Australia in India ODI Series - 7th ODI

India v Australia

India won by 57 runs

Australia are on the field and so are India's openers, Rohit Sharma is taking strike against Clint McKay. Two slips in place

1.20 pm We are ten minutes away from the start of the game, just enough time to read what Kohli had to say about his golden run.

Ishan Jain: "I am pretty sure Kohli's halloween mask must have been the biggest hit in Australia. He has really taken it away from the visitors."

Punit: "Its a double blow for Australia today..!! No Johnson and no Ishant Sharma... :D"

1.00 pm The sun is shining at the moment in Bangalore, Australia have won the toss and they will bowl. George Bailey expects this match to be no-different from others, he brings in Nathan Coulter-Nile for MJ. Dhoni says he would have fielded first as chasing is easier on this ground. Vinay Kumar comes back in place of Amit Mishra. Dhoni then says the obvious - "the team that will play better cricket... will win." Wonderful piece of insight.

Kamal: "So one game. Ten overs. In a batting friendly pitch. Short boundaries. Against Watson. That's enough to judge how good Mishra is. C'mon MS. When you can persist with Rohit, Mishra deserves few more chances."

Vivek RV: "Dhoni claimed that due to the recent change in feild restrictions, the bowlers are affected. How does this matters if almost 70 sixers scored in just 5 matches? Also, doesn't he know what is happening in PAK vs SA series?" ----- True Vivek, despite the conditions, bowling - especially India's - has been pretty ordinary. Australia have at least bowled in one place.

12.45 pm India team has just finished their game of football. A couple of times, Kohli ran close to the boundary sending the fans close to him in frenzy.. Wasim Akram feels it's a bat-first pitch - true and dry - so no joy for the bowlers and what more, Bangalore is not a big ground either.

Weather update: There is an 80% chance of rain later in the evening, but it's likely to be just a passing shower..

vivek: "I think they should pass some runs to PAK vs SA series. It would maintain the balnace of ODIs. #low_scoring_games"

12.30 pm At the start of the series, it was called the question-mark series not only because of the actual geographical shape the tour was going to follow, but also because of the lack of relevance. After three weeks, the biggest question mark has been put on the state of pitches and the rules that have taken the joy out of bowling. The tour has now moved to Bangalore and things are not likely to be any different, says Sid Monga in his preview. Virat Kohli, who is in some record-breaking form, is playing on his IPL home ground today as India and Australia both look to win the series.

Australia were thought to be a weak team at the start of the series and India were supposed to win this easily, but just like Kohli for India, George Bailey has been in blistering form too. But at this crucial juncture, Mitchell Johnson has left for home to prepare for bigger things. How badly would that affect Australia?

Sai: "For a change I would love to see one of these teams get only 250 on the board and go on to defend it! Oh wait, this is Bengaluru! I guess some other day." ----- Yes Sai, Ravi Shastri has just said that it's another beauty and minimum 300 should be scored.. sigh.

Mitch Johnson: "how happy are Raina and Yuvraj today?" ---- I believe they are relieved. Johnson is the leading wicket taker in the series - he has taken 7 wickets, 5 of which have come against Yuvraj (3) and Raina (2).

Prasanna S: "Mitchell Johnson should have stayed, had he contributed in the final game to help Aussies win, it would have been a huge morale booster for both himself and the team ahead of Ashes."

Danny: "@Prasanna i dont think this series matters half as much to MJ or the cricketing world as the ASHES! i also think that the SA v Pak series is a way better advert for cricket than this! just my 2 cents"

0.1

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, starts off with a full and wide swinging delivery, Rohit chased it and sliced it in the air towards third man

Two slips for Dhawan as well

0.2

McKay to Dhawan, 1 wide, another full and swinging delivery, would have been a testing one for a right-hander, but it's a comfortable wide against a left-hander

0.2

McKay to Dhawan, 2 runs, now he corrects the line and Dhawan pounces on that with a crunching cover drive, but Australia have smartly kept a man at deep cover

0.3

McKay to Dhawan, no run, length delivery on the middle and leg line, the batsman defends it towards midwicket

0.4

McKay to Dhawan, no run, he keeps it on the leg stump line and a touch short of length, the batsman defends it solidly to the leg side

0.5

McKay to Dhawan, no run, he keeps it just short of length and around the middle and leg line, the batsman defends it to the off side this time

0.6

McKay to Dhawan, no run, angled across the left-hander, Dhawan presses forward but then lets it go through

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
S Dhawan    2* (5b)      CJ McKay    1-0-4-0
RG Sharma    1* (1b)     

Coulter-Nile will get a first bowl in the series..

1.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, keeps it full and on off stump, 136.6 kph, some shape on it as well, Rohit comes forward and defends it towards mid-on

1.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, again, pushes it fuller on off stump line, the batsman doesn't come fully forward as he defends it back to the bowler

1.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 wide, he pushes it too far down this time, it goes wide down the leg side

1.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, he bowls another full delivery, this one shapes in a touch, Rohit defends it towards midwicket off the front foot

1.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, he decides to attack this delivery and lofts it over mid-on - who is standing closer - , it just clears the fielder and runs away quickly to the boundary

1.5

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, the bowler shortens the length a touch and pushes this one a touch outside off this time, the batsman lets it go

1.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, bowls it from wide of the crease and on a length outside off, gets it to straighten but Rohit wasn't playing a shot at that

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
RG Sharma    5* (7b 1x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-5-0
S Dhawan    2* (5b)      CJ McKay    1-0-4-0

2.1

McKay to Dhawan, 3 wides, he bowls a fuller outswinging delivery again, and like the last over, it swings too far down the leg side, Haddin only gets a hand to it

2.1

McKay to Dhawan, FOUR, pushes it wider outside off this time, but Dhawan, instead of going towards cover, goes straight down the ground. Mid-off was a touch wider this time.

2.2

McKay to Dhawan, FOUR, this is Dhawan timing now! He gets a half-volley on the pads and he times it between the midwicket and mid-on fielder, no one moved..

2.3

McKay to Dhawan, FOUR, again swinging on his pads and that's invitation for trouble by McKay, Dhawan flicks it through square leg for third boundary in a row

2.4

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, now he charges down the pitch and pushes the length delivery on off to deep cover for a single

2.5

McKay to Sharma, no run, he gets a full delivery on off stump, Rohit comes forward and defends it towards cover

2.6

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, this has been delicately cut past the lone slip fielder and the ball looks headed to the boundary, but the third man fielder comes in quickly, swoops the ball in and fires it back quickly

End of over 3 (17 runs) India 26/0 (RR: 8.66)
RG Sharma    6* (9b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-21-0
S Dhawan    15* (9b 3x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-5-0

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, he bowls short of length wide outside off, 141 kph, the batsman leaves it alone

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, he comes forward and pushes the full delivery to extra cover

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, bowls back of length delivery on the stumps, Rohit nudges it towards mid-on and calls early for a quick single

Jose : "Sharda Ugra says: "Ability to chase makes India favourites". Since India is NOT chasing in this match, is the converse true?"

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 2 runs, he gets a massive top-edge as he attempts a pull, the ball goes very high towards deep backward square leg, the fielder from fine leg charges in but cannot make it in time before the ball drops. Dhawan was cramped for room at that one, it was 140 kph

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, defends this one solidly to the bowler off the back foot

3.6

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and opens the face to push it to backward point

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
S Dhawan    17* (12b 3x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-8-0
RG Sharma    7* (12b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-21-0

First change of the day, it's James Faulkner

Roopam Saxena: "I know Sehwag is out of form and out of the team as well. But was wondering if he'll be here (in this series) on these flat tracks instead of Rohit Sharma wouldn't he be more devestating." ------ Nice thought, but Sehwag is struggling to put the weight of runs in domestic cricket at the moment..

