Highlights AUS vs IND, 3rd ODI MCG: Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck an unbeaten 87 to guide India to a historic ODI bilateral series win against Australia as the visitors beat the hosts by seven wickets in the decisive third nad final ODI on Friday. Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav (61) shared an unbeaten 121-run stand for the fourth wicket as India overhauled the tricky 231-run target on a slow wicket with four balls to spare. (Cricket Streaming – IND vs AUS 3rd ODI) (SCORECARD)Also Read - Rohit Ruled Out Of fifth Test After Testing Covid Positive Again, Bumrah To Lead India

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16.30 IST: YUZVENDRA CHAHAL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. The crowd is rupturing its applause. ‘DHONI! DHONI! DHONI!’ goes the chant. MS says that it was a slow wicket and hence one had to be careful playing the shots. Adds that he calculated how many overs every bowler had left and planned his knock accordingly. Praises Kedar Jadhav for the support he gave. On batting at number 4, Dhoni says that it all depends on the game situation and what the team wants from him. Also Read - ENG vs IND: Did James Anderson Got Better Of Virat Kohli In Tests? These Sumptuous Drives Suggest Otherwise | Watch

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16.25 IST: Coming to this match, chasing 231 should never have been difficult but circumstances made it difficult for India. Some tight opening bowling saw the visitors struggling and they were reduced to 26/1 in Powerplay 1. Then they would have lost Kohli and later Dhoni, not once but multiple times but Australia kept grassing chances. Well, good teams do not need more opportunities. Kohli and Dhoni did what they do best. Grind out oppositions. First the skipper had a 44-run stand with Dhawan. Then added 54 with his former captain. And then, when things seemed to be in Australia’s control with Kohli getting out, Kedar Jadhav came out and eased out all fears. His unbeaten 121-run stand with Dhoni would have instilled a tremendous amount of confidence in the Indian think tank. Yes. Their batting looks even more stronger now, with the middle order stepping up.

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16.17 IST: FOUR! INDIA WIN THE MATCH, SERIES AND THE TOUR! Full on middle, Jadhav whips it over mid-wicket and finds the fence! The batsmen do not run because the ball has raced to the fence. India (234/3) beat Australia (230-all out) by 7 wickets to win  3-match series 2-1. Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*

16.15 IST: FOUR! Ahhh… full and outside off, Dhoni pummels it past the bowler. Mid off is inside and cannot get there!

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16.07 IST: FOUR! What a way to bring up your half century, take a bow Kedar Jadhav! Full and wide outside off, Jadhav reaches out and slashes it behind point. The fielder starts to run to his right but comes second! 13 from the over, just 14 needed from the final 2. India 217/3 in 48 overs, need 14 runs vs Australia (230-all out)

15.59 IST: Dropped! Dhoni survives again. Length delivery on off, Dhoni charges dowbn the track and hits it hard towards mid on. Finch there dives to his left and gets a hand to it but cannot keep hold of it. Dhoni goes for a quick second. Finch quickly gathers the ball and throws at the bowlers end. Stoinis collects it and takes off the bails. The replays show Jadhav was in. India need 25 runs off 17 balls vs Australia

15.57 IST: 6 singles from Richardson’s final over. What a spell from the young Aussies pacer, his figures read 10-1-27-1. India 204/3 in 47 overs, need 27 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

15.46 IST: FOUR! That will release some pressure off from the Indian batsmen. It was full and outside off from Siddle, Jadhav comes down the track to slap it over the mid-off boundary. India 192/3 in 45.2 overs, need 39 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

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15.38 IST: What an over from Adam Zampa at this time, just a single from it. Dhoni flicks it off the pads of the last delivery and takes a single to deny Zampa a maiden. Zampa finishes off with the figures of 10-0-34-0 India need 52 off 36 balls. IND 179/3 in 44 overs vs AUS (230-all out)

15.30 IST: Another tidy over from Richardson, just 2 off it. However, India are still ahead in the game at the moment. India 173/3 in 42 overs, need 58 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

15.26 IST: Huge shout by Jhye Richardson for an LBW decision against MS Dhoni, paceman convinces Australia captain Aaron Finch for a TV Review. Height could be an issue.. NOT OUT! Waste of a review. It looked high and is high. Going over the top. Desperate stuff from Australia. Length delivery around off, Dhoni tries to flick it but misses and the ball hits him high on his pads. The Australian players appeal but the umpire turns it down. Richardson looks extremely confident and convinces his captain to go for the review. Unfortunately for the home side, Hawk Eye projects it to be going over the top. It looked too high to the naked eye in the first place.

