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Right-o! Victory number 500 for India in all ODIs. They have always looked as one of the favourites to win the World Cup but matches like these are making them look even more dominant. They have snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat and will be buoyed with the win. Next stop is Ranchi, where the third ODI will be played on March 8, 2019 at 1.30 pm local (0800 GMT). Can Australia save the series? Join us to find out! ADIOS! Take Care!
Victorious Indian captain, VIRAT KOHLI, HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is exhausted now as he has spent over 100 overs in the field. Adds that he felt 250 would be competitive but 275 would have been safe and that is what they were looking for. Is happy with his 40th ODI century but is happier with his side's victory. On the gamble to give Vijay Shankar the final over, Kohli says that he was initially going to give him the 46th, leaving Shami and Bumrah to bowl the final 4 but he was advised to first bowl the senior guys out, then leave it to Vijay Shankar at the end. Is happy with the way he bowled though, in the final over. Agrees that Rohit and Dhoni always keep giving him advice. Says that Jasprit Bumrah is a champion. Admits that these close games test India perfectly as in a World Cup, any game could be close and matches like these will help them at that stage. On Kedar Jadhav, Virat says that this pitch was tailor-made for him and was even eager to bowl the final over. Praises him for his overall contribution. And finally, on his 40th ODI century, Kohli says that 40 is just a number.
Australian captain, Aaron Finch, says it was really close and they were hoping they could get over the line. Credits the way Marcus Stoinis played. Adds that they had the momentum but then they gave it back to India and they won the game. Feels that Stoinis will learn a lot from this which is a good thing going forward. He is happy with the start he got but he needed to score more. States Virat Kohli was the difference between the two sides today.
Vijay Shankar is now having a chat with Harsha Bhogle. Shankar says he is very pleased. Mentions he did not feel he would get to bowl after he went for runs in his first over. States he wanted this opportunity and is pleased he could defend and take his team over the line. Further adds he was clear in his mind on what he wanted to do and it came off well. Says he is ready to do whatever the team needs him to. Ends by saying he is working hard on all aspects of his game.
And finally. You may like some, you may not like some but you just cannot ignore Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah. He bowled well phenomenally throughout the game but this one particular over - the 46th, his 9th - was probably the one which truly told us who will win the game. When he came on, Australia needed 29 from 30 balls with 4 wickets in hand. When he finished his over, Australia needed 28 from 24 balls with 2 wickets in hand. His double-wicket over, consisting of the scalps of Coulter-Nile and Cummins, literally sealed the game.
Now, the Indian bowling. Whom would you praise? Whom would you not? Pretty difficult to say. Mohammed Shami went wicketless but how good was he in the death overs? Ravindra Jadeja - just a wicket but how economical was he? Kuldeep Yadav - he looked disgusted with himself after his performance tonight but he got the scalps of Finch, Maxwell and Carey - all at crucial junctures. Kedar Jadhav - really short of adjectives for this man. Irony.
And the innings in general? Well starts for Finch, Khawaja, Marsh, Handscomb, Stoinis and Carey - even if one had batted through, the tourists would have won. They kept getting small and meaningful stands but nothing which could threaten India for a long period of time.
At the toss, Kohli said that he expected indifferent bounce to follow as the game went deep and that is exactly what happened. Australia were going at a good rate but suddenly the batsmen became cautious and eventually the wickets started to fall. No one was set out there and after the opening stand of 83, they had three partnerships in excess of 30 - but none crossing 50.
251 was what the target was, for Australia. Definitely a tough one to chase at the toss. But given the way India were batting in the middle stages, the visitors would feel that they were chasing 20-30 runs less. And then, Finch and Khawaja staged an 83-run opening stand which probably kept the dressing room composed. But, there was drama to follow.
End of a topsy-turvy battle and India have come out on top again. They choked Australia or let us put it this way, the Aussies choked themselves and eventually got themselves into a rut. With 33 needed from 33 balls with 5 wickets in hand, you back the chasing side to win but perhaps it did not back itself.
49.3VShankar to AZampa
OUT! BOWLED! Perfect yorker and the stumps are rattled! India go 2-0 up with an 8-run win. A perfect delivery, right at the base of the stumps, Zampa backs away and attempts to hit it through the off side but misses. The ball goes beneath the bat and hits the timber!
49.2VShankar to AZampa
Short and outside off, Zampa punches this through point where Rohit Sharma dives to his right and gets a hand to it. The ball slows down and the batsmen get only a couple.
Adam Zampa is the last man in.
49.1VShankar to MStoinis
OUT! Umpire's call it is! Vijay has struck gold. That is probably the final nail in the coffin. Stoinis is given his marching orders and he takes Australia's hopes of chasing this down along with him. He bowls it on a length and it skids through. Stoinis looks to heave it on the leg side but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger.
And Stoinis is dismissed first ball! Not shockingly, he takes the review. Looks dead plumb.
Who will bowl the final over? Vijay Shankar. 1-0-13-0 so far.
