46th over: Australia 261-6 (Smith 121, Agar 3) Saini’s attempted yorker ends up being a low full-toss, inviting Smith to smack him backward of point for four. The shot of the day follows, a six that Smith picks up from outside off, flicks the wrists and sends over the deep mid-wicket fence. Incredible shot. How on earth did he do that? Well, he’s Steve Smith. Sixteen from the over. Better from Australia but might it be too little, too late?
45th over: Australia 245-6 (Smith 106, Agar 2) A good over from Shami so late in the innings, restricting Australia to ones and twos. Just seven from the over and, frankly, they need to do far better than that. Even 10 an over from here still won’t get them to 300.
See below. Turner did indeed edge it!
WICKET! Turner c Rahul b Saini 4 (Australia 238-6)
India launch a review after Turner swings and apparently misses. They’re convinced he got bat on it and send the not-out call upstairs. Turner did indeed hit the ground with his bat, but technology, blessed technology, indicates he also bottom edged the ball en route to the keeper. On your way, son.
44th over: Australia 238-6 (Smith 101)
Steve Smith century!
Smith sends a thick edge down to third-man to register his ninth ODI century and first in three long years. Coming from 117 balls, it’s been a steady knock and now Australia need him to step on the gas. More confused running between the wickets follows, with Smith setting off for a single but Turner knowing little about it. Despite both batsmen being almost at the same end at the same time, there’s enough time for survival.
43rd over: Australia 234-5 (Smith 99, Turner 2) Smith is stranded on 99 but also stranded at the non-striker’s end as Turner sees off five successive dot balls from Bumrah. A single off the last ball of the over keeps Turner on strike … and Smith stranded on 99. And stranded at the non-striker’s end. Aaaagh. The torment! Did I mention that Bumrah is bowling rather well?
WICKET! Carey c Iyer b Kuldeep 35 (Australia 231-5)
Kuldeep returns for his final over and at gets a wicket that his toil, if not his excellence, has deserved. Carey goes for the big shot over cover but it has no hope of clearing the rope, presenting Iyer with a straightforward catch.
42nd over: Australia 233-5 (Smith 99, Turner 1)
41st over: Australia 228-4 (Smith 96, Carey 34) Carey plays all around a straightish one from Shami but the ball misses the inside edge en route to the keeper. No such issues later in the over as the left hander gives himself room and cuts backward of point for four.
40th over: Australia 223-4 (Smith 95, Carey 30) The miserly Bumrah returns in place of Kuldeep. And it’s more of the same from this man, whom India would love to clone. At least it is until his final delivery, short and wide of off-stump, which Carey edges down to third-man for four. Two runs from the first five balls, but six from the over.
39th over: Australia 217-4 (Smith 94, Carey 25) Saini strays down the leg-side, and you just don’t do that to Steve Smith. A boundary to fine-leg takes Smith past 4,000 ODI runs … and into the 90s.
38th over: Australia 210-4 (Smith 89, Carey 24) Sharp running from Carey turns Smith’s punch through the covers into two runs, keeping Smith on strike and paving the way for him to crunch Kuldeep through point for four. Carey ends the over with a slog sweep, getting very little of it at all, and living to fight another day as the ball lands safely.
37th over: Australia 200-4 (Smith 82, Carey 21) Saini on for Bumrah. His first ball back is full, wide of off-stump and is given the required treatment by Carey, who drives through extra cover for four. A short one follows, and it really is too short, inviting Carey to help it on his way to the third-man fence. An update on Shikhar Dhawan: he’s off to the hospital for an x-ray after that mishap in the field early in the game.
36th over: Australia 190-4 (Smith 81, Carey 12) Kuldeep returns for the expired Jadeja. A wrong’un confuses Smith, underscoring how India have applied the shackles here. But Carey breaks them, or at least loosens them, with a sweep over mid-wicket for four.
35th over: Australia 183-4 (Smith 80, Carey 6) Another fine over from Bumrah, who again races through his six deliveries and again proves very hard to get away. An expert display of mixing line, length and pace and always keeping the batsman guessing. That’s six overs now from Bumrah, with an economy rate of 3.0. Nice work.
