India vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Catch all the hihglights from the 3rd ODI between India and Australia from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
As It Happened: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav did the trick for the visitors as they put on 121 run partnership to take India to seven-wicket win over the Aussies. India have now win their maiden ODI bilateral series win Down Under. Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal scalped career best 6/42 to restrict the Aussies for just 230.(Full scorecard)
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With three half-centuries to his name in as many matches in the series, MS Dhoni is one of the highest run-getters of the series. He couldn’t do it in the first ODI, but his innings in Adelaide and then Melbourne got the team over the line in both the matches. Dhoni named man of the series for his exploits.
Australia won the first ODI in Sydney by 34 runs but India hit back in the next two matches to complete a resounding series win. Virat Kohli and co went on to win the next match in Adelaide by 6 wickets and now this latest seven-wicket win Melbourne.
MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav did the trick for the visitors as they put on 121 run partnership to take India to seven-wicket win over the Aussies. India have now win their maiden ODI bilateral series win Down Under. One shouldn’t forget Chahal’s contribution, who scalped six wickets for the visitors.
Peter Siddle gave away 13 runs in the second last over of the day, which included one boundary from Jadhav on the second ball and one from Dhoni on the fifth ball of the over. This means, India need just one run from the last over of the day.
Kedar Jadhav hits a boundary on the last ball of the Stoinis over and with that, the middle order batsman has completed his well-deserved half-century. The 100 run partnership is also up between Dhoni and Jadhav. India now need 14 runs from the last two overs.
Just when a boundary was needed, MS Dhoni sweeps a Marcus Stoinis delivery towards square leg for a boundary. This after he was dropped on the previous ball by Aaron Finch at mid-off. The ball was hit very hard but that should have been taken by the Aussie skipper.
Jhye Richardson concedes six singles off his final over as India now need 28 off 18 deliveries. Kedar Jadhav almost got out in that over when he lobbed the ball in the air but it dropped short of Glenn Maxwell who was fielding at deep mid wicket.
While Dhoni is taking singles and doubles to keep the scoreboard ticking from one end, Jadhav has had enough it seems as he hits his second boundary in as many overs to break the shackles now. 11 runs came from that over from Peter Siddle as India are marching on now.
Eight runs came off that over from Stoinis and Indian fans will surely love that. MS Dhoni hit a boundary in that over from Stoinis to break the trend of singles and doubles. The match is heading for a close finish now.
MS Dhoni opts to play five dot deliveries and then took a single on the last ball of the over to retain strike. Sometimes, one just cannot fathom what is going inside the mind of the former India skipper. But he has done it time and time again and can pull off another miracle today.
The Aussie pacer concedes just 5 runs from the over as India now need 53 off 42 deliveries. One of two boundaries here will push the match firmly in favour of the visitors.
India’s required rate has moved up and has crossed the 7 runs per over mark. One would say that with wickets in hand and two set batsmen at the crease, it is India’s match to lose. Dhoni and Jadhav are going great guns at the moment.
Jhye Richardson bowled a leg cutter and the ball crashed into Dhoni’s pads. The umpire said not out but the Aussies opted to use the DRS. Replays showed that the ball was going over the wicket and Dhoni survived.
Dhoni and Jadhav have stitched together 50-run stand off 58 deliveries and India are slightly ahead in the match as of now. They need 66 in the final 10 overs and one would feel that it is India’s game to lose from here.
Kedar Jadhav makes his intentions clear as he hit a Stoinis delivery down the ground for his third boundary of the innings. The two batsmen raked in 9 runs from the over as they are now doing well to bring down the required rate.
MS Dhoni completes his half-century off 74 deliveries. This is his third fifty in as many matches in the series. Till the time he is out there, India will feel they are in command of the chase.
Marcus Stoinis drops the ball short and Kedar Jadhav give it the full monty. The ball takes a leading edge and flies over the keeper’s head for a boundary. Lucky for Jadhav as the ball could have gone anywhere.
Dhoni and Jadhav are relying on singles and doubles to take them closer to the target. So far, they have scored 27 runs off 36 deliveries but more importantly, they aren’t taking unnecessary risks that could throw the chase in jeopardy.
