Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the fifth ODI between India and Australia from the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi.
In what was the final dress rehearsal for both teams, Australia will fly back home not only with the trophy but with a high dose of confidence ahead of the World Cup. India, on the other hand, made experiments and although had a 2-0 series lead, failed to win the series.
Plenty to ponder for Virat Kohli and Co. ahead of the mega event but they did certainly miss a certain MS Dhoni in the final two ODIs. That's all we have for you and thank you for joining us. Our Correspondent Abhishek Mukherjee will be up with the report soon.
9:15: What a fine performance this has been by Australia as after losing the first two ODIs, they came back from behind to win the series 3-2.
9:13 pm: Australia wins five-match ODI series. Marcus Stoinis cleans up Kuldeep Yadav as Australia beats India by 35 runs to win the final ODI.
9:05 pm: WICKET - Jhye Richardson takes a good caught and bowled as Mohammed Shami departs and India loses its ninth wicket.
8:56 pm: WICKET - Jhye Richardson hits the final nail in the coffin as he bounces out Kedar Jadhav. Jadhav had to play his shots but this time couldn't clear a running Glenn Maxell who takes an excellent catch to spark off celebrations. India 226/8 at the end of 47 overs.
8:50 pm: WICKET - Australia has managed to break the stand as Bhuvneshwar Kumar falls for a fighting 46.
8:48 pm: Four - Streaky but India and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will take it as he manages a thick outside edge and the ball races away to the third man bounddary.
8:45 pm: SIX - Bhuvneshwar Kumar hits his second six and this time sets himself up and smacks a slower one of Jhye Richardson for a straight six.
8:41 pm: This partnership is keeping India in the hunt and with Zampa striking the ball clean as a whistle and Bhuvneshwar , this is anybody's game. India needs 69 from 36 deliveries.
8:33 pm: SIX - Fantastic shot from Kedar Jadhav and suddenly the Kotla crowd is awake. Maxwell darts on the middle stump, Jadhav clears his front-foot and smacks it over the deep mid-wicket fence. India 191/6 at the end of 42 overs.
8:32 pm: The 50-run partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is up and they have injected some hope into the run chase.
8:30 pm: India needs 95 runs in 60 deliveries. Can the duo do the unthinkable? Jadhav is in no mood to give up. India 178/6 at the end of 40 overs.
8:25 pm: FOUR- Kedar Jadhav gets to the pitch of the ball and drives Maxwell for a lovely boundary as the ball races to the long-off boundary. Welcome boundary for India. India 174/6 after 39.3 overs.
8:12 pm: India is moving at a snail's pace but Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar aren't doing anything silly. They are biding time, playing to the merit of the ball and are happy taking the singles, finding the odd boundary though. How long can they hang in? India 161/6 after 36 overs.
8:00 pm: 150 comes up for India in 33.1 overs as Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar try to take the game deep. Australia is in complete control and Jadhav needs to play out of his skin to make a match out of it. India 151/6 after 34 overs.
7:50 pm: Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI: Some spectators have started making their way out of the stadium as India loses its sixth wicket. It's understandably quiet, too.
7:45 pm: WICKET - Ravindra Jadeja goes for a duck and Adam Zampa has put Australia firmly on top. India 132/6 after 28.5 overs.
7:41 pm: WICKET - Zampa gets Rohit Sharma and is that the game for Australia? Rohit charges down the track, gets no where near the pitch of the ball, goes for a wild swing and the ball sneaks in through and Alex Carey whips off the bails as Rohit's bat flies out of his hand. India in all sorts of trouble. India 132/5 after 28.2 overs.
7:40 pm: Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI: Will the drop by Maxwell prove to be the turning point of the contest? It all depends on whether Rohit is able to stick for long at the crease. Still anybody's game.
7:36 pm: Kedar Jadhav gets underway with a boundary but it the Australian spinners have kept the batsmen quiet and both Rohit and Jadhav understand it is a tricky period of play. One good partnership can tilt the game in India's favour. India 131/4 after 27.4 overs.
7:29 pm: Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman.
