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So this is all from us today. Hope you enjoyed our company. We’ll be here yet again for you in the T-20 series that starts from 7th October, till then Good night and Goodbye from me Rishabh Chaturvedi and my friend Saurabh Bansal.
Now after a very succesful ODI series for the Indians, we leave you with some awesome memories and pictures( on your TV sets).
Man of the Series
Blimey!! The man of the series is the new favourite of the Indian fans. Cheered loudly here comes the new superstar of the Indian cricket. Most importantly, he’s the one India has been searching for many-many years. Yes, he is the Hardik Pandya. With more than 200 runs, 222 to be precise and 6 wickets in the series, Pandya is the man of the series.
Man of the Match
Not much doubt in this one. Ro-hitman Sharma bags yet another man of the match for his awesome inning. He also has maximum runs in this series. Even after not scoring for the first 14 balls he faced, but as soon as he started scoring he just went away with the flow as well as the match.
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Rohit continued his form, and went on to score a century and shattered all the hopes of the Aussies. Rahane too scored his 4th consecutive half-century. He must be very angry with himself, for not converting any of these half-centuries into a century. Finally, the middle order clinched the victory and took their revenge of Bengaluru.
So here we are, India yet again crushed the Kangaroos as badly as they can bear. Yet another dominating and impressive [performance by the whole Indian team. Be it, bowlers who restricted Australia under 250 or the openers who yet again had a 100+ opening stand.
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With this win, India now have regained their position at the top of ICC ODI rankings. Oh what teamwork and dominance India showed in this series. Certainly the Champions!!
And Pandey finishes in style. Two consecutive boundaries and India reach the target. India win by 7 wickets.
The umpire signals the final powerplay. India require 12 off 60. Jadhav and Pandey at the crease. Faulkner with the ball.
As soon as Rohit goes, Virat tries to hoist one over the Long-off boundary. Goes for an inside-out shot, caught near the ropes. Pandey comes out.
Kohli c Stoinis b Zampa 39(55)
It has been great fun watching this heck of a batsman. Zampa drops it short, Rohit tries to pull it over the mid-wicket boundary. Gets caught at the boundary line. Another superb innings from Sharma comes to an end.
Rohit c Coulter-Nile b Zampa 125(109)
Rohit not giving any bowler any room, hitting every bowler at will. Rohit undoubtedly has the best average against the Aussies – a daunting 65. This match would be over soon, if Rohit keeps up like this.
After getting to his century the Hitman has just started demolishing the Australian balling attack at his will. He just dispatched Coulter Nile for a four and a six in the same over. Kohli just complementing the man of the moment.
There aren’t many things better than watching Rohit at his very best. Both the batsmen are now just toying with the hopeless kangaroos. India now looking in a hurry to finish both the match and the series.
212/1 (38 Overs)
Rohit’s 14th ODI century
Whoo!!!! What a way to bring up the hundred. Rohit slams Coulter-Nile out of Nagpur to get to his century.
Rohit continuing his form from the last two ODIs has once again played exceptionally well this time to achieve which he wasn’t able to achieve in the last two ODIs. Here he, the Hit-man Sharma has scored his 14th one-day ton with many more to come. He also has completed his 6000 ODI runs.
Kohli on the other hand playing it with a cool and composed head and both of them leading India to yet another dominating victory.
The players have called for a drink and as it stands now, India is smoothly steering the innings with Rohit and Kohli on the crease toying with the bowlers.
168/1 (32 Overs)
Kohli and Rohit
Now as Rahane walked back to the pavilion, Kohli and Rohit are on the crease.Though they play and score a lot with together but…….
They also get each other, become a part of run-outs which India will be hoping that they not get indulged into today. Kohli looking in a good touch and Rohit continuing his excellent form.
157/1 (30.4 Overs)
Rahane takes a review for an LBW decision against him. Hits his plumb in front of the wickets. Nothing on the UltraEdge. No snick there. Impact and Pithing in-line. Wickets on Umpire’s call, which is out.
Shuffled a lot in front of the wickets trying to nudge the ball back towards fine leg. Misses the ball completely and out he goes.
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Coulter-Nile 61(74)
Rahane Raises his fifty
Now Rahane reaches the milestone. 4th consecutive fifty for the opener. 23rd overall. Making it difficult for Shikhar Dhawan to make his comeback. Nice to see so much competition for one spot.
Rahane and Rohit raise their 100 run partnership. Doing so in three consecutive matches. Rohit and Rahane displaying great hittimg abilities.
Rohit 57(55) Rahane 48(59)
India 105/0 (19)
Rohit Reaches his Fifty
Superb display of hitting from Rohit. Has certainly carried the form from previous matches. Didn’t get a run in first 15 balls, scores a half century in 52 balls. Great Work.
Nice hour of play from the Indian openers. Rahane and Rohit showcasing the form they have throughout the series. No sight of any wicket for the Australian bowlers. If India keep on batting like this, the match would be over inside 40 overs.
Smith has got to get something from his bowlers.
Both the openers look comfortable at the pitch. Rahane looking the aggressor today with 3 boundaries. Rohit just hanging back a bit.
Nice start for India. 5 runs from the first over.
India get their innings going with Ajinkya getting the first boundary of the innings. Flicks the ball sweetly towards mid-wicket. No effort!
AHH!! Big shout for LBW on the very first ball. No review from Australia. Ball just cutting into the batsman. Difficult to defend. A bit too high.
The action is back and so are we. India chase an easy target of 243. Early wickets required here for Australia. Coulter Nile and Pat Cummins would be the key. Rohit and Ajinka opening for India. Cummins with the ball in hand. And here we go….
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While the spinners held Australia in middle overs, the pacers never let the batsmen flourish at the end. The spinners gave away just 134 runs in the 30 overs they bowled. Truly great!
This young Indian pace attack does know how to ball at the death. Just one 6 and a boundary in the last 10 overs. Giving away just 52 runs and 5 wickets in the last 10 overs, never seen a death overs pair like this. Bumrah and Bhuvi!!
Hardik drops Faulkner
A yorker turned full toss, Faulkner tries to hit it out of the park. Pandya drops an easy catch on the boundary.
Tries to get the wide yorker over backward point. Opens the bat just a little early and is caught on the boundary. Great bowling from Bumrah.
Wade c Rahane b Bumrah 20(18)
Oh ho ho!
Wade loses his bat as he tries to play a rash power shot over covers. Dhoni isn’t amused.
Good over from Bumrah!! Getting those yorkers in consistently, stopping the batsmen to get boundaries.
And that’s just poor cricket from Bumrah. Faulkner was stranded at the other end. But Bumrah just let the throw go and doesn’t try to get him out! Kohli isn’t a happy man.
Runs for Australia. 12 from the over and the batsmen get some move on. Onto the penultimate over now.
Finally Wade gets something. Lofts the ball dead straight, over the side screen. Great balance.
Now this is some great bowling from the Indian pacers. Bumrah gives away just 6 runs in the 47th over. The batsmen finding it hard to get the right timing.
Superb 46th from Bhuvi. Keeps the length full and gives away just 3 singles from the over. Great death bowling on showcase here.
Final five overs now. Australia would want to get atleast to 260. Faulkner would be the key here as Wade struggles. Here goes Bhuvi….
Oh my my!!! It can’t get worse for the Kangaroos, Stoinis also back in the dugout. Yet again he went for the DRS but this time it didn’t go in his favour.
Stoinis lbw b Bumrah 46(63)
Australia 211/6 (45)
And the struggle of Head finally comes to an end. It seemed to be coming just a matter of time when finally he’ll get himself out. Trying to play a pre-meditated sweep, which Axar saw and bowled a yorker that just thrashed the stumps, Head got himself bowled.
Wade as always, struggling…….
205/5 (43 Overs)
Stoinis is now really going after everything. Just survived a DRS, still just trying to hit every ball out of the ground. Head too now trying to match the aggression of Stoinis.
Stoinis now seems to be in an attacking mood. Clearly, the struggle of Head against Indian bowling has forced Stoinis to attack. Right now he seems to be comfortable playing the role of the aggressor.
Batting powerplay in progress now. It will be interesting to see how the Aussies go on now.
195/4 (41 Overs)
Travis Head looking very uncomfortable against both Kuldeep and Bumrah. Let’s see how long he can carry on his struggle, frankly speaking, doesn’t seem that he’ll be able to survive much.
Australia with Travis Head and Stoinis at the crease is going slow and steadily. The Indian spinners rushing through their overs rapidly. Jadhav completed his quota of 10 overs with some impressive numbers.
And here India goes for a review which seems a wasted DRS. So no further damage done.
165/4 (34 overs)
Now it’s Handscomb’s turn. Tries to sweep Axar from outside off-stump, gets a leading edge, Ajinkya takes the catch running back.
Handscomb c Rahane b Axar 13(17)
Now now now!!! The Indian spinners tightening their grip. Mental lapse for Warner. Was going good but suddenly plays a rash shot. Lofts the ball towards deep-mid wicket. Ball dips on the fielder and gets him caught near the boundary.
Warner c M Pandey b Axar 53(62)
Aus 112/3 (22.2)
The Australian captain gets out the next ball after Warner gets to his fifty. And who takes the wicket? None other than Kedar Jadhav. He might himself don’t know how he does it, but he is effective.
Smith LBW 16(25)
Indian spinners going through the overs as fast as they could. Kohli is clever here to sneak in some quick over from the part-timer Kedar Jadhav. Kuldeep also looks good with his line and length. Australian batsmen taking their time to dig in and get a sense of the conditions.
Finch perishes. Caught by Bumrah off Pandya. Tried to go over the covers, caught inside the thirty-yard circle. Superb catch from Bumrah as he runs in from mid-on to take the catch.
10 overs done and dusted, and Australia come out victorious from this first part of the play. After starting slowly, Finch and Warner have gotten themselves in and are scoring at will. The duo look dangerous as always. Indian bowlers are still searching for that first breakthrough to get things underway.
Aus 60/0 (10 overs)
India looks a completely different side with their real pace duo back.
And here Bumrah balls the 1st maiden of the match…….
And here we go…
Aussie openers – Finch and Warner are out in the middle and Bhuvi takes the first over.
India have once again gone with their ace bowlers- Kuldeep, Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah after the three of them missed the last match. It looks like the Indian dressing room seems determined to win the match and grab that no. 1 spot in the ODI rankings.
Australia have gone with Faulkner who is back in the squad replacing Richardson and strengthens the batting of the lower order.
Australia won the toss and opt to bat.
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa