India and Australia lock horns in the 3rd ODI of five matches series at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Australia, after winning the toss elected to bat first and the decision was proved right by opening pair David Warner and Aaron Finch. Both provided Australia with a solid start and FInch struck with a hundred on his return.
However, the visitors lost the momentum in last 10 overs and despite the efforts of Aaron Finch and skipper Smith 63 (71), they were restricted to 293/6 in 50 overs by the Indian bowlers. Kuldeep (75/2) and Bumrah (52/2) provided India with crucial wickets in the death overs.
In reply, India had the dream start and both its openers, Rohit Sharma (71 runs in 62 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (70 runs in 76 balls) scored half-centuries. Coulter-Nile and Cummins got rid of both the openers respectively.
Here are the live updates:
# India has defeated Australia. With that the men in blue also clinch series victory.
# Out! Pandya departs, but that's not gonna make much difference. And India is just five runs away from series vicoty.
# Fifty comes up for Hardik Pandya, He was promoted in the batting order and the decision worked. India 50 runs away from the series win.
# Australia back in game after quick Kohli, Jadhav wickets
# Big wicket! captain Kohli departs. The match is not over yet and its no more a battle already won now.
# After Score after 33 overs: IND 198-2 Kohli 26(30) Hardik Pandya 27(30
# Skipper Kohli and Pandya are steering India's chase of 294 and they are doing it very dedicatedly.
# Score after 28 overs IND 180-2
# SIX! Aston Agar to H Pandya (16), 6 runs, 168/2
Hardik Pandya comes into bat
# Another wicket goes down. Cummins provides another breakthrough to Australia. Ajinkya Rahane walks back to pavilion after scoring 70 in 76 balls.
# OUT! Coulter-Nile strikes for Australia and he takes the man Rohit. A good innings comes to an end. He scored 71 in just 62 balls.
# Score after 18 overs: IND 121-0 Rohit 67(56) Rahane 51(52)
# Coulter-Nile to Rahane, FOUR and with that fifty comes up for Rahne. The India's Mr Dependable.
# Dropped! You can do that Mr Handscomb, his name is Rohit Sharma and its a sin to drop him. The ball kissed Rohit's bat and went to the keeper but it was a tough chance for him.
# Rohit and Rahane provided India exactly the start they needed. After 11 overs IND 74-0.
# Both the openers have provided India with a decent start with 53/0 in 8.3 overs.
# SIX! And this is huge, very very huge. Exceptional pull from Rohit the ball disappeared into the stands.
# India 7/0 after two overs, Rohit: 2(8) Rahane: 3 (4)
# Rahane and Rohit are at the crease. Rahane is on strike. Pat Cummins will open the attack
# Indian blowers restrict hosts to 293/6 in third ODI
# OUT! Pandey takes a stunner at boundary, not just save six runs but also sends Handscomb bag packing
# Score after 41 overs AUS 236-2
# Just a fact: India has not lost a single ODI at Holkar Stadium Indore. Take a sigh of relief.
# Score after 36 overs, AUS 216-1
# Hundred for Aaron Finch, He came back after surgery and what an innings he has played.
# Australia score after 11.4 overs 70/1
# Hardik Pandya to Warner, That's OUT!! Bowled!!
# Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium fast, comes into the attack
# Australia score after 11 overs 52-0
# Chahal to Warner, 1 run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Warner knocks it towards mid-wicket, Kohli hits the stumps at the striker's end. Finch is however in.
# Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
#Australia score after 9 overs 43-0
# Bhuvneshwar to Warner, FOUR! beautiful hit by the Australian opener.
# Bhuvneshwar to Warner, FOUR! Bhuvi has been off radar trying to cramp Warner for room from round the wicket, got away with one previous over, but this time Warner glances it to the right of the man at short fine leg
# Australia score after 5 overs 23-0
# Bumrah to Finch, FOUR!
# Bumrah to Finch, FOUR! edged as Finch is squared up on his attempt to on-drive the ball.
# Australia score after 2 overs - 6/0
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens India's bowling attack
# Australia begin innings with David Warner and Aaron Finch
Kuldeep clinched a hat-trick in the 2nd ODI at Kolkata whereas Bhuvneshwar's unplayable deliveries completely flayed the Kangaroos. Skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are in majestic form and the rest of the batsmen will look to boost their averages on Sunday.
Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Rohit Sharma need some big scores against their name. Australia has suffered a loss in form whereas injuries have also played a major role in their defeats.
Aaron Finch has returned to the Australian squad and will strengthen the visitors' batting lineup. David Warner and Steven Smith have fired in patches whereas Glenn Maxwell destroyed a promising start in the Chennai ODI.
Australia's fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Coulter-Nile have delivered consistently whereas all-rounder Marcus Stoinis have been the bulwark of the team.
The Indore ODI promises to be entertaining as Australia will look to keep the series alive.Although rains have lashed Indore recently, Sunday's forecast is predicted to be all clear.
India's ace batsman Virat Kohli is 41 runs away from scoring 2000 runs as skipper. He has 1959 runs from 34 innings and has six innings in hand to break AB de Villiers's record of fastest to 2000 runs as skipper.
India (Playing XI):
Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia (Playing XI):
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson