India have clinched the ODI series against Australia and have taken an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the series. In Indore, it was a professional performance by the home side and the men in blue prevailed.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat first.
David Warner and Aaron Finch gave the Aussies a steady start before Hardik Pandya broke the partnership as he broke the stumps of left handed Warner. Finch and captain Steven Smith then rallied the Kangaroos to a solid position as they dismantled Indian bowlers. Finch got his hundred and Smith also assisted him and the duo assaulted and put on a partnership of over 150 runs.
Finch then got caught in Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling and that started the turn around. The Aussies couldn’t capitalize their early good work and stumbled as they lost wickets in regular intervals. They only managed 59 runs in last ten overs and managed a total of 293 for 6 at the end of 50 overs.
India in reply started in the best fashion as both the openers put up a 100 run partnership for the first wicket. Rohit Sharma in particular watch spectacular to watch as he batted his way to a delightful 71 which included some exquisite shots, one of which was a 103 meter long six that cleared the stadium.
The openers then were sent to pavilion in quick succession but Kohli and Pandya, promoted to number four built a crucial partnership. Though Kohli and Kedar Jadhav got out, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya played their way out and took India closer to victory.
Hardik Pandya particularly was stunning as he hit five sixes and absolutely destroyed Ashton Agar. Manish at the other end was also complemented extremely well and hit some crucial boundaries to ease the pressure on Pandya. Pandya got caught at Mid On 10 runs from victory but MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey saw India through to a glorious victory in the end.
The win means India are now on a 9 match winning streak and thus they have sealed the ODI series against the Aussies.
Man Of the Match:
Hardik Pandya for his all round performances.