Short and wide from Stanklake and Jadhav roks on the backfoot and cuts the ball past the point fielder for a boundary. First four of the innings for Jadhav and that will certainly give him a lot of confidence as we approach the final 16 overs of the chase.
India’s current rate is under four and their required rate is over six. Dhoni is playing good cricket but hasn’t been able to score boundaries at will. He has scored just three fours yet in his 60-ball innings hus far. Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav is also finding it hard to score runs freely on the other end.
Kedar Jadhav has come out to bat now and India will have to start all over again. MS Dhoni is keeping hold of the innings from one end but Jadhav will have score quickly on the other so that the pressure of the required rate doesn’t get to the batsmen.
Jhye Richardson bowls outside the off stump and produces an edge off Kohli’s bat and keeper Carey takes a simple catch. Kohli has to walk into the hut now and he is not looking happy. The India skipper is letting everyone know what he thinks about the shot that he played.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have put together 50-run stand after the fall of the openers. The duo have played 76 deliveries thus far and are leading India’s charge. But the required rate is going up with every passing over and these two will need to get a move on sooner than later.
Well, the man has seen off the over without run, Australia are stacking up dots here. This might add extra pressure on Kohli at the other end
Both Kohli and Dhoni are looking to milk singles and then look for the odd boundary, this asking run rate is climbing, and they need to guard against too much complacency
Two instances of the batsmen not being on the same page as far as running between the wickets is concerned. India remain unscathed, but there is pressure being built
Boy, oh boy. Short ball outside off, Dhoni went for the cut/slash, does not keep it down, Maxwell makes an absolute meal of it at backward point. Well, well, Australia?
Stoinis into the attack, he pitches the ball up and asks Dhawan to drive. He does go for it, on the up and Stoinis holds on to a sharp catch in his follow through. Australia needed this strike, India now need to rebuild again.
Dhawan is itching to go after Adam Zampa here, but the leg-spinner is holding his own with some pretty tight bowling. Australia need wickets, India will be happy to keep knocking it around for singles and doubles
A check drive which was uppish through covers gets the Indian captain going. Australia need to do something different to pluck him out of the equation, if they have to have any chance in this game
Full ball on off stump, Rohit wants to flick it away, outside edge taken and the ball flies to Shaun Marsh at first slip. Australia have been tight and now are rewarded with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. They need to keep picking up wickets. In walks Virat Kohli
Very tight start from Richardson and Siddle. They have not allowed India to get off to a quick start and are in the game at the moment. Need wickets now to bolster their case
That ball from Siddle decked back in after pitching, beats Rohit Sharma, hit on the back pad, but review shows that the ball would have kissed the stumps, so umpire’s call it is and Rohit survives
Rain has abated, the players have walked out, Rohit Sharma takes guard. Jhye Richardon with the new ball, they need to make this new ball count
The players are warming up and the covers are being dragged off the field. A start is pretty much imminent, provided rain returns
Rain has made its way back to the MCG. India need 231, but the chase has not yet begun, and it could well be a delayed start to proceedings
Full ball, aimed for the stumps, Stanlake misses the ball and the stumps are shattered. That should be that, Australia knocked over for 230. The day belonged to Chahal, who picked up 6 wickets for 42 runs and was almost impossible to decipher for the Australian batting order. India will be backing themselves to chase this down and seal the series
Zampa dances down the track, wants to belt the ball over long on, could not get the required connection and the ball carries nicely to Vijay Shankar who settles down under the high ball and accepts it with glee to give Chahal 6 wickets
As plumb as one can get. Trapped Handscomb with a fast skiddy ball and Australia are dealt a heavy blow. India are on the charge, Australia 7 down. What a comeback for Chahal, 5 wickets on his review and he has been on song all day today
Another length ball which spun away from Jhye and all the batsman could do was offer a catch to short mid-wicket. Australia are now 6th down, Handscomb needs to farm the strike right now
He has been consistent this series and has done his World Cup chances no harm. He now needs to stay put and bat out the 50 overs and post a score on the board
Shami completes his 250 International wickets.
