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AUS 298/9 (50.0ov)
IND 299/4 (49.2ov)

India beat Australia by 6 wickets

MOM: Virat Kohli

  • Adelaide goes to the Indians. We are all square at 1-1 and there is all to play for in the final game at the MCG. That one will begin at 1320 local (0220 GMT) on the 18th of January, Friday. Take care and see you for that one. Cheers!
  • India's skipper Virat Kohli is also the Man of the Match. 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. Praises Bhuvneshwar Kumar and adds that he brought back the whole team into the game. 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. Feels that his bowlers did pretty well. On his innings, Virat says he tries to get into the zone whenever there is a target on the board. Adds that the whole idea was to keep things simple and also take calculative risks. Hopes to keep helping the team. Further says that it was a really tough day with the conditions being too hot and they need a good day rest. On MS Dhoni, Kohli says that there is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Praises him and says that he calculates the game so well and today was an MS classic. Mentions about the contribution of Karthik as well who showed the right kind of intent.
  • Australia's captain Aaron Finch says that they hung in really well and praises India for their batting. Feels they needed to keep taking wickets but ran into that man Dhoni. Praises MSD for timing his innings and credits India for playing well and calls it a good game of cricket. 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. Further adds that he is trying to get the best out of the players and as a captain, it's important for him to be consistent with his actions. Lauds Shaun Marsh for his century under brutal conditions. On managing his bowlers, Finch replies that it would have been nice to have Jhye Richardson bowl at the death. States that it's tough against experienced batsmen and reckons there are lots of positive for them. He is looking forward to MCG and hopes to win the series there.
  • Coming to Australia's batting inning earlier, it mainly revolved around Shaun Marsh's 131 which powered the total to 298. It was eventually about 10-20 short as it proved to be. A point to be considered could also be the last 3 overs of the Australian batting innings which yielded only 17 runs as India snapped four wickets during that period. Made all the difference in the end. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony!
  • Virat Kohli though continued playing as he normally does in chases and was involved in two more fifty-plus stands, first with Ambati Rayudu and then with MS Dhoni. He reached his 39th ODI century but failed to stay till the end. When he fell, a further 57 were required but Dinesh Karthik joined hands with the former Indian skipper and took the touring team over the line in the last over. A very important factor in the chase was the running between the wickets as the Indians ran the field ragged. MSD was a little cramped up in the end but finished stuff with a trademark six that shows the fighting spirit of the man. For the Aussies, no bowler made a great show but none was very poor either. They managed to build pressure in the middle overs but failed to get breakthroughs at regular intervals. Just a good game of cricket in the end and India just about played better than Australia to level the series 1-1.
  • So that should settle the debate on whether Dhoni still has it in him or not. He has proved exactly why he is so important to the team going into the World Cup. Got his second consecutive fifty and took India to victory. The chase though, was more than just about Dhoni. 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 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.
  • 49.2JBehrendorff to MSDhoni

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    INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Quietly does the job with a run. Nothing fancy. 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. No pressure. Nothing. Job done. Dhoni shows no emotions. All is well. India have levelled the series 1-1!
  • 49.1JBehrendorff to MSDhoni

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    SIX! Vintage Dhoni! A touch short in length around off, Dhoni unleashes all his power behind it and muscles it handsomely over long on for a maximum. The crowd has gone bonkers. 69th ODI fifty for MS Dhoni. It also reminds us of an ODI in 2012 in Adelaide when MS Dhoni hit a biggie off McKay on the third ball of the last over and won India the game from there. Scores are levelled here!
  • Jason Behrendorff to bowl the final over. MS Dhoni on strike...
  • 48.6MStoinis to MSDhoni

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    In the air... but lands safely in front of the long on fielder. A length ball, Dhoni goes for the big one, doesn't connect too well and is lucky as it lands before the fielder. Single taken. 9 off this over. Stoinis finishes with 1/46 off his 9 overs. India just need 7 off the last one.
  • 48.5MStoinis to DKarthik

    3
    Brilliant running from Dhoni there! It is not easy out there in the middle and MS has run back for the third one, seeing the opportunity. A length ball on middle, Karthik moves across and laps it fine towards deep fine leg. Behrendorff comes around from square leg and dives, saving a run for his team.
  • 48.4MStoinis to MSDhoni

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    Another length delivery on top of middle stump, Dhoni rocks back and drops it on the off side before setting off. Completes the single easily.
  • 48.3MStoinis to DKarthik

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    A good length ball on middle, driven down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 48.2MStoinis to DKarthik

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    A fuller length ball outside off, Karthik drives this wide of deep cover and comes back for another easy two.
  • 48.1MStoinis to MSDhoni

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    A short ball outside off, Dhoni punches it back towards mid off and takes a single.
  • Quite humid out there in the middle and Dhoni is feeling the heat. He is down on the ground and has some drinks to help him. It's not easy, especially for wicket-keepers.
  • 47.6JBehrendorff to DKarthik

