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Highlights India vs Australia, cricket result, 3rd ODI at Indore: Hosts win by 5 wickets, clinch series 3-0

Date: Monday,20 November 2017 11:43 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

Australia in India 5 ODI Series 2017 3rd ODI Match Result India beat Australia by 5 wickets

293/6
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.86
Fours
23
Sixes
7
Extras
16
294/5
Overs
47.5
R/R
6.19
Fours
28
Sixes
8
Extras
6
  • Australia's innings can be divided into two halves – The first dominated by Australia's top 3 - Warner, Finch and Smith – all got runs, but once Smith, the last of the top 3 fell, the innings faltered. When the foundation for a launch was laid, the team ran out of steam i.e. the second wherein the credit must be given to India's death bowling that puncutred Australia's innings. At one stage 350+ seemed a reasonable bet but it was soon turned into a pipedream as the Aussies finished seven short of 300. And on a belter of a track, everyone knew, including themselves, that they were 40 runs short.

    Still 293 meant the visitors had something in the bank to play with, but any target would start to look small if Rohit Sharma is in some mood and today he was. Forging a solid 139-run opening stand with the ever-reliable Rahane, who scored his 2nd consecutive fifty of the series, set the platform for the middle order.

    All was not hunky-dory for the home side as there were a few hiccups on the way, but a 'surprise promotion' of Hardik Pandya (decision taken by coach Ravi Shastri, revealed India's captain Kohli in the post-match presentation) worked very well, as India went on to win by 5 wickets and clinch series 3-0.

    Feel for Finch, who marked a commendable comeback to notch a fablous century and still ended on the wrong side, can be a bit painful.

    With two more games to go, it isn't like there is nothing to play for. These two advasaries hate to give eachother an inch, so expect some good cricket as it was the case today – an entertaining contest, fought well by both sides with India coming out on top.

    We had fun bringing you all the coverage, we hope you had a fun ride too. We will continue with the coverage as the caravan moves to Bangalore for the 4th ODI on Thursday, until then we thank you for you company and wish you well. See ya!

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    Watch our Firstpost correspondent Amit Banerjee interact with fans after India's series clinching win at Indore. 

  • India captain, Virat Kohli: Exactly, early 35 odd overs, they batted really well. The wicket was good to bat on. We knew that if we once get to their lower middle order, we could  restrict them. Wrist spinners need to be backed, it won't always be the case that they will turn. I felt they were 35-40 runs short. The partnership at the top (between Rohit and Rahane) was outstanding. Hardik Pandya, of course, only he can do what he does. He is a star. We have been wanting a guy like him for a very long time, he is stepping up every time. Great asset for Indian cricket. Promoting him was Ravi bhai's idea. Take the spinner out of the game. We might try few other players in the coming games. Shami, Umesh; Axar Patel is fit again. Credit to the whole squad but the journey doesn't stop here. 

  • Hardik Pandya, Man of the Match: It feels good, but couldn't finish the match. I saw the promotion as an opportunity than a surprise. Obviously, I wanted to target the left-arm spinner. I played out the dot balls as well after getting couple of sixes. I try to contribute in whatever way I can. I would like to see through the game next and stay till the end.

  • Australian captain, Steve Smith: I thought we set it up beautifully. The Indian death bowlers bowled well. Couldn't get the boundaries. 330+ might have been a different result, but credit to India. Hardik was outstanding. Rohit and Jinx very good at top.  I don't know the answer to that I wish I did. Our first 30-40 overs were great but probably weren't good enough to get the boundaries in the backend. The pitch slowed up a little bit and it happened for both teams as well. We couldn't get the boundaries when we wanted it to happen.

