What a nail biting game this has been.
India vs Australia 2nd ODI in Nagpur: India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54) – Defending 10 runs in the final over, Shankar first removed the well-set Marcus Stoinis with his first delivery and then castled last-man Adam Zampa with his third ball as India won by 8 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54)
OUT! Adam Zampa b Shankar 2 (2 balls). Australia 242-all out (49.1 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur
OUT! Marcus Stoinis lbw b Shankar 52 (64 balls). Australia 240/9 (49.1 overs) need 11 off 5 balls against India (250) in Nagpur
49.6 overs: Shami to Lyon, FOUR! Spoils what would have been a very good over. A full toss on the pads. NL looks to flick but it goes off the inner half, fine down the leg side and into the fence Australia 240/8 (49 overs) need 11 runs from 6 balls vs India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (52*), Nathan Lyon (6*)
It all comes down to this! Australia need 11 to win off the last over, to be bowled by Vijay Shankar
48.2 overs: Shami to Stoinis, couple of runs taken, brings up the sixth ODI fifty for Marcus Stoinis.Stoinis walks right across and then looks to flick it over square leg who is inside the ring. It goes off the top edge and over that fielder who trackbacks and puts in a dive but fails to reach it. Australia need 18 from 10 balls now
Jasprit Bumrah concedes 1 run from his final over to finish with 2 wickets for 29 runs. Australia 231/8 (48 overs) need 20 runs from 12 balls vs India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (47*), Nathan Lyon (1*)
Stoinis is happy to see off Bumrah’s last over and the equation has blown out to 20 to win from the last two overs. Follow it LIVE: https://live.cricket.com.au/match/2313/45586/india-men-vs-australia-men-india-v-australia-odis-mens/scorecard … #INDvAUS
Jasprit Bumrah will finish his quota in this make or break over for India. Australia 230/8 (47 overs) need 21 runs from 18 balls vs India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (47*), Nathan Lyon (1*). Live Scorecard
46.4 overs: Shami to Stoinis, FOUR! What a time to get a boundary for the Aussies, they now need 22 from 20 balls. Back of a length delivery on the off side is cut away by the all-rounder past the point fielder.
OUT! Pat Cummins c Dhoni b Bumrah 0 (2 balls). A lovely ball, on a length outside off, Cummins looks to defend but then the ball shapes away, taking the thinnest of outside edges. Dhoni takes it well above the ground and appeals but the umpire for some reason, is not sure whether it has carried. He has a chat with his partner and refers it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Australia 223/8 (45.4 overs) need 28 off 26 balls against India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (41*)
OUT! Nathan Coulter-Nile b Bumrah 4 (4 balls). Australia 223/7 (45.2 overs) need 28 off 28 ballsagainst India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (41*)
Kuldeep Yadav finishes with 3 wickets for 54 runs from his 10 overs. Australia 222/6 (45 overs) need 29 runs from 30 balls vs India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (40*), Nathan Coulter-Nile (4*)
OUT! Alex Carey b Kuldeep 22 (24 balls). Australia 218/6 (44.3 overs) need 33 off 33 balls against India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (40*)
44.1 overs: Kuldeep to Stoinis, FOUR! Quicker delivery but is bowled very short which is cut away by Stoinis. 15 runs came off his last over and now this one has started with a boundary. Australia now need 34 off 35 balls
42.5 overs: Kuldeep to Stoinis, SIX! Stoinis uses his feet, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the long on stands. 15 from the over so far with a ball to go.
A huge over for Australia, Kuldeep going for 15 to bring the equation down to 44 required from 42 balls. This is getting tight! https://live.cricket.com.au/match/2313/45586/india-men-vs-australia-men-india-v-australia-odis-mens/scorecard … #INDvAUS
42.3 overs: Kuldeep to Carey, FOUR! The slog sweep is out and he has nailed it. In the gap in the mid-wicket region and another boundary. Australia 200/5 (42.3 overs) need 51 runs from 45 balls vs India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (26*), Alex Carey (18*). Live Scorecard
OUT! Peter Handscomb run out (Jadeja) 48 (59 balls). Peter guides this towards point and sets off for a run. Jadeja in that position is quick to the ball, he picks it up quickly and hits bull’s eye at the non-striker’s end. The Indians appeal but the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and they show that PH has to walk back. Australia 171/5 (37.3 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Marcus Stoinis (16*)
36.6 overs: Jadhav to Stoinis, FOUR! Short ball is punished by the big-hitting all-rounder. Both batsmen are now scoring quite freely against the spinners. Jadhav slips in his bowling stride and hence, ends up bowling it too short. Stoinis makes room and then hits it hard through covers for a boundary.
