Australia in India ODI Series - 6th ODI

India v Australia

India won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

The Indian openers make their way out to the centre. It will be the usual suspects, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, to tee things off for India (and tee off would be the ideal verb to use considering where they are placed). It is the pacy Mitchell Johnson to kick it off

0.1

Johnson to Sharma, FOUR, 139 kph, and India are off to a bang as Rohit Sharma is able to drive this in the gap between cover and point to get the chase off in the best way possible

0.2

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 139 kph, fuller length and swinging in as Rohit gets bat on ball

0.3

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 148 kph, solid bat presented to a fuller length ball as this carries to cover on the 30-yard circle

0.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 146 kph, full again as Rohit goes for the booming drive, but hits it straight at point. It looked sweetly timed off the bat, just failed to penetrate the gap

0.5

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 150 kph, back of a length ball which Rohit gets on top off without too much difficult. But a good change-up nonetheless from Johnson

0.6

Johnson to Sharma, 1 wide, 152 kph, drags this one just a bit on the leg side as it gains appreciable bounce behind leg stump and over to the keeper. Quick stuff already from the Australian

0.6

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 149 kph, Rohit gets behind this length ball as it travels through mid off to the fielder

Naz: "similar to the 2nd ODI india starts the innings with a FOUR"

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0 (346 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.06)
RG Sharma    4* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0
S Dhawan    0* (0b)     

McKay will open with the other new ball

1.1

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 128 kph, length ball slightly shaping away as Dhawan advances to defend this to the off side

1.2

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 131 kph, almost back of a length on middle as the ball crashes into the front pad. McKay is adamant in his appeal, but the umpire is not interested

hemant: "Some Serious pace from johnson #150+"

1.3

McKay to Dhawan, 1 wide, 132 kph, splays this down the leg side as it is clear that the Australians are not giving any width to the southpaw

1.3

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 134 kph, pitching on a good length just outside off as Dhawan shuffles down to pierce the gap between cover and mid off

1.4

McKay to Sharma, no run, 129 kph, great line just outside off as Rohit prods forward cautiously, hanging his bat, with the ball rushing past the outside edge

1.5

McKay to Sharma, no run, 131 kph, slight shape away upon pitching at a length as Rohit seemingly goes after it, but doesn't follow through

Abhishek: "If Dhawan gets a reprieve early India will win the match :P"

1.6

McKay to Sharma, no run, 130 kph, length ball on off as Rohit advances forward to defend

Mukul: "When was the last time an indian bowler clocked 150+ kmph?"

End of over 2 (2 runs) India 7/0 (344 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 7.16)
RG Sharma    4* (9b 1x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-2-0
S Dhawan    1* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0

2.1

Johnson to Dhawan, FOUR, 145 kph, pitched up on the pads and Dhawan does the needful as he flicks it through the gap between mid on and square leg to the midwicket boundary

2.2

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, 148 kph, pitches this up further on off as Dhawan defends this tentatively to the leg side

Jeeva: "McKay is bowling at 130+, and still we call him medium pacer"

2.3

Johnson to Dhawan, 3 runs, 146 kph, toe-crusher from Johnson as Dhawan does well enough to angle his bat to get this away, almost all the way, to deep midwicket for a couple. Fantastic cricket all around

2.4

Johnson to Sharma, 1 wide, 152 kph, another wide down the leg side from Johnson as this one begins to rise after pitching

2.4

Johnson to Sharma, 1 wide, 145 kph, Johnson struggling with his line here as this time he gets it outside the off side, and almost to first slip. Steve Harmison Ashes 2006-07 references anyone?

Johnson going round the wicket now

2.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 150 kph, this one angles in sharply to the batsman at a length as Rohit does well to cover the line

2.5

Johnson to Sharma, 1 leg bye, 149 kph, length ball again, but this time slipping down the leg side, as Rohit helps it through to fine leg

2.6

Johnson to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery which angles past the batsman on the way to the keeper

End of over 3 (10 runs) India 17/0 (334 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 7.10)
S Dhawan    8* (7b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
RG Sharma    4* (11b 1x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-2-0

3.1

McKay to Sharma, no run, 129 kph, fuller length delivery outside off which is directed straight to silly mid off

3.2

McKay to Sharma, no run, 131 kph, length ball brought in closer as Rohit tries to tuck this away to mid on

3.3

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, 129 kph, lovely languid stroke from Rohit behind square on the off side as he angles this to third man

3.4

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 132 kph, fuller length ball which Dhawan gets forward to defend

Murali: "@Mukul: "When was the last time an indian bowler clocked 150+ kmph?" I remember when both varun aaron and umesh yadhav played together in ODI..dont exactly remember the opponent team"

3.5

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 131 kph, tucked away behind square leg for a single to get Rohit on strike

3.6

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, 132 kph, length ball outside off as Rohit cuts it away on the off side

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 20/0 (331 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.19)
RG Sharma    6* (15b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-5-0
S Dhawan    9* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

Johnson continuing round the wicket

4.1

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 144 kph, angled in again on middle as Rohit is solid in defence

4.2

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 146 kph, slanted in to Rohit who continues to show how good his front foot defence is

4.3

Johnson to Sharma, FOUR, 146 kph, spotting the length being a bit shorter and goes for the lofted extra-cover shot which carries all the way to the boundary

4.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 149 kph, slightly fuller this time as Rohit gets behind line

4.5

Johnson to Sharma, 2 runs, 135 kph, the supposed slower ball has been unleashed, and Rohit leans into the drive to guide this through mid off for a couple

4.6

Johnson to Sharma, no run, 149 kph, finishes off the over with a booming cover drive, that doesn't boom too loud as it gets snuffed out by a vigilant cover fielder

CHARLY: "shikhar and dhawan.... we are chasing 350 runs and not 250..... crack some shots..."

End of over 5 (6 runs) India 26/0 (325 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 7.22)
RG Sharma    12* (21b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-20-0
S Dhawan    9* (9b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-5-0

5.1

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 133 kph, good length ball on middle as Dhawan thinks about getting down the pitch to it, but ends up hitting it back to the bowler

5.2

McKay to Dhawan, 3 runs, 130 kph, advances down again to this full length, almost overpitched ball as Dhawan squirts this away on the leg side

5.3

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, 130 kph, shortish delivery on off as Rohit carves this behind point to third man

5.4

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 132 kph, length ball on middle which Dhawan tries to get away on the off side

Lakshman Kumar: "With these spinner friendly Indian tracks, if this is what the Indian Spinners are going to afford, God bless them when we go to Aus and NZ for WC 2015..!!"

5.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 131 kph, length ball and Dhawan is struggling to get McKay away as he tries to work it again to the leg side

Looks like the physio is out to tend to Dhawan, who was hit somewhere on the mid-riff

5.6

McKay to Dhawan, 2 runs, 131 kph, excellent length again from McKay as Dhawan shuffles down to direct this through mid off for a single, and retain the strike

Khan: "Rohit sharma should be in middle order batsman and sehwag or gambhir should be call back to the ODI series. They should be given some more changes.....@"

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 32/0 (319 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.25)
S Dhawan    14* (14b 1x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-11-0
RG Sharma    13* (22b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-20-0

Punit: "Johnson's slower ball - 135 kph. Indian seamers' supposed quicker ball - 135 kph."

Time for the other leftie, James Faulkner, into the attack

6.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, 133 kph, Rohit defends this length ball on the front foot

Going round the wicket now

6.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, 131 kph, same result as Rohit looks to keen to work himself in

6.3

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, 133 kph, slightly fuller this time from Faulkner as Rohit is able to steer this behind point for one

Vaibhav: "When Dhoni says India is preparing for WC 2015 then the pitches should match with those in Aus and Nz... Indian batting would be exposed in WC 2015..."

