18.2 overs: FOUR! Ashton Agar is welcomed to the attack with a beautiful cover drive from Shikhar Shawan. Presents full face of the bat and finds the gap to perfection.
100 up for India!
Virat Kohli takes a comfortable single off Adam Zampa as he pushes the ball towards long off. 100 comes up for India in 17.1 overs for the loss of one wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan 38*
Virat Kohli 12*
End of 16th over: Six runs from Adam Zampa’s third over. Pat Cummins is on his bowling mark again as he gets ready to bowl his seventh over. Australia will have to be careful ahead as they now have only three over remaining from Cummins after this over. And they will look to save them for the death.
14.3 overs: FOUR! Kohli ‘cover drive’ is a treat to watch. Exquisite from the Indian skipper. Over-pitched from Pat Cummins and Kohli wasted no time on that one. The ‘king’ collects his first boundary.
13.3 overs: Review from Rohit Sharma after Adam Zampa hits his pad. Rohit goes for the sweep but misses the ball completely. Original decision from the umpire is
OUT! The replay clearly shows that the ball was pitched in line and was hitting the stumps. Rohit fails to read the googly from Zampa as he takes the long walks back after scoring 42 runs. A loud cheer from the crowd as incomes Virat Kohli to bat at his beloved no.3 spot.
12.3 overs: FOUR! Slapped to the mid wicket fence. And the chants of “Rohit Rohit” are getting louder inside the stadium. Another poor delivery from Kane Rickardson and Rohit was up for it. Comes down the track and hits it over the in-field. The ball races to the fence.
End of 11th over: FOUR! Kane Richardson has been leaking runs today. Another 9-run over from him as Shikhar Dhawan collects a boundary off his final ball. Spin comes into the attack for the first time as leggie Adam Zampa has the ball in hand.
Play resumes and Shikhaar Dhawan looks good to go. A small breather for everyone and Pat Cummins is back onto his mark with Rohit Sharma at the striking end.
Ouch! A rising delivery from Pat Cummins and Shikhar Dhawan gets hit in the ribs. Shikhar completes the single but is down at the non striker end. Looks in pain as physio arrives on the pitch.
50 up for India!
On the pads from Kane Richardson and Rohit pushes the ball to the square leg region for a comfortable single. Fifty comes up for India in 8.3 overs!
Rohit Sharma 24*
Shikhar Dhawan 25*
End of 8th over: FOUR! Another strong flick from Shikhar Dhawan through square leg and yet again the ball finds the fence. Both India openers looking strong. Pat Cummins over ends with a four.
End of 7th over: FOUR! Boundary to finish the over. Exquisite timing on that occasion from Rohit Sharma. Kane Richardson drags down the leg side and Rohit flicks it to the fence. A disappointing end to Richardson’s first over. 7 runs off it. Change of end for Pat Cummins as he now replaces Mitchell Starc.
End of 6th over: Nine runs from Mitchell Starc’s third over. And, we have the first bowling change as Kane Richardson replaces Pat Cummins.
5.2 overs: FOUR! Glorious! No one from the Aussie camp moved there. Timed to perfection from Rohit Sharma. Over-cooked from Mitchell Starc and Rohit wasted no time on that one. The ball races to the cover fence.
End of OVER 5: 3 runs off Cummins over. INDIA 23/0
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End of OVER 4: 6 runs off Starc’s over.
OVERS 3.5: FOUR! Dhawan uses the pace and sends the ball like a rocket towards fine leg. Starc isn’t happy with this.
Starc starts his second over.
End of OVER 3: 9 runs off Cummins’ over.
OVERS 2.5: FOUR! Rohit uses the pace nicely. He moves back and flicks the ball towards backward square leg for a boundary. Excellent stuff from him.
OVERS 2.2: FOUR! Dhawan makes room and sends the ball towards extra cover region.What an elegant shot from the left-hander.
Cummins starts his second over
END of OVER 2: 5 runs off Starc’s over.
OVERS 1.1: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan welcomes the Australian pacer with a superb straight drive.
Mitchell Starc comes into the attack.
End of OVER 1: What a way to start. Maiden from Cummins. Rohit played the over cautiously.
Finch’s men are walking down the stairs. India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle. Pat Cummins is ready with ball. Here we go….
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
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Aaron Finch (AUSTRALIA):
We are going to bowl first. It looks like a beautiful wicket, I don’t think it’s going to change. We had success chasing in the last game, hopefully we can do that today as well. They (the spinners) controlled their length really well. Same team for us.
