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5th ODI: Rohit out for 56; Australia in control

19:50  Zampa’s double strike leaves India in a mess: 

India 132-6 (29 ovs) vs Aus 272-9 | Scorecard

Things getting difficult for India as the Australian spinners are stringing some tight overs in the middle to further create pressure on Rohit and the lower order.

Maxwell concedes just a single in his third over for a total of just 10 runs conceded in three overs.

Zampa gets third time lucky against Rohit, who chips down the track but is beaten in the flight and stumped for 56.

Zampa again strikes three balls later with the wicket of Jadeja, who is beaten all ends up by the googly and he is also stumped for a duck courtesy of some quick glove work from Carey.

A double wicket maiden for Zampa, who has taken three for 32 in seven overs, to leave India on the brink as they are reduced to 132 for six in 29 overs.

19:38  Shankar out for 16; India in trouble: 

India 131-4 (27 ovs) vs Aus 272-9 | Scorecard

Zampa gives it some air and Shankar out of nowhere lofts it back over the bowler’s head as it carries all the way for a six to release some pressure.

Zampa drops short as Shankar pulls the next ball but ends up miscuing it on the leg side with Khawaja taking a good catch at long-on running to his right.

Shankar walks back for 16 to leave India in trouble on 120 for four in the 25th over.

Rohit, on 52, gets a lifeline as wicketkeeper Carey puts down the edge as Zampa gets it to turn sharply.

Kedar Jadhav brings some smiles back among the fans as he punches the last ball through the covers for a four.

Rohit, on 53, gets another lifeline in the next over as Maxwell puts down a straightforward chance in the covers and again it is Zampa, who sees the catch go down — the second time against Rohit.

19:25  Rohit hits half-century to steady India: 

India 114-3 (24 ovs) vs Aus 272-9 | Scorecard

Rohit taps Zampa to the covers and takes a quick single to bring up India’s 100, in the 21st over.

Singles off the next two deliveries before Rohit steers a wide delivery behind point for a couple of runs.

A single to Rohit off Lyon in the next over helps the India vice-captain bring up his 8000 runs in ODIs, the eighth Indian to achieve the landmark.

It is only singles at the moment for India with Rohit and Shankar looking to keep the scoreboard ticking with regular singles.

Part-timer Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack. A single to Rohit off the fourth ball helps the Indian opener bring up his fifty from 73 balls.

The asking rate is just over the six runs per over mark and both Rohit and Shankar will be looking to continue their steady approach for the next few overs and then analyse their tactics after the 30-over mark.

19:13  Pant out for 16; India 3 down: 

The onus now rests on Rohit, who is batting well on 38 from 54 balls, to guide home to victory in the series-deciding ODI.

Shankar comes forward to defend with the bat and ball close to each other but Australia appeal for leg before wicket which is turned down.

Zampa drops short but Shankar can’t make most pulling it to deep midwicket for just a single before Rohit takes one off the last ball.

Rohit decides to break the shackles as he comes down the track and lofts Lyon but only for one to long-on and Shankar picks up an easy run to the same fielder.

Two more singles as India reach 98 for three in 20 overs, needing another 175 runs for victory in 30 overs.

Rohit has batted well to score 42 from 62 balls, while Shankar has made three.

19:07  Pant out for 16; India 3 down: 


Leg-spinner Adam Zampa comes into the attack. He starts with a short ball which Pant pulls over the midwicket fence for a six before clipping the next to deep square leg for one.

A few balls later, Rohit hits one powerfully back and Zampa does well to get his hands to it and save some runs, conceding just a single.

Pant drives the last ball straight to mid-off as non-striker Rohit was setting off for a quick single not realising the fielder is inside the circle and he is sent back immediately as Zampa concedes 10 in his first over.

Lyon bowling on a good line and giving the ball some good flight. He is rewarded for his persistence with the wicket of Pant, who tries to defend but gets the edge and is caught at slip for 16.

18:57  Kohli out for 20; India in trouble: 

Lyon has a huge appeal for leg before wicket turned down as Rohit comes forward to defend. The impact is outside the line and the umpire rightly gives it not out as Australia decide not to review.

