Canberra: Hardik Pandya performed a trademark swashbuckling innings below strain within the firm of Ravindra Jadeja as a late flourish propelled India to 302 for five within the third and remaining ODI in opposition to Australia right here on Wednesday.
Pandya hit an unbeaten 92 off 76 balls and with Jadeja (66 not out off 50 balls), helped India make a shocking restoration after the crew struggled for runs for many a part of the innings. Skipper Ind’s preventing half century was one other knock of significance within the visiting crew’s effort.
Coming collectively within the 32nd over, Pandya and Jadeja stitched 150 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to vary the complexion of the sport, which might make no distinction to the ultimate score-line as Australia have already sealed it with back-to-back wins in Sydney.
It appeared like India would barely attain 250 however Pandya and Jadeja made it a unique story. The duo took a while to cool down earlier than opening the floodgates of boundaries. They scored 53 runs from the 46th to 48th over. In all, 76 runs got here from the final 5 overs.
Pandya’s innings had seven fours and one six whereas Jadeja was at his finest, hitting 5 boundaries and three sixes.
Apart from Kohli, Pandya and Jadeja, different batsmen struggled on a flat observe after India opted to bat.
Senior campaigners like Shikhar Dhawan (16) and KL Rahul (5) perished as a consequence of poor shot choice whereas Shreyas Iyer may contribute solely 19 runs on the Manuka Oval, which is understood for producing huge scores.
Kohli, who grew to become the quickest cricketer to attain 12000 ODI runs, confirmed the gumption to take the battle to the opposition camp with a 78-ball 63 which included 5 hits to the fence.
For Australia, Ashton Agar was probably the most profitable bowler with figures of two/44.
India made a comparatively quiet begin as in comparison with the sooner two matches with only a boundary coming within the first three overs and the opening duo enjoying out 12 dot balls throughout this preliminary interval.
Quickly, the guests suffered a jolt within the fifth over with a smooth dismissal of Dhawan who got here out of his crease solely to hit straight to Ashton Agar.
Kohli and Shubman then put collectively 56 runs from slightly below 10 overs earlier than the teen bought out LBW within the 16th over whereas making an attempt to comb Agar. His 33 got here off 39 balls and had three fours and a six.
After Iyer sliced a supply to Marnus Labuschagne, KL Rahul made a poor shot choice as he tried a sweep shot off Agar solely to perish.
Kohli, who was in nice contact, pulling, reducing and driving comfortably, was out within the 32nd over after a half-hearted assessment for a caught-behind by the Australians.
The Extremely-Edge confirmed a tiny spike and the umpire needed to reverse his determination a lot to the dismay of the Indians.
It was then left to Pandya and Jadeja to take India previous the 300-run mark.