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AUS 288/5 (50.0ov)
IND 254/9 (50.0ov)

Australia beat India by 34 runs

MOM: Jhye Richardson

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  • That ends the SCG contest. A rare India loss, that too in an ODI. Against a triply-weakened Aussie unit. Spare a thought for Rohit Sharma though. His 10th series or tournament in a row where he has scored at least one century. But all is not lost yet as 2 ODIs are yet to be played. We now move to Adelaide, which hosts the second ODI on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Australia will be buoyed with this win but beware of the wounded Indian Tigers. The game begins at 1.50 pm local (0320 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Man of the Match, Jhye Richardson, says he is happy with his performance, especially against a quality side. Credits the way India tried to come back in the game. States Kohli's wicket was very special for him, especially in a run chase. Mentions they are clear about what they have to do as a bowling unit and it came off today. Ends by saying they assessed the conditions well and bowled according to it.
  • Victorious Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says he is very pleased with the performance. Admits they did get nervous when Dhoni and Rohit were batting. On his team's batting, Finch says that the plan was to bat deep as can be seen from the scorecard, to get a competitive total on the board. He feels they had a par score as the dew was not going to play a big factor. Credits the way Khawaja, Marsh and Handscomb played. Further adds they batted really well in the middle period and finished off things well. Mentions the newbies bowled really well and both of them (Behrendorff and Jhye) have a good future ahead. Ends by saying there is still a lot of room for improvement though.
  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they are not pleased with the way they played. Mentions they were good with the ball but were not upto the mark with the bat. Credits the way Rohit played and further adds he was supported well by Dhoni. Reckons they tried to take the game deep but the latter got out out at the wrong time. He feels they needed one more good partnership and the story could have been different. States Rayudu and Shikhar got good deliveries, he hit the ball well but was unfortunate. He adds though that those won't stop them from playing their shots. Ends by saying this is a learning curve and they hope to correct their mistakes in the games further.
  • Small moments. How they sometimes cost big. Bhuvi going for 40 in his last 3 overs. India losing by 34. Australia wasting a review on Rohit - did not matter but almost paid the price for it. Ambati Rayudu's review - should India have taken it? Had they not, then Dhoni could have used it to his advantage. Anyways, life is nothing without ifs and buts. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...
  • Wow. Australia's bowling. No Starc. No Hazlewood. No Cummins. No Coulter-Nile. No Tye. Yet they won. Quadruple wow. They were lucky to get a couple of cheap wickets but then were professional enough to build on that and not let India in. Debutant Jason Behrendorff did well to finish with a 2-fer but Jhye Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with 4/26 in his 10. Nathan Lyon did a good holding job but the early damage had helped all the bowlers, even if they went for a hit towards the end.
  • Rohit then tried to saviour a one-man show but eventually, the task became too monumental for him. He got no support from the others. Factor this - when Rohit was at the crease, only Dhoni and Jadeja crossed double figures.
  • Normally, when you have a stand taking so many balls, it cannot be broken without compensating. Dhoni and Rohit tried to change the tempo but then the former got a rough call which probably changed the game.
  • A good start is key to a good finish. India lacked that in this game. 1/1, 4/2 became 4/3. The visitors could not recover after that. Well, one can say they tried. Dhoni and Rohit stopped the wicket-flow, got a partnership going but that was not helping the task as the boundaries were not coming frequently. The stand was worth 137 but it consumed 171 balls.
  • A comfortable win for Australia in the end. Not many would have imagined this. 288 on this track, which was seeing 30-40 runs short, has actually proved to be 34 runs too many.
  • 49.6MStoinis to MShami

    OUT! Caught. The match ends. Stoinis finally gets his second. A full ball on middle, it is the slower one. Shami hits it high up in the air. So high that it comes down with snow on it. Maxwell in the deep mid-wicket position settles under it and takes a good catch. All smiles in the Australian camp as THEY WIN BY 34 RUNS AND TAKE A 1-0 LEAD!
  • 49.5MStoinis to BKumar

    Another drop and once again it is on the bowling of Stoinis. Good attempt though. He looks a frustrated figure. A short ball on the body. Kumar goes for the pull but gets a top edge, it goes towards deep backward square leg. Handscomb makes good ground to his right, dives and gets two hands to it but fails to hang on. The batsmen take a run.
  • 49.4MStoinis to BKumar

    Tries to do the same but this time finds the fielder at covers. Does not take a run.
  • 49.3MStoinis to BKumar

    FOUR! CREAMED! Full and on off, Kumar makes room and caresses it through covers for a boundary.
  • 49.2MStoinis to MShami

    On the pads, it is worked through square leg for a single.
  • 49.1MStoinis to BKumar