Rohit takes a single to long-on before Pant cuts the next to deep point for one as just two runs come from the over.

In the next over, Pant slashes a short wide delivery from Stoinis over the point region for a four followed by two singles.

Lyon also doing well to keep things tight as he gives away just two singles in his third over.

India are 80 for two in 16 overs, needing another 193 runs from 34 overs for victory at an asking rate of 5.68.

18:44  Kohli out for 20; India in trouble: 


Medium pacer Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack. Kohli pulls the first ball to fine leg for one before Rohit tries the same shot but the ball goes down the leg side and beats wicketkeeper Carey to be given five wides.

India then profit from overthrows as the fielder at point unnecessarily hits the stumps despite the batsman making his crease safely and the ball deflects off the stumps and goes for five overthrows.

Three more singles as 14 come from the over with India going past the 50-run mark, in the 11th over.

Spin introduced as Nathan Lyon comes into the attack, to bowl the 12th over.

Kohli goes right back and plays a delicate late cut off the first ball past the wicketkeeper and beats short thirdman for a four. Five singles from the rest of the over as the duo raise the 50-run stand for the second wicket from just 46 balls.

Stoinis strikes with the big, big wicket of Captain Kohli, who flashes at a short wide delivery but gets an edge and is caught behind for 20.

A slight change of pace by Stoinis as Kohli went hard at it but only managed the edge.

India in a spot of bother on 70 for two in 13 overs, with not much batting to follow.

Rishabh Pant walks in at No. 4 as he gets off the mark with a single and Rohit keeps strike with one from the last ball.

18:29  Rohit, Kohli steady India after early wicket: 


Kohli steers the first ball from Richardson to thirdman for one before Rohit drills a wide delivery in the gap through the covers for a four and then takes a single to thirdman.

Kohli then taps the ball to mid-on and sets off for a quick run but he manages to make his crease at the other end.

Cummins gets one to bounce steeply from back of good length as Rohit is surprised, who does well to keep it down. The pacer bowls another tight over, conceding just two singles in his fourth over.

Richardson drops slightly short and also offers some width as Rohit slaps it through the covers for a four and guides the next ball to thirdman for one.

In the next over, Rohit tries to pull Cummins but fails to make connection as the pacer ends up bowling a maiden over to build up some pressure.

With the pressure building up, Rohit takes on Richardson, lofting a length delivery over mid-on for a four to break the shackles.

India are 43 for no loss in 10 overs, with Rohit on 22 and Kohli on nine. They need another 230 runs from 40 overs for victory at an asking rate of 5.75.

18:10  Dhawan out for 12; India lose early wicket: 


Australia will no doubt be looking for early wickets with the new ball, while on the other hand India’s openers will be looking to play out the new ball and lay a solid foundation for the middle, but will also be keen to get the team off to a brisk start.

Richardson, who went for 10 in his first over, bowls a good second over giving away just three singles.

Cummins claims with the early wicket as he gets Dhawan caught behind for 12. The left-hander chased a wide delivery which moved away late to take the edge.

Captain Virat Kohli shows positive intent right from the outset. He takes no time to warm up drilling the second ball he faces, from Cummins, through the covers for a four.

He then gets an inside edge on the pads as Rohit comes across for a quick single before the Mumbai right-hander crashes a wide delivery through point for another four.

18:02  India off to a steady start after Aus post 272: 


The experienced duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan open the batting for India and it will be interesting to see how the pitch plays in the second half of the match.

Pat Cummins opens the bowling for Australia. Rohit watchfully defends the first three balls before he takes a single on the off-side and Dhawan plays out the last two balls.

Jhye Richardson from the other end. Rohit picks a single on the leg side before Dhawan clips the third ball through square leg for the first boundary of the Indian innings. He then hits the next ball through the off-side for another boundary before taking one to keep strike.

Cummins bowls another tight over, giving away just a single as India reach 12 for no loss in the overs.

Source: Rediff