Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli Outplayed Steve Smith and Australia in the series decider at Bengaluru

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India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – India came from a disappointing 10 wicket loss in Mumbai to a courageous performance in Rajkot. This allowed the home team to level the series. But in a series decider at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru yesterday, India put a clinical performance and won the series by a 2-1 margin.

Australia wasn’t equally up to the task despite a magical hundred from Steve Smith. Their batsmen didn’t show the class like Warner and Finch did in Mumbai. Both the openers failed yet again after the second one-day international match in Rajkot.

india vs australia 3rd odi 2020 highlights

Steve Smith missed his well deserved century by just two runs in Rajkot. But in Bengaluru, he stepped up and got to his 9th One Day International ton. This was needed for Smith as earlier he ran out his skipper Aaron Finch due to a misunderstanding in running between the wickets.

Australia won the toss for the third time in this series and elected to bat first in this final encounter. Warner and Finch looked scratchy once again just like they did in Rajkot. Shami was the man who picked up Warner early in the game for just three runs.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights

Finch and Smith looked to rebuild the innings for Australia but the Aussies were struck again. Their skipper Finch was run-out. It was clearly the mistake of Steve Smith who called Finch to take a run and then sent him back when Finch was halfway down the pitch. Due to this confusion both the batsmen came at the same end and in the end, it was an easy runout chance which Jadeja, Iyer, and Shami didn’t miss.

After both the openers were dismissed early, Australia needed a partnership that could stabilize their innings. Steve Smith and his partner Marnus Labbuschagne shared a vital stand for the visitors. And even though this pitch offered some turn, both these batsmen played Jadeja and Kuldeep well. They shared a partnership that again threatened India to take the game away from them.

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Smith and Labuschagne shared a partnership of 127 runs. But when Labuschagne reached his maiden ODI fifty, he didn’t convert that start as Steve Smith did. Labuschagne was dismissed quickly after reaching his personal milestone. Marnus was out for 54 runs and thus a huge stand was also broken.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – Mitchell Starc was promoted to number 5 in this match. But his batting promotion didn’t work and in the end, this may be the reason why he bowled some way worth lines when Australia tried to defend the total. Mich Starc faced just 3 balls for his golden duck.

Alex Carey and Steve Smith took Australia beyond the 231 run mark. They shared a stand of 58 runs which allowed them to put up a decent score on the board. But once again, Carey was dismissed for 35 runs. The lower order failed to put their hands with Steve Smith who batted brilliantly at the other end.

Ashton Turner was out for just 4 runs, while Pat Cummins scored his second golden duck in this series. Zampa was also dismissed for just 1 run. It was Steve Smith’s 9th ODI hundred which propelled Australia above the 280 run mark. But he also couldn’t stay till the end and was dismissed after scoring well made 131 runs.

Ashton Agar scored an unbeaten 11 runs and Josh Hazlewood was not out on 1 run. This allowed Australia to end their innings on 286 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their allotted quota of 50 overs.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – The Indian bowlers were good once again. Despite an incredible ton from Steve Smith, the Indian bowlers restricted Australia to make just 286 runs. Shami was the pick of the bowlers once again and picked up 4 wickets to his name while Ravindra Jadeja picked up 2 & Kuldeep and Saini picked up 1 wicket each in this match.

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The run chase for India was set up by the openers, even tough Shikhar Dhawan didn’t take the field due to an injury which he sustained while fielding. KL Rahul did a decent job alongside his regular partner, Rohit Sharma.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – The openers added 68 runs for the first wicket. Australia got the breakthrough from Ashton Agar who caught KL Rahul plumb in front for just 19 runs. Then, the partnership between the skipper and the vice-captain brought India close to victory.

Skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma stitched a match-winning stand of 137 runs which drove India close to a series victory over Australia. In this process, Ro-Hit Man Sharma who started his 2020 campaign on a great note, smashed a match-winning hundred. This allowed India to win this series. Rohit scored 119 runs and was finally dismissed by Adam Zampa.

Shreyas Iyer and skipper Virat Kohli continued to progress in this match. Virat shared another match-winning stand with Iyer and got to his second back to back fifty of this series. The stand of 60 runs between Kohli and Iyer left Australia fuming. This partnership brought India close to the target. But then, Hazlewood knocked Kohli out. This was another match where Kohli got out just before finishing the match. The skipper was dismissed for a well made 89 runs.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – Then it was a mere formality which Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer completed. Pandey was not out on 8 runs while Iyer scored a vital unbeaten 44 runs to his name. India sealed the series by 7 wickets and 2.7 overs left in the game.

The Australian bowlers weren’t that good again. Starc and Cummins were wicketless while Hazlewood, Zampa, and Agar made little impact and picked up 1 wicket each to their names. But that wasn’t enough for them to seal the series.

Rohit Sharma was named ‘man of the match’ for his outstanding 119 runs while Virat Kolhi was named ‘man of the series’ for his brilliant contribution in the three-match series.

Next Series – India Tour to New Zealand will start from Friday, 24th January 2020.

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