15.21 IST: Once again MS Dhoni is struggling with some health issues, he is being treated by Patrick Farhat.

15.11 IST: FOUR! That is a shot of confidence. Much better from Kedar Jadhav. Slowly growing in the game now. Full ball right in the slot, he lofts it cleanly over mid on and sends it across the rope on the bounce. India 159/3 in 39 overs, need 72 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

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15.06 IST: FIFTY! MS Dhoni hits 3rd consecutive half-century of the series. India 150/3 in 38 overs, need 81 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

15.01 IST: FOUR! Jadhav charges down the pitch for a big shot, all he manages is a top edge which flies over the head of wicketkeeper Alex Carey. IND 147/3 in 37 overs vs AUS (230)

14.47 IST: FOUR! That should relieve a little bit of pressure off Jadhav. He has some width offered outside off, so he stands tall and slaps the cut through cover-point and finds the fence. India 129/3 in 34 overs, need 102 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

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14.28 IST: OUT! Jhye Richardson removes Virat Kohli for 46. Jhye gets Kohli again! Thrice in three innings. Australia think to believe again. Is there still life in this game? They will certainly feel so. Kohli is gone. A nothing shot, to say the least. It is full and wide outside off. Kohli comes forward, gets across and meekly pushes at it. Gets a thick outside edge which is snapped by Carey behind. The 54-run stand is broken. India need 118 more from 120 balls. IND 113/3 in 30 overs vs AUS (230)

14.23 IST: Edge and Four! Dhoni struggling for timing here. He charges down the track and tries to hit it over mid off, he gets an outside edge and the ball flies over Carey and to the fence for a boundary. India 109/2 in 29 overs, need 122 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

14.15 IST: Shorter delivery on off, Dhoni pulls it between mid-wicket and mid on, Adam Zampa comes from square leg and stops it from going to the fence. The batsmen take three runs. India 104/2 in 27 overs vs Australia (230-all out)


14.07 IST: FOUR! BRUTAL! Bad idea from Siddle. On a slow pitch, he has banged in short to one of the best players of the pull shot. Whacked over mid-wicket. India 93/2 in 25 overs, need 138 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

13.57 IST: SAFE! Australia have simply not been good in the field tonight. Another chance goes abegging. Full and outside off, Kohli reaches out and drills it towards point. He initially takes a start and Dhoni responds. But then, Peter Handscomb dives to his right and stops it. Now, both batsmen are ball-watching, hence are in the middle of the pitch. Then Dhoni looks up to see Kohli running back and retreats. The throw is a good, simple one to Zampa but he fumbles and by the time he deflects the ball onto the stumps, it is too late. Nerves. Nerves. Nerves. IND 78/2 in 22 overs vs AUS (230)

13.54 IST: Is that a run-out? Confusion in the middle, Dhoni sent back… referred upstairs.

13.52 IST: Dhoni not looking comfortable against Stoinis. Good length delivery outside off, MS. triest to punch it but gets an inside edge. Luckily for him it doesn’t chop it onto his stumps. India 76/2 in 21 overs, need 155 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

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13.32 IST: Dhoni Dropped! First ball. That too such a simple catch, from one of Australia’s best fielders. Kohli has been dropped already, now Dhoni. How costly is it going to prove? Short ball outside off, with some room on offer, Dhoni flashes at it and hits it to point. Maxwell moves to his left and just spills it.

