IND vs AUS: What is the top-level batting against top-level bowlers, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma (119) and captain Virat Kohli (89) told at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday and India the third and last against Australia. Played a key role in winning the ODI by seven wickets. Shreyas Iyer (44 not out) took the work of these two to the end. Batting first, Australia gave India a target of 287 runs, which India achieved by losing three wickets in 47.3 overs. With this, India won the three-match series 2-1.
India had lost badly in the first match played in Mumbai. In the second match played in Rajkot, India showed a fierce competition, equalized the match win series and then made a series in Bangladesh on Sunday by performing unilaterally. Shikhar Dhawan was injured during fielding, so did not come to bat. The challenge before the Indian team was to meet the lack of an information batsman. Lokesh Rahul (19), who came to bat in his place from above, was dismissed on the total score.
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There was a crisis here on India because of Virat Kohli and Rohit did not partner, it was very difficult to get victory on the basis of Indian middle order. The captain and vice-captain were well aware that they need to partner, only then the team can win.
Both of them did exactly that and kept India on the path of victory by sharing 137 runs for the second wicket. Meanwhile, the two batsmen completed the century partnership, dealing with pressure properly. During this period, Virat Kohli became the captain to score the fastest five thousand runs in ODIs, while Rohit became the third batsman to complete the fastest 9000 runs in ODIs. Neither Michelle Stark nor Pat Cummins walked in front of these two.
Adam Jampa also failed to implicate Virat Kohli this time, but this time he managed to trap Rohit in his trap. Rohit was caught by Stark in an attempt to play a big shot off the ball of Zampa. Rohit hit eight fours and six sixes in an innings of 128 balls. His wicket fell at a total score of 206.
Iyer made up the lack of Rohit and gave his captain the freedom to play his game. Iyer also scored fast with his bat. When India needed 13 runs to win, Josh Hazlewood did not let Kohli bold and complete the century. Virat Kohli played 91 balls in his innings and hit eight fours.
Manish Pandey along with Iyer scored an unbeaten eight runs and gave the team victory. Iyer faced 35 balls in his innings. He hit six fours and a six in his innings.
Earlier, after winning the toss and batting first, Australia scored 286 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs with the help of Steven Smith (131). Australia had a poor start and the visiting team lost both their openers – David Warner (3) and captain Aaron Finch (19) by 46 runs in 8.5 overs. Warner was caught by Mohammed Shami at the hands of wicketkeeper Rahul, while Finch was run out due to misunderstanding.
After this, Smith and Marnash Labushain (54), playing their third ODI, strengthened Australia by sharing 127 runs for the third wicket. Australia then lost two consecutive wickets in the form of Labushain and Mitchell Starc (0) sent up the batting order at a score of 173. Ravindra Jadeja made both batsmen his victims.
Labuan completed the first half-century of his career with the help of five fours off 64 balls. After Labushan was dismissed, Smith along with Alex Carey (35) added 58 runs for the fifth wicket.
Kuldeep Yadav broke this partnership growing stronger. Kuldeep gave the fifth blow to the guests by dismissing Carrie at a score of 231. Smith completed the ninth century of his career while standing at the other end.
Smith, who missed a century by just two runs in the last match, completed his century off 117 balls. This is Smith’s third century against India. He was dismissed as the seventh batsman on the team’s score of 273.
Smith faced a total of 132 balls in his innings, in which he hit 14 fours and a six. Smith was caught by Shami in the hands of Iyer. Shami also bowled Pat Cummins (0) in this same over, giving Australia the eighth blow. Apart from him, Ashton Turner scored four, Ashton Egger scored 11 not out, Adam Jampa scored one and Hazlewood scored an unbeaten one.
From India, Shami took the maximum four, Jadeja two and Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each. Rohit Sharma, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI, was awarded the Man of the Match award. At the same time, Virat Kohli was given the title of Man of the Series for his good performance in the series.
Indian playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah.
Australia’s playing eleven: David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Ashton Turner, Ashton Egger, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.