35.5 overs: Jadeja to Handscomb, FOUR! Swept from the middle of the bat and collects yet another boundary through square leg.
Last 5 overs Australia have managed to score just 11 runs for the loss of a wicket. Australia 142/4 (32 overs) need 109 runs vs India (250) in Nagpur. Peter Handscomb (29*), Marcus Stoinis (8*). Live Scorecard
OUT! Glenn Maxwell b Kuldeep 4 (18 balls). There is not a lot Maxwell could have done about that delivery. This was short and on middle, Maxwell goes back and looks to pull. The ball though does not bounce at all and it goes under the bat and hits the middle pole. Australia 132/4 (28.3 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Peter Handscomb (27*)
Jasprit Bumrah comes back in the attack for his spell and concedes 1 run. Australia 132/3 (28 overs) need 119 runs vs India (250) in Nagpur. Peter Handscomb (27*), Glenn Maxwell (4*). Live Scorecard
OUT! Shaun Marsh c Dhoni b Jadeja 16 (27 balls). Jadeja continues bowling a straighter line to the left-hander. This though is down the leg side. Marsh looks to flick, the ball goes off the face of the bat but not as fine as he wanted to. It goes straight into the gloves of Dhoni who takes it an appeals. The umpire quickly raises his finger. Australia 122/3 (23.5 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Peter Handscomb (22*). Live Scorecard
23.1 overs: Jadeja to Handscomb, appeal for stumping from Dhoni. The umpire takes it upstairs. TV replays show Handscomb’s back foot was just insidei the crease. NOT OUT!
20.5 overs: Shami to Handscomb, FOUR! Digs out the yorker and manages to time it as well between the mid-off and mid-on fielders for his first boundary.
OUT! Usman Khawaja c Kohli b Jadhav 38 (37 balls). This is bowled full and wide outside off. Khawaja walks across and looks to whip it across the line and against the turn. The ball takes the leading edge and goes straight into the hands of Kohli at extra cover. He takes it. Australia 83/2 (15.3 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Shaun Marsh (0*). Live Scorecard
OUT! Aaron Finch lbw b Kuldeep 37 (53 balls). Misses the conventional leg-spinner from Kuldeep and gets hit on the pads plumb in front of off and middle stump, the umpire raises his finger after huge appeal from the bowler and wicketkeeper Dhoni. Australia 83/1 (14.3 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Usman Khawaja (38*)
Kuldeep Yadav concedes 8 runs from his first over. Australia 77/0 (12 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Aaron Finch (34*), Usman Khawaja (35*)
11.1 overs: Kuldeep to Finch, SIX! Where did that come from? ‘He is watching the ball closely,’ says Mitchell Johnson on air. Floated, around off, Finch gets down and slog sweeps it way over mid-wicket!
Vijay Shankar gets smashed for 13 runs, including 3 fours, in his first over. Australia 60/0 (10 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Aaron Finch (26*), Usman Khawaja (28*). Live Scorecard
9.1 overs: Shankar to Khawaja, FOUR! 50-run stand is up between the openers! Just the start they would have wanted. Also, they needed to score runs of the new ball on this slow wicket and they have done so.
Usman Khawaja crunches yet another boundary to bring up the team fifty, and Finch follows suit with a four of his own. Australia looking good at 0-56 https://live.cricket.com.au/match/2313/45586/india-men-vs-australia-men-india-v-australia-odis-mens/scorecard … #INDvAUS
A pitch invader apparently chased MS Dhoni around the VCA Stadium in Nagpur before the start of the second innings of the second ODI between India and Australia. Virat Kohli’s 40th hundred helped India post a fighting 250 earlier after a middle-order collapse which included a golden duck for MS Dhoni.
After Kohli had scored 116, the Indian innings wrapped up quickly. Pat Cummins was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with figures of 4 for 29 off 9 overs. Pitch invasion used to be a common occurence in Asian cricket grounds in the 1990s but with tighter security, it has become more or less impossible for fans to run on to the ground. Read More
Incredible scenes to start the second innings as MS Dhoni is chased around the ground by a pitch invader. All looked in good fun until the trespasser went up to Virat Kohli, who was not amused. Old mate has been escorted off the field #INDvAUS
Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack and concedes 1 run from his first over. Australia 33/0 (7 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Aaron Finch (13*), Usman Khawaja (14*). Live Scorecard
5.2 overs: Bumrah to Khawaja, FOUR! Bumrah bowls one a bit short but Khawaja was quick to rock back and pull it away on the leg side for his second boundary. The key here was he picks the length early, goes back and with one leg up, pulls it over the square leg fielder
3.6 overs: Bumrah to Finch, EDGED and FOUR! Beaturiful delivery from Bumrah as it leaves the batsman after pitching, Finch drives but only gets a thick inside-edge as the ball flies past first slip towards the boundary line.