4.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, starts off from round the wicket, he bowls a short and wide delivery on off, but the batsman is not able to time his cut, chops it on behind the stumps

4.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, he delivers a short of length delivery on the body, Rohit defends it towards point

4.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, he plays a check drive this time and lobs it towards mid-off, everyone looks at the ball, which drops well short of the fielder. Faulkner as his hands on his head

Back over the wicket

4.4

Faulkner to Sharma, FOUR, he likes the angle this time and cuts the short of length delivery behind point for a boundary

4.5

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, this time he bowls it straight on the stumps, Rohit defends it back to the bowler

4.6

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, bowls it across the right-hander who lets it go through

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
RG Sharma    11* (18b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0
S Dhawan    17* (12b 3x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-8-0

5.1

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, oh this fuller delivery on the middle stump is beautifully driven down the ground, but the bowler does very well to stop that one while falling on his follow through

5.2

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, FOUR, back of length delivery on the pads, that is asking for trouble, Dhawan swats it behind square leg for yet another boundary

5.3

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, this one is straighter and on the off and middle line, Dhawan defends it towards cover

5.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, FOUR, how does he pick these gaps with such precision! It was a fullish delivery on off, Dhawan comes forward and times it through extra cover with ease

5.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, this time his bat again makes that lovely sound as he slaps the fuller delivery towards point, but it's hit straight to the fielder

5.6

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, FOUR, another full delivery on the pads and another super on-drive through midwicket by Dhawan, he is doing it with ease at the moment

Ruchit: "@Roopam, You might want to check Sehwag's ODI record against Australia first. It is ordinary bordering on woeful.. They have sorted him out with pace and bounce in Limited overs format.. WHen Sehwag in his prime struggled no hopes for a already struggling and ageing Sehwag"

End of over 6 (12 runs) India 45/0 (RR: 7.50)
S Dhawan    29* (18b 6x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-20-0
RG Sharma    11* (18b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-4-0

6.1

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 wide, he bowls it short and he bowls it very wide outside off, the keeper takes it in front of the first slip fielder

6.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, better delivery this time, it's straight and on the stumps, slightly short of length and the batman defends it off the back foot

6.2

Faulkner to Sharma, FOUR, he gets room as the ball is angled and it's short as well, the batsman without any trouble cuts it through point for another boundary.. 50 is up

Round the wicket now

6.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, first time a batsman is beaten, it was a short of length delivery outside off, seems like it's coming in, but straightens a touch to beat the bat

6.4

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, slightly slower this time by Faulkner and on a length, the batsman defends it to point

6.5

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, this is a good line by Faulkner, he bowls short of length on off and gets it to straighten, Rohit is squared up a touch but manages to defend it to point

6.6

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, there is some room on this one, the batsman nudges it to third man to keep the strike

Keerat: "The Australian bowling length has been very poor so far. They are either bowling too full or too short and that is why they are getting smashed around."

Vinson: "Australia have only taken 1 wicket in the first 12 overs of any match this series... Not looking good for doubling it"

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 51/0 (RR: 7.28)
RG Sharma    16* (24b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-10-0
S Dhawan    29* (18b 6x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-20-0

Shane Watson comes in to bowl

7.1

Watson to Sharma, no run, keeps it in the channel outside off, the batsman lets it go

one slip in place

7.2

Watson to Sharma, no run, another good delivery outside off, 131 kph, bounces a touch extra and Rohit just pulls his bat in in the nick of time

7.3

Watson to Sharma, no run, another length delivery outside off, the batsman defends it to point off the back foot

bhaskar: "I feel Sehwag has lot more value in tests than ODIs. A fast SR does a lot of damage in test openings, no more in ODIs. And anyway he feels a compulsion to blast away in ODIs, thus getting out too early"

7.4

Watson to Sharma, no run, another one beats the bat as Watson pushes it fuller, Rohit wanted to drive, but his front foot was not moving in the line of the ball, plays inside the line

7.5

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman whips it to backward square leg for a single

7.6

Watson to Dhawan, no run, back of length delivery just outside off, Dhawan stays on the back foot and defends it towards point

End of over 8 (1 run) India 52/0 (RR: 6.50)
S Dhawan    29* (19b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0
RG Sharma    17* (29b 3x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-10-0

8.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, he keeps it tight around off stump, the batsman gets up on his toes to defend it towards point

8.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, he comes forward the a length delivery and punches it on the up to widish mid-off

8.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, bowls this short and angling into the body, 132 kph, Rohit wanted to smash it out of the ground with a pull shot, but gets hit on the thigh pad

8.4

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, another aerial push by Rohit as he comes forward to the length delivery and tries to push it towards midwicket, but it lobs towards mid-on and drops safely

8.5

Faulkner to Sharma, 2 runs, he comes forwards to the length ball and opens the face a touch to push it in the gap at cover for a couple

8.6

Faulkner to Sharma, SIX, and this one is lobbed too, lobbed all the way to the stands over long-off, it's just a beautiful aerial cover drive and the timing gives it all the distance

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 60/0 (RR: 6.66)
RG Sharma    25* (35b 3x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-18-0
S Dhawan    29* (19b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-1-0

9.1

Watson to Dhawan, no run, length delivery on the pads, 133 kph, Dhawan wanted to work it to the leg side, but inside edges it on to his pads

9.2

Watson to Dhawan, no run, another delivery on a tight line, the batsman comes forward and punches it to mid-off

Ricky Vachhani: "The reason that Sehwag is a spent force is because his technique is not solid. During his peak, his reflexes were enough to make up for that, however, nowadays, age has caught up with him. No need for him."

9.3

Watson to Dhawan, no run, he bowls this short one on the body and Dhawan wanted to play the pull, but it doesn't bounce as much as he thought it would and he gets a punch on the belly..

9.4

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it to deep cover with ease for a single

9.5

Watson to Sharma, 1 leg bye, they steal an extra as the ball drops to the leg side after hitting the pads. Rohit was looking to flick it, but had missed it

Bitter truth: "Through out the series People posted various comments about Indian and Australian Bowling. I really feel Indian bowling dept is poor than Australian's. India leaked runs because of their poor line and length, Where as Indian bowling stole those runs from Australian even if they were bowling with proper line and length."

9.6

Watson to Dhawan, 2 runs, length delivery on the pads and Dhawan flicks it fine on the leg side, Faulkner was at deep backward square leg and charges in to cut the boundary

Good start by Watson, India has just slowed down a touch..

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 64/0 (RR: 6.40)
S Dhawan    32* (24b 6x4)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0
RG Sharma    25* (36b 3x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-18-0

McKay comes back for another dig

10.1

McKay to Sharma, 4 leg byes, and he strays only a touch to the leg side with this short of length delivery, the ball hits the thigh pad and rolls down to the fine leg boundary. Umpire gives it to the batsman

10.2

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman cuts it hard to third man for a single

10.3

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, no room in this back of length delivery, but Dhawan waits for it and opens the face of the bat very late to run it down to third man

10.4

McKay to Sharma, no run, length delivery in the channel outside off, the batsman pushes it to cover point

David has a rant..: "What is the point playing in pitches where my grandmother could score 50? Seems Australia doesnt see any purpose with most of their better players not even there. So why schedule this mini tour for?"

