Coming to Australia's batting inning earlier, it was mainly revolved around Shaun Marsh's 131 which powered the total to 298. Lauds Shaun Marsh for his century under brutal conditions. India, on the other hand, will be hoping to bounce back and draw level in the series. Praises Bhuvneshwar Kumar and adds that he brought back the whole team into the game. For the visitors, Bhuvneshwar starred with the ball picking up four wickets, while Shami also contributed well with three scalps.
Australia lead the three-match series 1-0 and will be looking to seal it here in this fixture. A very important factor in the chase was the running between the wickets as the Indians ran the field ragged. States that it's tough against experienced batsmen and reckons there are lots of positive for them. Meanwhile, Kohli is six runs away from yet another century. It started off really solidly with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan adding 47 for the first wicket before the latter perished to an unnecessary shot.
The crowd has gone bonkers. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony! A point to be considered could also be the last 3 overs of the Australian batting innings which yielded only 17 runs. When he fell, a further 57 were required but Dinesh Karthik joined hands with the former India skipper and took the Indians over the line, going all the way to the last over. The former though was joined in the middle by the skipper Virat Kohli and what followed was a lovely display of batting where runs were being milked easily till Rohit holed out at deep mid-wicket. Further adds that he is trying to get the best out of the players and as a captain he needs to be consistent with his action. He is very pleased with the overall effort and says that to get the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession at the death was crucial which meant they were not chasing 330. Adds that the whole idea was to keep things simple and also take calculative risks.
Full and around off, Dhoni plays it with soft hands towards wide mid on for a quick single as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. Chasing a competitive 299, the tourists banked on a collective batting effort from the top order, before a 82-run fourth wicket stand between Kohli 104 and Dhoni 55 not out ensured the team's win with four balls to spare. Hopes to keep helping the team. For the Aussies, no bowler made a great show but none was very poor either. The two fast bowlers struck early to make things tough for India. Got his second consecutive fifty and took India to victory.
It was the 37th over and with a well set Marsh nearing his ton at the other end, the stage was set for the explosive Maxwell to power Australia to a massive score. Australian bowlers, especially Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, did well to defend a total of 289. The chase though, was more than just about Dhoni. Bhuvneshwar brought India back with the wickets of Maxwell and Marsh in a span of three deliveries before Mohammed Shami also struck with the wicket of Jhye Richardson 2. . India just need 7 off the last one. Made all the difference in the end.
A touch short in length around off, Dhoni unleashes all his power behind it and muscles it handsomely over long on for a maximum. Mentions that they need to get their batting in the first Powerplay right and admits he is responsible for that and needs to start scoring. So that should settle the debate on whether Dhoni still has it in him or not. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis 29 was then promoted ahead of the swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell and the former responded in style with a flashy 36-ball 29 before getting a bottom edge while attempting to pull a short ball from Mohammed Shami. Mentions about the contribution of Karthik as well who showed the right kind of intent.
Safe to say, India marching towards victory here. On his innings, Virat says he tries to get into the zone whenever there is a target on the board. Feels that his bowlers did pretty well. The Aaron Finch-led side defeated India by 34 runs to go one up in the series. Australia From : Aaron Finch c , Alex Carey w , Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh.
On managing his bowlers, Finch replies that it would have been nice to have Jhye Richardson bowl at the death. Further says that it was a really tough day with the conditions being too hot and they need a good day rest. Just a good game of cricket in the end and India just about played better than Australia to level the series 1-1. Marsh, who struck 11 fours and 3 sixes in his 123-ball 131, was instrumental in rebuilding the Aussie innings that saw him sharing half-century stands with Usman Khawaja 56 for the third wicket , Peter Handscomb 52 for the fourth , Marcus Stoinis 55 for the fifth and Glenn Maxwell 94 for the sixth. India have levelled the series 1-1! Besides the excellent run out of Khawaja, left-arm spinner Jadeja also picked up one wicket even as Mohammed Siraj had a forgettable debut leaking 76 runs off his 10 overs. He has proved exactly why he is so important to the team going into the World Cup. It was eventually about 10-20 short as it proved to be.
Feels they needed to keep taking wickets but ran into that man Dhoni. And with Virat Kohli still batting in the middle, it looks India's game. Meanwhile, India will be looking to get back to the winning ways. Quietly does the job with a run. Maxwell blasted his way to a 37-ball 48, laced with five boundaries and a six and went on to almost take the game away from the Indians with his 94-run stand with Marsh, who also start pressing the accelerator after reaching the three-figure mark. Electing to bat, Australia's start went off-track after both the openers -- Aaron Finch 6 and Alex Carey 18 departed in successive overs bringing Marsh and Khawaja 21 together.
Australia's captain, Aaron Finch says that they hung in really well and praises India for their batting. Khawaja looked in good nick during his 23-ball knock, helping the Aussies get back on track until Ravindra Jadeja's brilliance on the field cut short his stay. A length ball, Dhoni goes for the big one, doesn't connect too well and is lucky as it lands before the fielder. States that Vijay Shankar is in the squad and that gives them the option but he is not too keen on changing the winning combination. . . .