6.4

Faulkner to Dhawan, no run, 135 kph, length ball which Dhawan defends without too much trouble

6.5

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 134 kph, length ball which Dhawan drives through extra-cover, with mid off doing well to stop the ball

6.6

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, 137 kph, length ball that just comes in as Rohit gets forward to defend

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 34/0 (317 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 7.37)
RG Sharma    14* (26b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-2-0
S Dhawan    15* (16b 1x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-11-0

7.1

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 130 kph, back of a length on leg which Dhawan tries to flick away, but fails to get meaningful connection

7.2

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 131 kph, length ball going past off which Dhawan waits on as he angles the bat to pick the gap on the off side

7.3

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, 133 kph, fuller length ball which Rohit tries to tuck away to the leg side

7.4

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 130 kph, shortish delivery which Dhawan meets with the full face of the bat to push just to the right of the bowler down to mid on

Mahesh Sarvi: "@Punit- Shami nearly touched 145kph today. Have some respect to indian bolwers. Recently they had won us the champions trophhy."

7.5

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, 132 kph, length ball outside off which Rohit carves behind point, but finds the fielder once again

Rawat: "When Rohit plays in middle order (MI) he really strikes well, but as opener he plays like middle order batsman."

7.6

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 132 kph, back of a length on middle and off which Dhawan gets down to cut away

End of over 8 (5 runs) India 39/0 (312 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 7.42)
S Dhawan    18* (20b 1x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-16-0
RG Sharma    16* (28b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-2-0

Kala Kaka Gangaram: "V Aaron and U Yadav, together in 2 ODIs versus West Indies in Nov/Dec 2011 and not a single bowled by them crossed 150kph. They are both at best fast medium bowlers with occasional deliveries crossing 145kph."

8.1

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 132 kph, Dhawan steps down to this length ball to pick the gap on the off side

8.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, 137 kph, fuller length just outside off and defended to the off side

8.3

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, 138 kph, length ball that Rohit steps down to and directs square of the wicket

ganesh: "We want to win this match. Some cracking shots are needed. Play like ipl match for some time."

8.4

Faulkner to Dhawan, no run, 133 kph, Dhawan unable to get him away despite advancing down the wicket

8.5

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 134 kph, dropped Dhawan cuts this away behind square, with Maxwell, stationed at backward point, unable to hold on to a catch coming at a good height. Big miss there from Australia.

8.6

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, good length ball angling in, Sharma gets forward and misses the flick as he is hit on the pads

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 42/0 (309 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 7.53)
RG Sharma    17* (31b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-5-0
S Dhawan    20* (23b 1x4)      CJ McKay    4-0-16-0

9.1

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, 132 kph, great length again as Dhawan cuts this away to the off side

9.2

McKay to Sharma, FOUR, 131 kph, and the first boundary for a while from India as Rohit flashes hard at this wide delivery from McKay to find the square boundary

9.3

McKay to Sharma, FOUR, 133 kph, Rohit hits this inside-out over extra-cover with a lofted shot as it looks as if the time has come for India to open up

And it looks as if Dhawan wants to have a look at some bats, and is doing his best Dhoni impression as he shadow bats with two, maybe even three bats in grip. Is this a sign for things to come?

9.4

McKay to Sharma, 1 leg bye, 132 kph, beautiful length which seams in and clips the front pad. McKay again goes up but it looks as if height is an issue here.

9.5

McKay to Dhawan, FOUR, 131 kph, Dhawan knows what to expect as this straddles a leg stump line which he simply swivels and helps it through to the fine leg boundary

9.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 130 kph, Dhawan unable to work away this length ball outside off

Hayer: "Last time I have seen an Indian touching 150kph was Ashish Nehra when he bowled at 151kmp in 2003 World Cup."

End of over 10 (14 runs) India 56/0 (295 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 7.37)
S Dhawan    25* (26b 2x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-29-0
RG Sharma    25* (34b 4x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-5-0

10.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, 136 kph, length ball angling in which Rohit gets forward to and defends

10.2

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, 131 kph, a little bit of width on offer as Rohit is able to squeeze this behind point for one

ganesh: "Dhavan must take an advantage of dropped catch and hit australia to defeat. He should make history again."

10.3

Faulkner to Dhawan, FOUR, 136 kph, lovely timed back cut by Dhawan that beats backward point to the third man boundary

taufeeq: "where are bouncers today ??"

10.4

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 135 kph, squirts this away to the off side on the front foot

10.5

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, 135 kph, length ball angling in as Rohit is able to ease this behind square

10.6

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 136 kph, Dhawan advances down to drive this, although not sweetly, to extra-cover

End of over 11 (8 runs) India 64/0 (287 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 7.35)
S Dhawan    31* (29b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-0
RG Sharma    27* (37b 4x4)      CJ McKay    5-0-29-0

Xavier Doherty now into the attack

11.1

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, 87 kph, flighted on a length and staying low. Dhawan goes for the back cut but misses it entirely. Seems to over balance, but he is in the crease

11.2

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, 91 kph, getitng a bit of turn as this one holds it line, almost stopping on Dhawan there as he defends

11.3

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, 94 kph, Dhawan eases this length ball to long on for a single

11.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, 91 kph, flighted on a length outside off as Rohit is resolute in defence

11.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, 89 kph, Rohit able to steer this through to mid off

11.6

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, 88 kph, turned to the leg side by Dhawan for a single

Qursheed: "Come on Guys!!! This opening pair is doing a good job for India for the last 10-12 months... They are young and who knows they will probably become one of the best pair for India...."

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 67/0 (284 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 7.47)
S Dhawan    33* (33b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    28* (39b 4x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-13-0

Shane Watson comes on to have a bow. Going round the wicket.

12.1

Watson to Dhawan, (no ball) 1 run, 128 kph, Watson called no-ball and looks slightly incredulous. Turns out it was a back foot no-ball so free hit called

12.1

Watson to Sharma, no run, 136 kph, pitched straight up outside off with Maxwell making a dive to his left to take a stunning catch at point off a Rohit drive, albeit without any detriment to the batting side

12.2

Watson to Sharma, no run, 136 kph, lovely, straight bat from Rohit that travels just to the right of the bowler, with mid on making an excellent stop

12.3

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, 137 kph, this one going down the pads as Rohit helps it along to fine leg

Ramiz: "I remember RP Singh had a brief period in 2007 when he consistently bowled in the 140 - 145 kph range and pitched it on good line/length. Like many other Indian pacers, became victim of trying too many variations when they were not needed."

12.4

Watson to Dhawan, 2 runs, 134 kph, Dhawan unleashes an expansive cover drive which travels all the way through to deep extra-cover

12.5

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, 139 kph, bouncer which is dealt with by Dhawan quite efficiently as he pulls it through to fine leg

12.6

Watson to Sharma, no run, 132 kph, length ball which Rohit defends on the front foot

End of over 13 (6 runs) India 73/0 (278 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 7.51)
RG Sharma    29* (43b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
S Dhawan    37* (36b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0

13.1

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, 98 kph, Dhawan ekes this away to the off side

13.2

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, 88 kph, Dhawan looking to guide this through the leg side

13.3

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, 92 kph, Dhawan ends up defending this back to the bowler

13.4

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, flighted delivery on off, Dhawan comes on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler

13.5

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, floated delivery that skids on, Dhawan looks to work it on the leg-side and gets a leading edge back to the bowler

13.6

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, drifts this on leg stump, Dhawan gets on his knee and sweeps it to long leg for only a single. Good over from Doherty, just a single coming from that

End of over 14 (1 run) India 74/0 (277 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 7.69)
S Dhawan    38* (42b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-4-0
RG Sharma    29* (43b 4x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

14.1

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, 136 kph, Dhawan able to glide this back of a length delivery to third man for a single

14.2

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, 138 kph, going down the pads as Rohit tries to work it away

Sunil: "Someone pls remind indian openers...diwali is around guys....need some crakers..."

14.3

Watson to Dhawan, no run, 127 kph, full and just outside off as Dhawan looks for the drive, but to no avail

14.4

Watson to Dhawan, FOUR, 136 kph, Watson spears this in on middle which Dhawan just clips off his pads as the ball sizzles over midwicket to the boundary

14.5

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, 136 kph, Dhawan starting to play assuredly here as he drives this through cover

14.6

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, 134 kph, length ball on the leg stump which Rohit flicks away behind square

Arshad: "One of the main differences out of many between Rohit and Kohli is their performance against Srilanka, whom we play the most. Rohit averages just 27 in 32 innings comparing to Kohli's 53 in 33 innings!"

