India vs Australia 4th ODI Highlights Mohali: Australia rode a powerful batting effort to defeat India by four wickets in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) and level the five-match series at 2-2 on Sunday. Chasing a target of 359 runs, Peter Handscomb’s maiden ODI century and half-centuries from Usman Khawaja and Ashton Turner took the visitors past the line with 13 balls to spare. What a game and what a chase this is! Who would have thought at 12 for 2 with the Aussie skipper, Finch and Australia’s best batsman in ODIs in the last year or so, Marsh, back in the hut, the Aussies, let alone win it but would even come close. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS IND vs AUS, 4th ODI in MOHALI
21.40 IST: WE HAVE A DECIDER! What a game and what a chase this is! Who would have thought at 12 for 2 with the Aussie skipper, Finch and Australia’s best batsman in ODIs in the last year or so, Marsh, back in the hut, the Aussies, let alone win it but would even come close. If you did so, you should buy yourself a lottery ticket. All the credit has to be given to the newbies! Usman Khawaja, who is only 25 ODIs old. Peter Handscomb, who has only 15 ODIs under his belt and Turner, probably Australia’s new finisher has played a gem of a knock in his second one day game. It was Khawaja and Handscomb to start with. The two played themselves in, steadied the ship but always moved along at a good rate. The two added a massive 192-run stand with the former missing out on a ton and the latter scoring one. The two brought the Aussies back into the game and set the platform for the big hitters like Maxwell and Turner to do their bit. The Big Show failed but Ashton proved his mettle. A 43-ball 84 by him. He ensured he stayed there till the end and was well-supported by Carey as the two blasted am 86-run stand. The wicket-keeper got dismissed but Turner ensured he took the over the finishing line.
Australia win by four wickets! The visitors have successfully chased 359 in 47.5 overs.
21.32 IST: That is the victory. What a great win for the Aussies! Turner hits this towards mid-on and comes back for the second. The throw was at the striker’s end but Ashton made it in time. Australia (359/6) beat India (358/9) by 4 wickets in Mohali to level series 2-2. Handscomb 117, Turner 84, Bumrah 3/63
21:28 IST: In the air… and dropped! One has to believe, it is Turner’s night today. A low full toss outside off, Turner looks to go over mid off but does not get the desired timing. It goes straight to Dhawan there who spills it.
21:26 IST: SIX! Ashton Turner is in the mood, he knocks Bhuvneshwar Kumar over for a maximum.
21:22 IST: Boundary! Alex Carey hits Jasprit Bumrah for a boundary. Australia are turning on the pressure on India.
21:16 IST: Boundary!Maiden fifty for Turner. He is turning the game by himself. Short ball on the off side, Turner pulls it through square leg and gets another boundary.
21:13 IST: 10 runs from Yuzvendra Chahal’s final over. The Aussies are now 297/5 in 44 overs, need 62 runs in six overs.
21.05 IST: Rishabh Pant has taken the bails off. The umpire takes it up to the TV umpire. Also, Pant suggests the umpire that Turner might have got a nick to this. The umpires will check the stumping first and then the outside edge. Not out!
20:58 IST: SIX! Ashton Turner slams Yuzvendra Chahal with a sweet strike. Australia need 78 runs in 8 overs to win.
20.54 IST: Gone! It is a big one! Peter Handscomb departs. Chahal strikes on the very first ball of his new spell. The centurion departs and now 359 looks farfetched. Peter aims for the shorter boundary which is the straight boundaries. He though gets it off the toe-end. It lobs towards long off where Rahul runs in and takes it.
20.49 IST: The Australian cricket team are 261 for four after nine overs, they need 90 runs to win in 60 balls.
20.43 IST: FOUR! This is a big over for Australia, 3 boundaries from it, 250 up for the men in yellow. This time it is the sweep shot. Hits it very nicely and it goes to the square leg fence like a tracer bullet. Australia 229/4 in 39 overs, need 107 runs to win vs India (358/9)
20.40 IST: FOUR! Brute! Tosses it up on off, Turner smashes it through mid off. The fielder at long off has no chance and a boundary.
20.31 IST: OUT! Looked out and it is out! Three reds and the ‘Big Show’s’ innings has come to an end. He takes the review along with him. The bowling change has worked wonders and the Indians are pumped up. He brings out the reverse sweep. These shots are wonderful when they come off but not a good sight when they don’t. It does not work for Maxwell as he misses. It hits him on the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Maxwell reviews. Replays show that the on-field call is the right one. His cameo to an end and India are right on top now. Australia 229/4 in 36.2 overs, need 130 runs to win vs India (358/9)
20.29 IST: Big, big moment in the game this! Glenn Maxwell is given out LBW. He though has reviewed. Looks out.
20.27 IST: SIX! Didn’t look like he got all of it but still has the power to travel all over. Short ball on off, Maxwell is quick to transfer his weight back and pull it over the long on fence.
20.22 IST: HUNDRED! Peter Handscomb slams maiden century for Australia in ODI format. His maiden ODI ton and what a time to get it. Australia were down and out after losing two quick wickets but he has stepped up to the occasion here in a must-win game. The job though is still not done and he would know that. He however, gets there in the most unconvincing manner. He won’t care though. A short ball on the body, it may have taken the inside edge, then onto his body and towards point. The batsmen cross ends. Handscomb then is looking at the umpire, no signal from him. He then takes his helmet off and soaks in the applause from the dressing room. Australia 215/3 in 34.5 overs vs India (358/9)
20.19 IST: FOUR! This is an excellent contest between the two, for now, it is Maxwell who is winning it. Short and on the body, Maxwell swivels and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Australia 213/3 in 34 overs, need 146 runs to win vs India (358/9)
20.17 IST: FOUR! How good was that shot to get off the mark? The bottom hand comes into play there. Length and angling into the batsman. Maxwell whips it past mid on and the ball races to the fence.
20.15 IST: OUT! Bumrah strikes, Khawaja misses out on a well-deserved century as he departs for 91. There is the breakthrough Kohli wanted, there is the breakthrough the crowd here wanted and there is the breakthrough India wanted. Bumrah has provided it. How often has this guy stepped up to the plate when his team needed him? Bumrah is just too good. The short ball does the trick for him. It skids off the surface. Khawaja goes for the pull but does not get on top of the bounce. It takes the top edge and lobs towards fine leg. Kuldeep there runs in and takes a tumbling catch. Khawaja walks back 9 short of a ton but his partnership with Handscomb has brought the Aussies back into the game. 155 more needed. AUS 204/2 in 33.1 overs vs IND (358/9)
20.09 IST: Handscomb moves to 99 with that. Stays inside, gets behind it and drives this elegantly through covers for a boundary. 19 from the over and Australia are motoring along well.
20.08 IST: What an over for Australia, 19 off it – 2 sixes and a boundary. SIX! Is this when they put the leg on the gas? Handscomb is not worried about his ton just skips out and lofts another one over Kedar’s head for half a dozen. Australia 204/2 in 33 overs, need 155 runs to win vs India (358/9)
19.59 IST: NOT OUT! What a review by Australia, Khawaja survives, he is well-set and Australia need him to continue. Yes, it is missing the leg pole. What a review that and a very important one as Khawaja India though are shocked as they can’t believe it is going down leg. Jadhav bowls the quicker one from wide of the crease. It is full. Khawaja looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger.
19.57 IST: Review time! Khawaja has been given out LBW. He has reviewed it. Is it slipping down leg?
19.53 IST: SIX! Much, much-needed! Lovely shot from Peter Handscomb. He makes room and also steps down the track, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on fence. Australia 175/2 in 29.4 overs, need 184 runs to win vs India (358/9)
19.45 IST: BEATEN! A wild swing there from Handscomb. Chahal tosses it up outside off, Handscomb’s eyes lit up there as he saw the flight. Looks for the slog sweep but misses. Two dots to end but still a good over for the Aussies. AUS 159/2 in 27 overs vs IND (358/9)
19.37 IST: FOUR! 150 up for the Aussies. Good shot! Handscomb loves the sweep shot and he has played it really well here. Goes down early and sweeps it against the turn through backward square leg for a boundary. They are going along well here. Australia 153/2 in 26 overs, need 206 runs to win vs India (358/9)
19.25 IST: FOUR! A gift but it still has to be put away! A full toss outside off, Handscomb places it nicely in the gap through square leg. It races away to the fence. Excellent start to the over, need to make it count though.
19.23 IST: FIFTY! Peter Handscomb slams 4th half-century in ODI cricket. The reverse sweep! Khawaja really showing his class. Gets into position early and reverse sweeps this through covers for a boundary. AUS 128/2 in 22 overs vs IND (358/9)
19.15 IST: FOUR BYES! Bonus runs and much needed! This is given a nice loop outside off, Khawaja looks to defend but it turns back in. Goes between bat and pad. Pant too fails to collect it and it goes down to the third man fence. A good passage of play this for Australia, they are going at around 8 per over in the last 5 overs. Australia 115/2 in 20 overs, need 244 runs to win vs India (358/9)
19.09 IST: FIFTY! Usman Khawaja slams 7th half-century in ODI cricket. He continues his fine form. Length ball outside off, Usman cuts it square to deep point to get to his 7th ODI fifty. He will need to convert this into a big one if the Aussies want to win this. AUS 97/2 in 18 overs, need 262 runs to win vs IND (358/9)
19.07 IST: FOUR! Kuldeep fumbles a bit and that results in a boundary. Shankar strays this on the pads, Khawaja flicks it through square leg. Kuldeep comes running from third man and tries to stop it with a dive. The umpire go upstairs to check whether his leg touched the rope. Replays confirm it did and Australia get a boundary. Australia 94/2 in 17.4 overs, need 265 runs to win vs India (358/9)
18.57 IST: DRINKS – India are on top here after bagging 2 early wickets. Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja have tried to steady the ship here. They have stitched an unbeaten 68-run stand off 71 balls. They are behind the 8-ball at the moment. They will need to accelerate but also ensure they don’t lose wickets in an attempt to do so.
18.56 IST: FOUR! A boundary after quite some time! Full and around off, Khawaja leans into the stroke and hits it through covers. It is away from the sweeper this time and boundary results. Much-needed. Australia 80/2 in 16 overs, need 279 runs to win vs India (358/9)
18.47 IST: One more single to end the over! Again the sweep shot from Handscomb. He once again finds the deep square leg fielder. The 50-run stand between these two comes up with this single. But the job is not even half done yet and both of them need to carry on if Australia want to win this one. AUS 68/2 in 14 overs, need 291 runs to win vs IND (358/9)
18.35 IST: 50 up for the men in yellow – Australia are in a building phase here, both Khawaja and Handscomb are looking to weather the storm and play some quiet overs. Australia 52/2 in 11 overs vs India (358/9)
18.20 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot. Lose ball on the pads, Khawaja whips it away with disdain behind square for a boundary. Australia 38/2 in 7.5 overs, need 321 runs to win vs India (358/9)
18.18 IST: FOUR! Lovely, in front of square this time. On the leg side again, Khawaja flicks it through mid-wicket. No stopping that one.
18.10 IST: FOUR! Beautiful shot! Length delivery around off, Handscomb picks it on the up and drives it through covers for a boundary. He is looking solid here. AUS 21/2 in 5 overs, need 338 runs to win vs IND (358/9)
18.04 IST: FOUR! Handscomb chops it and will collect a boundary for it. Length outside off at 143 kph. Handscomb is late in cutting it and chops it fine to the third man region. Australia 16/2 in 3.4 overs vs India (358/9)
18.02 IST: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah clean bowled Shaun Marsh for 6. Comes in from over the wickets and serves an inswinging yorker at 142 kph on off. Marsh looks to drive it through covers. The ball goes right between the gates of bat and pad and hits the off stump. Bumrah is up in celebration and so is the crowd here in Mohali. Australia in deep trouble here. Their best ODI batsman in recent time is back in the hut. They now need a solid stand to get back in the game. Australia 12/2 in 3.3 overs vs India (358/9)
17.59 IST: FOUR! A good end for Australia spoils what was an excellent over till then! On the shorter side and outside off, Marsh goes back and punches it through covers. First boundary in this innings. AUS 11/1 in 3 overs, need 348 runs to win vs IND (358/9)
17.49 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Aaron Finch for NOUGHT. Timber! Finch’s struggle against Bhuvneshwar continues. Inswinging, full ball pitching on middle, Finch looks to play it across the line but it goes straight between his bat and pad. It hits the leg pole and Finch walks back for a duck. India strike early. Not the kind of start Australia would have wanted. For the fourth time Bhuvneshwar gets the better of Finch. Australia 4/1in 1 over vs India (358/9)
17.45 IST: We are back for the chase! The Australian openers, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja make their way out to the middle. They need to provide a good start here. The right-hander will be on strike and he will be facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has the first new ball in hand. Just a slip in place. Here we go…
17.21 IST: Not a lot to write for the Aussie bowlers. It was a difficult day for them. The wicket had nothing on offer but you can say, they were poor with their lines and lengths too. Cummins did not seem at his best today but still finished with a fifer. Jhye did take three but his economy was above 9. Zampa was economical but only had a wicket to his name.
