This pair have to play the role filled so well by Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pantya earlier today.
Survive the next four to five overs before pressing the launch button and try to blaze Australia back into ascendency in the final 10 overs.
Carey, in particular, looks to be in good touch. He’s 33 off 36 deliveries. Maxwell is six from eight.
AUS 5-183 after 35, 120 required from last 90 balls
Glenn Maxwell has been in blistering form through the first two matches.
But those situations were very different. Australia were on top and he simply had to play his natural game and try to pick up 50 off 20 or so deliveries.
Tonight, Australia’s chief big hitter must steer his team back from the brink of defeat with just 18 overs remaining.
AUS 5-164 after 32.2, require 139 from 106 balls
Cameron Green (21) had just played his best shot of the night when he swept a Kuldeep Yadav ball to square leg.
Enter Ravindra Jadeja.
India’s best fielder took a sensational catch in the deep, sending the Western Australia product packing.
The tourists now just have to dismiss one of Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey to get into the Australian tail.
AUS 5-162 after 31.2, require 141 from 112 balls
Dropped may be harsh.
It was a half chance at best as Carey hit the ball fairly flush to Kohli at mid on but the Indian captain is an elite fielder and would have kept his team’s foot on Australia’s throat if he snared the athletic overhead attempt.
AUS 4-151 after 30, require 152 from 120 balls at 7.60 RPO
Australia required just a tick over a run-a-ball after India posted a total of 5-302.
That required rate has now hit the 7.5 mark, as India take a stranglehold on the match.
If Alex Carey and Cameron Green can’t keep that figure south of 10, the middle and lower order will almost certainly have too much to do.
AUS 4-145 after 29, require 158 from 126 balls
The man that gave Aaron Finch his first life this evening – Shikhar Dhawan – has sent the Australian skipper back to the pavilion.
Finch tried to send a Ravindra Jadeja delivery straight down the ground and into the 10th row but he didn’t get anywhere near enough of the ball and offered a chance for Dhawan to redeem himself.
The Indian opener bobbled the catch but eventually secured it, putting his team in the box seat to secure a win tonight in the process.
AUS 4-133 after 26.1, require 170 from 143 balls
Virat Kohli is widely regarded as the best limited overs batsman in the world.
These statistics show Aaron Finch may have a claim to that crown.
Shardul Thakur is on his game at Manuka Oval and he has already sent three balls whistling past Cameron Green’s outside edge.
This is a baptism of fire for the 21-year-old.
AUS 3-120 after 24.2, require 183 from 154 remaining balls
India are officially on top.
Moises Henriques (22) just pulled a short Shardul Thakur ball straight to Shikhar Dhawan and the Indian opener didn’t make a meal of this chance, having dropped Aaron Finch earlier.
Debutant Cameron Green is now at the crease.
AUS 3-117 after 22.3 overs
Canberra has dished up picture perfect conditions for cricket all day.
That hasn’t changed as Australia’s run chase heats up.
AUS 2-116 after 21.4, require 187 to win