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India have the series wrapped up. This will give them a chance to test some the fringe players who have been waiting for their turn. New Zealand had an improved performance, but there's still plenty to work on. The fourth game is scheduled to take place in Hamilton, at 1500 local (0200 GMT). Tune in for that one. Take care!
India captain, Virat Kohli, says it's been amazing as they have had three clinical games. Praises the relentlessness of the side and mentions that's the part that pleases him the most. Adds that the confidence in the team is huge as everyone is hungry to perform. Informs that he's going to take a break for a while as he hasn't had one in a while, so is happy that he's going to do it after his team has won the series. States that there's plenty of young talent coming up through the ranks and he's looking forward to seeing them grow.
New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says this Indian side is number 1 in the world for a reason. Adds that there are lessons to take from this and they must better themselves as individuals and as a team. Further adds that the main lesson to take is how the Indians went about their business with the ball. States that in white-ball cricket, the margin for error isn't much, so have to keep that in mind. Reckons that there were some improvements in the batting department but they just have to take it a little bit further. Feels that if they took early wickets, it'd be easier for them to perform better in games.
Man of the Match, Mohammed Shami, says it's difficult to bowl against the wind. Adds that one bowler goes with it, one against it, but it's all part of the game as everyone has to adjust.
Half the job was done at the innings break. Chasing this not-so-big target down was never going to be an issue for this quality Indian side. The start set it up, then Rohit and Kohli built on that with their century stand (notching up fifties of their own) and then, the Rayudu-Karthik pair finished the job. The New Zealand bowlers didn't have much to defend, but could have certainly done much better. Maybe they can take a leaf out of India's book as they were disciplined and ruthless with the ball, not giving away anything easily.
You can only marvel at the ease with which India manage to chase down totals. As it has been in the series so far, it's another controlled and comfortable win for the Men in Blue. They first did the business with the ball, keeping New Zealand to just 243 on a decent batting surface. The fact there was only one century stand, between Taylor and Latham who scored fifties, and the next highest was of 33, says plenty about how far this Indian side has come, especially as a bowling unit. It was a collective performance from them.
FIVE WIDES! In a fashion, but a victory is a victory. INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND WIN THE SERIES! Bracewell bangs it in short, it angles down, Rayudu doesn't do anything about it as it goes over him and the keeper to the fence behind.
Doug Bracewell brought into the attack.
Hits it to the man at covers and ends the over. 240/3
Flighted leg break around off, just behind a driving length, Dinesh is forward as he tamely pushes it to cover-point.
Wide! Spinning away from outside off, too far out, goes across the tramline as DK tries to cut it away.
FOUR! Just 5 runs from victory. Karthik gets low to this flatter ball and half-pulls, half-sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary.
Full and a little quicker outside off, driven through covers for a run.
Spinning away from around off, it's crunched through to sweeper cover for a single.
SIX! Karthik gives the charge, takes this on the full, says thank you very much and dispatches it. Jumps out, it's a high full toss but he heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
Room offered outside off, it's guided to third man for a single. 227/3
In the corridor of uncertainty, Karthik shoulders arms to it.
Hangs on the back foot and cracks it square through the off side for a run.
FOUR! Very well played, Ambati Rayudu. Knew the ball would be banged in short, so he waited for it and ramped it over the keeper's head, across the third man fence for a boundary.
On the fourth stump line, Rayudu looks to punch it through the line but gets an inside edge back to the keeper.
Serves a length delivery in the off stump channel, the batter leaves it alone.
Length ball just around off, kept out from inside the crease. 221/3
Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
Glides this one going across him past point and earns a single.
Back of a length outside off, DK loosely plays at it and misses.
Full outside off, going across, Rayudu drives it square past point. Munro out in the deep mops it up and keeps the batsmen down to two.
Short of a good length angling across, Ambati taps it down in front of point.
POWERPLAY 3. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Does it matter?
Yorker outside off, DK looks to dig it out but misses. 218/3
FOUR! Cracking shot. 50 partnership between Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Short delivery, Karthik pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. India are racing away with the game.
A bouncer around middle, Karthik sways away from the line.
Short of a length delivery on leg, Rayudu looks to push but it goes of the outer half towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run.
Wide outside off, Dinesh taps it towards point for a single.
