India have clinched the five-match ODI series 3-0 with two games yet to play. Batting first, Australia score 293/6 with Aaron Finch scoring a fantastic 124. However, after the opening batsman got out, Indian bowlers clawed back in. They not just took wickets and also choked the run flow. At one point Australia looked like they would get 350 with ease, the visitors had to eventually settle for a below-300 score in the 3rd ODI at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. In reply, India got off to a brilliant start, thanks to half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Then Hardik Pandya played well to top score with 78. Captain Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey also gave Pandya good support in India’s 5 wicket victory. Get highlights of India vs Australia 3rd ODI here.
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21:45 hrs IST:Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match! “Feels pretty good, would like to finish the game next time. I don’t need to be surprised, important to back myself, saw it as an opportunity. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner, when I got a few sixes, I knew I could take some time. I try to contribute everywhere I can, I want to get better,” said Pandya.
21:40 hrs IST: “Steve mentioned the first 35 overs was good from their end, we knew when we get 2-3 wickets with their lower middle order, we could pull things back. It was a 330-340 wicket. Coming back from difficult situations has been a feature of this team. Wristspinners need to be backed, they won’t always get grip from the wicket, but they possess the ability to get wickets. They were 35-40 runs short. I’m really, really satisfied with the win. He’s (Pandya) a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and the field. We need a guy like that, we’ve been missing an explosive allrounder, great asset for Indian cricket, The idea behind his promotion was Ravi bhai, to attack the spinner. We might try few players now, but mindset remains the same. Journey stops only after the fifth game,” said Virat after the win.
21:36 hrs IST: Australia have not won even a single match in their last 13 games away from home.
21:33 hrs IST: India have also become the No.1 side in the world in ODIs
21:30 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has now led India to nine victories in ODIs on the trot — equalling MS Dhoni’s record! One more win and he will go where no other Indian captain has in the past
21:25 hrs IST: India have now also beaten Australia in three successive ODI series at home
21:22 hrs IST: This is also India’s sixth consecutive ODI series victory
21:18 hrs IST: India beat Australia by 5 wickets and 13 balls to spare to clinch the series 3-0. And there are still 2 matches yet to take place
21:15 hrs IST: The scores are level
21:10 hrs IST: MS Dhoni comes out to bat!
21:07 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya gets out for 78 while going for a big shot but gets caught at mid-on!
21:05 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya has definitely batted well but Manish Pandey has also given him enough support
21:02 hrs IST: India are on the verge of victory now
20:57 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya has been the difference
20:53 hrs IST: India are not far from victory, with only 33 needed off 41
20:47 hrs IST: India have crossed the 250-run mark and Pandya is in his 60s! This is such a match-winning knock from the all-rounder
20:42 hrs IST: Pandya had also scored a match-winning 83 in the first game
20:41 hrs IST: Pandya has scored his 4th ODI half-century! He has hit four sixes and one boundary so far. This is turning out to be quite an innings from him
20:40 hrs IST: Australia have come right back into this game with those two wickets of Kohli and Jadhav
20:39 hrs IST: Two consecutive boundaries from the willow of Manish Pandey and India need 67 off 73 with six wickets in hand
20:37 hrs IST: Dropped! That could have been close for Pandya!
20:36 hrs IST: Six! That is a big one from Hardik and his third one!
20:35 hrs IST: Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya are at the crease currently
20:34 hrs IST: While Kohli departed for 28, Jadhav got out for 2
20:30 hrs IST: These two quick wickets have put India in more than spot of bother
20:26 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav is also out! India is in a spot of bother at 206/4
20:20 hrs IST:OUT! Kohli is gone, for 28! Big loss for India!
20:16 hrs IST: India have crossed the 200-run mark
20:13 hrs IST: Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya are more or less dealing in singles at present
20:10 hrs IST: India now need 97 runs off 104 balls with eight wickets in hand. Sounds easy
20:03 hrs IST: Pandya and Kohli are both in their 20s
20:01 hrs IST: After 30 overs, India are 187/2
19:56 hrs IST: The hosts are cruising right now
19:51 hrs IST: Kohli and Pandya are striking the ball really well. While Pandya is hitting sixes, Kohli is scoring in fours
19:47 hrs IST: India are cruising right now
19:43 hrs IST: End of 27 overs, India are 172/2
19:37 hrs IST: India are going on well right at 157/2 after 25 overs
19:35 hrs IST: Captain Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are at the crease for the hosts
19:30 hrs IST: Rahane then departed after a few deliveries for 70
19:26 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane put on 139 for the opening wicket before the former got out for 71
19:22 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has come out to the crease as Ajinkya Rahane gets out for 70
19:17 hrs IST: OUT! Rohit Sharma gets caught in the deep and is out for 71
19:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Coulter-nile gives a short ball and Rahane pulls it for a boundary. India 132/0 in 20 overs
19:07 hrs IST: Kane Richardson is back into the attack. The Australians are desperate for a wicket here. Five runs off the over. India 126/0 in 19 overs
19:00 hrs IST: FIFTY! Rahane scores 21st fifty. This partnership has fast-tracked India’s chase.