10.5

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, Rohit stays in the crease and clips it to deep square leg for a single

10.6

McKay to Dhawan, 1 run, back of length and on the pads, easily flicked fine to the fielder in deep for a single

Akki: "Being an Indian, it's a hard nut to swallow, but I guess irrespective of today's result, Australia are the winners here. India should have won the series more convincingly considering the home advantage (though IPL really helped the Aussies). I don't see India putting up such a fight in Australian's conditions with bowling friendly pitches. Guess, we'll have to wait and watch."

End of over 11 (8 runs) India 72/0 (RR: 6.54)
S Dhawan    34* (26b 6x4)      CJ McKay    3-0-25-0
RG Sharma    27* (40b 3x4 1x6)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0

Watson to continue

11.1

Watson to Dhawan, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to cover and thinks of a single, but Bailey picks it up and throws down the stumps in one action, then he smiles at the batsman

11.2

Watson to Dhawan, no run, he charges down the pitch, but Watson shortens his length to surprise Dhawan, who gets out of the way in time

bhaskar: "@ david - simple, 2 letter answer: $$"

11.3

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, length delivery on on the pads, the batsman pushes it softly towards midwicket for a single

11.4

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, an accurate delivery on off stump and the batsman comes forward dabs it to midwicket for a single

11.5

Watson to Dhawan, FOUR, short delivery on the body and Dhawan goes for a pull, he is not entirely in control of that shot, but ends up finding the boundary fine on the leg side

11.6

Watson to Dhawan, 1 run, length delivery on the middle and leg line, Dhawan clips it with soft hands towards deep midwicket for a single

Luke G: "@Bitter truth. Bowling depth? India has no bowling depth, with two new balls there is no place for spin, even the front line bowlers should not be playing."

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 79/0 (RR: 6.58)
S Dhawan    40* (31b 7x4)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0
RG Sharma    28* (41b 3x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    3-0-25-0

Time for spin, Doherty comes in

12.1

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off, easily punched to wide long on for a single

James: "@Akki: We're most certainly not winners here. We are halfway around the world while England are already in Australia playing a warm-up game getting ready for the Ashes. It's embarrassing." ---- Modesty rules, no winners here..

12.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, pushes through on off, the batsman dabs it to the cover and calls for a quick single

12.3

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, he pulls out that flashy sweep shot, Maxwell dives to his right at square leg to prevent a certain boundary

RK: "A harder nut to swallow is the fact that Matches played in the sub-continent with batsmen friendly pitches earn the major portion of Crickets revenue. Bowling friendly pitches sound fair but are killing the game. If you doubt this see the games in New Zealand where pitches are like grass lawns."

12.4

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, oh there was a chance of a run out there! the batsman dabbed it to point and took off, but Watson was quick and sends the ball back, only that the throw was not accurate.. Dhawan would have been in trouble there

12.5

Doherty to Dhawan, no run, he charges down the pitch, but Doherty fires it short, it's punched back to the bowler

12.6

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, he comes forward and dabs it to the left of point fielder for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 82/0 (RR: 6.30)
S Dhawan    42* (36b 7x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0
RG Sharma    29* (42b 3x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-11-0

BCN comes back, round the wicket

13.1

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, FOUR, the batsman drives the length delivery on the up towards cover where Finch misfields, just fails to get down in time and the ball runs all the way to the boundary

13.2

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, back of length and on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it towards cover

13.3

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 run, bowls a shorter delivery on the body, Dhawan pulls it down to fine leg for a single

13.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, back of length delivery on the off side, Rohit stands up tall on his toes and guides it down to third man

13.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 wide, he targets the pads, but he pushes it too far down the leg side

13.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, no run, length delivery on off and middle, the batsman drives it to mid-on

Mark: "@James It has certainly not escaped the notice of England fans that the last two Ashes series have been preceded by heavy Australian defeats in India. Not the best Ashes preparation."

13.6

Coulter-Nile to Dhawan, 1 run, another good delivery on off, the batsman pushes it to cover for a quick single

End of over 14 (8 runs) India 90/0 (RR: 6.42)
S Dhawan    48* (41b 8x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    4-0-28-0
RG Sharma    30* (43b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    1-0-3-0

14.1

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, pushes it through on the middle stump, the batsman goes back and punches it straight down to long on

14.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the fuller delivery to long off for a single

14.3

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, goes on the back foot to punch the quicker delivery to deep cover to bring up yet another half-century.. The machine just doesn't know how to stop

14.4

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the fuller delivery to long off for a single

14.5

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, stays on the back foot and tickles the quicker delivery on his pads to fine leg for a single

taha: "An exciting tournament would be Pak Ind Aus Safrica in a completely random place like England or West Indies to assess how bad/good these sides are with respect to their bowling/batting"

14.6

Doherty to Sharma, 2 runs, quicker delivery just outside off, the batsman drives it with an open face, beautifully hit towards deep backward point, but the fielder cuts it off

Ben: "@Mark, Hence why you see only 3 or 4 real Ashes contenders in the game today (Watson, Haddin, Hughes and possibly Bailey)."

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 97/0 (RR: 6.46)
RG Sharma    34* (46b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-0
S Dhawan    51* (44b 8x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    4-0-28-0

Drinks on the field now as Devashish also takes a break. Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack now

15.1

Maxwell to Dhawan, FOUR, short and wide, Dhawan chases it and slashes on the off side. finch is chasing the ball in the deep but he doesn't dive on time and misses it. Brings up the 100 partnership

15.2

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, full on the stumps, Dhawan leans forward and defends

15.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, on length on off, Dhawan comes down and pushes to cover

15.4

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, slightly shorter on off, cut late to short third man

15.5

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, on the stumps, Dhawan blocks it

15.6

Maxwell to Dhawan, 2 runs, ends the over with another short and wide ball, Dhawan cuts it to deep backward point and Finch limps while running to cut it to two

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 103/0 (RR: 6.43)
S Dhawan    57* (50b 9x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-6-0
RG Sharma    34* (46b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    2-0-10-0

Dark clouds have gathered

16.1

Doherty to Sharma, 2 runs, fullish on off, driven sweetly to deep cover for two

16.2

Doherty to Sharma, no run, full on the stumps, driven back to Doherty

16.3

Doherty to Sharma, no run, length ball on leg, defends it to midwicket

16.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, comes down the track to flick a length ball to midwicket

16.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, on length outside off, driven to sweeper cover for one

16.6

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, full on off and middle, swept to deep fine leg

3.12pm The players are back on the field and Maxwell will continue

Play is set to resume at 3.15pm IST, without ay reduction in overs.

3.03pm The latest from Sid Ravindran: All covers are coming off and the floodlights are coming on.

Alex Dagil (polish indian cricket fan): "Clear that the rains will favor Australia. India will have to build from the start again."

Another update from the ground: Two supersoppers on the job, very light drizzle. The side covers are coming off as the umpires are in the middle taking a look.

2.47pm A slight drizzle going on at the Chinnaswamy and the covers are being pulled to the pitch. The players are walking off the field but it's not raining heavily. Our man Sid Ravindran is at the ground: "Still a slight drizzle, should stop anytime now."

