If the middle order saved the day for India in the first ODI against Australia, it was the turn of the bowlers to step up and make themselves count while defending a decent score in the second ODI. Australia seemed to be on course to chase down the 251-run target before some gutsy bowling from the Indian seamers applied the brakes. With Marcus Stoinis in the middle, Australia had the chance to level the series but were thwarted by Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and eventually, Vijay Shankar in the final over.
46th over by Jasprit Bumrah (1 run, 2 wickets)
With five overs to go, Australia were at 222/6, needing 29 runs from 30 balls. Stoinis was on 40 and Nathan Coulter-Nile replaced the recently dismissed Alex Carey. A ball in, Bumrah had Coulter-Nile walking after bowling him out on a length delivery. Pat Cummins, the new man in, was dismissed off the second ball with MS Dhoni taking a clean catch after he got a faint outside edge. Having conceded a single on the first delivery, Bumrah conceded just one run while picking two wickets.
47th over by Mohammad Shami (7 runs)
Australia were now at 223/8 with Nathan Lyon joining Stoinis in the middle. On the fourth delivery, Stoinis saw some width on offer and cut the short ball to beat Bumrah stationed at third man. To close out the over, Lyon played the ball to fine leg, but a single was not taken, giving Stoinis the strike for the next over.
48th over by Jasprit Bumrah (1 run)
Australia began the over at 230/8 while needing 21 runs from 18 balls. Bumrah has long established himself as a death over specialist, and here he was looking to end Australia’s inning. He failed in getting a wicket at this stage but did manage to keep his line and length perfect, and denied the Australian batsmen any runs until the last ball.
Having started the over with two 130+ kmph deliveries, he moved to 140+ kmph deliveries in the next two. On the fifth ball, he almost got Stoinis to edge one behind. On the final ball, Stoinis nudged the ball towards square leg for a single. Bumrah ended with another economical showing: 10-0-29-2.
49th over by Mohammad Shami (9 runs)
Australia had managed just a single in the previous over, but had seen Bumrah off, and moved to 231/8 – needing 20 runs from 12 balls. On the second ball, Stoinis took a double to bring up his 50. Stoinis and Lyon exchanged singles, before the spinner struck a boundary off the final ball.
It was full toss directed at his legs, Lyon went for it and got an inside edge to see the ball race to fine leg boundary. Shami’s final bowling figures: 10-0-60-0.
50th over by Vijay Shankar (2 runs, 2 wickets)
It was a toss up between Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav. Australia were at 240/8 – 11 needed from 6 balls, with two wickets in hand. Shankar had bowled one over and gone for 13 overs, while Jadhav had bowled 8 overs. The decision from the think-tank was in favour of the all-rounder who’s looking to cement his place in the World Cup squad. It’s also worth bearing in mind that India had lost the opening T20 in Visakhapatnam when Umesh Yadav had gone for 14 runs in the last over.
Pressure? Nah, @vijayshankar260 nails 50th over.
Must Watch – First with the bat and then with the ball, Vijay Shankar's outstanding final over seals the deal for India
- BCCI (@BCCI) 5 March 2019
Under pressure, Shankar started with a bang and had Stoinis leg before in the first delivery. Australia reviewed, and it came back as umpire’s call with the delivery hitting leg stump. Adam Zampa collected two runs off the next ball and the equation now was 9 needed from 4 balls. However, Shankar got the job done on the next delivery with a perfect yorker that took out the middle stump. Australia were bowled out for 242 runs and India won by 8 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Kohli to Finch: Who said what on the turnaround
Virat Kohli: "I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit (Sharma) and MS (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and they said, 'To take the game till the last over, let's stick with (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah and if they get some wickets, we'll be right back in the game.' And that's exactly what happened...
"As for Vijay, he was quite composed after having a first over like that (going for 13). On a slow pitch, he just put the ball in the right areas and just asked the batsmen to do the job after that.
"He showed great composure both with bat and ball. A good game for him… He kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple and it worked."
"Just to come through these kinds of games gives us confidence. We don't want to be a side that just dominates every game, but doesn't know to scrap for a win or work hard for a game.
"It's important to look ugly at times, but we still have to cross the line and earn a victory.
"We might getthese low-scoring games in the World Cup as well and so, we need to show character to come back. We just can't give up and stand there and say, 'Oh, it was too difficult. The other team played too well.'
"We accept that on many days, but we'll fight till the end and this game was an example of that," Kohli said.
Vijay Shankar: "I was ready for the challenge because I knew I had to bowl that over. So, mentally, I was prepared for that. Only if I could do it well, people would know that I'm very much able.
"This over was a much-needed one for me and gives the team the confidence that I can do it.
"My team will have their trust on me only if I keep delivering," Shankar said during the post-match media conference.
"I have bowled final overs for my club or the team I play for (in domestic cricket). But this is something everyone would love to do because you are playing for your country and you have an opportunity to help your side win the game.
"The preparation after the 48th over to stay calm helped. I was not under any pressure. To defend 11 runs wasn't easy, but fortunately eight wickets had fallen.
"And I was clear mentally and focused on hitting the stumps," he added.
Aaron Finch: "It was close, was one of the games that we wanted to take as deep as we can, hoping that we could get across the line. Stoinis played a really terrific innings but we couldn’t get across the line. We’ll learn."
"I thought if Stoinis takes a risk early and gets out, we have no chance at all. I thought he played it well. It was important for him to take it deep and I am sure he will learn from this. In the future, it will help us take games deeper and we will get across the line."
Pat Cummins: "When Marcus is there, you always feel like we’re in for a chance."
"He’s been the closer [finisher] for us the last couple of years, played some unbelievable knocks and assesses the game really well. With him out there, I thought we were [in with] a massive chance. He played it beautifully, the way he just counted down the balls, chose the bowlers. To have 11 off the last over against probably their fifth bowler is a pretty good position from where we were. He set it up beautifully – just wasn’t his day… that last over.