His current split is as follows:
Tests: 144 wickets
ODIs: 98 wickets
Glenn Maxwell tried to play a pull shot but top-edge a Mohammed Shami delivery. The ball went high up in the air and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was fielding at fine leg, ran inside to take a brilliant diving catch. Australia have now lost their sixth wicket.
Glenn Maxwell is taking the attack to the Indian bowlers as he hits two boundaries off Chahal to take his tally to four. Since coming on to the crease, Maxwell has been scoring runs at fast pace and he is already batting at 22 off 16.
Chahal drops the ball short and Maxwell latches on to hit and hits the ball towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. Australia will hope Maxwell goes on to score a big innings here. In the next over, Maxwell pulls Jadeja’s short delivery for his second boundary of the innings.
Lovely ball, pitching on middle, spinning away, Stoinis on the backfoot looks to dink it away, ball spins takes the outside edge and Rohit dives to take the catch at first slip. Australia are 5 down and in some serious trouble, Chahal is getting this ball to spin
Another one bites the dust, a harmless ball on leg stump, Khawaja wanted to turn it around, gets the leading edge and straight back to Chahal who accepts it with a canny smile
The left-hander rushed down the track, Chahal bowled it on the stumps and got it turn further down the leg side, Dhoni collects the ball and by Dhoni standards it was a slow attempt at stumping, but Marsh is just out. Huge wicket for India
One over from Jadhav and Marsh looks to be on the move. He has been the man in form and Australia would want him to bat long and get another century
Jadhav + Shankar = Fifth bowler. 0-28 in 8 overs so far. What India missed in Sydney and Adelaide. Kohli will be a relieved man. Jadhav is posing all sorts of problems
With that low arm action, and then different varieties, Jadhav is causing the Australian batsmen a bit of a headache here. 8 runs in 2 overs is not too bad by him
Good steady over to get his ODI career rolling. On a length aiming for the stumps. Kohli would want him to be steady and give him a good spell after a good start by the opening bowlers
Well, he was batting way ahead of his crease, Bhuvi nails him in front with a perfect ball. Hit below the knee roll and the umpire sends Finch on his bike. Good bowling and good captaincy by Kohli to give Bhuvi an extended spell, he was putting immense pressure on Finch
Beautiful bowling, getting the ball to move either ways, outside edge taken and the ball flies past a vacant second slip. Error from Kohli with Finch so woefully out of form!
Landing the ball on a length and angling it across Usman Khawaja who is trying to waft his bat at the away going ball, but getting beaten. Lovely seam presentation by the bowler
Beautiful bowling from Bhuvneshwar, length ball on the off stump, extra bounce and seam, Carey fends, ball takes the outside edge and carries to Virat Kohli at second slip. India draw first blood
Grey skies overhead, but the play will resume. And the ball is hooping around, and Finch has been hit on the pads and the one takes the outside edge
Rain has returned and the umpires have taken the bails off. The players trudge off the field, the pictures are not looking good
Alex Carey and Aaron Finch are out there. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball. The conditions are overcast and the ball could move around, ideal for Bhuvi
The hessian is on at the MCG. That sort of a day?
Australia (Playing XI): Alex Carey(w), Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
We’re having a bowl first. It’s going to be stop-start, with the rain around, and as a batsman we are never in, so that’s the idea. Levelling the series was important, now both the teams are set up for the decider.
Shankar debuts, Chahal replaces Kuldeep, and Jadhav in for Rayudu
“I am little bit frustrated. I am trying to bat a little bit longer for one thing. When you are searching for runs, you can be searching for the right recipe, and over the last couple of days, I have had a look at footage. I have seen things that have worked out when I got a hundred for Australia last, and what didn’t,” Finch said ahead of Friday’s final ODI.
MS Dhoni is just 34 runs away from becoming the fourth Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to complete 1,000 ODI runs in Australia.
What a stage to end the tour. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is buzzing around and it presents a great platform for Kohli and team to walk and script history by becoming the first Indian team to win a bilateral series in Australia. The hosts have been hampered with injuries, but the batting can be quite daunting on their day and thus, it promises to be a real tussle