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41.3 overs: SIX! Straight like an arrow! Exquisite from KL Rahul. Clears his front leg and deposits Ashton Agar’s delivery over the sight screen. He moves to 35 off just 26 balls. IND 265/3

End of 40th over: FOUR! What a shot that was from KL Rahul. Short arm jab behind square on the leg side off Kane Richardson and the ball races to the fence. IND 249/3

End of 39th over: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul cautiously taking India forward. Another good over for the hosts as the duo collect 7 runs off it. 16 runs from last 3 overs for India. The partnership between KL and Virat has now moved to 43 off 38 balls. IND 241/3

35.2 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries from Virat Kohli off Australia’s premier bowler Pat Cummins. Fabulous from the Indian skipper as he collects two fours on either sides of the ground. Kohli now looking in sublime touch. IND 224/3

50 for Virat Kohli!
After failing at different batting positions, Kohli today returned to his beloved no.3 spot and is among runs straightaway. Gets to his 56th ODI fifty off exactly 50 balls. India looking solid for a big total.

33.5 overs: FOUR! Virat Kohli now getting into the groove. Wide outside off from Mitchell Starc and Kohli slaps it through covers to collect four runs. The Indian skipper moves to 46. IND 210/3

200 up for India!
KL Rahul hits a cracking cover drive off Mitchell Starc as 200 comes up for India in 33.1 overs.
Virat Kohli 42*
KL Rahul 5*

32.4 overs: OUT! Adam Zampa castles Shreyas Iyer for 7. Iyer dances down the track in attempt to hoick the ball out of the park but fails to read the googly. Eventually was in no position as the ball crashes onto the stumps.

30.4 overs: FOUR! ‘Young gun’ Shreyas Iyer finds the fence for the first time. Short-pitched delivery from Kane Richardson and Iyer pulls it in style to collect four runs. IND 194/2

28.4 overs: OUT! A cracking innings from Shikhar Dhawan comes to a disappointing end. Goes for the pull against Kane Richardson but hits the ball straight down the throat of Mitchell Starc at fine leg. Dhawan has to walk back for 96. He is disappointed and so is Virat Kohli at the non-striking end. IND 184/2

End of 28th over: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan has taken apart the Aussie spinners. Collects yet another boundary, this time off Marnus Labuschagne. Six runs from Labuschagne’s first over. Dhawan moves into 90’s. IND 177/1

End of 27th over: An expensive 12-run over from Ashton Agar comes to an end. A six and a four from it including a couple of singles. Shikhar Dhawan has hit the fifth gear as he has moved into the 80’s. India have collected 30 runs from the last three overs. IND 171/1

26.3 overs: SIX and that’s huge! Shikhar Dhawan is looking unstoppable at the moment. Dances down the track against Ashton Agar and whacks him over the deep mid-wicket fence for his first maximum. IND 166/3

150 up for India!
Back-to-back boundaries for Shikhar Dhawan as India reach 150-run mark in 24.5 overs. Both Dhawan (69*) and Virat Kohli (28*) looking in sublime touch. India march forward towards big total.

End of 23rd over: A 5-run over from Ashton Agar comes to an end. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli looking to rotate strike. Both are dealing in singles at the moment and eyeing a big partnership. IND 136/1

50 for Shikhar Dhawan!
Back-to-back half-centuries for the stylish left-hander. His 29th in ODIs. And it has come in good time as well, off just 60 balls. Dhawan is leading India’s charge from the front. Looking for a big one here in Rajkot.

18.2 overs: FOUR! Ashton Agar is welcomed to the attack with a beautiful cover drive from Shikhar Shawan. Presents full face of the bat and finds the gap to perfection. IND 111/1

100 up for India!
Virat Kohli takes a comfortable single off Adam Zampa as he pushes the ball towards long off. 100 comes up for India in 17.1 overs for the loss of one wicket.
Shikhar Dhawan 38*
Virat Kohli 12*

End of 16th over: Six runs from Adam Zampa’s third over. Pat Cummins is on his bowling mark again as he gets ready to bowl his seventh over. Australia will have to be careful ahead as they now have only three over remaining from Cummins after this over. And they will look to save them for the death. IND 93/1

14.3 overs: FOUR! Kohli ‘cover drive’ is a treat to watch. Exquisite from the Indian skipper. Over-pitched from Pat Cummins and Kohli wasted no time on that one. The ‘king’ collects his first boundary. IND 86/1

13.3 overs: Review from Rohit Sharma after Adam Zampa hits his pad. Rohit goes for the sweep but misses the ball completely. Original decision from the umpire is OUT! The replay clearly shows that the ball was pitched in line and was hitting the stumps. Rohit fails to read the googly from Zampa as he takes the long walks back after scoring 42 runs. A loud cheer from the crowd as incomes Virat Kohli to bat at his beloved no.3 spot. IND 81/1

12.3 overs: FOUR! Slapped to the mid wicket fence. And the chants of “Rohit Rohit” are getting louder inside the stadium. Another poor delivery from Kane Rickardson and Rohit was up for it. Comes down the track and hits it over the in-field. The ball races to the fence. IND 74/0

End of 11th over: FOUR! Kane Richardson has been leaking runs today. Another 9-run over from him as Shikhar Dhawan collects a boundary off his final ball. Spin comes into the attack for the first time as leggie Adam Zampa has the ball in hand. IND 64/0

Play resumes and Shikhaar Dhawan looks good to go. A small breather for everyone and Pat Cummins is back onto his mark with Rohit Sharma at the striking end.