34th over: Australia 181-4 (Smith 79, Carey 5) Carey reverse sweeps for four before trying the same again, missing despite India’s suspicion that he might have edged it, and Jadeja’s breathless spell comes to an end. And 2-44 is a good return.
33rd over: Australia 176-4 (Smith 78, Carey 1) Bumrah is back. Carey gets off the mark courtesy of an another overthrow from a direct hit. Three from the over.
WICKET! Starc c sub (Chahal) b Jadeja 0 (Australia 173-4)
Just like London buses, we wait forever for a wicket and then two come at once. Starc, elevated to wield the willow, does what is asked of him but picks out a fielder in the deep. A double-wicket maiden for Jadeja. Not bad at all.
32nd over: Australia 173-4 (Smith 77)
WICKET! Labuschagne c Kohli b Jadeja 54 (Australia 173-3)
A very timely breakthrough for India as Labuschagne tries to press the matter but picks out Kohli, who takes a ripper of a catch low down at extra cover. Australia’s 127-run stand for the third wicket comes to an end.
Marnus Labuschagne half-century!
Australia continue their period of consolidation and compilation, trading in ones and twos, but Labuschagne decides to notch his maiden ODI fifty in style, working Shami through mid-wicket for four. The Australia star is going at slightly worse than a run-a-ball and looks in good nick.
31st over: Australia 173-2 (Smith 77, Labuschagne 54)
30th over: Australia 165-2 (Smith 75, Labuschagne 48) Smith works Jadeja around the ground for ones and twos, Kohli helping the cause by taking an unnecessary shy at the stumps – which finds its target – but runs away for an overthrow.
29th over: Australia 158-2 (Smith 69, Labuschagne 47) Shami back in the attack now. His opening contribution brought a wicket but was expensive also. These two batsmen, well set now, will like the ball coming onto the bat. Labuschagne goes for it, eyeing the fence over mid-wicket, but mistimes his shot and gains only a single. Three from the over. A good return from Shami.
28th over: Australia 155-2 (Smith 67, Labuschagne 46) Sorry, was getting all wistful about Kylie and Jason and pretty much missed this over. Well, Jadeja does rip through them. Even moreso when all it produces is four nurdled singles.
27th over: Australia 151-2 (Smith 65, Labuschagne 44) Ooooh, Smith is one lucky customer! Charging down the pitch to Kuldeep, his expansive swat misses by miles and India look on, aghast, as the ball deflects off his leg and just wide of off-stump. It all happened too fast for Rahul, who could get nowhere near the ball. If he gloved it, a stumping was his. Four leg-byes is the net result. Lucky, lucky, lucky, Smith should be so lucky.
26th over: Australia 144-2 (Smith 64, Labuschagne 42) Jadeja continues, much to the liking of our reader in the post below. Smith has removed the helmet and is donning a bright yellow cap. Reminds me of Sir Viv Richards, in the loosest of loose ways. Four from the over.
25th over: Australia 140-2 (Smith 62, Labuschagne 40) Labuschagne sweeps but what should have been one run becomes two thanks to a fumble in the deep. Halfway through now. Are Australia on for 300-plus? Methinks so.
Here’s Abhijato Sensarma, who has a few good words to say about Jadeja: “Jadeja is one of the best players in the world, yet till recently even his own team neglected him. He’s always been a streetsmart bowler and an epic fielder. The recent increase in productivity with the willow has re-established his worth as a premium all-rounder. This Indian ODI side always lacked quality batting in the lower order, but this changes with Jadeja’s inclusion – it gives the top three much needed breathing room to play with more freedom. He needs to be in the playing eleven for a long time, he offers too much to be left out!”
24th over: Australia 134-2 (Smith 60, Labuschagne 36) This outfield, I tells ya, is greased lightning. Smith’s deft late cut off Jadeja is delicately hit, no more, but timed so well that is careers away to the third-man fence. Tell me more, tell me more …
Steve Smith half-century!
Smith registers his fifty with a boundary to third man. Not his most convincing shot, but a boundary nonetheless. Smith’s 25th ODI fifty consumed 63 balls. Now to capitalise and cash in, especially after his role in Finch’s run-out. Labuschagne gets involved later in the over, clipping Saini past square for four.
