08:30(IST)CHANCE: Carey guides the ball to short cover for a single, but there is a confusion between him and Finch. Jadeja goes for a direct hit but misses narrowly. Australia are 5/0.
08:26(IST)It’s a good first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he induces an edge from Aaron Finch. The ball falls short of first slip fielder Rohit Sharma. Australia are 1/0 after the 1st over.
08:02(IST)RAIN STOPS PLAY: And with just two balls being bowled in the match, the covers have come on. The play has been interrupted already. Australia are 1/0.
07:55(IST)AUSTRALIA PLAYING XI: Australia (Playing XI): Alex Carey(w), Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa
07:44(IST)KOHLI AT TOSS: We’re having a bowl first. It’s quite overcast. It’s going to be stop-start, with the rain around, and as a batsman we are never in, so that’s the idea. We’ve had a good tour and we want to finish on a high. Levelling the series was important, now both the teams are set up for the decider. All the boys are motivated for the game.
07:32(IST)TOSS: India win the toss and elect to bowl first. India go with three changes as Vijay Shankar is set to make his ODI debut.
07:21(IST)However, Dhawan said he felt in good rhythm on account of the T20I series and chose to take a break to work on fitness and his skills. “I had 5-6 weeks off and I was training hard. It was good because, looking forward to the World Cup, it was a good break for me. Now I’m happy to be back in the side, playing matches and raring to go. “I think my rhythm is there, the way I was hitting the ball. It is very important to take a break and feel fresh, which we Indian cricketers don’t get much of, so we’re not used to it,” he said.
07:10(IST)He also lauded the role played by Dinesh Karthik during the successful chase in the second ODI in Adelaide. “The good thing is we have got all fit and very mature players. That makes us a strong batting unit. And of course, we have been performing well and consistently over the past few years,” he added. The left-hander is one of the three batsmen, along with Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu, to have not played active cricket while the Australia-India Test series was on.
07:02(IST)Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday said that MS Dhoni coming back to form bode well for India’s preparations ahead of the 2019 ODI World Cup while also insisting that the visitors were all up and looking forward to make history by winning the first ever bilateral ODI series on Australian soil, following up on the 2-1 Test series win here. “Winning the series will mean a lot to us. We are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said in the pre-match conference. “It was good to see a good team performance in the last game, especially how Dhoni performed well in both the games. We are very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. Because a player of his stature, gives so much of confidence to the batsmen at the other end.”
06:58(IST)With the series levelled at 1-1, India would like to deliver a knockout punch and clinch the ODI series as well, marking the end of a successful Australia tour. Hello and welcome to the third and final ODI of the series.