India vs Australia Highlights, 3rd ODI Ranchi: The series is still very much alive and kicking as Australia have managed to pull back one against India in Ranchi to make it 2-1 in the 5-ODI rubber. A very convincing performance by them. The tourists have put up a good performance with both, bat and ball. They were inserted and their openers came to the fore adding a massive 193-run stand. Usman Khawaja was the star as he scored the ton. They though did not end their innings with the bat with momentum on their side but still set a good enough target of 314 for the Indians. Australia though did not let the lost momentum affect them as they came out all guns blazing with the ball. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson were exceptional with the new ball as they dismissed the top order within Powerplay 1.  Dhoni and Kohli then played themselves in and steadied the ship with a 59-run stand. However, the former was dismissed just as he started to get going. (SCORECARD)


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21.20 IST: THE SERIES IS STILL ALIVE! Australia have managed to make it 2-1. A very convincing performance by them. After quite a few matches one cay say the Aussies have put up a good performance with both, bat and ball. They were inserted and their openers came to the fore adding a massive 193-run stand. Usman Khawaja was the star as he scored the ton. They though did not end their innings with the bat with momentum on their side but still set a good enough target of 314 for the Indians.

Australia though did not let the lost momentum affect them as they came out all guns blazing with the ball. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson were exceptional with the new ball as they dismissed the top order within Powerplay 1. Dhoni and Kohli then played themselves in and steadied the ship with a 59-run stand. However, the former was dismissed just as he started to get going. Jadhav then came out and it was his partnership with Kohli which brought India back in the game and changed the momentum. The two added 88 in 75 balls and revived hopes in the Indian camp. However, just as the tide seemed to be turning in the hosts favor Zampa struck. Kohli though continued, he along with Vijay Shankar built yet another 45-run stand with the skipper getting to his ton. The two were going great guns but it was once again Zampa, who got rid of the Indian skipper. Shankar then along with Jadeja did try to fight but the task was a very difficult one and in the end the Indians fell short quite comfortably.

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21.10 IST: In the air… taken! There goes the last man. Cummins takes it. It is his 3rd wicket of the game. Length ball on off, Kuldeep swings but only manages a top edge. It balloons towards Finch at mid off and he makes no mistake. All smiles in the Australian camp as they HAVE WON BY 32 RUNS! Australia (313/5) beat India (281-all out) by 32 runs in Ranchi. Team India leads 5-match series 2-1. Kohli 123, Richardson 3/37, Cummins 3/37, Zampa 3/70

21.08 IST: OUT! The fun is over! Shami departs and Richardson gets his second. Short and outside off. Shami looks to slap it but it goes off the toe end towards Cummins who takes it. India 280/9 in 47.5 overs, need 34 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

21.05 IST: FOUR! That has been dragged into the gap! Slower ball, Shami was a little too early into the stroke, he still manages to drag it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. Two boundaries now in this over, 2 balls to go.

21.04 IST: OUT! Richardson removes Jadeja for 24. Surely the game is now done, right? The last recognized batsman walks back. It is the off cutter. There is no pace at all on that delivery. Jadeja looks to go over mid-on but holes out to the fielder there. Maxwell takes it easily. India 273/8 in 47.2 overs vs Australia (313/5)

20.59 IST: SIX! India need a few more of these! Jadeja goes down on one knee and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. India 273/7 in 47 overs, need 41 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

20.55 IST: FOUR! Good shot from Kuldeep. Full on middle and leg, Yadav just nudges it towards the backward point region. The ball is timed perfectly and the ball races away to the fence. India 259/6 in 45 overs vs Australia (313/5)

20.46 IST: OUT! Nathan Lyon removes Vijay Shankar for 32. India’s last hope is walking back. He was well-set, striking the ball nicely but falls at the wrong time. Australia into the bowlers now. This is tossed up, around middle, Shankar goes for the slog sweep again. Hits it nicely but does not get the desired elevation. It goes towards the man at deep mid-wicket. Jhye Richardson there takes a good low catch. It is Australia’s game to lose now. India 251/7 in 43 overs, need 63 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

20.45 IST: FOUR! In the gap! They need a boundary every over and Shankar has hit one in the last over and hits one in this. Brings out the slog sweep. It is not off the middle but hit well enough to clear the fielder at mid-wicket and away from the fielder in the deep. India 251/6 in 42.5 overs vs Australia (313/5)

20.39 IST: FOUR! Much-needed boundary and a beautiful shot this. Makes room and also dances down the track. Gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over covers for a boundary. India 240/6 in 41.4 overs, need 74 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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20.30 IST: Another huge shout but not given! This one was closer! This pitches on the stumps. Jadeja looks to sweep but misses. He gets hit around the thigh area. The bowling puts in a loud shot but the umpire shakes his head. A tight over this, just 4 from it. 87 in the last 10. Now then… I mentioned it was close, it was actually out. Hawk-Eye shows three reds but Australia do not have a review. Will this cost them?