End of over 15 (8 runs) India 82/0 (269 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.46, RRR: 7.68)
RG Sharma    31* (45b 4x4)      SR Watson    2-0-14-0
S Dhawan    44* (46b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-4-0

Looks like it's drinks. Time to hand it over to Devashish Fuloria.

15.1

Doherty to Sharma, no run, he bowls a floater on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and defends

15.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 leg bye, he steps out of the crease and is beaten by the arm-ball, gets hit on the pads. Doherty appeals, but that was probably heading down leg

15.3

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, the batsman takes a forward stride and turns the flighted delivery to fine leg for a single

15.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, good tossed up delivery outside off, the batsman takes a forward step and drives it straight to point

15.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up and fuller on the stumps, Rohit drives it in the air towards long off

15.6

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, he bowls this really slow, the batsman comes forward, but then has to wait. He tucks it straight to square-leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) India 85/0 (266 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 7.82)
S Dhawan    45* (48b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-6-0
RG Sharma    32* (49b 4x4)      SR Watson    2-0-14-0

Watson continues

16.1

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, he bowls a length delivery on the pads, which is calmly flicked away to deep midwicket

Rodney : "I can understand Indians fetish towards Fast pace....fast does't fetch wickets...Vinay Kumar is the top wicket taker among the pacers..."

16.2

Watson to Dhawan, 2 runs, oh he just survives again as this sliced shot just lands behind a flying Maxwell at point! He charged down the pitch, but didn't get hold of his shot, it just eluded the fielder there

16.3

Watson to Dhawan, FOUR, this time he stays in the crease and creates pace behind the ball with smashing bat speed, it flies past the left hand side of Maxwell this time, but he had no chance. Fifty for Dhawan

16.4

Watson to Dhawan, no run, he bowls length at 124 kph on off, the batsman comes forward and defends it to cover

16.5

Watson to Dhawan, no run, goes full on off stump and Dhawan responds by playing a forceful off drive, but that's hit straight to the man at short cover

16.6

Watson to Dhawan, no run, slows down the pace on this back of length delivery, the batsman was already forward by the time it arrives, he defends down the pitch

End of over 17 (7 runs) India 92/0 (259 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 7.84)
S Dhawan    51* (53b 5x4)      SR Watson    3-0-21-0
RG Sharma    33* (50b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-6-0

Rohit: "Doherty's figures shows what the pitch has for spinners. Consistently turn is there. Today our spinners have no excuse and no place to hide for sure."

17.1

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, pushed through, but this is heading down the leg side, Rohit paddles it to fine leg for an easy single

17.2

Doherty to Dhawan, FOUR, slower this time, but Dhawan spots the pace and length early, he goes down on his knees and sweeps it powerfully to the deep square leg boundary

17.3

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, Doherty floats this one outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to long off for a single

17.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, slower and on a length, Rohit presses forward and defends

17.5

Doherty to Sharma, no run, he steps out of the crease, but Doherty shortens his length in response. Rohit defends it towards covers

17.6

Doherty to Sharma, no run, another good delivery on off stump, Rohit manages to push it to cover point

Vivek: "@rodney no, but they make the bowlers exciting to watch. Take for example a Brett lee or Shoaib Akhtar or Alan Donald. Especially when you haven't seen one bowl for your country for such a long time."

End of over 18 (6 runs) India 98/0 (253 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 7.90)
RG Sharma    34* (54b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-12-0
S Dhawan    56* (55b 6x4)      SR Watson    3-0-21-0

A change in bowling now, Glenn Maxwell comes in

Mark: "Good partnership this....a good portion of the target gone,no wickets lost, and the coming batsmen all primed to blast off when needed. If India play their cards well, this series is gonna be 2-2. And then we have a good finale."

18.1

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, oh was that another drop! Oh yes, another drop, a very hard chance though, by Finch at cover. It was a slow tossed up delivery on off, the batsman drove it in the air, Finch flung to his right, but couldn't hold on

18.2

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, waits in the crease and defends down the pitch

18.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, he pushes this one to long off for a single

Maxwell continues round the wicket

18.4

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, full and flighted on off, the batsman defends it to cover

18.5

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, he slows down the pace this time, the batsman reaches forward and defends

18.6

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, pushed through this time, Rohit goes on the back foot to punch it to long-off. It brings up India's 100 too

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 100/0 (251 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 8.09)
RG Sharma    35* (57b 4x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-2-0
S Dhawan    57* (58b 6x4)      XJ Doherty    4-0-12-0

19.1

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, another flatter delivery for Rohit, who goes on the back foot and picks up a single to long off

Rob Noah: "ODI's have become so batter-centric and batter friendly I feel sorry for the poor bowlers. Soon they will be hiring from Centrelink.. job title "Lamb to the Slaughter : pays well but confidence WILL be shot.""

19.2

Doherty to Dhawan, 2 runs, tossed up and full outside off, the batsman comes forward and then opens the face slightly to run it down fine on the off side

19.3

Doherty to Dhawan, FOUR, pushed through on the pads and Dhawan doesn't miss his chance, he paddles this one through the right of the short fine leg fielder. On this outfield, that's enough

19.4

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, steps out of the crease but Doherty pulls his length back, Dhawan has to defend

19.5

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, tries to beat the man at short third man with a reverse sweep, but he hits it straight to the man

Pakistan Khan: "@ Rob: Not watching Pakistan are we?"

19.6

Doherty to Dhawan, FOUR, this time he waits in the crease and picks the slight shortness in length early to cut it late between short third man and backward point

End of over 20 (11 runs) India 111/0 (240 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 8.00)
S Dhawan    67* (63b 8x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-23-0
RG Sharma    36* (58b 4x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-2-0

20.1

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, slower tossed up delivery on leg stump line, the batsman gets hit on the pads as he misses his flick

20.2

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, this time he comes forward to dab it towards cover for a quick single

20.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, they think about a couple after Dhawan drives a full delivery to wide long on, but they decide against it as fielder gets there quickly

20.4

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, he comes down the pitch and chips the full delivery towards long on for a single

20.5

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, pushed through on off, the batsman dabs it towards cover for a quick single

Magpie: "If India win this match, and then want to win series... Just play the final game on rank turner (instead of flat track) and watch the Aussies crumble like the pitch..."

20.6

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, he tries to pierce that gap behind point with a late cut, but isn't able to beat the fielder

End of over 21 (4 runs) India 115/0 (236 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 8.13)
RG Sharma    38* (62b 4x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-6-0
S Dhawan    69* (65b 8x4)      XJ Doherty    5-0-23-0

Mitchell Johnson comes back

21.1

Johnson to Dhawan, 1 run, he starts off with a back of length delivery outside off that Dhawan crunches to deep point off the front foot

Charbel: "@Rob & Pakistan: Missed Rubel Hossain's hattrick did we?"

MJ comes round the wicket

21.2

Johnson to Sharma, no run, cramps the batsman for room with a back of length delivery, Rohit defends it down the pitch

21.3

Johnson to Sharma, FOUR, he attempts a full, slow, wide delivery, and Rohit was almost beaten by the pace as he stretched to reach that, but he gets a thick outside edge that runs to the third man boundary

21.4

Johnson to Sharma, 1 run, he waits in the crease and steers the length delivery down to third man for a single

QuickStat: "Dhawan and Rohit have had 5 100-plus stands in ODIs this year. No other opening pair has these many since 2011."

21.5

Johnson to Dhawan, FOUR, this is beautifully played by Dhawan! there was no room to play this back of length delivery, but Dhawan creates some by arching back and then he guides it from where a first slip would have been. It beats the third man fielder easily

George: "Watching teams smash 300 plus everytime batting first then struggling to defend it is not cricket, it's tedious watching conditions so favour one skill over the other so consistently. Surely a paying crowd would would rather see a fair battle between bat and ball with all competitors having to play at the top of their game to come out on top ?"