    In the air... but it lands in no man's land! Length delivery around off, Kumar swings, it hits the splice of the bat and lobs towards the cover region. A run taken.
  • Mohammed Shami is the new batsman.
  • 48.6PSiddle to KYadav

    OUT! Khawaja makes no mistake this time! Siddle gets his first! A short ball on middle, Kuldeep shuffles across and goes for the pull. Only manages to get a top edge, it goes towards Khawaja at deep square leg, he takes it.
  • 48.5PSiddle to BKumar

    Goes very full and on the pads, it is clipped towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.4PSiddle to BKumar

    Length again around off, Bhuvneshwar hits it over covers and take two.
  • 48.3PSiddle to KYadav

    On the shorter side, this is pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.2PSiddle to BKumar

    It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 48.1PSiddle to BKumar

    FOUR! Kumar is playing a very nice knock here. He makes room and cuts this length ball over the point fielder and into the fence.
  • 47.6MStoinis to BKumar

    DROPPED! This is an absolute sitter! This should have been taken. Not sure if this drop would haunt Australia but still, the bowler will be disappointed as he could have added one more to his wicket tally. The slower ball on middle, Kumar tries to go downtown, it has more height than distance. Khawaja settles under it at long on and should have taken it but spills it. A single taken.
  • Peter Siddle returns. 7-0-39-0 so far.
  • 47.5MStoinis to KYadav

    Yadav moves right across and tries to flick. It hits his thigh pad and rolls on the leg side. The batsmen run a leg bye.
  • 47.4MStoinis to BKumar

    DROPPED! But difficult to say so. A valiant effort from Behrendorff. It is short ball on the body, Kumar pulls it uppishly towards short fine leg. Jason there dives to his left, full stretch, gets a hand to it but can't hang on.
  • 47.3MStoinis to BKumar

    Tries to play the paddle now but fails to connect.
  • 47.2MStoinis to BKumar

    FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Kumar will not go down without a fight. He uses his feet and at the very end opens the face of the bat, it races through the turf through point. Marsh makes good ground to his left, dives but his effort goes in vain.
  • 47.1MStoinis to BKumar

    FOUR! Handy runs but not sure this would make a difference to the outcome of the game. Short and outside off, Kumar comes down the track and slashes. He gets a top edge and it goes over the short third man fielder.
  • 46.6JRichardson to BKumar

    Another yorker, dug out for a single to the leg side.
  • 46.5JRichardson to BKumar

    A lovely reverse-swinging delivery, Bhuvi tries to dig it out but the ball goes off the inside edge, onto his pads and rolls past the stumps to the off side. He wants a run but is sent back.
  • 46.4JRichardson to KYadav

    A short ball now, heaved towards deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 46.3JRichardson to KYadav

    A slower ball, down the leg side, Kuldeep misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the keeper.
  • 46.2JRichardson to BKumar

    The batsman plays the pull shot. One run added to the total.
  • 46.1JRichardson to KYadav

    Fuller and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a run.
  • 45.7MStoinis to BKumar

    The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 45.6MStoinis to BKumar

    DROPPED! Guess this will not matter though. A short ball, outside off, Bhuvi looks to pull but gets a top edge. It almost carries to Usman Khawaja at long on who comes running in but plonks it. Hurts his hamstring as well.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is the new man in.
  • 45.5MStoinis to RSharma

    OUT! Caught! The SCG stands still. That is probably the final nail in the coffin. A tired Rohit Sharma walks back after a magnificent innings. No miracle tonight. He fought a lone battle but the situation demanded a lot out of him. Australia on the other hand, rejoice as they know they almost have the game in the bag. A short ball outside off, Rohit tries to pull but only manages to get a top edge. It goes high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Glenn Maxwell there runs in and takes a good catch.
  • 45.4MStoinis to RSharma

    FOUR! JUST OVER! Much-needed boundary but one is not enough. They need at least three per over. A full toss, this time Rohit makes Stoinis pay as he lofts it over the mid off fielder and into the fence.
  • 45.3MStoinis to RSharma

    WIDE. A full toss outside off, pretty wide, Sharma lets it go. Pressure on the bowler!
  • 45.2MStoinis to BKumar

    A short ball, ultra-slower delivery, Bhuvi swings hard and toe-ends it towards long on. For a run.
  • 45.1MStoinis to RSharma

    A high full toss outside off, Rohit heaves it towards deep mid-wicket. A single taken. The batsmen look at the square leg umpire for the no ball call but they get none. Just below the waist.
  • 44.6JRichardson to BKumar

    Another slower ball outside off, this time there is extra bounce. Kumar once again fails to put bat on ball. Terrific over this by Jhye, one which probably turns the tide in Australia's favor completely. A run and a wicket from it.

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