India came to Mohali, riding high on confidence from their stunning record 9-wicket win at Jaipur but it was Australian all-rounder James Faulkner who upstaged MS Dhoni's scintillating 139*. Catch all the updates between India and Australia third ODI, as they happened: (Scorecard | Commentary)
FACTOID: MS Dhoni's three out of last four hundreds have come in losing cause. The last hundred by Dhoni in an Indian win was against Bangladesh, over three years and nine months ago on January 2010 in Dhaka.
Quotes from the presentation:
Man of the Match for his 64* off 29 James Faulkner: "Wasn't all that easy to bat out there. Plan was that if we could play Ashwin carefully we could chase this down and I didn't want to take the chance against him with the long boundary on the on-side. Was a great team effort. MS Dhoni batted extremely well for India. Voges batted well to carry his bat. With four cracking games left, this series is going to be really interesting."
George Bailey: "It was some extra-ordinary hitting from Faulkner. Those sixes were as good as I have seen. We decided on having wickets in hand. We might have been chasing 30 runs less had we hung onto our catches. The bowlers bowled really well, 300 is always a difficult score to chase down. There are no easy games between these two sides. It is closely contested between the top two sides."
MS Dhoni: "The way we bowled in the last few overs was very disappointing. The problem for us is that death bowling is getting worse. Despite the little bit of dew the bowlers needed to back themselves and do well. You don't need to spoon feed at international level. The bowlers in charge have to come up with their own plans. We could have batted better but we kept losing wickets. We were fortunate to go past 300 but should have got more on this surface. Jadeja bowled really well in the middle overs but our front-line bowlers need to step up. It is good to go back to your hometown for the next game at Ranchi, it is a good place to play cricket and hopefully the spectators will enjoy the game."
21:20 (IST) James Faulkner you beauty, finishes it off for Australia, a stunning 4-wicket win. With 9 needed in the final over, Faulkner bludgeons Vinay Kumar for 6 on the third ball. Faulkner ends up with 29-ball 64* to overshadow MS Dhoni's 121-ball 139*. Not to forget the 76 from 88 balls from Adam Voges gave license to Faulkner to tee off and hence his sixes and two fours.
21:12 (IST)FACTOID: Ishant Sharma now equals Yuvraj Singh for the dubious record of conceding 30 runs - most in an over by Indian bowler in ODIs.
21:10 (IST) James Faulkner has turned the match on its head by hitting 4 sixes in Ishant Sharma, 30 runs off the 48th over. He also reaches his 2nd ODI fifty, in just 24 balls. Australia now need 14 from 12 balls.
20:56 (IST) Adam Voges and James Faulkner are keeping Australia with a glimmer of hope. The two fetched 14 runs off R Vinay Kumar's over No.46. Australia 260/6 after 47 overs.
20:42 (IST)WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Brad Haddin who tries to clear long on fence but finds Ravindra Jadeja there. Australia 216/6 (42 overs), need 88 more from 48 balls.
20:40 (IST) Interestingly, umpire Shamsuddin reverses a call of wide after glares from R Ashwin and MS Dhoni. Australia 213/5 after 41 overs.
20:36 (IST) Brad Haddin attacks Virat Kohli in his first over, hits him for two fours and a six to end up with 18 runs from the over - the most expensive of the innings. Australia 208/5 after 40 overs.
20:29 (IST) Adam Voges reaches his half-century, his fourth in ODIs, in 63 balls with the help of 5 fours.
20:19 (IST)WICKETS: Two wickets in R Vinay Kumar's 37th over. First George Bailey (43) attempts a pull to a ball that stayed a tad low and missed, was adjudged lbw. Four balls later, new man in Glenn Maxwell (3) is run out to a brilliant piece of work by Shikhar Dhawan at mid-off, hitting the stumps at the non-striker's end.
20:04 (IST) Adam Voges pulls R Vinay Kumar for four in the 35th over. Australia 165/3 after 35 overs, need another 139 from 90 balls. R Ashwin has given away 23 runs in his 3 overs. Voges and Bailey have put on 77 from 95 balls.
19:50 (IST)SIX! George Bailey takes the chance in R Ashwin's first over and it comes off, a slog sweep over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Australia 137/3 after 30 overs, need another 167 from 20 overs.
19:43 (IST) Adam Voges gets into the act now as he goes back to cut Yuvraj past point to register his first four. In all 12 runs come off Yuvraj's over. Australia 125 for 3 after 27 overs.
19:30 (IST) George Bailey gets a much-needed boundary for his side, rocks back and pulls Yuvraj Singh for four past long-leg. Australia 100/3 after 23 overs, need 204 more from 27 overs.