Virat Kohli (INDIA):
We would’ve bowled first as well. But the good thing is that there’s not much dew factor here. It looks (the wicket) really nice and hard. If we put enough runs on the board, we have a good chance of putting the opposition under pressure. You will be beaten comprehensively by sides like Australia at the International level. It’s about understanding what went wrong, not think too much about that game. We need to focus on the positives. We are going to be more brave than the last game, that’s for sure. Couple of changes. One forced change; Rishabh is not playing. He’s still having that concussion assessment going on. KL will keep in place of him and Manish replaces him. And Navdeep Saini replaces Shardul Thakur.
INDIA: KL Rahul will keep wicket wickets as Rishabh Pant is out with a concussion. Manish Pandey comes in for Pant. Navdeep Saini has replaced Shardul Thakur
TOSS: Australia captain Aaron Finch wins toss, opts to field against India in Rajkot
Both captains are ready for the toss.
Rajkot is set for the second ODI
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UPDATE: KS Bharat named back-up wicket-keeper for 2nd ODI – as per BCCI’s media release.
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With Sanju Samson & Ishan Kishan being a part of the India A side in New Zealand, the selection committee decided to name K S Bharat as back-up wicket-keeper. The call was taken after Rishabh Pant flew to Bengaluru to undergo his rehabilitation protocol in the National Cricket Academy. The wicket-keeper batsman was hit on the helmet while batting in the 1st ODI in Mumbai and was ruled out of the 2nd ODI in Rajkot.
His recovery is being monitored by the NCA and a call on his availability for the final ODI in Bengaluru will be taken accordingly.
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Skipper Virat Kohli is set to be back at his regular number three position after the strategy of coming two-down boomeranged in the lung-opener as India take on a resolute Australia in the must-win second ODI. India go into the game 0-1 down after Australia registered a 10-wicket win in the lung-opener at Mumbai, courtesy David Warner and Aaron Finch, who hit unbeaten hundreds.
In a bid to field all three in-form players — Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul –, Kohli dropped himself down the order but the plan backfired spectacularly as he was unable to convert his start.
Opener Dhawan later said he was ready to bat at number three if asked to by the team management, but since Kohli has been successful at that position, the skipper would be more than willing to walk in one-down.
Kohli batting at three also provides stability to the middle-order.
With a concussed Rishabh Pant out of the second game, Rahul is a certainty as he will keep wickets.
So, like in the last game, Rohit and Dhawan, who made a dogged 74 off 91 balls in Wankhede, could open, and there could be a toss-up between Rahul and young Shreyas Iyer at number four. Iyer had a rare failure on Tuesday. Pant’s absence could pave the way for the inclusion of Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey, who made optimum use of the opportunity that he got in the third T20 against Sri Lanka in Pune.
It would also be interesting to see which among the experienced Kedar Jadhav and rookie Shivam Dube makes the squad.
Rohit, who had a phenomenal 2019, failed in the first game, but given the form he is in, the opener is expected to bounce back strongly here.
Ditto for Kohli, who is just one hundred short of equalling cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most hundreds on home soil for India.
The bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah had a forgettable outing at the Wankhede and they would be more than eager to make a strong comeback and prove their mettle. Bumrah, since his comeback, has not been as effective as earlier and he would like to change the perception.
It would be interesting to see whether India play Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini or persist with Shardul Thakur, who gave away 43 runs in Mumbai.
Ravindra Jadeja looks a certainty and so the choice would be between chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who conceded 55 runs in the first ODI and Yuzvendra Chahal as the lead spinner.
On the other hand, a high on confidence Australia will be looking to seal the issue to register back to back series wins in India, a rare feat for any visiting team. The Finch-Warner combination will look forward to carry the momentum. Their middle-order comprising the experienced Steve Smith, in-form Marnus Labuschange, Ashton Turner and Alex Carey looks more or less settled. If all of them fire in unison, along with the openers, then it will hard for the opposition bowlers.
However, it will be quite a test of their middle-order at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium. Australian bowlers also showed at the Wankhede, why they are considered among the best. Led by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, they bundled out India for a sub-par 255 and Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins would be raring to go once again.
Spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar, not only contained the runs, but provided crucial breakthroughs and are expected to play a similar role again in the middle overs.
The track here is expected to be a belter and India can draw confidence from the home series against New Zealand in 2017, when they won 2-1 after losing the opener, co-incidentally in Mumbai.