18:58 hrs IST: DROPPED! Handscomb lets off Rohit Sharma off Pat Cummins
18:52 hrs IST: FOURS! A beauty from Rohit Sharma off the second ball from Pat Cummins right over his head. He follows it up with another boundary in the backward square leg.
18:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahane gets a short ball and he directs it towards square leg. It was a poor delivery. India 106/0 in 16 overs
18:47 hrs IST: Marcus Stonis is in the attack right now
18:45 hrs IST: The Rohit-Rahane stand has maintained a steady run-rate of over six per over. India 100/0 in 15 overs
18:39 hrs IST: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma scores his 33rd half-century
18:30 hrs IST: India are playing well right now
18:26 hrs IST: India are 74/0 in 11 overs
18:22 hrs IST: India have crossed the 50-run mark
18:17 hrs IST: Both Rahane and Rohit are batting really well for India
18:13 hrs IST: India are 34/0 after 6 overs
18:11 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is on fire! That is a lovely six over long-off from the right-hander
18:09 hrs IST: BANG! Big six from the willow of Rohit Sharma!
18:06 hrs IST: After 4 overs, India 15/0
18:04 hrs IST: First boundary for India and Rahane
18:00 hrs IST: After three overs, India are 8/0
17:57 hrs IST: The Indian openers are quite steady at present!
17:52 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are opening the batting for India
17:50 hrs IST: And we are back with the second innings.
17:23 hrs IST: Take a break. We will be back soon.
17:20 hrs IST: “Nice to get a hundred, but we left a few out there. Did a rigorous fitness test yesterday. They bowled extremely well with the new ball, their plan was to get us playing across the line, which was high risk. Not an easy pitch to score on right away,” said Finch!
17:15 hrs IST: Earlier, it was looking as if Australia would reach 350 but what a fight back from India. They only allowed Australia to score 59 runs in the last 10 overs, restricting them below 300!
17:10 hrs IST: What a fight back from India!
17:07 hrs IST: Australia finish at 293/6 in 50 overs!
17:04 hrs IST: Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar at the crease now
17:03 hrs IST: Australia have lost 6 with this
17:02 hrs IST: Pandey took the catch, realised he is going over the ropes, lobbed it, went out of the boundary, came back in and re-took the catch! Pure gold!
17:01 hrs IST: OUT! What a catch by Manish Pandey to dismiss Peter Handscomb for 3! That was a stunner!
16:59 hrs IST: Not only did they take wickets, they also cut down on the flow of runs
16:57 hrs IST: Indian bowlers have done really well during the death overs
16:55 hrs IST: Three overs to go, how much do you think Australia can score?
16:54 hrs IST: Stoinis and Handscomb are at the crease for Australia
16:52 hrs IST: Australia are five down now and have not been able to accelerate since Aaron Finch got out!
16:50 hrs IST: Have a read what our correspondent Siddharth Vishwanathan, who is covering the game in Indore, wrote Steve Smith fifty compliments Aaron Finch ton in India vs Australia Indore ODI
16:48 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal has ended with 1/54 from his 10 overs
16:46 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav has ended with 2/75 from his 10 overs
16:44 hrs IST: India have really come back well into this game!
16:42 hrs IST: OUT! That is another one! Travis Head is out for 4 , bowled by Jasprit Bumrah!
16:40 hrs IST: Australia are 259/4 after 45 overs!
16:37 hrs IST: With those three wickets, India have slowed down Australia that too in the death overs
16:35 hrs IST: That stumping by MS Dhoni was his 100th!
16:33 hrs IST: After 44 overs, Australia are 255/4
16:28 hrs IST: Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis at the crease and both are batting on 0 not out
16:26 hrs IST: In fact, Australia have lost two wickets in two balls!
16:25 hrs IST:OUT! Maxwell is gone too! Stumped by MS Dhoni off Yuzvendra Chahal! Those are three quick wickets
16:24 hrs IST: It was a googly from Kuldeep and Smith did not get it on time, only to be dismissed for a good 63
16:23 hrs IST: OUT! Smith has been removed for 63 and it is again Kuldeep Yadav who got into the act
16:21 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya has bowled out his quota of 10 overs and ended up with 1/58
16:19 hrs IST: The partnership between Aaron Finch and Steve Smith was worth 154 runs
16:16 hrs IST: Australia are 234/2 after 40 overs.
