India flexed their batting muscle as they completed a 294 run chase in 47.5 overs with five wickets in hand in the third One-Day International against Australia in Indore thereby completing a 3-0 series win.
In response, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane got India off to the flawless start. Pandya kept the required run rate in check after Kohli and Jadhav got out. Considering the situation of the game, coach Ravi Shastri chose to promote Pandya to number 4 in the batting order today and he did the job anchoring the innings and nearly giving it the finishing touches. Pat Cummins took his wicket when he got him caught by Kane Richardson.
“It feels good”, Pandya smiled after accepting the Man-of-the-Match at the post match presentation. Pandya went on to score 78 runs from 72 balls, getting out only before taking India to the doorstep of victory. He hit 5 fours and 4 sixes to help India win.
“We continually address it and it’s just hard to put the finger on exactly what it is we’re doing or not doing to get the results we’re after”.
Newman Kedar Jadhav also didn’t last long. The team has just the right combination of attacking and strike rotating batsmen and two brilliant finishers in Dhoni and Pandya. For the first time in the series, they had won the toss. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith struck rapidfire knocks of 42, 124 and 63 respectively.
Returning from a calf injury, Australia opener Aaron Finch scored his eighth ODI hundred.
In the second match in Kolkata, Kuldeep (3/54) took a hat-trick and Chahal chipped in with two wickets. Hardik (Pandya) was magnificent in end there.
Glenn Maxwell (five) and Travis Head (four) both failed, while part-time wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb made three and dropped Sharma on 67 after being brought into the side following Matthew Wade’s axing. India did not make any changes.
For their skipper Steven Smith and his boys, the third game against India is a do or die encounter, as a loss at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore today, on September 24, 2017, will help India to seal the five-match series.
With the remaining two games of the series – in Bengaluru and Nagpur – reduced to dead games, Smith maintained that the team would want to win and get some momentum going into the home Ashes in November.
Pandya’s foundation for this knock was built by a blazing opening partnership of 139 by Rohit and Rahane.
Clarke, who played 245 ODIs and won two World Cups, said the most concerning factor in Australia’s current trend of batting collapses was a failure to learn from errors made.