2.3 overs: Shami to Finch, FOUR! Driven through the gap in the cover region, that would make Finch really good since he has been woefully out of form with the bat. Not a lot wrong with that ball. It is on a length just outside off. Finch strokes it on the up and through covers.
Bumrah started off his over with a wide, just like Mohammed Shami, and conceded 5 runs from his first of the spell. Australia 13/0 (2 overs) against India (250) in Nagpur. Aaron Finch (4*), Usman Khawaja (6*). Scorecard
0.6 over: Shami to Khawaja, FOUR! Strays in line and bowls one down the leg-side which Khawaja just clips off his pads to collect the first boundary of the innings.
Mohammed Shami will open the attack for India with the brand-new ball. Aaron Finch will take the first strike for the Aussies
Indian players are out on the field going through some fielding drills as they get ready to defend 250. Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja also getting ready to come out for the run chase. Brief scores – India 250-all out (48.2 overs) against Australia in Nagpur. Kohli (116), Shankar (46), Cummins (4/29). Live Scorecard
Three days after playing a match-winning innings in the first one day international, MS Dhoni fell for a first-ball duck in the second match against Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.
This was the fifth golden duck for MS Dhoni, who has now appeared in 337 ODIs for India in his glorious career. Read More
Ravindra Jadeja crossed the 2000-run mark during the second one day international between India and Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Jadeja in the process became the third Indian player to score 2000 or more runs as well as taking 150 or more wickets in ODIs. He joined the likes of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar on the elite list of Indian to have achieved the feat. Read More
Virat Kohli anchors India’s innings yet again. On a difficult wicket, on which most batsmen struggled the India captain showcased why he is rated the best! Kohli finished with 116, scoring his 40th ODI century. This was also his fourth ODI century at home in India-Australia ODIs.
Aaron Finch made a surprising call, opting to bat on a pitch that Gavaskar said would deteriorate in the second innings. However, Australia made a good start, picking up the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early. However, Kohli and Ambati Rayudu steadied the Indian innings with a 37-run stand. After Rayudu departed, Kohli stitched a solid starnd with Vijay Shankar, who hit 46 runs off just 41 balls before getting run out, unfortunately.
However, India were jolted soon after with MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav getting dismissed off successive deliveries. Kohli though continued his battle and stitched a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.
Pat Cummins pulled things back for Australia with three wickets towards the end. Is 250 enough for India?
Jasprit Bumrah is the last man to be dismissed. Nathan Coulter-Nile picks up the wicket. India finish with 250 on the board. Brief Scores: IND (250-all out in 48.2 overs), Kohli 116, Shankar 46; Cummins 4/29 vs AUS in 2nd ODI (Full Scorecard)
Another India batsman bites the dust. This time it’s Kuldeep Yadav. The tail-ender is bowled by Pat Cummins, who picks up two wickets in the over. India still have 12 balls. Can Bumrah and Shami add some crucial runs to the total? Brief Score: IND (249/9 in 48 overs), Shami 1*, Bumrah 0*; Cummins 4/29, Coulter-Nile 0/51 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Dhoni 0. (Full Scorecard)
Pat Cummins picks up his third wicket! Virat Kohli, the centurion, falls for 116. While trying to find a maximum, Kohli holes out to the deep mid-wicket fielder. Is this going to be the difference between India scoring 280 finishing with 260 odd?
End of a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket. In trying to accelerate, Ravindra Jadeja perishes for 21. Pat Cummins gives Australia another important breakthrough. With just four overs to go, Kuldeep Yadav has joined Virat Kohli, who is tiring at the middle. Brief Score: IND (239/7 in 46 overs), Kuldeep 0*, Kohli 114*; Cummins 2/28, Zampa 2/58 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Jadeja 21. (Full Scorecard)
Ravindra Jadeja has spent enough time at the middle (18 off 37 balls). He needs to switch gears and make it easy for his captain, who seems to be a bit tired at the other end. India have five more overs to play. How many more can they add to their tally?
