BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has lauded Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya for their fine performance in the third ODI against Australia. The duo starred with the bat as India beat Australia by 13 runs in the third ODI to avoid a humiliating whitewash. The three-match series ended 2-1 in Australia’s favour.
For the first time in the series, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. But unlike Australia making the most of the toss wins, India failed to capitalise on it early on. They lost wickets at regular intervals and found themselves reeling at 152 for 5 after 32 overs.
But before Australia could make further inroads, Pandya and Jadeja steadied the ship. They scored unbeaten fifties and shared an unbeaten stand of 150 runs to help India recover from 152 for 5 and finish on 302 for 5.
Jadeja remained unbeaten on 66. His knock came off 50 balls and was studded with five fours and three sixes. On the other hand, Pandya scored 92 off just 76 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. Chasing 303, Australia Australia were all out for 289.
Sourav Ganguly praises Pandya, Jadeja:
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly hailed Team India’s win in the third ODI and hoped that it would turn things around for the team in the coming days. Further, Sourav Ganguly lavished praise on Pandya and Jadeja for their performances and said that the duo could be ‘huge assets’ to the team.
“Good win for india inspite of series loss..hopefully it will turn things around as it’s a long tour ..jadeja and Pandiya can be huge assets to this team in the long run ..plays at difficult positions ..,” wrote Sourav Ganguly.
Good win for india inspite of series loss..hopefully it will turn things around as it's a long tour ..jadeja and Pandiya can be huge assets to this team in the long run ..plays at difficult positions ..@bcci @JayShah @ThakurArunS
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 2, 2020
India and Australia will now lock horns in a three-match T20I series, starting on December 4. After the T20Is, both the teams will play the much-anticipated four-match Test series, starting on December 17.