16:19 IST: That ends the SCG contest. A rare India loss, that too in an ODI. Against a triply-weakened Aussie unit. Spare a thought for Rohit Sharma though. His 10th series or tournament in a row where he has scored at least one century. But all is not lost yet as 2 ODIs are yet to be played. We now move to Adelaide, which hosts the second ODI on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Australia will be buoyed with this win but beware of the wounded Indian Tigers. The game begins at 1.50 pm local (0320 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
16:09 IST: Man of the Match, Jhye Richardson, says he is happy with his performance, especially against a quality side. Credits the way India tried to come back in the game. States Kohli’s wicket was very special for him, especially in a run chase. Mentions they are clear about what they have to do as a bowling unit and it came off today. Ends by saying they assessed the conditions well and bowled according to it.
16:08 IST: Victorious Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says he is very pleased with the performance. Admits they did get nervous when Dhoni and Rohit were batting. On his team’s batting, Finch says that the plan was to bat deep as can be seen from the scorecard, to get a competitive total on the board. He feels they had a par score as the dew was not going to play a big factor. Credits the way Khawaja, Marsh and Handscomb played. Further adds they batted really well in the middle period and finished off things well. Mentions the newbies bowled really well and both of them (Behrendorff and Jhye) have a good future ahead. Ends by saying there is still a lot of room for improvement though.
16:07 IST: Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they are not pleased with the way they played. Mentions they were good with the ball but were not upto the mark with the bat. Credits the way Rohit played and further adds he was supported well by Dhoni. Reckons they tried to take the game deep but the latter got out out at the wrong time. He feels they needed one more good partnership and the story could have been different. States Rayudu and Shikhar got good deliveries, he hit the ball well but was unfortunate. He adds though that those won’t stop them from playing their shots. Ends by saying this is a learning curve and they hope to correct their mistakes in the games further.
16:03 IST: Small moments. How they sometimes cost big. Bhuvi going for 40 in his last 3 overs. India losing by 34. Australia wasting a review on Rohit – did not matter but almost paid the price for it. Ambati Rayudu’s review – should India have taken it? Had they not, then Dhoni could have used it to his advantage. Anyways, life is nothing without ifs and buts. Please do stay tuned for the presentation…
16:01 IST: Wow. Australia’s bowling. No Starc. No Hazlewood. No Cummins. No Coulter-Nile. No Tye. Yet they won. Quadruple wow. They were lucky to get a couple of cheap wickets but then were professional enough to build on that and not let India in. Debutant Jason Behrendorff did well to finish with a 2-fer but Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with 4/26 in his 10. Nathan Lyon did a good holding job but the early damage had helped all the bowlers, even if they went for a hit towards the end.
15:59 IST: Rohit then tried to saviour a one-man show but eventually, the task became too monumental for him. He got no support from the others. Factor this – when Rohit was at the crease, only Dhoni and Jadeja crossed double figures.
15:58 IST: Normally, when you have a stand taking so many balls, it cannot be broken without compensating. Dhoni and Rohit tried to change the tempo but then the former got a rough call which probably changed the game.
15:55 IST: A good start is key to a good finish. India lacked that in this game. 1/1, 4/2 became 4/3. The visitors could not recover after that. Well, one can say they tried. Dhoni and Rohit stopped the wicket-flow, got a partnership going but that was not helping the task as the boundaries were not coming frequently. The stand was worth 137 but it consumed 171 balls.
15:52 IST: A comfortable win for Australia in the end. Not many would have imagined this. 288 on this track, which was seeing 30-40 runs short, has actually proved to be 34 runs too many.
15:49 IST: 49.6: M Stoinis to M Shami, OUT! Caught. The match ends. Stoinis finally gets his second. A full ball on middle, it is the slower one. Shami hits it high up in the air. So high that it comes down with snow on it. Maxwell in the deep mid-wicket position settles under it and takes a good catch. All smiles in the Australian camp as THEY WIN BY 34 RUNS AND TAKE A 1-0 LEAD!