Length delivery on middle, Karthik tucks it to mid-wicket.
FOUR! CLOUT! Another short ball, mercilessly pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary! 11 from the over. Not a successful return from Boult. 212/3
That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. One run added to the total.
Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Another short ball, pulled away for a single.
FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! A short ball, around middle, Karthik pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
Trent Boult returns. 8-1-26-2 so far.
Outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. 201/3
Bowls a bouncer down leg, Rayudu does well to duck under it.
THAT STAYED LOW! Good length delivery on middle, Rayudu gets across to defend but the ball shoots low. Somehow he gets his bat down in time and the ball goes off the leading edge to cover.
Good shape on this one. Full outside off, Rayudu looks to drive but gets beaten by the away movement on this one.
WIDE! Bowls short down the leg side, Rayudu lets it go.
A short ball, Ambati rises with the ball but is not able to adjust. Fends it to the off side.
A bouncer, around off, Rayudu sways away.
Lockie Ferguson is back on. 7-1-44-0 so far.
Full on off, the keeper-batsman drives it straight back to the bowler. 200/3
Flighted delivery on middle, Dinesh tucks it to mid-wicket.
FOUR! What a shot! Full and outside off, Karthik leans and drives it through the covers. The ball races away!
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
Short delivery on middle, Karthik pulls it over mid-wicket. Bracewell at deep mid-wicket goes for the catch but it falls short of him. The batsmen take a run.
Loopy delivery on off, Karthik defends off the front foot.
This time he connects with the pull well and earns a single. 194/3
A sharp short ball, around middle, Karthik looks to pull but gets an outside edge towards point. Was hurried into the shot.
Full and around off, pushed towards the bowler.
Outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single.
SIX! Ho ho ho! Rayudu is in full flow. A length ball outside off, Ambati comes down the track and slaps it over covers for a biggie!
Around middle, helped towards the leg side.
The batsman has played it to the point region. 186/3
FIVE WIDES! Bowls it down leg, Karthik looks to sweep but misses it. It goes past the gloves of Tom Latham who fails to collect it and the ball races away to the boundary.
Full on middle, Rayudu drives it through mid on for a run.
Short outside off, Karthik cuts it towards point for a single.
Flighted delivery on off, Rayudu plays it towards point for a single.
Around middle, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
Tossed up on off, Rayudu drives it to covers where the fielder stops it with a dive.
Drinks break. A couple of Indian wickets have been lost, with the two set batsmen sent back by Santner and Boult. But looking at the bigger picture, India are only 3 down with just 66 runs to win. 96 balls still remain, you'd still back the Men in Blue to win. Unless, of course, something dramatic happens. ISH SODHI is back on. 4-0-26-0 so far.
Aims the top of off stump with a length ball, Karthik is perfectly behind the line as he meets it with the full face. 178/3
Some room on offer outside off, a good length delivery, the batter cuts it behind point and gets to the other end.
Good length delivery just outside off, Rayudu lunges forward and blocks it in front of covers.
Bouncer from the pacer, ducked and evaded by the pacer.
On a length this time, Rayudu taps it down with soft hands on the off side. Wants the single but the decides against it.
Tad short and around off, Ambati pushes it defensively towards mid off.
Doug Bracewell is brought back into the attack.
FOUR! Takes the aerial route and gets the desired result! Tossed up outside off, Karthik goes inside out over covers and sends it across the boundary line. 177/3
Slower through the air, behind a driving length outside off, Karthik pushes it on the up to the cover region.
Tossed up outside off, Rayudu reaches out and slaps the drive to wide long off for one.
Works it away on the leg side for one run.
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Drifting in on middle and off, played off the inner half on the leg side.
Short delivery, the keeper-batsman pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single. 171/3
Full on off, Karthik drives it to covers.
Good length delivery on off, Dinesh defends off the back foot.
Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
Short of a length delivery, Karthik pulls it towards square leg for a single.
Dinesh Karthik walks in at number 5, replacing Kohli.
OUT! That is a stunner from Henry Nicholls! The best batsman from either side of the game has been dismissed by stingers in this game. Williamson earlier, by Pandya. Now, it is Nicholls. Full and wide outside off, Kohli reaches out and plays a cracking cover drive. Everything looks so good about that shot - the footwork, the timing and the poise - only the result is not favourable. Kohli does not bother keeping the ball down and for a second it seems it is a wise decision - till Henry Nicholls leaps and takes a terrific two-handed catch. Quick wickets for New Zealand then. Do they still have a chance? 76 more needed from 113 balls.
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 168/2
Arrowed in on middle, watchfully defended. Tossed up on off, Rayudu defends it out.
FOUR! Fine shot again. Full and outside off, Rayudu goes over cover and gets a boundary!
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
FOUR! Up and over! Good use of the feet. Tossed up on off, Rayudu comes down the track and plays it over covers. The fielder chases it and slides but fails to stop it. The ball was racing away to the fence.
Outside off, dabbed behind point for a single.
Virat Kohli plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total. 85 to win this game and the series. 159/2
Shortish delivery outside off, Virat jumps and awkwardly defends it down on the off side.
Full ball on the stumps, driven through mid off for a single.
FOUR! Well placed. Short of a length outside off, Rayudu camps back and cuts it behind point. Third man tries to cut it off by moving to his right but it's hit too well.
In the air but safe. Full outside off, Rayudu uppishly drives it to covers where the ball falls short of the fielder at the edge of the ring.
Good length delivery just outside off, a gentle push from Kohli to the covers earns him a run.
Trent Boult is brought back on.
Shout for a leg before, turned down. Some inside edge involved? Possibly going down leg too. Santner drifts it in on middle and leg, Rayudu strides forward to defend. Is caught on the pads, but the umpire doesn't give it. 152/2
Ambati Rayudu will be the next batsman in.
OUT! Beautiful bowling by Mitchell Santner. Nothing Rohit could do about it once he came so far down. Santner slows it up and bowls it short outside off, it turns away and the slowness of the ball does Rohit in. He swings across the line and misses it completely. Latham completes the formalities as the batsman slips too. Partnership of 113 comes to an end.
Pushed square to point with the spin and an open face.
Full ball in line of the stumps, it's slogged across the line to the deep mid-wicket fielder. Single to the total.
Full outside off, pushed to the covers for no run.
Slows it up and drifts it in on middle and off, Kohli pushes it back in the bowler's direction from the inner half.
Spears this one full and wide outside off, Rohit unnecessarily reaches out to it and fails to make any connection. 151/1
Almost in the blockhole, on off stump, Sharma drills it towards the mid off fielder.
Wide! Short ball banged in, but it's too short. Wide signalled by the umpire.
Shortish delivery outside off, smacked through to sweeper cover for a run.
FOUR! Plays this on the up and times it beautifully. Fuller on off, Kohli drives it through the left of the bowler. It goes all the way to the boundary line.
Angling in on middle and leg, wristed in front of mid-wicket.
Starts the over with a bumper, on middle, it's quite accurate and all VK can do is get out of the way.
Drifting in from outside off, full in length, Sharma drives away from his body and gets beaten. 99 needed for the win. 145/1
The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
Almost. Almost. Santner varies his pace nicely again, bowls it a touch quicker outside off. Kohli looks to cut it late but gets beaten.
Quicker through the air, outside off, Virat runs it down but only as far as short third man.
On the shorter side again, punched down to long on for a single.
49th ODI fifty for Virat Kohli! Finally converts a start in this series. He'll feel pleased with that. Short and flat outside off, Kohli goes deep inside the crease and slaps it down to long on for a single.
Short of a good length and it's clubbed over mid-wicket for a double. 142/1
Wide! Ferguson pounds it in hard on leg, it rises too much and goes over the batsman's head. Wide signalled.
The 100-run stand is up with this. These two are taking their team home. Kohli pulls this bumper down to fine leg for a single.
On the pads once again, worked off the pads on the leg side.
Stifled appeal, but it's always pitched outside leg. Length ball which catches the batsman on the thigh pad.
SIX! Not off the middle, but it's enough to sail all the way. Short ball into the body, Kohli swivels and pulls it off the top edge over fine leg. The fielder there leaps but can't reach it.
Good length delivery on middle and leg, defended from within the crease.
Coming in with the arm, on off stump, Kohli leans across and wrists it towards wide long on for a single. 132/1
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Full delivery just outside off, a front foot push from the batter finds mid off.
A slight halt in play. Kohli seems to be having some issue with his contact lenses. Getting it corrected now.