Chandra: "JP Nagar is bright and sunny (hardly 10KM from the stadium). So hopefully its a passing cloud over Chinnasamy stadium…"

An optimistic Uzair Rizvi: "Maybe this rain will change conditions and bowlers get some swing, but do keep in mind, dew will be there at Chinnaswamy making it difficult for even Ashwin to bowl later"

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 107/0 (RR: 6.29)
S Dhawan    58* (51b 9x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-14-0
RG Sharma    37* (51b 3x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-6-0

17.1

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, on length outside off, pushed towards point

17.2

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, fullish on middle and leg, Dhawan defends it on the leg side

17.3

Maxwell to Dhawan, no run, full on off, defends it back to Maxwell

17.4

Maxwell to Dhawan, 1 run, back of length on middle, Dhawan goes back and pushes it to long-on

Over the wicket now

17.5

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, full on off, defended by Rohit

17.6

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, on length on the pads, pushed towards short fine leg for a single

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 109/0 (RR: 6.05)
RG Sharma    38* (53b 3x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-8-0
S Dhawan    59* (55b 9x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-14-0

18.1

Doherty to Sharma, no run, on length on off, pushed towards point

18.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up on off, Rohit drives it down to long-off

18.3

Doherty to Dhawan, 1 run, pitched up on off, Dhawan defends with soft hands for a quick single

18.4

Doherty to Sharma, no run, on the stumps, driven back to Doherty who dives to stop the single

18.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, on length on middle, pushed towards cover for one

18.6

Doherty to Dhawan, OUT, Dhawan's gone! Doherty has struck here. He's not been flighting the ball much and pitched this one around middle from round the wicket and the ball turned into the batsman after pitching. He played across the line and missed it, plumb he was!

S Dhawan lbw b Doherty 60 (82m 57b 9x4 0x6) SR: 105.26

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 112/1 (RR: 5.89)
     XJ Doherty    4-0-17-1
RG Sharma    40* (57b 3x4 1x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-8-0

Clint McKay is back

19.1

McKay to Sharma, no run, on length around off, Rohit defends with soft hands

19.2

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, back of length outside off, Rohit cuts it hard to third man

A slip for Virat Kohli

19.3

McKay to Kohli, no run, on length outside off, Kohli leans forward and defends

19.4

McKay to Kohli, no run, length delivery outside off again, Kohli defends with his head down

19.5

McKay to Kohli, OUT, Kohli is run out for a duck!! It was a touch fuller as Kohli drove it down towards mid-on and set off for the single. Rohit also started but said no a little too late and by then Kohli was a long way down. The fielder throws it to the keeper and bails are off with Kohli way out of his ground. Australia now have two big wickets in the bag

V Kohli run out 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.6

McKay to Raina, no run, on length outside off, Raina defends it to point

End of over 20 (1 run) India 113/2 (RR: 5.65)
SK Raina    0* (1b)      CJ McKay    4-0-26-0
RG Sharma    41* (59b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    4-0-17-1

20.1

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down to long-off

20.2

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, length ball on off, pushed down to long-on

20.3

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, full delivery outside off, driven handsomely to deep cover

20.4

Doherty to Raina, no run, length ball around off, Raina comes down to defend it

20.5

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, on the pads, tucked behind square on the leg side

Uwaisul Karnain: "George Bailey was talking about how to get rid of Virat Kohli, before this game. Perhaps that was the only answer - Run Out"

20.6

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, flighted outside off, Rohit drives it to sweeper cover off the front foot

Replays confirm that Rohit first made his ground at the non-striker's end and was too late to deny Kohli the single

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 118/2 (RR: 5.61)
RG Sharma    44* (62b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-22-1
SK Raina    2* (4b)      CJ McKay    4-0-26-0

21.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, on length on the stumps, pushed to mid-on

21.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, back of length on middle, Rohit stays back and defends towards mid-on for a quick single

21.3

Coulter-Nile to Raina, no run, full and outside off, Raina pokes and misses. That wasn't too far from the outside edge

21.4

Coulter-Nile to Raina, no run, touch shorter and Raina pokes again, no footwork from Raina and misses the outside edge again

A slip is in place for the outside edge

21.5

Coulter-Nile to Raina, no run, bangs it in short outside off, Raina defends on his toes

21.6

Coulter-Nile to Raina, no run, another short one angled into the batsman from outside off, Raina keeps it down towards midwicket

End of over 22 (1 run) India 119/2 (RR: 5.40)
SK Raina    2* (8b)      NM Coulter-Nile    5-0-29-0
RG Sharma    45* (64b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    5-0-22-1

22.1

Doherty to Sharma, no run, on length on middle and leg, pushed to cover by Rohit

22.2

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, slightly flighted and full on middle, driven down easily by Rohit

22.3

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down to long-on

22.4

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, length ball outside off, Rohit drives it to deep cover

22.5

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, on leg as it turned away after pitching, Raina tucked it to short fine leg for a quick single

22.6

Doherty to Sharma, 2 runs, flighted on length outside off, Rohit chips it over the infield to del cover for two

End of over 23 (6 runs) India 125/2 (RR: 5.43)
RG Sharma    49* (68b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-28-1
SK Raina    4* (10b)      NM Coulter-Nile    5-0-29-0

Coulter-Nile round the wicket to Raina

Rana Sarmad: "It is not always about flat tracks but also about sound batting technique to surpass the score of 350 in an ODI"

23.1

Coulter-Nile to Raina, 1 run, back of length outside off, cut to third man for one

23.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, back of length on off, defends it back to the bowler

23.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, touch fuller outside off, driven down to mid-off

23.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, coming into the batsman after pitching short and Rohit cuts it to third man off the back foot, that's the fifty for him, took 71 balls for that

23.5

Coulter-Nile to Raina, no run, length ball aimed towards off, Raina defends it back to the bowler

23.6

Coulter-Nile to Raina, 1 run, short ball to Raina around middle, he stays back to guide it to deep fine leg and keeps the strike

End of over 24 (3 runs) India 128/2 (RR: 5.33)
SK Raina    6* (13b)      NM Coulter-Nile    6-0-32-0
RG Sharma    50* (71b 3x4 1x6)      XJ Doherty    6-0-28-1

Watson back into the attack

24.1

Watson to Raina, no run, short ball outside off and nearly another run-out! Raina slashed it on off and there was a misfield at cover which made Raina come down for a single but Rohit said not straightaway

24.2

Watson to Raina, no run, length ball outside off, Raina pushes it back

24.3

Watson to Raina, FOUR, that's full outside off and Raina merely pushes it along the ground past mid-on and it goes all the way. Not much follow through in the shot, it was a gently push and the mid-on wasn't too straight

24.4

Watson to Raina, 1 run, back of length outside off, cut late to third man

24.5

Watson to Sharma, 1 run, outside off, Rohit taps it with soft hands on off behind square for an easy single

24.6

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, back of length outside off, Raina turns it towards deep backward square leg and they take two by the time del fine leg gets there

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 136/2 (RR: 5.44)
SK Raina    13* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-19-0
RG Sharma    51* (72b 3x4 1x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    6-0-32-0

Halfway down the mark, how much do you think India will get?