48.6MShami to NLyon
FOUR! Lyon hits the boundary Australia needed! A poor delivery this from Shami. A full toss on the pads. NL looks to flick but it goes off the inner half, fine down the leg side and into the fence. Ideal end to what was a good over till then. 9 from it and 11 more needed in the last over.
48.5MShami to MStoinis
Another single as Stoinis flat-bats it down to long on for a single. 15 needed in 7 now.
48.4MShami to NLyon
Crisp drive! Length and outside off, Lyon smacks it through covers for a run.
48.3MShami to MStoinis
Another length delivery and Marcus works it through mid-wicket for a run. 17 from 9.
48.2MShami to MStoinis
In the air... safe! Fifty for Stoinis. He started off slowly but then got into his own. He holds the key here for Australia. Stoinis walks right across and then looks to flick it over square leg who is inside the ring. It goes off the top edge and over that fielder who trackbacks and puts in a dive but fails to reach it. Two taken.
48.1MShami to MStoinis
Uses his feet but the length is on the shorter side, Stoinis pushes it back to the bowler. A dot to begin, Shami needs to bowl a good over here.
47.6JBumrah to MStoinis
Yes, he does! 20 from the last 2. Stoinis shuffles right across and works it through square leg for a single. Also, that is the end of Bumrah's spell. His figures read 10-0-29-2. Another top performance.
47.5JBumrah to MStoinis
BEATEN! More importantly a dot! Length and around off, it straightens after pitching. Stoinis looks to defend but is beaten by the away movement. One ball to go, Marcus will be looking for a single. Can he get it?
47.4JBumrah to MStoinis
4 dots in a row as Stoinis pushes it to covers.
47.3JBumrah to MStoinis
A lovely in-dipping yorker on off, Stoinis opens the face and jams it out to point. Lyon is off for a run but Stoinis sends him back.
47.2JBumrah to MStoinis
On the off stump and Stoinis defends it out again.
47.1JBumrah to MStoinis
Angles it into the off pole, Stoinis keeps it out. I think he will be happy to play Bumrah out here.
46.6MShami to NLyon
A yorker on middle, Lyon looks to jam it out but gets an inside edge down to fine leg. No single this time. Maybe because Stoinis does not want Lyon to face Bumrah.
46.5MShami to MStoinis
Now 21 needed in 19 as MS guides it down to third man for a run.
46.4MShami to MStoinis
FOUR! Vital boundary! Shami offers just a little width outside off, Stoinis waits for it and cuts it late. It is past the fielder at point and into the fence. 22 needed in 20.
46.3MShami to MStoinis
Attacks the stumps and it is kept out.
46.2MShami to NLyon
Overthrow and Lyon is off strike! Sloppy stuff from India. Lyon guides this towards point and thinks of a run but then is sent back. The fielder there has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Rayudu who is backing up, fumbles and concedes a run.
46.1MShami to MStoinis
Full and on the pads, Stoinis flicks it through mid-wicket and takes a single. Not sure why though? He refused a single on the last ball of the last over and takes one on the first ball in this over.
Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.
45.6JBumrah to NLyon
Full and outside off, Lyon looks to defend but the ball moves away, takes the outside edge and goes towards third man. THEY DO NOT RUN. What an over - 1, W, 0, W, 0, 0. What a bowler. Australia need 28 from the last 4 with just 2 wickets in hand.
45.5JBumrah to NLyon
Is that out too? Nope. On a length outside off, Lyon feels for it and almost, almost, edges it behind.
Nathan Lyon walks in at number 10, replacing Cummins.
45.4JBumrah to PatCummins
OUT! Caught behind! The ball has carried and Cummins is on his bike! This should be the end of the game. Perfect gamble from Kohli or perhaps he knew his cards well upfront. This Bumrah over has more or less sealed the deal for India. A lovely ball, on a length outside off, Cummins looks to defend but then the ball shapes away, taking the thinnest of outside edges. Dhoni takes it well above the ground and appeals but the umpire for some reason, is not sure whether it has carried. He has a chat with his partner and refers it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Just one look is enough in the replays.
Has that carried? Has Cummins edged one behind? The umpire is not sure. He has a chat with his fellow umpire and then refers it upstairs and the soft signal is OUT.
45.3JBumrah to PatCummins
Around off, solidly defended back to the bowler.
Pat Cummins walks in at number 9, replacing Coulter-Nile.
45.2JBumrah to NCoulter-Nile
45.2: J Bumrah to N Coulter-Nile, OUT! BOWLED! Indecision costs Coulter-Nile his wicket. He is probably expecting the yorker, hence is not sure whether to come forward or stay back. The ball is bowled on a length and NCN now looks to steer it to third man. But is late. It is a 142.6 kph ball and it skids off the deck. Double trouble. Kaboom! The LED bails illuminate.
45.1JBumrah to MStoinis
Full and around off, Stoinis gently opens the face of the bat and guides it behind point for a single.