Rohit Sharma blasted his 29th century and eighth against Australia as India won by seven wickets to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. (Photo Credit: IANS)
Shootout at Wadala. Shootout at Lokhandwala. These are some of the movies associated with shootout, with the term meaning a decisive battle. Add one more to the list. Shootout at Bangalore. The ongoing series between India and Australia has seen twists and turns equivalent to a Bollywood pot-boiler. India were decimated in Mumbai by 10 wickets, but thanks to Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav, they squared the series in Rajkot with a 36-run win at the Saurashtra Cricket Association. For the third consecutive bilateral series, the final match between India and Australia will be a decider for the trophy.
21:07 hrs IST: Two boundaries by Manish Pandey and India win by seven wickets to clinch the three-match series 2-1. What a comeback after the Mumbai drubbing. Rohit the star and Kohli smashes 89.
20:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Tragic for Kohli. Hazlewood gets some shape back in and Kohli misses the slog across the line to be cleaned up for 89. India need 13 runs to win off 25 balls.
20:51 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer has almost sealed it for India as he blasts a six over wide long on and he thumps a four inside out over deep extra cover. India are 268/2 after 45 overs, need 19 off 30 balls.
20:46 hrs IST: Kohli will not get dismissed by Zampa in Bangalore. He is now nearing a century. India are 254/2, need 33 off 36 balls.
20:42 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer breaks the shackles with two consecutive boundaries off Hazlewood. India are 246/2 after 43 overs, need 41 off 42 balls.
20:37 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer jams a yorker from Starc to the deep point fence. India are 235/2 after 42 overs, need 52 off 48 balls.
20:31 hrs IST: Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli are steadying the ship. Ashton Agar has ended his spell. 10-0-38-1. India need 60 off 54 balls. Kohli, the chase-master is still at the crease.
20:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, the partnership is broken! Rohit mistimes the lofted shot off Zampa and Starc takes a running catch to his left from long on. India are 207/2 after 37 overs.
20:06 hrs IST: Virat Kohli notches up his 57th fifty with two boundaries off Pat Cummins. The game is slipping away from Australia. They are running out of ideas. India are 205/1 after 36 overs.
19:52 hrs IST: Rohit non-chalantly lifts Hazlewood over long on for his sixth six while Kohli nears a fifty with a superb hook shot. India are 175/1 after 32 overs.
19:43 hrs IST: CENTURY! Simply sublime from Rohit. He loves Australia and Bangalore. He blasts his 29th century and eighth against them and India are on course for a big win. What a champion. India are 156/1 after 30 overs.
19:12 hrs IST: Rohit blasts his third six by clobbering a short ball from Labuschagne over deep midwicket. India are 107/1 after 21 overs.
19:08 hrs IST: Zampa and Agar are keeping a tight leash on the scoring. India are 96/1 after 20 overs. The scoring rate has dipped alarmingly in the last nine overs. Only 32 runs being scored.
18:51 hrs IST: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma continues his great run in Bangalore as he notches up his 44th fifty. India are 80/1 after 15 overs.
18:49 hrs IST: Rohit comes closer to his fifty as he steers Hazlewood to the square third man region. India are 77/1 after 14 overs.
18:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb ball from Agar and with one minute to go, Australia take the review. Agar gets this delivery to grip slightly and Rahul misses the sweep and gets hit on the pad, it is pitching in line and Rahul is stone dead. India are 69/1 after 12.3 overs.
18:34 hrs IST: Josh Hazlewood bowls a maiden while Ashton Agar starts steadily. India are 64/0 after 11 overs.
18:26 hrs IST: Cummins is being taken to the cleaners. Rohit smashes him for two fours while Rahul carves a boundary on the up to deep backward point. India are 61/0 after nine overs and cruising.
18:11 hrs IST: Rohit has gotten going with two sixes and Rahul is also looking in great touch. Rohit's sixes off Cummins and Starc show he is in the mood for a big score. India are 38/0 after five overs.
17:48 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma has notched up 9000 runs in ODIs. What a performer he is at the top for India. KL Rahul has come out to open. No Shikhar Dhawan. Will update his status once available. India are 5/0 in the first over.
17:17 hrs IST: Australia have ended on 286/9 after 50 overs. On this wicket, one feels it is 15 runs short of the par score. However, Shikhar Dhawan was spotted wearing a cast and it looks unlikely that he might bat. Fingers crossed.
17:02 hrs IST: WICKET! It needed an exceptional catch to get rid of a sensation. Smith whips Shami to deep midwicket but Shreyas Iyer runs forward and dives to take a marvellous catch. Shami then cleans up Pat Cummins for 0 as India look to restrict Australia to under 300. Australia are 276/8 in the 48th over.
16:57 hrs IST: Steve Smith is on fire as he blasts a four and six off Navdeep Saini and then follows it up with two fours off Jasprit Bumrah. Australia are 273/6 in 47 overs with Smith on 131.
16:40 hrs IST: CENTURY! Gets there with a brilliant slice through point. 9th century for Smith and he has also gone past 4000 runs. What a man! What a player. Ashton Turner is out and his struggles end. Australia are 238/6 after 44 overs.
16:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, India break this dangerous stand. Carey chips a flighted delivery from Kuldeep to deep extra cover but he holes out to the fielder. Smith on 98. Australia are 231/5 after 41.4 overs.
16:13 hrs IST: Smith is nearing his century with a superb carved boundary off Kuldeep Yadav while Carey is looking to take the bowling on. Australia are 210/4 after 38 overs.
16:04 hrs IST: Alex Carey is looking to bat confidently. Smith is closing in on his century. Australia are 190/4 after 36 overs.
15:52 hrs IST: Update on Shikhar Dhawan - He has gone for an X-ray on his damaged shoulder. His availability for the game will be assessed once he is back. Hope that he comes back.
15:50 hrs IST: WICKET! The move to pinch-hit with Mitchell Starc has not worked. He mistimes the flick and holes out to deep midwicket. Double-wicket maiden for Jadeja. Australia are 173/4 after 32 overs.
15:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant catch from Virat Kohli and he silences the Australian contingent. Labuschagne hits a lofted drive off Jadeja but Kohli dives to his right at extra cover to take a stunning catch. Australia are 173/3 after 31.3 overs.
15:43 hrs IST: MAIDEN FIFTY! Labuschagne shows his class as he notches up his landmark with a flick past mid on for a boundary. he was unlucky to have missed a fifty in Rajkot but he has capitalised on it in Bangalore. Australia are 173/2 after 31 overs.
15:30 hrs IST: Smith gets lucky as the legbreak hits his back thigh pad and it goes past a wrong-footed KL Rahul. Australia are 151/2 after 27 overs.
15:22 hrs IST: Smith and Labuschagne are making superb progress, with Labuschagne also nearing a half century. After 25 overs, Australia are 140/2.
15:12 hrs IST: FIFTY! 25th for Steve Smith. He continues to be the supreme run-making machine. Australia are 121/2 in 22.1 overs. Superb knock
15:04 hrs IST: Smith continues to find the boundary as he tackles the spinners well. Australia are 111/2 after 20 overs.
14:57 hrs IST: Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne hit a boundary each off Kuldeep and Australia are 96/2 after 16 overs.
14:39 hrs IST: Smith and Labuschagne are settling in with Smith looking to be confident. After 15 overs, Australia are 83/2.
14:35 hrs IST: Smith targets Saini by hitting him for a couple of boundaries. The onus is on him to help Australia reach a good score. After 12 overs, Australia are 69/2.
14:27 hrs IST: India review against Marnus Labuschagne for an LBW but it is umpire's call on height. India have not lost the review. Australia are 56/2 after 10 overs.
14:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Sold down the river! This is really terrible stuff from Smith. He pushes at a length ball to backward point and makes a call to go for the single. Finch hares down but Smith decides against the run and dives back to his crease, Finch in stranded and he is run out. Australia are 46/2 after 8.5 overs
14:13 hrs IST: Another tight over from Navdeep Saini. Australia are 41/1 after eight overs.
14:09 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from the Australian skipper. He gets underneath a full ball from Shami and lofts it effortlessly over long off for a big six. Australia are 39/1 after seven overs.
14:05 hrs IST: Navdeep Saini is bowling with pace and getting some movement. Australia are 28/1 after six overs.
13:56 hrs IST: Oh dear, more injury concerns. Shikhar Dhawan lands awkwardly on his left shoulder and he has apparently walked off. One would be hoping that he is fit. Australia are 27/1 after 4.4 overs.
13:54 hrs IST: Steve Smith gets going with a boundary as he pulls a short ball past short fine leg. Australia are 26/1 after four overs.
13:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb stuff by Mohammed Shami. Angled across at a good length outside off, it kicks up from the deck and nips away sharply as Warner edges it to KL Rahul. Australia are 18/1 after 3.2 overs
13:41 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami drifts onto the pads of Finch who neatly clips it to the wide long on fence. Australia are 10/0 after two overs.
13:35 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah opens the bowling. There is not much pace and carry on the deck. The surface is dry and one feels that the spinners will have a good time on this wicket. Australia are 3/0 after the first over.
13:06 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
13:04 hrs IST: An update from the BCCI. The Indian cricket team will be sporting black armbands during the match as a mark of respect for the death of former India player Bapu Nadkarni who died on Friday.
13:02 hrs IST: Australia have chosen to bat against India at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Josh Hazlewood has replaced Kane Richardson in the Australian side. The Indian side are unchanged. So, both Shikhar and Rohit are fit while Pant sits out.
12:52 hrs IST: What will be the status of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant? Pant missed the Rajkot game while Dhawan and Rohit were injured during the game.
12:40 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third and final ODI between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. It is a small ground, dew in the evening, a flat pitch. In short, a run-fest is once again on the cards.