23rd over: Australia 126-2 (Smith 54, Labuschagne 34)
22nd over: Australia 117-2 (Smith 49, Labuschagne 30) Jadeja’s doing a nice job at limiting the run-rate. He’s straight and neither full nor short, meaning both batsmen are finding it hard to get the spinner away.
21st over: Australia 114-2 (Smith 48, Labuschagne 28) Saini returns to the attack as Kuldeep is given a breather. Tandem spin worked OK for India, but didn’t bring a breakthrough. And that is what they need now. Three runs from the over, including a hurriedly run single. These two, thankfully for Australia, are on the same page between the uprights.
20th over: Australia 111-2 (Smith 46, Labuschagne 27) Some good turn for Jadeja, who succeeds in finding Smith’s outside edge. The result, however, isn’t to India’s liking, with slip beaten and the ball rolling away for four. Another edge ends the over but Labuschagne has enough downward pressure on the shot as Rohit collects the ball on the bounce at slip.
19th over: Australia 104-2 (Smith 40, Labuschagne 26) Kuldeep again, a lot straighter this time. Smith shuffles across his crease and is lucky – or just extremely good – that he gets bat on ball. Miss that and he is plumb.
18th over: Australia 100-2 (Smith 38, Labuschagne 24) Four runs from Jadeja’s second over – a good start from him – with a single taking Australia into triple figures. Smith and his mate are starting to look rather comfortable out there.
17th over: Australia 96-2 (Smith 36, Labuschagne 22) You don’t need pace on the ball when you get a delectable half-volley, and Smith fills his boots by driving Kuldeep down the ground for four. Shreyas made good ground to get his body to the ball, but it was travelling so fast that it ricochets off his thigh and to the fence. Labuschagne then gets involved, sweeping with intent for four. That’s the fifty partnership for these two.
16th over: Australia 85-2 (Smith 31, Labuschagne 17) Possibly spin from both ends now as Jadeja replaces Bumrah. Both batsmen are watchful and can do little with the pace off the ball, adding just two runs to the total. It’s frightfully hard to say who’s on top here: another wicket and it’s India, 20 more runs for these two and it’s Australia.
15th over: Australia 83-2 (Smith 30, Labuschagne 16) Kuldeep keeps it tight, enticing an edge onto the pads of Smith before Pandey fields brilliantly at extra cover to deny Smith a boundary and cap a good over for India.
14th over: Australia 80-2 (Smith 29, Labuschagne 14) Bumrah returns to the fray and to good effect at that, keeping Australia to two singles and Labuschagne in two minds angling into the right hander off a good length. Smith looks in good touch. He’ll be set for a big one after running out Finch.
13th over: Australia 78-2 (Smith 28, Labuschagne 13) Labuschagne does little more than nudge Kuldeep through the covers, but this outfield is like ice and the shot somehow has enough on it to find the rope. A wide follows – shrouded by a laughable appeal for caught behind – and this is another good over for the tourists.
12th over: Australia 69-2 (Smith 26, Labuschagne 7) Saini continues, straying ever so slightly onto Smith’s pads and being clipped backward of square for four. The paceman’s line doesn’t improve much, ending the over with more leg-side drivel that is glanced for four more.
11th over: Australia 61-2 (Smith 18, Labuschagne 7) India go for spin. Kuldeep makes a solid start with a slip in place, restricting Australia to ones and twos.
10th over: Australia 56-2 (Smith 14, Labuschagne 6) A good over from Saini is spoiled on the last delivery by Labuschagne, who punches a half volley through the covers for four. The first power play is over. Advantage India.
Here’s that run-out. Doesn’t look good for Australia, no matter which way you look at it.
DRS Review! Saini traps Labushchagne on his crease, right in front, but the appeal falls on deaf ears. India like this one and send the decision upstairs. Yes, the ball is clipping the top of middle, but it’s the umpire’s call that matters in this instance. Not out!
WICKET! Finch run out 19 (Australia 46-2)
Oh. My. Lord. Mass confusion between the wickets – well, at first glace it looks like Smith has run out his skipper – as Smith nurdles one to backward point, Finch calls yes, Smith doesn’t want a bar of it, Finch keeps running, Smith dives back in his crease … all of which leaves Finch to make the long, inevitably futile, rush back to the non-striker’s end. He’s out by metres. And he is not happy.
