In the 3rd ODI of India tour of Australia, the Indian team set up a target of 303 with the loss of five wickets. A century-stand partnership from Hardik Pandya (92) and Ravindra Jadeja (63) helped the visitors to make a comeback. In reply, Australia ended up with 289 at the loss of ten wickets. The Men in Blue won the third ODI by 13 runs and the bilateral series ended 2-1 in the hosts’ favour.
Australia had a shaky start to their chase, Aaron Finch’s new opening partner Marnus Labuschagne was troubled early in the innings by Jasprit Bumrah’s pace and bounce. Debutant T. Natarajan sent the unstable Labuschagne back to the pavilion in the sixth over, when the batsman’s inside edge went straight on the stumps. Australia’s in-form batsman Steven Smith got out cheaply in this run chase in the 12th over of the match on Shardul Thakur’s bowling who was playing his first match of the bilateral series. Moises Henriques had a partnership of 61 runs with the Aussie skipper. The threatening partnership was broken when Henriques was caught by Shikhar Dhawan on Thakur’s bowling.
After anchoring the chase the Aussie captain fell prey to Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling in the 26th over, he scored 75 off 82 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Australia’s debut all-rounder Cameron Green tried to accelerate the innings in the middle order but swept the ball straight to Jadeja on Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling. After conjuring a 50-run partnership with Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey fell victim of a mishap while running between the wickets and fell short of his crease in the 38th over.
Required run rate crept to 8 runs per over with ten overs to go, Maxwell was at the crease along with Ashton Agar. Maxwell started attacking the Indian bowlers and scored a quick 59 off 38 balls with four sixes and three fours before felling prey to Bumrah’s accurate yorker. The all-rounder’s heroics was ended by the 26-year-old pacer’s yorker in the 45th over and the chase was left to the tail-enders.
For the Indian team, Shardul Thakur grabbed three wickets and conceded 50 runs in his allotted 10 overs while Natarajan and Bumrah picked two wickets. Yadav and Jadeja pocketed one each.