13th over: India 76-1 (Gill 30, Kohli 26) Abbott to Gill, straight at the pads and Gill works to the leg side for a comfortable run. Gets the strike back, tries a big lofted shot down the ground but gets the toe end of the bat and it trickles away for three runs. Kohli cuts a couple more. Runs coming nicely.
Digvijay Yadav has asked for an ABC Grandstand link. Why not?
12th over: India 68-1 (Gill 26, Kohli 22) Ashton Agar to bowl, a tall left-arm orthodox spinner coming around the wicket to the left-handers, trying to angle in and turn the ball away. Kohli produces that signature wrist-based hockey slap shot of his through cover for a couple, then as Agar drops a bit short, Kohli dips the knees to get underneath and ball and lift it over backward point with a powerful late cut. It doesn’t seem possible that a late cut could be powerful, but he can create remarkable combinations. Four runs there, nine from the over.
11th over: India 59-1 (Gill 25, Kohli 13) Another over of good-bad trail mix from Green. A nice line outside off and some extra bounce that Kohli controls well to run to third man, a similar ball to beat Gill. But again Green offers an overpitched option and Gill takes it up, driving four down the ground. And again Green drops a bit short, Gill pulling him for four. That was a bit streaky, over the head of midwicket by a metre or two.
10th over: India 49-1 (Gill 16, Kohli 13) A strange old over for 77 versus 77. Gill plays conservatively for four balls, knocking it around without scoring, then gallops down the track and tries to flat-bat Abbott over cover. Misses completely. Nudges the last ball away to keep the strike.
9th over: India 48-1 (Gill 15, Kohli 13) And now another moment we’ve been waiting for: Cameron Green has the ball in hand.
Daniel McDonald has emailed on our subject of tall batsmen: “If David Boon sat on Geoff Marsh’s shoulders they might have made 2 metres?”
Jeremy Bean-Hodges chimes in: “If I recall correctly, Bruce Reid was extraordinary with the bat. I didn’t say he was good, I just said that he was extraordinary.”
The first over from Green looks solid without being extraordinary. Four dots in a row, as he bowls a conservative length, fairly straight or around the off stump. And then you can feel the bowler thinking: this is going pretty well, time to test him out here.
So he drops in a short ball, with no protection bar a deep backward square, and Kohli pulls four through midwicket with complete and utter ease. Seemed to have played the shot before the ball was bowled. Green predictably overpitches the next, and Kohli drives him through wide mid-on for another four. Calm and control from the Indian skipper. This is the level you have to reach, he seems to say.
8th over: India 40-1 (Gill 15, Kohli 5) Abbott is wearing 77 on his shirt, which was a popular number with some of the big names in the WBBL. Sophie Devine wore 77 while captaining the Perth Scorchers, as did Alyssa Healy for the Sydney Sixers. Abbott has it here today, and… so does Shubman Gill, in fact.
Gill is watching from the other end though as Abbott bowls to Kohli, a good test for the bowler. With some work from his wrists and a minimum of apparent effort, Kohli drives a slightly overpitched ball down through mid-on, and it beats a diving pursuit from Labuschagne back into the rope.
7th over: India 35-1 (Gill 15, Kohli 0) Hazlewood carries on, and Gill plays an audacious flick over deep square leg for six! Got under that one, it went a long way up, but stayed up there in the high-altitude breeze for long enough to carry the fence down there and come back via the crowd, Zampa’s boot, and the umpire’s disinfectant. This after JH had bowled a wide and been drive for two runs through cover, resulting in nine from the over.
6th over: India 26-1 (Gill 7, Kohli 0) The captain Virat Kohli is at the crease early. You never get the sense that India’s supporters are too disappointed about that.
WICKET! Dhawan c Agar b Abbott 16 (26), India 26-1
Welcome back Sean Abbott!
He debuted in this format back in 2014, and hasn’t played since. A few T20s for Australia but not in the 50-over form. He starts well: pitched up, driven for a single by Dhawan. A yorker swinging in to Gill deflected for a single.
Then the moment. Dhawan advances, looking to for a checked-drive over cover. Abbott drops shorter. Dhawan can’t do anything but get under it, and chips it straight to Agar at cover in the circle.
After a remarkable start to the Sheffield Shield season for his state, Abbott is doing the business immediately for his country.
5th over: India 24-0 (Dhawan 15, Gill 6) Hazlewood starts the over with a no-ball, overstepping and picked up by the third umpire. Dhawan tries to smash the free hit over mid-on, but miscues it up in the air to the field, and only profits by one run. Gill works a straighter ball through midwicket for four, so Hazlewood reverts to a Test-match line and length to the right-hander, just outside his off stump, and Gill completes the picture by leaving alone three times in a row.
