2014-15 Carlton Mid Tri-Series | Game 2 | Australia v India | LIVE from the MCG

2014-15 Carlton Mid Tri-Series | Game 2 | Australia v India | LIVE from the MCG

2014-15 Carlton Mid Series | Game 2
Australia v India
LIVE from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
#AUSvENG | #Cricket | #ZakSportsAU

It’s another lovely day in Melbourne, which is the backdrop for the 2nd match in the tri-series.
Today, it’s the top two nations in One Day International Cricket, and the two sides that have won the last 2 world cups, as we continue the countdown to the next installment of that great tournament.

It’s Australia against India, and no doubt, India will be looking for redemption after the 2-0 loss in the Test Series, but the fact that they fought hard, and got two draws in that series, is testament to the team they’re becoming.

Hello everyone. Welcome to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Game 2 of the series, following on from Australia’s brutal display against England the other night, where they won with 61 balls to spare, and grabbed a bonus point for their efforts, we’re here for what should be a cracker of a contest between the best nations in this form of the game.

For the second time in as many games, Australia will be chasing, as the news off the top here, is that India have won the toss, and will bat first.

Here are the two teams for you… we’ll have more from the MCG in just a moment!
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2:20pm | Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where we’re about to get play underway in this, the second match of the Carlton Mid Tri-Series.
Today, it’s Australia against India, and we’re set for fireworks, as Rohit Sharma will open the batting for the visiting side… of course, not so long ago, he walloped 264 in a One Day International on home soil… it’ll be interesting to see what he can do here.

Axar Patel is the only new face in the Indian Team… we didn’t see him in the Test Series, but he has 10 previous ODI’s to his name.

For Australia, Gurinder Sandhu makes his debut… what a special day for that young man.

Shikhar Dhawan joins Rohit Sharma in the middle, and Mitchell Starc will open the bowling like he did on Friday.

Let’s go to the Commentary Box, and say Good Afternoon to Mark Taylor, David Lloyd and James Brayshaw!

2:24pm | India 1/3 (0.5) | Rohit Sharma 1* (1) | Ajinkya Rahane 0* (0)

GONE!!! FIRST WICKET IN THE FIRST OVER AGAIN FOR MITCHELL STARC… WORKING BRILLIANTLY WITH THE NEW BALL, AND IT’S DHAWAN WHO IS OUT EARLY IN THE PIECE!

Dhawan | c Finch, b Starc | 2 (4) | FOW 1/3 (0.5)

2:50pm | India 1/32 (7) | Rohit Sharma 14* (17) | Ajinkya Rahane 12* (21)
It’s been a good start for India, despite the loss of Dhawan… they’ve moved along to 1/32 after 7, and they won’t be unhappy about that.
Change in the Commentary, coming in are Ian Healy, Michael Hussey and Michael Slater!

2:53pm | India 2/33 (7.2) | Rohit Sharma 14* (17) | Virat Kohli 0* (0)

GONE!!! JUST WHEN WE SAID THEY’D BE HAPPY WITH THE START, IT’S NOW AUSTRALIA WHO HAVE THE ASCENDENCY! SANDHU HAS HIS FIRST WICKET IN ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET… AND IT’S A DANGER MAN TOO.
RAHANE IS ON HIS WAY… 2/33!

Rahane | c Haddin, b Sandhu | 12 (22) | FOW 2/33 (7.2)

3:20pm | India 3/59 (12.5) | Rohit Sharma 29* (35) | Suresh Raina 0* (0)

GONE!!! THEY’VE GOT KOHLI… WHO WILL BE KICKING HIMSELF… HE’S PLAYED A SHOT THAT REALLY SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN PLAYED, AND HAS PAID THE PRICE, AS THE BALL GOES SKYWARD, AND FINDS THE HANDS OF GEORGE BAILEY!

Kohli | c Bailey, b Faulkner | 9 (16) | FOW 3/59 (12.5)

Raina comes to the crease, as Faulkner picks up his first, and now India need to do some repair work… here are David Lloyd, Mark Taylor and James Brayshaw to tell you more about it!

