Indian cricket team on a super Sunday beat Steve Smith led Australia in the third consecutive ODI to clinch the 5-match series with a 3-0 lead. Hapless Australians were totally outclassed by Virat Kohli’s men who made very few mistakes in the game and had a relatively comfortable outing in Indore’s Holkar Stadium. With this win India also regained their lost number 1 spot ahead of South Africa and Australia who now sit at 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Hardik pandya’s blistering knock of 78 combined with opener Rohit Sharma’s 71 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 70 were enough to propel India over the 294 runs mark set by the visitors. Steve Smith’s men had very little to enjoy from the game. They had started the processions brilliantly with both the openers Aaron Finch and David Warner accumulating runs in the beginning, the innings was further paced by skipper Steve smith who scored a handy half century and Finch meanwhile claimed his 8th ODI hundred.

The Australian innings however ended abruptly after the duo’s departure as the batsmen who followed managed to add up only 50 runs in the last 8 overs. Indian bowlers made a superb comeback and tightened their knuckle on the Australians, providing them with no room to attack.

Hardik Pandya was once again a stand-out performer for India, Virat’s special player was at his best with both the ball and the bat as he got India their major breakthrough with David Warner’s wicket and later plundered 78 runs of 72 balls to see India clear of the target easily. The all-rounder was awarded man of the match for his phenomenal display on the field. 

India now have a total 5764 points and a rating of 120 points in the ICC top ODI rankings table ahead of the Protease who are on 119 rating points and Aussies at third spot with rating 114.Australia despite losing the game held to their 3rd spot on the table.

Captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni have made this team turn into a formidable side who know how to take their games forward and close the winning distance. The team has just the right combination of attacking and strike rotating batsmen and two brilliant finishers in Dhoni and Pandya. The variety is no less in bowling with two left-hand spinners in form of Jadeja and Kuldeep and a right-hand spinner in Yajuvendra Chahal. Umesh, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Hardik form a pace unit capable of troubling any world class batting attack.

To continue on the top, India will now have to win the next two ODIs against the visitors. Two wins would also mean Australia get humiliated with a complete white wash in the ODI series.

First Published | 25 September 2017 2:22 AM
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