2015-16 VB Series | Australia v India – Game 1 | Live from the WACA

2015-16 VB Series | Australia v India – Game 1 | Live from the WACA

The New Zealanders and West Indians have come and gone, but now India are in town, for a five-match ODI series against the world’s best, Australia.

Game 1 brings us to the WACA in Perth, and we’re set for 20 days of thrilling One Day and Twenty20 International action.

There was a shower here about an hour ago, and whilst the clouds linger in the background, the rain has stopped, the covers are off, and we’re ready to go at 2:20pm this afternoon.

Hello everyone, and welcome to the WACA for the opening match of the VB Series – the first limited-overs international cricket we’ve seen this summer, and the first since Australia’s dominate victory in the World Cup Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The news from here immediately off the top, is that M.S Dhoni won the toss, and elected to Bat first. It was interesting, because Steve Smith said he was considering bowling… so, in a way, he got his wish.

Let’s have a look at the Teams – Two debutants for Australia, and one for India. For Australia, Scott Boland from Victoria, and Joel Paris from Western Australia make their debut, and for India, it’s Barinder Sran taking to the field for the very first time.

2015-16 VB Series | Game 1
Australia India
David Warner Rohit Sharma
Aaron Finch Shikhar Dhawan
Steven Smith (c) Virat Kohli
George Bailey Ajinkya Rahane
Glenn Maxwell Manish Pandey
Mitchell Marsh MS Dhoni (c) (wk)
Matthew Wade (wk) Ravindra Jadeja
James Faulkner Ravichandran Ashwin
Scott Boland Umesh Yadav
Josh Hazlewood Buvneshwar Kumar
Joel Paris Barinder Sran

2:20pm | New uniform for the Australian team – they’re back in the traditional yellow, or Aussie Gold if you prefer, as they make their way out to the centre, as do the umpires and the Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and the dangerous Rohit Sharma.

Josh Hazlewood has the new ball in his hand, and in the commentary box, it’s Good Morning or Good Afternoon depending on where you are, to Brett Lee, Ian Healy and James Brayshaw.

2:48pm | India 1/36 (6.4)
GONE… DHAWAN DIDN’T TIME OR DIRECT THE HOOK SHOT WELL ENOUGH, AND IT’S BEEN CAUGHT OUT A DEEP SQUARE LEG BY MITCHELL MARSH… DHAWAN IS GONE – AUSTRALIA HAVE STRUCK. GREAT CAPTAINCY AND GOOD PERSISTENCE FROM HAZLEWOOD!

Dhawan | c Marsh, b Hazlewood | 9 (22) | 1/36 (6.4)

Virat Kohli joins Rohit Sharma in the centre. Up until that point, India were going along very nicely… they started well, but now Australia has got the opening wicket, it’ll lift their confidence a little bit, as Michael Slater, Kevin Pietersen and Mark Taylor take over commentary!

3:21pm | India 1/78 (15) | Rohit Sharma 42* (49) | Virat Kohli 21* (19)
The dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan seems to have helped India, rather than hinder than – as Kohli and Sharma are batting and scoring with ease… bowling at these two is not easy, and it could soon prove to be a nightmare of an afternoon for the Australians, as Ian Healy, Brett Lee and Mark Nicholas take over commentary!

3:40pm | FIFTY for Rohit Sharma – just 63 balls… a fine innings from a terrific Cricketer, and one who’s played some of the best innings we’ve ever seen in this form of the game. The Australians will know that if he’s there at the end of the 50 overs, they’ll be chasing something over 300. It’s 1/92.

3:58pm | India 1/114 (22) | Rohit Sharma 65* (76) | Virat Kohli 33* (46)
A massive six from Rohit Sharma has got this crowd up and about in Perth, and it’s a very healthy crowd for a Tuesday fixture – obviously, School Holidays help that, and at the moment, their seeing a masterclass from two of the finest batsmen in not only Asia, but the world as a whole – as Michael Slater, Mark Taylor and James Brayshaw take up commentary!

4:42pm | India 1/182 (36) | DRINKS | Rohit Sharma 99* (121) | Virat Kohli 66* (73)
The run rate may only be 5.05 an over, but with these two still at the wicket, the expectation is that it will rise in the next 14 overs.
DRINKS have been called here at the WACA. India are 1/182, and these two batsmen are putting on a great show for this healthy crowd in Perth, and doing it with ease – Australia haven’t bowled or fielded poorly, it’s just India have batted very well.

Rohit Sharma has 99… he’s at the non-strikers end. Joel Paris will bowl to Virat Kohli, and in the commentary box are Kevin Pietersen, Mark Nicholas and Ian Healy!

4:47pm | India 1/188 (36.3) | Rohit Sharma 100* (122) | Virat Kohli 71* (75)

THERE IT IS!!! A NINTH ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL HUNDRED FOR ROHIT SHARMA!!! GLIDED IT DOWN TO THIRD MAN FOR THE EASY SINGLE HE NEEDED, AND NOW HE CAN CUT LOOSE FOR THE FINAL 13 OVERS OF THIS INNINGS. IT’S 1/188!

