IND beat AUS in 3rd ODI: India end 5-ODI losing streak, avoid clean sweep with 13-run win

IND beat AUS in 3rd ODI: Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah found his mojo and the Indian team its winning ways in a morale-lifting 13-run triumph over Australia in the third and final ODI on Wednesday, salvaging some of the lost pride in a 1-2 series defeat.

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An in-form Hardik Pandya blasted 92 not out off 76 balls and Ravindra Jadeja’s useful 66 off 50 took India to a healthy 302 for 5 in 50 overs after an inept show in the first 30 overs.

It was at least 30 runs short of a par-score on a good batting track but a rejigged bowling attack managed to restrict the home team to 289 all out in 49.3 overs.

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Shardul Thakur (3/51) and debutant Thangarasu Natarajan (2/70 in 10 overs) did their bit but it was Bumrah’s (2/43 in 9.3 overs) controlled effort with some swing upfront and the dismissal of a marauding Glenn Maxwell in the nick of time which ultimately turned the match in India’s favour.

Bumrah did the most important thing by bowling one in the block-hole that had the dangerous Maxwell (59 off 38 balls) having his own little “brain fade” moment trying to free his arms exposing the stumps.

The ‘Big Show’ was in a mood to punish the bowlers and all he needed was to see off Bumrah and attack the others as he was doing.

The cushion provided by his “senior” helped Natarajan to start bowling his yorkers under pressure and Thakur also chipped in with necessary wickets.

The inconsequential match became something of consequence for Virat Kohli and his men as they gear up for the next white-ball series — three T20 Internationals in less than 48 hours.

India’s bowling attack had a different look and it did perform way better compared to the first two games.

Natarajan was very steady in his first spell and got his maiden wicket when Marnus Labuschagne (7), in an unfamiliar role as opener, dragged a wide delivery back onto the stumps.

Thakur, replacing a rested Mohammed Shami, was also lucky when Steve Smith (7) tried to tickle one down on the ‘fifth leg stump’ to be caught by KL Rahul behind the stumps.

Moises Henriques (22) and skipper Aaron Finch (75) looked good during their 51-run stand for the third wicket before the former failed to keep a pull-shot down off Thakur’s bowling.

However, what was more heartening was Kuldeep Yadav’s (1/57 in 10 overs) restrained bowling in the middle overs with the last over punishment by Maxwell being more of an aberration.

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The flight was back and so was the dip in the air that used to create confusion in the minds of batsmen.

Debutant Cameron Green (21) played an uppish slog sweep off Kuldeep which was snapped inches off the ground by Jadeja.

Jadeja (1/62 in 10 overs), who had a field day, topped up a solid batting show with the prized wicket of the rival captain Finch as Shikhar Dhawan managed to make an easy catch look difficult at long-on.

Maxwell and the calm Alex Carey (38 off 42 balls) looked like doing an encore of their victorious effort against England at Old Trafford last September.

But just when they settled down, Carey went for non-existent single only to be sent back by Maxwell as Australia were reduced to 210 for 6.

Earlier, an in-form Pandya and the effective Jadeja helped India make an impressive recovery after the team struggled during the first 30 overs with only skipper Kohli’s fighting half century being the bright spot.

Coming together in the 32nd over, Pandya and Jadeja stitched 150 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to change the complexion of the game, which would make no difference to the final score-line as Australia have already sealed it with back-to-back wins in Sydney.

It looked like India would barely reach 250 but Pandya and Jadeja made it a different story.

The duo took some time to settle down before opening the floodgates of boundaries. They scored 53 runs from the 46th to 48th over. In all, 76 runs came from the last five overs.

Pandya’s innings had seven fours and one six while Jadeja was at his best, hitting five boundaries and three sixes.

Full highlights here:

17:17: Aaron Finch after winning the series

“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. 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. Makes the 50 overs go a little quicker [with two spinners] and the impact they’ve had is quite important too. That’s been our recipe in T20 for a while now. 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.”

17:15: Virat Kohli after the win

“It’s particularly pleasing that we were under the pump for the first half of our innings, and second half of Australia’s, and we fought back both times. One guy making his debut, Shubman coming back, that brought us some freshness. I think the pitch was much better in terms of helping the bowlers, so obviously the confidence levels go up. We were able to put Australia under pressure because of that fact as well. Playing international cricket for 13-14 years, you should be able to come back like we did. I would have liked to go on for a bit longer, but we had a great partnership between Hardik and Jadeja. It was exactly what the team needed to get that boost, even though we’ve lost the series. We played with heart and desire, and that’s what you need to do in Australia.”

17:10: Steve Smith: Man of the Series

“The pitch did a bit more with the new ball. Both quicks bowled really well up front from both teams, so probably a little bit different to the SCG. Hopefully a day off [tomorrow] and then come over here just before the [first T20I], that would be ideal.”

17:00: Hardik Pandya: Man of the Match

“It’s fantastic. Been working really hard to make sure I play for my country, so I’m really happy to be playing this series. Natarajan is quite a story, quite an inspiration with the background he’s come from. You need to be on your toes to compete against Australia. I feel that you always have that extra edge in you when you play against Australia, you want to face up to that challenge.”

16:35: Highest SR in an ODI series (150+ runs)

212.74 S Jayasuriya Singer Cup 1996
194.18 G Maxwell vs Ind 2020 *
188.50 B McCullum World Cup 2015
182.92 Moeen Ali vs WI 2017

16:31: Bumrah to Maxwell, OUT

Boom! the bails go flying all over the place. That elastic right arm goes beyond the vertical and whangs it full and fast, at the base of the stumps. Maxwell looks to make room and carve it through the covers, working against the angle. He misses, and Bumrah – who’s bowled so well with no luck all this while – hits. A crucial, crucial blow

16:25: After 44 overs, 264/6

Eighteen off that over, and Australia now need just 39 off 36. India have to dismiss Maxwell in the next couple of overs to have any chance.

16:22: Maxwell brings up his 22nd ODI fifty

16:15: Australia need 66 runs in 46 balls. RRR: 8.6

16:04: Maxi holds key to Aussies win

16:02: Australia need 76 runs in 60 balls. RRR: 7.6

15:57: Jadeja to Carey, OUT

That was not a run at all. They’ve gone up to the third umpire, but you’d think there’s no need. Carey looked to sweep one pitching just outside leg, and missed, and the ball rolled into the square leg region.

 

15:43: Maxi and That is big!!

 

15:35: Maxi-Carey doing what Pandya-Jadeja did for India; After 34 overs, 176/5

If the two can keep the scoreboard ticking and not lose their wicket, they can replicate Pandya-Jadeja for the sixth wicket.

15:27: The required run rate is inching closer to the 8-run mark. Need to get the odd boundaries before the required run rate gets out of control

15:20 After 31 overs; 159/5

Maxwell joins Carey. They need something similar to what they produced in England in September.

Fun Fact: Then also they have to chase a target of 303.

15:19: Kuldeep Yadav to Green, OUT

Caught at deep backward square! Superb catch by Jadeja! Full outside leg, he sweeps in the air, flat behind square, it curved in the air, Jadeja ran in from well behind square and took an excellent catch diving forward. Green departs

15:08: India should continue its attack; After 29 overs, 145/4

Kohli should look for Bumrah or Natarajan as an option from one side to continue the attack. If India let their guard down from here, Carey and Maxwell can steal the game from them.

15:03: After 27 overs, 137/4

Finch was an important wicket for India. They are now in the driving seat. One more wicket and they have one leg across the finish line.

14:55: Jadeja to Finch, OUT

Holes out to long on! The dot balls on Green has built the pressure on Finch and he holes out> He’s tried to launch this down the ground, he miscued to Dhawan at long on and he nearly spilled it but was able to hold on rolling to the ground

14:48: After 23 overs, 118/3

India are in a strong position as Australia has lost three wickets. If they can get Aaron Finch, its almost game over for the hosts.

14:32: Aaron Finch’s last four ODI innings at home

60(75) vs NZ, Sydney

114(124) vs Ind, Sydney

60(69) vs Ind, Sydney

57*(66) vs Ind, Canberra

14:31: 3 matches, 3 fifties for Aaron Finch

14:23: After 16 overs, 76/2

The Indian spinners are doing a great job in containing the Aussies. If they can keep the pressure for another two-three overs, a wicket will be reckoning.

14:17: After 14 overs, 66/2

Everything now depends on Aaron Finch to set a platform for Glenn Maxwell and other lower-order batsmen.