9.2 overs: Ouch! A rising delivery from Pat Cummins and Shikhar Dhawan gets hit in the ribs. Shikhar completes the single but is down at the non striker end. Looks in pain as physio arrives on the pitch.

50 up for India!
On the pads from Kane Richardson and Rohit pushes the ball to the square leg region for a comfortable single. Fifty comes up for India in 8.3 overs!
Rohit Sharma 24*
Shikhar Dhawan 25*

End of 8th over: FOUR! Another strong flick from Shikhar Dhawan through square leg and yet again the ball finds the fence. Both India openers looking strong. Pat Cummins over ends with a four. IND 45/0

End of 7th over: FOUR! Boundary to finish the over. Exquisite timing on that occasion from Rohit Sharma. Kane Richardson drags down the leg side and Rohit flicks it to the fence. A disappointing end to Richardson’s first over. 7 runs off it. Change of end for Pat Cummins as he now replaces Mitchell Starc. IND 39/0

End of 6th over: Nine runs from Mitchell Starc’s third over. And, we have the first bowling change as Kane Richardson replaces Pat Cummins. IND 32/0

5.2 overs: FOUR! Glorious! No one from the Aussie camp moved there. Timed to perfection from Rohit Sharma. Over-cooked from Mitchell Starc and Rohit wasted no time on that one. The ball races to the cover fence. IND 28/0

End of OVER 5: 3 runs off Cummins over. INDIA 23/0

Rohit Sharma recently won the ICC ODI CRICKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD

End of OVER 4: 6 runs off Starc’s over. INDIA 20/0

OVERS 3.5: FOUR! Dhawan uses the pace and sends the ball like a rocket towards fine leg. Starc isn’t happy with this. INDIA 20/0.

Starc starts his second over.

End of OVER 3: 9 runs off Cummins’ over. INDIA 14/0

OVERS 2.5: FOUR! Rohit uses the pace nicely. He moves back and flicks the ball towards backward square leg for a boundary. Excellent stuff from him. INDIA 14/0

OVERS 2.2: FOUR! Dhawan makes room and sends the ball towards extra cover region.What an elegant shot from the left-hander. INDIA 9/0

Cummins starts his second over

END of OVER 2: 5 runs off Starc’s over. INDIA 5/0

OVERS 1.1: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan welcomes the Australian pacer with a superb straight drive. INDIA 4/0

Mitchell Starc comes into the attack.

End of OVER 1: What a way to start. Maiden from Cummins. Rohit played the over cautiously. INDIA 0/0

Finch’s men are walking down the stairs. India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are in the middle. Pat Cummins is ready with ball. Here we go….


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa


Aaron Finch (AUSTRALIA):

We are going to bowl first. It looks like a beautiful wicket, I don’t think it’s going to change. We had success chasing in the last game, hopefully we can do that today as well. They (the spinners) controlled their length really well. Same team for us.

Virat Kohli (INDIA):

We would’ve bowled first as well. But the good thing is that there’s not much dew factor here. It looks (the wicket) really nice and hard. If we put enough runs on the board, we have a good chance of putting the opposition under pressure. You will be beaten comprehensively by sides like Australia at the International level. It’s about understanding what went wrong, not think too much about that game. We need to focus on the positives. We are going to be more brave than the last game, that’s for sure. Couple of changes. One forced change; Rishabh is not playing. He’s still having that concussion assessment going on. KL will keep in place of him and Manish replaces him. And Navdeep Saini replaces Shardul Thakur.


AUSTRALIA: Unchanged.

INDIA: KL Rahul will keep wicket wickets as Rishabh Pant is out with a concussion. Manish Pandey comes in for Pant. Navdeep Saini has replaced Shardul Thakur

TOSS: Australia captain Aaron Finch wins toss, opts to field against India in Rajkot

Both captains are ready for the toss.

Rajkot is set for the second ODI

UPDATE: KS Bharat named back-up wicket-keeper for 2nd ODI – as per BCCI’s media release.

With Sanju Samson & Ishan Kishan being a part of the India A side in New Zealand, the selection committee decided to name K S Bharat as back-up wicket-keeper. The call was taken after Rishabh Pant flew to Bengaluru to undergo his rehabilitation protocol in the National Cricket Academy. The wicket-keeper batsman was hit on the helmet while batting in the 1st ODI in Mumbai and was ruled out of the 2nd ODI in Rajkot.

His recovery is being monitored by the NCA and a call on his availability for the final ODI in Bengaluru will be taken accordingly.

Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of 2nd ODI between India and Australia in Rajkot.

Source : timesofindia