17.17 IST: Win the toss, elect to bat in excellent batting conditions and make full use of it. That is exactly what India have done here. They have set the Aussies a massive target. They could have probably got more but they will be extremely pleased with where they are at the moment. The openers laid the foundation for a big score, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 193-run. The former was dismissed in the 90s but the latter went onto get a ton. Once he got to his hundred, he was smashing the ball at will and with him striking the ball so well and with a lot of batting to come, India would have been eyeing the 400-run mark then. However, after his wicket no batsman could make use of the starts. Pant and Rahul both got off to starts but were dismissed at the wrong time for India. Some meaty blows though towards the end from Shankar saw them finish on 358.
17.12 IST: SIX! Oh, my word. The number 11 has smoked one into the stands. Doesn’t matter if you have taken five wickets, Bumrah gives room and lofts this over long on for a biggie. Virat Kohli loves it and so does Bumrah.
17.09 IST: OUT! Five wickets for Pat Cummins. What an effort. Length ball over the stumps, Chahal stays inside and looks to block it with a straight bat. The ball lobs to Cummins who dives low and takes the catch. The umpire takes it up but the catch was clean as a whistle. Chahal walks back for naught.
17.06 IST: SIX! 350 up for the hosts. Mighty blow! Length ball on the stumps, Shankar gets under it and lofts this over the mid on region. The ball goes over the ropes for a maximum.
17.05 IST: OUT! A very good catch that by wicketkeeper Alex Carey! However, the idea was right from Kumar but it did not come off. He expected the short ball from Richardson and was already on the back foot. He gets it and then tries to upper cut but hits it too close to the keeper. Carey stretches his right hand upwards and the ball sticks. Jhye ends with a wicket but he has been very expensive today. Gives away 13 in the penultimate over and his figures read 9-0-85-3. India 344/8 in 49 overs vs Australia
17.01 IST: FOUR! 10 from the first two balls. This time it is slightly fuller on middle, Shankar lofts it over the mid on fielder and into the boundary.
17.00 IST: SIX! Nails this one! That was all power! It was the slower short ball and on middle, Shankar makes room and flat-bats it over the bowler’s head for a biggie. India would love a big over here and they have started off well. IND 337/6 in 48.1 overs vs AUS
16.59 IST: Cummins removes Jadhav for 10! In the process of getting big runs, Jadhav too holes out. Length ball on off, Jadhav shuffles across and looks to flick it off his pads. Gets connection on it but finds Jhye Richardson at deep square leg. India are losing wickets in clusters now. Good comeback from the Aussies. India 331/6 in 48 overs vs Australia
16.53 IST: Driven nicely towards mid on. The fielder there stops it with a dive. A run is taken. 9 from the over without any risk taken. India 326/5 in 47 overs vs Australia
16.45 IST: OUT! Pat Cummins removes Rishabh Pant for 36. Pant is out of here and now India have half the side back in the hut! Once again it is the slower one and Pant is done in by the pace. He looks to clear mid-on but it goes off the inner half and it just about carries to Finch there. They check for the no-ball but Cummins is fine there. End of Pant’s cameo. India though would have liked for him to stay out longer. India 314/4 in 45.3 overs vs Australia
16.39 IST: SIX! All the way! Straight as an arrow! Dances down the track and gets to the pitch of it. Pant smashes it over the bowler’s head and it goes over the fence. A biggie to start the over, pressure on the bowler now. India 307/4 in 44.1 overs vs Australia
16.35 IST: OUT! Adam Zampa removes KL Rahul for 26. And it has got even better as Zampa strikes on the last ball. Australia continue to pick wickets at regular intervals here. The slider outside off, Rahul goes back and looks to be cheeky. He tries to guide it late through short third man but gets a feather on it to Carey. He takes it and appeals. Rahul holds his ground but the umpire raises his finger. Rahul fails to make use of the excellent batting surface here as he falls after getting a start. He is very disappointed with himself and rightly so. India 296/4 in 43 overs vs Australia
16.30 IST: FOUR! This one is edgy but Pant won’t care! Full and wide outside off, Pant looks to jam it out but it goes off the outside edge. Past the diving keeper and into the fence. 14 now with a couple of balls to go. IND 290/3 in 41.4 overs vs AUS
16.25 IST: FOUR! That had class written all over it! A half volley but it still had to be hit well. Pant does exactly that as he strokes it through covers and into the fence. Ideal start to the over. India 280/3 in 4.1 overs vs Australia
16.18 IST: OUT! Jhye Richardson removes Virat Kohli for 7. The ball has been carried into Carey’s gloves! Stunned silence here as Kohli, the Indian skipper, does not contribute a lot. Two wickets in quick succession for Australia. That is the only way they can stem the run flow here. Jhye gets his first as he bowls it full and very wide outside off. Kohli reaches out for it but it seems to have taken the edge and goes low towards Carey who takes it and appeals. The umpire is not sure so he walks to the square leg umpire. They both have a chat and then take it upstairs. The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT! Replays confirm that it is a legal catch. India 266/3 in 39.4 overs vs Australia
16.17 IST: Have Australia got another, Virat Kohli is in question? They have gone upstairs to check if the ball has carried to the keeper or not. The SOFT SIGNAL IS OUT!