20.24 IST: OUT! Adam Zampa snares Virat Kohli for 123. BOWLED ‘EM! Zampa has the last laugh! He gets the man Australia desperately wanted. Zampa is pumped up. He has got all the three big wickets, first Dhoni, then Jadhav and now Kohli. Once again it is the full ball which does the trick for him. It lands on leg stump, Kohli looks to flick but misses. The ball kisses the leg pole. Kohli walks back after playing brilliant innings but one feels, he takes the hopes of India chasing this down along with him. India need another 85 runs, however, there are now two all-rounders batting and only the bowlers to come. Australia right on top. India 219/5 in 37.3 overs vs Australia (313/5)

20.23 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Kohli, it’s raining runs here in Ranchi. Consecutive boundaries! Zampa overcompensates and bowls it short on middle, Kohli goes back and pulls it over the mid-wicket fielder and into the fence. Zampa feeling the pressure here, two poor balls to begin with. India 219/5 in 37.2 overs, need 95 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

20.17 IST:  FOUR! Edge but India will take it. Short outside off, Shankar looks to cut it but gets a thick outside edge and it flies past the vacant slip region for a boundary.

20.15 IST: SIX! Virat goes downtown. Flighted on off and middle, Kohli takes the aerial route and lofts it over long on. It goes high in the air and for a moment it looked like it will fall to the fielder. But it has enough on it to take it over the ropes. India 200/5 in 35.4 overs, need 114 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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20.11 IST: HUNDRED! Virat Kohli slams 41st ODI century for India. Back-to-back for him and it is his 41st ODI ton. What a player this guy is. Once again he is leading from the front and once again it is in a high-pressure situation. He gets there with a whip towards wide long on and takes two. The crowd is up here on its feet, giving him a standing ovation. The skipper though will know, the job is yet not done. India 191/5 in 35 overs, need 123 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

20.02 IST: FOUR! Nicely played from Shankar! This is bowled quicker and outside off. Shankar goes back and then just uses the pace of the ball and guides it through point for a boundary. India 182/5 in 33 overs vs Australia (313/5)

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19.56 IST: OUT! Adam Zampa removes Kedar Jadhav for 26. LBW! Stun silence here in Ranchi. Tossed up delivery on off, Jadhav looks to sweep but misses and gets hit right in front. Zampa thinks he has got his man and the umpire agrees with him and shows Jadhav the dreaded finger. A very unnecessary shot at this stage of the game. He thinks about the review for a minute but Kohli reckons he is a goner so Jadhav walks back. The 88-run stand has been broken and a crucial wicket for the Aussies. Virat Kohli is still out there though so the game is definitely not over. India 174/5 in 31 .4 overs, need 140 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

19.52 IST: SLAPPED! What a shot this is! Not a very bad delivery that. Length and outside off, Kohli makes room and then hits it hard through covers and the ball races away to the fence. Already 8 from the over. India 168/4 in 30.3 overs vs Australia (313/5)

19.51 IST: FOUR! It is raining boundaries here! On the pads and it is too easy for Kohli. He flicks it fine on the leg side and a boundary results.

19.45 IST: FOUR! Very poor from Lyon. Off-spinner on the pads, Kohli just helps it on its way towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. India 157/4 in 29.1 overs, need 191 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

19.35 IST: FOUR! Hammered! Uses his feet and also makes room. Gets to the pitch of it and smashes it over the bowler’ s head for a boundary. Second in the over. India 148/4 in 26.5 overs vs Australia (313/5)

19.30 IST: FOUR! Excellent and effortless. Fuller ball on off, Kohli gets on his front foot and plays a textbook cover drive for a boundary. Gets the 50-run partnership between the two. 177 runs more required off 144 deliveries. India 137/4 in 26 overs vs Australia (313/5)

19.29 IST: FOUR! Kohli is toying with the Aussies here. Good length delivery on middle, Kohli pulls it through square leg for a boundary.

