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2nd ODI updates: India beat Aus by 36 runs to level series

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21:44   Bengaluru will host decider on Sunday


Aus 304 (49.1 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard





India beat Australia by 36 runs in the second one-dayer to level the three-match series 1-1 here on Friday.

Mohammed Shami was the most successful Indian bowler with 3/77 while Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saina took two apiece as Australia lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 304 in 49.1 overs.

Steve Smith top-scored with a 102-ball 98 while Marnus Labuschagne made a 47-ball 46.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan missed a well-deserved ton by a whisker but laid a solid platform for the aggressive duo of skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to ensure a commanding total of 340 for 6 after being asked to bat.



37 needed off the last over as Bumrah continues. He follows the batsman as Zampa gets a thick edge and is caught by Rahul behind the wicket. 

Australia all out for 304. 

Shami back in the attack and after seeing off two yorkers, Richardson picks out the full toss and plays it through the leg side for a four.

Richardson then plays the yorker down the ground for a four and then he follows that up with a six down to long on. 



Same direction and that is a four over Kohli. 19 come off the over. 

Bumrah back in the attack and he starts with a yorker that Richardson sees off nicely.

A consolation four down the track comes in the over as six runs come off it.



Zampa is the new man in and after a dot, he plays a cut down to deep backward point for a four.

Zampa digs out the yorker next. 5 runs and a wicket from that over as it's all but over for the Aussies here.  




Richardson is the new man in and after a dot, Saini bowls a bouncer, Starc goes after it, gets a nick and Rahul takes a catch behind the wickets as Australia are 9 down now.




Saini continues and he bowls a yorker as Agar is caught in front of the crease. Big shout. Umpire raises the finger. Australia take the review. Ball-tracking show impact in line and Agar out for 25 off 25.

Australia lose 8th wicket. 


With 73 needed off 30 balls, it's India's game all the way. 


The yorkers are not making things easy for Agar and Starc as all they can manage are singles as Shami continues. 6 singles come in the over.




Saini continues and Australia getting no freebies here as the bowler is consistently bowling yorkers to challenge the batsmen.

Just five singles come in the over. 
21:09   Perfect yorkers to take out Turner, Cummins



Aus 263-7 (44 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard

Trust Shami to take big wickets in the death and he delivers!

Shami on a hat-trick. He comes round the wicket to Starc who he has hit on the pads, big shout, umpire says not out and that is a nice decision even as Starc scampers for a couple. 

A bouncer next and then Shami bowls a wide down the leg side.

A dot later, Starc does well to play out the yorker and a single off a leg bye to end the over. 


Cummins is the new man in and Shami gets two in two as Cummins is yorked big time and stumps go for a hike. Cummins goes for a duck.


Shami back in the attack, he bowls straight, yorker, Turner makes room and misses completely and he is out for 13 off 15.




Saini back in the attack, round the wicket to Agar, slower, short ball and Agar pulls it to deep square for a four. 

Short ball next and he cuts it past backward point as Rohit injures himself as he tries to cut off the ball at the boundary. He is holding his arm as the physio comes to check on him. He is off the field for a while.

Agar again gets a couple past backward point. He then plays out the yorker for a single down the ground. 

Another yorker and Turner plays it to square leg for a single.

Nice yorker and a dot to end the over as 12 come off it. 






Kuldeep back in the attack and Turner starts the over with a single to covers. 

A dot later, Agar pulls the ball to mid-wicket for a single.

A single again and just singles in the over builds the frustration for Australia.

Turner tries to go big, he gets the elevation but not the distance and thankfully the ball falls in no man's land and the batsmen take 2 as 6 come off the over. 


Bumrah back in the attack and Agar starts the over by playing the ball down to third man for a four.

After a dot and a single, Bumrah bowls a yorker that Turner plays down nicely.

A dot later, Turner cuts the ball to cover-point for a single. 

Lovely ball as Agar can only play out a dot.

Just six come off the over. 
20:46   India keep it tight


Aus 235-5 (40 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard


106 needed off the last 10 overs here and Australia's hopes lie squarely on Turner and Agar if they have to win this match. 