3:55pm | India 3/89 (20) | Rohit Sharma 43* (60) | Suresh Raina 14* (18)

Suresh Raina is starting to settle in, and Rohit Sharma is all class as usual.
India are 3/89… 7 an over from here would get them 299, which they’d take if you offered it to them now.
Pat Cummins has the ball… Michael Hussey, Michael Slater and Mark Nicholas have the Microphones!

5:04pm | India 3/182 (34.2) | Rohit Sharma 96* (104) | Suresh Raina 50* (61)
FIFTY for Suresh Raina… great performance from this man… bouncing back from his pair at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and forming a key partnership here with Rohit Sharma!

3/182 as Michael Hussey, Mark Nicholas and Michael Slater take over commentary!

5:05pm | OUT!!! CAUGHT!!! AUSTRALIA HAVE THEIR BREAKTHROUGH, AND IT’S RAINA WHO MUST GO… WE’RE IN THE POWERPLAY, AND TRYING TO SCORE QUICK RUNS, HE’S MISS CUED ONE DOWN THE GROUND, AND IT FINDS THE HANDS OF

Raina | c Maxwell, b Starc | 51 (63) | FOW 4/185 (35)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni makes his way to the middle… the Indian Captain has a big role to play in the last 15 overs, to ensure India have a big total to defend tonight!

5:12pm | HE’S GOT IT… DOES IT WITH A SINGLE, AND THAT’S A SUPERB HUNDRED TO ROHIT SHARMA!

Not quite the spectacle he put on against Sri Lanka a few months ago, but his best Innings of the Australian tour so far, but, given the situation of the game, the job is far from done.

5:48pm | India 5/237 (44.2) | Rohit Sharma 127* (131) | Axar Patel 0* (0)
GOT HIM!!! DHONI HAS CHOPPED IT ON… AND THE CAPTAIN IS ON HIS WAY!
MS Dhoni | b Starc | 19 (31) | FOW 5/237 (44.2)

5:50pm | India 6/237 (44.4) | Rohit Sharma 127* (131) | Ravichandran Ashwin 0* (0)

GOT HIM!!! LBW!!! STARC HAS FOUR, AND PATEL COULD PROBABLY CONSIDER HIMSELF UNLUCKY!
Again, if India would use the review system… How many wickets could’ve been overturned this summer?
It’s 6/237!

Patel | LBW, b Starc | 0 (2) | FOW 6/237 (44.4)

6:10pm | India 8/262 (49) | Mohammed Shami 0* (0) | Ravichandran Ashwin 12* (16)

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GOT HIM!!!
A MAGNIFICENT INNINGS HAS COME TO AN END, BUT NOT BEFORE ROHIT SHARMA HAS PUT INDIA RIGHT INTO THIS CONTEST AT THE MCG!

Rohit Sharma | c Maxwell b Starc | 138 (139) | FOW 7/262 (48.4)

It was crucial that one of their strike men went on to make a big score, and it’s helped ensure that India have a solid total to defend tonight.

Starc has five, and will now bowl to Kumar!
BOWLED HIM!!! FIRST BALL… STARC HAS SIX, AND HE’S ON A HAT-TRICK!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar | b Starc | 0 (1) | FOR 8/262 (48.5)
6:20pm | India 8/267 (50) | Mohammed Shami 2* (3) | Ravichandran Ashwin 14* (20)

That’s the end of the Indian Innings… the wickets of Dhoni and Sharma near the end really helped Australia… what could’ve been 280-300 for India is instead 267!

Brilliant Innings from Sharma, 138 from 139 balls… he had to help rebuild the ship when they were 3/59, but once he and Raina got things back on-track… the shots came out, and we got a real good indication as to why this man is one of the most dangerous in the game of Cricket.

Mitchell Starc was brilliant too… career best ODI figures for him… 6/43, including all the big scalps.

So, Australia are chasing 268 for victory tonight, and that won’t be an easy task at all, against a very good Indian team.

We’ll see you for the run chase, after Nine News!