Tossed up by Santner, around off, Virat takes a big stride forward and pushes it to covers.
Some drift inwards again, on off stump, Kohli blocks with the full face.
Drifting in from around the wicket, fuller in length, driven through the covers for a single.
Mitchell Santner returns to the attack.
FOUR! Deliberately done. Well play, VK. Angling across on a length, Kohli opens the bat face and runs it through the right of the keeper for a boundary. India just need 114 runs in 156 balls. 130/1
Cuts this short ball through point and takes a single.
Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide signalled by the umpire.
SIX! BANG! That's outta here! Bowl short to him and you'll be punished. Into the body, Rohit rocks back and pulls it with all his power over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Full delivery fired outside off, squeezed to point with an open face.
Back of a length on leg stump, catches the batsman high on the thigh pad as he tries to work it across the line.
From around the wicket, it's full and angled across, Rohit drives it to covers.
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total. 118/1
Drives this full delivery through covers and gets off strike.
39th ODI fifty for Rohit Sharma! Gets there in comfortable fashion. Just eases it to long on and takes a single. He struggled a bit early on, but has found his rhythm now.
The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
Shortens the length on this occasion, it's played into the off side for one.
Slower through the air, landed on a driving length, driven through the covers for a single.
Kohli does the same. Runs it towards the third man fielder and keeps strike with a run. 112/1
Opens the face of the blade and guides it to third man. The batsmen cross over.
Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide called by the umpire.
FOUR! Shot. A Rohit Sharma special. He picks up the length pitched slightly short, so camps back and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Pushed defensively on the off side from inside the crease.
Gone right through! Back of a length and it cuts back in, Kohli doesn't pick it up at all and plays away from his body. It goes past the inside edge and to the keeper behind, who doesn't connect cleanly. A bye is stolen.
Good length delivery going away, punched through the vacant cover-point position for a single.
FOUR! Deft from Kohli. He's played that, very, very, very late. Quicker through the air outside off, Kohli opens the face and runs it across the third man fence for a boundary. Almost picked it off the keeper's gloves. Nicely done. The 100 comes up for India. 103/1
Quicker delivery on off, blocked with the full face.
Floats it up around off, the sweep is dragged through square leg for one run.
Spinning away from around off, shorter in length, punched through to sweeper cover for a single.
FOUR! Poor ball which is duly punished. The flipper but it's too short, Kohli has enough time to go back, pick his spot and muscle it. Clears the infield over mid-wicket and beats the man in the deep.
Tossed up on middle and leg, worked to mid-wicket.
Punches this towards long on for a run. 93/1
FOUR! Terrific shot! Full and outside off, Kohli gets down and flicks it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 50-RUN STAND IS UP, in decent time.
Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
Fired in on off stump, Kohli plays that very late, picks it from the stumps and dabs it towards short third man.
Around off, pushed towards point.
Landed outside off, spinning away, Rohit punches this towards mid on. Santner tries to get across, aims to bend and stop but can't. The batsmen immediately pinch a single.
A full toss, around off, bunted down to long on for a run. 87/1
Floated outside off, driven with the turn through the covers for a run.
Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
Plays the pre-meditated paddle on a leg spinner, and gets it through fine leg. Lockie Ferguson chases it from short fine leg, gets to the ball before it touches the boundary and saves a run for his side.
Beaten on the inside. The googly outside off, Rohit looks to push but the ball spins in and goes past the inside edge.
DRINKS BREAK. India cruising through, as expected. The run-scoring is a bit difficult but the target is not that high which could make life easy. Milking the singles and hitting the odd boundary here and there should be enough. What would be interesting to see is - does Kohli shuffle with his batting line-up today.
Short and wide outside off, cut hard but the fielder at point dives to his left and stops it. 80/1
Short and outside off, punched through to sweeper cover for a single.
Drifting in on middle and off, full in length, driven to the man at cover.
The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
Similar ball, placed towards cover.
Fired in on middle, Kohli defends it to the off side.
Punches this towards long on for one. 78/1
Tossed up outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
This time he gets across and punches it down to long on for a single.
Outside off, turning away, pushed towards point again.
Landed outside off, steered towards backward point.
Ish Sodhi into the attack now.
Around middle and off, punched down to long on for a run. 75/1
Beautifully bowled. Very good from Santner. The previous one was 78 kph, this one is 91. Catches Kohli on the move, as he looks to drive but is beaten by pace.
