At the toss, Australia’s Aaron Finch called Tails while India’s Virat Kohli used Heads.
The winner went to Virat Kohli who correctly chose Heads as he sets India to bowl & field first.
We’re all set for the third and final One-Day Match v India in this series here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
1st Innings, Part 1
The first over and a bit went through a stop and went start due to rain by both sides.
But with the rain forever ran away, the play has resumed where India achieved their first wicket of the day.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar went up for the short straight ball towards the off-stump before Alex Carey only edged the bat straight to Virat Kohli at second slip.
Carey didn’t move his feet and only took the defense one eye off the ball by putting his head down low which is why he had to leave on five.
In the eighth over, his Opening partner Aaron Finch had to leave on 14 via the LBW from B.Kumar.
This time B.Kumar changed his pace and length into the middle as it swung straight towards the target which is the stumps.
And Finch yet again made a mistake when he put his front pad first ahead of the bat.
It’s tough for Finch to execute off a good ball when he swung and missed the flick shot which isn’t worth the risk to take.
So like his recent Test scores, his form during this ODI Series all v India hasn’t learned some mistakes to keep his technique simple via a straight bat.
Although, the left-hand top-order pair of Usman Khawaja & Shaun Marsh regrouped Australia on the front foot.
These two kept their game simple from scratch having together achieved the 50 run partnership as well as the 100 run mark for Australia.
Before the halfway mark, Yuzvendra Chahal finally shredded the Marsh-Khawaja breakthrough when MS Dhoni stumped S.Marsh on 39.
Chahal may not have to worry about the left front foot as it planted not over the line.
He then tossed up full and straight on the opposite end of MS Dhoni’s gloves.
S. Marsh swept and missed too early by going for the hard hands before his head lost his shape which is why he couldn’t back his crease on time.
With S.Marsh didn’t use his feet to dance around the crease, he had to throw his wicket away thanks to MS Dhoni’s stumping behind him.
1st Innings, Part 2
Not long later, Chalal dismissed Usman Khawaja on 34 when Khawaja made a poor scoop shot straight to the bowler’s hands.
Khawaja tried to play off the back foot and flicked shot to trick past the mid-wicket to point region.
But no, no, no, Khawaja took his eyes off the ball and letting his head lose its shape which turned out to be a stupid act to lose his wicket.
Chahal soon took his third wicket of the day at the expense of Marcus Stoinis on ten.
It’s a full ball pitching up straight towards the stumps before Stoinis made the same mistake as Finch.
That’s how he lost his wicket when he flicked edged by taking his eyes off the ball towards Rohit Sharma at the left-side slip.
In the 34th over, Glenn Maxwell quickfire score of 26 has to end thanks to the catch from B.Kumar.
Mohammed Shami went up short and straight high above the stumps which are the attacking way to make up a good ball.
Unfortunately, Maxwell had to lose his wicket when he awkwardly pulled the ball towards B. Kumar at fine leg.
So no maximum power off the meat of the bat where Maxwell didn’t keep his head still which proved poor timing.
1st Innings, Part 3
Peter Handscomb continued his work in the middle and secured his 50 while Jhye Richardson backed him up.
Handscomb knows how to build a foundation from the ground up from quick singles to a couple of boundaries.
His relaxed and simple technique allows his head to dictate the right shots as long as it provided the open bat face without too much risk.
That way the more Handscomb rotates his strike, the better he achieve his 50 which proved true having last done so six days ago in Sydney.
Chahal ripped the Handscomb-Richardson partnership when he dismissed Richardson on 16.
It’s a full ball pitching straight towards the leg stump before Richardson flicked towards Kedar Jadhav at mid-wicket.
With five overs to go, Chahal achieved his 5fer when he LBWed Peter Handscomb on 58.
He again attacked the stumps by making the ball turn a bit inside straight as Handscomb didn’t adequately defend.
The angled head down low made the ball tag his leg pad before Handscomb lunged on the back foot which is why the umpire gave the signal.
Chahal went on to dismiss Adam Zampa on eight via the catch from Vijay Shankar having achieved six wickets for 42 for India at the MCG.
The last time who achieved this feat at this ground v Australia was Ajit Agarkar back in 2003-04.
And Mohammed Shami completed Australia’s batting spell with a clean bowled straight yorker to Billy Stanlake on a duck.
Final 1st Innings Score: Australia 230
India will need 231 runs to win with a required run rate of 4.62 runs per over.
Who will come up top and win the three-match Series?
We’ll find out when India bat & Australia bowl/field after the 40-minute dinner break from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.