Australia 0/0 (0)
Target: 268
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Run Rate Required: 5.36

6:45pm | India 8/267 (50) | Australia 0/0
David Warner 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 0* (0)
Australia require 268 runs to win | India need 10 wickets

Hello again from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Australia need 268 to win this match in the Carlton Mid Tri-Series, after a solid performance from India earlier this afternoon… It’s a magnificent atmosphere here, with a very good crowd in attendance.

David Warner and Aaron Finch are out in the centre, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball in hand, ready to go… Waiting for us in the Commentary Box are Ian Healy, Mark Nicholas and Michael Slater!

7:30pm | India 8/267 (50) | Australia 1/51 (9.1)
Shane Watson 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 23* (33)
Australia require 217 runs to win | India need 9 wickets

GONE!!! THE BREAKTHROUGH FOR INDIA, AND IT’S THE MAN WHO DOMINATED FOR AUSTRALIA THE OTHER NIGHT… DAVID WARNER!
MISSES OUT THIS TIME, WHILE TRYING TO SCORE QUICKLY, AS PER USUAL!

Warner | c Raina, b Yadav | 24 (22) | FOW 1/51 (9.1)
Watson is the new man in, and to tell you more about it, Mark Taylor, Michael Hussey and James Brayshaw!

8:17pm | India 8/267 (50) | Australia 2/115 (22.4) | Steve Smith 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 46* (75)
Australia require 152 runs to win | India need 8 wickets

BOWLED HIM!!! SHANE WATSON IS GONE!!!
Another start that isn’t converted! It’s 2/115

Watson | b Patel | 41 (39) | FOW 2/115 (22.4)

9:15pm | GONE!!! JUST SHY OF THE HALF CENTURY… AND THE MAN WHO HELD THE KEY IN THE TEST MATCHES HAS FAILED TO FIRE IN THE SHORT FORM ONCE MORE.

Smith | c Ashwin, b Shami | 47 (52) | FOW 3/216 (39.4)

9:22pm | OUT!!! NO… AARON FINCH FALLS AGONIZINGLY SHORT OF A CENTURY, AND INDIA ARE MOUNTING A COMEBACK HERE AT THE MCG!

Finch | c Dhoni, b Yadav | 96 (127) | FOW 4/219 (40.1)

9:42pm | India 8/267 (50) | Australia 4/230 (43.2) | Brad Haddin 0* (0) | Glenn Maxwell 5* (9)
Australia require 38 runs to win from 40 balls | India need 5 wickets

GOT HIM!!! THEY’VE GOT ANOTHER ONE… THEY’VE TAKEN 3/14, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THIS AUSTRALIAN TEAM AREN’T CRUISING ANYMORE!

Bailey | c Dhoni, b Ashwin | 5 (11) | FOW 4/230 (43.2)

10:25pm | India 8/267 (50) | Australia 6/269 (49)
Brad Haddin 13* (11) | James Faulkner 9* (9)
Australia wins by 4 wickets with 6 balls to spare.
Man of the Match: Mitchell Starc
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FOUR!!! THE FINISHER DOES IT AGAIN!!!
AUSTRALIAN WIN AT THE DEATH, AND IT’S JAMES FAULKNER WHO SCORES THE WINNING RUNS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE NIGHTS!

That was a very entertaining game of Cricket… Australia didn’t make it easy for themselves, but they got home in the end… 2 from 2 in the Carlton Mid Series, and looking good as they continue their charge towards the world cup.

Mitchell Starc’s career best figures earn him a second man of the match award in as many matches!

So, two teams are without a win in this tri-series… one of them will get on the board in Brisbane on Tuesday… it’s England against India at the GABBA

2014-15 Carlton Mid Tri-Series | Game 3
England v India
LIVE from the GABBA
Tuesday 1:30pm AEDST on GEM (make note of that)
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So, the Australians have done it again… not quite as easily as Friday Night, but it’s a win and points on the board nevertheless.
India left to rue early and late wickets in their innings, and will look to bounce back on Tuesday against England.
We look forward to your company then.
Until then, from all of us… it’s goodnight!

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