13th over: India 59-1 (Dhawan 36, KL Rahul 11) What can Adam Zampa find in this surface? It’s hard to tell from the off because the leg-spinner bowls full with plenty of flight. Four singles, two dots, handy start.
Backing Labuschagne's leg spin, to get his maiden ODI wicket this afternoon. #Milestone #ICC #AusvInd #INDvAUS
12th over: India 55-1 (Dhawan 35, KL Rahul 9) Cummins continues, and not for the first time today, tests Dhawan’s outside edge. This one was a yard quicker and shorter than standard, beating the horizontal blade for pace. Not for the first time today Dhawan responds in boundaries, ramping fine for four then guiding a back cut that beats gully and races away to the fence.
Time for spin.
11th over: India 47-1 (Dhawan 26, KL Rahul 9) Better from Richardson, hitting good areas with his right-arm fast-medium from over the wicket. He’s landed his yorker well on a couple of occasions, which bodes well for the death overs.
10th over: India 45-1 (Dhawan 25, KL Rahul 8) After that solitary swing-searching over Starc makes way for Cummins to return, but the Australian quick is bowling to a different Dhawan to the one he last challenged a few overs ago. Just the hint of a half-volley is timed effortlessly through extra-cover by India’s moustachioed maestro for four keeping India moving.
The powerplay ends pretty evenly after Australia’s excellent start.
9th over: India 38-1 (Dhawan 20, KL Rahul 6) Dhawan started slowly but he’s got the bit between his teeth now, slapping Richardson well in front of midwicket after the bowler dropped toothlessly short. Four more arrive soon after when Richardson again lands on the wrong length and Dhawan helps him round the corner to the fine-leg fence.
Rohit Sharma v Left Arm Seamers in ODIs since 2017Facing 140+ kph : Average - 22.0, Strike Rate - 60.0Facing less than 140 kph : Average - 112.0, Strike Rate - 87.8#INDvAUS
8th over: India 30-1 (Dhawan 12, KL Rahul 6) Very smart captaincy from Finch. Richardson’s over was in part to allow Starc to replace Cummins and have a go with the new ball that looks like it might be swinging (there’s two in operation these days, remember). And it almost works immediately when a beautiful full delivery tails away from the left-handed Dhawan, just missing the edge of the bat, and the edge of off stump. Dhawan counterpunches, hitting fours from consecutive balls, first straight down the ground then through midwicket, the latter a fingertip wide of the diving fielder.
Australia are on top here, India have yet to settle into the pace of the pitch.
7th over: India 21-1 (Dhawan 3, KL Rahul 6) Kane Richardson gets an early burst with the new ball and he finds decent areas in an over that goes for just a couple of singles.
Hi Alex Greggery, thanks for the email. “With the ongoing talk of whether Root and du Plessis can hack the captaincy, I think we should all appreciate the unstoppable leadership machine that Kohli is. I love his hunger for it all. I wish he was captain of my life.” I would also like a life captain, but I think I’d benefit more from the Mike Brearley arm-round-the-shoulder type more than the bombast of Kohli. Heck of a cricketer though, in all formats. Just loves it, doesn’t he? Imagine the pressure he’s under every single day, and there he is, just keeping on loving it game after game.
6th over: India 19-1 (Dhawan 2, KL Rahul 5) Cummins’s third over almost begins like his second, suckering Dhawan into a soft dismissal. This time a short ball invites the ramp and it carries a long way down to third-man where Zampa gets within inches of taking a difficult chance but the young David Beckham lookalike can only stop the four on the half-volley.
A couple of balls later Australia REVIEW! Cummins beats Dhawan’s inside-edge and strikes his front pad with the batsman looking to play to the on-side, but the appeal is declined on the ground - and DRS confirms why - with the ball being shown to pitch outside leg stump. Australia’s solitary review is wasted.
5th over: India 17-1 (Dhawan 1, KL Rahul 4) KL Rahul, not Kohli, strides out at No3 and he accepts a couple of dot-balls before benefiting from Starc leaking onto his pads and glancing for four.
