Warner reaches his 18th ODI century!
And what a shot to bring it up, cutting Bumrah expertly behind point for four. There’s that familiar leap. What a brilliant hand. It also brings up the 200 stand.
30th over: Australia 197-0 (Warner 96, Finch 83) Target 256. Ohhhh! Warner is now batting without anything on his head. He’s going to bring up an international ton without a helmet or a hat. What a wonderful development. He’s four closer to that with a hammered cover drive, pinging Kuldeep to the rope in an instant.
NOT OUT! Yep, there was a thick edge on the missed sweep. A ton surely awaits.
29th over: Australia 189-0 (Warner 90, Finch 81) Target 256.
HAS JADEJA TRAPPED WARNER LBW? It is given out on the field but he reviews it straight away, punching gloves with Finch. He hit it. Stand by in any case.
28th over: Australia 187-0 (Warner 89, Finch 81) Target 256. Michael Slater could not be more excited about how this has all played out tonight. Good on him – I’m probably a bit of a Slats apologist, in truth. He gets another moment to celebrate when Warner jumps across his stumps to glance Thakur away for four more. This reminds me of when this two knocked England over without losing a wicket at the MCG to start the ODI series against England in January 2014.
“Any word on Pant?” asks Brandon Green on twitter. “Know he copped a concussion, was it the ricochet from his bat that he was out on?”
We haven’t had anything further on the TV broadcast. And yes, I believe that’s when he did it – that’s certainly what they brought up on screen at the start of this chase when explaining why the Indian wicketkeeper is off the ground.
27th over: Australia 179-0 (Warner 83, Finch 80) Target 256. Jadeja does what he does best: racing through a 60-second over before they’ve had a chance to really look up. In saying that, three singles come, Finch joining Warner in the 80s.
26th over: Australia 176-0 (Warner 82, Finch 79) Target 256. Thakur to Finch, and down the legside to begin. No good. He’s back where he needs to be after that but with just over three an over needed, they are comfortable with that approach.
“Hi Adam, Hope you’re well.” And you, Ruth Purdue! “It may be a tired topic but can I call for Maxwell to be in the team again? That genius needs to be on the platform he deserves.”
No complaints from these quarters. However, I’m glad he’s been left at home to dominate the BBL. That’ll live longer in the memory than this series. He can then return for the New Zealand matches in March before the IPL. Something like that?
25th over: Australia 172-0 (Warner 81, Finch 77) Target 256. Warner gets into the 80s first, albeit off another edge. He went hard at Jadeja, who did him in flight, saved only by the inside feather of his blade. Sure enough, given the way these two have gone tonight, it evades Rahul’s gloves and runs away for four. The crowd are chanting for Kohli? Or is it Dhoni? Probably the latter, come to think of it.
24th over: Australia 166-0 (Warner 76, Finch 76) Target 256. Australia are on track to get this inside 40 overs – what a performance. Ten more added here, Finch joining Warner in the 70s lashing Shami through point, then drawing level on 76 off the outside edge. It doesn’t matter from here, they’re toying with the hosts.
23rd over: Australia 156-0 (Warner 76, Finch 66) Target 256. Kuldeep now bowling his seventh over, worked through the legside early in the over – the 150 partnership coming along the way, the fourth time this pair have achieved that – before Warner decides to go BANG over long on for SIX! The third time he’s cleared that boundary through the course of this fantastic innings. 100 runs to go.
“This has been a magnificent effort by our Australian friends against a very good Indian side,” observes Martin Fairhurst. “I look forward to the rest of the series – can India fight back? It’s food for thought too for the upcoming T20 World Cup this year in Australia.”
That’s where all roads lead for this Australian white-ball team after this series. They have never won (or hosted) the T20 World Cup before, of course.
22nd over: Australia 146-0 (Warner 69, Finch 63) Target 256. Despite the fact that we’re only 21 overs into this chase, India are just about up to their last chance with Shami now back into the attack. Mindful of this, I’m sure, there are no risks here. Finch did get a chance to cut and did so well but Jadeja was at backward point with the flying stop, pulling the ball down without a bother. What a gem he is.
21st over: Australia 143-0 (Warner 67, Finch 62) Target 256. Kuldeep beats Finch again with that googly, the bails taken by KL Rahul. It’s sent upstairs to check for the stumping his foot never leaves the ground. A couple of singles are Australia’s lot until the final ball, which spins down the legside. Kuldeep, re-bowling that delivery, is insistent that he has Finch lbw to finish but it’s turned down. Kohli, upon realising that he already torched his review, gets in the umpire’s face. In my experience, umpires don’t tend to change their minds after they’ve said not out.
