By: Shubham Ghosh
Australia produced a clinical show in the third and final one-day international (ODI) against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to beat the hosts by 21 runs and clinch the three-match series 2-1.
Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors scored 269 runs losing all their wickets in 49 overs. In response, India had a good start with captain Rohit Sharma (30) and Shubman Gill (37) adding 65 runs for the first wicket but failed to capitalise on it to get bowled out for 248 runs in 49.1 overs. While Virat Kohli top scored for the hosts with 54 and Hardik Pandya chipped in with 40, Australia spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar shared six wickets between them to register a much-needed series win ahead of the 50-over World Cup in India later this year.
Earlier in the day, Travis Head (33) and Mitchell Marsh (47) gave Australia a solid start before Hardik Pandya took three wickets to pull the visitors’ scoring pace back. Australia lost David Warner (23) and Marnus Labuschagne (28) quickly to get reduced to 138 for 5 in the 29th over. But wicket-keeper-batter Alex Carey’s 38 and some gritty batting from the visitors’ lower middle-order and tail took them past 260. For India, left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav also took three wickets for 56 runs apart from Pandya who took three for 44. Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel took two wickets apiece.
India won the first match in Mumbai by 5 wickets but Australia came back strong in the second match in Visakhapatnam which they won by 10 wickets.