Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli scored his 41st ODI hundred but it was not enough to stop his side losing by 32 runs against Australia in the third ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex at Ranchi.
Batting first, the visiting team banked on a 193-run opening partnership to set the tone for the batters to come. While Finch missed his century by seven runs, Khawaja brought his first ODI hundred. Glenn Maxwell also played a little cameo of 47 but once he got out the runs dried up. Stoinis remained unbeaten on 31 runs to post 313 runs on the board.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli brought his 41st century leading the charge in pursuit of a massive target. But once Adam Zampa got him out the chances almost faded out for the home side. Although Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja tried their best but couldn’t stop their side from going down by 32 runs.
Here is the players rating for the Indian National Cricket team against Australia from the third ODI at Ranchi:
ROHIT SHARMA (2/10)
The openers have struggled to put starts which will keep the think tank worries. Rohit Sharma has struggled to find consistency as he once again got out after looking in good touch. He struck two fours and a glorious looking six over the bowler’s head before getting out.
SHIKHAR DHAWAN (0.5/10)
Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run with the bat continues as he once again failed to score on a flat wicket. Cutting on a ball wide of off-stump, Dhawan holed out to Glenn Maxwell at point. The southpaw needs to score runs to retain his place in the team ahead of the ICC World Cup.
VIRAT KOHLI (9.5/10)
Virat Kohli has made a habit of scoring hundreds as he continued his brilliant form from Nagpur to Ranchi. After losing early wickets, he took the side on his shoulders to keep them in the chase. However, in an attempt to score some quick runs, the Indian National Cricket team skipper departed scoring 123 runs off 95 deliveries.
AMBATI RAYUDU (1/10)
Indian National Cricket team management will once again have to sit and think about their no four batsman ahead of the World Cup. Although Ambati Rayudu looked a line to seal the spot he has struggled to put runs against big opponents on a regular basis. His poor runs continued as he got out cheaply at Ranchi scoring only two runs.
VIJAY SHANKAR (5.5/10)
Vijay Shankar played a handy knock of 32 runs from 30 balls including four boundaries. Meanwhile, he got out trying to score quick runs to match required run-rate. He also did a good job with the ball to contain the in-form Australian batters. These games will be a confidence-booster for Shankar ahead of the World Cup.
KEDAR JADHAV (5/10)
Kedar Jadhav has batted well in this series and has shown that he can bat really at the lower-order. The all-rounder after having a bad outing with the ball scored some runs with the bat. However, he will curse himself for not converting the starts as he departed scoring 26 runs.
MS DHONI (4.5/10)
MS Dhoni partnered Virat Kohli to bail Indian National Cricket team out and the former skipper looked in fine touch. He played some good pools and drives before Adam Zampa cleaned him up with a fuller delivery. Dhoni scored 26 runs off 42 deliveries before getting. Previously, in the first innings, Dhoni showed his brilliance when he combined with Ravindra Jadeja to get Glenn Maxwell run out.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (2.5/10)
Ravindra Jadeja’s poor form with the ball continues as he remained wicketless giving away 64 runs in his quota of ten overs. Meanwhile, Jadeja was spot on in the field as he ran out Glenn Maxwell combining with MS Dhoni. However, he has to pick wickets to be in the good books of the selectors.
KULDEEP YADAV (5/10)
Kuldeep Yadav is surely missing his partner in crime Yuzvendra Chahal as the former went for a lot of runs. However, he picked three wickets to bring down the run-rate after an early flourish by the Australian batsmen.
MOHAMMED SHAMI (6/10)
Mohammed Shami has been bowling in good rhythm in the last year, and it was no different in this game. He started well with the new only to leave the field with an injury in the sin bone. Also, he came back and bowled some tight overs again to sit out. However, he was a touch expensive in the last few overs as he returned with one for 52 in his full quota.
JASPRIT BUMRAH (5/10)
Jasprit Bumrah went for few runs early on but came back stronger during the death overs. Although he went wicketless at Ranchi, Bumrah will be Indian Nationa Cricket team’s leading bowler in this format in the ICC World Cup.