a french cut to finish. A yorker on leg, skewed between his legs for a run to square leg. And India now become the No. 1 ODI team in the world and finish off this series as quickly as possible.
9.18pm Not many ODI chases have been as clinical and as convincing as that this year. Chasing 294, India got a fine start via fifties from Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, and that was it really. Australia just did not have the depth or personnel to challenge India's strong batting thereon. India did stutter, but they now have nine wins on the bounce, consistency that has earned them the tag of the best team in the world in this format. Australia were well short, 350 may have been a par score but as soon as they struggled in the second half of their innings, India took the momentum and confidence of having to chase less into the second innings. No recovery from there. Australia have now lost another game on the road - they have now not won one game in their last 13 away from home.
Steven Smith: "We set it up beautifully, the first 37-38 overs. Put in ourselves a good position. Indian bowlers executed well, we executed poorly. We needed 330 plus, Hardik was magnificent in end there. Finchy played magnificently, the wicket slowed up a little bit for both teams. The ball came on for the first 35 overs in both innings, but the slowed up, when it did for us, we weren't good enough."
Virat Kohli: "Steve mentioned the first 35 overs was good from their end, we knew when we get 2-3 wickets with their lower middle order, we could pull things back. It was a 330-340 wicket. Coming back from difficult situations has been a feature of this team. Wristspinners need to be backed, they won't always get grip from the wicket, but they possess the ability to get wickets. They were 35-40 runs short. I'm really, really satisfied with the win. He's (Pandya) a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and the field. We need a guy like that, we've been missing an explosive allrounder, great asset for Indian cricket, The idea behind his promotion was Ravi bhai, to attack the spinner. We might try few players now, but mindset remains the same. Journey stops only after the fifth game."
Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match: "Feels pretty good, would like to finish the game next time. I don't need to be surprised, important to back myself, saw it as an opportunity. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner, when I got a few sixes, I knew I could take some time. I try to contribute everywhere I can, I want to get better."
short on off, pulled down to fine leg. Dhoni does what Dhoni does. Onto you
"We want six" is the chant
a low full toss, whipped away to deep square leg. The crowd is happy with just one.
short of a length outside off, pulled to midwicket
that's a boundary. Full and wide from Richardson, Pandey clears his front leg and nails his lofted drive over the bowler. Stunning timing and power
driven away with the spin to midwicket. Two off the over, but not good enough for Australia
whipped away to square leg again, nice and calm, soaking in the chants
on the pads, worked to square leg.
flat and straight, nudged down to fine leg
83 kph, full and wide outside off, driven to mid-off
SKD: "Of course, the wicket had to fall. How can a chase be completed successfully and MSD not be at the crease!!"
full around off, driven to long-on. The crowd goes silent
Maxwell. Seven in the circle
on the pads, flicked through square leg for a run
The game is done, but the crowd goes wild anyway, MS Dhoni
146 kph, full on leg. Pandya mis-times one. Clears his front leg, intends to go over mid-on but mis-times the ball right to mid-on. Fine knock from Pandya
strays down leg for a wide. 140 kph
good stop from Handscomb. Short down leg, gloved down to fine leg, where Handscomb dives to his lefgt and saves four. Applause from the bowler.
good length on leg, follows Pandya, defended
wild. Full outside off, Pandya has done anything he wants this innings, so he tries a no-look swing, but fails to connect.
good length around off and middle, defended back
dabbed towards third man for a run
a tad short on middle and leg and Pandya muscles the pull through midwicket. Fantastic stroke-making