India Vs Australia 3rd ODI, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The India Vs Australia 3rd ODI took place in one of the oldest ground in the world known as MCG. This match India Vs Australia 3rd ODI was the decider as the series was 1-1. Both the teams and especially the hosts wanted to win this series because of their defeat in the test series. The team India won the toss and wanted to bowl first.
As the game commenced, rain interrupted the game but it didn’t affected the game at all. Until the end of the first powerplay, Australia looses it’s both openers. Both Aaron Finch and Alex Carey continued their out of form innings as they couldn’t do much for their nation. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took their wickets and team India started controlling the match in it’s favor. Aussie Skipper Aaron Finch made 14 in 24 balls and their wicket-keeper made only 5 runs in 11 balls.
Again in this match, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh tried to make their team back in the match and partnershipped for 73 runs. In the 23rd over Yuzvendra Chahal knocked both of them out in the same over. This was the big blow for the Australians as they lost their 2 set batsman. After them Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis came to crease and unfortunately Stoinis couldn’t convert his this knock in big score and lost his wicket cheaply to Chahal again. Marcus scored 10 in 20 balls. Following him, Maxwell joined Handscomb. Both of them jointly made 38 runs and Shami got Maxwell wicket. Until 2nd powerplay (i.e 11-40 overs) Australia was 190/6.
In the 3rd powerplay, in which Australians were considered strong was also not in their favor. As Chahal trapped Richardson in his magic spell. Jhye scored 16 in 23 balls. In the 46th over, umpire gave Australia’s last hope Peter Handscomb LBW out and without any delay he review it. The decision was against the batsman and Australia looses his DRS. Handscomb got his 3rd ODI fifty as he scored 58 in 63 balls.
After him Adam Zampa, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake was not very helpful for their team and Australia’s score was 230/10. Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 wickets each. Yuzvendra Chahal was the successful bowler for team India as he took 6 wickets and only wasted 42 runs in his 10 wicket spell.
For team India to chase 230 was not a big deal. Although, in the second over Australia took DRS against Rohit Sharma and their decision was retained. However, Rohit was sent back to pavilion by Peter Siddle. In the first powerplay, India was on 26/1. Just after that in 12th over Peter Handscomb dropped Kohli’s catch when he was on 10. In the 17th over Marcus c&b Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan scord 23 in 46 balls.
In this stage Ex-captain MS Dhoni entered the ground and remained unbeaten till the end. Kohli couldn’t make it till the end as he got out by Jhye Richardson in 30th over. He scored46 in 62 balls with 3 fours. Now all eyes were on Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav and they played wonderfully. They both remained unbeaten till the end and in the second ball of final over India won the match and series. Dhoni and Kedar was unbeaten on 87 and 61 respectively.