19.25 IST: FOUR! That went to the fence like a tracer bullet! Short and on middle, Jadhav picks the length early and smashes it through mid-wicket for a boundary. India 123/4 in 25 overs, need 191 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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19.17 IST: Zampa bowls a leg spinner on off, Kohli pushes it towards cover and takes a single. That brings up the 100 for India. IND 100/4 in 21.1 overs, need 214 to win vs AUS (313/5)

19.12 IST: FOUR! Nothing can stop Kohli tonight. Shorter in length, Virat sees it and pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary.

19.10 IST: OUT! Adam Zampa removes MS Dhoni for 26. Pin-drop silence here. A wicket at the right time for Australia and at the wrong time for India. Just as the runs started to come for the hosts, Zampa gets the dangerous Dhoni. A very full delivery there by Zampa, almost a yorker. Dhoni with no foot movement looks to whip it but only manages to get an inside edge onto the stumps. The Australians are pumped up and India now in a deeper hole. India 86/4 in 19.1 overs, need 228 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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19.07 IST: SIX! HUGE! When Dhoni connects, it is going to end in the stands. Uses his feet and hits it with the spin so the risk in the shot is minimum. It goes over the mid-wicket stand. India 85/3 in 18.4 overs, need 229 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

18.59 IST: Drinks Break – Australia have their noses in front here. They got rid of the openers and Ambati Rayudu. However, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are steadying the ship here. This partnership is very crucial in this game and it will probably dictate which way the match will go. IND 68/3 in 17 overs, need 246 runs to win vs AUS (313/5)

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18.51 IST: FOUR! Excellent! What a way to get to his 4000th ODI run as skipper. Good length delivery on off, Kohli whacks it from under his eyes through covers for a boundary. India 61/3 in 15.1 overs, need 253 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

18.42 IST: FOUR! Poor from Lyon. Bowls it on the pads, down the leg side. Kohli just guides it towards fine leg for a boundary. India 51/3 in 13 overs, need 263 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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18.28 IST: FOUR! Dhoni Power! It sits up to be hit! Dhoni goes back and pulls it hard through square leg for a boundary. Second in the over and the crowd here has started to find its voice. India 40/3 in 10 overs, need 274 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

18.25 IST: FOUR! Much-needed boundary! Slightly short and a little width on offer. Dhoni goes back and guides it through cover-point for a boundary.

18.15 IST: OUT! Cummins consumes Rayudu with a peach. Length delivery pitching on middle and off. It hits the surface and moves away slightly later on. Rayudu is beaten all ends up as he looks to defend. The ball hits the off pole and Rayudu has to walk back. That ball was unplayable. India are in deep, deep trouble here. India 27/3 in 7 overs, need 287 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

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18.07 IST:  FOUR! Kohli looks in the mood. Good length delivery outside off, Kohli whacks this through point and the ball races away to the fence. Only the fifth ball in his innings and he has timed all of them beautifully. India 22/2 in 5 overs, need 292 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

18.04 IST: OUT! Pat Cummins removes Rohit Sharma for 14. No inside edge and Sharma has to walk back. Good length delivery on off, the ball comes in after pitching. Rohit looks to play across the line but misses. The Australian players are convinced they have got their man, The umpire does not feel so. Pat Cummins has a chat with his skipper and he is convinced he has his man. They go for the review. Hawk-Eye rolls in and shows Sharma is caught plumb in front. India lose both their openers. Rohit Sharma feels he had got a feather on it but Snicko didn’t feel that. India 15/2 in 4.3 overs, need 299 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

18.01 IST: FOUR! Lucky for Sharma and very unlucky for Cummins. Inswinging ball just outside off, Sharma looks to play it to the off side but gets a thick inside edge. The ball misses the stumps and goes towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.

