Riding on superb batting performances from the two openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, India continued their winning run in the series with a comprehensive five wickets win over the visitors. Australia after a brilliant start in the 1st innings struggled to cross the 300 mark and had top settle with 293 on board. 

India achieved the target with 13 balls and 5 wickets to spare. Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant 71(62) and Rahane 70(76) to get India off to a solid start in their quest for a third straight victory. After the openers were dismissed India lost two successive wickets but Hardik Pandya steadied the ship by forming a 56 run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli and a 74 run stand with Manish Pandya to leave India in a comfortable position with only 10 runs left to chase.

Manish Pandey was outstanding with the bat too after taking a blinder in the first innings to see off Peter Handscomb during the Australian innings. For Australia Pat Cummins was the most successful bowler with figures of 54/2 in 10 overs.

India have now 9 successive victories under Virat Kohli’s captaincy but the last three of them are special as they have come against a strong Australian side.

Hardik Pandya was acknowledged as the man of the match for his brilliant performance with both bat and the ball. The all-rounder however was disappointed not being able to finish the match and expressed it in the post match interaction where he said he would have liked to finish it off. “It feels good. Almost through but I would want finish the match next time. I saw the promotion as an opportunity rather than a surprise,” Pandya said after taking the man of the match trophy.

Earlier in the Australian innings, openers David Warner and Aaron Finch had started things off on style adding 70 runs before Warner’s departure on Hardik Pandya’s screamer. Steve Smith too played a good innings of 63(71), taking his team to a total close to 300 but the miseries hit Aussies after their skipper’s departure and they failed to capitalise on the good start as the middle order collapsed. 

Following is the scoreboard of the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia played at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday.

Australia:

David Warner b Hardik Pandya 42
Aaron Finch c Kedar Jadhav b Kuldeep Yadav 124
Steven Smith c Jasprit Bumrah b Kuldeep Yadav 63
Glenn Maxwell st Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal 5
Travis Head b Jasprit Bumrah 4
Marcus Stoinis not out 27
Peter Handscomb c Manish Pandey b Jasprit Bumrah 3
Ashton Agar not out 9

Extras: (b 0, lb 2, w 14) 16
Total: in 50 overs 293/6

Fall of Wickets:
70-1 (David Warner, 13.3 overs), 224-2 (Aaron Finch, 37.5), 243-3 (Steven Smith, 41.6), 243-4 (Glenn Maxwell, 42.1), 260-5 (Travis Head, 45.3), 275-6 (Peter Handscomb, 47.5)

Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-0-52-0
Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-52-2
Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-54-1
Hardik Pandya 10-0-58-1
Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-75-2

India:

Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Pat Cummins 70
Rohit Sharma c (sub)Hilton Cartwright b Coulter-Nile 71
Virat Kohli c Aaron Finch b Ashton Agar 28
Hardik Pandya c Kane Richardson b Pat Cummins 78
Kedar Jadhav c Peter Handscomb b Kane Richardson 2
Manish Pandey not out 36
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 3

Extras: (b 0, lb 3, w 3) 6
Total: in 47.5 overs 294/5

Fall of Wickets:
139-1 (Rohit Sharma, 21.4 overs), 147-2 (Ajinkya Rahane, 23.3), 203-3 (Virat Kohli, 34.3), 206-4 (Kedar Jadhav, 35.2), 284-5 (Hardik Pandya, 45.5)

Bowling:
Pat Cummins 10-0-54-2
Nathan Coulter-Nile 10-0-58-1
Kane Richardson 8.5-0-45-1
Marcus Stoinis 8-0-61-0
Ashton Agar 10-0-71-1
Glenn Maxwell 1-0-2-0

Match Updates:

9:20 IST: India 294/5 (47.5 overs) Manish Pandey – 36(32), Dhoni – 3(6)

That seems to be it Pandey finishes it off, after Dhoni lets him come back on to get the last run for India. India takes it home by 5 wickets. India has won the series 3-0 with this victory. The remaining two games are now just a matter of formality for the two teams who could experiment with their sides and give chance to their new players. For India it will be a good series to conclude on a winning note as they have won it clean and Australia were outclassed completely in all 3 ODIs.

Loud roar as MS Dhoni comes in to bat 

9:07 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya caught, Hardik Pandya c Kane Richardson b Pat Cummins 78(72) Ind- 285/5 (46 overs)

Cummins could not been happier, he was after Hardik for long, sadly for Australia it is too late now to get him but the man has been sent back with just 10 runs remaining to be chased. He has done his job and goes back after a good 78 of 72 balls. Pandya tried to muscle it but the ball went straight into the hands of Richardson.

9:03 IST: India 283/4 (45 overs) Manish Pandey – 29(26), Hardik- 78(67)

Manish Pandey is in a hurry to finish this off. He strikes the ball brutally and and sends the delivery from Stoinis over the ropes for a boundary. He hits him for another cheeky boundary and takes a single of the next ball only for Pandya to take the attack further. India needs only 11 of 24 now with 6 wickets in hand.