16.15 IST: FOUR! A very unusual shot this from Kohli. He continues from where he left off in the last innings. Full-length delivery on off, Virat moves across the line and paddles it towards the vacant third man region for a boundary. You very rarely see him play such an unorthodox shot. IND 265/2 in 39 overs vs AUS in MOHALI
16.07 IST: OUT! Cummins removes Shikhar Dhawan for 143. TIMBER! The change of angle does the trick for Cummins. Dhawan who was looking to hit everything, departs in an attempt to do so again. Pat from around the wicket angles it into the middle pole. Dhawan swings across the line. The length was not quite the one to hit. He misses and it hits the top of middle. He walks back to a standing ovation and deserves every bit of it. India 254/2 in 37.4 overs vs Australia
16.05 IST: FOUR! Hammered! Just where can you bowl to this guy at the moment? Short, he will hit you, full, he will hit you. Cummins tries length and he is smashed through extra cover for a boundary. 250 up for India.
16.03 IST: SIX! He is batting the way he wants. Makes room, gets low and slaps this uppishly over the bowler’s head for half a dozen. India 242/1 in 36.5 overs vs Australia
16.01 IST: FOUR! That’s the reason you give him the strike. He is in the mood today. Overpitched on middle, Dhawan uses his bottom hand and flicks this uppishly through mid-wicket. Reminded many of Jayasuriya here in the cubical. IND 238/1 in 36.4 overs vs AUS
15.59 IST: FOUR! Poor bowling this! They are bowling it on the body of Dhawan and it is easy pickings for him. He just goes back and pulls it all along the ground to the backward square leg fence. 11 from this over. India 233/1 in 36 overs vs Australia
15.47 IST: SIX! What a hit from Dhawan. Tossed up on off, Dhawan charges out and nonchalantly lofts this over long off. He goes through with the shot and has enough to sail to the fence. India 215/1 in 34.4 overs vs Australia
15.41 IST: HUNDRED! Shikhar Dhawan slams 16th ODI ton as India continue to dominate Aussie bowling here in Mohali. What a time to get it and he has silenced the critics. Leg spinner on the leg side, Dhawan controls his flick through square leg and the ball races to the fence. Takes his helmet out and brings out a broad smile. Well deserved. India 201/1 in 32 overs vs Australia
15.36 IST: OUT! Jhye Richardson removes Rohit Sharma for 95. In the air… taken! Rohit Sharma departs in the nervous 90s and Australia will be relieved that they got a wicket at last. End of a mammoth 193-run stand. The short ball does the trick. It is on middle and Rohit goes for the pull. He hits it nicely but hits it flat. India 193/1 in 31 overs vs Australia
15.35 IST: FOUR! The boundaries are coming fast here. Short ball down the leg side. Rohit hooks it but is not in total control off it. The ball still runs away fine to the fine leg fence. IND 193/1 in 30.5 overs vs AUS
15.32 IST: FOUR! Poor ball and it has been put away! This time he pulls it away from the short fine leg fielder. too far for Marsh to make an effort and the over ends with a boundary. Also, this probably will be Finch’s last over. India 182/0 in 30 overs vs Australia
15.27 IST: FOUR! After a few quiet overs, India getting into the groove again. Full and on off, Rohit strokes it through covers and it races to the fence. IND 170/0 in 28.5 overs vs AUS
15.21 IST: FOUR! On the pads and it is very slow. Rohit goes down on one knee and then sweeps it to the square leg boundary. India 159/0 in 27.3 overs vs Australia
15.14 IST: 150 up for India! Dhawan now plays it with the turn through mid-wicket for a run. IND 151/0 in 25.3 overs vs AUS
15.08 IST: SIX! Easy-peasy! Short and on middle, it just skids on. Rohit goes back and pulls it with aplomb over the mid-wicket fence. India 146/0 in 24 overs vs Australia