15:48 IST: 49.5: M Stoinis to B Kumar, Another drop and once again it is on the bowling of Stoinis. Good attempt though. He looks a frustrated figure. A short ball on the body. Kumar goes for the pull but gets a top edge, it goes towards deep backward square leg. Handscomb makes good ground to his right, dives and gets two hands to it but fails to hang on. The batsmen take a run.
15:47 IST: 49.4: M Stoinis to B Kumar, Tries to do the same but this time finds the fielder at covers. Does not take a run.
15:47 IST: 49.3: M Stoinis to B Kumar, FOUR! CREAMED! Full and on off, Kumar makes room and caresses it through covers for a boundary.
15:46 IST: 49.2: M Stoinis to M Shami, On the pads, it is worked through square leg for a single.
15:45 IST: 49.1: M Stoinis to B Kumar, In the air… but it lands in no man’s land! Length delivery around off, Kumar swings, it hits the splice of the bat and lobs towards the cover region. A run taken.
15:44 IST: Mohammed Shami is the new batsman.
15:44 IST: 48.6: P Siddle to K Yadav, OUT! Khawaja makes no mistake this time! Siddle gets his first! A short ball on middle, Kuldeep shuffles across and goes for the pull. Only manages to get a top edge, it goes towards Khawaja at deep square leg, he takes it.
15:43 IST: 48.5: P Siddle to B Kumar, Goes very full and on the pads, it is clipped towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
15:42 IST: 48.4: P Siddle to B Kumar, Length again around off, Bhuvneshwar hits it over covers and take two.
15:42 IST: 48.3: P Siddle to K Yadav, On the shorter side, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
15:41 IST: 48.2: P Siddle to B Kumar, It’s been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
15:41 IST: 48.1: P Siddle to B Kumar, FOUR! Kumar is playing a very nice knock here. He makes room and cuts this length ball over the point fielder and into the fence.
15:40 IST: 47.6: M Stoinis to B Kumar, DROPPED! This is an absolute sitter! This should have been taken. Not sure if this drop would haunt Australia but still, the bowler will be disappointed as he could have added one more to his wicket tally. The slower ball on middle, Kumar tries to go downtown, it has more height than distance. Khawaja settles under it at long on and should have taken it but spills it. A single taken.
15:40 IST: Peter Siddle returns. 7-0-39-0 so far.
15:39 IST: 47.5: M Stoinis to K Yadav, Yadav moves right across and tries to flick. It hits his thigh pad and rolls on the leg side. The batsmen run a leg bye.
15:38 IST: 47.4: M Stoinis to B Kumar, DROPPED! But difficult to say so. A valiant effort from Behrendorff. It is short ball on the body, Kumar pulls it uppishly towards short fine leg. Jason there dives to his left, full stretch, gets a hand to it but can’t hang on.
15:38 IST: 47.3: M Stoinis to B Kumar, Tries to play the paddle now but fails to connect.
15:37 IST: 47.2: M Stoinis to B Kumar, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Kumar will not go down without a fight. He uses his feet and at the very end opens the face of the bat, it races through the turf through point. Marsh makes good ground to his left, dives but his effort goes in vain.
15:37 IST: 47.1: M Stoinis to B Kumar, FOUR! Handy runs but not sure this would make a difference to the outcome of the game. Short and outside off, Kumar comes down the track and slashes. He gets a top edge and it goes over the short third man fielder.
15:36 IST: 46.6: J Richardson to B Kumar, Another yorker, dug out for a single to the leg side.
15:35 IST: 46.5: J Richardson to B Kumar, A lovely reverse-swinging delivery, Bhuvi tries to dig it out but the ball goes off the inside edge, onto his pads and rolls past the stumps to the off side. He wants a run but is sent back.
15:34 IST: 46.4: J Richardson to K Yadav, A short ball now, heaved towards deep mid-wicket for one.
15:34 IST: 46.3: J Richardson to K Yadav, A slower ball, down the leg side, Kuldeep misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the keeper.