8:54 IST: India 257/4 (43 overs) Manish Pandey – 18(16), Hardik- 63(60)

250 up for India, both Pandey and Hardik are playing sensibly the control they have shown so far is a positive sign for India and it looks like it will be a successful chase from here. The duo however wouldn’t be much worried as they know the next man in is an expert in handling these dead end situations. Pandya in the meanwhile is pacing his innings after the half century. 

8:46 IST: India 243/4 (41 overs) Manish Pandey – 12(16), Hardik- 55(53)

India are just 54 runs away from sealing the series with 54 balls left in their fray. There is still MS Dhoni left to come into bat if there is a blaze from Australia and if they somehow mange to push India on backfoot. Pandey and Hardik should be able to take it from here and finish it for their team.  

8:38 IST: Fifty for Hardik Pandya, 50(43) Ind-235/4 (39 overs)

Second half century for the all-rounder in this series. Pandya sent the previous ball from Agar into the crowds and took a clever single in the next ball to reach his half century. Pandya on a day like today is an absolute delight to watch. He has been aggressive and sensible at the same time and responded calmly to the banter. India have found a gem of an all-rounder in the Mumbai cricketer. 

Manish Pandey is the new man in for India

8:27 IST: Wicket! Kedar Jadhav c Handscomb b Kane Richardson 2(4)

In and out. Kedar Jadhav goes after adding just 2 runs to the scoreboard. Two successive wickets and Australia have made a strong comeback here. 

Kedar Jadhav is the new man in 

8:20 IST: Wicket!  Kohli c Finch b Agar 28(35) (34.3 overs)

Caught by Aaron Finch at long off. Kohli was being tipped to finish it off for India but it wasn’t Indian skipper’s day today. He departs after a short stay of 28 runs in 35 balls.

8:15 IST: India 202/2 (34 overs) Virat- 28(33), Hardik- 29(33)

Only 11 runs of the 3 overs for India, the required run rate will have to be kept in mind from here. A wicket here would make Australia a more dominant side and India will have to find another good partnership to get through. All eyes are on this pair.

8:00 IST: India 191/2 (31 overs) Virat- 21(23), Hardik- 25(25)

India are steadily closing on their target, they are now just 100 odd runs shot of the target with 19 overs left and two well settled batsman on the crease. If the duo keep it tight and don’t lose patience they are in a comfortable position to claim the series with a victory in this game. 19 runs of the 4 overs with the two batsmen taking their time to hold ground and settle down before they can launch an all out attack on the Aussie bowlers.

07:45  IST: India 172/2 (27 overs) Virat- 9(8), Hardik- 18(16)

Superb batting by both Hardik and Kohli, Cummins got engaged in a verbal battle with Pandya there and almost got him on the pads next delivery but then came captain Kohli to the rescue as he flicked the Australian over the ropes. It was Kohli classic which you would want to see time and again. 24 runs scored of the three overs and Hardik’s early entry has paid off already . India wants to finish the chase as early as possible and Pandya is the man they would look up to for the job. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder has already hit Ashton Agar for a huge six.

07:28 IST: Wicket! Rahane gone, Rahane lbw b Pat Cummins 70(76), Ind- 148/2 (24overs)

Hardik Pandya is the new batsman in for India

Pat Cummins has got his man and his celebration after the wicket tells it all, the Australian pacer knows he has hit the right chord. Rahane walks back after scoring 70(76). Virat wouldn’t have expected to lose his set partner so early into the partnership, but now the pressure is on him to get India stable and closer to the target. 

Virat Kohli is the new man in for India 

07:20 IST: Wicket! Rohit Sharma caught, Rohit c (sub)Cartwright b Coulter-Nile 71(62) (21.4 overs)

Rohit Sharma was struggling to get to the ball, this time he did but couldn’t connect it well and the shot fell short of the boundary line falling straight into the hands of substitute fielder Cartwright. A superb innings of 71 runs of 62 deliveries from the Indian vice captain comes to an end as he walks back towards the dressing room, disappointed. 

07:16 IST: India 121/0 (18 overs) Rahane- 51(52), Rohit- 67(56)

The scoring rate has gradually dropped down for India but it shouldn’t be a big problem if the two openers continue in the same way. Bot Rohit and Rahane have complemented each others game with the right chasing attitude and batting technique. 

07:05 IST: Fifty for Rahane, India 121/0 (18 overs) Rahane- 51(52), Rohit- 67(56)

Rahane pushed Coulter-Nile’s tight delivery towards the fine leg and got his fifty in a classy manner. He has capitalised his opportunity in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and two back to back fifties from him make him a strong contender for the next ODI. Rohit meanwhile is struggling a bit against Pat Cummins. 

06:50 IST: India 106/0 (16 overs) Rahane- 45(47), Rohit- 58(49)

Rohit has slowed down after his fifty and has been sloppy but just at the right time Rahane took the opportunity and stroked some runs for himself to take India over the 100 run mark without losing a wicket. The run rate has considerably gone down after 21 runs from the last 3 overs. Still Australia are letting the game away from their hands with both batsman settling down well. Rahane is just 5 runs away from his fifty now.

