Player of the Match
Player of the Match

49 | 16 Runs | AUS: 269/6 | RR: 5.48

  • James Faulkner9 (9b)
  • Brad Haddin13 (11b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar9.5-0-44-1
  • Axar Patel10-0-45-1

That's our coverage for the game, thanks for your company and your comments. Join us as the tournament moves on to Brisbane when India take on England on Tuesday. Till then, this is Alagappan Muthu saying sayonara

Would have been nice if we hadn't left it up to Faulkner," says George Bailey "we dragged it back really well with the ball. We had the momentum whne we came off the fieled. Finch battled his natural game a bit, deserved a hundred and that partnership with Smith was good. We delayed India's charge leading to the death overs. Once again wickets at the end so important and Starc had a great night. Finchy's been in pretty good touch right htorugh the ear in ODIs, particularly in Australia. Tonight he played really hard between 40 and 60 and stuck it out

"Good game over all," says MS Dhoni. Mitch bowled really well, Rohit played brilliantly. But what was crucial was bowling with the new ball. The game was just drifting till the 30th over, but we picked up at 35 overs and once we got reverse swing we were able to put pressure. I said I don't care about the result, just keep in mind what happened after the last huddle. That will win us tournaments. We have to keep in mind that from now on, whatever games we play we need to execute"

"A lot depends on conditions, about how the wicket is behaving, specially with drop-in wickets. Also the dew factor, today there wasn't any. But if it was it becomes difficult to contain and then the composition of the attack. On the higher end of 270, should be defended because the bowlers will get extra bounce and will reverse. All three teams are top sides and it's important for the top order to take extra responsibility and give a total our bowlers are comfortable with it"

"The ball's coming out wlel and Australia's winning games. Great to contribute and it was a team effort. Picked up key wickets.Rohit batted well, but Finchy played well and Faulkner's finished it for us. I was a bit nervous, still am standing with pads on talking to you" says Mitchell Starc, the Man of the Match for the second match in a row

10.12 pm India were wayward to start, all of their bowlers got a bit too friendly with the leg stump. But 50 overs is a long time and they regained their disciplines in the death overs. But Aaron Finch had set the chase up with a controlled 96, there were three successive fifty partnerships at the top of the order to help the lower order keep their heads. So, another first-innings hundred ends in defeat. Poor Rohit

Andrew C: "Back to back MOMs for Mitchell?" Should be, yes

VJ: "Indian bowlers trying play like Dhoni , first almost lose the match, take it to the end and then try to win it from there. But to be Dhoni, you need little bit extra."

The Closer: "Is there a finisher in the game at the moment better then Faulkner?" How bout the best batsman in the world?

Kumar to Faulkner, FOUR runs, full toss down leg, the Faulkner sweep dusts the game off! He does it time and time again, walks in with a few balls left and a tight game in the balance and swerves it Australia's way

Only three needed now

Kumar to Haddin, 1 run, gets a hand to the front-foot belt against a length ball and long-on tidies up
Kumar to Haddin, FOUR runs, almost a yorker on middle, yet Haddin clears that front leg and creams it through extra cover. One of the shots of the day, especially in such tense circumstances!
Kumar to Haddin, 1 wide, slower, short and slid down the leg side, Haddin misses with the pull and gets a wide
Kumar to Faulkner, 1 run, down the track and slices a full toss into the covers, Faulkner runs with the shot and leaves Haddin in the lurch. Dhawan takes aim and misses the stumps, with Haddin nowhere in the frame
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Second Best


Runs scored by India, their second highest score in an ODI at the MCG. The highest is 270.

A rare Kohli blip


Runs scored by Virat Kohli this innings, his lowest ODI score in eight innings. He made 49+ in six of these eight innings.

Sandhu on debut


Pace bowlers who have made their debut for Australia in the last 5 years, the most for any team. Gurinder Sandhu is the 17th.

A lasting memory


Runs scored by Rohit Sharma during India's last ODI against Australia, in Bangalore (2013)