14:02: Thakur to Smith, OUT

Got him! No 62-ball hundred today for Smith. Not the most aesthetically pleasing dismissal, but Thakur won’t care. Back of a length, angling down leg, and Smith, who’s shuffled a long way across as he always does, looks to glance it fine but only manages to tickle it to the keeper.

13:59: After 11 overs, 55/1

Smith and Finch now have a sigh of relief with Bumrah’s spell over. They can now slowly build up an important partnership.

13:58: Jasprit Bumrah in Powerplay in ODIs in 2020
34 overs
No wickets
ER 4.50

13:49: After 9 overs, 45/1

Three catches dropped. India will have to pull their socks up to avoid a clean sweep.

13:39: After 7 overs, 33/1

Bumrah deserved Aaron Finch’s wicket in the last over for his exceptional bowling in the last over. That drop catch might cost them the match.

13:38: Bumrah to Finch, no run
Edged, and put down!

13:34: After 6 overs, 25/1

13:34: Natarajan to Labuschagne, OUT

Natarajan on the board. India’s first wicket in Powerplays this series. What a moment for Natarajan. Not the most spectacular one. Not something you see when you dream of a maiden wicket. This is short, just outside off, Marnus wants to pull, but gets a bottom edge onto the wicket

13:23: After 4 overs, 18/0

From what it has been in this series, Bumrah is the best bowler when he has something to work with from the pitch. He needs pace, bounce, seam, or even slowness. But bowling with just line and length, when the pitch offers nothing, he needs to learn. If he can learn the art of line and length to his already lethal arsenal, he will be in the hall of fame alongside someone like Mcgrath and Brett Lee.

13:12: Strong start by India, After 1st over, 2/0

Bumrah finally was getting the speed and bounce for which he is known for. If he can continue this, India can get success in the powerplay.

13:11: Highlight of 1st innings

12:49 pm: Will Hardik Pandya bowl today?

No. He has just revealed to FoxCricket that he won’t be bowling tonight. He also said he pulled up sore after bowling in the last game

12:42 pm: India posts a total of 303

Brilliant performance from Pandya and Jadeja. Hardik Pandya on the flying mic: “We were expecting to score 260-270 but we always say when you try to score 60-70 you can end up getting 90. We kept our plans pretty simple and aimed for 60-65 and because of the shots we have we were able to get the extra 20-25.” He got asked if he would bowl again today, he said “that’s not going to happen” with a smile.

12:27 pm: Jaddu’s 50 is always special !!

He brings up 50 and delivers the trademark Jaddu celebration.

12:23 pm: Hardik and Jadeja are on the charge; After 47 overs, 260/5

45th over – 10 runs

46th over – 17 runs

47th over – 17 runs

12:18 pm: Pandya’s record against Australia is quite impressive

Hardik Pandya vs Australia in ODIs:

83(66)
20(26)
78(72)
41(40)
48(27)
90(76)
28(31)
51*(57)

12:05 pm: After 44 overs, 216/5; Pandya brings up his 50

Pandya has been a find of the tournament in terms of batting. He has shown that he can bat maturely and should be taken seriously as a batsman too. He brings up his 50 from 55 balls. he gets a nice ovation.

11:54 am: This is how Virat Kohli departed

11:45 am: After 39 overs, 184/5

Finch needs to get aggressive with Hazlewood and Zampa, otherwise, both Pandya and Jadeja have the prowess to help India post a decent total.

11:35 am: Kohli has not scored any 100 this season

It is the second time since 2008 that Kohli has failed to score any 100.

2008: 0 (Five innings)
2009: 1 (8)
2010: 3 (24)
2011: 4 (34)
2012: 5 (17)
2013: 4 (30)
2014: 4 (20)
2015: 2 (20)
2016: 3 (10)
2017: 6 (26)
2018: 6 (14)
2019: 5 (25)
2020: 0 (9)

11:29 am: After 36 overs, 167/5

Jadeja and Pandya are India’s last players who can bat. After this, the tail-enders are not very good at batting.

11:18 am: After 32 overs, 152/5

It is just a poor show by Indian batsmen. Blame it one IPL or lack of ODIs, India will have to find a solution to their poor form soon.

