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.
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