15:33 IST: 46.2: J Richardson to B Kumar, The batsman plays the pull shot. One run added to the total.
15:32 IST: 46.1: J Richardson to K Yadav, Fuller and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a run.
15:31 IST: 45.6: M Stoinis to B Kumar, The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
15:31 IST: 45.5: M Stoinis to B Kumar, DROPPED! Guess this will not matter though. A short ball, outside off, Bhuvi looks to pull but gets a top edge. It almost carries to Usman Khawaja at long on who comes running in but plonks it. Hurts his hamstring as well.
15:30 IST: Kuldeep Yadav is the new man in.
15:30 IST: 45.4: M Stoinis to R Sharma, OUT! Caught! The SCG stands still. That is probably the final nail in the coffin. A tired Rohit Sharma walks back after a magnificent innings. No miracle tonight. He fought a lone battle but the situation demanded a lot out of him. Australia on the other hand, rejoice as they know they almost have the game in the bag. A short ball outside off, Rohit tries to pull but only manages to get a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Glenn Maxwell there runs in and takes a good catch.
15:29 IST: 45.3: M Stoinis to R Sharma, FOUR! JUST OVER! Much-needed boundary but one is not enough. They need at least three per over. A full toss, this time Rohit makes Stoinis pay as he lofts it over the mid off fielder and into the fence.
15:29 IST: 45.3: M Stoinis to R Sharma, WIDE. A full toss outside off, pretty wide, Sharma lets it go. Pressure on the bowler!
15:27 IST: 45.2: M Stoinis to B Kumar, A short ball, ultra-slower delivery, Bhuvi swings hard and toe-ends it towards long on. For a run.
15:26 IST: 45.1: M Stoinis to R Sharma, A high full toss outside off, Rohit heaves it towards deep mid-wicket. A single taken. The batsmen look at the square leg umpire for the no ball call but they get none. Just below the waist.
15:24 IST: 44.6: J Richardson to B Kumar, Another slower ball outside off, this time there is extra bounce. Kumar once again fails to put bat on ball. Terrific over this by Jhye, one which probably turns the tide in Australia’s favor completely. A run and a wicket from it.
15:24 IST: 44.5: J Richardson to B Kumar, Excellent slower ball! That was really slow. It is also outside off, Kumar looks to pull but is done in by the lack of bounce and pace.
15:23 IST: 44.4: J Richardson to B Kumar, Driven firmly but to the man at covers who is quite close in. Rohit is halfway down the wicket as he is eager to get on strike. He now has to turn and get back in. The fielder has a shy at the bowler’s end. Rohit dives and tries to get back in. The fielder misses his shy and Rohit ends up colliding into the stumps.
15:22 IST: 44.3: J Richardson to B Kumar, Very full on middle, Kumar jams it out.
15:22 IST: 44.2: J Richardson to R Sharma, Shortish and outside off, Rohit cuts it through point and a run is taken.
15:21 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in next at number 8, replacing Jadeja. Just needs to keep giving the strike to Rohit. The way he is batting, he can win this single-handedly for India.
15:21 IST: 44.1: J Richardson to R Jadeja, OUT! In the air… taken! Four-fer for Jhye. The men from Perth Scorchers are doing it for Australia. It is bowled short and outside off, Jadeja goes for the upper cut and also hits it well. It though does not go as fine as he wanted it to. Shaun Marsh at deep point, settles under it and takes an easy one. Rohit continues losing partners at one end. 76 from 35.
15:19 IST: Jhye Richardson is back on.
15:18 IST: 43.6: M Stoinis to R Sharma, FOUR! 10 from the last 2 balls and it ends up being an expensive over. It is slightly short and Rohit pounces on it. He pulls it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence. 76 more needed in 36.
15:18 IST: 43.5: M Stoinis to R Sharma, SIX! HUGE! Spoils the over! Stoinis goes for the yorker but ends up bowling it in the slot. Rohit Sharma is seeing the ball like a football and hence won’t miss out. He clears the mid-wicket fence with ease.
15:17 IST: 43.4: M Stoinis to R Sharma, A dot now! This is turning out to be an excellent over. Short and outside off, Rohit goes for the cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
15:17 IST: 43.3: M Stoinis to R Jadeja, Jadeja makes room and Stoinis follows him. Ravindra nudges it beside the pitch. The batters go for a run, Stoinis is quick to the ball, he then shys at the striker’s end with an underarm throw but misses. Replay shows, had he hit, Rohit was a goner.
15:16 IST: 43.2: M Stoinis to R Jadeja, One for the over signaled! A bumper and it is a well-directed one. Jadeja is taken by surprise and fails to connect with the pull.
15:15 IST: 43.1: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Once again it is in the air but lands safe. Full and around middle, Rohit lofts it towards long on by taking a hand off the handle. The fielder comes running in but it lands well short. A run taken.
15:14 IST: 42.6: N Lyon to R Jadeja, Flighted delivery on middle and off, Jadeja defends it by showing the full face off the bat.
15:13 IST: 42.5: N Lyon to R Jadeja, Once again bowls it a bit shorter to Jadeja. He cuts it but straight to the fielder at point.
15:13 IST: 42.4: N Lyon to R Sharma, Tossed up on off, Sharma follows that six with a single by sweeping it towards the square leg region.
15:13 IST: 42.3: N Lyon to R Sharma, SIX! Out of here! India need a few more of these. A little too full and on middle, Rohit lines it up and sends it sailing over the long on fence. 200 up for India. They require 89 more runs of 45 balls.
15:12 IST: 42.2: N Lyon to R Jadeja, Flighted delivery on off, the ball spins away from the batsman after pitching. Jadeja rocks onto his back foot and cuts it away towards point for a single.
15:12 IST: 42.1: N Lyon to R Jadeja, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
15:11 IST: 41.6: G Maxwell to R Sharma, FOUR! STREAKY! Everything going Rohit’s way. A high full toss, it is slower through the air. Sharma is early int the pull. It goes off the edge and past short third man for a boundary. 9 from the over, a good one in the context of the game.
15:10 IST: 41.5: G Maxwell to R Sharma, Quicker ball again and outside off, it skids through, Sharma tries to play it late but gets beaten.
15:10 IST: 41.4: G Maxwell to R Sharma, In the air… but safe! The move to get Maxwell on almost works there. This is darted outside off, Rohit tries to drag his shot over mid-wicket. He only manages to get a top edge. It goes high up in the air, the fielder from the deep mid-wicket region runs in but he can’t get to it. Sharma can consider himself lucky there. Is this his night? We will have to wait to find out. The batsmen take two.
15:09 IST: 41.3: G Maxwell to R Sharma, Fires in a yorker on off, Rohit can only jam it out. Good delivery that.
15:08 IST: 41.2: G Maxwell to R Jadeja, Once again plays it with soft hands towards mid-wicket, this time though it is only a single as the fielder gets to the ball quickly.
15:08 IST: 41.1: G Maxwell to R Jadeja, This is fired on middle, Jadeja nicely plays it towards mid-wicket with soft hands and takes two.
15:08 IST: Another change as Glenn Maxwell comes on.
15:07 IST: 40.6: N Lyon to R Jadeja, Shorter on length this time, Jadeja pushes it away towards point for a single.
15:07 IST: 40.5: N Lyon to R Sharma, Rohit comes charging down the track and pushes it towards long on for a single.
15:06 IST: 40.4: N Lyon to R Sharma, A stifled shout by Lyon and Carey for lbw has been turned down by the umpire. Sharma goes for a sweep but misses and the ball hits him on his front pad. The ball was pitching outside leg. Also Lyon is bowling from around the wicket, so this was always gonna be a very difficult one to be given out.
15:06 IST: 40.3: N Lyon to R Sharma, Tossed up on off, Rohit drives it straight to the fielder at point.
15:05 IST: 40.2: N Lyon to R Jadeja, Flatter delivery outside off, Jadeja waits for the ball to come and cuts it away towards cover-point for a single.
15:04 IST: 40.1: N Lyon to R Sharma, Short of a length on middle, Sharma flicks it away for a single.
15:04 IST: Powerplay 3 has been signaled! 5 fielders can now be placed outside the ring till the end of the game. Also, Nathan Lyon is back on.
15:03 IST: 39.6: J Richardson to R Sharma, Now he strokes it towards long off for a single.
15:02 IST: 39.5: J Richardson to R Sharma, 100 for Rohit Sharma. 22nd in ODIs and 7th against Australia. He is fighting a lone battle out there. He needs to stay there till the end if India are to win this. However, he needs someone to hang around with him. He flicks this towards the backward square leg region and the batsmen take two.
15:01 IST: 39.4: J Richardson to R Jadeja, Short of a length and Jadeja pulls this one out towards mid-wicket to get off the mark with a single.
15:00 IST: 39.3: J Richardson to R Jadeja, Length delivery outside off, Jadeja starts his innings by leaving that one.
15:00 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in.
15:00 IST: 39.2: J Richardson to D Karthik, OUT! DRAGS IT ON! Jhye Richardson it is once again, his third wicket. It is slightly short and it skids through. Karthik comes down the track and he looks to pull. He though ends up getting a bottom edge as the ball does not bounce as much as he expects it to. The ball deflects onto the stumps. Rohit is disappointed at the other end, Karthik too walks back disgusted. However, he is asked to wait as the umpires want to check for the no ball. Replays show that Jhye’s front foot is fine. Karthik has to continue walking. India have half their side back in the hut, also, Australia are into the all-rounders. Now one can say, Rohit is India’s only hope.
14:59 IST: 39.1: J Richardson to D Karthik, Ouch that must have hurt! Length delivery on off, Karthik plays it straight back at the bowler. The ball is just on the left of Jhye who puts his hand out wide to stop the ball. The ball hits him on his middle and third fingers. But he shakes it off and goes back towards his run up like a warrior.
14:58 IST: 38.6: P Siddle to R Sharma, Nope! Not in this over. Excellent last delivery by Siddle. A yorker on off, Sharma jams it out. A dot to end but a top over for India. They need to keep going now.
14:56 IST: 38.5: P Siddle to R Sharma, FOUR! Third in the over and this is the best of the lot one can say. Brings out the paddle scoop, connects well and it goes to the fine leg fence. Sharma onto 98, one ball to go, will he get to his ton?
14:55 IST: 38.4: P Siddle to R Sharma, FOUR! Too easy this for Rohit! Slightly short and it sits up to be hit. Sharma pulls it over mid-wicket and the ball races away. This one was well timed. Second boundary in the over.
14:55 IST: 38.3: P Siddle to R Sharma, Well fielded! Saves a few runs for his side. Full and on off, Rohit hits it to the right of mid off. Finch there dives to his right and stops it. The skipper leading from the front here.
14:54 IST: 38.2: P Siddle to R Sharma, FOUR! No fielder at mid-wicket and it results in a boundary! Short and on middle, Rohit just transfers his weight on the back foot and plays the pull. It takes the top edge but since there is no one in the deep mid-wicket region, boundary results.
14:53 IST: 38.1: P Siddle to D Karthik, A little too straight, Karthik whacks it through mid-wicket but only for a single.
14:53 IST: Peter Siddle is back on.
14:52 IST: 37.6: J Richardson to D Karthik, No he cannot. He drives it towards the point region and takes a single to keep the strike for the start of next over. This ball was full and outside off.
14:51 IST: 37.5: J Richardson to D Karthik, Fuller delivery on off, Dinesh blocks it off his front foot. The run rate is creeping up here for India. Can DK end the over with a bang here?
14:51 IST: 37.4: J Richardson to D Karthik, Fuller length delivery on off, Karthik tries to flick it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. The ball goes back towards Jhye on the bounce. He mimes to have a shy at the stumps.