Another top innings from Virat Kohli. The captain was under pressure, losing partners at regular intervals but he has managed to score another century, his 40th in ODI cricket. With this hundred, Kohli has also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in India-Australia ODis at home (4).
Meanwhile, Kohli has stitched a 50-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, who is giving his captain good support from the other end. Brief Score: IND (228/6 in 44 overs), Jadeja 15*, Kohli 105*; Maxwell 1/45, Coulter-Nile 0/51 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Dhoni 0. (Full Scorecard)
Ravindra Jadeja is taking his time in the middle but he is doing the job sticking around with his captain, Virat Kohli, who is closing in on the seventh ODI century against Australia. The two batsmen have added 45 runs from 57 balls since MS Dhoni was dismissed for naught. Brief Score: IND (216/6 in 42 overs), Jadhav 13*, Kohli 96*; Maxwell 1/41, Coulter-Nile 0/44 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Dhoni 0. (Full Scorecard)
Jadeja hits Lyon down to long on and takes a run to bring up the 200 up for India. 11 more overs to go after this one. However, only 4 wickets left is the problem. Kohli is going to be important for the hosts as jadeja needs to stay with his captain.
Virat Kohli slashes and slashes hard and it runs away for a four. It is not often that one sees Kohli throwing his bat at a ball. This is one of those rare occasions. Pat Cummins, back into the attack, bowls it short and just outside off and the Indian skipper latches onto the width. The ball races away behind point for a boundary. IND 195/6 in 37.3 overs vs AUS.
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are looking to run hard between the wickets and milk the Australian field for maximum yields. Aussie skipper Aaron Finch has turned back to Maxwell in hopes of getting done with some overs quickly.
Wicket! MS Dhoni edges the ball straight into the hands of Usman Khawaja at 1st slip. Adam Zampa on a hat-trick. Zampa removed the two Indian batsmen who steered had India home in the last game. Zampa bowled it flatter again and outside the off stump,. The ball pitches and turns away a little as Dhoni tried to guide it past the slip. There is not enough width on offer and the ball took the outside edge and flew towards Khawaja at first slip, who took a sharp catch to his right. India 171/6 in 32.3 overs vs Australia
Wicket! Kedar Jadhav hits the ball into the waiting hands of Aaron Finch off the bowling off Adam Zampa. Man of the match of the 1st ODI fails to make an impact. Zamapa floated the ball up outside off and once again very full. Kedar looked to go over covers but fails to get underneath the ball and does not get the desired elevation. Kedar ends up hitting the delivery flat and hard towards cover where Finch took a sharp catch.India 171/5 in 32.2 overs vs Australia
WICKET! Unfortunate way to get out, Vijay Shankar walks back after 46. Adam Zampa gets his hands down at the right moment to guide a straight drive from Virat Kohli into the wickets at the non-striker’s end. Shankar was short and disappointed after the third umpire gave him out. Zampa does well to get a finger-tip on it. Maybe the only way Australia could have got Shankar out as the all-rounder was going great guns.
Meanwhile, Kedar Jadahav has joined captain Virat Kohli at the middle. Brief Score: IND (161/4 in 30 overs), Jadhav 4*, Kohli 63*; Lyon 1/33, Zampa 0/39 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Shankar 46. (Full Scorecard)
Expensive first over for Marcus Stoinis as he concedes 14 runs. At the other end, Vijay Shankar is looking more and more confident. He finishes the over with a huge six into the deep mid-wicket boundary. Shankar is certainly growing in confidence and the good thing is that he has his captain at the other end. Brief Score: IND (147/3 in 28 overs), Shankar 41*, Kohli 58*; Lyon 1/28, Stoinis 0/14 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Rayudu 18. (Full Scorecard)
Vijay Shankar has looked very impressive since the time he walked into the middle. India were in a spot of bother after Ambati Rayudu consumed a lot of dot balls before getting out for 18. However, Shankar and Kohli have made sure India are scoring at a good pace. Virat Kohli is lauding his batting partner for some crisply-timed boundaries. Brief Score: IND (127/3 in 26 overs), Shankar 29*, Kohli 52*; Lyon 1/22, Coulter-Nile 0/37 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket – Rayudu 18. (Full Scorecard)
Another ODI fifty for Virat Kohli. He is the seventh Indian batsman to score 50 fifties in ODI cricket. Kohli is keeping India in the hunt here. Giving him company from the other end is Vijay Sharnkar, who has already played some delightful strokes.
