As it happened: Australia levels series as India runs into Turner

Ashton Turner's unbeaten 43-ball 84 takes Australia to a five-wicket, series-levelling win.

Handscomb was on song with the bat.   -  getty images

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Virat Kohli: The wicket remained good throughout. Dew is not an excuse. It was difficult to bowl in the end. Ashton Turner's innings was the game-changer. Last game, we were told there was going to be dew, they played better and we have to accept that. We had to get the fifth bowler out of the way. It was always going to be tough for the bowlers. The ball became too wet to bowl in the end and it was difficult to bowl in the right areas when these guys (Ashton Turner and Alex Carey) were going hard at the end. DRS is becoming a talking point every game, but we didn't take our chances. We have had two eye-openers, we can't think we are going to win just because we are the home side. This is definitely going to hurt, but everyone's looking forward to the final match.

Aaron Finch, winning captain: Peter Handscomb getting to his first hundred was outstanding. We know how quick the outfield is, we didn't panic, the plan was to hang in there and take the match as deep as we can. The guys keep taking their opportunities, Ashton Turner, playing just his second game, and playing an innings like that was outstanding, and Usman Khawaja has also come back into form, and everyone's taking their opporunity. A world-class knock (by Ashton Turner), to take on two of the best death bowlers in the end was outstanding.

Ashton Turner (man of the match): I'm really lost for words. Marcus Stoinis had a broken thumb when we came to the ground. I was given the chance and it's not every day that you play as well, I thought India played really well, it was a great game of cricket and we came up on the right side. There were a few close calls, my heart raced a little bit when I saw the spike in the snicko. Haydos (Matthew Hayden) has been great to me, I was privileged to get the cap from him in Hyderabad. He's spent a lot of time with me in the nets, he's a legend, someone who I have always looked up to, and it's nice to hear good things said about me.

Peter Handscomb: It's a lovely feeling, we tried to take as deep as possible and it was nice to get to a hundred. We (him and Usman Khawaja) don't talk to each other too much. We felt pretty quick that it was a good wicket to bat. There wasn't as much spin as in previous games. He's (Ashton Turner) an amazing player, we have seen what he can do in Big Bash, but to do it in just his second game, it's pretty special. 

9.35 pm AUSTRALIA WINS! Ashton Turner hits the winning runs for Australia and the series is now level 2-2, with the final match to be played on Wednesday. Turner finishes unbeaten on 84 off 43 balls and Australia, which needed 98 runs off the final 10 overs, coasts home with 13 balls to spare!

9.30 pm Another big over for Australia, 16 runs off it. Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropped Ashton Turner at two different junctures and Alex Carey hit the four off the penultimate ball to bring the equation down to 8 runs from 12 balls.

9.24 pm Sixteen runs off the 46th over, with Alex Carey cutting Jasprit Bumrah past point for a four before Ashton Turner scoops him for six to the fine-leg boundary. Australia now needs 26 runs from 24 balls.

9.18 pm Twenty runs off the 45th over, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Ashton Turner hitting him for two sixes. Turner has moved to 61 and Australia now needs 42 runs from 30 balls.

9.12 pm An eventful over from Yuzvendra Chahal, with Australia scoring 10 runs but Rishabh Pant wasting a chance to stump Ashton Turner down the legside and then appealing for a caught-behind with the umpiring signalling a wide. Australia 297 for five after 44 overs, needs 62 more runs in 36 balls.

9.03 pm Ashton Turner is the aggressor currently. He's keep Australia in the hunt by finding the boundary at least once in an over. Australia is 287 for five, needs 72 more runs in seven overs. Jasprit Bumrah's three remaining overs could be decisive.

8.54 OUT! Peter Handscomb is deceived in the air by Yuzvendra Chahal and the right-hander goes through with the shot only to pick out long-off. He goes for 117 off 105 balls, Australia 271/5 after 40.1 overs. Alex Carey has joined Ashton Turner.

8.52 pm Kuldeep Yadav finishes with figures of 10-0-64-1. Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner have put on 42 runs for the fifth wicket in 29 balls. Australia is 271 for four, needs 88 more runs from nine overs. We are in for an intriguing finish.

8.48 pm Peter Handscomb is going strong on 114 off 102 balls and the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell hasn't changed the tempo for Australia. Ashton Turner has hit a couple of fours since replacing Maxwell and Australia is 261 for four after 40 overs. It needs 98 more runs from 60 balls.

8.35 pm OUT! Glenn Maxwell is out lbw trying to reverse sweep Kuldeep Yadav. He's out for 23, Australia 229 for four and Australia needs 130 more runs in 83 balls.

8.12 pm: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah bounces out Usman Khawaja, with Kuldeep Yadav, at fine-leg, taking an excellent running catch. Khawaja's gone for 9, Australia 204 for three in 33.1 overs. This was the first ball after the drinks break!