11:17 am: Hazlewood to Kohli, OUT

Australia have reviewed for a caught-behind! Back of a length, straightening just a touch in the corridor. Kohli is looking initially to work this with the angle, I think, and then he’s adjusting to the movement when the ball zips past his outside edge. Or has it kissed his edge? There’s the tiniest of spikes on Ultra-Edge, but it’s enough of a spike to reverse the on-field decision and send Kohli back. What a massive strike from Hazlewood!

11:05 am: Virat Kohli brings up his 2nd 50

10:55 am: After 26 overs, 125/4

This is just old school cricket from India. They are very defensive against spinners which is unorthodox in modern cricket.

India need to seriously think about their strategy to play spin in the modern-day cricket

10:53 am: Agar to Rahul, OUT

Gone, that’s not a good shot at all. It’s quite full, it’s on the stumps, and it’s hugely risky to try and sweep those balls. This one passes under his bat, and he’s been given out lbw. He’s reviewed… Only bounce can save him, I think. No bat on it. Big stride forward, so that might help. Nope. It’s hitting the top part of middle stump, so he’ll have to be on his way. India lose a review too. Really poor choice of shot, I think

10:48 am: After 25 overs, 122/3

India need to stop losing wickets if they want to stand a chance to post a big total. Kohli is still at the crease, so that is a relief for the visitors.

10:40 am:  Zampa to Iyer, OUT

Gone! Iyer was looking to force the pace there, trying to reverse some of the momentum Australia have built with these quiet overs. Full and quickish, on the stumps, and Iyer looks to make room to drive through – or maybe over – the covers.

10:39 am: Key stats

Partnership: 32(42)
Last Wkt: Shubman Gill lbw b Agar 33(39) – 82/2 in 15.4 ov.
Last 5 overs: 27 runs, 0 wkts
Toss: India (Batting)
10:31 am: After 20 overs, 104/2

Iyer and Kohli need to build up a strong partnership if they want to win the 3rd ODI today. But they also have to be vary of Steve Smith who is itching to begin batting.

He just went and marked his guard & shadow-practised a few shots in the middle at the end of the last over, still hours before he actually comes out to bat

10:20 am: After 15 overs,  88/2

It is the same story for India all over again. Before the first drink session, it has lost two wickets and are yet to cross the 100-run mark. The good thing is Virat Kohli is still at the crease. All the Indian batsmen need to do now is support him.

10:14 am: Agar to Shubman Gill, OUT

Given lbw! Gill takes his time but he finally reviews. Gill tried to sweep a delivery that pitched on off and slid on, it hit the front pad a fair way down and the umpire gave it out. Nothing on hot spot or RTS in terms of bat involved. Ball tracking says hitting in line and hitting the top of middle! Decision stands

10:00 am: Virat Kohli makes 12,000 runs; After 13 overs, 76/1

12000 runs for the Modern Day Giant Virat Kohli! Absolute Legend and now his average is over 60!

9:52 am: At the end of powerplay; After 10 overs, 49/1

Gill is looking in good touch. Kohli and Gill are now taking charge of the innings after losing Shikhar Dhawan early.

9:41 am: After 7 overs, 35/1

Australian bowlers are mixing it up real nicely. They are not trying to clock a 140+, instead are concentrating on keeping 130+ with good line and length.

9:36 am: Abbott to Dhawan, OUT; India are 26/1

Chipped to cover! 132kph, good length, Dhawan advanced down the track to try and create a half-volley, he got there but played a strange shot, just checking a drive to Agar at cover, it was almost like he was giving catching practice and Agar could have caught it with his eyes closed.

 

9:23 am: After 3 overs, 9/0

Dhawan is leading the opening partnership. He is looking in good touch, something which was seen even in the first two ODIs. Moreover, with him attacking, Gill can take his time to settle down.

9:13 am: After 1st over, 0/0

Australia has started strong against India. Hazlewood was getting the needed bounce and swing as Shikhar Dhawan played cautiously. Line and length was just perfect, something Indian bowlers should make a note of.

9:03 am: Journey of T.Natarajan, from humble beginning to debut for India at Manuka Oval

8:59 am: Shubman Gill to open for India

Shubman Gill replaces Mayank Agarwal at the top. This will be the first time Gill will open in his 3-match ODI career.