4th over: India 18-0 (Dhawan 14, Gill 2) Oh, what’s going here Maxi? It’s a good over, apart from the wides and the ball down leg side that gets swept for four. Dhawan is doing all the scoring. The over costs nine.
3rd over: India 9-0 (Dhawan 7, Gill 2) Better from Dhawan this over, leaning into a cover drive against Hazlewood along the ground for four. Emboldened, the batsman tries to advance, but Hazlewood bowls a bouncer that has him flinching out of the way. Good contest. Dhawan follows up with a big-swinging cut shot that takes a thick bottom edge into the pitch, just enough of an edge to stop it spinning back towards his stumps. He guides a single more circumspectly next ball.
2nd over: India 4-0 (Dhawan 2, Gill 2) Hello, what’s this? A special treat, since we won’t see Glenn Maxwell bat for a number of hours: we’ll see him bowl. Starting off the day with the ball, with Australia’s balance shifting to spin away from pace. He does it nicely too, landing the off-breaks and conceding four singles with the field up, including a Dhawan miscue into a gap at cover that could have been a catch. The batsman trying an aggressive shot but done in by the loop on the ball.
1st over: India 0-0 (Dhawan 0, Gill 0) Josh Hazlewood starts the day with an opening bowler’s perfection. Six balls angled slightly across the left-hander, who decides on discretion and doesn’t attempt a scoring stroke.
Jack Faine has dropped me an email with an interesting question.
“Seeing that Cameron Green is debuting for the Aussies and there has been much hype around his 2-metre stature, I’m wondering whether (and this is presuming he bats top 7) he might be the tallest batsman or allrounder to play for Australia? Matthew Hayden comes in at around 6ft 1 (a comparatively miniature 1.88m). Matthew Elliot was also tall but not that tall (and I don’t think he wore the ODI pyjamas all that much, if at all). I’m left scratching my brain for other towering top 7 bats? Of course, test nightwatchmen would have to be excluded from any consideration of this issue (but even J Gillespie is a few centimetres shorter than C Green according to Wikipedia).”
Ok, off the top of my head: you’re right that Matty Elliott didn’t play much in the green and gold (one ODI). Tall all-rounders, the ones who spring to mind are Tom Moody and Brendon Julian. Anyone got any advances on that?
Updated at 10.35pm EST
Virat Kohli *
KL Rahul +
Aaron Finch *
Alex Carey +
India win the toss and will bat
Kohli gets the coin to land his way! After two losses in Sydney that ended up hurting badly, he’ll have the chance to turn the tables. India will bat, the captain saying that it looks like a good surface. I’ll say.
A fun game of guess-the-team going on in the press box.
Here are the factors. David Warner is missing with an injury. So Australia need an opener. There are suggestions that Marnus Labuschagne might fill that spot by coming up the order. Cameron Green is going to debut, presumably down the order at six or so. Mitchell Starc is missing with a slight side strain, and Pat Cummins is being rested. So that probably means that Sean Abbott coming in, and I saw Ashton Agar warming up so it means they’ll have two spinners operating today in concert with Zampa.
As for India, Thangarasu Natarajan was the player getting his cap, the left-arm seamer playing his first game for India in any format. Shami seemed to be warming up, so perhaps Bumrah is getting a rest? Chahal hasn’t been prominent during the warm-ups so maybe Kuldeep Yadav is playing in a wrist-spin swap.
Anyway, I’ll know for sure in… eight minutes, so enjoy this period of speculation.
Updated at 10.15pm EST
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Welcome to our nation’s capital, home of the shallowest lake in the world. That wasn’t intended to be a veiled reference to our political representatives, but you can make up your own mind. Mt Ainslie rises in the distance, the duck-foot light towers lean over the ground, and Manuka Oval is ready to roll. The third and final one-day international between Australia and India, with the visiting team down 2-0 after a couple of monster totals were run up by the home side at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Will a change of venue mean a change of fortune?
Lots of changes across both teams today, I can see two cap presentations going on out on the ground among the circles. Steve Smith presented one, Ravi Shastri the other. Details shortly.
It’s usually a high-scoring deck at Canberra, so could be another batting day. The pitch looks white and bare from where I’m sitting, behind the bowler’s arm. And it’s a civilised 27 degrees today in Canberra after Sunday’s game in Sydney started in 40 degree filth.
Should be a good one.