5:20pm | India 2/243 (44.3) | Rohit Sharma 134* (148)

GONE!!! BIG WICKET, AND AT A CRITICAL TIME AS WELL… VIRAT KOHLI, TRYING TO LIFT THE SCORE AND RUN RATE HAS FOUND AARON FINCH STRAIGHT DOWN THE GROUND, JUST INSIDE THE BOUNDARY ROPE… IF HE HIT IT A TAD HIGHER, IT WOULD’VE BEEN SIX, BUT INSTEAD HE MUST GO FOR 91… SELFLESS CRICKET IN THE END, AND FINALLY, AUSTRALIA HAVE THE BREAKTHROUGH THEY NEEDED. 2/243!
 
Virat Kohli | c Finch, b Faulkner | 91 (97) | FOW 2/243 (44.3)
 

MS Dhoni has promoted himself to number 4, as Ian Healy, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Slater take over commentary!

5:39pm | India 3/286 (48.2) | Rohit Sharma 158* (158) | Ravindra Jadeja 0* (0)
GOT HIM… THAT’S A REALLY GOOD CATCH FROM THE DEBUTANT SCOTT BOLAND!!! MS DHONI IS GONE, BUT HE’S DONE SOME DAMAGE IN THE SHORT WHILE HE’S BEEN AT THE CREASE!

FAULKNER GETS HIS 2ND WICKET. IT’S 3/286!

MS Dhoni | c Boland, b Faulkner | 18 (13) | FOW 3/286 (48.2)

Jadeja joins Sharma, who’s gone past 150 – in fact, he’s scored 24 runs off his last 10 balls. Only 10 balls to go – India on track for 300+ now!

5:50pm | India 3/309 (50) | Rohit Sharma 171* (163) | Ravindra Jadeja 10* (5)
Australia Requires 310 Runs to Win

That was a fantastic performance from the Indians – Rohit Sharma has smashed 171 here off 163 balls, and set India up perfectly in the first VB Series ODI at the WACA.

It’s Sharma’s 4th score of 150 or more in ODI Cricket – his third highest score in this form of the game… Not only is he the first Indian batsman to score 150+ in an ODI on Australian soil, but he is now the record holder for the highest individual score by a batsman against Australia in Australia, surpassing Viv Richard’s score of 153 at the MCG in December, 1979 – a 36-year old record has been broken here at the WACA, and he wasn’t far off scoring the highest total at the ground – that honour still belongs to David Warner, who scored 179 against Afghanistan in the World Cup last March.

James Faulkner was the best of the bowlers – 2/60, but they all got smashed around the park, didn’t they?
Hazlewood was by far the best in terms of economy, ahead of Mitchell Marsh – all other bowlers went a 6 or more an over.
It wasn’t bad bowling, it was just exceptional batting from a class outfit.

So, 310 the Target for Australia – it won’t be easy, but this is a good wicket… the last ODI they lost in Australia when chasing, was here at the WACA against England in 2014 – the target on that day was 317, so it’s a similar chase tonight, and it’ll be interesting to see how they fair – the key will be Warner and Finch, and the pressure will be on the Indian Bowlers if they get going.

We’re back with you at 6:30pm AEDST.

6:30pm | 2015-16 VB Series | Game 1
Australia v India
LIVE from the WACA
India won the toss, chose to Bat first.
India 3/309 (50) | Australia 0/0 (0)
David Warner 0* (0) | Aaron Finch 0* (0)
Australia Requires 310 Runs to Win
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Good evening everybody, and welcome to the WACA for the second session of play in this, the first match of the VB Series.

India put on a show earlier today, getting themselves to 3/309, and that’s set this game up beautifully – Australia have a heck of a run chase ahead of them, and we’ve got a very entertaining afternoon of Cricket in store here in Western Australia.

Australia 0/0 (0)
Runs to Win: 310
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run Rate: 6.20

Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the batting for Australia, Barinder Sran has the new ball in hand, and waiting for us in the Commentary Box are Brett Lee, Ian Healy and Mark Taylor.

6:45pm | Australia 1/9 (2.3) | David Warner 0* (4) | Steven Smith 0* (0)
Australia Requires 301 Runs to Win

WHAT A CATCH!!! FINCH SMASHED IT BACK AT HIM, AND THE DEBUTANT, WITH LITTLE TIME TO RESPOND, HAS CLUNG ONTO IT… FIRST WICKET IN ODI CRICKET, AND HE DID ALL THE WORK HIMSELF!
IT’S 1/9!

Finch | c & b Sran | 8 (11) | FOW 1/9 (2.3)

6:56pm | GONE!!! WARNER’S ON HIS WAY!!!
GAME ON AT THE WACA, AND THE NEW KID’S GOT TWO!!!

Warner | c Kohli, b Sran | 5 (10) | FOW 2/21 (4.4)
Bailey joins Smith – Australia are in trouble, at 2/21!

