Vice-captain Rohit Sharma notched up his 28th century in limited-overs cricket to see India beat Australia in the third and final game of the series played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. With this result, home side managed to seal the one-day series against Australia.
Australian Skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first in the series decider. The visitors were in trouble when Mohammad Shami dismissed David Warner in the third over of the innings. Captain Aaron Finch also could not deliver anything big in this finale and was run-out by splendid from Ravendra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer.
With Australia placed in a tricky situation at 46 for 2, Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne decided to grind it out and led the fightback for the side. The duo put on a 127-run partnership to stabilize the innings for Australia. Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja dismissed Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc in a space of few deliveries to see fortunes switch in favor of India.
Marnus Labuschagne played well and scored his maiden half-century in limited-overs cricket. He scored 54 runs off 64 balls with the help of five boundaries. Wicket-keeper Alex Carey came to the crease and played a supporting role to Steven Smith. The duo added 58-run partnership to see Australia in a excellent position to post a big score.
Steven Smith notched up his ninth hundred in limited-overs cricket for Australia. He was the standout performer for the side in the batting department and finished the innings with the top-score of 131 runs off 132 balls with the help of 14 fours and one six.
Carey also chipped in with 35 runs off 36 balls with the help of six boundaries. India pulled things back in the last 10 overs as pacers Mohammad Shami and Navdeep Saini bowled well to see Australia only scoring 286 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
Mohammad Shami, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put in clinical performances to help India beat Australia in the 3rd ODI played at Bengaluru.
For India, pacer Mohammad Shami delivered excellent spells with new and old ball in this game. He finished with figures of 4 for 63 in his ten overs. Besides Shami, spinner Ravendra Jadeja bowled well and picked up two wickets in the game.
Chasing 287 runs to win the series, openers Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul got the side off to a decent start. The duo added 69 runs for the opening wicket to lay a solid foundation for the likes of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to play their natural game
Lokesh Rahul was trapped right in front of the stumps by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. Indian Captain Virat Kohli put on a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma to put India in a commanding position to win the match. Rohit Sharma played well and finished the innings with the top-score off 119 runs off 128 balls with the help of eight fours and six sixes.
Kohli continued to play positively and kept the scoreboard ticking. He scored 89 runs off 91 balls with the help of eight boundaries. Shreyas Iyer put in another decent contribution with the bat and smashed unbeaten 44 runs off 35 balls with the help of six fours and one six. Manish Pandey smashed two boundaries in the 47th over to see India register a comfortable seven-wicket win over Australia.
For his blistering 119 runs, opener Rohit Sharma was declared man of the match for this game. Indian Captain Virat Kohli was named player of the series for delivering splendid batting performances in the three-match one-day series.