21.6

Johnson to Dhawan, FOUR, that last delivery makes MJ pitch it fuller this time, but Dhawan was ready for that, he creams it through cover and the ball races to the boundary

Nas: "The most interesting game going on at the moment is the competition between indias opening partnership and the south african team total. Im rooting for India"

End of over 22 (14 runs) India 129/0 (222 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.86, RRR: 7.92)
S Dhawan    78* (68b 10x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-34-0
RG Sharma    43* (65b 5x4)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-6-0

22.1

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, he flights it on the middle stump line, the batsman reaches forward and defends

22.2

Maxwell to Sharma, FOUR, more runs, Rohit steps out of the crease, which forces Maxwell to bowl it short and wide. It's easily slapped to deep point boundary after that

22.3

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, steps out again, but this time he is not to the pitch of the ball, pushes it through midwicket

22.4

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, he comes forward and punches it to mid-off

22.5

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, he gets it to turn and bounce of a shorter length, and it surprises Dhawan after he had stepped out

22.6

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, tries to cut this one through off, but gets an inside edge past the stumps to short fine leg

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 134/0 (217 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 8.03)
S Dhawan    78* (71b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-11-0
RG Sharma    48* (68b 6x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-34-0

Required rate over 8 now. MJ comes round the wicket

23.1

Johnson to Sharma, 1 run, fires a short of length delivery on the body which Rohit guides to third man with ease

MJ goes back over the wicket

23.2

Johnson to Dhawan, 1 wide, oh he loses his direction here, it was a 152 kph missile, but down the leg side

23.2

Johnson to Dhawan, 1 run, he tests Dhawan with a short ball on the body, but the batsman is able to pull it to fine leg comfortably

naveed khan: "Someone said, something about vinay kumar bowling at 130khp! And, thats how fast shahid afridi is bowing in Sharjah right now"

23.3

Johnson to Sharma, no run, back of length delivery on the body at 152 kph, Rohit defends it towards midwicket

23.4

Johnson to Sharma, no run, bowls a slower bouncer this time and the lack of speed messes with Rohit's attempt to guide it to third man, he is beaten

Cricfan: "By the look of this, we won't have a johnson vs Raina & Yuvraj encounter to look forward to. Way to build it up cricinfo!"

23.5

Johnson to Sharma, FOUR, keeps bowling that short of length stuff, but this time it's heading down the leg side and Rohit helps it on its way down to fine-leg boundary to bring up his half-century

Harish: "I dont think the game has become batting centric. Its just india has got one of the best ever batting lineup the world has seen and one of the worst bowling lineup the world has seen. Thats the only difference between the legendary Australian side that won 3 titles and this indian side. If we have say a certain pigeon on our side, we will be dominating world cricket!!"

23.6

Johnson to Sharma, 1 run, another slower bouncer, but Rohit was waiting for that and he pulls it firmly to deep backward square leg

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 142/0 (209 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 8.03)
RG Sharma    54* (73b 7x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-42-0
S Dhawan    79* (72b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-11-0

24.1

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, he waits in the crease for this length delivery and then punches it to long off for a single

24.2

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, not short enough, but Dhawan goes on the back foot and plays a cracking cut shot, put straight to point

24.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, 2 runs, this time he goes in the other direction, pulling a similar delivery towards the cow corner

24.4

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, full and flighted this time, the batsman comes forward and defends

24.5

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, he waits in the crease and cuts it late to the fielder at point

24.6

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, he takes a forward stride and works the full delivery to behind square on the leg side

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 146/0 (205 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 8.20)
S Dhawan    82* (77b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-15-0
RG Sharma    55* (74b 7x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-42-0

More spin into the attack, this time it's Aaron Finch, who also dropped Dhawan

Ram: "MJ is bowling in the 150s and he is going at almost 9... Considering how good the bowling was in the CT, the blame probably lies in the pitches and the new rules more than anything"

25.1

Finch to Dhawan, no run, he bowls it flatter outside off, Dhawan cuts it straight to backward point

25.2

Finch to Dhawan, 1 run, he takes a forward step and nudges the full delivery towards square leg for a single

Finch continues from round the stumps

25.3

Finch to Sharma, no run, flatter and bowled with a round-arm action, the batsman defends it towards the non striker

25.4

Finch to Sharma, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and punches the length delivery to deep point

25.5

Finch to Dhawan, no run, pushed through outside off, Dhawan waits and chops it on to backward point

25.6

Finch to Dhawan, no run, this one is slower on the middle stump line, the batsman tries to work it away to the leg side, but pushes it straight to square leg

End of over 26 (2 runs) India 148/0 (203 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 8.45)
S Dhawan    83* (81b 10x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-2-0
RG Sharma    56* (76b 7x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-15-0

26.1

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, he floats it full to the batsman, Rohit defends it to midwicket

26.2

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, he gets his front leg out of the way and drives it to deep extra cover for a single

26.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, he steps down the crease, but Maxwell slows the pace down, the batsman can only defend it back to the bowler

26.4

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, flatter delivery, it's punches to deep point for a single

26.5

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, now Rohit steps out of the crease but the length is still not there, he clips it to deep square leg for a single

26.6

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, he keeps it flatter outside off, Dhawan is not able to beat the backward point field again

Jon: "I had two window's open keeping tabs on both of ongoing the ODIs. It was 140/8 at the same time as 148/0. Guess the symmetry in the scores shows the asymmetry in the pitches!"

End of over 27 (3 runs) India 151/0 (200 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.59, RRR: 8.69)
S Dhawan    84* (84b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    5-0-18-0
RG Sharma    58* (79b 7x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-2-0

22 have come in the last five, excellent work by Aus spinners

27.1

Finch to Sharma, SIX, he bowls it too full, provides Rohit the space to get under it and smack it over wide long on for a six

27.2

Finch to Sharma, no run, pulls the length back this time, the batsman is only able to defend to midwicket

27.3

Finch to Sharma, 1 run, slower still, the batsman dances down the pitch and punches it to deep midwicket

27.4

Finch to Dhawan, 1 run, quicker delivery on the pads this time, Dhawan goes on the back foot and punches it to deep midwicket for a single

27.5

Finch to Sharma, 1 wide, fires this one quicker, but loses direction as it's down the leg side

27.5

Finch to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit moves about in the crease, but that doesn't disturb the bowler who delivery a good delivery on off stump, the batsman has to play a drive to long off for a single

27.6

Finch to Dhawan, 1 run, another full delivery on off, now Dhawan picks up a single to long off

Hamid Ali: "I'm pretty impressed by Glenn Maxwell in this series. If he improves his bowling a little, he could be the new Symonds Australia has been looking for a while now."

End of over 28 (11 runs) India 162/0 (189 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.78, RRR: 8.59)
S Dhawan    86* (86b 10x4)      AJ Finch    2-0-13-0
RG Sharma    66* (83b 7x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    5-0-18-0

28.1

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, he keeps it flat and around off stump, the batsman goes back and punches it to long on

28.2

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, again, beautifully being kept tight by Maxwell, this is on middle and leg and the batsman punches it to long off

28.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, some width this time, and Dhawan cuts it to deep point, but it's just a single

28.4

Maxwell to Sharma, SIX, he gets to the pitch of the ball this time after using his feet, and once he gets there, he slogs it in the gap at deep midwicket, it's comfortably over the boundary

28.5

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, follows up the big shot with a forward defensive shot

28.6

Maxwell to Sharma, SIX, gets some real distance on this shot now, as he steps out of the crease and launches this way over the long-off fielder for a huge hit

End of over 29 (15 runs) India 177/0 (174 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 8.28)
RG Sharma    79* (87b 7x4 3x6)      GJ Maxwell    6-0-33-0
S Dhawan    88* (88b 10x4)      AJ Finch    2-0-13-0

29.1

Finch to Dhawan, 1 run, full and flighted on off, the batsman drives it to long on with a closed face of the bat

29.2

Finch to Sharma, no run, pushed through on a good length around off, the batsman comes forward and defends

29.3

Finch to Sharma, OUT, and Rohit perishes in his attempt to catch up with the rate! Finch dragged this short, but it stopped a bit on the pitch, just enough, to mess up with Rohit's attempted pull shot. He aims for the stands at deep midwicket, but gets a toe-end of the bat and that settles easily into the lap of the fielder. Finally a breakthrough for Australia

RG Sharma c Faulkner b Finch 79 (119m 89b 7x4 3x6) SR: 88.76

This was the best opening partnership between Rohit and Dhawan. Kohli is the new man

29.4

Finch to Dhawan, no run, full delivery outside off, the batsman drives it down the pitch, but Finch quickly moves to his right to cut it off

29.5

Finch to Dhawan, 1 run, he steps out of the crease and drives this full delivery to long on this time

Rohit Raj: "Ohh wat a pitty !! On such short balls Ausies smacked Sixes and we are hitting in hands. 1st Dent to chase."

29.6

Finch to Kohli, no run, flatter delivery first up for Virat, who goes on the back foot and defends it to cover

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 179/1 (172 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 8.60)
V Kohli    0* (1b)      AJ Finch    3-0-15-1
S Dhawan    90* (91b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    6-0-33-0

30.1

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 leg bye, fuller delivery on the pads, Dhawan wanted to paddle it fine, but gets hit on the pads. But that would have gone down the leg side with the angle

30.2

Maxwell to Kohli, 2 runs, pushed through on the middle and leg line, Kohli dabs it towards square leg with soft hands and is quick to turn and call for a second

30.3

Maxwell to Kohli, no run, stays on the back foot and defends the length delivery back down the pitch

30.4

Maxwell to Kohli, FOUR, he tries to check Kohli's driving with a full delivery outside off and Kohli obliges by playing one of those whippy drives through extra cover

30.5

Maxwell to Kohli, no run, back to length for Maxwell and Kohli defends it to the leg side

30.6

Maxwell to Kohli, 1 run, he is quick to come out of the crease and he clips it to deep square leg, but there is no chance of a second as the fielder charges in

End of over 31 (8 runs) India 187/1 (164 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.03, RRR: 8.63)
V Kohli    7* (6b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    7-0-40-0
S Dhawan    90* (92b 10x4)      AJ Finch    3-0-15-1

31.1

Finch to Kohli, no run, tossed up and full on the stumps, Kohli pushes it back to the bowler

31.2

Finch to Kohli, no run, looks to push this one towards cover, but gets the inside edge down the pitch

31.3

Finch to Kohli, no run, third dot ball as Kohli fails to beat Maxwell at cover with a powerful back foot punch

31.4

Finch to Kohli, no run, quicker delivery now, the batsman comes forward and defends

31.5

Finch to Kohli, FOUR, he steps out of the crease, gets to the pitch of the ball this time and creams it to the deep extra cover boundary

31.6

Finch to Kohli, 1 run, he floats it full on the pads this time, Kohli sweeps, but he hits it straight to fine leg

Ash: "Its exactly like a T20 match from now... 160 odd in 19 overs including a powerplay!"

End of over 32 (5 runs) India 192/1 (159 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.83)
V Kohli    12* (12b 2x4)      AJ Finch    4-0-20-1
S Dhawan    90* (92b 10x4)      GJ Maxwell    7-0-40-0

Doherty is back

32.1

Doherty to Kohli, FOUR, oh he steps out again and is not to the pitch, but still goes forward with his aimed inside out shot towards extra cover, it just goes over the fielder at short cover

32.2

Doherty to Kohli, no run, goes on the back foot, and punches it to cover this time

32.3

Doherty to Kohli, SIX, he has clobbered that high and long, it's disappeared in the crowd at deep midwicket. That is some violent hit this one

32.4

Doherty to Kohli, FOUR, the bowler was forced to shorten his length, but he makes the mistake of giving Kohli room. Instead of violence he chooses finesse, guiding it fine with a late cut

32.5

Doherty to Kohli, 2 runs, comes forward and drives the full delivery to long off for a single

32.6

Doherty to Kohli, 1 run, full and flighted on leg stump, there is no room to get under, so Kohli drives it to long on for a single

End of over 33 (17 runs) India 209/1 (142 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 8.35)
V Kohli    29* (18b 4x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-40-0
S Dhawan    90* (92b 10x4)      AJ Finch    4-0-20-1

Faulkner now into the attack

The Batting Powerplay has now been taken. Strap your seat belts folks. We are in for quite a ride.

33.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 131 kph, length ball which Kohli gets behind off straight away

33.2

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 133 kph, overpitched almost as Dhawan gets under it to flick square off the wicket on the leg side

Nimit Jain: "Kohli has played 17 deliveries on the trot !! He must have been a master of taking single off the last ball during his early cricket days in streets where last delivery, how much asking to be hit, was always pushed for the single :)"

33.3

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 135 kph, length ball going down the pads as Kohli simply helps this on its way to the fine leg boundary

33.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 136 kph, length ball which is pushed to long off for a single. Smart batting here from Kohli

33.5

Faulkner to Dhawan, 1 run, 134 kph, yorker on off as Dhawan is able to squeeze this out to the off side

33.6

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 134 kph, length ball going down the pads as Kohli clips this square on the leg side

Subham: "Not happy with the way, things are going at the moment If India chase successfully again, Indian cricket will lose faith in their bowlers... if this continues to happen..there can well be 10 genuine batsmen in the team. In the coming years, bowlers will lose their place and just batting will be concentrated.."

End of over 34 (9 runs) India 218/1 (133 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.41, RRR: 8.31)
V Kohli    36* (22b 5x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-22-0
S Dhawan    92* (94b 10x4)      XJ Doherty    6-0-40-0

34.1

McKay to Kohli, no run, 125 kph, lovely cover drive, a signature shot for Kohli, as he powers this straight to cover

34.2

McKay to Kohli, 2 runs, 127 kph, length ball pushed to long on by Kohli. Sprinted straight away for the first, and turns to complete the second

Mihira: "India must think Seriously about making proper cricket turfs. With all respect for these great players of our era bad pitches are killing the interest of the game... Poor bowlers are no better than a bowling machine.. Cheers..!!"

34.3

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, 128 kph, length ball on middle and leg which Kohli tucks away to the leg side for one

34.4

McKay to Dhawan, FOUR, 129 kph, Dhawan leans forward and gets his bat out to this wide delivery, finding the gap behind point and short third man all the way to the boundary. Fantastic release shot for India there.

34.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, 126 kph, Opportunity lost there as Dhawan slaps this wide delivery straight at point

34.6

McKay to Dhawan, 2 runs, 125 kph, brings this in closer and on a length as Dhawan looks to chop this behind square, but gets an inside edge which just beats the wicket. Third life for this silken cat.

Vishal Arora: "I see everyone is bashing bowlers here, But a simple question to ask, what Australian bowlers have done till now, our bowlers have still taken 6 wickets"

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 227/1 (124 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.48, RRR: 8.26)
S Dhawan    98* (97b 11x4)      CJ McKay    6-0-38-0
V Kohli    39* (25b 5x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    4-0-22-0

35.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli leans into a drive which travels to long on for a single

35.2

Faulkner to Dhawan, 4 leg byes, 135 kph, yorker on leg as Dhawan misses this completely and hits him flush on the foot. Faulkner goes up but this was going down the leg side. Ball ends up getting carried behind for four extra runs

35.3

Faulkner to Dhawan, no run, 135 kph, good length on off which Dhawan pushes to mid off

35.4

Faulkner to Dhawan, 2 runs, 137 kph, Dhawan clips this fuller pitched delivery straight through midwicket. This sets off one of the more enthusiastic celebrations you will see as he drops his bat and then pumps both fists and then does a Afridi with his arms outstretched. This is his 4th ODI century.

35.5

Faulkner to Dhawan, no run, 133 kph, tries to cut away this back of a length delivery behind point but finds the fielder

35.6

Faulkner to Dhawan, OUT, 136 kph, and its all over for Da-One. Looking to improvise a flick behind square on the leg side through fine leg, he ends up stepping out to the off side. Faulkner must have seen this coming as he releases the ball on a middle to leg stump line, which ends up castling the southpaw's wicket. So Dhawan was unable to make this century count for more, but still a fine effort considering the circumstances. Makes that the third century of the match as well.

S Dhawan b Faulkner 100 (152m 102b 11x4 0x6) SR: 98.03

End of over 36 (7 runs) India 234/2 (117 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 8.35)
     JP Faulkner    5-0-25-1
V Kohli    40* (26b 5x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    6-0-38-0

Raina the new man in

36.1

McKay to Kohli, 2 runs, 127 kph, takes this back of a length ball and turns it away to the leg side

36.2

McKay to Kohli, FOUR, 127 kph, Kohli waits on the back foot to cut this away in the gap between cover and point. Already 46 off 28 balls.

Shewag: "Ok Dhawan!! Appreciate your role.. All the best for future.. ( Note my name :P :P)... From A Dhawan/Shewag/Fierce hitter fan.."

36.3

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, 127 kph, length ball which Kohli pushes to long on for a single to get Raina on strike. Can Kohli make it four 50+ scores on the trot?

36.4

McKay to Raina, 1 run, 127 kph, McKay going round as he gets this to swing in outside off. Raina left quite a gap there, but is able to work this away to the leg side to get off the mark

Khurram Zia Khan: "There once was a time when making century in one cricket is a rarity, it is now becoming a piece of cake for batters"

36.5

McKay to Kohli, 1 run, 129 kph, length ball angling in as Kohli clips it off the pads. Raina backed up too much though as he has to return to the non-strikers, just beating the throw from short mid on. End up running the overthrow anyways

36.6

McKay to Raina, no run, 128 kph, length ball angling in on middle as Raina is resolute in defence

Kapil: "I would have bowled McKay upfront in this game considering his wicket taking abilities and not so potent death bowling. lets see how he fares here"

End of over 37 (9 runs) India 243/2 (108 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.56, RRR: 8.30)
SK Raina    1* (2b)      CJ McKay    7-0-47-0
V Kohli    48* (30b 6x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    5-0-25-1

37.1

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 136 kph, Kohli eases to his 27th ODI half-century with a flick behind square to the fine leg boundary. Jaipur Deja vu anyone?

37.2

Faulkner to Kohli, 2 runs, 133 kph, length ball outside off which Kohli drives beautifully on the up to long off

37.3

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 117 kph, slower ball and wide as Faulkner needs to find his radar, and quick. Kohli just slices this through the gap between point and cover to find yet another boundary. He is on fire!

37.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 138 kph, overpitched again as Kohli leans into a booming cover drive that just gets cut off by the fielder

37.5

Faulkner to Raina, 1 run, 137 kph, length ball just outside off as Faulkner goes round to accomodate Raina. Raina able to push this to backward point for a single

37.6

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, 133 kph, length ball just outside off which Kohli gets behind off

yugdev: "This is where kohli stands out from batsman like dhawan!! Never loses his focus after the big celebration or record he achieved the previous ball!!"

End of over 38 (12 runs) India 255/2 (96 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 8.00)
V Kohli    59* (35b 8x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    6-0-37-1
SK Raina    2* (3b)      CJ McKay    7-0-47-0

Time for the fiery Mitch to have a crack at these young 'uns. Raina will sincerely hope he doesn't get to face him too much

38.1

Johnson to Raina, 1 wide, 140 kph, starts off wide a wide delivery down the leg side. A rather anti-climatic start, but Mitch certainly has the goods, especially on the subcontinent

38.1

Johnson to Raina, 1 run, 142 kph, Raina gets on top of this one to tuck it away to the leg side for one

Shaleen Gaur: "It seems, I am watching Jaipur game again. Chasing 350, Dhawan getting dropped, both openers scoring big, Kohli coming and start blasting. That way it should be easy win for India and another fantastic century in chase by Kohli."

38.2

Johnson to Kohli, no run, 141 kph, fuller length wide of off stump as Kohli glides this behind point, but is unlucky to find the fielder

38.3

Johnson to Kohli, no run, 133 kph, slower ball (ahem, Indian bowlers pay attention) that Kohli sees early and gets forward to defend

38.4

Johnson to Kohli, no run, 146 kph, yorker length outside off which Kohli is unable to get a bat to as it carries through to the keeper

Neeraj Goel: "Kohli is god's gift to India as Tendulkar retires. Tendulkar made a century every 6 innings from 1997-2003. Kohli is making one after every 7...hoping he makes his 11th chasing to match Gayle."

38.5

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, 148 kph, Kohli able to angle this through midwicket for one

38.6

Johnson to Raina, no run, 142 kph, short ball outside off as Raina goes for the pull shot, but is way too early for it, as it ends up carrying to the keeper. Raina looked out of his depth there that's for sure.

Fiaz: "Who would be bowler on pitches like this - Can someone total up all the runs scored so far in the series? - Flat dead pitch's exclusively designed for the batsmen."

End of over 39 (3 runs) India 258/2 (93 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.61, RRR: 8.45)
SK Raina    3* (5b)      MG Johnson    6-0-45-0
V Kohli    60* (39b 8x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    6-0-37-1

39.1

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 136 kph, length ball which Kohli pushes to the off side for one

39.2

Faulkner to Raina, 2 runs, 134 kph, fuller pitched delivery on middle which Raina lofts over midwicket, and is lucky that the ball falls safely in no mans land

80's n 90's: "How good are these 50s and 100s made by current generation, when compared to the ones made by yester years players when compared the pitches, size of grounds, restrictions and quality of bowling?"

39.3

Faulkner to Raina, 1 run, 134 kph, length ball which Raina pushes to mid on. Finch, running in from there, picks it up and throws down the non-strikers, but Raina had dived in safely

39.4

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, 137 kph, Kohli able to guide this length ball to the leg side for one

39.5

Faulkner to Raina, FOUR, 136 kph, Raina able to slap away this length ball on off stump through the gap on the off side for a boundary. Australian bowlers (and batsmen) must be wondering what they will need to score in order to trouble this Indian batting line-up?

39.6

Faulkner to Raina, no run, 138 kph, shortish delivery which Raina punches off the back foot, but finds mid off

Sandeep Raghuvanshi: "Bailey must be wondering who is more deteriorating - MITCH or Pitch ??"

End of over 40 (9 runs) India 267/2 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.67, RRR: 8.40)
SK Raina    10* (9b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    7-0-46-1
V Kohli    62* (41b 8x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    6-0-45-0

40.1

Johnson to Kohli, 2 runs, 145 kph, Kohli treats the crowd with an expansive drive through the covers, with the boundary rider able to rein it in

40.2

Johnson to Kohli, FOUR, 138 kph, Kohli just dismisses this short length delivery from his presence as he rocks back to pull him through midwicket for a boundary. Kohli looking very dangerous here

40.3

Johnson to Kohli, FOUR, 140 kph, Mitch drops it short and once again Kohli punishes him as he swivels on the back foot to pull this square off a rather 'finish' fine leg to just get to the boundary

40.4

Johnson to Kohli, FOUR, 149 kph, you know what they say, fortune favours the brave. Kohli, going for a slash over the covers, instead gets an outside edge which beats a diving Haddin to the third man boundary for the third consecutive four this over

40.5

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, 148 kph, Kohli able to steer this wide delivery outside off behind square to third man for a single

40.6

Johnson to Raina, no run, 143 kph, length ball on middle and leg which Raina negotiates safely away to the leg side

Mazhar: "The day when Mitch goes wayward :)"

End of over 41 (15 runs) India 282/2 (69 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.87, RRR: 7.66)
SK Raina    10* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-60-0
V Kohli    77* (46b 11x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    7-0-46-1

And Bailey turns to Watson to have a go at these rampaging batsmen

41.1

Watson to Kohli, no run, 130 kph, Kohli trying to guide this behind short third man, but instead directs it straight to him

41.2

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, 132 kph, Kohli gets forward to just push it past Watson on the left side of him

41.3

Watson to Raina, no run, 136 kph, Raina tries to get away this length ball outside off through the gap, but to no avail

41.4

Watson to Raina, FOUR, 133 kph, overpitched by Watson as Raina lofts this straight down the ground over long on to the rope

41.5

Watson to Raina, no run, 126 kph, shortish delivery which Raina think about cutting over the slip region, but unable to get bat on ball

41.6

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, 136 kph, Raina gets on one knee to loft this sweetly through the covers, with Moises Henriques (sub) diving just before the rope to drag the ball back just before the boundary. Saved a certain two runs there

Say: "Was just looking at top ODI bowlers from Cricinfo and cannot believe I see the top 10 have economy rates per over between 3.7 to 4.3..Ahhh good old days. Pretty sure they must be happy they retired watching this series"

End of over 42 (7 runs) India 289/2 (62 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 7.75)
SK Raina    16* (14b 2x4)      SR Watson    4-0-28-0
V Kohli    78* (48b 11x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    7-0-60-0

42.1

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, Johnson keeps it full and wide outside off, Kohli drives it to the left of cover where Finch dives and makes a half stop

42.2

Johnson to Raina, OUT, 138 kph, short ball again as Raina struggles to get this away with a pull. Doesn't seem to be a deflection, but the umpire has signalled he is out, which is not surprising for those in the know (Raina + short ball = trouble). Will need the replays to show if that he was indeed out as it is hard to say at the moment

SK Raina c †Haddin b Johnson 16 (34m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 106.66

Yuvraj Singh is the new India batsman

42.3

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 149 kph, this one going down the leg side but Nigel Llong must be in good spirits as he hasn't called the wide

42.4

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Johnson tests Yuvraj again with a short one, which Yuvraj looks somewhat hassled by as he covers the line

42.5

Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, 143 kph, it's all over, and that too quickly. Yuvraj plays all around this swinging delivery as he leaves a gap between bat and pad to get his off stump knocked back. Goes out for a three-ball duck, and suddenly this chase has taken on new meaning. Do we suspect a twist in the tail?

Yuvraj Singh b Johnson 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

sunil: "beware from wicket tacker"

MS Dhoni, captain cool, to the crease

42.6

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, 144 kph, speared in straight at middle as Dhoni covers the line

End of over 43 (2 runs) India 291/4 (60 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 8.57)
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      MG Johnson    8-0-62-2
V Kohli    79* (49b 11x4 1x6)      SR Watson    4-0-28-0

43.1

Watson to Dhoni, no run, 135 kph, length ball which Dhoni gets behind off without too much difficulty

Crowd has quietened down a bit.. should be a fun hour or so

43.2

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, 136 kph, Dhoni steps down to clip this in front of square for one

Rupak: "has Johnson read cricinfo! He has done ecjactli the same thing cricinfo predicted 3 days back!"

43.3

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, 135 kph, Kohli advances down the track to chip this through long on

43.4

Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, 138 kph, Dhoni flicks this behind square on the leg side and the pair run quickly enough to get back for the second

Dhoni has passed 1000 ODI runs against Australia at an average over 45

43.5

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, 134 kph, back of a length on middle and leg which Dhoni guides to mid on

43.6

Watson to Kohli, FOUR, 137 kph, this delivery drifts down the leg side as Kohli gets a bat on it to help it through the fine leg region for a boundary

Nasir: "I'm not watching the match live but I can tell it's a nervous ground in Nagpur with oooo's and ahhhhh's"

End of over 44 (9 runs) India 300/4 (51 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 8.50)
V Kohli    84* (51b 12x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-37-0
MS Dhoni    5* (5b)      MG Johnson    8-0-62-2

44.1

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, 152 kph, vicious delivery from Johnson as this tails back with Dhoni ducking under it. It was really fast too

44.2

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, 144 kph, Dhoni decides his best option is to just allow this through to the keeper

Prabhu: "Gotta give it to Bailey.. Knew tht Raina followed by Yuvi are bad batsmen against Mitch and he nailed it. But still, Cappie Cool n Vice-Hothead shud nail it in India's favor."

44.3

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, 147 kph, Dhoni gets his bat out to this fuller pitched delivery to carve this through third man for one

44.4

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, 147 kph, Kohli looking to push this through the off side but instead the ball travels through third man off the bat

44.5

Johnson to Dhoni, no run, 148 kph, Johnson slips in a shorter one which Dhoni gets back to just in time. Looks like these batsmen are content to see him off his spell

44.6

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, 146 kph, Dhoni prods forward to angle this through point for a single and will retain the strike for the next over

Adil: "Why Suresh Raina is playing in the Indian ODI team on a regular basis. If you look at his records, he hardly justify his selection in the team. He is good for IPL. There are so many other players knocking at the door and not getting opportunites."

End of over 45 (3 runs) India 303/4 (48 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.73, RRR: 9.60)
MS Dhoni    7* (10b)      MG Johnson    9-0-65-2
V Kohli    85* (52b 12x4 1x6)      SR Watson    5-0-37-0

45.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, 135 kph, Dhoni gets forward to defend the ball

45.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, 137 kph, length ball that just shapes away, beating the edge of Dhoni's bat

45.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, 136 kph, this one slightly wider and shaping away as Dhoni is unable to get any meaningful connection

vaishu: "When i was a child i used to see evn cric bigheads are thriving much to chase the score of 250 and plus,....thes young lads are chasing 350 + scores very easily.............Remembering the 350 run chase against Australia under the capitancy of sourav......"

45.4

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, 137 kph, and Dhoni is able to release some pressure with a thick edge that meant to go over cover, but instead travels square off the wicket for a boundary

45.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, 138 kph, length ball again from Faulkner as Dhoni is unable to get any bat on it with the slightest of deviations away from the bat

45.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, 138 kph, Dhoni gets forward and chips this full delivery over the bowler's head straight down the ground, with the pair completing two

Amar Jayam: "Aksing rate close 10 might trigger the wickets."

End of over 46 (6 runs) India 309/4 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.71, RRR: 10.50)
MS Dhoni    13* (16b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    8-0-52-1
V Kohli    85* (52b 12x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-0-65-2

46.1

Johnson to Kohli, FOUR, 144 kph, back of a length and Kohli lofts this on the up over extra-cover for a sweetly timed boundary. Outstanding shot!

46.2

Johnson to Kohli, no run, 138 kph, fires it short again as Kohli rocks back to try and pull through midwicket, but doesn't get a good connection on it

46.3

Johnson to Kohli, no run, 136 kph, shortish length again from Johnson as Kohli goes for the uppercut over the covers

46.4

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, 144 kph, back of a length delivery angling in as Kohli guides this behind point to get off the strike

Shami: "Smelling a tie here !!!"

46.5

Johnson to Dhoni, 1 run, 147 kph, fuller pitch and on middle and leg as Dhoni is able to chip this through the leg side

46.6

Johnson to Kohli, 1 run, 148 kph, back of a length delivery which Kohli negotiates with a glide through to third man

So 35 required off 18. Game on

End of over 47 (7 runs) India 316/4 (35 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 11.66)
V Kohli    91* (57b 13x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    10-0-72-2
MS Dhoni    14* (17b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    8-0-52-1

47.1

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 136 kph, Kohli seems to be out doing himself with every new shot as he slaps this short delivery over the covers for four. On 95 now

47.2

Faulkner to Kohli, no run, 137 kph, length ball going to the leg side as Kohli covers the line carefully

47.3

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 136 kph, he is simply topping himself at each instance. Kohli uses his strong wrists to on drive this fuller length so sweelty, and generate so much power that it dissects the two boundary riders to the midwicket boundary

47.4

Faulkner to Kohli, FOUR, 141 kph, take a bow Kohli. Is there a better man when it comes to chasing huge ODI totals? The crowd go bananas as Kohli glides this through third man for the third consecutive boundary of the over to bring up his 17th ODI hundred. Sterling stuff from this Indian batsman

47.5

Faulkner to Kohli, 1 run, length ball which Kohli plays to cover to get a single and get off the strike

47.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, 137 kph, Dhoni able to turn this length ball away to midwicket, with the pair steaming through the first run to turn back and get the second. 15 off the over and just what the doctor ordered as far as India are concerned. Australia look a bit bedraggled on the field now.

End of over 48 (15 runs) India 331/4 (20 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.89, RRR: 10.00)
MS Dhoni    16* (18b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    9-0-67-1
V Kohli    104* (62b 16x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    10-0-72-2

Watson now on to try his luck

48.1

Watson to Kohli, FOUR, 133 kph, Kohli is simply taking this game away as he manufactures yet another sublime on drive between long on and midwicket which races so fast that it gets to the boundary without too much issue

48.2

Watson to Kohli, 1 run, 120 kph, lovely slower ball which Kohli misses completely as the ball snakes onto his feet and bounces over to the off side, with the pair running the bye

Amar Jayam: "What a coincidence? Both Dhoni and kholi have highest score as 183 and average as 52.2"

48.3

Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs, 121 kph, full and on middle as Dhoni is able to eke out two runs when the incoming throw hits the stumps and goes on to the leg side

48.4

Watson to Dhoni, 1 run, 119 kph, slower ball again as Dhoni is able to squirt this out to the off side

Ashutosh: "There is definitely bit of Sir Vivian Richards in Kohli , that swagger, that strut , that confidence , that talent , feeling that he is way ahead of the rest !!"

48.5

Watson to Kohli, FOUR, 123 kph, Kohli was waiting for it, and Watson delivered it. Another slower ball and Kohli just hammers this over the midwicket boundary for four

Bailey changing around his field as India rampage for the end

48.6

Watson to Kohli, 2 runs, 136 kph, Kohli able to steer this square on the leg side and times it just right as the pair complete the first, and Kohli scampers back like an energized bunny to the other end, beating the incoming throw from the deep. This is scarcely believable stuff from the Indians! 350 chase made to look like a mockery!

Suneel BS: "Virat Kohli, is he the Sebastian Vettel of cricket? !!"

End of over 49 (14 runs) India 345/4 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.04, RRR: 6.00)
V Kohli    115* (66b 18x4 1x6)      SR Watson    6-0-51-0
MS Dhoni    19* (20b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    9-0-67-1

So 6 required off 6 balls. Haddin and Faulkner discuss tactics and get field placements right. Bailey will be wondering what else he needs to do to get the better of India today?

49.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, the crowd jeers as this length ball just bypasses the off stump as Dhoni goes for the big swing

49.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, 136 kph, low full toss outside off as Dhoni flashes hard and is able to pierce the gap between cover and backward point, with cover diving fully to his right in vain to try and stop this bullet off the bat

Uzair: "While Kohli is brilliant in all regards, I would just like say that he cannot be compare to anyone in the past. The pitches were different along with the bowlers. He has not faced the likes of (Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Donald,Pollock, Ambrose and Walsh to name a few)"

49.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, 137 kph, Dhoni guides this through mid off, with mid off making a hash of it as it deflects towards long on, with the pair running the extra run to get the victory. It sets off delirious scenes from the Nagpur crowd as they roar in approval to what has been a sublime batting performance from the young turks of Indian cricket.

Well it's all done and dusted then. After six matches (which included a rain out in Ranchi and an even more rained-out match in Cuttack (which got called off)) the series is levelled at 2-2, with the final match in Bangalore to decide the series. With four centuries in the match, it was certainly a more memorable counter between these two sides. So now its off to Bangalore for the November 2 decider. On behalf of Devashish Fuloria and the scorers, this is Rohan Sharma saying good night, and good luck.

Virat Kohli, Man of the Match: That was the plan I guess (when asked about going about the chase), with Rohit and Shikhar setting the platform. Shikhar was getting a bit of cramp and it was important that one of us went through to the end. I took some risks early on to attack the bowlers. I thought I should let Shikhar bat through, and then once he got out, I thought I should finish the game. When Mitch came back on to have a bowl, it helped to have MS at the other end. He told me that we had wickets and we need to go after him. I then went after him and it was all a calculated risk. I had confidence in my ability and backed myself. I like bating under lights, as I have said before, and if you have a target on board its always easy to analyse how many runs you need and how to go about it. Yeah I can't wait to play in Bangalore. Bangalore has always been a great wicket for both the batsmen and bowlers. With both teams levelled at 2-2, its exciting that the series is going down to the wire in the final match.

MS Dhoni, India captain: I think its something we need to think about (about the fact that so many high run chases have been achieved of late). Is 350 the new 280, 290 or 300? With the new bowlers they are mostly getting smashed. Even the fast bowlers are bowling with their third man up and fine leg up. Not sure where its going but if we are chasing like this it is not going to be good for the long-term health of the game. Only seeing boundaries and sixes for seven hours? We knew a bit of dew will come later, and now it is slightly easy as we can break down the game at intervals. We can evaluate after the 30-over mark as to what we need to do and what we can achieve. We were evenly placed. I think Shikhar and Rohit batted really well, and Shikhar got a century, but for Rohit it was one of those days when you can't find the gaps and he absorbed the pressure so well. Yes I think Virat was brilliant, the reason being that as the ball got old he was counterattacking and maintaining a good position when going for the big shots. He made it look easy and the way he took pressure off the batsmen was amazing. Its always about taking the pressure off the new batsman. Bangalore is known for its big runs so not sure how much we will need to chase or how much we have to set to chase over there.

George Bailey, Australia captain: It is disappointing (that we lost). Virat played an unbelievable knock. Still a beautiful batting wicket so you dont see many batters complaining about it. We needed to find early breakthroughs. You can always do things differently, that never changes, win or lose, but we fought our way back into the game really well. We made them hit really good shots and when a guy is batting well that is all you can do. (When asked about the fact he has scored the highest by an Australian against India) But we are losing mate. If you are a spectator you will be loving this (high-scoring matches) so we are really looking forward to Bangalore.

Now quotes from the match presentation

Shikhar Dhawan, India opening batsman: Yeah we batted really well. It was a big target. Wicket was a bit slow today but we stayed at the wicket and we kept rotating the strike and getting boundaries. I just wanted to keep the wickets in our hands and get a good run rate and play our shots and not play any different shots, so thats what we did. Not overexcited (after getting his hundred) but just played a bad shot. I should have stayed at the wicket and finish it off for the team. Hopefully next time I can do that and bring victory to my team and the dressing room.

Rohit Sharma, India opening batsman: It was a little slower than we expected (the pitch). The ball was not coming on initially, but we knew with the dew 350 was possible so we didn't want tt lose our wickets. Yeah we complement each other really well (Dhawan and him), both on and off the field. its coming off really well and giving a good start was really important. I am glad that both of us are managing to do it. This is just the start and we need to keep doing this. and we hope its the start of a good opening partnership for the both of us. Dhawan was hitting the ball really well so my job was to rotate the strike, give him as many balls, and allow him the strike.

This has simply been a batsmen's day. When you have 701 runs scored for just the loss of 10 wickets, it is all you need to infer. It began with Shane Watson slamming the Indian bowlers to get the early initiative, with George Bailey adding the cherry on top with his 156 that looked to have batted India out of the game. With 351 to chase, India needed to look back to Jaipur, and how. Beginning with an integral 178-run opening stand between Rohit and Dhawan, with Dhawan going on to register his fourth ODI century of this year. Then Kohli entered, and he was simply in magnificent form as he dictated terms from the outset, and careened the bowling on the way to his 17th ODI hundred. Simply superb stuff from the Indians, and the Australians will feel hard done as they have given up yet another 350-run score, and that too in similar style. Stayed tuned for more reactions from the players and the post-match presentation.

Series Results
India v Australia at Bangalore - Nov 2, 2013
India won by 57 runs
India v Australia at Nagpur - Oct 30, 2013
India won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
India v Australia at Cuttack - Oct 26, 2013
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
India v Australia at Ranchi - Oct 23, 2013
No result
India v Australia at Mohali - Oct 19, 2013
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
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Oct 30, 2013

Virat Kohli brought up his hundred off 61 balls, India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur, October 30, 2013

Virat Kohli brought up his hundred off 61 balls

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Oct 30, 2013

Mitchell Johnson sent Yuvraj Singh back for a duck, India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur, October 30, 2013

Mitchell Johnson sent Yuvraj Singh back for a duck

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