17.58 IST: OUT! Jhye Richardson removes Shikhar Dhawan for 1. Great catch and Maxwell makes it look so easy. On the fuller length again outside off. Dhawan reaches for it and cuts it. Cannot keep it down and the ball goes uppishly to Glenn at backward point. He moves to his right and takes it with two hands. An early loss for India and Dhawan’s poor form continues. 9 balls without a run from Richardson. India 11/1 in 3.3 overs vs Australia (313/5)

17.56 IST: SIX! Pure class. Overpitched on off, Sharma does not use his power but just shows his class and timing and sends it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Rohit holds the pose for the camera’s. Expensive over from Cummins started with a boundary, ended with a six. 10 runs off it. India 11/0 in 3 overs, need 303 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

17.52 IST: FOUR! First boundary of Indian innings. First one for India and Rohit is off the mark. Good length delivery outside off, Sharma just uses the pace of the ball and guides it to backward point fence for a boundary. India 5/0 in 2.2 overs vs Australia (313/5)

17.46 IST: India off the mark straight away. Full-length delivery on off, Dhawan hits it wide of mid off and gets off the mark. India 1/0 in 0.1 overs, need 313 runs to win vs Australia (313/5)

17.45 IST: We are back for the chase. Out walk Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan to take the strike. Pat Cummins to start with the first new ball for Australia.

17.18 IST: The target is a challenging one and it is going to be a real test for the Indian batters. The wicket did show sings of slowing up as the game progressed but it may just ease off under lights. Also if the dew sets in, Australia might just find themselves 20-30 runs short here. Join us in a while for the chase.

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17.12 IST: The Aussies though will still be pleased with their batting effort. They were led by their openers, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch. The pair added 193-run with the right-hander falling 7 short of a ton, whereas, the left-hander scored his maiden ODI century. Maxwell then played a handy cameo and added yet another handy stand with Usman. When the two were batting 350 seemed possible. Australia though then lost their way. From 258 for 2 they slipped to 263 for 5 as their middle order hardly contributed anything. Cameos from Stoinis and Carey saw them go above the 300-run mark. The Indian bowling looked out of sorts to begin with. They pacers were taken for runs at the start. The spinners who normally apply the breaks in the middle overs failed to do so. They though did extremely well to pull things back towards the end. Kuldeep finished with the most wickets as he had three to his name. Shami and Bumrah also fared well at the office. The rest though weren’t quite upto the mark.

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17.07 IST: Bullet! Slower delivery outside off, Stoinis whacks it through covers for a boundary. No chance stopping that one for any fielder. Australia 313/5 in 50 overs vs India in Ranchi. Khawaja 104, Finch 93, Kuldeep 3/64

17.03 IST: FOUR! Carey makes room for himself and clears his front leg away from the line and thumps the length ball outside off through point for a boundary.

17.01 IST: FOUR, 300 up for the tourists. A rare bad ball spoils Shami’s over. Shami is guilty of bowling it on the pads, Stoinis flicks it through square leg and it races away to the fence. Much needed this. 10 from Shami’s last. He though still has decent figures of 10-0-52-1.

16.56 IST: FOUR! No power just pure placement. A very low full toss outside off, Stoinis just opens the face of the bat and guides it to the vacant backward square leg fence for a boundary. Australia 293/5 in 48 overs vs India

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16.47 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Alex Carey. This is a better shot than the last one. Full and on middle, Carey strokes it back past the bowler and down to the long on fence. Australia 284/5 in 46.4 overs vs India

16.40 IST: FOUR! Short and punished. Shami attempts a slower bouncer. He ends up serving it on a good length for Stoinis to hit. Marcus obliges and cuts it through point for a boundary. Australia 272/5 in 44 overs vs India

16.35 IST: OUT! Kuldeep gets the second one in the over, Peter Handscomb (0) is a goner this time. Suddenly, half the side is back in the hut for Australia. Third for Kuldeep. Handscomb bags a duck. From 258 for 2, Australia are now 263 for 5. The leg spinner outside off, it pitches and then turns back in. PH looks to flick but misses. It hits him on the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Can India now keep Australia under 300? Now then… Hawk Eye shows the ball to be going over the stumps. No reviews left though for the Aussies. Australia 263/5 in 44 overs vs India

16.32 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Shaun Marsh for 7. Another one bites the dust and Australia are losing their way here! Marsh is the man who is walking back. He uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He still goes ahead with the shot but does not get the elevation he would have liked. Ends up hitting it flat towards long on. Shankar there runs to his right and takes a neat catch. AUS 263/4 in 43.2 overs vs IND

16.26 IST: OUT! You just cannot keep Jadeja out of the action while he’s fielding, he tags team with MS Dhoni to run-out dangerous Glenn Maxwell. The last thing Australia would have wanted. But what brilliance first from Jadeja and then from Dhoni. Especially on a day where India have been lackluster in the field. Kuldeep bowls it short and outside off, Marsh goes back and slaps it hard towards cover and sets off for a run, thinking there is at least a couple on offer. Jadeja though first dives to his right and stops it, not cleanly but he recovers well and fires the ball to the keeper. Dhoni nonchalantly flicks it onto the stumps and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs and replays show that Maxwell has to take the long walk back. The crowd erupts and the Indians are ecstatic. Maxwell was striking the ball really well there. This can make a huge difference to the final total as now there are two new batsmen out in the middle. 9 did come from the over but an important wicket too.This is a big breakthrough for the men in blue. Australia 258/3 in 42 overs vs India

16.25 IST: The square leg umpire has gone upstairs for stumping. MS Dhoni does not look confident and generally, that means the batsman is safe. Let’s see what the replays have to say.

16.23 IST: SIX! Welcome back into the attack! Makes room and then slaps it flat over the long on fielder and over the stands. Ideal start to the over and pressure on Kuldeep now. Australia 256/2 in 41.2 overs vs India

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16.14 IST: Had Ambati Rayudu hit there, Maxwell was a goner! Marsh pushes it towards cover and takes off. Maxwell responds. AR is quick to the ball and has a shy at the keeper’s end but misses to Maxwell’s luck. Had that been another day, India might have hit the stumps. They have been poor today.

16.08 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami strikes, Usman Khawaja departs for 104! He departs soon after getting to his ton! The slower ball does the trick. Khawaja is slightly early into his shot. He ends up getting it off the inner half towards short mid-wicket where Bumrah takes an easy one. The dangerous and budding 46-run stand has come to an end and India need to keep taking wickets if they are to stem the run flow. Australia 239/2 in 38.4 overs vs India in Ranchi

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16.01 IST: MAIDEN HUNDRED FOR USMAN KHAWAJA in ODIs! He has crafted his innings wonderfully here. He gets this with a clip on the leg side for a single. He took his time to get to the milestone but it is now time for him to step on the gas. Australia 232/1 in 37 overs vs India

15.59 IST: SIX! Just over! Second for Maxwell. A little too full on middle, Maxwell hits it hard to the right of the fielder at long on. He stretches a hand out but fails to reach it. It goes all the way. Australia 222/1 in 36.1 overs vs India

15.57 IST: FOUR! Gorgeous shot! Steps down the track and converts it into a half volley. Maxwell then strokes it through extra cover and it races away to the fence. Australia 215/1 in 35.4 overs vs India

15.53 IST: Drinks Break – India have got a wicket but Australia are still on top here. India will look to get rid of the new batsma and not let the new batsmen anytime to settle. Australia, on the other hand, will hope that Maxwell can continue his good form and continue from where his skipper left. Usman Khawaja is still out there, He is well set on 94 and he will be looking to get to his maiden ODI ton. Ravindra Jadeja to bowl after drinks.

15.48 IST: 200 up for Kangaroos. Maxwell goes downtown this time versus Kuldeep. It was a tossed up delivery, Maxwell throws the kitchen sink at it, and smokes it straight down the ground for six. AUS 203/0 in 33.4 overs vs IND

15.39 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Aaron Finch for 93. It has pitched in line, hitting in line and is hitting the middle stump! Kuldeep Yadav has provided what India wanted. The mammoth 193-run stand has been broken. Finch falls in the nervous 90s. This is flatter and around the middle, it pitches and turns back in. Finch goes back to play it but is a little late in bringing his bat down. It hits the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire agrees. Finch reviews after having a chat with his partner. Replays roll in and it shows the on-field call is the right one. Finch takes a review along with him but his partnership with Khawaja has laid the foundation for the visitors. However, India have not got an opening, can they pull this back? Australia 193/1 in 31.5 overs vs India

15.37 IST: Aaron Finch os adjudged LBW, he reviews the umpire’s decision. It was a fair delivery. Needs to miss the stumps for it to be overturned!

15.31 IST: FOUR! Into the gap and into the 90s is Finch. Uses his feet and then whips it over the mid-wicket fielder. No one in the deep and it is a boundary. Australia 186/0 in 29.5 overs vs India

15.25 IST: FOUR! End of another expensive over! 12 from it. Finch looks to sweep but it goes off the inner half, fine down the leg side and it goes to the fine leg fence. Australia 176/0 in 28 overs vs India

15.23 IST: SIX! Khawaja is cutting loose here against Kuldeep, that’s into the stands. Khawaja played a slog sweep and it has been dispatched! Gives it air does Kuldeep. Khawaja goes down on one knee and hits it over the mid-wicket stands. AUS 171/0 in 27.4 overs vs IND