Landed outside off, slow away turn, Kohli dabs it away but straight to short third man.
Full and around off, pushed through the covers for a run.
Outside off, pushed towards backward point.
Way too short outside off, slapped behind point for a single.
A short ball outside off, Sharma looks to pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his body. 72/1
Around middle and off, Virat gets across and nudges it towards fine leg for one.
Full and wide outside off, squeezed behind point for a run.
Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
Landed outside off, pushed towards point.
Full and outside off, nicely placed wide of long off for one. 69/1
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
Around middle, worked towards square leg for a run.
SIX! High and handsome! So easily done. Excellent footwork. Tossed up outside off, Rohit comes down the track, does not get too close to the ball and lofts it through the line, over long off! 177 more needed from 119 balls. Rohit moves to 30 from 41 deliveries.
Nice change of pace, plenty of flight outside off, Rohit lunges to push at it but is beaten by the slow turn.
Full and outside off, tapped to the off side.
Short and outside off, cut behind point for a run. 61/1
Ferguson is lucky here. A poor ball, full and down the leg side, Kohli flicks it and the ball travels at great speed. Fortunately for the bowler, it goes straight to fine leg. Just a single.
Outside off, eased through the covers for a brace.
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
FOUR! No stopping this one! The length is short again but Virat Kohli does not miss. Gets on top of the bounce and punches it between cover and point.
Cracking fielding. Short and outside off, Rohit punches this through covers. But Martin Guptill flings himself to his left and makes a half-stop. Just a single.
Lockie Ferguson gets a change of ends. 2-1-4-0 so far.
Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 52/1
Outside off, played through point for a run.
50 UP FOR INDIA. 194 more needed from 230 balls. Full and wide outside off, Rohit leans and drives it through the covers for a run.
Full and around off, pushed wide of mid on for a single.
Tossed up outside off, driven straight to cover.
Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
Spin time. It is Mitchell Santner.
Good connection but straight to the fielder. Shortish delivery outside off, it's smacked to the man at cover. 47/1
Worked fine down the leg side again, another single.
Banged in short but too straight in line, pulled down towards fine leg by Sharma for a brace.
Back of a length on middle and off, skids off the deck a bit, Sharma looks to pull but is caught around the hips.
The batsman works it down the leg side. No run on offer.
In the channel outside off, left alone by the batsman.
Powerplay 2. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Fuller length ball around off, blocked to end the over. 44/1
Rohit makes use of the width on offer and cuts it behind point. The fielder from third man moves to his right and slides to stop it. Single taken.
Played to the point region by the batsman. Another dot.
Goes down the ground again, to the other side, finds mid on with a drive.
Outside off, it's punched on the up to mid off.
FOUR! Bracewell errs in line and pays the price for it. Sprays it on the pads, Rohit moves inside the line and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Doug Bracewell is back on.
Too far outside off, another length ball, Kohli covers the line and shoulders arms to it. 39/1
Outside off on a good length, Kohli makes a leave.
Too straight in line, Kohli flicks but straight to the square leg fielder.
Jaffa! Brilliant delivery first up to the new batsman. Angles across a length ball, around off, Kohli stays back, fishes for it and almost edges it behind.
Virat Kohli walks in at no.3.
OUT! Trent Boult strikes and breaks this dangerous opening stand. Good breakthrough for New Zealand. A length delivery around off, moving away from the batsman, Dhawan plays away from his body without any foot movement and gets a thick edge behind. It goes straight to Ross Taylor at first slip who makes no mistake in taking it. Shikhar was looking dangerous out there, New Zealand will be happy to see his back.
Angling in but then going away off the seam, the southpaw stays back and blocks it down.
Full on the pads, flicked hard through mid-wicket. Though, there is protection in the deep as Santner mops it up. One run to the total. 39/0
Too much width offered outside off, Rohit frees his arms and cuts it a bit square, but towards third man. Another single is collected.
In the air but in the gap as well. Back of a length angled across, Dhawan cuts this aerially behind point. Third man cuts it off as the batsmen change ends.
Shortish delivery on off, the right-hander arches back and runs it down to third man for a single.
8 dot in a row for Lockie Ferguson now. Rohit punches this back of a length ball on off to the cover area.