9th over: Australia 50-2 (Smith 14, Labuschagne 0)
7th over: Australia 39-1 (Finch 18, Smith 5) Speaking of Shami, as we have been, he returns to the attack in place of Bumrah. Smith shuffles across his crease, as is his wont, giving himself more room for a leg glance, and is struck on the pads. A fair shout for leg before follows but is turned down. India consider reviewing it, but think better, likely thinking the ball was going over. The first six of the game follows, Finch clearing the long-off fence with what can only be described as a full-blooded whack. Good over for Australia.
5th over: Australia 27-1 (Finch 8, Smith 5) Shikhar is nursing his left shoulder after diving to save a run in the covers. And it’s bad enough for him to go off and have it looked at. Watch this space. A better over from Bumrah – and importantly no wides.
Here’s Nuggehalli Nigam: “I think Kumble had a longer run up than Bumrah. Bumrah is a freak of nature, but a damn effective one.”
He sure is. And so was Kumble. He would’ve been a nightmare to face. Basically a leg-spinning medium pacer.
4th over: Australia 26-1 (Finch 7, Smith 5) Precisely the breakthrough, and the scalp, India wanted. But enter Smith, who opens his account with a pulled boundary and enter more errant bowling, with Shami delivering another wide.
WICKET! Warner c Rahul b Shami 3 (Australia 18-1)
Yep, there’s something in the air tonight – well, movement in the air at least – and Warner is livid with himself after offering his willow to Shami and edging behind. In truth, it was a great delivery and Warner’s shot was tepid, unsure and his footwork non-existent.
3rd over: Australia 18-0 (Warner 3, Finch 6) OK, did I miss the memo about starting overs with leg-side wides? Bumrah does precisely that, again, meaning each over has commenced this way. That triviality aside, Bumrah is having a torrid time controlling his line this over: that initial wide was followed immediately by another down the off-side and then another, back down leg, two balls later that raced all the way to the fence.
2nd over: Australia 10-0 (Warner 2, Finch 6) Not to be outdone, Shami also begins his spell with a leg-side wide. Next ball he overpitches to Finch and pays the price, the right hander driving exquisitely past mid-on for four. Singles follow, underlining how good these two are at rotating the strike. And ones and ones means fewer dot balls. Heard a lot about dot balls in the build-up to this game.
1st over: Australia 3-0 (Warner 1, Finch 1) Bumrah, off that wonderfully short run-up, starts with a leg-side wide. But thereafter there is no shortage of movement in the air and both batsmen struggle to find the middle, or indeed adapt to the pace of the pitch in the early stages. The pick of the over is a jaffer that beats the outside edge of Finch’s bat. Good start from the India quick.
India will be brimming with confidence after their triumph is the second ODI, but Australia will not be wanting for self-belief. They have won nine of their past 10 ODIs in Asia and hold a slender edge against India in India in this format. And that is not to be sneezed at. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Finch and Warner will be looking for a big opening stand. And, yes, the sky is blue.
The pitch, as predicted, does look an absolute belter.
And here are the teams in full.
Australia win the toss and will bat first
“It looks like a bloody good wicket. We feel like we can put a good total on the board. We feel it will play well for 100 overs,” said Australia captain Aaron Finch.
Another lost toss for Virat Kohli! Whatever happened to the law of averages?
Kohli doesn’t sound fussed, however, and is predicting dew to be a factor later on. In fact, he sounds almost happy to be batting second.
Team news: For Australia Josh Hazlewood comes in for Kane Richardson, who according to Finch is a bit sore. India are unchanged.
Hello and welcome to the third, final and deciding ODI between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. This brief series has produced a plethora of quality cricket, most notably with the bat, and on a pitch that traditionally favours those who hold the willow, we should expect lots of runs today. It’s expected that Australia will field an unchanged XI but there are injury concerns for India with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan under a cloud. Teams and toss will be soon. Looking forward to this one. Please get in touch by Email or by tweeting @scott_heinrich.