India in Australia, 3 ODI Series, 2019 |3rd ODI |1/18/2019 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
That is it from the game then! Australia continue to be winless. They cannot win Tests, nor T20Is or ODIs. Victory continues to elude them and they will hope there is some spark or a change around the corner. They have Sri Lanka coming up next with tours of India (why again?) and UAE. India meanwhile, get ready to expand their tour Down Under with a visit to New Zealand for 5 ODIs and a T20I. Do join us for both series and much more. Plenty of cricketing action in the months to follow in this 'YEAR OF THE WORLD CUP!' ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Virat Kohli also agrees that it was not an easy wicket to bat on, hence had to bat deep. Admits that the team was getting nervous but had plenty of confidence in Dhoni and Jadhav. On Kuldeep missing out, Kohli says that the team just wanted to rest the chinaman. Praises the other bowlers for stepping up. On the tour overall, Virat says that it has been a long tour and one could not have asked for a better result. Adds that the team is confident and is raring to go to New Zealand and strut its stuff.
Australian captain, Aaron Finch, feels that Australia took it down to the wire. Admits that when you give great players a couple of chances, it backfires. Rues the dropped chances as the result could have been much different had those been taken. Praises his bowlers for giving it their everything, trying their best to defend a modest total. On the dropped chances, he says those things happen. On the batting, Finch says that in this game perhaps there was lesser patience shown in the middle overs and they ended up targetting more than they should have.
MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. The crowd is rupturing its applause. 'DHONI! DHONI! DHONI!' goes the chant. MS says that it was a slow wicket and hence one had to be careful playing the shots. Adds that he calculated how many overs every bowler had left and planned his knock accordingly. Mentions that it was important to target certain bowlers and that was the gameplan. Praises Kedar Jadhav for the support he gave and adds that his unorthodox shots take the pressure off him (Dhoni). On batting at number 4, Dhoni says that it all depends on the game situation and what the team wants from him. Feels that his batting position is irrelevant when compared to the balance of the team, so is happy to bat anywhere.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Chahal, says he's obviously happy to have done well in his first game in Australia. Adds that the wicket was turning so he wanted to take advantage of that by varying his pace. Continues saying that there are plenty of challenges, with the next one being in New Zealand, so is looking forward to those.
Hard to fault too much from the Aussie bowlers. They bowled with intensity, created pressure and also made opportunities. But, their fielders let them down. As many as 2 dropped catches and then 2 run out chances missed. Too much in a series finale. Jhye Richardson bounced back after a poor second ODI while Zampa showed some confidence with the ball. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
87. What is so bad about 87? Ask the Aussies. 13 short of a 100. Hence, they consider it unlucky. Normally, it is their batsmen who get dismissed on that number. Tonight, it is a man from the opposition, who came in with the team in a bit of trouble at 59/2 but has stayed unbeaten till the end on guess how much - 87. Just 6 boundaries in his knock but till he was there in the middle, no one had any doubt who would win. His average in run chases now zooms up to 103.07. Mahendra Singh Bradman. Take a bow.
Kohli and Dhoni did what they do best. Grind out oppositions. First the skipper had a 44-run stand with Dhawan. Then added 54 with his former captain. And then, when things seemed to be in Australia's control with Kohli getting out, Kedar Jadhav came out and eased out all fears. His unbeaten 121-run stand with Dhoni would have instilled tremendous amount of confidence in the Indian think tank. Yes. Their batting looks even more stronger now, with the middle order stepping up.
Coming to this match, chasing 231 should never have been difficult but circumstances made it difficult for India. Some tight opening bowling saw the visitors struggling and they were reduced to 26/1 in Powerplay 1. Then they would have lost Kohli and later Dhoni, not once but multiple times but Australia kept grassing chances. Well, good teams do not need more opportunities.
T20 series tied. Test series won. ODI series won. Boy, what a tour it has been for India. They were expected to win but they have not allowed the Aussies to win more than 3 matches in 10 outings. Superb. Take a bow.
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, FOUR! INDIA WIN THE MATCH, SERIES AND THE TOUR! Full on middle, Jadhav whips it over mid on and finds the fence! The batsmen do not run because the ball has raced to the fence.
The Indian team meanwhile is getting ready to celebrate from the dugout...
M Stoinis to K Jadhav, A low full toss outside off, pushed straight to mid off.
END OF OVER 49 | 13 Runs & 0 Wkt | IND 230/3
1 run needed. 6 balls in hand. 7 wickets in the bank. How many balls will this last? Here comes Marcus Stoinis...
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, We have a last over. Full on middle, almost a yorker, Dhoni can only push it towards short mid-wicket.
Last ball of the match? 1 needed. A biggie?
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Ahhh... full and outside off, Dhoni pummels it past the bowler. Mid off is inside and cannot get there!
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, MS misses his flick.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, What a shot that is. Backs away to the leg side and Siddle bowls a full toss. Kedar is cramped for room but somehow, he turns his bat and carves it over point. Three runs taken. India a hit away from a series win now.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, Excellent comeback from the bowler. Fires in a yorker, Kedar can only jab it back to the bowler.
P Siddle to K Jadhav, FOUR! Killing blow and that should seal the deal. Just 9 needed now from 10. A short ball outside off, Jadhav rocks back and slaps it over point for a boundary!
P Siddle to MS Dhoni, Misdirected yorker, a low full toss on the pads, Dhoni flicks it towards fine leg and gives Jadhav the freedom to use his weapon of destruction...
END OF OVER 48 | 13 Runs & 0 Wkt | IND 217/3
Who bowls the 49th? No options. Peter Siddle it will be. 8-1-43-1 so far. Will this be the final over of the match as well?