Virat Kohil's century went in vain as Australia beat India by 32 runs!
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli scored a 95-ball 123 but India lost the third ODI to Australia in Ranchi by 32 runs. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins were the picks of the bowlers for Australia. India still leads the five-match series 2-1.
Despite Kohli's 41st ODI Century, India lost the 3rd ODI to Australia. Australia turned Indian victory in the 3rd ODI, despite poor over in the beginning; somehow Virat Kohli kept the match alive until his dismissal. India and Australia in their 3rd ODI match of the 5 match series at JSCA Stadium, Ranchi the Australian’s bounce back at Indians by winning the 3rd ODI and in spite of losing the first two ODI by a close margin.
Australia kept its hopes alive by winning this match. Australia kept a huge total for chase 314 and Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch were in form, where Usman Khawaja’s maiden ODI century helped Australian reach such a total. India kept their hopes alive when Kohli was on fire, but the hopes were destroyed after Kohli got out. Even though Kohli hit a century, India lost to Australia, couldn’t withstand their bowling. India began to chase a good total put forth by Australia, 314.
India started with a poor performance, even though Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan performed well in the earlier match departed soon without scoring well. Rohit, in the beginning, gave a good start and then departed and Indian were 27 for 3. When Ambati Rayudu was stumped by Pat Cummins. Kohli along with his mate and MS Dhoni, for the 4th wicket. They both kept the scoreboard ticking and restricted the run rate to go up significantly.
However, Dhoni got out when he attacked Adam Zampa. The responsibility to win the match fell on Kohli’s shoulder and he was not disappointed. And then Kohli hit some 50 runs along with Kedar Jadhav smoothly. His hopes were shattered by Zampa and Nathan Lyon’s spin at times. After the fall of Jadhav, Kohli hit his 41st century, consecutive ton against Australia overall 8th ton. Kohli fought till the end, but Zampa twisted the tides with his dismissal (123) and led Australia to win.
Indian’s bowlers fought for a short period and lack of partnership and continuous fall in their consistency of run rate caused India to lose the match. An opening partnership of Finch and Khawaja 193 run, rained runs for Australia. And then quick dismissal of Finch, Khawaja and Maxwell lowered the run rate in-between overs. Then Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey brought the total 300+ for Australians. Indian bowlers restricted only to 74 runs in the last 11 overs, but the early partnership saved the day for Australians. The 4th ODI match will be held on March 10th (Sunday) in Mohali.