Behind a good length, around off, dabbed to backward point with an open face.
FOUR! So, after 13 balls, a run is scored. Dhawan finds the fence here. Too full and wide outside off, he reaches out to it and crashes it through the covers. 35/0
The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Another one. Bumper well outside off, Shikhar attempts to cut it over the slip cordon but fails to do so.
3 dot in a row in this over, 9 in total for New Zealand. Full and shaping away on off, Dhawan defends.
Comes half-forward to this fuller ball and drives it to mid off.
Short of a good length outside off, Shikhar stands tall and cuts it to point.
Can't pierce the gap. Sharma drives this full ball outside off straight to the man in covers. Good start by Ferguson, a maiden over to get going. 31/0
Full delivery on the fifth stump line, met with a defensive bat in response.
Sharp bumper from Lockie, angling in on leg, too good for Rohit who can't connect with the pull.
Stays behind the line and keeps it out safely.
Back of a length outside off, Sharma punches it off his back foot to the covers.
Fullish in length, hurled outside off, Rohit lets it be.
Lockie Ferguson into the attack now.
Defended off the back foot by the batsman. End of a testing over from Boult. 31/0
Length delivery around off, kept out with a straight blade.
FOUR! Was there glove? Seems like it. Dhawan survives. What a ball from Trent Boult. Hits the deck hard, a bumper, Dhawan is completely taken by surprise. He rises, fends at it awkwardly, it goes off his gloves and over the keeper's head. A boundary results.
Touch straight in line, turned through the square leg area for one run.
Targets the top of off stump, Rohit leans across, gets behind the line and wrists it towards short mid-wicket.
Rising off the deck, on a length outside off, Rohit shoulders his arms to it.
FOUR! Good way to end the over. Width on offer outside off, Dhawan sticks on the back foot and flays this through point to send it across the boundary line. 26/0
Angles it in from around the wicket, Dhawan closes the face and works it down on the leg side with soft hands.
Wrists this away in front of square leg and rotates strike.
Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, it is kept out from within the crease.
FOUR! Wonderful timing from Rohit Sharma. This should give him some confidence. Too straight in line, he flicks it through the right of the mid on fielder and finds the fence.
Seaming in on middle and leg, worked straight to the man at mid-wicket.
Short of a length outside off, punched to point off the back foot to end the over. 17/0
Cramps the batter for a little room, as a result the left-hander chops the cut off the bottom edge to cover-point.
Sweet connection, but straight to the fielder. Shikhar drives through the line and finds mid off.
Beaten! Length delivery in the off stump channel, seams away, Dhawan tries to drive it on the up through the covers but fails to make connection.
Off the outer half. Sharma hangs his bat out, it moves away and runs down to third man for a single.
Angles across a good length delivery, outside off, Sharma comes forward and pushes it to covers.
FOUR! Make that three in a row. This has been a productive over for India. Dhawan is timing the ball so well. Swings back in on middle, he closes the face and flicks it through mid-wicket to find the fence again. 13 runs off the over. 16/0
FOUR! Two in two! Off the back foot this time. Short of a length outside off, Dhawan stands tall and offers a firm punch through cover-point. No chance for the chasing fielders to stop it.
FOUR! First boundary of the innings! Full and well outside off, Dhawan leans into the shot and creams the drive through the covers. Beats the chasing fielder to the fence.
Edged but short! Rohit survives a close call. Shapes away late after landing on a length around off, takes the outside edge of Rohit Sharma's hanging bat and falls short of Taylor at first slip, diving to his right. It goes off his wrists and behind. The fact that Sharma played with soft hands saved him there. Single taken.
Stays inside his crease and pushes it to the covers. Another dot.
Coming in at first, but then shaping away, Rohit stays back and defends it down on the off side.
Doug Bracewell to bowl with the second new ball.
Full and around off, swinging in, Shikhar looks to defend but the ball swings in late and hits the pads off the inside edge. 3/0
Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple. Both openers are off the mark now.
Outside off, pushed towards point.
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
Full and around middle, swing first up. Rohit looks to defend but is beaten by the inward movement. The ball ekes out an inside edge and travels towards square leg. A single taken to get India underway.
Welcome back. The players are out in the middle. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open for India with Trent Boult to start off proceedings to Rohit. Here we go...