8pm | Australia 2/113 (21) | George Bailey 50* (60) | Steven Smith 42* (45)
Good batting from George Bailey – fifty for him, and a vital one too… coming in at a time where Australia were in deep trouble at 2/21, and he and Steven Smith have played very smartly, to get Australia back in this contest. 2/113, as Kevin Pietersen, Brett Lee and Michael Slater take up commentary!

8:11pm | FIFTY for Steven Smith – no celebration from him, because he knows the job is far from done, and he wants to get on with it straight away… 2/136!

8:49pm | Australia 2/212 (35.2) | George Bailey 100* (106) | Steven Smith 88* (85)
Australia requires 98 runs fro 88 balls.

GEORGE BAILEY HAS A MATCH DEFINIG CENTURY AT THE WACA… THE OVERTHROW DOES IT, AND WHAT AN INNINGS IT HAS BEEN.

AUSTRALIA, RIGHT ON TOP HERE IN PERTH!

It’s 2/212 as Kevin Pietersen, Brett Lee and James Brayshaw take over commentary!

9:04pm | Australia 2/229 (38.1) | George Bailey 104* (111) | Steven Smith 100* (97)
Australia need 81 runs from 71 balls.

THERE IT IS – A SINGLE BRINGS UP THE TON FOR STEVEN SMITH, AND WHAT A FIGHTBACK IT’S BEEN FROM THE AUSSIES – A PARTNERSHIP OF 208 BETWEEN THIS PAIR, TO FIRST GET AUSTRALIA BACK IN THE MATCH, AND THEN PUT THEM IN THE BOX SEAT! TERRIFIC STUFF!
2/229, as Mark Nicholas, Michael Slater and Ian Healy take up commentary!

9:17pm | Australia 3/263 (41.5) | Steven Smith 125* (110) | Glenn Maxwell 0* (0)
Australia requires 47 runs from 49 balls.

OUT!!! BAILEY FINDS KUMAR ON THE BOUNDARY, AND IS DISMISSED IN SIMILAR FASHION TO HOW VIRAT KOHLI WENT EARLIER IN THE DAY… THE END OF A TREMENDOUS INNINGS AND PARTNERSHIP, AND A COSTLY ONE FOR INDIA – 112 RUNS AFTER THEY SHOULD’VE HAD HIM OUT, THEY’VE GOT THEIR MAN… 3/263.

Bailey | c Kumar, b Ashwin |112 (120) | FOW 3/263 (41.5)

9:26pm | GONE!!! Glenn Maxwell, trying to smash one out of the park, holds out to Shikhar Dhawan, and India have 2 wickets in no time… 6 for Maxwell – it’s 4/273. Australia require 37!

Maxwell | c Dhawan, b Ashwin | 6 (6) | FOW 4/273 (43.4)

14,992 people in the house at the WACA today – being treated to a run fest in this opening match of the VB Series.

9:49pm | GONE!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT – SRAN HAS A THIRD WICKET, AND SMITH FALLS ON 149… AND THE JOB ISN’T DONE JUST YET… HOPING TO CHIP IT OVER THE INFIELD – SMITH FINDS KOHLI.

Steven Smith | c Kohli, b Sran | 149 (135) | FOW 5/308 (49.1)

James Faulkner will stride to the wicket, with 2 required!

9:52pm | 2015-16 VB Series | Game 1
Australia v India
LIVE from the WACA
India won the toss, chose to Bat first.
India 3/309 (50) | Australia 5/310 (49.2)
James Faulkner 1* (1) | Mitchell Marsh 12* (13)
Australia wins by 5 wickets | Leads the Series 1-0
Man of the Match: Steven Smith (AUS)
Attendance: 14,992
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THERE IT IS… JOB DONE FOR AUSTRALIA, AND A FANTASTIC JOB AT THAT – FROM 2/21 TO AN EMPHATIC AND COMFORTABLE FIVE WICKET WIN!!!

FAULKNER THE FINISHER, FINISHES THE JOB, BUT THE HARD WORK HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE BY GEORGE BAILEY AND STEVEN SMITH!

It’s the highest ever successful chase at the WACA, surpassing the 274 that Pakistan achieved to beat Australia in January 1987, and it’s the second highest on Australian soil.

Steven Smith is the Man of the Match – no surprises there, but George Bailey and Rohit Sharma get well deserved honourable mentions too.

Well done also to Sran – the Indian debutant took three of the five wickets in this innings, including the key wickets of Warner and Finch – a very impressive debut, albeit in a losing side!

2015-16 VB Series – Game 2
Australia v India
LIVE from the GABBA
Friday 1:30pm AEDST on NINE/WIN/NBN

Brilliant game of Cricket today – 619 runs scored for just 8 wickets, in a game that was decided in the final over… Australia were in trouble early in this run chase, but in the end, 310 wasn’t enough… India will rue the missed opportunity… if they had pressed on earlier, 320-330 was achievable, and they’ll remember that when we get to Brisbane on Friday.

For the moment, from the WACA, it’s goodbye!

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