Men in Blue missed out on a record 10th straight ODI win on Thursday as Aussies hit back and registered their first victory in the series. Steve Smith and company somehow managed to defend the total of 334 runs successfully as the Indian top order collapsed and the middle order failed to capitalise on Kedhar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya’s brilliance. David Warner and Aaron Finch were at their lethal best as they started the proceedings in style for Australia. While Warner clinched a sensational century, Finch missed out on his by only six runs. After a consolation victory, Australia will play for pride whereas India despite having won the series will get down defending their number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
The two best teams in world Cricket right now will travel to the VCA stadium in Nagpur for the final showdown of their 5-match ODI series. Both the teams have had a share of positives and negatives in the series, with one learning how to maintain its legacy at home, the other analysing their losing run outside home. The Nagpur pitch has one of the longest boundaries and is a track favourable for wrist spinners, after resting Kuldeep in the last game, Virat can once again launch his weapon in Nagpur.
17:05 IST: Now, that’s called restricting the opposition in style. Australia 242/9 in 50 overs.
India claims back-to-back wickets in the last two balls of Australian innings. Axar Patel will be pleased with his performance today with the ball as he dismissed 3 batsmen at the expense of 38 runs. The visitors have been restricted to 242 and we can’t wait to see how Virat Kohli and co will approach this target.
16:55 IST: OUT! Wade dismissed by Bumrah after scoring 20 off 18 balls.
Pat Cummins is the new batsmen on field. Australia 237/7 after 49 overs.
16:45 IST: Australia 220/6 (47 overs) Wade — 8(11), Faulkner — 4(9)
Indian bowlers have successfully contained the threat of Australian batsmen and seeing it out that Australians don’t pile up a big score.
16:30 IST: AND DISMISSED! Stoinis lbw b Bumrah 46(63) Australia 210/6 (44.2 overs)
After a review taken by Australia, Stoinis has been given LBW out by the third umpire.
16:26 IST: OUT! Head b Axar 42(59) Australia 205/5 (43 overs)
Travis Head becomes the 2nd batsman to miss out on a half-century after inching close. Head was struggling to get runs out of Axar and this was coming. Axar cleans him up and Australia loses half its side for 205.
16:10 IST: Australia 178/4 (38 overs) Stoinis – 31(42), Head – 30(46)
Head and Stoinis are taking the innings ahead with controlled shots and sensible batting. The two have taken Australia out of the crisis piling up a good partnership.
15:57 IST: Australia 171 /4 (36 overs) Stoinis – 29(37), Head – 25(39)
Bumrah brought into the attack from the other end as Kuldeep Continues. Both the bowlers manage to keep it tight and concede just 3 runs each, but as much as Head and Stoinis play they will be difficult to dismantle and can turn their partnership into a big one.
15:50 IST: Australia 165 /4 (34 overs) Stoinis – 25(29), Head – 23(35)
Kuldeep Yadav introduced in the attack after Jadhav’s 10 overs are done and dusted. He gets into action immediately, just 3 runs of the over. Travis Head was caught in a bundle here but came out safe as India’s review fell into Australia’s favour.
15:42 IST: Australia 158/4 (32 overs) Stoinis – 21(21), Head – 21(31)
It was all good until now for Kedar Jadhav, but just at the right time Stoinis and Head combined to plunder 13 runs off his last over. Axar has completed his 7 overs with figures of 27/2.
15:35 IST: Australia 139/4 (30 overs) Stoinis – 8(15), Head – 15(28)
Both Axar and Kedar have combined well to put this Indian bowling attack in a frame. They have both successfully limited the run scoring rate. Kedar Jadhav has bowled out his 9 overs with decent figures of 35 for 1.
15:31 IST: Australia 132/4 (28 overs) Stoinis – 6(8), Head – 10(20)
Axar and Jadhav continue to bowl together and Jadhav has been a decent replacer of Chahal both in terms of limiting the runs and providing breakthroughs. Axar concedes 6 runs while Jadhav gives out only 3 of his.
15:25 IST: Australia 123/4 (26 overs) Stoinis – 0(2), Head – 7(14)
3 dot balls, a boundary and another two dot balls as Travis Head tries to get ground and understand Jadhav’s tricky bowling.
Marcus Stoinis comes out to bat for Australia
15:18 IST: Out! Handscomb c Rahane b Axar 13(17) Australia 118/4 (25 overs)
Another wicket for Axar Patel, so instead of going with the usual right-hand, left-hand spin combination captain Virat Kohli played two left-handers and got Jadhav to fill up the void and all 3 bowlers have justified their roles. Australia are now tumbling under pressure as wickets continue to fall at regular intervals.
15:15 IST: Australia 118/3 (24 overs) Handscomb– 4(7), Head – 2(6)
Kedar Jhadav has so far kept the Australian batsmen from going big. Just 4 runs of the over and the mystery spinner continue to trouble. His records are only getting better with every passing match.
Head is the new man to walk in for Australia
15:09 IST: Out! Warner c M Pandey b Axar 53(62) Australia 114/3 (23 overs)
Axar Patel struck, he has got his man as David Warner walks back disappointed. Manish Pandey makes no mistake as an overpowered shot from the Australian left-hander lands direct into his hands. Warner could have made it big and turned the match around but India are now a more dominant side with 2 wickets in quick succession.
15:04 IST: Australia 106/2 (21 overs) Handscomb– 4(7), Warner – 52(58)
After Kedar’s exploits, Axar maintains the good phase for India with a tight over. Just 3 runs of the over from Axar as Australia struggles after skipper’s departure.
Peter Handscomb is the new batsman for Australia
15:00 IST: Out! Steve Smith goes, Smith lbw b Kedar Jadhav 16(25)
Steve Smith has to go, and yet again its Kedar Jadhav who has done the trick for India, the moment you start writing off the all-rounder has hit back. Smith tried to sweep it off, was beaten and the balled hoit straight into the pads, giving India its second victim in the Australian skipper.
Fifty, Half century for David Warner 50 (56)
After scoring a brilliant ton in the 4th ODI, this half-century from David Warner is a proof that the Aussie opener is back to his usual best with another above 50 figure.
14:54 IST: Australia 98/1 (19 overs) Smith– 15(23), Warner – 49(55)
Axar Patel has denied Warner’s 50 for at least another over as he finishes with the figures of 4 for none in his first over. Axar kept it straight and tight to make sure Warner didn’t go big.
14:48 IST: Australia 94/1 (18 overs) Smith– 13(21), Warner – 47(51)
After struggling for a while, David Warner finally splashes Kuldeep Yadav for a dashing boundary. He gets forward and hits it towards the extra covers to get 4 runs on board for Australia. Kedar Jadhav however, has different plans as he limits both Smith and Warner once again to just 4 of his over. So far so good for Jadhav. Warner is close to his fifty now.
14:42 IST: Australia 82/1 (16 overs) Smith– 9(15), Warner – 39(45)
Only 8 runs for the Aussies in two overs. Kuldeep and Kedar both conceded 4 runs each to keep Warner and Smith behind the line. Kedar Jadhav has been a hit in this Indian bowling attack with his unorthodox style of spin, his action, might not be amongst the best in the business but the spinner has worked wonders for his captain with dangerous unpredictable deliveries.
14:36 IST: Australia 74/1 (14 overs) Smith– 6(9), Warner – 35(39)
Australian innings has slowed down a bit after Aaron Finch’s departure. Kedar Jadhav has been brought into the attack and he produces a decent display, sprawling just 3 of the over. Meanwhile some brilliant piece of fielding by Indians as they block some good shots from Warner.
Steve Smith is the new man in for Australia
14:26 IST: OUT! Finch c Bumrah b Hardik Pandya 32(36) Australia 66/1 (11.3 overs)
Finch misses out on a close half century as Hardik Pandya gets India their first breakthrough. Bumrah fumbled but managed to hold on and ensured Australia receives the first setback. Kuldeep Yadav brought into attack alongside Hardik too bring a hault to the Aussie attack and th plan seems to have worked for skipper Kohli.
14:15 IST: Australia 48/0 (8 overs) Finch – 25(26), Warner – 23(22)
Warner and Finch look absolutely destructive as they take on the Indian pacers, changed faces in the Indian bowling line up but similar treatment as the last match by the Australian pair. Finch thrashes Bumrah for 3 boundaries of the 8th over to pile up 13 runs of the over. Meanwhile, Bhuvi keeps it tight with his line and splashes just 2 of his over.
13:55 IST: Australia 33/0 (6 overs) Finch – 12(17), Warner – 21(19)
Australia are off to a good start here in Nagpur, Jasprit Bumrah has been thrashed by Warner in the 6th over as the pacer is hit for two successive boundaries of the last two deliveries of the over. 12 runs of Bumrah’s 3rd over.
13:40 IST: Australia 5/0 (3 overs) Finch – 1(8), Warner – 4(10)
After Bhuvneshwar’s brilliant 1st over, Bumrah adds more to the Aussie openers trouble with a strict maiden over. Bhuvneshwar bowls a good 3rd over to keep it 5 for 0 in 3 overs.
1:15 IST: India have gone back to fielding a strong squad, with Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar making a comeback into the side. As expected the batting line-up hasn’t been played with which keeps KL Rahul on the bench for the whole series now.
Australia meanwhile, has roped back allrounder James Faulkner ahead of Kane Richardson to fight for a respectable win in the last of the 5-match ODI series against the hosts.
1:12 IST: Teams
India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav
Australia: 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
Kohli: All we need to do is get the processes right. We’ve done really well in the series, capitalizing in the first three games and coming back hard. We need to focus on every game and come back hard. The pitch looks very hard, we would’ve batted first as well but it shouldn’t change much through the game. It is a relaid surface so there wouldn’t be much of wear and tear. The last time we played here we chased down 350, so happy memories of the ground for us. Three changes – Umesh, Shami and Chahal are out Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Kuldeep are in.
Smith: We are going to have a bat. It looks pretty dry, hopefully, it would slow on as the game goes by and we can post a good total. It was nice to win the last one, I thought we batted pretty well to get 300 on the board; we’d like to replicate that today and get a big one. We have one change, Kane Richardson is sick and James Faulkner comes back in.
1:10 IST: Australian skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to bat first