“This opening stand has been antithetical to the Indian approach when it comes to constructing an ODI innings,” writes Abhijato Sensarma. “The openers are willing to take risks and not rely on solely running between the wickets during the early stages of the game. England have proved that you can be successful with this approach, especially by taking out the fine margins which come with lower scores produced as a result of caution. Hopefully the home side’s management decides to put enough faith in the entire line-up to back the top three to unleash their full potential for aggression henceforth, because their current approach seems more outdated with every passing day.”
20th over: Australia 140-0 (Warner 66, Finch 61) Target 256. So, India have burned their review now too. Before the appeal, Warner was given another half-tracker by the usually-accurate tweaker, once again carving it for four. Cruise control.
HAS JADEJA TRAPPED FINCH LBW? Michael Gough doesn’t think so but Kohli has sent it to the TV umpire and technology to decide once and for all. Stand by.
19th over: Australia 133-0 (Warner 61, Finch 60) Target 256. Some good news here: Warner has called for his canary yellow cap. When I’m king, the Baggy Gold will return to the kit for Australian ODI players – one day. But small steps. The next is the gold helmet, which they haven’t used for about 15 years. None of this is probably of interest to Finch, the captain well on top of Kuldeep’s top spinner to start the new over, crunching it past point for his ninth four. The required rate is under four an over now, with both openers wonderfully placed to reach tons.
18th over: Australia 125-0 (Warner 58, Finch 55) Target 256. Jadeja has Finch in a bit of bother early in the over, finding his leading edge when trying to tuck him into the legside. But just when the experienced spinner seems to have found a groove, he gives a half-tracker to Warner, slapped away for four past cover. Easy.
17th over: Australia 118-0 (Warner 54, Finch 52) Target 256. India are going to have to bowl Australia out, that much is clear. Kohli looks relatively calm at drinks, avoiding the temptation to give his charges a spray. Kuldeep has been the man most likely so far, at Finch at least, so they are happy enough taking the singles on offer rather than attacking the boundary. There really is no rush whatsoever.
Finch to 50 (for real this time)
16th over: Australia 115-0 (Warner 53, Finch 50) Target 256. With one to cover off Bumrah, the Australian captain raises his bat from his 52nd ball – the 39th time he’s made at least 50 in an ODI. It’s another good set from Bumrah but he is already through half of his overs with 31 taken from them. DRINKS are called with Australia needing just 141 further runs at 4.2 per over from here. Top batting.
Warner to 50!
15th over: Australia 110-0 (Warner 50, Finch 49) Target 256. For real this time, Warner is the man who gets to raise his bat for the first half-century of the innings with a single down the ground off Kuldeep. He reaches the mark in 40 deliveries, the 38th time he’s gone beyond 50 in ODIs. The wrong’un has Finch in a bit of strife for a second time, beating his edge when attempting to cut. In turn, the captain elects to defend the rest of the over. The best set of India’s defence.
14th over: Australia 109-0 (Warner 49, Finch 49) Target 256. Anything Finch can do, is it? Warner starts this new over – Bumrah back into the attack – with another imposing pull shot, giving the sweeper no chance to cut it off. Bumrah is too classy for that to bother him that much, beating the outside edge with one that goes a long way with the angle. Later, in at Finch, he bowls a very similar delivery and cuts the right-hander in half. It’s such a good delivery that after pitching off and clearing leg, it beats the ‘keeper’s gloves, running away for four byes. Ouch.
Finch to 50! (But probably not)
13th over: Australia 100-0 (Warner 44, Finch 49) Target 256. It’s a bit unclear, some scoreboards online/at the ground putting Finch beyond the milestone, others leaving him one short. He certainly raised the bat when smashing Kuldeep right back over his head for SIX early in the over, also bringing up the Australian 100. Anyway, whether or not the personal milestone has been reached (I suspect it hasn’t), this has been a wonderful partnership, going at 7.7 runs an over.
12th over: Australia 94-0 (Warner 44, Finch 43) Target 256. Jadeja joins Kuldeep at the bowling crease and Warner makes an immediate statement, flat-batting the orthodox tweaker over midwicket for SIX MORE! The required rate is now 4.3.
11th over: Australia 87-0 (Warner 38, Finch 43) Target 256. They nearly get one first ball after the field is spread, Kuldeep winning Finch’s top edge via a misread googly. He’s very lucky that didn’t go to hand. As is the custom in the over after the power play, they play the rest conservatively after that near mishap. Of course, the left-arm wristspinner has been extremely effective against Australia.
10th over: Australia 84-0 (Warner 37, Finch 41) Target 256. What a power play for this pair, sticking the landing with 13 further runs before the field goes out. Warner pulled Thakur twice in identical fashion, prompting a ropey bouncer, called a wide. They’re running wonderfully, too. India need something… right now.
9th over: Australia 71-0 (Warner 26, Finch 40) Target 256. Ten more runs are piled on here, Finch striking another picture-perfect cover drive to begin Shami’s new spell, spun around to follow Bumrah. He then overcorrects with an offering that’s too short, slapped away for four more by the skipper. India are in a fair bit of strife.
8th over: Australia 61-0 (Warner 25, Finch 31) Target 256. BIIIIIG from Warner! Thakur was excellent the first time around but the opener has his measure now, popping him way back into the crowd at midwicket for Australia’s first SIX of their chase. Earlier in the over, with his eye well and truly in now, he picked up the seamer over mid-on for four then heaved him over square leg for another. 15 off it. The required rate for the Australians from here is already just 4.64 an over.
7th over: Australia 46-0 (Warner 11, Finch 31) Target 256. Warner moves to 5000 ODI runs with his best shot of the innings so far, a punishing pull through square leg off Bumrah. The TV tells us that he has reached the mark (in 115 innings) faster than every batsman with the exception of Amla (101), Richards and Kohli (both 114). He celebrates with another four, through point this time. Here we go.
There’s some further commentary chat about Marnus’ name, the message through to the box about the Labu-shane preference. That’s accurate to an extent. I was there when this first came up when he joined the team in 2018 in the UAE. He was clear then that the Australianised version was fine with him because it was easier but he was equally happy with the accurate pronunciation being used.
6th over: Australia 36-0 (Warner 6, Finch 27) Target 256. Earlier in the over, Warner was also fortunate to survive a leg before shout from the new bowler Thakur, beaten on the inside edge from a delivery that really hooped in at him from around the wicket. Despite hitting his back pad, it was given out on the field. The technology showed that it would have been umpire’s call had it been reviewed. A eventful and frugal start from the first-change seamer.
NOT OUT! Warner is correct, he didn’t hit it. The decision is overturned by the TV umpire. India were absolutely convinced in their appeal but it is not to be.
WARNER REVIEWS! He’s been given out caught behind hooking down the legside off Thakur. Upstairs we go. Can he get it overturned? Stand by.
5th over: Australia 33-0 (Warner 5, Finch 25) Target 256. Four more! Of Finch’s five boundaries, four of them have been through point, this another square drive from the very middle of his bat. Warner, by contrast, is being kept quiet by Shami. He’s helped by a misfield at midwicket from the final ball, three taken from a compact push. The TV commentators are having the usual debate about Marnus Labuschagne’s name, Murali Karthik making the very reasonable point that it is a South African/Afrikaans name and deserves to be pronounced accordingly.
4th over: Australia 25-0 (Warner 2, Finch 21) Target 256. Finch is flying here, 11 taken from this Bumrah over. He timed the pants off his first boundary, skipping through cover with no backswing required; only a forward push. The second is an even better stroke, off the back foot through point. Exceptional batting.
“Nothing gives me a greater satisfaction than V Kohli facing the mic after a loss,” says Krishnamoorthy. That’s quite punchy! An interesting read last weekend about the Indian skipper and the high-regard he’s held in off the field.
3rd over: Australia 14-0 (Warner 2, Finch 11) Target 256. Shot! Finch gets forward to Shami early in his fresh over, crashing him through the covers for a second boundary, quickly into double figures. Later in the set, Warner nearly does the same but Pandey, on the field at cover as Pant’s substitute, makes a well-timed diving stop. Shami beats the left-hander with a beauty to finish, angling in from around the wicket before straightening off the seam. That’s where he’s so good.
2nd over: Australia 8-0 (Warner 1, Finch 6) Target 256. Bumrah to Warner, who leaves carefully to begin before getting off strike with a delivery that smashes into his thigh pad. Finch’s turn to take on his old nemesis and he pushes him with lovely timing through point for a couple. Given how frequently Bumrah has crashed into his stumps over the last 18 months, that’ll help with his confidence.
“Hiya Adam.” Emails Peter Gibbs, watching with his mum – loyal OBOers! “Happy New Year to you and all.” Great to have you with us. You can also drop me a line.
1st over: Australia 5-0 (Warner 1, Finch 4) Warner is off the mark down to third man, Shami finding the outside slither of his bat second ball. Finch is moving first up himself, throwing his hands at a wide half volley and placing it safely enough through the gap at point for four. There’s an update on the commentary explaining why KL Rahul has the gloves for India: Rishabh Pant is off the field after copping a whack to the head during his innings of 28 earlier. He hasn’t yet been subbed out.
The players are back on the field in Mumbai! To begin, Warner and Finch against Bumrah and Shami, the latter taking the first over. It doesn’t come much tastier than that in one-day international cricket. The visitors’ target is 256. PLAY!
Something of mine to plug, too. For those of you who followed the 1999 World Cup podcast last year, we’re back on The Greatest Season That Was with another walk down memory lane, this time documenting the famous 1994-95 Australia ‘A’ series. Yes, that was the summer where administrators brought a fourth team into the traditional ODI series because they didn’t trust England or Zimbabwe to put up much of a fight for Mark Taylor’s men. It turned out to be an inspired decision.
Some reading during the break. Check out our weekly Spin column, Ali Martin talking to England’s champions from the Under 19 World Cup of 1998.
Thanks, JP. Our man put in a huge tennis shift today before taking care of the first innings. Well played. Australia did that nicely, denying India the chance to explode the old fashioned way with consistent wickets in the middle overs.
You find me watching Star’s coverage in London, where Michael Slater is currently learning Hindi. Just another day in 2020. Good afternoon/evening to you all.
Australia will be the happier of the two sides at the changeover. They never allowed India to get away from them, took wickets at regular intervals after that long second-wicket partnership, and they will be confident of chasing down 255 with the fast outfield at the Wankhede Stadium, especially if the dew settles and makes bowling awkward.
The three pacemen all bowled superbly, each deserving their multiple-wicket hauls, while the two spinners kept India in check when their innings was meandering.
Not a great day at the office for India’s much vaunted batsmen. Rohit and Kohli both fell cheaply while Dhawan was one of a number of Indians to give their wicket away needlessly.
Find out if Australia can chase down 256 with the incomparable Adam Collins.
WICKET! Shami c Carey b Richardson 10 (India 255)
Shami tries to smash Richardson into the sea but can only skew a top-edge high into the air that Carey does very well indeed to circle around and pouch. That’s your lot.
WICKET! Kuldeep run out (Smith) 17 (India 255-9)
Lovely from Kuldeep, giving himself room and drilling Starc through the covers for four, the bowler then overreaches with his reply and flings a wide well down the leg-side. Four more for Kuldeep! Stand and deliver this time, walloping Starc back over his head. The crowd is back into this and India, creeping over 250, have something to defend.
They might not get much more than 250 though because Kuldeep has run himself out, chancing Steve Smith’s arm with a suicidal single and coming a cropper. Smith threw down the stumps from the ring behind point with plenty of time to pick his target. I was only thinking the other day how few direct run outs we see, considering the increase in fielding drills.
49th over: India 255-9 (Shami 10)
48th over: India 243-8 (Shami 9, Kuldeep 7) Richardson returns in the final bowling change of the innings, and he sends down a beauty. Slower balls, line and length, bumpers, the full shebang, and India can only muster three singles.
47th over: India 240-8 (Shami 8, Kuldeep 5) Starc, like Cummins before him, is not a bowler these batsmen are capable of dispatching with ease. Five deliveries go for very little but spirits are lifted in the crowd when an attempted yorker becomes a full toss and Shami gets enough bat on it to pierce the covers for four.
Slightly off topic, but very interesting nonetheless.
46th over: India 233-8 (Shami 3, Kuldeep 3) India’s tail does its best to keep the runs flowing but Pat Cummins is too good to take on. Three singles off the over leaves Cummins with figures of 2/44 from his ten. Another outstanding performance from the star paceman.
Ian Forth, a key contributor to the hive mind, has come good for Martin Fairhurst. “George Lohmann has the best Test strike-rate amongst all bowlers from any country at 34.2 which is a clear 3.6 off second place (qualification: 2,000 balls). Amongst English test bowlers this century it’s Simon Jones at 47.8, while amongst players still active Steve Finn has a 51.2 SR (but hasn’t played since 2016) while Jimmy Anderson’s is 56.1.”
And Pete Naylor has done the ODI maths for goo dmeasure.
45th over: India 230-8 (Shami 1, Kuldeep 1) This has been an impressive performance from Australia in the field. Starc, the ODI wizard, now has 3/37.
WICKET! Shardul b Starc 13 (India 229-8)
Shardul gets a life. He mistimes a very full toss from Starc that looks to be heading to Richardson at long-on but the fielder is slow to move off the fence and drops what becomes a difficult diving effort. Then it’s Shami’s turn to deny Starc another scalp! The on-field decision is out when Starc appeals for LBW after hitting the batsman’s toes but India review and ball tracking indicates leg stump was not in the missile’s flightpath.
Finally, finally Starc has his pole. And that’s the way to do it, remove any chance of a fielder dropping a catch or an LBW appeal not being upheld by making the mess of the stumps with a searing yorker. Sublime pace bowling at the death.
44th over: India 227-7 (Shardul 12, Shami 1) Excellent bouncer from Cummins there on his recall into the attack, too quick for Pant who, I presume, the umpire was expecting to walk. Australia into the bowlers now, but they’re swinging and swinging hard! Consecutive boundaries for Shardul, the first not timed purely over extra cover, the second pulled with the angle down to fine-leg.