After a loosing streak of five One Day Internationals India finally win the 3rd ODI against Australia. IND won the match by 13 runs.
India vs Australia 3rd ODI match was played at Manuka oval, Canberra. India had already lost the ODI series 2-0 by losing the first two ODI matches at Sydney cricket ground. India finally managed to win the third ODI against Australia after Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja blitz in the first innings.
What worked for India in third match against Australia?
The biggest factor that worked for Team India was the Toss. India had lost the toss in both two matches prior to today’s match and was not able to chase the humongous totals posted by Team Australia. Today India won the toss for the first time in the series and opted to bat first.
Second reason of India winning today’s match was the positive changes they made in the bowling lineup. India rested Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Singh Chahal and played Kuldeep Jadhav, Thangarasu Natarajan, and Shardul Thakur in the 3rd ODI. Jasprit Bumrah led the bowling attack of India in the third ODI match against Australia. These changes worked for India Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan took five Australian wickets between them. Previously India was struggling to pick up wickets regularly. Thakur took 3 wickets including the priced wicket of Steven Smith.
Third reason for India’s success today was the spectacular display of power hitting from Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Both Batsmen had a partnership of 150 runs after India was down and under at 152/5 in 32 overs. Pandya scored 92 runs not out, whereas Jadeja scored 66 runs on 50 balls. This partnership of 152 runs gave India a good total to defend at the end.
Aaron Finch played a good hand up top scoring 75 runs. later Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey kept the Aussie hopes alive up till 45th over. At one point Australia needed just 38 runs on 30 balls with 4 wickets in hand. This is where Jaspreet Bumrah bowled Maxwell and tilted the match towards India. Australia fell short of 13 runs in the end and India won their first match on the tour.
Team India will now play a three match T20 Series against Australia starting from 4th December.
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