Just the cheeky old 390 then, hey? A bit under par the 390? Goodness me, India came here to pose a challenge and they’ve been absolutely wiped off the park twice in a row. Their run chase had some meat on it on Friday night thanks to Pandya’s work down the order, but they need their IPL talent to deliver up top if they’re to present a respectable reply tonight.
It all starts with Warner and Finch. That pairing became prolific during the 2019 World Cup, and has been rock solid for a couple of home seasons in a row. Another partnership near 150, another big half-century apiece.
Smith, what has he done to his batting? His two fastest ODI tons by an absolute mile. He looks a completely different player to what we’ve seen before.
Labuschagne did his job tonight as Alex Carey did on Friday. And around that, Maxwell put on a couple of perfect, idiosyncratic, joyous displays to send these scores from big to impossible.
Nothing looked good on the bowling front for India. Pandya was forced to return despite saying repeatedly that he wouldn’t, bowling four overs to take 1 for 24 as the best bowler. Jadeja went for 60 from his ten. Agarwal bowled an over for 10 runs. The rest went for 70 at least. One wicket for Shami, one for Bumrah.
They’ve been bushwhacked. They’ll need to find some sort of resistance, and fast.
That’s it from me. Adam Collins will marshal you for the chase. If you need something to fill in the dinner break and then some, you might be interested in our long Final Word interview with Peter Siddle on his life and times.