Australia finally tasted some success in the ongoing series as their bowlers succeeded in keeping the Indian middle-order quite en route to a 21-run victory in Bengaluru. Earlier, Aaron Finch (94) and David Warner (124) shared a 231-run partnership to guide the hosts to a competitive total of 334.
Brief scores: Australia 334/5 (David Warner 124, Aaron Finch 94; Umesh Yadav 4/71, Kedar Jadhav 1/38) beat India 313/8 (Kedar Jadhav 67; Rohit Sharma 65; Kane Richardson 3/58, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/56) by 21 runs.
After winning the toss on a nice and hard pitch in Bengaluru, Steve Smith opted to bat first for the second consecutive time in the series and brought in Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa in place of Glenn Maxwell and the injured Ashton Agar. Having already won the series, India decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Kuldeep Yadav and hand opportunities to Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Axar Patel in their place.
Warner, Finch colossal stand gives Australia a perfect start
Aaron Finch and David Warner got Australia off to a great start making most of the rusty Indian opening bowling pair of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who lacked any competitive match practice and bowled wayward deliveries. On a pitch where most of the balls stayed low, the duo
Indian bowlers pull things back in their favour
With the regular bowlers failing to put the visitors under any sort of pressure, the Indian skipper was left with no other option than to introduce Kedar Jadhav into the attack. And the Maharashtra
Rahane, Rohit help India keep chase on track
Chasing a 300+ score for the first time in the series, India got off to a good start through Ajinkya Rahane who hit a boundary apiece in the first three overs to keep the scoreboard ticking right from the first over. Sharma then joined the action by hitting both Coulter-Nile and Cummins for sixes in consecutive overs. With Indian opening pair looking dominant yet again, Australia made their first bowling change inside the first powerplay but it bore no results as India managed to reach a score of 65/0 by the end of the 10th over. With the powerplay ending, Smith was quick to spread the field out and it had a quick impact as the Indians failed to score a boundary for the next six overs and taking the advantage of that, Sharma broke that streak by hitting Adam Zampa for two sixes in the same over to bring up his fifty. A couple of overs later, though, the pressure paid off as Rahane, while attempting a big hit, was caught by Finch at long on. Kohli and Sharma started to play their shots against Richardson and Head taking the score to 127/1 at the end of the 22nd over. However, that is when it started going wrong for the hosts. Over the next three overs, India lost both Sharma and Kohli whilst scoring just 22 runs. The former was sent packing after being involved in a running mix-up with his captain, who in turn chopped the ball onto his stumps to leave the hosts with 149 on the board with half the innings played.
Australia finally end their torrid run in away games
Hardik Pandya was promoted to bat at the No.4 position yet again, and this time the situation was not too different to the previous game - to guide India out of the woods. The Baroda youngster didn’t disappoint, scoring runs at a brisk pace in the company of Kedar Jadhav, who came in at the No.5 spot. The duo decided to bide time at the crease while hitting occasional boundaries to keep India in the run chase. However, things didn’t go as planned for India as Zampa, who Pandya tormented in the Chennai ODI, exacted revenge by getting the all-rounder caught by Warner at long-off. But Jadhav kept the good work going and completed his half-century in the 41st over. When the game seemed perfectly poised in favour for both sides, the rain gods decided to make an appearance at the
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