fuss. He almost goes under the radar and doesn't gets his due credit like some other guys."

Rama Maganti: "Can you now tell me, which madman has invited Australia for 7 one dayers? This is crucifixion."

End of over 50 (12 runs) Australia 359/5

    • GJ Bailey 92 (50b 8x4 5x6)
    • BJ Haddin 1 (1b)
    • I Sharma 9-1-70-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 9-0-73-2
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