With the required run rate going past 10 an over, Australia have a mountain to climb.

Shami back in the attack, he starts with a short ball and Turner pulls the ball down to mid-wicket for a couple.

Shami then yorks the batsmanm, who scampers for a single. Big shout for LBW. Not given. India take the review and the review shows that the ball was missing the leg stump and India lose the review. 

Shami bowls a bumper next and Agar tries to swat but lets it go.

Shami then bowls the next one wide. 

Short ball next and Agar pulls it down to the leg side for a single. 

Dot next ball before Turner takes a couple to end the over.


Bumrah back into the attack. Will he finish it off from here?

Turner gets a single off the first ball of the over before Agar is tested. 

Agar then plays the ball down the ground for a single.

Bumrah then drifts down the leg and the ball goes down fine for 4 leg byes. 7 come off the over as the batsmem sneak in a single off the last ball of the over.  
20:34   Smith goes for 98



Aus 221-5 (38 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Agar is the new man in and starts the over with a defensive shot and that is a very good over for India as 2 runs and 2 wickets come off it.



Australia in a soup now as they have lost half the side. 
 
Turner is the new man in and gets off the mark with a single. 

After a dot, Smith looks to cut and that is an inside edge on to the stumps and Smith goes for 98. 

Kuldeep continues and Smith starts the over with a single before Carey checks his shot and plays it straight to Kohli at mid-off. Kuldeep gets his 100th ODI wicket. 

Australia lose their 4th wicket. 



Saini back in the attack and the Aussies take a couple off the first two balls before Smith clobbers the short and wide ball through backward point for a four.

A better line next ball and then he makes Smith play and miss before Smith takes a single off the last ball and seven come off the over. 
20:22   Kuldeep, Jadeja get a tonking



Aus 212-3 (36 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard


Kuldeep continues and after two dots, Smith comes down the track and plays it over mid-on for a single. 

Kuldeep comes back nicely as only three come in the over. 



Jadeja continues and after three singles from four balls, Smith smashes the ball over deep mid-wicket for a huge six! 

He then cuts the ball to backward point and takes a single to end the over as 10 come off it. 



Kuldeep back in the attack and the Aussies are going after him as Carey smashes him for a six over long on. The twos and threes now help as 13 come off it.



Jadeja continues and just four come in the over. 
20:06   Labuschagne out for 46



Aus 182-3 (32 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Time for refreshments.

Australia have to build another partnership here and look for the big shots if they have to get anywhere close to the target.

Kuldeep back in the attack and he gives four in the over as Carey gets off the mark.

Carey is the new man in and starts with a dot. 7 runs and a wicket come in the over.


Jadeja continues. The batsmen take a couple of singles before Smith smashes the ball over the bowler for a four. Two balls later, Labuschagne is out!

He tries to go after Jadeja, goes down the track and hits straight to Shami at long. The frustration finally tells.  He is out for 46. 

19:57   India keep it tight not allowing the big hits



Aus 171-2 (30 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard


Bumrah back in the attack and Smith starts with a single to third man.

Labuschagne then takes a single. The singles coming easily for the Aussies but till the big hits are not in view India will be happy. 

Just three come in the over.


Jadeja continues and after a single, Smith gets hit on the pads in front of the stumps, big shout but the ball looks like it's going down. Umpire says not out. India takes the review but the replays say umpire's call and Smith survives and India retain review.

The batsmen happy with the singles for the moment as 5 come off the over.
19:48   Aus doiing well


Aus 163-2 (28 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Bumrah back in the attack and after three singles, Labuschagne plays the shot right back behind the bowler for a four to long-on. 

Two dots to end the over as 7 come off it.




Jadeja continues, he starts decently giving just one in the over before bowling a poor last ball that Labuschagne dispatches to the boundary through covers as 5 come off the over.




Saini continues and that is a much better over as just the single comes off the over even as the batsman is tested. 
19:36   India left frustrated



Aus 150-2 (25 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Australia now adding to India's frustration by keeping the runs ticking even though the run-rate is on the higher side. 

