Doubly impressive from Faulkner as he was taken apart in the final over by Dhoni, he's turned it around with the bat though, and how?
Poor Ishant is getting a barrage of unprintable mails. Even some calls for Agarkar to un-retire.
Adam Voges: "we just thought if we could have some batsmen in at the end, we could chase it down, the way Faulkner played was amazing.. Haddin took a lot of pressure off me especially after the mix-up with Maxi. Faulkner said at the start of the Ishant over, 'this is it, I am going after this.' It was disappointing in Jaipur the other night, to bounce back and play some amazing cricket. It was nice to play a few balls, our top order has done such a good job, I hadn't got much of a chance."
Anyone else feeling sorry for Dhoni. First a masterclass to save the side after most of the other batsmen muck it up, then to see the target chased down in this manner.
Kuldeep: "Not gonna make too many friends there Siddarth, calling him 'Poor Ishant'!!!"
Bharath: "What makes the game of cricket really interesting is, the game is not over until the opposition thinks so and gives up.. Though an Indian fan, feeling a bit happy, seeing how sensational Faulkner turned things around (Ofcourse, wouldn't have been possible without help from Ishanth ;) )"
Shashi Tharoor, Indian minister of state who has previously written on cricket, tweets: "Questions for MSD: Why was Kohli given an over when regular bowlers had enough2spare? Why Ishant¬ Vinay for 48th over when VK had 2 left?"
Vishal Sipani: "Time for I Sharma to make way for M Sharma."
MS Dhoni: "I think the last few overs were disappointing, it is an area of concern and it is getting worse. There was a bit of dew but not like in the last game, the individuals will have to step up, you have to back your strength. you don't need to spoonfeed bowlers at the international level. I think we could have batted better, on a track like this we were fortunate to get beyond 300, looked like we would get around 250. We started well, Jadeja bowled really well in the middle overs, we need more from the part-timers." Got to admire Dhoni for his temperament here, even after this gutting loss he remains level-headed, and makes some good points.
George Bailey: "Faulkner's hitting was as good as I have seen. If I could learn to catch, we would have been chasing 20-30 less from MS. The bowling was fantastic, particularly after the other day. 300 is always imposing, but we were quietly confident when we came off the field. There is no easy game."
Man of the Match, to no one's surprise, is James Faulkner: "I didn't fell I could get Ashwin to the long boundary with his carrom ball, I wanted to knock him around for 7 or 8. I made a pretty slow start, so I need to do something. I think Voges found it quite tough early on, but he stuck around all the way through, it was a good innings. It is going to be a cracking series now."
Phani Mudigonda: "Well, when MSD gave the ball to Ishant for the finals of champions trophy, it clicked..it did not today...gamble doesn't always work :("
Karthick: "Who said only MSD can change the course of game in single over! Our beloved Ishant has the capability too!!!"
Oh boy, what a finish that was. India's death over bowling was always a concern, but Faulkner's 64 off 29 has exposed it totally. For years, the mention of Ishant also had people thinking of that Perth spell to Ponting, I think his over to Faulkner is going to reach (dis)similarly legendary status.
Thanks everyone for all the mails through the day. Abhishek Purohit is frantically trying to capture all that happened in the game in his match report. I'll see you all in the fourth ODI - spend the interim pondering what changes India should/will make to their bowling. G'night.
Anyone thinking of Shamsuddin's wide/non-wide?
Long conversation between Dhoni and Vinay. Long-on cow corner and deep midwicket - three men in an arc there
Long-off goes back, sweeper cover comes in
Vinay is the man India turn to. Long-on, long-off back. Deep midwicket as well. Wait, long-off coming into the circle.
Luke G: "Surely this should be the final nail in the coffin for the blunt spearhead. He has done nothing for years now." I'm still reeling from that over.
Where are the yorkers? Long-off is back on the rope now
Long-off coming into the circle
44 needed off 18 now.
Amogh: "@Basit ali.: "doing a Misbah" will mean taking the team to a winning position and then see it losing the match."
Ishant to bowl the 48th.