19:20 (IST)WICKET! Huge wicket as Shane Watson is out lbw to Ravindra Jadeja. Watson plays back to this arm ball and it strikes it on the back pad, looked like going past leg stump but umpire Richard Kettleborough raises the finger. Australia 90/3 after 20 overs.
19:16 (IST) George Bailey breaks the shackles somewhat with a four past mid wicket off Ishant.
19:08 (IST)WICKET MAIDEN! Ishant Sharma gets the dangerman Aaron Finch out lbw for 38. Australia's stand-in skipper George Bailey new man in, with Shane Watson. Last 8 overs have fetched 20 runs for Australia, who are 84/2 after 18 overs.
18:56 (IST) Vinay Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have pulled back things for India with a good line and length. Australia have scored 19 runs in the last 6 overs. Finch 36*, Watson 9*, Australia 79/1 after 15 overs, need another 225 from 35 overs.
18:44 (IST)WICKET! R Vinay Kumar draws first blood for India, gets Phil Hughes caught behind for 22. Australia 68/1 in 12.2 overs, chasing 304.
18:33 (IST) Hughes latches on to Ishant and pulls him away between square leg and mid wicket for four. Australia 64/0 after 10 overs, chasing 304.
18:22 (IST) Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch, both get a four each off Ishant in the 8th over. First, Finch punches it past covers for four, then Hughes tucks it past fine-leg for another boundary. Australia 48/0 after 8 overs and are looking good.
18:09 (IST) Aaron Finch throws his bat it again against R Vinay Kumar and it goes past mid-on for 4. Australia 29/0 (5 overs) chasing India's 303/9.
17:56 (IST) Finch hits Bhuvneshwar past point to bring up Australia's first four. Australia 5/0 after 1 over.
17:53 (IST) All in readiness now for the chase, Phil Hughes to face Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Out of the 7516 runs he has scored in ODIs, MS Dhoni has scored 5039 runs as captain (67%) #IndvsAusâ€” Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 19, 2013
17:34 (IST)FACTOID: MS Dhoni's 139* today is the highest score by any captain against Australia in ODIs. Previous best was also by Dhoni when he scored 124 against the Aussies on October 28, 2009 at Nagpur.
17:25 (IST) Helicopter shots, massive pulls, and big booming drives from MS Dhoni take India to 303/9 in 50 overs. He ends up with a whopping 139 off 121 balls with the help of 12 fours and 5 huge sixes. Not to forget, Virat Kohli played a responsible yet enterprising 73-ball 68-run knock to lend solidity to the Indian innings. Mitchell Johnson was by far the best bowler for Australia with figures of 4 for 46 in 10 overs.
17:19 (IST)SIX! Dhoni attacks Watson, hammers him over long off for huge one. India 282/8 after 49 overs.
17:13 (IST) MS Dhoni reaches his 9th ODI hundred (in 107 balls) and becomes the first Indian to reach three figures at PCA Stadium in Mohali. India 267/8 after 48 overs.
17:05 (IST) After two quiet overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar tries to up the ante by hitting four past mid-off.
16:57 (IST) Dhoni enters the nineties with a pull off Watson for four past fine leg. India 244/7 after 44 overs.
16:48 (IST)WICKET! R Ashwin falls, gets caught behind off Mitchell Johnson, who has taken his 4th wicket. India 231/7 after 43 overs.
16:44 (IST) Dhoni (78*) and R Ashwin (27*) are doing a brilliant job of building on for India, who are 227/6 after 42 balls. The two have added 73 off 63 balls.
16:33 (IST)SIX! First maximum of the day comes from the blade of MS Dhoni, launches Doherty over deep mid-wicket. Next ball he hammers it over mid-wicket for a four. India 215/6 after 41 overs. Dhoni 71*, R Ashwin 22*.
16:16 (IST) MS Dhoni reaches his 49th ODI fifty with a four past fine-leg off James Faulkner. Next ball he slashes hard to get four past third man. Dhoni 57 off 82 balls. After 38 overs, India 194/6.
16:05 (IST) Dhoni gets a much-needed four, past point off Johnson. India 168/6 after 34 overs. India have opted for the batting powerplay, which will be from overs 35-39.
15:50 (IST)WICKET! Johnson is back and Jadeja is done in with another bouncer. Jadeja made 2. India are 6 down for 154 in the 32nd over.
15:41 (IST) Massive WICKET! Virat Kohliis gone, out caught behind after attempting a late cut off Glenn Maxwell. He made 68 off 73 balls with 9 fours. India 150/5 after 30 overs. Ravindra Jadeja is the next man in.
15:25 (IST) Virat Kohli brings up his 26th fifty, his fourth in-a-row. India 124/4 after 25 overs.
15:18 (IST) Kohli fetches India their first boundary in the last 9 overs. He flicks Shane Watson for four past fine leg. India 117/4 after 24 overs.