The Aussie pair of Smith and Labuschagne have quietly completed a 50-run stand, getting the runs through singles and twos.


Jadeja back in the attack and the batsmen take six runs off him, including a boundary.

Navdeep back in the attack and the batsmen are happy to just knock the ball around and take the singles as 6 come in the over.


Kuldeep continues and after three dots, Labuschagne gets a couple off a paddle sweep past the keeper and then Labuschagne gets to the pitch of the widish ball and whacks it past Pandey at mid-wicket for four.

Beaten all ends up the next delivery but he lives to fight on as 6 come off the over.



Shami continues and Smith plays a pull and gets a single to start the over.

Shami bowls a wide in the over and the Aussies will happily take it.

Again the runs come in singles and twos and another 5 runs added to the Aussie kitty.



After a tentative start, Smith records his fifty in 47 balls. A good innings so far. 

Kuldeep continues and Labuschagne starts with sweeping the ball fine for a couple. 

Next ball big shout but it's a rubbish appeal as even the umpire is not interested. 

The Aussies are playing smart to manipulate the strike and keep it moving. Smith gets to fifty off a single off the final ball of the over. 
19:16   Smith-Labuschagne keep scoreboard moving



Aus 121-2 (20 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Surprising move by Kohli as Shami comes back into the attack. 

The batsmen happy to rotate the strike here scoring five runs off five balls and Smith slashes at it and plays it fine to third man for a boundary as 9 come off the over. 
Kuldeep continues and the batsmen take two off the first two balls.

After a dot, the batsmen again take a couple before Smith slog sweeps the ball over mid-wicket for a four. 


The batsmen are getting busy now as Labuschagne and Smith take 9 in the over as Smith gets a four in the over.


Kuldeep continues and the batsmen take three singles before Labuschagne takes on the bowler and smacks the ball over mid-off for four.

He then plays the ball fine for a couple. 9 come off the over.


19:01   Rahul lightning quick behind the stumps


Aus 86-2 (16 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Labuschagne is the new man in and gets off the mark with a comfortable single.

As the ball turns, the batsmen take the singles as Smith survives as the ball stops and turns on him and the ball flies past a diving Jadeja. 4 runs and a wicket come in the over.

India's fielders on fire. First it was Pandey with that lovely catch to dismiss Warner, now Rahul completes a fine stumping to remove Finch. 

Australia in deep trouble here with their required run-rate well above 7.


Jadeja continues, throws the ball wide and Finch tries to go after it, he gets the long stride in, Rahul dislodges the stumps, India celebrate. Finch looks unworried as the third umpire is called in to play. Replays show Finch doesn't have his foot behind the line and the third umpire deems it out. 


Kuldeep comes into the attack now and Smith starts the over with three runs off the first two balls. Kuldeep then bowls a wrong one before the batsmen take 5 runs more to take 8 runs in the over. 
18:49   India bowlers do well


Aus 74-1 (14 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard



Saini continues and he is proving a bit expensive here after giving just two runs off the first four balls. 8 come in the over eventually. 


This is a very unassured start by Australia. Both Finch and Smith struggling to get going.

Jadeja continues and the batsmen take just three in the over.


Saini continues and Smith survives a run out as 3 come off the over. 


Left arm spinner Jadeja comes into the attack and five singles come in the over.
18:38   Shami expensive


Aus 55-1 (10 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard

Saini continues and Smith takes him to the cleaners, taking three fours in the over as 12 come off it.

Shami back in the attack and Finch starts the over with back-to-back fours, one through point and another to the leg side.

Ten runs come in the over. 

Right-arm pacer Saini replaces Shami and starts off decently, giving just three in the over and bowling nice seam-up deliveries.


Bumrah continues and he is much improved today compared to the first ODI where he was hammered. 

Smith plays out two dots before playing out another maiden.


Shami continues, bowls short and Smith gets a single down to square leg. 

Finch then does well to sneak in a quick couple down to third man as Kuldeep is slow returning the throw.

Finch then slashes the ball over sweeper cover for a well-run three. 

Next ball, did the ball take the edge of Smith's bat? He was beaten but there was no edge and no review by India.

Short ball and Smith's pull attempt fails and he is hit in the body but he runs for a single. 

Dot to end the over as 7 come off it. 


Bumrah continues and he bowls a maiden.
18:09   Warner out for 15



Aus 23-1 (4 ovs) vs Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) Scorecard

Smith is the new man in, wide ball next and he gets off the mark after two dots. Finch finally gets off the mark off the last ball of the over.


Shami continues and Warner starts the over with a superb boundary before Shami strikes. 

Pandey takes a one-handed screamer at cover-point to take out Warner.  The ball was hit with power and Pandey coolly just plucks the ball out of thin air. 


Bumrah continues and he is testing Finch here making him play and miss on a couple of occassions.  He gives 6 runs in the over including 5 wides. 



Shami opens at the other end the batsmen take him for 9 in the over. 

Warner and Finch come in to bat for Australia while Bumrah opens and starts beautifully giving just one in the over.
17:22   Dhawan top scores for India



Ind 340-6 (50 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard



India set Australia 341 for victory after Rahul's late charge in the innings. 

India got off to a rollicking start thanks to some good batting by Dhawan and Rohit on a flat track. The Indians made full use of the conditions as Kohli and Rahul also accelerated in the middle.

However, Rahul propped the innings in the later stages to help India to 340-6.

Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with figures of 3 for 50.





Shami is the new man in and gets off the mark with a single. 

Dot to end the last ball of the innings as just 5 runs come off the final over. 




Starc to bowl the final over as Rahul lucky as his false shot falls short off mid-off  fielder.

Jadeja then slaps the ball down to mid-wicket for a single. 

A single off a bye next -- 2 runs off one ball. 

Next ball, Jadeja misses the length ball and the batsmen risk a run and Rahul is run-out after a superb innings of 80.


Cummins back in the attack and there is no relenting from India here as Rahul hammers him for a six and a four off back-to-back balls. 14 runs come off the penultimate over.


Starc continues and that is 1000 ODI runs for Rahul as he runs the ball down to third man for a four.

He a single off the next ball before Jadeja plays out the yorker to the leg side for a couple. 

Wide ball next as Rahul tries to sneak a single in unsuccessfully.

India packing in the singles and twos but get penalised five runs for running on to the pitch.

11 come off the over.

Richardson continues and the Indian batters continue to score the runs through singles and twos as the bowler finishes with figures of 2 for 73.
16:54   Kohli, Pandey out in quick succession



Ind 302-5 (46 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard



Starc back in the attack and he is clobbered for 15 runs as Rahul gets to his 50 and India get to 300.




Jadeja is the new man in. The batsmen had crossed and Rahul gets a single off the next ball.

Jadeja then just tickles the ball fine to fine leg for a four.

After a dot, both batsmen take a single each to end the over as 7 come off it. 

Richardson continues and a slower one does Pandey in as he is tries to go for the big one only to hand a catch to Agar at mid-wicket.

India lose their 5th. 


Zampa ends his spell with 3 for 50, brilliant figures that considering others have been taken to the cleaners. 

The batsmen had crossed and Rahul gets a single to the leg side as Pandey is the new man in. 

After a dot, Pandey gets off the mark with a single to the off side.

Rahul then gets a single to mid-wicket. 

A single to end the over as 4 runs and a wicket come in the over.


Zampa back in the attack and he gets the big wicket of Kohli again. 

Kohli tries to go big, only for Agar to catch it on the boundary and relay it to Starc to complete a superb catch as Kohli is out for 78.


Richardson back in the attack and the batsmen take 6 runs in the over. The umpires are not happy though with Kohli who runs in the middle of the pitch.
16:31   India thumping Aus bowlers


Ind 270-3 (42 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Kohli-Rahul step on the accelerator in the final few overs as India inch towards 300.

Agar back in the attack and a single to mid-wicket to start the over.

After a single to Kohli, Rahul comes down the track and smashes the ball straight past the bowler for a six!