The Indian Skipper brings up a hard fought half-century. This is his 50th in ODIs
Aaron Finch has changed the ends for his premier spinner, Nathan Lyon. Good start from the off-spinner from the other end, concedes just one runs off the over. He managed to beat Virat Kohli’s outside edge as well. Brief Score: IND (104/3 in 22 overs), Shankar 14, Kohli 45*; Lyon 1/11, Coulter-Nile 0/26 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rayudu 18. (Full Scorecard)
Vijay Shankar brings up India’s 100 with a cracking cut shot against Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has replaced Nathan Lyon. Both Shankar and Virat Kohli have kept the scorers busy after the wicket of Ambati Rayudu.
Virat Kohli played two cracking shots off Adam Zampa’s over and picked up boundaries to ease the pressure on India after Ambati Rayudu’s dismissal. Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar is looking busy at the middle, picking up singles with every possible opportunity. India need to keep the scorecard ticking along after slow innings by Rayudu. Brief Score: IND (90/3 in 19 overs), Shankar 4, Kohli 42*; Lyon 1/10, Zampa 0/14 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rayudu 18. (Full Scorecard)
The Nagpur crowd gave out a loud cheer after Ambati Rayudu’s dismissal, anticipating MS Dhoni’s arrival. However, Vijay Shankar has walked out to join Virat Kohli at the middle. Good opportunity for the youngster to prove his mettle as a batsman in the ODI format.
Virat Kohli tried to unsettle Nathan Lyon in the off-spinner’s first over. However, Lyon managed a wicket of the final delivery by trapping Ambati Rayudu in front. Rayudu completely missed a straight delivery while going for a flick off his pads. He went for the review but the on-field decision stayed. Rayudu has to walk back for 18, back-to-back failures for the India No. 4. Brief Score: IND (75/3 in 17 overs), Rayudu 18, Kohli 31*; Lyon 1/5, Zampa 0/14 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Dhawan 21. (Full Scorecard)
Ambati Rayudu has broken the shackles with a brilliant cover drive against Glenn Maxwell. India have scored only 23 runs from 39 balls since Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal in the 9th over. Australia have managed to put the brakes on India’s scoring rate. Finch has been brilliant with the way he has rotated the bowlers. Brief Score: IND (61/2 in 15 overs) vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Dhawan 21.
Glenn Maxwell has completed a four-over spell here, conceding just 13 runs and picking up a wicket. Runs are coming in ones and twos as Ambati Rayudu is taking his time out in the middle. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch has brought back Adam Zampa into the attack, replacing Pat Cummins.
Ambati Rayudu has struggled to keep the scorecard moving after Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket. The India No. 4, who is under a bit of pressure, has scored only four runs off his first 16 balls. Brief Score: IND (47/2 in 12 overs), Rayudu 4*, Kohli 20*; Maxwell 1/8, Cummins 1/13 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Dhawan 21. (Full Scorecard)
Good captaincy this from Aaron Finch. After getting back Pat Cummins in the previous over, he persists with wicket-taker, Glenn Maxwell to bowl the 11th over. Maxwell just concedes four runs off it. Brief Score: IND (43/2 in 11 overs), Rayudu 3*, Kohli 18*; Maxwell 1/8, Cummins 1/9 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Dhawan 21. (Full Scorecard)
Ambati Rayudu walks in for India at No. 4. After the failure in Hyderabad, Rayudu will be keen on doing well here. Good opportunity for him as he is getting to bat with his captain. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch brings his best bowler, Pat Cummins back into the attack.
8:3 overs: OUT! Glenn Maxwell gets Shikhar Dhawan for 21. Aaron Finch’s decision to bring in his part-time spinner inside the first powerplay has worked. Glenn Maxwell pushed this one with the arm to trap Shikhar Dhawan in front. The on-field umpire didn’t give it out but Australia got the decision overturned with a review. Brief Score: IND (39/2 in 9 overs), Rayudu 1*, Kohli 16*; Maxwell 1/6, Zampa 0/6 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Dhawan 21. (Full Scorecard)
Aaron Finch has brought in Adam Zampa after introducing Glenn Maxwell from the other end in the previous over. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan happy to knock it around. Six runs came off the leg-spinner’s first over. Brief Scores: IND (38/1 in 8 overs), Dhawan 21*, Kohli 16*; Maxwell 0/3, Zampa 0/6 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rohit 0. (Full Scorecard)
Good over from Glenn Maxwell. Only three runs came from it and the off-spinner was able to test Shikhar Dhawan with the ones that were going with the arm. IND (34/1 in 7 overs), Dhawan 19*, Kohli 14*; Maxwell 0/3, Zampa 0/0 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rohit 0.
