India vs Australia, 3rd ODI Highlights: Virat Kohli’s 41st ton goes in vain as India lose by 32 runs
A valiant century by captain Virat Kohli went in vain as India lost by 32 runs against Australia at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi.
Chasing a tough target of 314 runs, India lost the opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (14) cheaply with the score reading 15/2.
Ambati Rayudu once again failed to score big as he was clean bowled by Pat Cummins for 2. India was struggling at 27/3 when Kohli was joined by MS Dhoni at the crease.
They added 59 runs for the 4th wicket before Adam Zampa dismissed Dhoni for 26. Kedar Jadhav (26) then stitched together an 88-run partnership with Kohli to keep India alive in the run-chase.
However, following the dismissal of Kohli on 123 off 95 (16 fours, 1 six), Indian batsmen failed to catch-up with the required run-rate.
Vijay Shankar (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (24) managed to take India’s total beyond 250. But the tailenders folded up quickly.
With this win, Australia stays alive in the five-match ODI series that India still leads 2-1. Earlier, Usman Khawaja hit his maiden century in ODIs scoring 104 runs off 113 balls while Aaron Finch made 93 runs as Australia posted 313/5 runs in 50 overs
Australia was close in the first two ODIs but today they have managed to cross the line and in the process, have shown the cracks in India’s line-up.
The opening partnership, especially Dhawan, is struggling, the number four slot is back in question and what is the role of Jadeja in this team. Is he a bowler who can bat a bit? Or considered as a genuine all-rounder? India needs to answer these questions in the next two ODIs.
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India vs Australia, 3rd ODI Highlights
Result- Australia won by 32 runs.
Player of The Match– Usman Khawaja
Summary- Australia won by 32 runs and stay alive in series.
Australia- 313/5 (50 overs) & India- 281/10 (48.2 overs)
Khawaja- 104 Kohli- 123
Finch- 93 Vijay- 32