25.1

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, on length around off, Rohit tucks it on leg after some turn

25.2

Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, on length on middle, Raina comes down and drives it firmly to long-off

25.3

Maxwell to Sharma, SIX, that's a biggie - it goes al the way. Maxwell pitched it up on off and Rohit danced down the ground to launch it over the long-on boundary. 96 meters from the pitch

25.4

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, pushed to long-on for one

25.5

Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, back of length on off, tucked to the leg side for one

25.6

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, full outside off, driven straight to cover

End of over 26 (10 runs) India 146/2 (RR: 5.61)
RG Sharma    59* (76b 3x4 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-18-0
SK Raina    15* (20b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-19-0

Rajeshwar M Gupta: "Around 280-300"

26.1

Watson to Raina, 2 runs, bouncer from round the wicket, Raina pulls it wide of deep fine leg for two

26.2

Watson to Raina, FOUR, another short one, this time well outside off and Raina taps it with soft hands wide of the keeper fine for a four. No slip in place

Deb: "If Rohit stays for another 15 overs, India should get atleast 330-40"

26.3

Watson to Raina, no run, on length outside off, pushed to cover

26.4

Watson to Raina, 1 run, length ball outside off, runs it down to third man

"INDIA WILL REACH AROUND 260-265", says a loud and clear SATISH

26.5

Watson to Sharma, no run, full outside off, driven to point by Rohit

26.6

Watson to Sharma, no run, on length outside off, Rohit drives again, tho time to cover

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 153/2 (RR: 5.66)
RG Sharma    59* (78b 3x4 2x6)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0
SK Raina    22* (24b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-18-0

Doherty replaces Maxwell

27.1

Doherty to Raina, 1 run, flighted and on leg, Raina sweeps it on leg for one

27.2

Doherty to Sharma, SIX, another one goes all the way. Rohit is targeting the spinners. Tossed up on middle and Rohit drove it straight down the ground for a six

27.3

Doherty to Sharma, no run, on length on the stumps, Rohit defends this time

27.4

Doherty to Sharma, SIX, another full ball, this time towards leg and Rohit leans forward, plays against the spin and sends it over wide long-on for another six

27.5

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, on the pads, works it to backward square leg

27.6

Doherty to Raina, 2 runs, tucked away off the hips square of fine leg for two

End of over 28 (16 runs) India 169/2 (RR: 6.03)
SK Raina    25* (26b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    7-0-44-1
RG Sharma    72* (82b 3x4 4x6)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0

Looks like Watson is struggling, he ran in for the first ball of the over and pulled out just when he reached the umpire. Goes back to his mark to realise he's not fine enough to bowl and goes off the ground. Maxwell will bowl instead

28.1

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, pitched up on the stumps, defends it back to the bowler

28.2

Maxwell to Sharma, no run, full on off, pushed towards the left of the bowler

28.3

Maxwell to Sharma, SIX, he's unleashed after the fifty! Full ball and he launched it wide of long-on for six more

28.4

Maxwell to Sharma, SIX, take that! Length delivery on the leg stump, Rohit comes out for eh crease and blasts this over deep midwicket now. He's dealing only in sixes now

28.5

Maxwell to Sharma, 1 run, full outside off, driven to deep cover for one

28.6

Maxwell to Raina, 1 run, flattish and short of length on off, works it to deep cover

End of over 29 (14 runs) India 183/2 (RR: 6.31)
SK Raina    26* (27b 2x4)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-32-0
RG Sharma    85* (87b 3x4 6x6)      XJ Doherty    7-0-44-1

29.1

Doherty to Raina, no run, on length on off, tucked to midwicket

29.2

Doherty to Raina, 2 runs, short of length outside off, Raina cuts it late to deep third man

29.3

Doherty to Raina, OUT, Doherty gets another left-hander lbw! Pitched it on length on middle, Raina put his right foot forward to defend and there's where the ball hit him, it would have hit the stumps and Raina is unhappy wit the decision for some reason

SK Raina lbw b Doherty 28 (40m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

Yuvraj Singh at No. 5

29.4

Doherty to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on length on leg, defends it to midwicket

29.5

Doherty to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on length outside off, Yuvraj piths his foot forward and leaves it

29.6

Doherty to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball well outside off again and Yuvraj lets it go

Two runs and a wicket from the over

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 185/3 (RR: 6.16)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (3b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-46-2
RG Sharma    85* (87b 3x4 6x6)      GJ Maxwell    4-0-32-0

30.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, short of length just outside off, Rohit defends opening the face of the bat and it misses the outside edge by a whisker

30.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, short of length on off, Rohit taps it to point

30.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, length ball outside off, runs it down to third man

30.4

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, bangs it in short towards the batsman, who turns it to deep fine leg

30.5

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, on length towards off, pushed down to mid-off

"It all depends now on Rohit... if he can stay till the end then India should get 325+. Otherwise, it will be below 300", says Avi from Ireland. Any other fan who is not in India or Australia and is watching/reading this?

30.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, outside off again, taped down to third man

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 188/3 (RR: 6.06)
RG Sharma    87* (92b 3x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    7-0-35-0
Yuvraj Singh    1* (4b)      XJ Doherty    8-0-46-2

31.1

Doherty to Sharma, no run, on length on off, Rohit leans forward and defends

31.2

Doherty to Sharma, no run, flatter on off, driven down straight to cover

31.3

Doherty to Sharma, no run, slower and on length on leg, tapped on the leg side with soft hands

31.4

Doherty to Sharma, 1 run, full on off, driven down to long-off for a single

31.5

Doherty to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full around off, Yuvraj sends it back towards the bowler

31.6

Doherty to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of length on leg, Yuvraj tucks it to deep fine leg off the back foot

End of over 32 (2 runs) India 190/3 (RR: 5.93)
Yuvraj Singh    2* (6b)      XJ Doherty    9-0-48-2
RG Sharma    88* (96b 3x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    7-0-35-0

Amit: "hi amit from nz or rather on holidays in nz...i think 300 + on the cards...hoping for a dhoni special"

32.1

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, no run, bangs it in short to Yuvraj, he ducks in time to avoid it

32.2

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short ball again, this time Yuvraj pulls it handsomely to the deep midwicket area for two

32.3

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, no run, another bouncer, shorter than the previous delivery and Yuvraj sways out of the line

32.4

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, short ball, Yuvraj pulls and a top edge has gone for six! He didn't connect it at all, it wasn't timed properly as there wasn't much room and it went high up in the air but all the way over the fine leg boundary

32.5

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, back of length ball, Yuvraj pulls it to del midwicket

32.6

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, short of length outside off, Rohit taps it late and fine past the keeper with soft hands for four

End of over 33 (13 runs) India 203/3 (RR: 6.15)
RG Sharma    92* (97b 4x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    8-0-48-0
Yuvraj Singh    11* (11b 1x6)      XJ Doherty    9-0-48-2

Thanks Vishal - he took three wickets today, while my figures are blank. It's time for drinks and with 17 overs left, India are likely to get past 300 again. Faulkner starts off after drinks..

33.1

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, no run, starts off with a back of length delivery on off, the batsman stays back and wrists it to point

33.2

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another back of length delivery outside off, Yuvraj stays on the back foot and guides it down to third man

Pradyoth: "On any other ground that mis hit from yuvraj would have been caught at the boundary. Then again us Bangaloreans do love our sixes however they come!"

He comes round the wicket

33.3

Faulkner to Sharma, 2 runs, he fires it full on off and Rohit flicks it with the angle to deep midwicket

33.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, back of length delivery on off and middle and the batsman stays on the back foot to nudge it to midwicket for a single

Over the wicket he comes

33.5

Faulkner to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, oh this is unbelievable by Haddin and Yuvraj doesn't get any respite! It was a fuller length delivery widish outside off, Yuvraj goes for a loose drive without getting anywhere near the line, gets a thick edge that Haddin plucks off his left hand with a quick reflex dive .. Stunning catch. He turns and hurls the ball in the air

Yuvraj Singh c †Haddin b Faulkner 12 (20m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 85.71

Another loud roar from the crowd as MS Dhoni walks in.. These loud roars have gone against the batsmen today.

33.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, he walks across the stumps and easily tucks the length delivery from round the wicket to deep square leg to get off the mark

Ajberpukkatupadi: "wonder why the mis hits go for six. Not gonna happen in World cup in Australia"

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 208/4 (RR: 6.11)
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-23-1
RG Sharma    95* (99b 4x4 6x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    8-0-48-0

Finch comes in to bowl some slow left-arm stuff

34.1

Finch to Dhoni, 1 run, starts off with a short and flat one which Dhoni thumps to wide long on for only a single

34.2

Finch to Sharma, no run, bowls it really slow and on the stumps, the batsman flicks it straight to midwicket

34.3

Finch to Sharma, no run, slow, short and filthy delivery, but it's so slow that it messes with Sharma's attempted punch through off

34.4

Finch to Sharma, no run, this one is better, the batsman defends it to midwicket

34.5

Finch to Sharma, no run, fires in one at 101 kph, the batsman punches it down to long on

34.6

Finch to Sharma, 1 run

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 210/4 (RR: 6.00)
RG Sharma    96* (104b 4x4 6x6)      AJ Finch    1-0-2-0
MS Dhoni    2* (2b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-23-1

Time for Powerplay

35.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, whoa! this one cuts Rohit in half and goes over the top of middle stump, the keeper and the bowler appeal for a caught behind, but doesn't look like it hit anything

35.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman gets up on his toe to defend

35.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, again cramps the batsman for room with a back of length delivery, Rohit looks to chop it to third man, but manages to dab it to the right of the wicketkeeper

35.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, Rohit comes forward and pushes it to long on for a single

35.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, he gets a back of length delivery and punches it to cover in his own style

venkatesh: "Kohli's run-out is the game turner in this match. You couldn't anyway expect much from Raina or Yuvraj due to their poor form. Its only the top 3 who have won matches for India this series."

35.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, this is a good start from Faulkner, he keeps it just short of length and very straight from round the wicket, Dhoni has no space to nurdle it and he defends it back to the bowler

End of over 36 (1 run) India 211/4 (RR: 5.86)
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      JP Faulkner    5-0-24-1
RG Sharma    97* (108b 4x4 6x6)      AJ Finch    1-0-2-0

McKay to bowl from the other end

36.1

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, back of length delivery on off, the batsman gets up on his toes and punches it to long off for a single

36.2

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery on off, Dhoni shuffles across and punches it straight down the ground to long on

36.3

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, bowled on the pads and Rohit flicks it to deep midwicket for another single

36.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, length delivery on off and he has taken some pace off it too, the batsman defends it to cover

36.5

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, short deliver outside off, doesn't rise much but Dhoni comfortably pulls it to deep square leg for a single

The crowd waits in anticipation for Rohit's century..

36.6

McKay to Sharma, no run, he pushes the full delivery straight to midwicket as the crowd keeps buzzing

End of over 37 (4 runs) India 215/4 (RR: 5.81)
RG Sharma    99* (111b 4x4 6x6)      CJ McKay    5-0-30-0
MS Dhoni    4* (7b)      JP Faulkner    5-0-24-1

Five runs in two powerplay overs till now

37.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, he tries to throw the bat on the length delivery on off targeting the cover area, but he gets a thick outside edge to third man

37.2

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, he gets a full delivery and he drives it beautifully with a classical front foot pose, but he finds the man at cover

37.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, another tight delivery on off, Rohit pushes it to mid-off , still no single

37.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 2 runs, length delivery and the batsman just chip it cover extra cover to get to his second hundred of the series, Virat is up clapping for him with a big smile on his face, relief for Rohit too after running out his partner. He punches the air

37.5

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, but Faulkner is keeping it tight on off, the batsman can only push it to the bowler

37.6

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, no room to cut again, the batsman chops it to the keeper

Rohit's second 50 took 43 deliveries, after his first had taken 71

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 218/4 (RR: 5.73)
RG Sharma    101* (116b 4x4 6x6)      JP Faulkner    6-0-27-1
MS Dhoni    5* (8b)      CJ McKay    5-0-30-0

India still looking for some Powerplay runs, excellent bowling by Australia bowlers

38.1

McKay to Dhoni, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, Dhoni pushes it to midwicket

38.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, another length delivery on a tight line, the batsman punches it to cover, still no runs

38.3

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, another tight delivery, Dhoni pushes it to the left of cover and calls for a quick single. The Aussie bowlers are not giving anything away

38.4

McKay to Sharma, no run, back of length delivery on off, slightly slower too, the batsman guides it straight to point

Vicky Singh: "Really loved the way Virat celebrating Rohit's hundred. You may term this bloke as Brash, Arrogant, Cocky etc but u can't deny that Kohli is a 100% team player."

38.5

McKay to Sharma, SIX, well, he makes room and slaps the back of length delivery over cover and into the crowd, not much of a power shot, just a gentle little slap

38.6

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, he stays in the crease and pushes the length delivery down to long on

End of over 39 (8 runs) India 226/4 (RR: 5.79)
RG Sharma    108* (119b 4x4 7x6)      CJ McKay    6-0-38-0
MS Dhoni    6* (11b)      JP Faulkner    6-0-27-1

Faulkner continues round the wicket

39.1

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, angles it in and the batsman pushes it straight to midwicket off the front foot

39.2

Faulkner to Sharma, FOUR, oh beautifully driven over the infield for a one-bounce four, gracefully done and there wasn't much wrong with the delivery

39.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, short delivery and it comes in to the batsman, Rohit was looking to cut it firmly, but the ball bounced extra and came into him, beats the outside edge

39.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it to deep extra cover for a single

Prady: "Good bowling by Aus but still a waste of powerplay overs for India. This is where Kohli is missed. There is no slowdown in the 90s for him. Nonetheless excellent innings from Rohit"

39.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, no run, back of length delivery on the body, Dhoni gets cramped for room and dabs it to midwicket. Rohit charges from the other end and is sent back, but he gets hit on the back by the throw

39.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, Dhoni hops and works it to deep midwicket for a single

Five overs, 22 for 0 in the Powerplay, Report Card - B minus

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 232/4 (RR: 5.80)
MS Dhoni    7* (13b)      JP Faulkner    7-0-33-1
RG Sharma    113* (123b 5x4 7x6)      CJ McKay    6-0-38-0

Kade Rixon: "Any news on Shane Watson? No surprises he's broken down again" ---- We are waiting for it Kade, will pass it on

40.1

McKay to Dhoni, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, Dhoni walks out of the crease but there is no room, he pushes it to cover

40.2

McKay to Dhoni, FOUR, oh this one is on the pads and with the short fine up, it was never a good idea. Dhoni gets some bat on that and it's enough to earn him quatro runs

40.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, length delivery on off, the bowler is not really giving any room, Dhoni pushes it straight to point

40.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, and another one, tight length delivery on off stump, Dhoni stays in the crease and pushes it to mid-off

40.5

McKay to Dhoni, 2 runs, he takes a couple of steps to dab it towards midwicket for a quick single and a shy at the stumps at non-striker's end allows an overthrow

40.6

McKay to Dhoni, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman can only push it as far as cover

End of over 41 (6 runs) India 238/4 (RR: 5.80)
MS Dhoni    13* (19b 1x4)      CJ McKay    7-0-44-0
RG Sharma    113* (123b 5x4 7x6)      JP Faulkner    7-0-33-1