Australia are off to a good start as Mitchell Starc gets the big wicket of Rohit Sharma!The India opener falls early for just 10.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/0QhMNijvht
Huge early breakthrough for Australia! After that entertaining early over India have struggled to get bat on ball and that’s resulted in Rohit going hard at a cross-seam delivery that confused his timing. It ends with a drive that only just carries to Warner at mid-off.
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4th over: India 13-0 (Rohit 10, Dhawan 1) Depending which way you look at it Cummins either a) got away with a wide half-volley or b) almost lured Dhawan into edging behind with the sucker ball. The outcome was an airy whoosh from the batsman and a dot in the scorebook. Three more dots follow as Cummins settles into a fourth stump line just back of a length. Another dot arrives courtesy of a bouncer than Dhawan didn’t feel inclined to go near, before all those dots are joined in a lovely M to complete the maiden. He is a captain’s dream, Pat Cummins.
3rd over: India 13-0 (Rohit 10, Dhawan 1) Better from Starc, still no lateral movement with the white ball he’s using, but the line and length gives India nothing to launch at.
2nd over: India 11-0 (Rohit 9, Dhawan 1) Nothing moved in the air or off the seam for Starc but Pat Cummins has the ball whispering, if not yet talking. He finds some movement in the air to Dhawan, arcing the ball into the left-hander from over the wicket, then after the strike is rotated he whistles one past Rohit’s outside-edge in a manner familiar to sides all around the world in the past couple of years.
1st over: India 8-0 (Rohit 8, Dhawan 0) How’s that for a first ball? Width from Starc first up angling across the right-hander and Rohit just creams it through the covers like he was shadow batting in his slippers. He’s lucky to escape a couple of balls later though when some suicidal running leaves him miles out of his ground after Dhawan correctly declines a single with Warner prowling. Recognising it’s better not to run if he doesn’t have to, Rohit thumps another cover drive to the boundary. A very entertaining start.
Mitchell Starc has the new white ball in his hand. Two slips stand behind Rohit Sharma - here we go!
“Run-machine (tick), livewire (tick), phenomenal (tick). Ease up with the epithets there, JP. This isn’t a T20. Pace yourself. Get your thesaurus in, or you’ll find yourself referring to “the above average Kohli” by over 35 , and “cricketer Steve Smith” by the second innings.” Thanks ‘dreadful first email of the night’ Rowan Sweeney. Did I do that right?
The pitch looks flat and full of runs, but it has a bit of grass on it, which will give Australia’s quicks some hope.
It’s anthem time in the middle of the Wankhede. Cricket is imminent.
Everywhere I’ve gone today, people have taken me aside, eager to chat about this mid-January tour of India to play an ODI series where matches will finish at 3am and only be shown on pay TV. The kids, especially, are buzzing. #INDvAUS
The hosts have gone with KL Rahul at No3, meaning the mighty Virat is scheduled down at four, for the time being anyway. It’s a line-up bristling with attacking intent, including the livewire Pant behind the stumps, the phenomenal Bumrah with the new ball, and plenty of variety in between.
India 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Virat Kohli (c), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
The headline news for the visitors is the inclusion of Test run-machine Marnus Labuschagne who becomes the 229th man to represent Australia in one-day internationals. The adopted Queenslander received his cap from Steve Waugh a short while ago. Otherwise, two spinners in the same line-up is always notable for an Australian XI while Kane Richardson has been preferred to Josh Hazlewood among the pacemen.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (c), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Ashton Turner, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Adam Zampa
The weather in Mumbai is warm (28C) partly cloudy, with a northerly breeze coming through. Rain is not out of the question, but very unlikely indeed according to the forecast.
“Looks like a good wicket, and hopefully we’ll chase well,” says chipper skipper Aaron Finch.
Australia wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st ODI against #TeamIndia at the Wankhede.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/4vhE55kafX
Hello everybody and welcome to live OBO coverage of the first ODI between India and Australia in Mumbai. The action gets underway at the Wankhede Stadium at 7pm AEST.
It’s the middle of January and the Sydney Test finished just over a week ago, so the Australian public can look forward to *checks notes* a three-match ODI overseas tour? That can’t be right, can it? But alas, in cricket’s new world order that’s how things roll, and the first of what Kurt Cobain might have called a radio friendly unit shifter - for all it’s shallow context - promises to be a belting contest between powerful sides.Continue reading...