He then cuts the bowler for a couple to backward point.

A single later, Kohli scampers for a quick couple to mid-wicket as 13 come off the over. 


Zampa back in the attack and Kohli gets a single to the leg side to bring up India's 250.

After a dot and a single, Kohli slogs sweeps the ball through mid-wicket for a four.

Two singles taken to end the over as 8 come off it.

16:23   India on song


Ind 249-3 (40 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Richardson back in the attack and Rahul gets a single off the first ball.

The batsmen then survive a mix-up after Smith makes an awful throw to the bowler at the stumps.

Three singles later, Kohli pierces the gap square on the leg side to end the over with a four to bring up the 50-run partnership. 8 come off the over.





Agar continues and after a couple of singles, Rahul gets on top of the short ball and cuts it through backward point for a single.

A single later, Kohli plays out a dot as 7 comes off the over. 




Cummins continues and there is a rare delivery which has kept low. Just three come in the over.




Agar back in the attack and Kohli gets a single to start off the over. 

The batsmen keep the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos as 6 come off the over.
16:08   No respite for Aussie bowlers.



Ind 225-3 (36 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Cummins back in the attack, he overpitches, Kohli gets to the pitch of it and flicks it through mid-wicket for a four.

Same ball and Kohli plays it uppishly through the covers for a four.

Two dots later, he gets a single. 

Dot to end the over as 9 come off it.



Zampa continues and the batsmen rotate the strike simply as five runs come in the over. Kohli gets his 56th ODI half-century.


Starc continues, over-pitches and he creams the ball through covers for a four.

He then cuts the ball to deep backward point for a couple. A dot later, Rahul gets a single square on the off side.

Kohli then waits on the ball and smashes it through mid-off for a four,.

A single to end the over as 12 comes off it. 


15:56   Zampa gets his 2nd wicket



Ind 199-3 (33 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Rahul is the new man in and after a dot, gets off the mark with a single to square leg. 



Zampa back in the attack and after a single to Kohli, Iyer's tentative stay at the crease ends as he is beaten all ends up.

He slogs and the ball goes past his bat and rattles the stumps and he is out bowled for 7 off 17.



Iyer has started cautiously while Kohli at the other end is at his dominant best as Australia bowlers keep leaking runs.


Starc back in the attack and Kohli starts the over with a couple down to fine leg. 

After a dot, the batsman takes a single. 

Iyer safely sees off three dots as just 3 come off the over.



Richardson continues and the batsmen are effortlessly taking the singles and twos. Iyer then sways away from the bouncer before slapping the next short one through mid-wicket for a four.

Bouncer next. A dot to end the over 7 come off it.



Zampa back in the attack and Kohli starts the over with a single to sweeper cover.

Zampa unlucky as the ball holds on Iyer but the bowler can't get there on time to take the return catch.

A dot later, Iyer gets off the mark with a single. 

Kohli then takes a single to the leg side. Dot to end the over as 3 come off it. 
15:38   Richardson gets lucky wicket



Ind 184-2 (29 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard



Iyer is the new man and plays out two dots as a wicket and seven runs come in the over.  

Richardson back in the attack and Kohli starts with a couple to sweeper cover.

Kohli then gets a single off the next ball before Dhawan brings up the 100-run partnership with a smash down the ground for a four.

Next ball, Dhawan is out! Bad ball down the leg side, short one and Dhawan pulls it straight into the hands of Starc in the deep. Dhawan out for 96.


Labuschagne continues and what started as a good over ends badly for the bowler as he strays down leg and Dhawan paddle sweeps the ball down to fine leg for a four. 6 come off the over.
15:31   India creaming the bowling



Ind 171-1 (27 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard



It's raining fours at  Rajkot and Dhawan gets his first six off Agar and follows that up with a boundary. 

12 runs come off the 27th over.

49 runs have come off the last 6 overs! India creaming the bowling.

Kohli and Dhawan in prime form here as they make hay on a flat deck at Rajkot. The Aussies look clueless as Dhawan gets to another 50.

Spin from both ends now as Zampa continues.

