the fun is over, and so is the match. A beauty from Jadeja to end it. Pitches middle and leg, spins sharply to beat the bat and clean up Abbott
India win by 99 runs (DLS method) and that's a very comprehensive performance, despite Australia's tail wagging. Five losses in a row now for Australia and concerns mounting ahead of the World Cup even if some players are still due to return. You have to question their tactics today, bowling first on a hot day. The pitch certainly turned more later on. India were excellent from start to (almost) finish. Their batting looks in very good order and R Ashwin has put some pressure on the selectors. One more game in this series, with key names from both sides set to return. Australia need a good outing.
Arv: "Shreyas, Surya and Ashwin have given the selectors and team management a major headache now! Don't even know who the best 11 are, we have a best 15!" - That's confidence!
Hitesh: "Most boxes are getting ticked for Ind in last few games except for the catching"
Steven Smith "When we came here it looked a good wicket, changed a little bit. Credit to India, they batted beautifully...400 was always a big challenge on that. I've seen games here before and it's looked good for chasing. We were a fair way off. We've lost quite a few in a row now...World Cups are about peaking at the right time, we certainly haven't done that at this stage. A few things to sort out. We know we are a good side. Both teams are working towards the World Cup but still want to win games.
KL Rahul "When I saw the wicket, didn't think it would spin that much. 400 on the board also gives you confidence. [Selection] is the headache of the coach and Rohit...whoever gets picked has a job to do. Sitting out can be hard after scoring a lot of runs but everyone has been through that. I know we dropped a couple of catches, but when you are traveling every second day and playing at a different ground is getting used to the lights. A lot of guys have been playing for a long time...we are trying to manage bodies and fielding is directly related to how fresh you are."
Shreyas Iyer is Player of the Match. "It was a rollercoaster ride. I've been working so hard the last few months, was a lonely space. Excited to be back and enjoying the atmosphere in the dressing room. I was seeing matches on the TV and wanted to be out there. I'm grateful to belief in myself...I knew what I was aiming for and glad I was able to execute my plans today. My plan was the play in the V and not complicate things. I was batting brilliantly in the nets. I'm happy to bat any position. Whatever the team requires. There's no chance for me to steal from him [Virat]."
Right, on that note I'll wrap things up for tonight. We'll be back in a few days for the final match of this series as the World Cup gets ever closer. For now, from Gnasher and Sreshth, it's goodbye.
steps to leg, drives to deep cover
Deepak: "This innings from Sean Abbott reminds me of James Faulkner's inning from 2013 in Bangalore." Quite a few have said that
that does the job...full and straight, a slower ball, Hazlewood moving a touch to leg. Loses middle stump. Nice piece of bowling
wide outside off, driven into the covers
full outside off, leans back on a cover drive all along the ground
a low full toss outside off, opens the face to backward point and would have been gone with a direct hit by Jadeja
and another edge! Taken off the stumps, down to deep third where Shardul has made a mess of it on the rope. This pair have added 73 now
full outside off, clears his front leg, swings hard and gets a thick outside edge that goes wide of deep third
spins into the pads, deflects to the on side and can't get the strike
chops down on it close to off stump
this one spins the other way, past the outside edge
muscles this one into the second tier over long-on, powers through a delivery in the slot, and goes to a 29-ball fifty
driven in the air, one bounce to long-off
flicked off the pads to deep midwicket, doesn't run
round the wicket, drives a full delivery into the covers
takes the run this time, after some hesitation, as he drives to long-on
gives himself some room and drives in the air over the off side. Turns down the run
length ball at the stumps and crunched through midwicket with a bottom-handed thump
launched over the leg side...in the slot, Abbott swings through the line and sends it over deep square leg. Fifty stand
full and straight, driven crisply to mid-off
Shami into the attack
|Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore|
|Toss||Australia, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India led the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4654|
|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 days||24 September 2023 - daynight (50-over match)|