Team India, on Wednesday, dashed Australia’s hopes of clean sweeping the three-match series by winning the third ODI by 13 runs at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. Australia, on the other hand, won the series 2-1.
Chasing 303, Australia were all out for 289 for 3. Unlike the previous two games, India managed to take a wicket in the powerplay and also dismissed Steve Smith cheaply. Aaron Finch (75) and Glenn Maxwell (59) scored fighting fifties but could not stay till the end.
At one stage, Australia were reeling at 158 for 5 and then 210 for 6. At that stage, it looked like India would register an easy win. However, Maxwell gave the visitors a tough time before Jasprit Bumrah castled him and laid the foundation for the win.
Earlier in the game, India posted a challenging total of 302 for 5 thanks to fifties from Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Batting first, the visitors were off to a shaky start and lost wicket at regular intervals to find themselves reeling at 152 for 5 after 32 overs.
Jadeja and Pandya then shared an unbeaten stand of 150 runs off 108 balls to take the team to a good total. 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.
Here is how Aaron Finch Kohli reacted after the match:
Speaking at the end of the match, Australia skipper Aaron Finch started by saying that the hosts fought well in the game. He also rued his team’s failure to not dismiss either of Jadeja or Pandya cheaply.
“We fought really well today, just fell a little short. Obviously great partnership between Hardik and Jadeja, we might have been in a good position if we’d nabbed one of them early,” said Aaron Finch.
Speaking further, he praised the players who got a chance in the playing eleven for the dead rubber. The opening batsman was also delighted with the performance of his team’s top-order in the series.
I thought Cameron Green came in and made an impact with ball and bat, and showed he belongs at the international level. Ashton Agar played well too, so it was good to get them in and get some information on them,” said Aaron Finch.
“It’s nice when guys in the top order have really good contributions, and then Maxy can come in and do his thing in the back end. I thought Alex Carey, Moises, these guys did well too. Hopefully [Starc] is back for the T20s. Just a niggly thing with the back,” he added.