06:40 IST: Fifty for Rohit Sharma 50(42), India 84/0 (13 overs) Rahane- 31(36), Rohit- 50(42)

What an innings from Rohit here, he has claimed his 37th ODI half century and what better day to bring it than against Australia. Rohit bundled Ashton Agar’s delivery into the crowds to achieve the galore. He has been absolutely menacing for the Aussie bowlers today, skipper Smith has tried all sort of pace variations through his variety laid attack but no results so far.

06:30 IST: India 68/0 (10 overs) Rahane- 26(28), Rohit- 39(32)

Rohit Sharma has decide to go behind the Aussie bowlers as he thrashes them out of the park. He has 3 sixes and 3 fours in his so far 39 runs. 13 runs of the 10th and 9 runs of the 9th over as both the Indian batsmen keep on flying. 

06:20 IST: India 42/0 (7 overs) Rahane- 10(17), Rohit- 29(25)

Classic, Rohit Sharma shots as the Indian vice captain taken on the Australian pacers. A six and a boundary in the 5th over and two boundaries in the 7th over from the right hander as he targets both Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson.

06:05 IST: India 15/0 (4 overs) Rahane- 9(15), Rohit- 3(9)

Good, comfortable start from the two Indian openers. They have controlled their temptations for the biggies in the beginning and are trying to keep it steady and calm. SO far so good from the two right-handed openers. Rahane has a great opportunity here to get his from and place back by steering this Indian chase. He can very well outplay his counterpart Shikhar Dhawan for that opening position, if he plays a crucial innings for India here.

05:18 IST: Australia 293/6 (50 Overs) Finch- 124(125), Smith- 63(71)

After a brilliant start from the two openers, Australia failed to capitalise on the partnership later as Indian bowlers crawled back to halt the innings before 300. Both Finch and Warner started of sensibly putting up a 70 runs stand before Kuldeep Yadav struck to get India their first breakthrough. The chinaman didn’t stop there and continued his tricky assault by sending back Finch in the 38th over. Finch however was at his best today as he kept thrashing the Indian bowlers on every low key delivery. 

In the post innings interaction Finch said, “It is nice to get a hundred. Would have been nice to get a few more. The position that we were in, India bowled well in the end. They bowled extremely well with the new ball. We were trying to take the pressure off the middle order. India have got a fantastic death bowling combination. Hopefully, we can exert the same kind of pressure on India. We will have to take wickets, particularly through the middle part of the innings.”

Indian bowlers came back right when Australia were in for a feast of runs and rattled all their hopes.

Manish Pandey did the unthinkable as he grabbed a fiery shot from Peter Handscomb. Bumarh kept it outside off and Handscomb in aim attempt to loft it past the boundary line played it into the hands of Pandey who was guiding the ropes. 

Travis Head was startled by a slower one from Bumrah, the Australian was expecting to come into his bat but it slide’s past his wood and bolts into the stumps. Bumrah got his first wicket from the game.

Right when it seem like Australia are moving towards a big total, Indian spinners launched their nets to turnaround things. After a well played 63(71), Aussies skipper Steve Smith fell prey to Kuldeep. Smith tried to muscle it away but couldn’t add enough power to put the ball past Bumrah who came under it and grabbed a comfortable catch to see off the captain.

Yuzvendra Chahal too joined the party very soon as he got Maxwell fell for the bait as Dhoni does his near perfect glove work from behind. Chahal got his first wicket and Dhoni his first stumping of the match.

Kuldeep Yadav did the trick for the Men in Blue, a sweep shot from Finch lands straight into the hands of Kedar Jadhav at deep mid-wicket. A brilliant innings of 124 (125) came to an end as Finch walked back to the pavilion, disappointed. 

After winning the toss Australia were off to a flyer in Indore, David Warner and Aaron Finch opened the innings brilliantly for Aussies building a partnership of 70 runs before David Warner was cleaned by Hardik Pandya with a brilliant delivery that absolutely rattled the Australian left-hander. 

It is the eight ODI hundred for the Australian who was for long seeking good form in ODI cricket. Making a comeback from an injury, he has been impressive in the innings so far and has continuously troubled the Indian bowlers. On the other hand both Smith and Warner have so far played good support to their marquee attacker.

David Warner too was looking dangerous with his comfortable thrashing of the Indian pacers but Hardik Pandya got better of him, right at the time when the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain was looking set to up the ante. Pandya bowled a blinder which was hard for Warner to read and he missed it completely as the ball kissed the stumps. Pandya broke the dangerous looking partnership between Finch and Warner on 70 to save India from a left-hand, right-hand assault.

Earlier,  Australia won the toss and opted to bat against India in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday.

India are unchanged from the second ODI. Australia have brought in batsmen Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb to replace Hilton Cartwright and Matthew Wade.

Playing XI:

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (captain), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith (captain), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb (wicket-keeper), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson.

First Published | 24 September 2017 4:07 PM
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