Dhawan starts the over with a single and after a dot, Kohli takes a single to square leg.

The batsmen then rotate the strike as 4 come off the over. 



Agar comes into the attack now and after a dot, Dhawan creams the bowler through covers for some good runs -- first a four and then a single. 

Kohli then plays the ball down to the leg side for a couple.  Umpire signals leg byes.

Two singles to end the over as 9 come off it.
14:57   100 up for India


Ind 107-1 (18 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Zampa continues and Kohli gets a single to extra cover to bring up India's 100.

Dhawan then gets a single off the next ball before Kohli goes on his back foot and pulls it down to backward square leg for a four. 

The batsmen take singles next and a dot to end the over as 8 come off it. 

Cummins continues and after a single to Dhawan, he bowls short to Kohli, who misses the pull shot and Carey gets his fingertips to it and the ball runs to the boundary for four byes.

After a dot, Kohli plays it to third man for a single.

A dot later, Cummins bowls a bouncer that Dhawan sways away from as that is another dot to end the over. 



Zampa continues after drinks and after a dot, Kohli creams it to sweeper cover for a couple as Labuschagne cuts the ball at the boundary.

The batsmen then rotate the strike as 6 come off the over.



Cummins back in the attack and after two dots, fuller ball and Kohli drives it through covers for a boundary.

He then plays a ball down to the leg side for a single. 

Two dots to end the over as 5 come off the over.
14:39   Zampa takes out Rohit



Ind 82-1 (14 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Australia finally get the much-needed wicket as Zampa traps Rohit in front of the stumps to end Rohit's stay at the crease.

Kohli comes in to bat at No 3 and gets off the mark with a single to covers.

Dhawan then plays out two balls to end a successful over for Australia. 

Zampa continues and Dhawan slaps the ball down the ground to long-off for a single.

Rohit then gets down on one knee and slog sweeps the ball over deep square for a four.

Rohit then attempts to sweep again, he gets hit on the pad, big shout, umpire raises the finger. India take the review.

Replays show impact was in line and the ball would hit the middle. India lose a wicket and the review. 


Richardson continues, wide to the off stump and Rohit plays the ball down to third man for a single.

Leg bye next as the ball goes down to the leg side for a single.

Rohit then comes down the track and swats the short ball over mid-wicket for a four.

The batsmen take a single each and Rohit ends the over with a dot as 8 come off the over. 


Leggie Zampa into the attack now and he starts with a wide down the leg side. 

After a dot, Rohit then gets a single to mid-off.

Dhawan then comes down the track and smashes the ball into the wickets at the other end. After a dot, he gets a single.

Rohit then plays it watchfully and ends the over with a single to short fine. 



Richardson continues, short ball and Rohit pulls it down to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

Rohit then plays the ball down to third man for a single.

Dhawan then takes a single and after a dot, Rohit takes a single. 

Dhawan then plays a short-arm jab as the ball goes down to backward square leg to end the over with a boundary as 9 come off it.
14:19   Dhawan hit on the ribs



Ind 55-0 (10 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard


Cummins continues and Rohit plays the ball to the leg side to start the over with a single. 

Short ball and Dhawan gets hit on the ribs and he runs for a single and then goes down at the strikers' end as the physio is called in. 

It's all good as Dhawan is back on his feet.

Rohit then plays three dot balls before playing the ball to mid-wicket, it's a leg bye -- to end the over with a single as 3 come off it. 





Richardson continues and after a dot, slower ball and Rohit creams it past point for a four.

Rohit then takes a single to square leg off the next ball. 50 up for India.

Dhawan then plays the ball around the pitch and scampers for a single, a near mix-up there but thankfully no damage done. 

A dot later, Rohit takes a single to the leg side as 7 come off the over.



Cummins back in the attack and after two dots, Dhawan edges the ball down to third man for a single.

After a dot, Rohit then flicks the ball to the leg side for a single. 

Another flick and this time Dhawan plays the ball to  backward square leg for a four. Another ball on the pads and he punishes the delivery.

6 runs come off the over.