7:28 pm: WICKET - Adam Zampa gets his revenge and Vijay Shankar missed the plot completely. After hitting a six, Shankar goes for a pull but was not in complete control as Usman Khawaja takes a good catch at long-on. India in trouble. India 122/4 after 25 overs.
7:26 pm: SIX - What a shot from Vijay Shankar as he lofts Adam Zampa with ease over mid-off.
7:25 pm: Fifty for Rohit Sharma - Excellent innings from Rohit Sharma as he gets to his half-century off 73 deliveries. The opener holds the key for India. India 114/3 after 24 overs.
Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI: Second half-century in the series for Rohit Sharma. He might want to make up for Mohali and convert this into a century, now that India is under siege with the required run-rate climbing up to more than six per over.
Frustratingly for India, though, dew is nowhere.
7:17 pm: Rohit Sharma reaches another landmark - gets to his 8,000 ODI runs.
7:12 pm: 100 up for India. Rohit Sharma is the key batsman out there and having stayed at the crease for a long time, Rohit needs to stay till the end to help India cross the line. Vijay Shankar, too, needs to hang in. India 101/3 after 20.3 overs.
7:07 pm: Vijay Shankar, walks in to join Rohit Sharma.
7:05 pm: WICKET - Nathan Lyon gets his man as Rishabh Pant falls. Lyon is rewarded for bowling a tight line as this time he draws Pant forward and the ball spins away to take the outside edge and Ashton Turner takes an easy one at first slip. India 92/3 after 18.1 overs.
6:57 pm: SIX - Rishabh Pant welcomes Adam Zampa with a six as he smacks a half-tracker over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum. India 87/2 after 16.1 overs.
6:55 pm: Time for drinks and India is 80/2 at the end of 16 overs. Australia is keeping a tight leash but Rohit Sharma, who has got his eye in, holds the key along with Rishabh Pant. Pant needs to play a sensible innings as another couple of wickets, the match would swing in Australia's way as it has got the big fish Virat Kohli back in the hut.
6:48 pm: FOUR - Release shot and Rishabh Pant gets underway with a boundary. Short and wide and Pant flashes hard as the ball races past the backward point boundary. India 76/2 after 14.2 overs.
6:42 pm: Another Delhi boy Rishabh Pant walks in. Pressure on India.
6:39 pm: WICKET - Huge one for Australia as Marcus Stoinis removes the chase master - Virat Kohli for 20. There is pin drop silence at the Kotla as the India skipper walks back. Cross seam delivery and Kohli goes hard at the cut and only ends up getting a nick as Alex Carey swallows it in delight. India 68/2 after 12.3 overs.
6:38 pm: Nine runs off the over and most importantly the 50-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli is up. India 67/1 after 12.1 overs.
6:35 pm: Spin introduced into the attack and it will be Nathan Lyon.
6:32 pm: 5 wides and this is not the first time the ball has been keeping low. Glenn Maxwell then goes for an unnecessary throw and the ball runs away to the fence. Australia is feeling the pressure and the crowd has found its voice. This chase promises to be cracker. India 57/1 after 11 overs.
6:30 pm: Rohit Sharma finally gets one to just clear the infield and both batsmen are now seemingly into the grrove at the end of the first powerplay. At the end of 10 overs, India 43/1.
6:18 pm: Rohit Sharma is slowly finding his feet and Virat Kohli has been electric ever since his arrival. An intense battle of play in progress at the Kotla and it will be interesting to watch who will win the battle. India 37/1 after 7.2 overs.
6:07 pm: FOUR- Virat Kohli announces his arrival with a classic extra cover drive and that is so pleasing to watch. Up and running and the India skipper holds the key.
6:05 pm: WICKET - Poor start by India as Shikhar Dhawan departs for 12. Drives it on the up but ends up getting a feather to the keeper as Pat Cummins gets his man. India 15/1 after 4.2 overs.
6:02 pm: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan given India a sedate start as after a couple of boundaries, the openers have banked on rotating the strike. India 15/0 after 4 overs.
5:52 pm: First boundary of the Indian innings as Shikhar Dhawan puts a bad ball away and then clubs one through the covers off Jhye Richardson to get the innings going.
5:44 pm: Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out there in the middle and it will be Pat Cummins who will start the proceedings for Australia. India begins its chase of 273.
Usman Khawaja: "Nice to get a competitive total. We have lost a few wickets in the middle, but that partnership between Jhye and Patty was really good. When I was out there, I was thinking 280, it's one of those wickets that is gonna get harder and harder. Hopefully we will bowl well and field well. The wicket is wearing and hopefully it will keep wearing. We will do things that are under our control and hopefully bowl well."
5:10 pm: End of Innings: India made a spirited fightback as Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets but Australia rode on Usman Khawaja's century to post a stiff target of 272/9. Jhye Richardson played a 21-ball 29 cameo but India will be confident about the chase especially with the dew around. Will be back shortly for the chase. Australia 272/9 at the end of 50 overs.
5:02 pm: WICKET - Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks a wicket out of nowhere and gets Pat Cummins. Cummins had a swipe at the yorker and the ball hits his pad and loops into the hands of Kumar. The umpires go upstairs and the confirmation comes. Australia 265/8 after 49 overs.
5:00 pm: Jhye Richardson pockets two back-to-back boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah and an unnecessary throw costs India another four runs. 19 runs from the over. Expensive one from Bumrah. Australia 260/7 after 48 overs.
4:55 pm: With three overs to go Australia is bound to cross the 250-run mark but India will aim to restrict the visitor to less than 280.
4:47 pm: WICKET - Mohammed Shami strikes as Alex Carey departs. Slower delivery, outside the off and Carey manages just a thick nick and Rishabh Pant dives forward to pouch a neat catch. Australia 229/7 in 45.5 overs.
4:40 pm: WICKET - Castled! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes as Marcus Stoinis chops on to his stumps. Slower one, Stoinis throws his bat away only to drag it on to his stumps. Australia 225/6 in 44.2 overs.
4:35 pm: Excellent comeback by the Indian bowlers but they need to be careful at the death and not let the Australians get away.
4:40 pm: ◙ Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI: Kuldeep Yadav gives away 14 runs in his final over but picks up the wicket of Ashton Turner. By this, he ensures he hasn't gone wicketless in any match in the series. However, today, he hardly appeared to be the wicket-taker he can be.
He's the most expensive Indian bowler today. His figures - 10-0-74-1.
4:25 pm: WICKET - Big Wicket and Kuldeep Yadav gets the prized scalp of Ashton Turner. Deceives him with the Wrong'un around the leg, Turner goes for the shot but the ball balloons high in the air and Ravindra Jadeja takes a good catch at long-on. Australia 210/5 in 41.2 overs.
4:25 pm: India will aim to remove Ashton Turner as quickly as possible as he can inflict a lot of damage. Turner just smoked Kuldeep Yadav for a six.
4:22 pm: ◙ Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI:
Wickets are falling in a hurry here. Three wickets have fallen for seven runs. Handscomb, after registering his second score of 50 or more in back-to-back matches, was perhaps surprised by the lift got by Mohammed Shami's delivery as he edged the ball to the wicketkeeper.
With 13 overs left, the stage is set for the Mohali star - Ashton Turner - and the potent Marcus Stoinis to flex their muscles.
4.03 pm: WICKET! And another one bites the dust! Handscomb confused on whether to play Shami, edges it to Pant. Australia 182/4 after 36.2 overs.
3:52 pm: OUT! Maxwell scores just one run before falling victim to another piece of beauty from Jadeja. The in-form man has to go as skipper Kohli takes an effortless catch.
3.47 pm: Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the breakthrough. Usman Khawaja is out for 100, caught by the skipper Virat Kohli. And the captain vents his frustration by throwing the ball down. Bhuvneshwar bowls an off-cutter, Khawaja drives but finds Virat Kohli at the covers. Australia 175/2 in 33 overs.
3.40 pm: Two hundreds in three games for Usman Khawaja and not to forget a 91 in one of the games. He has been clinical at the Ferozeshah Kotla and has sent the Indian bowlers on a leather hunt, all afternoon. He has got to the landmark in 102 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes. He punches the air in delight as his teammates applaud.
3.32 pm: Peter Handscomb (36 off 39 balls) and Usman Khawaja (97 off 98 balls) have added 85 runs in 93 balls for the second wicket as Australia strolls to 161/1 in 30 overs .
3.30 pm: The need for a wicket means Virat Kohli has turned to his premier quickie, Jasprit Bumrah. The speedster bowls a quiet over, giving away just 1 run, and at the end of 29 overs, Australia is 158/1 .
3.15 pm: The rare false stroke from Usman Khawaja as he hangs his bat out to a delivery from Mohammed Shami. Within the first 20 overs, Jadhav has been introduced to change things up a bit, but clearly it hasn't yielded any positive results for India, yet.
It's otherwise been another reassuring innings for the left-hander, his fourth score of 50 or more in the series. His scores so far - 50 in Hyderabad, 38 in Nagpur, 104 in Ranchi, and 91 in Mohali. Khawaja and Handscomb have added 60 for the second wicket. Australian 136/1 in 25 overs
2.55 pm: 8th ODI fifty for Usman Khawaja as he continues his rich vein of form. He has been joined by Peter Handscomb, who played a match-turning knock the other night in Mohali.
What must be worrying for the Indian team is that its strike-bowler - Kuldeep Yadav - has been leaking runs. The batsmen have used their feet well against him and have played attacking strokes. Australia 105/1 in 20 overs
2.36 pm: WICKET! Jadeja angles one in from round the wicket, draws Finch forward and spins it past his outside edge to uproot the off-stump! India has got the breakthrough!
Four frugal overs bowled by Jasprit Bumrah built the pressure. He is hitting the deck, bowling back-of-a-length. And he has hardly given any room for batsmen to free their arms. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar makes away for Kuldeep who is bowling in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja. Australia 77/1 in 15 overs
2.15 pm: Two boundaries off one Shami over and Finch breaks the shackles in style. A meaty punch through point is followed by an extra cover drive. Jasprit Bumrah is bowling first change with Shami being taken off the attack after an expensive three-over spell where he gave away 22 runs. Bumrah has kept it tight so far. Australia 52/0 in 10 overs
1.51 pm: India playing an extra bowler in Delhi with KL Rahul making way for in-form Shami. Khawaja and Finch are off to a solid start with both batsmen scoring boundaries in the Powerplay. An elegant Khawaja cover drive off Shami's wide half-volley and a powerful Finch punch through sweeper cover stood out. The two have hit six boundaries between them; Khawaja alone has five. Australia 30/0 in 5 overs.
Finch and Khawaja opening the innings for Australia; Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball
◙ Abhishek Mukherjee from NEW DELHI:
After Ashton Turner's blitzkrieg on Sunday, Australia had a selection riddle to overcome. How could it leave out Turner - who was Marcus Stoinis's replacement - as Stoinis got fit again? It has decided to include both, and axed the under-performing Shaun Marsh.
Marsh has registered scores of 16, 7 and 6 in the three matches he has played in the series so far. He had been in good form in the ODI series against India back home in January, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made, the team management must be saying.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
Virat Kohli: We have to first restrict them with the ball, and we are the one of the best chasing sides in the world and we have to show that today. Chahal misses out and Jadeja comes in as an all-rounder, and KL misses out to make way for Shami.
Aaron Finch: Batting first. Looks like a dry wicket. Hopefully we can get a big score and defend it later. Shaun Marsh misses out for Stoinis, Lyon comes in for Behrendorrf.
TOSS UPDATE: Australia has won the toss and elected to bat first
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
The chinks in the armour are out in the open. The Indian batting order can be brittle, and the bowling can crumble under pressure.
As was demonstrated by Ashton Turner’s blitzkrieg on Sunday in Mohali, even the best of India’s bowlers — fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal — can be made to look ordinary if the conditions are ripe.
The idea of experimentation to get team combinations right for the World Cup may be a priority for the Indian team, but for morale’s sake alone, it will be pushed much further to the periphery for once as the home side faces a possible series defeat against a largely inexperienced Australian team in the finale at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday.
Read the full preview by Abhishek Mukherjee.
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