Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1819dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Kohli and Vijay Shankar bring up India's 500th ODI victory

Australia came desperately close, with Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb playing good hands in the middle order, but they couldn't pull off a tough chase

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
116(120) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 26 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
20 3 10 7 23 2 14 37
MP Stoinis
MP Stoinis
52(65) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
7 0 3 12 11 4 9 6

Best performances - Bowlers

PJ Cummins
PJ Cummins
Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav

Match Details


Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15

Match days

05 March 2019 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Match Referee

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

9.45pm And that is that. India take a 2-0 lead in the series. Next up is Ranchi on Friday. Do join us for that, and keep sending in your comments. Until then, good night!

Virat Kohli is the man of the match: "When I walk in to bat, when the situation gets difficult, I have no choice but to put my head down and bat through the innings. Exhausted right now. I'm more proud of our second innings than our first. Vijay Shankar batted outstandingly, but he was unfortunately run out and we lost Kedar and MS in quick succession. I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let's stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we're on top, and that's exactly what happened. Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked. It's always nice to speak to Rohit, he's the vice captain, MS has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they're all on the same page. Bumrah is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team. Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confident. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well. This kind of a pitch was tailormade for Kedar Jadhav, he was actually keen to bowl the last over as well. It felt good [to get to 40 ODI hundreds]. It's just a number, but it feels good to win games for India." Aaron Finch: "It was one of those games where you take it as deep as you can and hope you can get over the line. Marcus Stoinis played a brilliant innings. The game ebbed and flowed the whole day. We had momentum, gave it back to them, and in the end they got over the line. If Stoin takes a risk early on and gets out, we have no chance at all, so his approach was right. Was okay to get a start today, but starts don't win games. We got 30s and 40s, they got a hundred, and that was the difference. Virat was the difference in the game. If one of our top order got 80-100, we would have probably won the game."

Piyush: "Bumrah 2/10 in his last 6 overs.. How many times has he done this?!! Amazing Amazing bowling... "

Vishal: "MOM should be shared in between 2 players (Kohli and Bumraah, if not among 3 (VK, Bumraah and Vijay Shankar)."

Saurabh: "This was India's 500th ODI win! Congratulations team India."

Parth Taco: "Jadeja's rocket run out of Handscomb the turning point of this game!"

SSK: "Coulter-Nile wicket was the turning point. All he needed to do was stay with Stoinis a little longer at that point. None of that madness was needed."

"I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can," Vijay Shankar says. "It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally. Wanted to hit the hard lengths because it was reversing a bit, and I told myself to bowl at the stumps. I think when you play for the country you have to be ready to do whatever the team needs. I keep telling myself to work on all aspects of the game, and when the opportunity comes, be ready to grab it. I thought I was timing the ball well, rotating the strike in the middle overs. I was confident of doing that and it was a good partnership."

Durlav Dhadumia: "What a great match this was! ODIs have become interesting again because of these low scoring pitches unlike the ones where teams score 350+ and bowlers are there only to be hit all around the park. "

9.28pm I may have mentioned this before, but what a match. T20 offers up a lot of tight finishes, but ODIs still give you room for these slow-burning thrills. It could have gone either way, and Virat Kohli could have gone either way - the low-slung offspin of Kedar Jadhav or the inexperience of Vijay Shankar. He went with the latter option, and on this occasion it's come off brilliantly. It seems a long time ago that those two - Kohli and Vijay Shankar - were putting on a smooth, smooth partnership that seemed set to take India to a much bigger total than they eventually managed.

At various points, Australia looked to be controlling the chase, but India kept picking up wickets at vital junctures: three for Kuldeep, those two for Bumrah in the same over.

Shankar to Zampa, OUT, in the blockhole, and it's all over! He played a lovely innings at No. 5, and now he's bowled a great over under pressure. Full, straight, aiming at middle stump, and Zampa, making room to try and carve it away through point, fails to connect

A Zampa b Shankar 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Shankar to Zampa, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, makes room and jabs into the point region. Backward point dives right and gets a hand to it, but it rolls away from him and they can run a second

In walks Adam Zampa.

Srini: "What a moment for Vijay Shankar to get his first ODI wicket."

Shankar to Stoinis, OUT, big appeal, and it's given! Immediate review too. Nowhere near short enough to pull, and not full enough to loft over mid-on, and he's caught between the two. It's angling in towards leg stump. Misses, and it hits him on the back leg. Looked out on first viewing, and it still looks out now. Let's see what ball-tracking has to say. No bat on it. Umpire's call on leg stump, and Stoinis has to walk back dejected. An excellent innings, he's kept Australia in it right up to now. And they still just need one big hit, even if it's Nos. 10 and 11 at the crease

MP Stoinis lbw b Shankar 52 (65b 4x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

What a match this is. Australia need 11 off the last over. Vijay Shankar will bowl it. Stoinis has played this perfectly, no matter what happens from here. Deep midwicket and long-on in place, and fine leg. Square leg in the circle. Deep point and long-off back on the off side.

49 | 9 Runs | AUS: 240/8 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.89, RRR: 11.00)

  • Nathan Lyon6 (6b)
  • Marcus Stoinis52 (64b)
  • Mohammed Shami10-0-60-0
  • Jasprit Bumrah10-0-29-2
Mohammed Shami to Lyon, FOUR, full-toss, angling marginally down leg, and Lyon swings at it and gets a critical bit of bat on it. Fine leg was back, but he was too square, and this absolutely flies over the turf and gives him no chance

15 from 7. Will Lyon chance a big hit, since Stoinis will be on strike for the last over anyway?

Alex: "Kohli would a better option for last over, perfect time for him"

Mohammed Shami to Stoinis, 1 run, sees Stoinis looking to manufacture room and bowls a back-of-a-length ball angling into leg stump and cramping him for room. Swiped down to long-on, not much power on it
Mohammed Shami to Lyon, 1 run, short outside off, makes a bit of room and slaps to deep point

Sundar: "I would prefer Dhoni to bowl the 50th over" -- That would be new finishing territory even for a finisher so accomplished.

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

1st83AJ FinchUT Khawaja
2nd0SE MarshUT Khawaja
3rd39SE MarshPSP Handscomb
4th10GJ MaxwellPSP Handscomb
5th39MP StoinisPSP Handscomb
6th47MP StoinisAT Carey
7th5NM Coulter-NileMP Stoinis
8th0MP StoinisPJ Cummins
9th17NM LyonMP Stoinis
10th2NM LyonA Zampa