India vs Australia third ODI review: Australia keep series alive with a 32-run win

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India vs Australia third ODI review:

  • Australia won the third match by 32 runs to keep the series alive in a must-win encounter for them
  • Having made 313 batting first, Australia dismissed India for 281 in 48.2 overs
  • The defeat still sees India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the fourth match to be played in Mohali on 10th March, Sunday at 1:30 pm

Overpowering a rapturous 41st century from the bat of Virat Kohli, Australia’s ability to keep picking up wickets at regular intervals saw India fall short of a hattrick of wins in the five-match ODI series between the two sides.

India vs Australia third ODI review

India vs Australia third ODI review

  • Chasing a massive 313 by Australia, India despite finding themselves in a huge spot of bother after the first 6 overs, were kept in the chase by their captain Virat Kohli.
  • The fulcrum of India’s efforts in Jharkhand, Kohli’s 123, unfortunately, was not enough for the home side who were eventually bowled out with 10 balls to spare to give the visitors a 32-run win.
  • Barring a few individual flashes of brilliance, India failed to shine as a collective unit.

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India vs Australia third ODI review – Australia batting

  • Failing to read the conditions from the toss India asked Australia to bat first.
  • They were pristine conditions for Finch and Khawaja to find some of their forms back as the opening partnership’s marauding stand took their side to 190.
  • India’s problems began in the seventh over of the encounter itself after Shami had to leave the field to get treatment ensuing a hit on his leg.
  • Left without his spearhead, Kohli was forced to get Jadeja on to fill in for Shami’s over, a move that failed to reap the dividends for India.
  • As Jadeja was taken apart for runs with his quicker deliveries coming nicely onto the bat, Bumrah’s pressure at the opposite end was negated successfully.
  • As Finch (93) and Khawaja (103) kept the scoring rate going nicely, India’s spinner failed to deliver the job asked for them.
  • The sixth bowler in Jadhav was smashed for 32 off his 2 overs and in Yadav and Jadeja, the specialist bowlers were flummoxed as well.
  • It looked set to be a total that was climbing upwards of 350 and if it wasn’t for an exceptional Indian bowling effort in the final 20 overs, the hosts could have found things much tougher for them.
  • As Finch departed, LBW by Yadav, Maxwell who was promoted to number 3 in a bid by Australia to keep the pressure on India, the third wicket stand continued draining India.
  • Shami who finally came back on the field was handed over the ball immediately by Kohli and he ended up dismissing Khawaja who holed out to Bumrah. From there on it was all India with a much-improved display seeing them pummel Australia.
  • A marvelous throw by Jadeja sent back Maxwell.
  • From there on Shami and Bumrah came on to bowl well in unison once again and saw Australia end up on 313.

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India vs Australia third ODI review – India batting

India vs Australia third ODI review

  • Needing their top order to deliver a performance of determination, will and girt, India’s bid couldn’t have started off worse for them.
  • With Cummins and Richardson sending back Rohit, Dhawan and Rayadu for just 27 runs and Dhoni failing to last long, the entire brunt of India’s batting fell on Kohli.
  • As the Indian skipper continued in his rampant fashion, hitting a consecutive 100, the match was one that India saw revive their dreams of a win.
  • His dismissal was the final end to their chase though with Jadeja failing to get going and perishing in the closing stages.

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