14:04   Belter of a track in Rajkot




Ind 39-0 (7 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Richardson is the first change bowler, replacing Cummins.

Dhawan starts with a single to the leg side.

Rohit then plays the ball down to third man for a single.

After two dots, Dhawan gets a single to the leg side.

Straying slightly next and Rohit flicks the ball off his pads to backward square leg for a four.

7 comes off the over.



Starc continues and after a dot, he bowls a wide.

Next ball is a length ball and Rohit gets on to the front foot and leans into the drive and that is a beautiful four through covers.

After a dot, Rohit cuts the ball and Smith at backward point gets a hand to it and the batsmen get a couple to deep backward point. Did Smith spill a catch there?

After a dot, a short ball and Rohit pulls it for a couple to mid-wicket as 9 come off the over including a single.








Cummins continues and after a dot, Rohit takes a single to deep square.

Cummins is now testing Dhawan and he bowls a superb ball as the batsman plays and misses.

The last ball of the over, Dhawan plays it to mid-wicket and scampers for a single. A direct hit at the strikers' end sees the batsmen take another quick run as the ball ricochets off the stumps and runs down deep.

Three runs come off the over.
13:49   Dhawan batting with good intent

Ind 20-0 (4 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard




Starc continues and after two dots, Dhawan gets on top of the ball nicely and cuts it through point for a quick couple. Good work by Cummins at the boundary to keep it down to just two.

After a dot, inside edge to the pads, Dhawan then flicks the half-volley behind square past Zampa to the boundary for another four. 

Dot to end the over as 6 come off it.



Cummins continues and after a dot, the bowler gives Dhawam room and the ball is creamed through covers for a four. 

Next ball, Dhawan leaves it nicely. Dhawan then plays the ball down to fine leg for a single. 

Rohit then chips the ball off his pads for a four to fine leg to get off the mark with a four.

Dot to end the over as 9 come off it.


Starc starts over the wicket to Dhawan and the batsmen gets off the mark with a superb drive down the ground for a boundary. Overpitched and Dhawan punishes the bowler. 

After four dots -- Starc bowling with lots of pace -- Dhawan plays the ball to fine leg for a single as 5 come off the over. 

Dot ball next and 


Rohit and Dhawan come on to bat for India while Cummins opens the bowling for Australia.

And Cummins starts with two inswingers that Rohit plays down to mid-wicket for no runs.

Better line from Cummins and Rohit plays the forward defence and that is another dot.

Another defensive shot for nought before Rohit plays out another dot and Cummins starts with a maiden,


13:12   Must win game for India

Australia captain Aaron Finch wins toss and elects to bowl against India in the 2nd ODI in a must-win game for the hosts at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, in Rajkot on Friday.


India make two changes with Manish Pandey coming in for the concussed Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini replacing Shardul Thakur. 

Looking to wrap up the series, Australia go unchanged. 


India go into the game 0-1 down after Australia registered a 10-wicket win in the lung-opener at Mumbai, courtesy David Warner and Aaron Finch, who hit unbeaten hundreds.

With a concussed Rishabh Pant out of the second game, Rahul will keep wickets in Rajkot.

So, like in the last game, Rohit and Dhawan will open, and there could be a toss-up between Rahul and young Shreyas Iyer at number four. Iyer had a rare failure on Tuesday.

On the other hand, a high on confidence Australia will be looking to seal the issue to register back to back series wins in India, a rare feat for any visiting team. The Finch-Warner combination will look forward to carry the momentum.

Their middle-order comprising the experienced Steve Smith, in-form Marnus Labuschange, Ashton Turner and Alex Carey looks more or less settled.

If all of them fire in unison, along with the openers, then it will hard for the opposition bowlers.

Playing XI

India: R Sharma, S Dhawan, KL Rahul, V Kohli, S Iyer, M Pandey, R Jadeja, K Yadav, M Shami, N Saini, J Bumrah

Australia: A Finch, D Warner, M Labuschagne, S Smith, A Carey, A Turner, A Agar, P Cummins, M Starc, K Richardson, A Zampa