First Published | Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 12:59
Kohli ton helps India to 295/6
Melbourne: Virat Kohli led the way with a century as India posted 295/6 in the third One-Day International (ODI) against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday.
Kohli scored 117 runs off an equal number of deliveries before falling to a slower one from pacer John Hastings. He smashed seven boundaries and a couple of sixes during his innings.
Ajinkya Rahane (50) also did well, scoring a half-century.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to up the run rate late in the innings, smashing 23 runs off nine balls.
So far in this series, Australia won the first two matches by five and seven wickets respectively, and a win here will see them pocket the series.
With the hosts tasting success by batting second in both matches, Smith probably banked on his team to do the same once again.
India have decided to drop off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Manish Pandey, replacing them by two pace bowling all-rounders in Gurkeerat Singh AMann and Rishi Dhawan, both of whom wil make their debut o Sunday.
Australia made one change to their line-up, bringing in all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for Joel Paris after dropping him for the second match in Brisbane.