13.30 IST: OUT! Marcus Stoinis removes Shikhar Dhawan for 23, Indian opener’s scratchy knock comes to an end. Stoinis with the breakthrough! That man again, he has been pretty good with the ball in this series. A rather soft dismissal though, Dhawan is frustrated with himself as he walks back. Gets another start which he fails to convert. Fuller length ball on middle and Dhawan drives this aerially back to the bowler. Stoinis sticks his hands out to his right and takes a sharp catch. Excellent work. India 59/2 in 16.2 overs vs Australia (230)

13.21 IST: Two boundaries in the over, 50 up for the men in blue. Wonderful. Back of a length delivery which just sits up for the Indian skipper, he swivels and pulls it along the turf through mid-wicket for a boundary. India 51/2 in 14 overs vs Australia (230-all out)

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13.12 IST: Dropped & Four! It was a short of length delivery in the channel outside off, the extra bounce does him in, as Kohli has a lazy waft outside off. He ran his hands through a cut, and it flies over a leaping Handscomb at first slip (he got a hand to it, I think) to the third man fence for four. This is some serious pace! India 39/1 in 12 overs, need 192 runs to win vs Australia (230-all out)

13.00 IST: Some quiet over from the Aussie bowlers, they are not giving anything away at the moment. Uses the angle going away from him, watches the ball closely as he cuts this square. Unfortunately for him, he finds the man at point. India 25/1 in 9 overs vs Australia (230)

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12.49 IST: OUT! Peter Siddle removes Rohit Sharma for 9. Caught behind! Boy, that is a sensational delivery. You need to produce gems to get precious stones and Siddle has done exactly that. What a ball. The length is the key. FULL. Because it is that length which invites the batsman to drive or to play across the line. The line is straight and Rohit looks to flick on this occasion. But then, the ball pitches, straightens a touch and takes the outside edge. Simple catch for Shaun Marsh at first slip. Nothing much Rohit could have done there. Early strike for Australia and the pressure being built works. IND 15/1 in 6 overs vs AUS (230-all out)

12.46 IST: First boundary of the Indian innings, this will get Rohit going. Nicely done! Full on middle, Rohit flicks it casually over mid-wicket. The ball slows down near the fence but eventually makes it. India 15/0 in 5.3 overs vs Australia 

12.37 IST: Top stuff from Richardson. Dhawan is squared up a bit as he defends this away. Hangs back inside his crease and taps it towards the cover area. India 3/0 in 3 overs vs Australia (230-all out)

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12.31 IST: NOT OUT! Length delivery outside off, the ball jags back in after pitching. Sharma is beaten by the swing and gets hit high on the back leg. The Aussies appeal but the umpire turns it down. Australian players have a discussion and they decide to review it. The Hawk-Eye show it was clipping the top of middle and it is umpires call. IND 1/0 in 1.3 overs vs AUS (230-all out)

12.30 IST: The DRS has been taken by Australia. It’s for an lbw decision against Rohit Sharma.

12.28 IST: Brilliant first over from Richardson, just a single off it. Good length delivery outside off, Sharma uppishly cuts it towards third man for a single. India 1/0 in 1 over vs Austalia (230-all out)

12.25 IST: We’re back! The covers are off and the players are in the middle. The run-chase is about to begin. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the usual Indian openers. The target is not a massive one so they can take their time and concentrate more on laying a solid platform. For Australia, they would need wickets at regular intervals to stay in the hunt. The new-ball spell is going to be crucial. Billy Stanlake has the pace and can cause trouble to the Indian openers just like Oshane Thomas did recently. First up, it will be Jhye Richardson to steam in with the first new ball. Let’s see how things pan out…

12.21 IST: We’ve received an update from the Cricket Australia twitter handle that if there is no more rain stoppage, the chase will get underway in five minutes time. Let’s hope for the best.

12.15 IST: Not a pleasant sight, folks. The covers are on as it’s drizzling at the moment. It appears that we are in for a delayed start.