14.59 IST: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma slams 40th ODI half-century in ODIs. He brings up his 50 of 61 balls. He has been made to work harder for his runs than his partner. He gets there with a gentle drive through the cover region. He too will be eyeing a big score in Mohali. India 130/0 in 22 overs vs Australia
14.53 IST: SIX! Easy pickings! Short and on middle, Dhawan has all the time in the world to rock back and pull it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. IND 120/0 in 20.1 overs vs AUS
14.51 IST: FOUR! Short and it has been put away! A drag down on middle, Dhawan goes back and pulls it all along the ground for a boundary. Good over for India, 8 runs from it. India 111/0 in 19 overs vs Australia
14.41 IST: Most 100+ opening stands in ODIs:
21 S Tendulkar – S Ganguly
16 A Gilchrist – M Hayden
15 G Greenidge – D Haynes
15 R SHARMA – S DHAWAN
14.39 IST: 100 comes up for India. The men in blue have got off to an excellent start here. Good length delivery on off, Rohit hits it to point and gets a single. IND 100/0 in 17.2 overs vs AUS
14.30 IST: A dot to end! Dhawan defends it off the back foot. Tidy over from Zampa, just 4 from it. India 92/0 in 15 overs vs Australia
14.23 IST: FOUR! FIFTY for Shikhar DHAWAN! A much-needed one for him. He was struggling for runs but he has looked very fluent in this innings. His 28th in ODIs. He though looks good for a big one here and he would be eager to make it big. He gets there with an immaculate straight drive past the bowler. No need to run for those. He gets a bear hug from Rohit Sharma and a round of applause from the crowd here. IND 84/0 in 13.1 overs vs AUS
14.19 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Richardson to end the over. Length ball on the pads, Sharma flicks it through square leg for a boundary. India 77/0 in 13 overs vs Australia
14.12 IST: A single to end Powerplay 1 as Sharma flicks it through square leg. An excellent first 10 for the hosts. They would the openers continue. It seems like a belter and they would hope the two can lay the foundation for a big score. IND 59/0 in 10 overs
14:04 IST: Dhawan and Rohit get India off to the start they were after. India has not lost a wicket after the first eight overs. Dhawan is stroking the ball really well. IND 48/0 in 8 overs
13:45 IST: Cummins concedes six runs off his second over. India off to a decent start. IND: 12/0 in 3 overs
13:40 IST: Behrendorff starts off with a maiden. IND: 6/0 in 2 Overs
13:35 IST: FOUR!!! Dhawan gets off-the-mark off the first ball with a boundary. It was like a gift for the Indian opener. IND: 6/0 in 1 Over
13:32 IST: We are ready for the first ball as Rohit and Shikhar walk out to bat. Cummins will start proceedings for Australia.
13:25 IST: It is a packed stadium and the crowd is expecting nothing short of a blockbuster.
13:08 IST: Kohli feels the pressure is on Australia and hence having runs on the board could be the key.
13:05 IST: India wins toss, opt to bat first. Rishabh Pant comes in Dhoni. Rahul in place of Rayudu. Bhuvi takes Shami’s place and Chahal replaces Jadeja.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa
12:55 IST: Fans seem to be disappointed as their hero MS Dhoni is not featuring… Here’s proof
12:52 IST: Spinners may not get much purchase. It will be a batting paradise and looks like the team winning the toss may opt to field as dew is slated to play a role under lights.
12:47 IST: Kohli would be eyeing a World record. He could become the only cricketer to register three consecutive tons on two occasions.
12:45 IST: Big game for Rishabh Pant in MS Dhoni’s absence. He would dearly want to get among the runs and seal himself a World Cup spot. It would also be interesting to see if Yuzvendra Chahal gets a game. KL Rahul is also in line to get a game, he does or not only time will tell.
India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul
Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye