That could have been anybody’s game but India kept their nerves to end up on the winning side in this final ODI. Australia win the series 4-1 and fails to have a clean sweep. On back of another 100-plus opening stand, India started their chase brilliantly. It was Hastings who provided the initial three wickets to shake the visitors a bit. Sharma sadly missed out on his century by a single run but it was Manish Pandey who went on to get to his maiden ODI century and take his team over the winning line.
49.2 Mitchell Marsh to MS Dhoni
OUT! Dhoni fails to take his team home. Length ball outside off, Dhoni couldn’t completely get hold of it and end up lofting it towards long off. Warner comes running ahead and takes a good sliding catch. Warner is all pumped up as he throws the ball in the air. 6 needed off 4 balls.
34.5 John Hastings to Rohit Sharma
OUT! Unlucky Rohit! Good length outside off, Rohit looks to run it down to third man but gets a faint edge to Wade. The keeper collects it and goes up instantly and so does Hastings. The umpire raises his finger after a long thought and Rohit is shocked to his core. He stands in the crease to understand what just happened. The replays shows there was definitely an edge. Rohit sadly falls just a single short of his deserved century. Third wicket for Hastings. Still 100 needed off 91 balls.
20.2 John Hastings to Virat Kohli
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Fuller length and outside off, Kohli goes hard at it but the ball moves a shade away to take the outside edge of his blade. Wade takes a simple catch and that’s a massive wicket. Kohli departs without crossing the 50-run mark for the first time in this series. Hastings gets his second scalp.
18.2 John Hastings to Shikhar Dhawan
OUT! What a catch! After letting go of a catch in the initial overs, Shaun Marsh has taken a stunner. Shortish delivery outside off, Dhawan dances down the track and slaps it in the air towards sweeper cover. Marsh moves to his left and it looks like this would go over him as well. He times his jump superbly and holds onto to a superb catch. Dhawan misses out on his century as the 123-run stand finally breaks.
12.3 Nathan Lyon to Shikhar Dhawan
SIX! HIGH AND OVER! Tossed up down the leg side. Dhawan gets on his knee and sweeps it over the backward square leg region for a huge maximum to get to his milestone in style.
17th ODI fifty for Shikhar Dhawan, 4th against Australia.
Another impressive performance by the Aussies. They got 348 in the last game and have got a little less this time around but it’s a massive target nevertheless. Ishant Sharma got Finch in the very first over of the match but David Warner had other plans. He along with Steven Smith had a 50-run stand for the second wicket but then there was a flurry of wickets after the first hour.
49.3 Ishant Sharma to Mitchell Marsh
Here it is! Maiden ODI ton for Mitchell Marsh! On a length on middle and leg, Marsh flicks it towards square leg for a couple of runs to bring up the magical three-figured mark.
48.1 Jasprit Bumrah to James Faulkner
OUT! Yorked him! A yorker on off, Faulkner plays across the line but fails to connect. The ball is fast and it takes down the off stump. The finisher departs without troubling the scorers and the debutant gets his second wicket.
47.3 Umesh Yadav to Matthew Wade
OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Full and outside off, Wade goes after it but only manages to get a thick outside edge to it. The keeper takes a pretty easy catch and Wade departs after playing a handy knock. He has done his job though.
38.5 Ishant Sharma to David Warner
OUT! Slower delivery does the trick! Short and slow outside off, Warner swings his bat and gets a thick outside edge towards gully. Jadeja stationed there takes a pretty safe catch to get rid of the centurion. That was a scintillating knock by Warner!
35.3 Jasprit Bumrah to David Warner
Here it is! Warner gets his 5th ODI hundred and the first against India. Short of a length and outside off, Warner chops it towards backward point for a couple of runs. Gets to the milestone and punches the air in his usual style. Great innings so far!
21.2 Gurkeerat Mann to David Warner
OUT! What an unlucky dismissal for Shaun Marsh! Tossed up delivery outside off, Warner punches this one towards cover and calls for two straightaway. Marsh obliges and comes back for the second. Yadav from the deep fires in a flat throw at the bowler’s end. Gurkeerat fails to collect the ball but luckily for him the ball hits him on the left knee and ricochets on the stumps. Marsh is well short off the crease on that occasion and Indian’s celebrate.
14.5 Rishi Dhawan to George Bailey
OUT! THIRD WICKET FALLS! Short of a length around middle and leg, Bailey looks to flick it to the on side but the extra bounce results in a leading edge. The ball balloons up towards mid on where Ishant takes a safe catch. Australia in a bit of bother as they have lost three wickets pretty early on. Dhawan gets his first international wicket!
11.5 Jasprit Bumrah to Steve Smith
OUT! BUMRAH GETS HIS MAIDEN WICKET! Serves a short of a length delivery around off, Smith goes for a pull but the extra bounce gets to him. He miscues it to mid-wicket and straight in the hands of Rohit who takes the simplest of catches. Bumrah is all smiles as he gets rid of the Aussie captain. Huge wicket for India.
0.6 Ishant Sharma to Aaron Finch
OUT! Finch pays the price for not offering any shot! Good length delivery and just around off, Finch offers no stroke and gets rapped on the pads as the ball nips back. Ishant including all the Indian players go up in an appeal and the umpire doesn’t think for a second and up goes his finger. Ishant is all pumped up and gives Finch a send off.
Indian limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first in the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday.
Dhoni explained his decision saying he’d like to carry forward from the previous ODI in Canberra in terms of trying to successfully chase down a total. Since his players didn’t have too much experience, the batsmen would have to take extra responsibility, he added.
Dhoni’s Australian counterpart Steve Smith said although his team had successfully batted second in the first three games, it looked like a good wicket to bat on, one that hopefully they could get a good total on.
Australia are looking to complete a 5-0 whitewash, while India will look to avoid that embarrassment and salvage some measure of pride by winning at least one match.
The Indians have made two changes to the side that played in Canberra. The injured Ajinkya Rahane has been replaced with young pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is making his debut. Manish Pandey comes in for pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The Australians have two changes as well. Mitchell Marsh is in for Glenn Maxwell, while Scott Boland gets an opportunity in place of the rested Kane Richardson.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Gurkeerat Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith (captain), George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), James Faulkner, John Hastings, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon