India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, R. Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat.
Australia: Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey (captain), Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
5.3 overs- Mohammad Shami strikes again. Philip Hughes caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps
6 overs- Australia 27/2
6.5 overs- Australia 28/2
7 overs- Australia 28/2
7.1- Shami looks unplayable. Shane Watson struggling against the swing.
7.2 - Rains play spoilsport. Covers are coming on. Australia are 28/2. Shane Watson batting on 10, George Bailey yet to get off the mark
Play starts again after a short 5-minute break, and Shami is at it again. This time he gets Watson cleaned up after the ball goes through the yawning gap between the bat and pad. Australia 39/3, 9 overs
Wickets continue to tumble for Australia. But George Bailey's intentions are clear. Taking a leaf out of the previous match, he ends the 11th over with a six over the mid-on off Vinay Kumar. After 11 overs, Australia are 54/3.
Mohammad Shami is exploiting the conditions well. He is bowling wicket-to-wicket. This time, Adam Voges hits him for a boundary. It seems that Shami wants to hit the pad and get a leg-before. After the end of 12 overs, Australia are 58/3.
George Bailey on 18
Adam Voges on 4
Ashwin introduced into the attack. Bailey cuts him through the off side and takes a couple and follows it up with a single.
Vinay Kumar replaces Shami. The Aussies are trying to build on this partnership stealing quick singles. Two dot balls on the trot by Kumar and the run rate goes down to 4.84.
Wrapped on the pads. Ashwin strikes, gets Voges leg-before. He departs for 7 off 16 balls.
The dangerous Glen Maxwell walks in the middle. Gets off the mark with a single.
Ashwin comes round the wicket now. Bailey is not able to read his angle. It seems the Aussies are looking to play him out by taking cheeky singles.
Boundary off the first ball of Vinay Kumar accelerates the score. Dhoni has the crowd support playing in his home ground. Bailey is playing a good hand, run-a-ball 33. This being the second ODI played at Ranchi, the crowd is berserk seeing their local star in action.
Ashwin has kept the proceedings tight. A wide-ball is followed up with a dot ball. Will we see a stump-out soon?
The projected score is likely to be around 235 going by the run rate. Bailey put down yet again, this time by Ashwin off Vinay Kumar. The ball was going away from him, it was not easy. Sloppy fielding by Unadkat in the deep, the ball races away to the boundary.
Maxwell batting on 18, Bailey on 37 after the end of 20 overs.
100 comes up for Australia after the end of 21 overs.
India's most economical bowler in the series, Ravindra Jadeja brought into the attack. He can get the odd ball to surprise the batsman, attacks the stumps. He can be deceptive at times. It is a good start by Jadeja. Only two runs off the over.
Maxwell greets Ashwin taking the aerial route in the first ball of the 23rd over. Raina is placed on the leg slip, Ashwin trying to induce an edge. Ashwin ends the over on a high, five dot balls after a six.
Bailey is having a phenomenal series. He has 261 runs to his credit at an incredible average of 130.50.
Bailey takes the distance, clears the long- off. Ashwin under pressure. And that's a fine half-century by Australian captain George Bailey after a single. He has been extremely consistent for Australia - 50* off 57 deliveries. It also brings up the 50-run partnership between the two.
Maxwell and Bailey are rotating the strike well taking Australia closer to the 150 mark. Jadeja is looking for that crucial breakthrough, a dismissal at this point of the match can draw curtains for the visitors.
Yuvraj Singh introduced into the attack. Dhoni is still looking for that breakthrough. Yuvraj has that knack of picking important wickets. Bailey pulls him to steal a boundary.
Unadkat comes back into the attack for his second spell. Bailey reads the ball well and takes two runs in back to back deliveries. Unadkat doesn't have much pace and is not getting his varieties right. That's where you can't bowl if your fine leg is up in the circle, Bailey clears the short fine leg for a boundary.
Bailey cuts, Yuvraj stops the ball. It is 150 for Australia.
G Bailey 61*
G Maxwell 45*
Surprisingly, Suresh Raina into the attack. Dhoni is trying every means possible to break this partnership.
Maxwell reaches his half-century hitting Jadeja out of the park - this is his second ODI fifty against India. The projected score is now likely to be 278. Both these batters have upped the tempo. They are playing smart cricket - taking singles and hitting the loose balls for the maximum. India have had their opportunities, Bailey was dropped twice.
A loud shout from Raina and Dhoni. Umpire Vineet Kulkarni is unmoved. It seems there was an inside edge. George Bailey is safe. Shikhar Dhawan's throw hits captain Dhoni.
100-run partnership comes up between Bailey and Maxwell. Jadeja back into the attack, he is inviting Bailey to drive the ball in order to get him caught. Another maximum from Maxwell ends the over.
G Bailey 69*
G Maxwell 66*
Both the sides have been very confident with their batting and it is likely that the visitors will once again touch the 300-run mark. The run-rate has moved to 5.57. Dhoni looks under pressure as Bailey hits Raina for two back-to-back boundaries.
The wagon wheel says that Maxwell got most of his runs on the leg-side. Vinay Kumar is trying to hit the deck. Bailey continues his assault, goes for the maximum.
G Bailey 86*
G Maxwell 68*
Dhoni drops Bailey off Raina.
India's strike bowler Shami is back in the hunt. The first ball goes down the leg side hitting Maxwell's pads. No third man, and Bailey edges the ball to the boundary. Next, a poor delivery from Shami is punished by a superb cover drive by Bailey for another boundary. The Australian captain is inching towards his century. India have conceded 80 runs in the last 10 overs.
Holy Christ! That's a reverse sweep from Maxwell which clears the boundary. Ashwin gets the punishment. Maxwell is on a roll as he hits the next ball for a boundary. This is a record 5th wicket partnership for Australia versus India in ODIs.
G Bailey 98*
G Maxwell 81*
Bailey departs for a well-played 98, caught by Rohit Sharma off Vinay Kumar. He misses his hundred by a whisker.
Brad Haddin walks in the middle.
In 2006, Kevin Pietersen had hit Muttiah Muralitharan for a six of a reverse sweep at Edgbaston.
Yusuf Pathan of India had done the same off Robin Peterson's bowling.
Andy Flower of Zimbabwe used to play the reverse sweep very often.
Jadeja castles Haddin. He departs for 3. The hero of the previous match, James Faulkner comes in.
Maxwell comes close to his hundred, hits a six off a short delivery from Vinay Kumar. What a comeback from Kumar - a full length delivery traps Maxwell. The umpire raises his finger. The Australian departs for 92 off 76 balls.
Last 20 balls, 15 runs have been scored and three wickets have fallen. Thanks to the hitting by Bailey and Maxwell, the projected score is likely to be around 293.
The Australian batting looks a little out of steam at present after the quick fall of wickets. Mitchell Johnson has joined Faulkner in the middle with seven overs to go. Part-timer Suresh Raina is continuing his spell and has kept it tight.
The lights have come on as the sun sets a little early in the east. Raina is into his seventh over. Australia reach 250.
J Faulkner 6*
M Johnson 4*
One more wicket will expose the Australian tail. These two batsmen can prove dangerous in the slog overs. India should not take it easy.
Australia looking to recover, Johnson hits Jadeja for a boundary. Next ball, Johnson fails to connect, but dropped by Raina. This is the fifth catch dropped by India. Johnson gets a lifeline and hits the next one out of the park- 13 off the over, just what the visitors needed. Faulkner takes a single off the last ball to bring Johnson back on strike.
Ashwin is back into the attack, trying his best to stop the Aussie assault. Johnson is deceived by Ashwin, Dhoni does the rest.
He departs for 25 off 31.
A good over from Ashwin leaves Australia hiccuping at 283/8.
Last over - Dhoni throws the ball to Shami. The field is up on the off-side, there is no one in the circle. Straight anfd full delivery, chance of a run-out. Shami hits the stumps, the Aussies run for another and Dhoni breaks the stumps on the other side. But the third umpire declares it not out. Faulkner hits down the ground to the long off and settles with a single. McKay pulls Shami for a boundary.
Australia 295/8 in 50 overs ( G Bailey 98, G Maxwell 92 ; M Shami 3/42, R Vinay Kumar 2/52, R Ashwin 2/57)
The Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. They are looking to attack the Aussie bowlers from the very onset.
These two batsmen has shown much promise to be one of the top openers. You can refer to this article/ table made by cricketcountry.com
Dhawan whacks Johnson on the off-side for a well-timed boundary. He is stepping out every ball - the Aussies must have got the message clear by now.
Rohit Sharma gets another boundary. The wicket still looks good to chase down a big total.
Dhawan continues to attack Johnson - picks up his third boundary. Rain stops play.
After George Bailey and Glen Maxwell steadied the Australian innings, it looked they would cross the 300-mark yet again but the Indian bowlers did well to restrict them to 295. With the rain interrupting the play for the second time, the outfield is likely to get slow. The Indians will have a tough time chasing down the total.
R Sharma 9*
S Dhawan 14*
M Johnson 0/10, C McKay 0/13
Very surprisingly, in the series between Pakistan and South Africa- the Proteas spinner Imran Tahir picked up five wickets as South Africa bundled Pakistan out for 99 in their first innings. A rare moment in the history of cricket when an Indian pacer (Read: Mohammad Shami) picks up three and a South African spinner five. Is India on its way to become a pace powerhouse drifting away from spin?
Though it started as a drizzle but according to reports, it is raining cats and dogs at present with the stands becoming empty.
Are we heading for a Duckworth/ Lewis situation? Fingers crossed.
Match gets abandoned due to rain. Australia remain on top, it remains to be seen whether India can pull one back in the next game.
The match was called off due to rain as a result the series remains at 2-1 with Australia still leading the seven match series.