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Ind vs Aus third ODI: Kohli stands tall, but Australia pulls off win to keep series alive
09 March 2019

India fell short by 32 runs as Australia made it 2-1 to remain alive in the series.

King Kohli's regal century in India’s chase of a stiff target of 314 in the third One-Day International against Australia at the JSCA Stadium here may not have fetched the desired result, but it had all the ingredients of a great innings from one of the finest batsmen the game has ever seen.

India fell short by 32 runs as Australia made it 2-1 to remain alive in the series.


The India captain's 41st ODI hundred, 123 off 95 balls, comprising 16 breathtaking fours and a six, was a display of class, poise and bravery against all odds.

Not one to be cowed down by difficulties, Kohli steadied the boat from a woeful 27 for three with a 49-run stand with M.S. Dhoni (26) before the local favourite, who may have played his last match before his home crowd, was foxed by leg-spinner Adam Zampa.

Kohli, who unleashed some glorious drives and fine flicks, collected 66 runs with Kedar Jadhav (26) and 45 with Vijay Shankar (32) to rekindle Indian hopes before being castled by the clever Zampa.

Asked to bat — the toss was taken in the presence of CoA member Diana Eduljee, invited as part of International Women's Day celebrations — the tourists addressed one aspect of their batting issues by getting off to a fine start.

Captain Aaron Finch (93, 99b, 10x4, 3x6) and Usman Khawaja (104, 113b, 11x4, 1x6) put on 193 for the first wicket, the best start of the series.

Cutting down his natural style of muscling the cricket ball ruthlessly, Finch offered a straight bat, played some superb drives while also hitting three lusty sixes over long-on off Jadhav.

Khawaja, an experienced Test cricketer, batted with confidence. He chose the leg-side to play some lovely pulls, including a six and a four off Kuldeep Yadav, and employed his rubber-like wrists to fine effect.

Khawaja, who reverse-swept for two fours and was dropped on 17 by Shikhar Dhawan at point in Ravindra Jadeja's first over, began executing the Australian plan of unsettling the Indian spinners, who were welcomed with cracking shots after the new ball bowlers could not make any impact.

Jasprit Bumrah lost support prematurely when Mohammed Shami, who was hit on his shin by a freak throw, went off the field after bowling three overs in the opening spell.

Kuldeep Yadav fought back on the strength of his subtle variations. He provided the breakthrough as Finch, who missed his century by seven runs, was adjudged lbw in the 32nd over.

Khawaja reached his maiden hundred before falling to an ill-timed pull off Shami, who returned after having some medical attention.

Some pressure

India then mounted pressure.

Glenn Maxwell (47) was run out due to the combined brilliance of Jadeja and Dhoni, who deflected a sharp throw onto the stumps, and Peter Handscomb was at sea against the crafty Kuldeep.

A reliable Marcus Stoinis added 50 runs with Alex Carey to take Australia past 300 as the host conceded 69 runs in the last 10 overs.


AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch lbw b Kuldeep 93 (99b, 10x4,3x6), Usman Khawaja c Bumrah b Shami 104 (113b, 11x4,1x6), Glenn Maxwell run out 47 (31b, 3x4, 3x6), Shaun Marsh c Vijay Shankar b Kuldeep 7 (12b), Marcus Stoinis (not out) 31 (26b, 4x4), Peter Handscomb lbw b Kuldeep 0 (2b), Alex Carey (not out) 21 (17b, 3x4); Extras (lb-4, w-6): 10; Total (for five wkts. in 50 overs): 313.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-193 (Finch, 31.5 overs), 2-239 (Khawaja, 38.3), 3-258 (Maxwell, 41.6), 4-263 (Marsh, 43.2), 5-263 (Handscomb, 43.4).

INDIA BOWLING: Shami 10-0-52-1, Bumrah 10-0-53-0, Jadeja 10-0-64-0, Kuldeep 10-0-64-3, Vijay Shankar 8-0-44-0, Jadhav 2-0-32-0.

INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan c Maxwell b Richardson 1 (10b), Rohit Sharma lbw b Cummins 14 (14b, 2x4, 1x6), Virat Kohli b Zampa 123 (95b, 16x4,1x6), Ambati Rayudu b Cummins 2 (8b), M.S. Dhoni b Zampa 26 (42b, 2x4, 1x6), Kedar Jadhav lbw b Zampa 26 (39b, 3x4), Vijay Shankar c Richardson b Lyon 32 (30b, 4x4), Ravindra Jadeja c Maxwell b Richardson 24 (31b, 1x6), Kuldeep Yadav c Finch b Cummins 10 (16b, 1x4), Mohd. Shami c Cummins b Richardon 8 (4b, 2x4), Jaspirt Bumrah (not out) 0 (1b); Extras (b-1, lb-10, w-4): 15; Total (in 48.2 overs): 281

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-11 (Dhawan, 3.3 overs), 2-15 (Rohit, 4.3), 3-27 (Rayudu, 6.2), 4-86 (Dhoni, 19.1), 5-174 (Jadhav, 31.4), 6-219 (Kohli, 37.3), 7-251 (Vijay Shankar, 42.6), 8-273 (Jadeja, 47.1), 9-281 (Shami, 47.5)

AUSTRALIA BOWLING: Cummins 8.2-1-37-3, Richardson 9-2-37-3, Stoinis 6-0-39-0, Lyon 10-0-57-1, 10-0-70-3, Maxwell 5-0-30-0.

TOSS: India

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH:  Usman Khawaja

Australia won by 32 runs, India leads five-match series 2-1



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