14:50 IST: 37.3: J Richardson to R Sharma, Good length delivery outside off, Rohit pushes it through the point region for a single.
14:49 IST: 37.2: J Richardson to R Sharma, Fuller length delivery on off, Rohit blocks it off his front foot.
14:48 IST: 37.1: J Richardson to R Sharma, OHHH!! So close! Length delivery outside off, Sharma tries to pull it but misses it. The ball moves inwards after hitting the deck and misses Rohit’s off stump by just a few inches. Good start by Jhye Richardson.
14:48 IST: Jhye Richardson is back into the attack.
14:48 IST: 36.6: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Poor ball, poor shot and poor keeping! Short and on the body, Karthik swings too hard. It goes off the glove, through the hands of the diving keeper, towards fine leg for a couple. Ends Behrendorff’s spell, he has really been good today. A debut to remember, his figures finish with 10-2-39-2.
14:46 IST: 36.5: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Rohit now pushes it towards covers and takes a single.
14:46 IST: 36.4: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Straight as an arrow! However, Karthik could have been in danger had the ball deflected onto the stumps. Full and on middle, Rohit drives it back towards the bowler. He gets down, manages to get a hand to it. It misses the stumps at the non-striker’s end. A couple taken.
14:46 IST: 36.3: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, ALMOST CHOPS IT ON! Back-to-back nervy moments for India. A length ball outside off, Rohit comes down the track, trying to force the issue but the ball comes slowly off the surface, takes the inside edge and just misses the leg stump, en route fine leg. A couple taken.
14:45 IST: 36.2: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, A short ball around middle, DK helps it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
14:44 IST: 36.1: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Almost through! Nervy moment for Karthik. He comes down the track, looking to punch this down the ground but gets a bottom edge as the ball swings in a long way. The ball goes on the bounce and just escapes the off stump!
14:43 IST: 35.6: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Full on middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
14:42 IST: 35.5: M Stoinis to D Karthik, Works it through mid-wicket for a single.
14:42 IST: 35.4: M Stoinis to D Karthik, Full and outside off, Karthik drives but finds mid off.
14:41 IST: 35.3: M Stoinis to D Karthik, This one jags back in a long way, Dinesh adjusts really well to dab it towards short third man, sets off for a single but then loses his bat. Rohit sends him back.
14:41 IST: 35.2: M Stoinis to D Karthik, Jumps down the track does Karthik, Stoinis shortens the length and DK can only work it towards short mid-wicket.
14:40 IST: 35.1: M Stoinis to R Sharma, On a length outside off, Rohit punches this uppishly but it is well wide of cover. A single taken. Rohit moves to 80 from 97 balls.
14:39 IST: 34.6: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Around middle, helped through square leg for a run.
14:38 IST: 34.5: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Comes down the track and works it through fine leg for a single. 150 UP FOR INDIA. 139 more needed from 91 balls.
14:38 IST: 34.4: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Landed outside off, pushed towards point.
14:37 IST: 34.3: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, On a good length around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
14:36 IST: 34.2: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Around off, driven down the ground towards mid off for a single.
14:36 IST: 34.1: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
14:35 IST: 33.6: M Stoinis to D Karthik, This time he manages to guide it away from the keeper and hits it fine enough to take two. Just 4 from the over, the run rate needed has now almost touched 9.
14:34 IST: 33.5: M Stoinis to D Karthik,On a length around off, Karthik tries to guide it down to third man but fails to time it properly. It is too close to the keeper.
14:33 IST: 33.4: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Good bowling! Attacks the stumps, Rohit works it through mid-wicket and a single is taken.
14:33 IST: 33.3: M Stoinis to R Sharma, A slash and a miss! Too close to play that shot. slightly short and outside off, Rohit goes for the cut but misses.
14:32 IST: 33.2: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Good length again on middle, Rohit strokes it to mid on.
14:32 IST: 33.1: M Stoinis to D Karthik, Driven on the up through covers for a single.