15.17 IST: FOUR! Ends the over with a boundary! 11 from it. Short and wide outside off, it is cut through point. Away from the third man fielder. The change of ends has worked against Shankar and India. Australia 156/0 in 25 overs vs India

15.14 IST: FOUR! 150 up for the Aussies. How easy was that? Slightly short and on the body, Khawaja waits for it and then pulls it fine through the backward square leg region. No one in the deep, a boundary. The platform is laid here for a big score. AUS 150/0 in 24.4 overs vs IND

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15.07 IST: FOUR! Poor, poor fielding there. Length delivery around off, Finch hits it towards cover. Vijay Shankar misfields a regular fielding effort and the ball goes past him for a boundary. Australia 139/0 in 23 overs vs India

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14.42 IST: Fifty for Usman Khawaja. He is making India pay for the life they gave him. He though has consistently got off to starts in this series. Can he make it count this time? Time will tell. He gets to the milestone by flicking it through square leg for a run. AUS 121/0 in 19 overs vs IND

14:37 IST: SIX! Finch goes down town. Flighted on middle, Finch gets his front leg away from the line and sends the ball over the long on fence for a maximum.

14.35 IST: Drinks Break – Australia clearly on top here at the moment. The openers are still out there and are looking good. India are desperately looking for a wicket but have not been able to strike. Mohammad Shami has bowled just 3 overs so far and has gone out with injury. India will hope that he can come back and bowl his quota. Australia meanwhile, will hope the skipper and Khawaja continue their good work. Good news for India. Mohammed Shami is back and will to bowl after drinks. Australia 116/0 in 18 overs vs India in Ranchi

14:28 IST:  SIX! All the way! First of the game! Tosses it up around off, Finch reaches out for it and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.

14:10 IST: FOUR! Aaron Finch hits hit the fourth boundary of the match.

14:08 IST: Nine fours so far from the match, Jadeja gives away two runs in the eighth over. Australia are now 44/0

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13:52 IST: Australia gets off to a good start, they look compose in their display. Australia – 20/0 after five overs.

13:50 IST: Kuldeep Yadav with a brilliant stop, saves at least three runs in effect.

13:49 IST: OUCH! Aaron strikes the ball straight towards Shami as the ball ricocheted off his right leg. He is fine and will continue to bowl

13:44 IST: FOUR! Khawaja hits his second boundary of the match.

13:43 IST: A good over by Jasprit Bumrah, Just one run came off it. Australia 15/0

13:37 IST: Bumrah appeals for LBW. The umpire isn’t interested but skipper Virat Kohli has taken the review. Replay shows the ball was ‘missing’ the stumps – Not Out and India lose a review.

13:33 PM IST: Australia will open the proceedings with the bat as India’s Mohammed Shami gears up to bowl first. Australia 14/0 after two overs.

13:39 IST: Opener Aaron Finch looks like he is the mood as he strs off well with two boundaries against Jasprit Bumrah.

13:00 IST: Team India have won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia. India will play with an unchanged XI. Australia have made only one change to their XI – Jhye Richardson replaces Nathan Coulter-Nile.

12.45 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of the first ODI between India and New Zealand from Dhoni’s hometown, Ranchi.

Brief Preview: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s final homecoming forms a poignant subplot of an utterly dominant Indian team’s quest for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on Friday. A 3-0 lead in the five-match series will be a perfect parting gift for Ranchi’s favourite son, who, in all likelihood, will be seen wearing the India Blues for the last time at his home ground.

There has been a sense of deja vu every time Dhoni has stepped on to the field in the ongoing series. It reminded many of Tendulkar’s penultimate Test series against Australia in 2013, when the cheer from the stands would amplify with each passing match. Something similar has been happening at every ground in this series, with the fans possibly beginning to realise that the legend may not be around when India next play at home.

Amidst the emotional side story, the Indian team is grappling with a few teething issues regarding its top-order batting, especially senior opener Shikhar Dhawan’s poor form, which has affected India’s starts of late.

Despite Dhawan having gone off the boil with only two half-centuries in the last 15 ODIs, India are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination of the first two encounters. KL Rahul, who is back in form, may have to wait till India clinch the series, but the team management could well try him out at the No. 3 position.

The two victories — by six wickets and eight runs — weren’t exactly convincing but pulling off close matches under pressure will certainly add to the confidence. (Read the full PREVIEW HERE)


India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.

Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.