India’s spinners toying with Australia, this one fizzes past Zampa’s bat and screams in to knock out middle. Welcome to India!
20th over: Australia 136-7 (Abbott 1, Zampa 1) Shardul’s full toss biffed through midwicket by Green just before he momentarily forgets one of those coaching maxims that will have been drilled into him when he was a nipper.
Cam Green’s tricky day gets no better as he is run out after making the crease but not grounding his bat. Superb direct hit from Kishan.
19th over: Australia 128-6 (Green 13, Abbott 0) Australia’s innings disintegrating fast. And Abbott then greeted by Jadeja in the grove, the ball suddenly ripping. The first passes his bat by a whisker, and the second, the third an lbw appeal. Not out. India review and it takes an age – but the verdict remains the same – not out.
Inside edge onto the stumps, flashing bails a tumble. A dejected Carey walks off.
18th over: Australia 127-5 (Green 12, Carey 14) Back to pace, with Thakur. Carey watches , then strikes, flaying him over mid on for four. Beaten by a slower ball next delivery. Still a very vocal crowd in the house. And the run-rate shifts up to 12.
17th over: Australia 120-5 (Green 10, Carey 9) Ashwin reasserts some control.
16th over: Australia 116-5 (Green 8, Carey 7) These two aren’t hanging around. Carey pings Jadeja down the ground, with a bounce near the start of the over. Green goes one better to the last, striding towards Ashwin and lofting him into the crowd.
15th over: Australia 102-5 (Green 0, Carey 1) Very nicely done by Ashwin, befudding both Warner and Inglis. Shame to see the RHB/LHB Warner go just as he was getting going.
This time it’s Inglis, this time he can’t get bat on sweep and is given out lbw. This time, Inglis reviews, but DRS says GO. Quite the over.
Maybe the switch from left to right and back again was confusing after all as Warner goes to reverse-sweep Ashwin, falls over in the act, and is given out lbw. He doesn’t look happy as he marches off, but also doesn’t review. The replays seem to show an inside edge. Hmmm. But he’s out, which is good news for India as he’d looked in great nick.
14th over: Australia 100-3 (Warner 53, Inglis 6) A headbanded Jadeja comes on making it spin from both ends. Warner’s fifty comes with a single and four over throws.
13th over: Australia 90-3 (Warner 48, Inglis 1) Pat Cummins, on drinks duties, runs off the field laughing as Warner decides to bat right handed. He kneels to sweep and sends the ball scurrying for four. How is this possible?So impressive. The Indian think tank look perplexed, but Ashwin raises the mood by bowling Labuschagne with a beauty, that left Labuschagne stranded, neither back nor forward.
Labuschagne completely foxed, as he’s slow on a ball which fizzes past and takes down the stumps.
12th over: Australia 82-2 (Warner 42, Labuschagne 26) Warner hooks Thakur over fine leg, falling over in the process, but pocketing six. Labuschagne tries a ramp but it is an awkward manouvre, that he completely misses, like a dad at the school disco. Hits the spot next ball, a booming drive through the covers for four.
11th over: Australia 69-2 (Warner 34, Labuschagne 21) Spin straight away, as Ashwin returns. Some nifty footwork on the boundary by Shami shrinks four to two. Warner and Labuschagne squeeze him for singles but Warner is nearly beaten by a quicker one.
10th over: Australia 63-2 (Warner 31, Labuschagne 18) Australia need 11 an over, but Shardul Thakur isn’t giving anything away. Well, a wide, and then a four from the penultimate ball as Warner sends the ball flying to the long leg rope. But already the rate ticks up.
We are back at Indore, the surface now cover-free. On come the India fielders, and the two Australia batters: David Wrner and Marnus Labuschagne.
Not yet sure of the overs/runs equation.
Just going to grab a cup of tea while we wait to read the tea leaves at Indore.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh squads yet to be announced.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee**, Will Young.
** Tim Southee a doubt after sustaining a thumb injury against England. Replacement tbc
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head**, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
** Head sure to miss the first half of the tournament after fracturing his left hand, replacement tbc
Netherlands: Scott Edwards (captain), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad and Sybrand Engelbrecht.
England: Jos Buttler (captain, wkt), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes.
Pakistan: Babar Azam(C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Saul Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasan Ali
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil, Riaz Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Rehmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad and Mujeeb ur-Rahman.
While we wait for news from a wet Indore, let’s take a look at the World Cup squads to have been announced:
The rain looks a bit more than just some fine drizzle. We’re going to start losing overs here from the chase. At the moment Australia need 344 from 41 overs. Watch this space.
8th over: Australia 56-2 (Warner 26, Labuschagne 17) The tall, well built, figure of R Ashwin replaces Shami. Warner drops to one knee and sweeps for four to bring up fifty. But he’s beaten by a beauty penultimate ball, which fizzes, spits and does the splits past Warner’s proffered bat.
Ah, and we have rain. On come the covers again, beautifully pulled this way and that. If any of you have read the Giant Jam Sandwich, imagine the butter and jam being spread over the giant loaf and you have the right image in your head.
8th over: Australia 48-2 (Warner 20, Labuschagne 16) Prasidh and Rahul have a long chat, Prasidh, glistening with sweat, runs in. A nice stop at Shubman Gil at backward point prevents a Labuschagne boundary, but he’s already got one for the over, a chop through backward square leg. A huge wide followed by a fizzer that beats the bat.
7th over: Australia 43-2 (Warner 19, Labuschagne 12) Talking of wickekeepers, Kishan dives behind the stumps to take what looks like an edge, but loses control of the ball – which drops to the ground. No matter, it was a leg bye. Just three from Shami’s over.
6th over: Australia 40-2 (Warner 18, Labuschagne 8)Warner is taking the attacker role, Labuschagne content to test the waters as if he was with Glamorgan at Sophia Garden. And as I tap that, Labuschagne takes two boundaries off Prasidh’s over. One for Warner too, a trademark loft.
The Indian squad for the World Cup flashes up on the screen, I hadn’t realised that Rishabh Pant was still recovering from his car accident and won’t be fit. May his recovery be as swift as possible.
5th over: Australia 26-2 (Warner 13, Labuschagne 3) Shami, fresh from five for 51 at Mohali, stutters in. One boundary from it, as Warner cuts with style.
4th over: Australia 22-2 (Warner 9, Labuschagne 3)At last, an over win for Australia. A squirt for four by Warner, then another boundary through midwicket. Prasidh wipes the sweat from his face with a flannel. Warner edges the last and nervously looks behind him to check is hasn’t gone in the air to the fielder.
3rd over: Australia 12-2 (Warner 0, Labuschagne 0) The bearded Shami fizzes in. Labuschagne takes the over but can only get two from it, with a tickle backwards of square.
2nd over: Australia 9-2 (Warner 0, Labuschagne 1 )Not the dream start for Australia, against the excellence of Prasidh. Here comes LAbuschagne, keen to ink his name into the squad. Hat-trick averted but Warner does well to survive the last two bombettes.
Two in two! A bobbly collection head high at slip for Gill as Smith, immovable front foot, throws the bat and gets the edge. Prasidh Krishna on a hat-trick
A huge top edge flies behind into the comfortable hands of Ashwin.
1st over: Australia 9-0 (Warner 0, Short 9) Touch and go for the start of the innings on this sofa, with a battle for the television with Arsenal v Spurs. Anyway, I won, and the unsuitably named Short is off the mark from the first ball of the inning, driven smartly through the covers for four. And a second, as Shami goes full and flicks the ball off his boot.
“I am running low on data,” says Paul. Your over by over summary invaluable to follow what is going on. Thank you for your work.”
That’s what we’re here for! Cheers.
“Re Matt Short, I want him to do well. As a regular at The Junction to watch the Victorians play Sheffield Shield, a couple of times there Matt’s timing and crisp driving was a pleasure to watch, he did seem a class above his teammates. I am tipping Matt to be the next Peter Toohey.”
Pretty confident I don’t need to look up any records to say that they’ve never done that. In favour: small ground, flat pitch. Against: they’ve been in the heat all day being smashed around. India should walk this, honestly.
It might seem weird to say, but in a way Australia pulled that back a bit. From 200 for 1 with 20 overs to go, it might have been even worse. The flying start was unbelievable, Gill and Shreyas batting like nothing in the world was easier. Shreyas is on the telly now saying that it wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Things slowed down as they neared their hundreds and got tired in the heat, they were both battling by the time they got out. But KL Rahul took the tiller, then SKY dropped the depth charges. Important knock for him to show himself and anyone else that he can do it in the 50-over format.
Zampa’s 10 overs, 1 for 67 looks pretty good in contest. Hazlewood 1 for 62, Abbott 1 for 91, Green 2 for 103 from those with a full complement. Spencer Johnson 8 overs, 0 for 61, and Short 2 overs, 0 for 15.
That’s it for me, the chase will be in the hands of Tanya Aldred.
50th over: India 399-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 72, Jadeja 13) The brakes stay on, for a moment. Jadeja dinks a single, a risky one but the throw misses. Suryakumar misses a slow bouncer from Abbott. Annoyed with himself again. But Abbott makes the next mistake, a high full toss on leg stump that SKY can scoop over fine leg for six in his sleep. Abbott gets back to his task, a couple of deliveries that the batters can only mistime for singles, one straight at mid off, one under edged to the keeper.