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    Turned out to be easier than expected, thanks to the brilliance of Rohit and Pandya, with the former finally converting a start into a big score. The chase would have been a lot more difficult had it not been for Pandya's little counterattack. The supporting knocks from the likes of Rahane and Pandey too in the end contributed to the five wicket win. Australia's woes just doesn't seem to end this tour, as they surrender the series with two games left. Doubt if the series loss will have much of an impact on a team whose focus seems to be fixed on the Ashes that is to take place later this summer. 
     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most consecutive wins for India in ODIs:
     
    9 - July 6, 2017 to September 24, 2017* (Captain - Virat Kohli)
    9 - Novemeber 14, 2008 to February 05, 2009 (Captain - MS Dhoni)

  • After 47.5 overs,India 294/5 ( Manish Pandey 36 , MS Dhoni (W) 3)

    MS Dhoni had the chance to finish the match with his trademark six, which was the demand at the Holkar stadium too, but the professional that Dhoni is, he doesn't give into the emotion. Pulls it square leg to tie the score and it is Pandey, who squeezes out a yorker on the onside to hit the winning run, to claim victory by 5 wickets. With that, India have taken the unassailable lead of 3-0 with three wins up front. Virat and Co win the series with 2 more ODIs to play.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is India's third consecutive bilateral series victory over Australia at home in ODIs. They beat Australia by 1-0 in 2010 and 3-2 in 2013. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Terrific win for India. Chasing a huge target of 294 can never be easy. The Indian batsmen showed plenty of character to get to that with 13 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Kohli and Manish Pandey all played a huge role in the excellent chase as India won by 5 wickets. They have claimed the series 3-0.

  • India win by 5 wickets and claim the series 3-0 with two ODIs to play

  • FOUR! Pandey! Goes over bowler's head. Richardson ducks and the ball sails over him into the boundary. 3 more!

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    Pandya's dismissal is met with a massive roar. Guess everybody wants to see Dhoni hit the winning runs. 
     

  • After 47 overs,India 287/5 ( Manish Pandey 30 , MS Dhoni (W) 2)

    Glenn Maxwell gets the ball. Has it got any tricks up his sleeves? Well not really, Dhoni is happy to defend and block as cool as ever. Manish wants get over the line quickly.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Pandya falls as he lived -- trying to hit the leather off the ball. His 78 runs off 72 balls though was yet another example of his development as a world class all rounder. He flayed the spin of Agar and batted with a lot of gusto and spirit against the pacers to really come of age. An uppish ondrive against Cummins failed him. He was comfortably caught at mid-on.

     

  • After 46 overs,India 285/5 ( Manish Pandey 29 , MS Dhoni (W) 1)

    Cummins has bowled out his 10 overs and he has bowled and heart out! MS Dhoni joins Pandey in the middle and the crowd goes nuts! India need 9 more, will we see a Dhoni six to finish things off is the biggest question around India at this moment.

  • OUT! Pandya wants to club everything out of the park, gets the toe-end of the bat unfortunately ends up hitting straight to mid on. End of another belligerent innings and a match winning one

    c Richardson b Cummins 78 (72)

  • After 45 overs,India 283/4 ( Hardik Pandya 78 , Manish Pandey 29)

    Well, Australia have tried them to rattle with the words with short ball with pace and spin but nothing seems to have bothered Hardik as he trudges along. India need 11 runs to clinch the series

  • FOUR! Powers the pull through the mid wicket region! This is 4th boundary in the space of 5 balls!

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    The manner in which Manish keeps his eye on the ball is tremendous. Even when off balance by the short-pitched balls or slower ones he keeps his eye on the ball and places the ball with cross-batted shots for singles and twos very effectively
     
     

  • FOUR! Pandya! He has tried playing the ramp, couple of times and it hasn't comes off well. This time he gets the boundary off the 5th ball.

  • FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Pulled away for another boundary they are doing it in a canter now!

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    The partnership in excess of 50. Less than 20. needed to win. The Australians' shoulders beginning to drop already. Won't be surprised if Pandya finishes this off with a flurry of sixes. 
     