Our correspondent at the venue, Abhishek Mukherjee, says: Jasprit Bumrah has the long-awaited breakthrough for India. It was a nicely judged catch by the tumbling fielder at fine-leg - Kuldeep Yadav. Khawaja falls nine short of his century. Could this be the turning point? The crowd's behind the Indian team, too. The partnership of 192 is Australia's sixth-highest for the third wicket in ODIs.

7.57 pm: NOT OUT! Usman Khawaja survives a close lbw call. He was given out by umpire Kumar Dharmasena but reviewed and got the decision in his favour. The tracker says the ball would have missed the stumps with Kedar Jadhav bowling from round the wicket and angling the ball into the pads. Khawaja's batting on 85 and Australia is 180 for two after 31 overs.

Our correspondent at the venue, Abhishek Mukherjee, says (about Usman Khawaja's lbw decision): The naked eye and the ball-tracker aren't always in sync. The lbw shout against Usman Khawaja was a close one, but technology predicts the ball would miss the leg-stump. India knows it's a key moment in the game - a wicket would have ended a nagging partnership. Kohli and Jadhav cannot believe it.

MOHALI: Usman Khawaja gets to a half-century once again. His last five scores in international cricket across formats are - 104, 38, 50, 36, and 101 n.o. It's a crucial knock, keeping Australia in the hunt, although it's still quite an uphill task.

He's been leading Australia's recovery alongside Peter Handscomb after fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took two early wickets. Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh had no answer to the swing the seamers obtained at dusk time, as the temperature dipped, and the sun started to give way to floodlights. They were out bowled.

Highest successful ODI chase by an opposition team in India: Pakistan 322/6 in Mohali (2007). Can Australia break the record today at the same venue?

7.15 pm: Khawaja and Handscomb have brought up the 100-run stand for the third-wicket as India's search for a breakthrough continues. Australia 114/2 after 20 overs.

6.52 pm: Khawaja and Handscomb have added 60 off 69 balls to restore parity. Australia still needs 287 to win in 35 overs. Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar are bowling in tandem.

6.05 pm: Bumrah knocks Shaun Marsh over with a pacy yorker. Australia 21/2 after 5 overs.

WICKET - Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes early as he cleans up Aaron Finch for a duck. The ball comes back in after pitching just outside off and passes through the gate to crash the middle stump. Fine start by India. Australia 3/1 in chase of 359. 

Shikhar Dhawan: "It's about saying the right things at the right moment. I kept telling Rohit that we can always make up for the slow start later on; the key was to let him take his time before hitting the stride and once he got that boundary, there was no stopping him. He is a class player and it feels great to share another 150-run partnership with him at the top."

 

INNINGS BREAK: Dhawan and Rohit put on a 193-run opening stand as India racks up. It was buoyed by a slew of big hits from Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar at the death. Pat Cummins picked up a five-for, conceding 70 in his 10 overs. Australia needs 359 to win.

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MOHALI: Glenn Maxwell tries to bowl off a round-arm action like Kedar Jadhav, when the latter has come out to bat. It's effective, too, as he gives away just five singles in the 44th over. The entertaining Rishabh Pant won't keep quiet for too long, though; in the search of boundaries, he tries to play a reverse-sweep off Zampa, the leg-spinner, and nearly yorks himself. Zampa lets out a mild smile.

4.43 pm: Kedar Jadhav has joined Rishabh Pant in the middle. Pant has raced to 36 off 22 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six. India 313/4 after 45 overs.

MOHALI: The run-rate's been hovering around six for most of this contest. Just when the batsmen looked to amplify the scoring even more, the partnership is broken. It's a rush of blood that results in the dismissal.

 

As Jhye Richardson came on to bowl, he resumed bowling short-of-a-length but the set batsmen wouldn't spare him this time. First, Jhye dug it in short and was pulled by Dhawan for a six to fine-leg, and then, Rohit hit a stylish pull to collect a four and get to 95. Trying to repeat the shot off the next delivery, he holed out to the fielder in the deep.

Dhawan, in the next over, calmly brought up his century with a four off Zampa behind the wicketkeeper. It's his first ton since September, 2018.

The partnership of 193 is the second highest between Dhawan and Rohit, and the eighth highest for the first wicket for India.

 

Dhawan is on 139 and its his highest ODI score. He goes past his previous highest score of 137 made against South Africa in February 2015.

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3.44 pm: Rohit Sharma falls five short of a hundred but Dhawan slams his 16th ODI ton with a boundary off Adam Zampa. K.L. Rahul walks out at No. 3 as India ramps up to a huge total! India is 209/1 after 34 overs.

