India’s Matchday 2: Australia
Welcome to the coverage of India’s second match at the ICC World Cup!
After defeating South Africa by six wickets in their campaign opener, the Men in Blue are now set to take on Australia at The Oval in London.
However, since the completion of the 2015 World Cup, both teams have played 18 matches and have won nine matches apiece. Series-wise as well, the two teams are level at two series apiece.
While we wait for match time, read our preview pieces below and stay tuned for live updates.
Team India Enroute
Their second match of the 2019 ICC World Cup and Virat Kohli’s Indian team are on their way to The Oval. Greeted by fans outside the hotel, the Indian team departed half an hour back. Toss is scheduled at 2:30pm IST.
Will Dhoni Wear Same Gloves?
A lot of chatter before this game has been about the insignia on MS Dhoni’s gloves in the tournament opener against South Africa. The BCCI said they’d back him to the hilt but the ICC later issued a statement denying the former skipper the right to sport the logo on his keeping gloves.
However, IANS reports that Dhoni’s team-mates have told him they will back him and support whatever call he takes with regard to sporting the badge on his gloves today.
"The unity is evident and respect they have for the former skipper is unquestionable. The players have made it very clear to Dhoni that while the decision on whether he wears the same gloves against Australia or not lies with him, they are with him and will back him. They have in fact urged him to keep wearing the same gloves that he wore in India's opening game of the World Cup," the source told IANS.
India Elect to Bat First
Virat Kohli has finally won a toss (refer: IPL+ opener vs SA) and the Indian skipper says he will be putting Australia into bowl first.
‘At The Oval, when the Sun’s out, you invariably bat first,’ says Virat as he also announces that the team is unchanged.
‘I would’ve batted first too had I won the toss. Like Virat said, this is a dry surface and it’s been used before so might get a little slower later tonight,” says Aussie skipper Aaron Finch who is playing the same XI that beat West Indies.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (Captain), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Over 1: 2 runs
Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan facing Pat Cummins in the first over of this game. Just the two runs coming off Rohit’s bat.
Over 2: Rohit Dropped
Rohit Sharma once again gets an early reprieve. Mitchell Starc’s the bowler and on the third delivery, Rohit tucks one towards square-leg and Coulter-Nile is stretching up on his right. He makes contact with the ball but it falls out of his grip, and that’s our cat’s first life.
India: 7/0 after 2 overs
Over 3: 2 Runs, Another Missed Chance
The fifth delivery sees Rohit Sharma’s bat edge one. But the Aussies haven’t lined up their slip cordon and the vice-captain lives to bat on.
Just the two runs from the over. Rohit on 6. Dhawan on 2.
Over 4: 2 Runs
Mitch Starc bowls this one but the Indian batters manage to keep it going at their pace. Again, just 2 runs from the over.
India: 11/0 after 4 overs
Over 5: First Boundary
Shikhar Dhawan now steps up and bashes Cummins' delivery for a boundary through cover.
India: 18/0 after 5 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Over 7: Dhawan Survives Appeal
A quick one from Cummins and Shikhar elects to pull but the ball lands in Carey's gloves. Everyone's appealing but the umpire says no.
Finch wants to go for the DRS but Carey says no. Replays show that Dhawan's bat missed the ball by just a bit.
India: 22/0 after 7 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Over 8: Coulter-Nile Goes For 14
Shikhar Dhawan switches gears in the Coulter-Nile's 8th over. 3 boundaries come off it.
India: 36/0 after 8 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Dhawan Struggling With Thumb
First ball of the 9th over and a Cummins delivery catches Dhawan off guard. The ball hits him near the shoulder but the opener seems to be struggling with his thumb after that. Physio Patrick Farhat has been called.
Dhawan is continuing on though.
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Over 11: 3 runs
Shikhar Dhawan's thumb does look to be bothering him but he manages to hang on and handle Maxwell's opening over with ease.
India: 44/0 after 11 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Over 13: India 62/0
Adam Zampa is greeted with a boundary by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also gets a four as the openers make 11 runs in the 12th over.
Maxwell keeps it tighter in the next, conceding just 7
India: 62/0 after 13 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | India 75/0 After 15
Ind vs Aus Live Score |Rohit Sharma's scored 31, Shikhar Dhawan's made 41 as the openers make it to the 15th over of the match.
In commentary, Kumar Sangakkara too says India hold the edge right now.
'India has really grabbed the advantage away from the Australians'
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Dhawan Completes Fifty
He was a little slow to get off the blocks, struggled a bit with a thumb injury but Shikhar Dhawan has reached his half-century, off 53 deliveries.