  • FOUR! Slog! Pandey has bludgeoned it. Gets the inside half of the bat but is over the midwicket fielder for another boundary

  • After 44 overs,India 265/4 ( Hardik Pandya 69 , Manish Pandey 20)

    The four of the first ball put the pressure on Cummins straightaway. With four singles along with it. 8 runs come off the over. India need 29 more

  • FOUR! Geez! What.A.Shot! There have been some breathtaking strokes been played today by batsmen of both teams, is this the best? A punchy straight drive by Pandya! Can watch it again and again!

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This game is all about confidence. Hardik Pandya is showing that his game is not all about power but he can time the ball, too. He has shown his ability of buliding an innings. Manish Pandey is also slowly and steadily getting into his groove. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    The 50-run unbroken stand off 45 balls between Manish and Pandya is seeing India hastening to the target. Both are aggressive batsmen and good runners between the wickets. They are capable of suddenly taking their game to a higher gear. Australia are increasingly looking ragged with their bowling. 
     
     

  • After 43 overs,India 257/4 ( Hardik Pandya 63 , Manish Pandey 18)

    50-run partnership for the 5th wicket! What a time to bring the stand by two players that are an integral part of the future plans of Indian cricket. Stoinis' over goes for 7 runs.

  • FOUR! Back of a length and Pandey steps forward to hit it off the front foot through the covers with a horizontal bat! I don't know how he does it but well he is getting the important boundary

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    India now down to  less than the last 50 runs in the huge chase. Pandya and Manish seem to be in control and are working out another useful partnership. But it is not over till they see the team over the line. Pandya has been scoring at a run a ball. Manish too is around that same run rate
     

  • After 42 overs,India 250/4 ( Hardik Pandya 62 , Manish Pandey 12)

    Pat Cummins will bowl the 42nd over he has run in hard and bent his back, couple of dot balls to start with and then the unfortune four and a double and single takes 7 out of the over. 44 off 48 balls. Should be breeze!

  • FOUR! Everything going Pandya's way! Living the dream! Inside edge, misses the leg stump and runs down to fine leg fence

  • After 41 overs,India 243/4 ( Hardik Pandya 55 , Manish Pandey 12)

    Agar to bowl his 10th over. He hasn't had the best of the days but still has Kohli's wicket to his name! Ends with 71 runs of the over. Pandya and Pandey don't take try anything silly in his final over

  • After 40 overs,India 240/4 ( Hardik Pandya 53 , Manish Pandey 11)

    Coulter-Nile to continue into his last over! These two have played out the over safely picking  5 runs off it. Pandya shuffles across on the 4th ball and it was full but gets the bat in time to dig it out for a couple of runs otherwise he could have been heading to the pavilion. Coulter-Nile finished with 58 against his name with Jadhav's wicket.

  • After 39 overs,India 235/4 ( Hardik Pandya 50 , Manish Pandey 10)

    Pandey is providing good company to Pandya, he needs someone who keeps the scoreboard ticking and these two have ensured that the asking run-rate doesn't go over run-a-ball and that is some maturity shown by both the batsmen.

  • FIFTY! Brilliant innings, especially coming at no.4 and carrying after seeing the end of his captain and then Jadhav. Hardik is carrying India's hope in this match and making his case as a genuine allrounder stronger by the day! Can't forget his bowling effort. This has been a superb knock

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Hardik Pandya can do no wrong in this series. Today, he completed his quota of 10 overs and now also scored a fifty batting at No.4. A batting all-rounder or bowling all-rounder?

  • SIX! Lovely use of the feet by Pandya. Comes down the track to tonk it over long on.

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Manish's two boundaries would have taken a load off him. He is a confidence player and those shots would have done wonders to settle his nerves. Manish is an aggressive batsman and won't flinch from going for his shots. India need 60 runs after yet another six by Pandya off Agar. Pandya also gets to his 50 from 45 balls.
     
     

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    Did Smith just drop the series trophy? The dropped catch of Pandya on 41 might just go down as that moment. What's more, Pandey follows it up with successive boundaries!! 

  • After 38 overs,India 227/4 ( Hardik Pandya 43 , Manish Pandey 9)

    These too have decided to score freely. Coulter-Nile has also not had the best of the days as Rohit up front and now these two have decided that attack is there only way countering things.

  • FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Pandey hits straight down the ground!

  • FOUR! Manish Pandey works of his hips for to get a boundary to fine leg

  • After 37 overs,India 217/4 ( Hardik Pandya 42 , Manish Pandey 0)

    What an over! A Six! A four! and a drop! Smith was running back was really tough ask but it had to be taken if Australia have to come from behind! Agar must be ruing his luck. Pandya went for another slog and the leading edge went straight up! Luckily he survives

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Pandya obviously going for broke. He is taking a lot of chances. When it comes off, like that six off Agar over mid-wicket, he looks impressive. But that heave that was dropped by Smith looked awful. Pandya needs to calm down and think rationally
     
     

  • FOUR! Pandya swivels and pulls it through the midwicket for another boundary, he is bringing down the total with these boundaries!

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    The Aussies have a toe hold in the match now. Another wicket falls, Jadhav caught behind attempting to cut. Two quick wickets have set back India big time. Pandya and Pandey need to stablise. Run rate not an issue. But nerves will play a big role in the outcome. India short of target by 88 runs. Ball would be softer and a challenge from here on.  

  • Amit Banerjee, Firstpost correspondent from Indore

    No big score for Kohli today, while Jadhav barely lasts at the crease. Quick couple of wickets for the Aussies, and they're back in the game. Pandya is well set at the crease at the moment, and will need some support at the other end if he is to anchor the remainder of the chase. 

Update: MS Dhoni had the chance to finish the match with his trademark six, which was the demand at the Holkar stadium too, but the professional that Dhoni is, he doesn't give into the emotion. Pulls it square leg to tie the score and it is Pandey, who squeezes out a yorker on the onside to hit the winning run, to claim victory by 5 wickets. With that, India have taken the unassailable lead of 3-0 with three wins up front. Virat and Co win the series with 2 more ODIs to play.

Preview: After overpowering Australia in the opening two games, a dominant India will aim to pocket the five-match One Day International (ODI) series when they face the Kangaroos in the third game at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday.

On a 10-match overseas losing streak, the Steve Smith-led side will have their task cut out and face a must-win situation to have a chance at the trophy.

On the other hand, India are currently on an eight-match winning run, and hold an upper hand at Indore, where the men-in-blue have a 100 percent winning record (won all four of their matches so far).

India captain Virat Kohli (L) and Australia captain Steve Smith (R). AFP

India captain Virat Kohli (L) and Australia captain Steve Smith (R). AFP

Surprisingly the credit of No.1-ranked India's success in the ongoing series goes more to the bowlers, who have managed to defend scores of 164 (revised target in 21 overs) and 252 in the first two matches.

India's new-found spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have racked up 10 wickets together in the series so far and will once again be skipper Virat Kohli's go-to men in the middle overs.

Australia have found it hard to solve the mystery around chinaman Kuldeep, who on Thursday became the first Indian spinner to score a hat-trick in 50 overs cricket.

Not only the spinners, the pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have also been impressive at both the start and the death overs. Coming in as first change, India have got the perfect all-round option in Pandya, who also has done his part with the ball.

India's only area of concern is the middle order batting, where Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have failed to fire and the onus once again falls on the likes of Kohli, who blasted a 107-ball 92 in the second game at the Eden Gardens along side the other half centurion Ajinkya Rahane.

Rahane's opening partner Rohit Sharma is also due for runs but the saving grace has been the brilliant form of the lower middle order comprising stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.

On the other hand, Australia will need to pull up their socks in the batting department, which lacked a spark in the first two matches.

The over-dependence on Smith and opener David Warner has also been a cause of worry for the tourists.

Australia can, however, draw a lot of positives from the performance of their fast bowlers -- Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. But the form of leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who has managed to pick just two wickets so far, will hurt the Aussies.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.

Australia: David Warner, Steven Smith (Captain), Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Matthew Wade (WK), Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Peter Handscomb, Aaron Finch.

With inputs from IANS




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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