Last ball of the innings, pulled to the midwicket sweeper for one! So Australia do keep India under 400… but they’ll have to make 400 themselves.
49th over: India 389-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 64, Jadeja 11) Green is back, harsh from Smith as the captain with the poor guy having conceded 98. Spencer Johnson and Abbott are the other options, maybe should have bowled Matt Short a little more earlier on. Only bowled two overs.
Still, Green does alright. Beats the bat on a cut shot, has another belted straight at Warner at mid off. Singles and a two, Jadeja running hard, and it’s five from the first five balls. SKY wants the sixth, steps across, and misses the ramp! Throws his head back in disgust.
10 0vers, 2 for 103 for Green. Can Australia stay under 400.
48th over: India 384-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 63, Jadeja 7) Hazlewood back for his last over, five balls of which are quality, but Jadeja rifles the first behind point with a cut shot for four, and SKY rather slogs at one and gets it with some luck over midwicket for another boundary. So even the main man can’t stop the scoring.
47th over: India 372-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 58, Jadeja 1) Abbott the bowler, some width on a length outside off stump, and SKY hits it at the top of the bounce, over wide long off for six! Another stunner. Takes a single for his fifty. Australia drop long off back, bring square leg up, so next time he’s on strike he goes that way, stepping across to counter Abbott’s width, then sweeping the fast bowler with a wrist whip action to take him leg side. Unreal batting. Four. And he finishes the over with four more, again reaching for width, but this time dabbing it to the off side, splitting the keeper and short third.
46th over: India 355-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 43) Green with the pressure on him as an all-rounder, he’s gone for 88 from his eight overs. This is part of his education, his bowling still isn’t the finished article. He bowls a big full toss that SKY misses outside off stump, then nearly gets a wicket with a slower bouncer that SKY top edges just over Abbott at short third. Almost gets a touch on that while running back, tough chance. Four more next ball, belted over extra cover, top shot. Pulls a single, then finally Green gets something going right, an inswinging full ball and KL Rahul misses it, hitting middle and leg stump.
2 for 98, Green. Zampa tied Mick Lewis’ record recently of 113 conceded in an ODI. If Green gets another over he might challenge it.
45th over: India 345-4 (Rahul 51, Suryakumar Yadav 34) Another fast 50 from KL Rahul, though he has been the understated partner in all of his stands today. Has kept India’s momentum going since the two century-makers got out. Gives over the strike here, and Abbott bowls a hit-me ball, low full toss outside off the SKY smacks through point for four. The bowler gets back on track, his pace changes working as he switches lengths and SKY can’t get bat on the last couple.
44th over: India 337-4 (Rahul 49, Suryakumar Yadav 29) And SKY starts exactly that process! Has Green bowling now, pace, likes that, and this ball is on his pads. Suryakumar Yadav loves to step across to off stump and lift those balls over backward square leg. Does so, for six. Next ball, same shot, six more.
That is his signature shot, the one he must have got from watching AB de Villiers. Green switches it up, bowling a slower ball outside the off stump… and SKY drives it over cover for six! What a shot there! Picks it, times it.
Fourth ball. Goes for six! On his pads again, dumped over midwicket.
Green goes back to width, and manages to stem the bleeding. Only a single, and a risky run as backward point fields well. Then a run to KL Rahul through the off side. The over costs 26. Maybe 400 is back on.
43rd over: India 311-4 (Rahul 48, Suryakumar Yadav 4) Zampa has his light-enhancing shades on now as the day gets darker. Nearly has SKY stumped! Flight from Zampa, a rarity, and it lures the batter out before turning past his edge. Carey gets the bails off quickly but SKY has the presence of mind to scoot his toe back as soon as he missed the ball. Just makes it. Only two singles from the over, as SKY struggles there. This scorecard could be a lot worse for Australia given where it was an hour ago, but India still have seven overs to make it so.
42nd over: India 309-4 (Rahul 47, Suryakumar Yadav 3) Top over from Hazlewood. Three singles. Gets the ball to cut in slightly at SKY, hitting him on the pad. Hazlewood likes it but Smith gestures that it’s too high, going over the stumps. I’m with Smith. They don’t review. Ball tracking shows it slipping past leg stump anyway.
41st over: India 306-4 (Rahul 45, Suryakumar Yadav 2) Six first ball, a wicket then four singles from the next five. Good comeback from Zampa.
Finally something falls for Zampa. First ball of his over is pounded into the sightscreen, but Kishan goes across his front leg next time and gets a high top edge. Carey pulls off a 50 yard sprint and takes the catch. SKY in next.