STAT ALERT: Meanwhile, no batsman has scored more than MS Dhoni at the VCA Stadium in ODIs. The India veteran has two centuries from four innings at Jamtha. More here.
Aaron Finch brings in Glenn Maxwell into the attack. Another surprise move from the Australian captain, considering they had gone in with two specialist spinners in Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa.
It’s now time for Shikhar Dhawan to get going. He is taking on Pat Cummins now. When the big Australian fast bowler dug one short, Dhawan was up to it, pulling it to the deep mid-wicket boundary. He then shifts his weight to the back foot and crisply punches one past the point. This is good counter-attacking batting from the two India batsmen.
Virat Kohli is in the mood in Jamtha! Two cracking boundaries off Nathan Coulter-Nile’s second over. He punched one straight down the ground and flick one off his pads. Two crisply-timed shots. Are we going to see a big one from the India captain today? IND (16/1 in 4 overs), Dhawan 6*, Kohli 9*; Cummins 1/1, Coulter-Nile 15/0 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rohit 0.
Pat Cummins is running in and troubling the India batsmen. After removing Rohit Sharma in his first over, Cummins just concedes one run in his second. Good start this for Australia. IND (8/1 in 3 overs), Dhawan 6*, Kohli 1*; Cummins 1/1, Coulter-Nile 7/0 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rohit 0.
Virat Kohli is out at the middle as early as the second over. Good opportunity for Shikhar Dhawan, considering the lean patch he has been going through in the recent past. Meanwhile, this is only the second time Rohit Sharma has been dismissed for naught by Australia after the Brisbane ODI in 2012. IND (7/1 in 2 overs), Dhawan 6*, Kohli 0*; Cummins 0/1, Coulter-Nile 7/0 vs AUS in 2nd ODI. Last wicket Rohit Sharma 0. (Full Scorecard)
OUT! Rohit Sharma has to walk. Holds out to third man. Pat Cummins strikes in the first over itself. Cummins takes a wicket on the last ball of an excellent first over. He bowled it short and wide outside off, with Rohit sensing an opportunity to get off the mark. The Indian opener goes for the cut short but the extra bounce means that get on top of it. He gets a top edge which flies down to third man as Adam Zampa takes it easilyIndia 0/1 in 1 over vs Australia.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma walk out to open the Indian innings. Pat Cummins with the new ball for Australia. It is game on at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. What will a par score on this pitch? India will hope for a good start with the explosive opening pair with Australia looking for early inroads into the Indian batting lineup.
Contrasting take on the pitch by the two captains. While Aaron Finch expects the pitch to play better in the second half of the match, Virat Kohli says batting first is pretty much a “no-brainer”.
Aaron Finch: We’re going to have a bowl. We expect it to spin a bit and hopefully when the lights come on, it might play better. We didn’t play our best in the last game, obviously Dhoni and Jadhav played well to get them across the line. A bit more improvement in the batting and bowling should help.
Virat Kohli: We wanted to bat first, pretty much a no-brainer. Not much dew in the evening and it’s a dry surface. Not typical of the kind of pitches you get here, doesn’t look like it will bounce much. We expect it to deteriorate further as the game progresses. We spoke about the middle order coming through when the top three doesn’t click, so we need such games. Guys are looking for opportunities. It was a good performance for us, hopefully we can keep it going.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.
Sunil Gavaskar had suggested during the pitch report that bowling first won’t be an option on what seems to be a dry, very dry wicket at the VCA Stadium. “\This is a pitch made for the spinners, brown surface with a lot of cracks already visible. Team batting second might have a tougher time as the surface will crumble a bit more as the game progresses. Batting won’t be easy and the boundaries are quite large here, so might not expect too many sixes. Very dry and the red soil, bowling first won’t be an option today,” Gavaskar and Murali Karthik said at the pitch report.
Australia have won the toss and opted to bowl at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. The wicket is pretty dry and it’s a surprising call from the visitors. Australia have made two changes as well. They have brought in Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon in place of Ashton Turner and Jason Behrendorff. Two full-time spinners for Australia. Meanwhile, India are unchanged.
Australian Captain calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first in the 2nd ODI at Nagpur
India are back in their happy hunting ground. Against Australia, they have never lost in three ODI meetings at the VCA Stadium, Jamtha. Virat Kohli’s men will be hoping to make it 2-0, especially with the confidence the team has gained after the six-wicket win in Hyderabad on Saturday.