LIVE BLOG | Target for India – 273

50 overs: Australia 272/9
In-form Usman Khawaja (100) scored his second century of the series to set the platform for a big total for Australia, but India bowlers came back strongly in the middle overs to put a brake on their run charge. From 175/1 in 32.5 overs, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals to be at 229/7 in 45.5 overs. Peter Handscomb scored a handy 52 in the middle overs, but it was the late charge by Jhye Richardson (29 off 21 balls) and Pat Cummins (15 off 8) which take Australia over 270 mark in the end. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-48), Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) and Mohd Shami (2-57) are among the wickets.

48.3 overs: OUT! Caught & Bowled. Bhuvneshwar scalps Cummins (15). Australia 263/8
Unlucky for Pat Cummins, he hit the ball hard directly to his boot and it went straight to the Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hands.

48 overs: Australia 260/7

19 RUNS! Another good over for Australia. Jhye Richardson 21* & Pat Cummins 13* hit Jasprit Bumrah for four bondaries, including three in consecutive deliveries by the former.

* 250 comes up for Australia in 47.3 overs. Jhye Richardson 12* & Pat Cummins 9*

47 overs: Australia 241/7

Good over for Australia as they scored 11 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

45.5 overs: OUT!
Shami dismisses Carey (3). Australia 229/7

Excellent phase for India. This time Mohammed Shami took his second wicket of the match.

44.2 overs: OUT! Bhuvneshwar cleans up Stoinis for 20. Australia 225/6

Second wicket for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Marcus Stoinis hit a six and a four in his 27-ball innings.

43 overs: Australia 218/5. Marcus Stoinis 16* & Alex Carey 0*

41.2 overs: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav scalps Ashton Turner (20). Australia 210/5
Big wicket for India. Last match’s hero Turner could have been dangerous for the hosts from hereon. Turner hit a six and two fours in his 20-ball cameo. Australia are losing wickets at regular intervals.

* 200 comes up for Australia in 39.2 overs

36.2 overs: OUT! Shami strikes to dismiss Handscomb (52). Australia 182/4
Mohammed Shami joined the party, dismissed in-form Peter Handscomb. Handscomb hit four boundaries in his 60-ball innings.

34.4 overs: 50 for Peter Handscomb! Terrific knock from the 26-year-old under pressure. Gets to his 4th fifty in ODI cricket off just 55 deliveries including four boundaries. Back-to-back half-centuries for Handscomb.
AUS 179-3

33.5 overs: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes this time for India. Glenn Maxwell (1) hits the ball straight into the hands of Virat Kohli at extra cover. Wickets in quick succession for India. First Khawaja now Maxwell. Can it restrict Australia to a moderate total?
AUS 178-3

End of 33rd over: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar finally gets the breakthrough for India. Dismisses the danger-man Usman Khawaja for 100. Virat Kohli and extra cover completes the catch with ease.
AUS 175-2

31.5 overs: 100 for Usman Khawaja! What an inning this has been from the 32-year-old. Scores his second hundred in ODI cricket. This is also the second century for Khawaja in the series. Gets to the three-figure mark off just 102 balls.
AUS 173-1

30 overs have come to and end and Australia are looking in a strong position. Usman Khawaja (97*) and Peter Handscomb (36*) have looked in sublime touch. The visitors have 161 runs on the board for the loss of one wicket and heading towards a big total.

26.5 overs: Four and 150 comes up for Australia! Short-pitched delivery from Ravindra Jadeja and Khawaja pulls the ball in style to collect four runs. Collects his 10th boundary of the match.
AUS 151-1

25.3 overs: Six! Usman Khawaja goes down town. Slams Kuldeep Yadav straight down the ground to collect his second maximum of the match. Khawaja has moved on to 83.
AUS 144-1

25 overs have comes to an end and Australia have 136 runs on the board for the loss of one wicket. Usman Khawaja is batting on 76 alonside Peter Handscomb on 32.

21.3 overs: Four! Short-pitched delivery from Mohammed Shami and Usman Khawaja belts that one to the deep mid-wicket fence. Brilliant timing on that occasion from Khawaja.
AUS 118-1

Change in bowling for India! Mohammed Shami is back into the attack. Replaces Kedar Jadhav.

19.1 overs: Four and 100 up Australia! And what a way to take the team to 100-run mark. Beautifully placed from Perter Handscomb over deep mid-wicket. Welcomes Kedar Jadhav with a boundary.
AUS 101-1

16.2 overs: 50 for Usman Khawaja! Sublime knock this has been from the 32-year-old. Scores his 8th fifty in ODI cricket. Takes a single on the leg side off Jadeja and gets to his half-century in just 48 balls.
AUS 88-1

End of 16th over: Drinks Break! Another expensive over from Kuldeep Yadav comes to an end. 10 runs including a couple of boundaries from it.
AUS 87-1

14.3 overs: WICKET! What a cracking delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. Strikes in his first over. Castles Aaron Finch for 27. Angled in delivery from Jadeja turns away after pitching, takes the top of the off stump of Finch.
AUS 76-1

Change in bowling for India! Ravindra Jadeja comes in to replace Jasprit Bumrah. AUS 73-0 after 14 overs.

End of 13th over: Another tidy over from Jasprit Bumrah comes to an end. Just two runs from it. Bumrah (4-0-8-0) has controlled the run-scoring from one end but the Australians are comfortably scoring from the other.
AUS 67-0

11.5 overs: Six! First of the match for Australia. Khawaja launches Kuldeep Yadav’s flighted delivery over long-on. The ball lands 10 rows behind the fence. That was a shot from a man in form. Khawaja is timing the ball beautifully at the moment.
AUS 63-0

Change in bowling for India! Spinner comes into the attack for the first time. Kuldeep Yadav replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
AUS 54-0 after 11 overs

50 up for Australia! Aaron Finch flicks Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s the ball on the on side and picks up three runs as 50 comes up for visitors in
9.3 overs. Khawaja is batting on 33 alongside skipper Finch, who is on 18.
AUS 51-0

End of 9th over: Two tight overs from Jasprit Bumrah have brought things a bit under control for India. Both the Australian openers have looked cautious against Bumrah.
AUS 47-0

7.4 overs: Four! Full length delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Usman Khawaja drives the ball straight down the ground. Beautiful timing on that occasion from the left-hander as the ball races to the fence.
AUS 45-0

End of 7th over:
Tidy start from Jasprit Bumrah. Just three runs from his first over. Change of end for Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
AUS 41-0

Change in bowling for India!

Jasprit Bumrah comes in to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

5.1 overs: Beaten! What a delivery from Mohammed Shami. Angles the ball in and it moves away after pitching. Aaron Finch had no clue about that one.
AUS 30-0

3.3 overs: Four! Khawaja is looking in sublime touch. This time he hits Mohammed Shami straight down the ground to collect his fifth boundary.
AUS 27-0

End of 3rd over: Expensive over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to an end. 10 runs including two boundaries from it. Shami will continue from the other end.
AUS 19-0

2.3 overs: Four! Wristy work from Khawaja! Bhuvneshwar Kumar from around the wicket bowls it on the pads. Khawaja works the ball through leg side to collect his third boundary of the match.
AUS 18-0

1.5 overs: Four! Over-pitched delivery from Mohammed Shami and Usman Khawaja times the ball beautifully through covers to collect four runs.
AUS 9-0

End of 1st over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ends the first over with a dot ball. Four runs from his first over. Mohammed Shami will share the new ball with Bhuvneshwar from the other end.

0.4 over:
Four! Beautiful shot. Usman Khawaja starts off with a boundary after three dot balls. On the pads from Bhuvneshwar and Khawaja times the ball beautifully through square leg region to collect four runs.
AUS 4-0

Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch are out in the middle for Australia. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India. Two slips in place for him.
Here we go!

The stage is all-set for the all important final One-dayer of the series. Who will come out on top?


INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon


Aaron Finch: Batting first. Looks like a dry wicket. Hopefully we can get a big score and defend it later. The wicket and the squares have been re-laid over the last few years, so we can’t look into the numbers much. Not a lot of international cricket here over the last 10 years. It’s important to keep the momentum, whenever you get the opportunities with the bat, take it, and take the team across the line. Shaun Marsh misses out for Stoinis, Lyon comes in for Behrendorff.

Virat Kohli: We have to first restrict them with the ball, and we are the one of the best chasing sides in the world and we have to show that today. In terms of team composition, we know which way we are going. Chahal misses out and Jadeja comes in as an all-rounder, and KL misses out to make way for Shami. An extra bowling option for us, and this, we feel is our most balanced side.

TEAM NEWS: Australia leave out Shaun Marsh and bring in Marcus Stoinis. Nathan Lyon also back in place of Jason Behrendorff. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal out, Ravindra Jadeja in. KL Rahul will also miss the game, making way for Mohammed Shami.

Australia win the toss and decide to bat first.

12:40 pm The toss is 20 minutes away, as the two teams warm up for the big match.

12:30 pm Welcome once again to’s coverage of Australia’s tour of India. The ODI leg of the tour has reached its final destination in Delhi, and the five-match series is tantalizingly poised at 2-2 ahead of the decider today at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

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