MOHALI: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan continue to toy with the bowling. It's the sixth time the two batsmen have had a partnership of 150 or more, and it's the highest opening partnership at this venue. They have started to play the pull with panache, too, and aren't afraid to come down the track to spinners. However, with the field spread out and less pace to work with, there are more singles on offer in this period of consolidation. Aaron Finch tries his hand at bowling - his left-arm darts, reminiscent of Darren Lehmann - and it makes no difference for the batting duo.

 

3.15 pm: Dhawan and Rohit are motoring along without an iota of worry. Both batsmen slowly inching closer towards their respective centuries as India goes past 150 in the 26th over. India 152/0 after 26 overs.

2.57 pm: Dhawan rocks back and hammers Maxwell over the deep mid-wicket boundary for six. Will Maxwell pay back in kind? Rohit three shy of a half-century and these are ominous signs for the visitors. India 124/0 after 21 overs.

2.41 pm: Dhawan and Rohit have put on a 100 run stand for the 15th time even as India piles pressure on the Australian bowlers. Rohit, too, is inching towards his half-century. India 103/0 after 18 overs.

2.31 pm: Fifty Number 28 for Dhawan who gets there with a straight drive off Richardson. The left-hander is back among the runs and with Sharma, too, hitting the ground running, the host will be eyeing a big total. India 92/0 after 15 overs. 

MOHALI: Short-of-a-length or not, the pitch seems to be good enough to hit through the line. A punch off the back-foot, a cut through point, drives through extra-cover, and more, from the openers lift the run-rate and cheer the crowd. Rohit's imperious six to long-on - the delivery wasn't very full - demonstrates the ease by which the batsmen are tackling the toothless bowling.

2.16 pm: Rohit broke the shackles with a gigantic hit over long-on; Behrendorff erred with a good length delivery on the off stump and paid the price. He then shifted his focus on Maxwell with a delightful cut shot through cover-point. The two batsmen are pressing foot on the pedal and getting appreciable return from the pitch. India 77/0 after 12 overs.

2.03 pm: Dhawan has raced to 40 off 32 balls. Rohit, at the end, is off to a rather sedate start by his standards; a cover-drive off Jhye Richardson though stood out. Glenn Maxwell has been introduced inside the powerplay and he starts off with a maiden. India 48/0 after 9 overs.

MOHALI: The bowlers have been bowling short of a length persistently, without much width, and the out-of-form openers aren't able to be on the rampage on what Kohli called a 'belter'. There seems to be little margin for error; Pat Cummins, in the fifth over, bowls a couple of full deliveries - a touch fuller than good length - and is smacked for two fours by Dhawan.

1.51 pm: Dhawan is hitting his stride, in particular against Cummins who has been guilty of pitching it up to the left-hander. Two boundaries off Cummins' third will give Dhawan confidence. Meanwhile, Behrendorff is getting the odd ball to shape away from right-hander Rohit Sharma, who is still finding his feet in this innings. India 29/0 after 6 overs.

1.38 pm: Dhawan gets off the mark with a freebie off Cummins' first over. The right-arm seamer strays on the pads and the left-hander clips it away for his first boundary of the match. He then dispatches another half-volley off Cummins past mid-on for four. The outfield in Mohali is lightening fast. India 12/0 after 3 overs

◙ Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan making their way out to the middle. Rohit to take strike against Pat Cummins.

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Kohli: "We are going to bat first. Looks like a belter of a pitch. Can't really predict when the dew is going to come, if at all it is going to come at all. Four changes. Rishabh is in for MS. KL is back in place of Rayudu. Bhuvi takes Shami's place and Chahal replaces Jadeja."

India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Finch: "I would have batted first as well. It will stay together for the whole game. We have been expecting dew throughout the whole series but it hasn't come. We want to win the series."

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa

TOSS UPDATE: Virat Kohli wins the toss, India to bat first.

While we await the toss, why don't you put the thinking caps on and pick your 15 for the upcoming World Cup? Here's what five former national selectors have gone with : The selection puzzle

Teams:

India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul

Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Ashton Turner, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson

PREVIEW

At first look, the beleaguered Australian side contesting the One-Day International (ODI) series in a bid to challenge the mighty India in its own backyard seemed barely recognisable as the reigning world champion.

However, none of the contests so far have been one-sided, and after three ODIs, the series is still alive.

Having resuscitated itself with a narrow win in Ranchi, Australia has the chance of leveling the series at the PCA Stadium – a venue particularly favourable to it.

It has won five of the six ODIs it has played here; in 2013, it defeated India by four wickets, thanks to a blitzkrieg by James Faulkner.

With just two months to go for the World Cup, Australia still has five ODIs to "cross the t's and dot the i's" while India, on the other hand, has to be content with just two. The form of its openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be a concern, further compounding the  already burgeoning worries over the No. 4 spot.

Read the full preview by Abhishek Mukherjee.

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