Chennai: Australia defeated India in the 3rd ODI in Chennai and won the ODI series by 2-1. Batting first, Australia continued to score 269 runs and India were all out for 248 runs and lost. With the series win, Australia moved to the top of the ICC ODI Rankings.
Suryakumar’s continued agony after scoring three golden ducks: Chasing the target, the Indian team was 185/4 at the end of 35 overs and Virat Kohli was scoring a half-century. Then came left-arm spinner Ashton Auger, who bowled a ball round the wicket with a good arc.
The ball looped a little earlier than the goalie expected. In an attempt to hit it to extra cover, the bat turned inside and the ball was caught straight at mid-off.
Next came Suriya Kumar Yadav with great expectations. But a ball bowled by Auger came forward to slide and the ball looked behind the stumps to play the ball. He got out in the first ball for the 3rd consecutive time in this series and became the owner of 3 golden ducks. At 185/6 in 35.2 overs, Australian captain Steve Smith was caught.
Hardik Pandya, who had scored 25 runs off 20 balls, was blocked by Jadeja. Together they added just 33 runs off 50 balls. Unable to score, Pandya finally got 40 runs off 40 balls after hitting Adam Zamba’s ball and getting caught as an edge.
Nothing happened to ‘Superstar’ Ravindra Jadeja, he ran away from the ground mosquitoes around the bat and the ball never crossed the fielder’s hands. He got out in the same fashion as Hardik Pandya got out in the same manner as Hardik Pandya got out in the same way as he got out in the same manner as Hardik Pandya was out on the Jumba ball, taking only 18 runs off 33 balls. Adam Zamba scored 45 runs in 10 overs.
Ashton Auger took 41 runs in 10 overs to take 2 wickets, Mitchell Starc did the trick today. He scored 67 runs in 10 overs, hitting 5 fours, 3 sixes and 6 wides, but eventually hit some yorkers on target.
Mohammed Sami hit 14 off 10 balls with 1 four and 1 six and Stoinis lost his stumps trying to hit the ball to Chennai Beach. In the end Kuldeep Yadav was run out and the Indian team collapsed to 248 runs in 49.1 overs.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma was very aggressive at the start. Jamba bowled beautifully and hit a six over long on and Starc bowled a straight six to score 30 runs off 17 balls with 2 boundaries.
Shubman scored 37 runs off 49 balls with a stylish 4 fours and 1 six until Gill played and became LB by turning Zamba’s ball into a yorker himself. Kohli and Rahul combined for 2 wickets for 77 runs in 12.2 overs.
Kohli, Rahul batting tremendously! – Kohli and Rahul’s partnership was dry in the early going, with KL Rahul scoring just 18 runs off the first 42 balls, and finally hitting 2 boundaries and a six. But 32 runs off 50 balls is considered to be the slowest batting in a Test match these days.
Well, if this is him, then Virat Kohli, the king of dismissal, did not get a boundary. Somehow he scored 54 off 72 balls with 2 fours and 1 six in Mantakathi. Together they added just 69 runs in 15 overs. Then Rahul was caught at long-on trying to throw the Jumba ball and got out.
Rohit Sharma gloats as he mis-drops Axar Patel in front of Hardik Pandya and Jadeja. He was run out to a brilliant fielder by Smith for 2 runs. It was only after that that both Kohli and Suryakumar were dismissed in Ashton Agar’s over and India headed towards defeat. Australia won.
Kuldeep Yadav bowls brilliantly every time, but he is dropped from the team immediately. Earlier, Australia got off to a blistering start at 68/0 in 10 overs, with Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh taking the wicket.
But Hardik Pandya bowled brilliantly to empty the trio of Marsh, Head and Smith and Warner, Labuschagne, Alex Carey and Stoinis got off to a good start before Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel got out on needless shots. Australia were 74/1 and managed to score only 269 runs. Adam Zamba was adjudged the man of the match. Mitchell Marsh was adjudged Man of the Series.
There is a difference between Smith’s captaincy and Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in terms of attacking. Smith took the captaincy without giving up. At one point when Hardik Pandya batted, he brought the fielders in and put pressure on them, the fielding set-up was like one hit or get out.
It was under that pressure that both Pandya and Jadeja were dismissed, it was under the same pressure that Kohli and Suryakumar were dismissed, and it was under the same pressure that KL Rahul was tied. Jamba, Auger, Abbott, Stoinis used them all brilliantly. It was a victory for Smith’s captaincy.