15:08 (IST) Dhoni is not looking 100 per cent fit after suffering a straining his hamstring early on in his innings. India 103/4 after 21 overs.
15:00 (IST) Australia tightening the screws now with Xavier Doherty into the attack. Just 11 runs have come in last four overs. India 94/4 after 19 overs.
14:50 (IST) Dhoni gets off the mark with a four past cover point, finding the gap between point and short cover off Mitchell Johnson. India 85/4 after 15.3 overs.
14:44 (IST) FACTOID: Yuvraj Singh has scored 49 runs in 5 innings (average of 9.80) at his Ranji homeground. Today, he got his second golden duck at Mohali, after being bowled by Wahab Riaz in the 2011 World Cup semis vs Pakistan.
14:35 (IST)WICKETS: Mitchell Johnson gets Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in back-to-back deliveries. Johnson first got Raina out caught at first slip after the left-hander took his eyes off the ball while hooking and got an edge. Next ball Yuvraj is out caught behind by Brad Haddin. India in trouble at 76/4 after 13 overs. MS Dhoni new man in.
14:23 (IST) Mitchell Johnson is back for a second spell and has Suresh Raina in some trouble. Johnson's fastest ball today has been 148.5 kmph. India 63/2 (11 overs).
14:13 (IST) Kohli showing his class here, with consecutive fours off Shane Watson. First a pull over mid wicket, then follows it up with a neat flick past square-leg. India bring up 50 in the 9th over.
14:03 (IST)WICKET! Rohit Sharma c Aaron Finch b Shane Watson for 11. India 37/2 after 7 overs vs Australia. Suresh Raina is the new man in.
13:54 (IST) Virat Kohli hits Mitchell Johnson for back-to-back fours, either side of point in the fifth over. India 29/1 after 5 overs.
13:49 (IST) Lucky break for Rohit Sharma as ball takes the inside edge and eludes Brad Haddin to the fence. India 21/1 (4 overs).
13:42 (IST)WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan caught by Brad Haddin off Clint McKay for 8. India lose first wicket for 14. Dhawan's two scoring strokes were four past extra cover and past square leg.
13:37 (IST) Two wides in the first over from Johnson. Rohit Sharma circumspect.
13:30 (IST) All in readiness now, Rohit Sharma to face fiery Mitchell Johnson.
2nd time since 2001 Aus won the toss vs Ind & are fielding. The only other time at Nagpur in Oct09. Ind 354/7 and won by 99 runs #IndvsAusâ€” Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 19, 2013
13:11 (IST) Playing XIs:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
Australia: Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
13:02 (IST) Toss time: George Bailey calls it correctly and Australia are fielding. Both teams are unchanged from the high scoring game at Jaipur.
12:40 (IST): The Aussies will be wary of the form showcased by Rohit Sharma. For a long time the talented right-hander struggled has struggled to live up to his billing. However a move to open the batting and a first ODI century in over three years has pushed forward his career. The 26-year-old has proved that his present is perfect and his future bright!
12:25 (IST): The pitch in Mohali is expected to be yet another batting paradise. A 300+ score would not be a shock here and with the way both sides are playing, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it chased down either. Read our full preview of the 3rd India vs Australia ODI.
12:20 (IST): Not a day can pass without mentioning Sachin Tendulkar. He may not be part of the ODI setup anymore but Sachin holds the record for the highest score by an Indian at this ground, when he smashed 99 of 91 balls against Pakistan in 2007. It's well worth remembering that knock on a day when Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke called him the 'greatest batsman of our generation'.
12:12 (IST): The Men in Blue have contested in 12 ODI's here, winning eight and losing four. Their eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in 2005 is their biggest triumph at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
12:05 (IST): This city though has proved a happy hunting ground for the visitors in the past. Out of play played at this venue they have won 4 (two vs India and one each against New Zealand and West Indies) and lost just one.
12:00 (IST): Mohali holds a special place in India opener Shikhar Dhawan's heart. It was here that the left-hander played his one and only Test match versus Australia earlier this year. He scored 187 of 174 balls, a sensational knock on debut and is hoping for an encore today.
11:55 (IST): To be fair, Australia didn't do too badly in Jaipur. All their top five batsmen scored half-centuries -- the first time that has happened in ODI history -- and with 359 on the board, not one would have backed the Indian batsmen on a seam-friendly wicket. George Bailey, though disappointed with the result, backed his bowlers to recover today.
11:45 (IST): Three days ago, India created history! Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made a mockery of an improbable target of 360 to draw India level at 1-1 in the seven-match series vs Australia. It was the second highest chase in ODI highest and India's highest by far. The momentum has well and truly shifted to the hosts. Can the visitors pick themselves up, dust themselves down and bounce back in the 3rd ODI in Mohali?
Story first published on: Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:44 IST