14:30 IST: 32.6: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Good length on off, it is stroked towards mid off for a run. End of a successful over by Jason.
14:30 IST: 32.5: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Full and on middle, it is eased down to long on and a run is taken.
14:29 IST: 32.4: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, On a length and around off, it is kept out.
14:28 IST: 32.3: J Behrendorff to D Karthik, Karthik off the mark as he guides it down to third man for a run.
14:27 IST: Dinesh Karthik is the new man in.
14:25 IST: 32.2: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, OUT! LBW! Jason Behrendorff has provided the needful. What a debut he is having. He has stepped up when his captain requires him to. Spears it very full around leg stump. Dhoni is right across as he tries to flick. Misses, the ball hits the pads. The umpire has his finger raised as soon as the bowler starts appealing. Jason is pumped up and Dhoni departs shortly after getting to his half ton. The 137-run stand has been cut short. Australia back on top now. 148 more needed in 106 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Now then… Hawk Eye shows the ball to be pitching outside leg. India though do not have a review left. Dhoni can consider himself unlucky.
14:24 IST: 32.1: J Behrendorff to R Sharma, Back of a length on off, Rohit pushes it through covers and an easy run is taken.
14:23 IST: 31.6: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Length delivery on off, Rohit guides it away towards the point region for a single.
14:22 IST: 31.5: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Full length delivery on off, Sharma blocks it off the front foot.
14:22 IST: 31.4: M Stoinis to R Sharma, Full length delivery on off, the ball finds the outer half of Sharma’s defensive bat.
14:21 IST: 31.3: M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Full length delivery on off, Dhoni pushes it aeay towards cover and calls for a single, which he gets it easily.
14:21 IST: 31.2: M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, Length delivery on off, Dhoni blocks it away off his back foot and looks for a single but Sharma says no.
14:20 IST: 31.1: M Stoinis to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Fifty for Dhoni! How important is this knock and what a confidence booster this will be. He has been struggling today but has still continued and is playing a very handy knock. Gets there with a boundary. Gets a full ball on middle, Dhoni smashes it towards mid on. Richardson there dives to stop it, he gets a hand but the ball is hit well enough to reach the fence. His job though is yet not done.
14:19 IST: Marcus Stoinis is back on now. He replaces Nathan Lyon.
14:18 IST: 30.6: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, Nope! Some good running ensured Jason does not bowl a maiden. Nevertheless, a very good over, they need a tight one here. Dhoni works it around the corner and scampers through for a run.
14:18 IST: 30.5: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, 5 dots! This is on a length and around off, Dhoni mistimes it to covers. Can he bowl a maiden?
14:17 IST: 30.4: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, BEATEN! Dhoni uses his feet to this delivery outside off, he pokes at it and gets beaten.
14:17 IST: 30.3: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, Make that three! Once again it is bowled on length and around off, Dhoni strokes it to covers.
14:16 IST: 30.2: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, On middle, Dhoni works it to mid-wicket. Two dots in a row to begin this over.
14:16 IST: 30.1: J Behrendorff to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers.
14:14 IST: 29.6: N Lyon to R Sharma, On middle and leg, worked to the leg side.
14:14 IST: 29.5: N Lyon to R Sharma, SIX! Wonderful use of the feet by Rohit on this occasion. Lyon tossed it up on middle, Rohit comes dancing down the track and heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum. His 4th of the evening!
14:13 IST: 29.4: N Lyon to R Sharma, Flighted delivery outside off, Rohit tries to cut that one but manages to find the outer half of the bat. Luckily for him the ball reaches Khawaja on a bounce at short third man.
14:13 IST: 29.3: N Lyon to R Sharma, Flatter delivery on middle and leg, Sharma flicks it away straight to the square leg fielder.
14:13 IST: 29.2: N Lyon to MS Dhoni, Once again plays it with soft hands towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
14:12 IST: 29.1: N Lyon to MS Dhoni, Steps down the wicket and then flicks it in the gap at the square leg region. Runs the first one hard, goes for the second and does it easily.