41.1

Faulkner to Sharma, 2 runs, length delivery honing in on off, Rohit comes forward and caresses it to deep extra cover for a couple

41.2

Faulkner to Sharma, FOUR, another length delivery on off, this time the batsman punches it a bit harder, drives it on the up and the fielder at deep extra cover had no chance

41.3

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, back of length delivery on the middle stump, Rohit nudges it to midwicket for a single

41.4

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, another back of length delivery on the stumps, Dhoni moves across and clips it to fine leg

41.5

Faulkner to Sharma, SIX, oh that has burst through Moises Henriques fingers and Rohit gets another six! It was short and Rohit pulled it flat and fast to deep square leg, Henriques was readying himself for a simple overhead catch, but it just goes through

41.6

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, he comes forward and drives it to mid-off for a single

Our Sid Ravindran, who is at the ground, says " No rain but some dark clouds around..And ground staff walk towards the covers"

End of over 42 (15 runs) India 253/4 (RR: 6.02)
RG Sharma    127* (128b 6x4 8x6)      JP Faulkner    8-0-48-1
MS Dhoni    14* (20b 1x4)      CJ McKay    7-0-44-0

42.1

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, back of length delivery on the stumps, the batsman dabs it to cover point for a single

42.2

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, he walks down the pitch and McKay shortens the length, the batsman inside edges on to his body but runs across to complete a single

42.3

McKay to Sharma, no run, he moves towards the leg side but McKay follows him and Rohit can only push it to midwicket

42.4

McKay to Sharma, no run, length delivery on off, Rohit waits and steers it fine on the off side, but the short third man intercepts it

42.5

McKay to Sharma, SIX, Gayle would be proud of that! It was a back of length delivery on the hips and he picks it from there, swings his bat to send it way deep into the stands at deep square leg

42.6

McKay to Sharma, no run, a full toss, we haven't seen too many, but Rohit slices it straight to point and he is disappointed with that result

End of over 43 (8 runs) India 261/4 (RR: 6.06)
RG Sharma    134* (133b 6x4 9x6)      CJ McKay    8-0-52-0
MS Dhoni    15* (21b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    8-0-48-1

43.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length delivery on the body, Dhoni swivels to pull it down to fine leg for a single

43.2

Faulkner to Sharma, 2 runs, full delivery on off stump but Rohit flicks it to wide long on for a couple of runs with a wristy push

43.3

Faulkner to Sharma, no run, length delivery on off, the batsman looks to steer it to third man, but chops it down to the keeper

43.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, fuller delivery on off, Rohit easily pushes it to long on off the front foot

43.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, on the middle and leg line and Dhoni clips it in the gap at deep backward square leg for a couple

43.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, again, he clips it to fine leg from off stump for a single, he keeps the strike

Vishal Sheokand: "No please no rain!! I have been waiting this whole inning for Indian batting to explode. Firstly Dhawan got out at wrong time. Then Kohli's dismissal. Then unsurprising Yuvi failure meant explosion will only come at the end. And now these clouds are the last thing we want to hear from you!!"

End of over 44 (7 runs) India 268/4 (RR: 6.09)
MS Dhoni    19* (24b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    9-0-55-1
RG Sharma    137* (136b 6x4 9x6)      CJ McKay    8-0-52-0

Last four overs have gone for 36..

44.1

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, 1 run, a back of length delivery and Dhoni hops on his crease and whips it away to deep square leg

44.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, oye! full delivery on off stump, N C-N was looking for the block hole, but this is creamed through extra cover with some style

44.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, now he stays back and tucks it through midwicket for an easy single

44.4

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, FOUR, short of length delivery and Dhoni takes full toss, slapping it with a powerful pull to the cow corner

Btw, Rohit has another landmark for this year - 1000 ODI runs this year - fourth after Bailey, Kohli and Misbah

44.5

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, FOUR, another short ball and while the last one went to the cow corner, this one is pulled to deep backward square leg

He goes round the wicket

44.6

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, 1 run, he fires a quick yorker on off stump and Dhoni digs it out to cover for a single

51 in the last five overs...

End of over 45 (15 runs) India 283/4 (RR: 6.28)
MS Dhoni    29* (28b 3x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    9-0-63-0
RG Sharma    142* (138b 7x4 9x6)      JP Faulkner    9-0-55-1

Five more to go, can Aus restrict them to below 320?

45.1

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, oh that was a great attempt at deep midwicket by Maxwell, but he is not able to hold on, so goes down as a drop. Dhoni skipped out of the crease and flicked one powerfully to the fielder in the deep

45.2

McKay to Sharma, FOUR, slightly short of length and Rohit swings his bat, but gets an inside edge that runs through backward square leg for a boundary

45.3

McKay to Sharma, FOUR, he makes room and slaps it through point powerfully to bring up his 150 for the first time in his career

45.4

McKay to Sharma, no run, an appeal for caught behind, but the umpire is not interested. It was a wide and full delivery and Rohit wanted to send it over extra cover, he slips as well playing that shot, but he is safe

45.5

McKay to Sharma, SIX, he gets a slower delivery on the pads and he nonchalantly flicks it over deep backward square leg for another six.

45.6

McKay to Sharma, 1 run, he bowls a yorker on off, but the batsman digs it out to cover for a quick single

End of over 46 (16 runs) India 299/4 (RR: 6.50)
RG Sharma    157* (143b 9x4 10x6)      CJ McKay    9-0-68-0
MS Dhoni    30* (29b 3x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    9-0-63-0

67 have come in the last six...

46.1

Doherty to Sharma, SIX, and he hits the 11th - the most sixes by an Indian batsman in an innings - off a length delivery from Doherty, pulling it easily over deep midwicket

46.2

Doherty to Sharma, FOUR, now Doherty fires it full outside off, but Rohit slices it over backward point for another boundary, the hundred of the partnership comes up...

46.3

Doherty to Sharma, no run, he flights this one and gets it to spin as well, the batsman gets a leading edge towards cover

46.4

Doherty to Sharma, SIX, skips out of the track and sends this full toss so deep over long on that people would stop thinking of Gayle, that is one massive monster hit

46.5

Doherty to Sharma, FOUR, and now he sweeps, gets a top-edge that falls in the gap at fine leg. One bounce, two bounce and four...

46.6

Doherty to Sharma, SIX, comes out of the pitch and gets under the delivery to send it over long-on again, 26 runs off that over, Rohit is scoring for himself and Virat both here...

End of over 47 (26 runs) India 325/4 (RR: 6.91)
RG Sharma    183* (149b 11x4 13x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-74-2
MS Dhoni    30* (29b 3x4)      CJ McKay    9-0-68-0

Three overs to go.. Rohit 17 away from a double-century, it's some hitting here, and it's all being done with ease, without any violence if i may say

47.1

Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the pads, Dhoni swings his bat and gets an inside edge down to fine leg for yet another boundary

47.2

Faulkner to Dhoni, SIX, full and wide outside off, Dhoni bends down and just gets his bat under that, but the ball flies off the wood and over cover and clears the boundary.. .This is some flood and Australia don;t know what has hit them

47.3

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run, it was a low full toss on the middle and Dhoni was aiming for the cow corner, but gets an inside edge on to his pads

He goes over the wicket

47.4

Faulkner to Sharma, 1 run, and bowls a fullish length on the pads, the batsman flicks it to fine leg for a single

47.5

Faulkner to Dhoni, SIX, it's the chinook, it's the blackhawk and it has come loaded with ammunition, it has arrived, the length delivery has been helicoptered out of the ground over long on ..