Anyone say big-match player?
Rohit Sharma at the other too is nearing the mini-milestone, batting on 42.
Ind vs Aus Live Score | India 105/0 in 20 Overs
First ball of the 21st over and the Man of the Match from the game against South Africa gets to another milestone.The Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, hits his 41st ODI fifty.India: 121/0 in 21 oversStoinis goes for 11 runs in his third over as Shikhar Dhawan is pretty much making merry out there in the middle. That's two boundaries in this over
India: 111/0 in 20 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | 50 Up for Rohit
First ball of the 21st over and the Man of the Match from the game against South Africa gets to another milestone.
The Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, hits his 41st ODI fifty.
India: 121/0 in 21 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score | Rohit Caught
Australia finally have their breakthrough. Rohit Sharma nicks one to Carey at the back who takes a good catch while stretching high on his right.
Rohit out on 57 off Coulter-Nile
India: 127/1 in 23 overs
Ind vs Aus Cricket Match | India 136/1 in 25
Virat Kohli has joined fellow Delhi cricketer Shikhar Dhawan in the middle and India are looking set for a big big total against the defending champions.
Shikhar is batting on 73 and the skipper is on 3.
Shikhar Dhawan Nearing Century
There's something about Shikhar Dhawan and ICC tournaments!
He may have failed in the last match but he's more than compensating for it with his innings at The Oval today.
End of the 30th over and Dhawan is batting on 96. India: 170/1
Ton Up for Dhawan!
Whaaat a star! Shikhar Dhawan's smashed his 17th ODI century.
There was a liiiitle drama before he got to bring out his traditional century celebrations though. Virat Kohli survived a run-out call and while the Aussies chased the ball after the direct-throw, the Indian batters completed the run and Virat went up to Dhawan and congratulated his team-mate.
There was the matter of the third umpire's review on the run out but the replays showed Virat was comfortably in and so, that's Dhawan's third World Cup century.
Dhawan took 95 balls, and hit 13 boundaries in his century. He's also playing with his left thumb bandaged since the ninth over, after a Pat Cummins bouncer.
India: 190/1 in 33 overs
Ind vs Aus Cricket Match: Virat Joins the Party
Finch has used all his best bowlers - Starc, Coulter-Nile, Maxwell – in the last 3 overs but there's no relenting from the Indian batters.
Virat's now made 38 off 41 and India are 213/1 in 36 overs.
Ind vs Aus Cricket Match: Dhawan Out
Last ball of the 37th over and Mitch Starc finally gets his captain the big wicket. Shikhar Dhawan hits one high but it doesn't have enough to cross the finish line. Nathan Lyon latched onto this one.
Dhawan out on 117 off 109 balls
India: 220/2 off 37 overs
Ind vs Aus Cricket Match: Pandya Dropped First Ball
Not KL Rahul but Hardik Pandya comes out to bat at number 4.
Two balls at the non-striker's end and he's facing Coulter-Nile on his first ball of the match.
Swings his bat and edges one to Carey at the back who drops it, diving to his right. 'Regulation catch,' Kumar Sangakkara calls it on the commentary.
India: 225/2 in 38 overs
Virat Smashes 50th ODI 50 (For Now)
The Indian skipper has switched gears since Shikhar Dhawan's wicket, to stabalize the innings, but he's managed to reach a landmark nonetheless.
Took him 55 deliveries and that's Virat's 50th ODI 50.
India: 246/2 in 41 overs
Pandya Getting the Job Done
Sixes and fours are flowing off the newly-promoted Pandya's bat and he's clearly been sent ahead of KL Rahul for a reason.
Zampa, Cummins, Coulter-Nile - everyone going for runs.
India: 281/2 in 44 overs
Pandya Caught On 48
46th over starts with a bouncer for Pandya by Cummins. The Indian ducks and avoids it but he's smiling next ball as he sends one to the boundary.
Four balls in and Aaron Finch takes his sweet time setting the field, to some booes from the crowd who aren't much happier when Pandya is caught off the next ball.
Hardik out on 48
India: 301/3 in 45.5 overs
15 Runs in 47th Over
Mitch Starc gets hit for a six by Virat Kohli off the first ball and even MS Dhoni gets a boundary off him as India make 15 runs off the 47th over.
13 runs off the 49th Over
Mitch Starc has the ball for the penultimate over.
48.1 – MS Dhoni packs it off for a massive six.
