3rd ODI (D/N), Mohali, Oct 19 2013, Australia tour of India
(49.3/50 ov, target 304)
Australia won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Australia steal win with Faulkner blitz

While lifting India from 76 for 4 to 303 for 9, MS Dhoni had spoiled James Faulkner's figures at the death. Faulkner took it out on Ishant Sharma at the death in Australia's chase.

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
India303/9(50 overs)
Australia304/6(49.3 overs)

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."

Post-match presentation:

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 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.

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, SIX runs
a full toss from vinay on legstump, Faulkner doesn't care about the three men in the deep, backs himself to clear them and he does, a massive hit to finish off the game, Faulkner savours the moment, what an innings from him, brought Australia back from the dead, that was frankly an awful ball from Vinay, Voges also has a huge smile on his face, and why not? plenty of people were complaining about how slowly he was going in the middle overs, hardly any one will talk about that now

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

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, 2 runs
full ball is whipped towards wide long-on, Jadeja has to race across to his right , exceptional effort there from Jadeja to save two runs

Long-off goes back, sweeper cover comes in

Vinay Kumar to Voges, 1 run
starts with a full toos from round the wicket on leg stump, chipped towards long-on for a single

Vinay is the man India turn to. Long-on, long-off back. Deep midwicket as well. Wait, long-off coming into the circle.

end of over 495 runs
AUS: 295/6CRR: 6.02 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Adam Voges75 (87)
James Faulkner56 (27)
Ravichandran Ashwin9-0-58-0
Ishant Sharma8-1-63-1

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.

Ashwin to Voges, 1 run
full and outside leg, whipped towards deep square leg for another single, just five from that over, who do they turn to for the final over now? nine needed off it
Ashwin to Faulkner, 1 run
swiped towards deep midwicket for one more, just four off the over
Ashwin to Faulkner, no run
short of length ball outside leg, dot ball as he pushes that to the right of the bowler
Ashwin to Voges, 1 run
carrom ball spinning in towards the stumps, worked behind square from one more
Ashwin to Faulkner, 1 run
another single to short fine leg
Ashwin to Voges, 1 run
on the pads, that is clipped towards short fine leg for a single, 13 need off 11
end of over 4830 runs
AUS: 290/6CRR: 6.04 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 from 12b
James Faulkner54 (24)
Adam Voges72 (84)
Ishant Sharma8-1-63-1
Ravichandran Ashwin8-0-53-0
I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX runs
SIX MORE, what on earth? Ishant Sharma had his critics before this game, there aren't going to be many people backing him after this, short once more, another pull, right off the middle off the bat, and that sails into the crowd once more, corwd not sure whether to be gobsmacked by this hitting from Faulkner or be thrilled by this sensational turnaround, that's Fauljner's 50 as well
I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX runs
another six, this game has turned on its head in five deliveries, fans are stunned into silence as Faulkner reels off another six, another short ball and that is hooked behind square leg for another six
I Sharma to Faulkner, 2 runs
goes short this time, Faulkner is swinging at everything, connects well, but only a couple to deep square leg
I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX runs
superb hit from Faulkner, that was a length ball, hit me it shouted, Faulkner obliged,that is as straight as they come, over the sightscreen, and some fans in the crowd hang their heads in disappointment

Where are the yorkers? Long-off is back on the rope now

I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX runs
what an amazing hit that is, this was short from Ishant, sat up for Faulkner, who clobbers that to cow corner, he enjoyed that shot, it went a long way beyond the rope, 10 off the first two balls, what will Ishant serve up now? first he has to get the ball back, it went into the crowd and hasn't been returned since

Long-off coming into the circle

I Sharma to Faulkner, FOUR runs
full and wide, Faulkner throws the bat at that and connects well, that soars over extra cover for four, the first ball is hit for a boundary and the 50 partnership comes up

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.

end of over 478 runs
AUS: 260/6CRR: 5.53 • RRR: 14.66 • Need 44 from 18b
Adam Voges72 (84)
James Faulkner24 (18)
Ravichandran Ashwin8-0-53-0
Vinay Kumar8-0-41-2
Ashwin to Voges, no run
fired across the stumps, looking for a big hit but he misses, and the ball misses off stump as it goes through to the keeper
Ashwin to Faulkner, 1 leg bye
again off the pads as the batsman shuffles around in the crease, the legstump line from Ashwin from round the wicket isn't making it easy for Australia
Ashwin to Voges, 1 leg bye
well outside leg and heading for the pads, Voges looks to sweep but can't connect
Best performances - batsmen
MS Dhoni
139 runs (121)
12 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
53 runs
5 fours
3 sixes
AC Voges
76 runs (88)
7 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
22 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
MG Johnson
R Vinay Kumar
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossAustralia , elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Player Of The Match
James Faulkner
Series resultAustralia led the 7-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3421
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days19 October 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Richard Kettleborough
Chettithody Shamshuddin
TV Umpire
Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
Tapan Sharma
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama