Player of the Match
Player of the Match
283dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Maxwell fires to give Australia the series

In Perth 309 was insufficient, and in Brisbane 308 was inadequate. But for a short while it looked like India's 295 in Melbourne might have been enough to keep this series alive

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
117(117) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 39 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 5 18 19 6 12 25 25
GJ Maxwell
GJ Maxwell
96(83) 8x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
15 4 9 5 24 17 13 9

Best performances - Bowlers

JW Hastings
O10
M0
R58
W4
Eco5.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
RA Jadeja
RA Jadeja
O10
M0
R49
W2
Eco4.90
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 3-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05

Match days

17 January 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Shashank Kishore

Thanks for joining us. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Until next time, it's goodbye from the commentary desk. Cheers!

Presentation: Steven Smith: We did well to keep them down to 295. They bowled well in the middle, lost a few wickets in clumps before the Maxwell show. It was great to see him bat the way he did today. He scores so fast playing normal cricket shots, he's got all the shots. He plays so beautifully when he hits the ball in the right areas. Hopefully, he'll keep doing that. If I have my time over again, I may have batted first today. I didn't anticipate it to get so dry in the end. There's still room for improvement though.

Glenn Maxwell is the Player of the Match for his exhilarating 96: I wanted to shake off the tag of being called 'The Big Show'. So yes, this is special. They got a good score, to chase that down with James Faulkner in the end is unbelievable. I feel like I've been making big strides over the last few months. The way I'm hitting the ball and approaching the game is different to what I've been doing over the last few years. It's unfortunately not much of a break until Canberra, so maybe we'll have a small celebration tonight.

MS Dhoni: It's tough to take. We didn't field well tonight. There were at least three boundaries we should have easily stopped. The batsmen are working hard, but we're always talking about 10-15 extra runs. This was a slightly different wicket, but there was not much the batsmen could have done. 295 was a good total. Sran didn't have a good day, so it became difficult for himself, and I couldn't rotate the bowlers. Rishi and Gurkeerat bowled well, so we somewhat covered up for Ashwin's absence. There is some encouragement, it is tough when you lose games but you have to realise the bowling attack is largely inexperienced. It's good to see Ishant bowl well in the middle, but when there's a bit of pressure, the fast bowlers leak runs.

Two Rohit tons, and now a Kohli century in vain. A better performance from the bowlers and the fielders, but was still not enough to stop the Australians. Could have been a lot closer, but Maxwell was the difference between the sides on the night. A terrific exhibition of uninhibited hitting took the game away from India at a time when the game was on a knife's edge. Ishant bowled well, but Umesh and Sran were far too inconsistent. Even Jadeja's effort, which would have been enough on most nights, was scant consolation for Dhoni's men on the night.

Chandra: "If there was one pitch in which Jadeja and Ashwin should have played together is this one and India make the mistake of dropping Ashwin for this match. "

Mark: "I think this series has shown a real difference in the cricket culture between India and Australia. Australia see more than just the middle of the pitch: they see every square metre of the ground, which leads to the philosophy that pressure has to be put on the field and from the field."

Raees Ul Haq: "All three Asian Cricket giants are having a hard time in Australia and New Zealand this summer . First it was Sri Lanka, Now India and Pakistan has a chance to win the T20 series even though they got thrashed today ."

Didn't someone say the other night that it's written in Faulkner's contract to hit the winning runs? He's done it again

48.5
1
Yadav to Faulkner, 1 run, dabbed wide of point for an easy run as Australia take an unassailable lead in the five-match series
48.4
W
Yadav to Maxwell, OUT, looks for the glory hit, the length ball gets a little big on him, can't get any power behind that attempted slap over cover, Dhawan, running back from mid-off, keeps his eye on the ball and takes it well. It was swirling in the air but he kept his composure. Has come a little too late for India. Maxwell walks off to a huge round of applause. What a knock!

GJ Maxwell c S Dhawan b Yadav 96 (104m 83b 8x4 3x6) SR: 115.66

48.3
4
Yadav to Maxwell, FOUR runs, short, wide and he cracks that up and over backward point, huge gap there, deep cover fielder did a 200-metre sprint but couldn't get anywhere near the ball. Maxi one hit away from a century
48.2
6
Yadav to Maxwell, SIX runs, he's hit that 15 rows back into the long boundary at long-on. Umesh floats it full on middle and leg, Maxwell backs away and swings cleanly down the ground. What elevation, pinged the middle of the bat
48.1
0
Yadav to Maxwell, no run, backs away to slap it over the infield, hits it well, one bounce to Shikhar at mid-off, doesn't take the run despite one being easily available

Shyam: "We really cant blame fielders as well today, they have done excellent in saving those extra 10-20 runs India lacked. But if even they cannot inspire bowlers to bowl to their fields, nothing can"

END OF OVER:
48 | 5 Runs | AUS: 285/6 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.93, RRR: 5.50)

  • Glenn Maxwell86 (79b)
  • James Faulkner20 (24b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja10-0-49-2
  • Ishant Sharma10-0-53-2
47.6
1
Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run, low full toss outside off, squeezed to cover and they scamper through for a single. That's the end of Jadeja's spell. Quite brilliant

Record streak

17

No. of consecutive home ODIs won by Australia - longest streak for any team going past WI (1986-1990) and SL (1996-1998) with 16 such wins.

Captain's milestone

300

No. of International matches as captain by Dhoni. Only Ponting (324) and Fleming (303) have captained more.

Fastest to one of the many

161

No. of inns by Kohli to score 24 ODI centuries - 58 inns lesser than the next fastest; Tendulkar took 219 inns to score those.

2nd wkt on a run

1

No. of times India had 100-plus pships in 3 or more consecutive ODI inns, before this. 2nd wkt had added 205, 148, 133 and 173 in 4 consecutive inns in 2012.

Successive

0

No. of times Kohli had scored 50 or more in 3 consecutive ODI inns outside Asia, before this. This is overall his 6th time in ODI career.

Kohli's landmark

161

No. of ODI innings it has taken Virat Kohli to complete 7000 ODI runs, the fastest among 36 batsmen to the landmark.

India's opening woes

9

No. of innings since the last time India had a fifty-plus opening stand in ODIs. India's first wicket has averaged 24.55 with a highest of 42.

Rohit at the MCG

335

Runs Rohit Sharma has made at an average of 83.75 in ODIs at the MCG; the most he has at any venue. Two of his ten ODI hundreds have come here.