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IND vs AUS 2020: India end their 7-match losing streak as Australia lose ODI in Canberra for 1st time

Team India win the 3rd ODI
Team India Celebrate as they win their first International match after 7 straight losses (Image source: Twitter)

Australia have won the ODI series 2-1 but it was quite a cracker of a game as India manage to come out on top in this dead rubber by 13 runs. Both sides decided to have some chops and changes coming to this contest. For India, T Nataraj made his debut while Shardil Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav were brought back into the side. For Australia, Camron Green made his debut while Ashton Agar, and Sean Abbott also made it back into their side.

A shaky start with the bat for India in the 3rd ODI:

After winning the toss, India decided to bat first and which is obvious given the fact that batting first has been quite fruitful. Coming on to bat India did not have the start they were hoping for as they lost the early wicket of Shikar Dhawan (16 off 27). Shubman Gill looked good for his 33 as he was starting to form a partnership with the Indian skipper. He lost his wicket for a well made 33 runs.

Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul looked good in the previous ODI but unfortunately, they could not get themselves in and lost their wickets in quick successions. Virat Kohli continued to bat well and scored his 60th fifty in ODI cricket. He, unfortunately, was dismissed by Josh Hazelwood once again where initially he was given not out for caught behind but on review from Finch, there was a little spike as ball past Virat’s blade. Virat scored 63 runs in 78 balls.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja come to the rescue:

India were 152/5 at the end of the 32nd over and they just lost their skipper who was batting really well. Hardik Pandya stayed in for the long hall as he alongside Ravindra Jadeja pulled a fantastic unbeaten partnership of 150 runs together. Hardik scored 92 runs and showed that he can bat in ODI’s as well. Jadeja on the other hand also paced his innings well and was the one to go ballistic towards the back end of the Indian innings.

They managed to help India post a decent total of 302 runs. Canberra has comparatively shorter boundaries than Sydney so it was surely going to be a task for the Indian bowlers to pull this off.

Australia feels the absence of David Warner in this run chase:

Coming in to chase 303. Aaron Finch continued with this dominance at the top order. David Warner who suffered a groin injury was ruled out of this game as well as the coming T20Is against India. Marnus Labuschagne was the one who opened alongside him. His stay at the crease did not last long as the debutant T Natarajan managed to pick him as his first wicket in ODIs.

Steve Smith who hammered 2 back to back centuries against India was a huge threat to them but he failed to fire today as he was sent back to the hut cheaply by Shardul Thakur. Moises Henriques and debutant Cameron Green tried to hang around and contributed 22 and 21 runs respectively.

Aaron Finch played another big inning as he scored 75 runs. Unfortunately, he lost his wicket to Ravindra Jadeja. Things started to look shaky as they were 158/5.

Maxwell fails to get Australia across the finish line:

Glenn Maxwell (59 off 38) continued on with his impeccable form as he continued to show his class and hit boundaries regularly and troubled the Indian bowlers a lot. He was starting to build a decent partnership with Alex Carey. Carey was batting well but a miscommunication in the middle was the cause of his demise. He contributed a decent 38 runs.

Maxwell kept continuing and also kept his side in this game. He tried to take on India’s lead bowler Jasprit Bumrah in the 45th over when the run chase was clearly under their control. He in the process of trying to crave a boundary from that over tried to create room and Bumrah just pulled off a yorker and knocked his stumps off.

Ashton Agar was the last recognized batsmen left for Australia as was accompanied by the tail-enders. He, unfortunately, perished soon after in trying to take on Natarajan. Indian bowlers then just managed to clean up the Australian side for 289 runs.

Team Australia with the series win
Team Australia pose with the Trophy. (Image source: Twitter)

India may have won this match but Australia have managed to come out on top as they win this 3 match ODI series 2-1. The Man of the Match for 3rd ODI was awarded to Hardik Pandya for his crucial knock of 92* runs. Steve Smith was awarded as the Man of the Series.


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