16:15 hrs IST: Smith, meanwhile, has scored his 2nd half-century on the trot after hitting 59 in Kolkata
16:12 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell joins captain Smith at the crease
16:10 hrs IST: Finch was trying to accelerate and got caught at deep mid-wicket
16:09 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav, who took a hat-trick in the previous game has got the wicket of Finch, who departs after a brilliant 124
16:07 hrs IST: OUT! Finch is finally gone!
16:03 hrs IST: Steve Smith has scored his 19th half-century in ODIs! This is turning out to be a great day for batting for Australia
15:59 hrs IST: Australia are 216/1 after 36 overs
15:53 hrs IST: And Australia have crossed the 200-run mark as well and that too in the 35th over!
15:50 hrs IST: This is Finch’s 1st hundred since January 2016, which was also against India!
15:46 hrs IST: Aaron Finch has scored his 8th ODI century and second against India! What an innings!
15:40 hrs IST: After 32 overs, Australia are 183/1
15:34 hrs IST: This will be Finch’s eight ODI century! Some comeback from the batsman
15:33 hrs IST: BANG! And then another bang! Six and a four and Finch enters his 90s!
15:27 hrs IST: After David Warner got out for 42, Aaron Finch has taken the visitors ahead with his 74 not out and is getting strong support from captain Steve Smith, who is on 31 not out
15:25 hrs IST: Let us recap it for you. Australia had won the toss and opted to bat
15:20 hrs IST: Australia are 146/1 after 27 overs. They are looking good for a big total here.
15:15 hrs IST: This partnership between Smith and Finch could be dangerous for India
15:10 hrs IST: After 25 overs, Australia are 135/1
15:05 hrs IST: Australia are batting really well and are heading for a big score
14:48 hrs IST: Aaron Finch has hit his 17th half-century in ODIs
14:53 hrs IST: Australia have reached the 100-run mark
14:47 hrs IST: Second six of the day — both off Yuzvendra Chahal — but this time it was Aaron Finch
14:45 hrs IST: It is drinks break!
14:41 hrs IST: Australia are 76/1 after 15 overs
14:38 hrs IST: Captain Steve Smith has come out to bat!
14:34 hrs IST: Bowled! And Hardik Pandya has removed David Warner for 42! Important wicket for India – first breakthrough
14:32 hrs IST: BANG! The first six of the day from the bat of David Warner!
14:30 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya have also bowled an over each but no success yet
14:26 hrs IST: After 12 overs, Australia are 55/0
14:22 hrs IST: And Australia have crossed the 50-run mark without losing a wicket
14:18 hrs IST: That could have been a run out but Warner is safe
14:17 hrs IST: This was a good toss to win for Australia
14:15 hrs IST: Australia are 49/0 after 10 overs
14:14 hrs IST: This looks like a beautiful batting track, the ball is coming on nicely and the boundaries are also short
14:09 hrs IST: Today is also the birthday of Mohinder Amarnath, who was Man of the Match of the 1983 World Cup final
14:04 hrs IST: After 7 overs, Australia are 26/0
14:00 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been unable to pick wickets yet for India
13:55 hrs IST: Warner hits a boundary — his first 1 in this match as Australia are 23/0 after 5 overs
13:53 hrs IST: If India win this match then Virat Kohli will equal MS Dhoni’s record of most consecutive wins under a captain. Virat has eight wins while Dhoni has 9.
13:52 hrs IST: Two boundaries in the fourth over, the first ones for Australia in this game, from the willow of Aaron Finch and Australia are 17/0 after 4 overs
13:50 hrs IST: This is a pure batting wicket. Experts say 300 plus total is obvious
13:47 hrs IST: This is Aaron Finch’s first match of the series. He was nursing a calf injury
13:45 hrs IST: After 2 overs, Australia are 6/0
13:43 hrs IST: Also today is a historic day! On this day: Indian cricket team clinched ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007
13:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile, have a read Shane Warne accused of assaulting pornstar Valerie Foxx in a London nightclub
13:35 hrs IST: The first over is up and Australia are 3/0
13:30 hrs IST: Match begins!
13:29 hrs IST: Australia are opening with David Warner and Aaron Finch while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball
13:27 hrs IST: The national anthems have been played and the match is about to begin
13:25 hrs IST: This is the first time Australia has won the toss in this series
13:20 hrs IST: And here is the Australia XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (captain), 4 Travis Head, 5 Peter Handscomb (wicketkeeper), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Ashton Agar
13:15 hrs IST: And here is the Indian playing XI: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (captain), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
13:10 hrs IST: This is going to be an exciting match
13:02 hrs IST: Australia win the toss and opt to bat first.
12:40 hrs IST: There is a buzz that Ravindra Jadeja may play today. Manish Pandey was just running outside of the boundary and was not warming up much. Yesterday, in the practice, Jadeja had a batting session.
12:25 hrs IST: Aaron Finch has a batting session. Probably an indication that Hilton Cartwright may not play. Final teams confirmed only at toss.