48.2 – A boundary this time off Aaron Finch's premier bowler
48.3 – Khawaja, at point, stops the ball well but takes time to send the ball back. 2 runs to Dhoni
48.4 – No Run
48.5 – One run and Virat Kohli is on strike, batting on 80
48.6 – Virat tries to hit it down the balls. Starc comes in the way and then the ball moves towards Dhoni. Basically, not run.
Dhoni & Virat Out in Final Over
49.1 – It's Stoinis for the final over and he pays back the faith his captain's shown in him with the wicket of MS Dhoni off the first ball. Caught and bowled on 27
49.2 – KL Rahul finally gets to walk out and he hits the first ball he faces for a six.
49.3 - 1 run
49.4 – Virat runs two and that century we were all waiting for now clearly isn't on, in this game.
49.5 – Ok, that century definitely isn't happening now. The Indian skipper hits it high but Cummins places himself just right to catch the ball. Virat is out on 82.
49.6 – With a boundary off the last ball of the innings KL Rahul has ensured India cross the 350-run mark.
India: 352/5 in 50 overs
'We Have Enough on The Board': Shikhar
'I feel I played it very smartly and calmly today. I enjoy playing at this ground. Also happy we got a great total on the board and we are in a very good position now. We are a great bowling side and our bowlers' pace will trouble the Aussies,' says Shikhar Dhawan while speaking to the host broadcasters at the mid-innings break.
Australian Chase Underway
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is given the ball as Aussie skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner start the chase. 3 runs off the first over.
Warner's Stumps Stand Ground
Jasprit Bumrah is here and so is some action. David Warner faces him and after connecting with his bat, the ball goes right onto the bottom on the stumps. There's a clear sound but the bails aren't budging. Not out - David Warner.
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Aus 17/0 in 4 Overs
Bhuvi and Bumrah have bowled 2 overs each and the Aussies are playing some cautious cricket to not give the Indians any early breakthroughs.
Australia 17/0 in 4 overs
Australia 19/0 in 7 Overs
No hurry in the middle at The Oval as the Aussie openers are pretty much sticking to the script that Rohit and Dhawan followed.
No risks, no big hits, just focus on losing now wickets.
Australia: 19/0 in 7 overs
Pandya Concedes 19
The 10th is the biggest over of the match so far and it's no wonder that the Aussie openers are targeting Hardik Pandya.
Warner starts things off with a boundary off the first ball and then Finch hits him for a 6,4 and 4 off the last three balls.
Australia: 48/0 after 10 overs
Finch Run Out
The Australian skipper is walking back to the hut after getting run out on 36.
It was Warner at the crease and he immediately calls for 2 after hitting the ball. Finch can be seen hesitating before starting for the second run but Jadhav's throw is on-point and Pandya knocks off the bails. Finch doesn't even wait for the third umpire's call as he walks back to the hut.
Austalia: 63/1 in 14 overs
Australia: 75/1 After 16 Overs
A very uncharacteristic David Warner innings in London today as the opener has scored his 31 runs so far off 57 deliveries. Steve Smith is batting on 4 off 5.
Dhoni Removes Logo From Glove
Australia batting at a steady run rate on under 5 so let's get you an update on something that made a looooot of headlines before this match!
MS Dhoni's wicket-keeping gloves today don't have the logo it did during the game against South Africa. While many believed it to be a representation of an Army insignia, BCCI CoA insisted it was not. However, the ICC had the last word and asked the former Indian skipper to remove it from his gloves. And he has.
Warner Reaches Half Century
A David Warner one-day half-century off 77 balls. Think you've seen it all now?
Well, if anyone can win this match for Australia, it this current partnership of Warner and Smith.
Australia are 107/1 after 22 overs. Time to find third gear?
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Warner Out on 56
Australia are 133/2 with Warner caught at deep midwicket on 56.
'Too high, not long enough (the shot). That was the story on David Warner's innings. Very scratchy, way behind the asking rate and he did what he shouldn't have done, lost his wicket at a crucial time when a partnership was building,' says Kumar Sangakkara while commentating.
Australia 134/2 after 25 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Australia 149/2 After 28
Smith has Khawaja for company but the run rate hasn't picked up much since the fall of wickets.
Australia are currently going at 5.32 and the required rate has climbed to 9.27.
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Aus Need 194 Off 19
This partnership is worth 27 now but just scoring slow runs isn't going to cut it anymore.
Just 19 overs left in the match and there's a massive 194 to be made.
Who steps up now? Who breaks free?
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Australia Need 181 From 17
Drinks break after the 33rd over and maybe the Aussies will rethink their plan going into the business end of this game. The score is 172/2 after 33 overs with Smith on 47 and Khawaja on 22.
The required rate has climbed to a huge 10.64.
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Steve Smith Completes Fifty
The former Aussie skipper gets to this personal milestone off 60 balls and it's his 7th 50+ score in the last 8 World Cup matches he's played.
But can he now convert this to a hundred and salvage the Aussie chase?
After 34 overs, the team is at 180/2
Ind vs Aus Live Score: 200 Up!
Usman Khawaja smashes a six and a four off back-to-back deliveries in the 36th over bowled by Kuldeep Yadav. 14 runs come off the over
Australia: 201/2 after 36 overs (Need 152 runs from 14 overs)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Bumrah Packs off Khawaja
That's the end of the 69-run partnership as a Jasprit Bumrah delivery is led onto the stumps by Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja out on 42 off 39. Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Maxwell Starts With Boundaries
7 balls faced and he's already scored 16 runs. Glenn Maxwell has clearly come out in the middle with a plan for the target.
Australia: 222/3 in 38 overs (Need 131 runs from 12 overs)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Bumrah Goes For Runs
39th over and Virat has handed the ball to Bumrah once again. Advantage Maxwell though as he hits the first ball for a boundary.
Steve Smith too goes after India's premier bowler, hitting him for boundaries off the fourth and fifth deliveries.
13 runs from the over.
Australia: 235/3 in 39 overs
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Smith, Stoinis Out
What an over!
First it's Steve Smith who's caught lbw. The on-field umpire nods no but India have their referral and they go up. Replays show there was no bat involved and that's the former skipper's walking orders on 69.
Things not getting any better for the Aussies as Marcus Stoinis is castled off the second ball he faces.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivering for his skipper!
Australia: 238/5 after 40 overs (Need 115 runs from 60 balls)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Aus Lose 6th Wicket
Is this the match?
Glenn Maxwell is caught on 28 and it takes quite an effort from Ravindra Jadeja to complete the catch.
Australia: 247/6 after 41 overs (Need 106 runs from 54 balls)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Pandya Goes For 9
44th over and Carey is leading a late charge. He hit Chahal for a six and a four in the previous over and then got a boundary off Pandya. He's batting on 31 off 14.
Australia: 278/6 in 44 overs (Need 75 off 36)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Coulter-Nile Out
The required rate has climbed to 13 and Australia need some big shots. Coulter-Nile was going for one when Virat Kohli stopped his charge. Caught near the boundary line, on 4.
Australia: 284/7 in 45 overs (Need 69 runs off 30)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Aus Cross 300, Cummins Out
An occasional boundary and Pat Cummins has been caught-behind trying to go for the big shot.
A thick nick can be heard as MS Dhoni has to dive forward to catch this one. Bumrah's third wicket of the match.
Australia: 300/8 (Need 49 from 17 balls)
Ind vs Aus Live Score: Carey Smashes 50
While Australia are losing wickets at almost an urgent pace, Alex Carey has been holding fort at the other end. The wicket-keeper has reached his half-century off 25 balls, the quickest fifty of this World Cup so far. It's also the fastest by an Australian at a World Cup.
Bumrah Concedes Just 3
Bumrah vs Carey in the penultimate over and this one the Indian bowler has won.
Just 3 runs off the over and Bumrah ends his 10 overs at 3/61 with one maiden.
Australia 312/8 in 49 overs (Need 41 runs from 6 balls)
India Win by 36 Runs
49.1: Carey is on strike and as they go for one run, Starc is caught short of his crease. Run out.
49.2: Carey gets 1 run
49.3: No run
49.4: 1 run
49.5: Carey gets one run.
49.6: Zampa is caught by substitute Ravindra Jadeja and it's all over at The Oval.
A 36-run win for India and 2 points from the game.
Shikhar Dhawan Named Man of the Match
The highest-scorer of the match, Shikhar Dhawan is named the Man of the Match for his innings that set the pace for India's big total today.
We are very happy with the result. It's a great team effort. The best thing is that everyone’s contributing so that's great. We are a very balanced side. We have great fast bowlers and great spinners. We work really hard in the nets and our process is very strong and the results are going our way.Shikhar Dhawan
'Top win for. After the series in India, we had a point to prove and to beat this side, which has played really good cricket in the last 2 matches. I think we played with intent. The opening partnership was outstanding. It was a prefect game for us,' says Virat in the post-match presentation.