11.57 IST: The leggie continued to run through the Aussie line-up, picking up his best ever ODI figures. Peter Handscomb batted sensibly, fought hard, almost till the end and took Australia to 230. Only three bowlers got wickets for India but apart from Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja, everyone bowled well. 231 needed for India to pocket the series and cap a wonderful Australian tour. 10 wickets required for Australia to try and earn their first ODI series win since January 2017, in their 6th attempt. Just a reminder – even though the innings has ended early, we will still have only a 30-minute break. Join us back soon.

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11.52 IST: Well, Australia have got some sort of a score on board. It is by no means match-winning but with overcast conditions, some juice in the wicket, they can make it look competitive. They have struggled with the bat, no doubt, but the middle order has given some respectability to the total, yet again. After being put in to bat under murky conditions, the hosts were reduced to 27/2 before some repair work was done by Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh. However, Chahal’s twin strike in the first over pegged Oz back and they could barely muster any recovery from there.

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11.48 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami picks up the last Aussie wicket, Billy Stanlake gone for nought. Bowled ’em! AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 230! Shami wrapping things up nicely. Keeps it full, straight and has some pace on it, comes in a bit too and that takes Stanlake. It goes past the inside edge of his hanging bat, deflects off the back pad and crashes into the stumps. Australia 230-all out in 48.4 oversvs India at MCG

11.38 IST: What a spell from Chahal!

11.36 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Peter Handscomb for 58. Five-for for Yuzvendra Chahal. Absolutely well-deserved. He becomes the third Indian spinner to take an ODI 5-fer in ODIs. Bowls it quicker through the air and it keeps a little low too, comes in with the angle and catches Peter Handscomb low on the pads as he goes back to work it across the line. A loud shout goes up and so does the finger. Handscomb takes the DRS and it goes upstairs. Replays show he’s gone for all money. A very sensible knock from him under pressure. Australia 219/8 in 46 overs vs India

11.35 IST: Review Time! Handscomb asks for a review.

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11.26 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Jhye Richardson for 16. Chahal bags his 4th of the innings. A rather soft dismissal though, Richardson will be a bit disappointed with that. Handy partnership of 45 is brought to a close. Quite slow through the air, on middle and leg, Richardson is too early into the flick shot. He chips it towards short mid-wicket where Kedar Jadhav takes an easy tumbling catch moving to his left. Australia 206/7 in 43.4 overs vs India

11.22 IST: What an important knock from Handscomb!

11.19 IST: Fifty for Peter Handscomb, 3rd in this format and two of them have come in this series itself. This is a good knock from him. Doing well when the chips have been down. Short ball on off, Handscomb works it to long on and gets to the other end. Australia 197/6 in 42 overs vs India

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11.09 IST: FOUR! Calculated risk from Handscomb. He spots that mid on is in the circle and so is mid-wicket. Gets the length he wants, which is in between short and full. But does not go with hard hands. Plays a controlled chip over mid-wicket. The ball rolls slowly after bouncing but still makes it to the ropes. Peter moves to 43 from 47 balls. Australia 190/6 in 40 overs vs India

10.53 IST: FOUR! Another fortuitous shot from Handscomb. Outside off, Handscomb looks to punch it through the off side but gets a thick outside. AUS 171/6 in 36 overs vs IND @ MCG!

10.44 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami removes Glenn Maxwell for 26. Maxwell’s luck runs out. A short ball, right at the body, Maxi looks to pull but gets a top edge. For a second, it seems like the ball will not carry to fine leg. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes running in, keeps his eyes on the ball and then dives to take a fantastic catch. That ends the stay of the last recognized batting pair for Australia. Into the bowlers now. Australia 161/6 in 34.5 overs vs India

10.42 IST: TOP EDGE, FOUR! Maxwell and Handscomb flirting with their luck. A sharp bouncer, around middle, Maxi swivels, looks to pull but is hurried into the shot. The top edge flies over the keeper to the fine leg fence.

10.40 IST: Two boundaries from the over, 11 off it. MAGNIFICENT! Full and wide outside off, Maxwell reaches out and drives it through the covers for a boundary! AUS 153/5 in 34 overs vs IND

10.32 IST: FOUR! Rare bad delivery from Y Chahal. It was short and outside off, Maxwell rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! Australia 135/5 in 31.5 overs vs India

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10.23 IST: OUT! Marcus Stoinis out for 10. Chahal bags his third. This is sensational bowling. And well caught by Rohit Sharma too. The leggie slows this up just a bit as he floats it on off, it turns away slightly and takes the outside edge as Stoinis is squared up while defending. It goes behind, where Sharma dives to his right and takes a one-handed catch just inches above the turf. Australia 123/5 in 29.3 overs vs India

10.21 IST: Edged but safe! Landing on off and going away, Stoinis is squared up a bit as he defends and gets an edge. It flies past Rohit at first slip and runs down to third man. Shami chases after it and keeps the batsmen to three. Australia 122/4 in 29 overs vs India

10.15 IST: FOUR! Solid shot from Stoinis, this will release some pressure off from the Aussie batsmen. He goes straight and finds the boundary. Stoinis hits this flighted delivery past Jadeja at mid-on and sends it across the boundary line. Australia 115/4 in 27.2 overs vs India

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10.03 IST: OUT! Chahal strikes again, Usman Khawaja goes for 34. Double strike for the leggie Chahal. What an over. He’s sent the two set batsmen back in the dressing room in quick succession. This isn’t a great ball to be honest, short and flat on the stumps. Khawaja goes back to work it across the line and the ball pops up off the leading edge. Hands a simple catch to Chahal who accepts it with a smile. AUS 101/4 in 23.4 overs vs IND

10.00 IST: OUT! Shaun Marsh has to depart for  39, Yuzvendra Chahal departs. This is a big wicket for the visitors. Marsh has been sublime in this series and this pair has been the most successful for the Aussies. A partnership of 73 comes to an end. Shaun had 50-plus scores in his last three innings, the first time he’s failed to get to the mark. Chahal bowls this down the leg side as Marsh gives the charge, fails to put a bat on the ball and that’s his undoing right there, because MS Dhoni is behind the stumps and he’s lightning with the gloves. He whips the bails off in a flash and the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show Marsh is out of here. Australia 100/3 in 23.2 overs vs India

09.58 IST: A stumping appeal is referred upstairs. Shaun Marsh is the man in question.

09.57 IST: FOUR! Khawaja unfurls the same shot and gets the desired result. Good placement from the batsman. On leg stump, Khawaja places the reverse sweep through cover-point and sends it across the boundary line. Australia 99/2 in 23 overs vs India

09.48 IST: Big over for Australia, 15 runs came of it – two boundaries from Shaun Marsh’s bat. Another bad ball. Short again and Marsh pounces. Rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! Second of the over. Australia 80/2 in 20 overs vs India

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09.35 IST: FOUR! Vijay Shankar’s jersey number in ODIs. 59. Balls after which a boundary has been scored. A rare loose ball from Shankar, or from India for that matter. It is a short ball. Australia 55/2 in 16.3 overs vs India

09.28 IST: Another good over from debutant Shankar, he’s bowling a tidy line here at MCG. Marsh had absolutely no idea about this one. He was backing away to the leg side, probably aiming to run this down to third man. But the slower one from Shankar foxed him and he was months early into that shot. Got an inside edge which went towards the leg side and a single was eked out. Australia 45/2 in 15 overs vs India

09.15 IST: Tidy first over from Shankar, just 2 off it. Short and outside off, Shaun cuts it towards point where Ravindra Jadeja dives to his left and stops it. Not a bad start from the debutant. AUS 32/2 in 11 overs vs IND

09.11 IST: POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle, till the 40th over. But, will Kohli want men outside the ring? Here comes the debutant, VIJAY SHANKAR. Nice time to bowl as well, with the batsmen thinking about survival more than getting after you.

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09.06 IST: GONE! Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Aaron Finch for 14. Bhuvi once again gets the better of Aussie captain Finch. It was an interesting duel between the two, but it’s the Indian who comes out victorious. He got out to similar deliveries in the previous two matches, is dismissed in a similar manner now as well. Australia 27/2 in 9 overs vs India

09.04 IST: Bhuvneshwar is a little upset here. He released the ball when he reached the umpire and not the usual landing crease, so this put Finch off and he backed out. The bowler doesn’t like this at all.