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    Fuller length ball on middle and leg, Karthik walks down and across before flicking it towards deep mid-wicket. The batsmen run the first one hard and Maxwell out there, misfields and allows for the second one to be completed easily. 9 runs off this over. India now need 16 off the last two.
  • 47.5JBehrendorff to MSDhoni

    3
    Amazing running that! A slower length delivery on the pads, Dhoni works it very fine. Fine leg is in the circle and he gives chase. The batsmen pick up three in the end.
  • 47.4JBehrendorff to DKarthik

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    Another slower one outside off to DK, looks like a plan. Karthik drives this to deep cover for a single.
  • 47.3JBehrendorff to MSDhoni

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    Another single to deep mid-wicket as Dhoni punches this one off the back foot. The Australians won't mind this.
  • 47.2JBehrendorff to DKarthik

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    Slower full toss outside off, Karthik pulls it but does not get good timing on it. Missed out there one would feel. A single down to wide long on.
  • 47.1JBehrendorff to MSDhoni

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    On a good length and at the hips, flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • An important over coming here for Australia. This is the very stage when India pulled things back with the ball. Jason Behrendorff to bowl it.
  • 46.6MStoinis to DKarthik

    2
    Good running this! Puts pressure on the fielder and he misfields, thus allowing for the easy second. Shaun Marsh the culprit on this ball that was pushed towards him at long on by Karthik. 25 runs required off 18 balls now.
  • 46.5MStoinis to DKarthik

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    Length ball outside off, pushed to the cover region. No run.
  • 46.4MStoinis to DKarthik

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    FOUR! A slower short ball on middle and Karthik is ready for it. He stands tall and pulls it away in the gap wide of fine leg. Puts the pressure back on the bowler.
  • 46.3MStoinis to DKarthik

    2
    Full toss outside off, Karthik drives it in the gap wide of the cover fielder. Long off comes around and limits it to two runs.
  • 46.2MStoinis to MSDhoni

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    Overpitched outside off, Dhoni gets it in the gap through the covers and goes to the other end.
  • 46.1MStoinis to MSDhoni

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    Fuller length ball on middle, Dhoni pushes it back down the ground. Stoinis moves to his right and stops it, preventing the single.
  • Marcus Stoinis is back on.
  • 45.7JRichardson to MSDhoni

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    Bowls this one short of a length on middle and leg, MSD works it towards mid-wicket and settles for a single. 10 runs off this over. The figures for Richardson read 10-0-59-1. India need 34 runs in 24 balls now.
  • 45.6JRichardson to MSDhoni

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    Wide! Is pressure showing on the youngster? Sprays this down the leg side and Dhoni lets it go. Wide signalled by the umpire.
  • 45.5JRichardson to DKarthik

    1
    On middle and short of a length this time, DK works it towards mid on for a single.
  • 45.4JRichardson to DKarthik

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    FOUR! Lovely pull from Karthik. A short of a length ball on middle, Dinesh swivels and gets his pull in the gap between fine leg and square leg. Goes to the fence on one bounce.
  • 45.3JRichardson to MSDhoni

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    Another single as Dhoni works this away to deep square leg off his pads.
  • 45.2JRichardson to DKarthik

    1
    Fuller length ball on middle, Karthik flicks it away nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 45.1JRichardson to MSDhoni

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    Strays on to the pads this time, Dhoni misses his glance. The ball runs off the sides for a leg bye towards fine leg.
  • 44.6NLyon to MSDhoni

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    Full and floated on middle, Dhoni leans forward and bunts it through wide mid on for a run. 11 from the over, Lyon is done for the evening, 10-0-59-0! 44 needed off the last 5 overs.
  • 44.5NLyon to MSDhoni

    2
    Lyon continues to fire it in. Bowls it short and around off, Dhoni slaps it off his back foot to sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
  • 44.4NLyon to MSDhoni

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    Goes flat and quick on middle, Dhoni stays back and defends it in the direction of the bowler.
  • 44.3NLyon to MSDhoni

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    SIX! Out of here! Dhoni has decided to press on the accelerator. Gives the charge to Lyon and receives the fuller length ball with open arms. Goes with the spin and dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum. This will help.
  • 44.2NLyon to MSDhoni

    2
    Good running between the wickets again! This has been the feature of Dhoni's innings. Tossed up ball on middle, Dhoni works it through mid-wicket and comes back for the second run.
  • 44.1NLyon to MSDhoni

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    Flatter and shorter on the pads, Dhoni fails to flick and it goes off his pads to the leg side. He looks for a run but Karthik sends him back.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl his last over.
  • 43.6JRichardson to MSDhoni

    1
    Length ball on the pads, flicked away for a single through deep square leg for a single. A successful over from Richardson comes to an end.