Mark: "This is unbelievable....talk about 4 men out side the circle all you want. You can't do anything if the ball goes over them."

47.6

Faulkner to Dhoni, FOUR, he gets a short ball and Dhoni throws his bat at that, his one hand comes off the bat too, but he gets enough to send it to the fine leg boundary

End of over 48 (20 runs) India 345/4 (RR: 7.18)
MS Dhoni    49* (34b 4x4 2x6)      JP Faulkner    10-0-75-1
RG Sharma    184* (150b 11x4 13x6)      XJ Doherty    10-0-74-2

113 off the last Eight...

Satya: "Ishant sharma just posted "Doherty I know that feeling bro""

Nik: "Should the rains come and the game is a wash out, will these runs count for Rohit?"

48.1

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, SIX, high full toss and this has been clubbed way way over long off, this is just unbelievable hitting and it's not an overstatement, he just takes his front foot out and slaps it over long off, deep into the stands

48.2

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, FOUR, he gets a yorker, fine, but he squeezes it out through point for another boundary

Equals most sixes for a batsman in an innings too...

48.3

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 2 runs, another low full toss and he times it to extra cover where the fielder dives to get a hand, that was headed to the boundary too, but Doherty does well

48.4

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, no run, from nowhere, he gets beaten by a full and wide delivery as he goes for the drive

Gaz: "The four-fielder rule is fine. Maybe it's time they implemented restrictions on the pitches being prepared... not sure how that would work, but it's a better focus than the fielding restrictions."

Mark: "This is what I sent a while back (not posted): Double the score at 30 overs and you get 370. India should get 350+ from here."

48.5

Coulter-Nile to Sharma, 1 run, low full toss on the pads and he flicks it easily to deep backward square leg for an easy single

Jason: "I hit less sixes playing a cricket video game.",

48.6

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, FOUR, the bowler comes round the wicket but that doesn't make any difference and Dhoni, choosing non-violence this time, pushes it through extra cover to bring his half-century

End of over 49 (17 runs) India 362/4 (RR: 7.38)
MS Dhoni    53* (35b 5x4 2x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    10-0-80-0
RG Sharma    197* (155b 12x4 14x6)      JP Faulkner    10-0-75-1

McKay to bowl the last over

49.1

McKay to Sharma, SIX, and six more over the covers! Rohit makes a double with a creamed drive off a length delivery, the second 100 has taken only 42 deliveries, such has been the ferocity of the assault.. He punches the air and gets a standing ovation

49.2

McKay to Sharma, SIX, length delivery on the stumps and this one has been flicked over deep midwicket for yet another six, this is mental hitting, this is manic.. McKay is not even reacting anymore as he goes back to the mark

49.3

McKay to Sharma, OUT, he comes round the wicket and bowls a full delivery on the pads and Rohit flicks it beautifully to fine leg where the fielder takes a forward diving catch. He gets a wink from McKay as he goes back, a wink of appreciation ... Australian fielders congratulate him as he trudges off the pitch..What an innings!!

RG Sharma c sub (MC Henriques) b McKay 209 (222m 158b 12x4 16x6) SR: 132.27

49.4

McKay to Dhoni, FOUR, he bowls it full outside off and Dhoni chooses violence this time, murders it back over bowlers head and McKay somehow gets out of the way

49.5

McKay to Dhoni, FOUR, short delivery and Dhoni pulls it past the short fine leg fielder, he wasn't in control.. But what the hell.. runs nonetheless

49.6

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, OUT, full delivery on the pads and he flicks it to deep square leg and Dhoni calls for a couple, but there is none there.. He is out of the last ball to end the madness that has prevailed in the last few overs..

MS Dhoni run out 62 (73m 38b 7x4 2x6) SR: 163.15

At the 30 over stage, things were looking rather balanced with the score on 188 for 3. 101 runs have come off the last five overs. 101!! And 10 overs ago we were contemplating if Australia could hold India to 320. Rohit Sharma has played one of the legendary innings. He says that this is a small ground and it's easier to hit and he just took his chances. Rohit became the third batsman in the world to cross the 200-mark in ODIs, became the record-holder for most sixes in a match, crossed 1000 runs this year, crossed 3000 runs in his career and no one would have complained off the noise that this Diwali cracker created in the ground. Some of those hits were monstrous. Dhoni played his part too and brought out the helicopter to send the ball flying out of the ground. This was, if i may say, some spectacle and that comes after watching two high-scoring chases...

Australia have some tasks in their hands, but in this series, you never know what's a good score... Watson, I don't know if he is going to bat, highly unlikely.... . Vishal Dixit will take over at the start of the next session..I need to find a masseur.

charles: "Following commentary sitting in Kandahar Base with fellow Aussie stationed here. He just wore Indian jersey for losing the match already."

Hassan: "6-4-6-4-0-6-0-2-4-6-4-2-1-0-0-4-6-6-4-w-6-6 ........ ! am I watching international cricket are stick cricket."

Humayun: "That was Pakistan's score last night, 209. Well played Rohit"

Akki: "Why did Australia bowl with 5 Ishants???"

Melvin: "This is the fastest 200 runs record which you have missed out to note down and the other fact is Sachin Tendulkar had already said that only Rohit or Virat can break his records plus Dhoni is the Captain just because Sachin asked the Board to make him and he proved right. So I believe that Sachin also should be praised for his expertise in the game."

Graham: "I wonder what's going through Henriques' mind right now. He gets credit for catching Sharma on 209, but missed the catch when he was on 120. On the other hand, we've witnessed a truly special innings - so perhaps Henriques knew something we didn't!"

Abu: "At last Dhoni's persistence with Rohit Sharma has paid off !Take that those who were doubting his technique. Take a bow Rohit . What an innings. Sheer hard work. !"

Jake: "As an Australian staying in India, if Australia manages to chase this down, I will wear my Australian cricket shirt through New Delhi all through next week."

Srinivas: "@Jake, truly worth doing it. At the same time bow to the both teams playing some incredible batting. So you may also prefer doing the same even India wins it."

Samuel: "Why don't they let India bat the next 50 overs as well? Isn't that what the groundsmen, the board, the whole country want - watch their team piling up runs for fun regardless the outcome of the match?"

Jacob: "This series has been absolutely awful. Scores almost always in excess of 300, batsmen going to hundreds in 70 balls at will. A good cricket wicket should provide an even contest between bat and ball. If India continue to play on wickets like this, they'll never post more that 300 in tests against England, Australia or South Africa."

Matt: "I know this hasn't been brilliant bowling but is there any point actually having bowlers on pitches like this with rules like this? Pitch is dead straight with even bounce, balls stay hard so they're easier to hit, bats are becoming better so mishits go further. This game is stupidly boring, there is no contest any more."

Gaz: "If this series is anything to go by, in a few years cricket will be like ten-pin bowling: every ball that isn't a strike is a failure... just substitute strike for six... I'm not necessarily saying that this is a bad thing, but imagine the over rates!"

End of over 50 (21 runs) India 383/6
     CJ McKay    10-0-89-1
RA Jadeja    0* (0b)      NM Coulter-Nile    10-0-80-0
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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Nov 2, 2013

Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century off 156 balls, India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore, November 2, 2013

Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century off 156 balls

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Nov 2, 2013

India players pose with the trophy, India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore, November 2, 2013

India players pose with the trophy

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