09.01 IST: Immense swing for Shami. Comes in at first and then goes away as it passes the batsman. It was on a length outside off and Usman just let it go. Australia 27/1 in 8 overs vs India

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08.53 IST: FOUR! Edged and FOUR! Surprising that there’s only one slip given how much Bhuvi is moving the ball around. Length ball around off, shapes away late with some extra bounce. Takes the outside edge of Finch’s bat and flies to the right of the diving Rohit Sharma at first slip. A boundary results. AUS 23/1 in 6.3 overs vs IND

08.48 IST: FOUR! Width on offer and Khawaja puts this away easily. Too short outside off, the left-handed batsman stays on the back foot and flays it through point to find the fence. Australia 15/1 in 5.3 overs vs India

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08.40 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar strikes, Alex Carey departs for 5. Some extra bounce and that does Alex Carey in! Second single digit score in ODI cricket for the southpaw opener. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls it on a back of a length around off, from around the wicket, Carey rises and looks to defend, but the ball shoots off and takes the shoulder of the bat. Flies to Kohli at second slip, who’s smartly standing a few steps inside anticipating it could fall short. He gets low, takes it and just falls forward. AUS 8/1 in 3 overs vs IND

08.33 IST FOUR! Good shot. Carey gets his first boundary. Short ball outside off, the southpaw rocks back and drags the pull through mid-wicket along the turf. It’s in the gap and away to the fence. Australia 5/0 in 2 overs vs India

08.25 IST: Ready to begin again. Finch will take strike with Bhuvi to continue his over. Here we go…

Play set to resume at 8.25 AM IST. Dinner break reduced to 30 minutes.

8.20 IST: Just when play began and everything seem good, rain makes another intervention.

07.51 IST:

Australia (Playing XI): Alex Carey(w), Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal

7:30 IST: India Win Toss, Elect to Field at MCG. Siraj makes way for Vijay Shankar, Chahal for Kuldeep, Jadhav for Rayudu.

7:24 IST: Shankar’s Debut…

By the looks of it, Shankar is all set to make his ODI debut. He has just received the cap from Ravi Shastri. The toss is delayed by 10 minutes. The play is likely to start on time.

7:13 IST: Rain, Rain go away:

Not exactly rain but is some drizzle happening. Fans would hope for a full game as India have kept their XI a secret, whereas Australia have announced theirs and they have incorporated a couple of bowling changes. Lyon, Behrendorff make way for Stanlake and Zampa. 

7:10 IST: Top Three Has Not Fired…

The Australian top three in the absence of the big names has not fired in unison and that is something that has hurt the hosts in Tests and now in the ODIs. They would hope that the best has been saved for the last and they come good in the all-important decider.

07.00 IST: ‘MS’ Classic at MCG?

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06.45 IST: While Kohli looks to sign off his Australian summer by adding further glory, Finch will be hoping he doesn’t let his standing as a high-class batsman slip further than how far it already has in recent times.

06.40 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third and final ODI of the three-match series between Australia and India from the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Brief Preview: Team India will take to the field against Australia in the third and final One Day International (ODI) with the bid to seal a historic victory on Friday at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG). A win would mark India’s first-ever bilateral series win in Australia. The ODI series is currently poised at 1-1 and sets up for a tantalising final encounter. The hosts won the first match in Sydney by 34 runs and India followed up with an equalising victory by six wickets in Adelaide.

India’s only series win in the 50-over format against Australia came in in 1985 (World Championship of Cricket) and 2008 (CB Series). In India’s victory at Adelaide, Kohli’s ton guided India to a crucial victory in the 2nd ODI in Adelaide. While Dhoni’s display was also appreciated. The last time India toured Australia was in 2016, and the series concluded in a 1-4 defeat. (Read Full Preview – IND vs AUS 3rd ODI)