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Fifties from Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli and an all-round bowling show powered India to a 13-run win in the third ODI against Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday.
Needing 303 runs to win, Australia lost Marnus Labuschagne as T Natarajan struck in the sixth over. While Aaron Finch survived a few close calls, India picked the big wicket of Steve Smith as Shardul Thakur had him caught behind the wickets in the 12th over.
Finch was joined by Moises Henriques in the middle and the two added 61 runs together to take Australia past 110. However, the two got out in the space of six runs. Thakur dismissed Henriques for 22 while Finch, who registered his third successive fifty-plus score of the series, was holed out in the deep after scoring 75.
Kuldeep Yadav then dismissed Cameron Green after Ravindra Jadeja took a stunning low catch in the deep. Carey and Glenn Maxwell then put up a quickfire 52-run stand. But the partnership was broken following a mix-up which saw Carey get out in the 38th over.
Maxwell though continued his merry ways and notched up his second successive fifty of the series. However, his 59-run innings came to an end after Jasprit Bumrah disturbed the timber in the 45th over.
Thakur and T Natarajan added a wicket each to their account, dismissing Sean Abbott and Ashton Agar respectively before Bumrah sealed India’s win, trapping Adam Zampa before the wickets.
Earlier, India posted 302/5 on the board after electing to bat. While Shikhar Dhawan got out for 16 in the sixth over, Gill and Kohli, who completed 12,000 ODI runs, put up a 56-run partnership for the second wicket before Gill was out LBW off Agar’s bowling.
While Kohli and Shreyas Iyer added 32 runs together, Australia struck twice in the space of nine runs, dismissing Iyer and Rahul.
Captain Kohli then notched up his second successive fifty in the series. But soon after India crossed the 150-run mark, Josh Hazlewood dismissed Kohli for 63 to give Australia their fifth wicket in the 32nd over.
With India needing a rebuilding job, Hardik Pandya and Jadeja joined forces. The two took India past 200 in the 42nd over and in that completed the 50-run stand. Two overs later, Hardik brought up a well-compiled half-century.
India were 216/5 at the end of the 44 overs and needed a big finish to post a formidable total on the board. While the Jadeja-Hardik pair scored 10 in the 45th over, Hardik went after Abbott in the next over, hitting two fours and a six.
India scored 17 off the 47th over and moved past 250 as Jadeja creamed two sixes off Hazlewood. The left-hander went berserk in the next over as he tonked three fours and a six in the 48th over to bring up his fifty in 43 balls.
The Hardik-Jadeja pair added 23 runs in the next two overs and their unbroken 150-run stand powered India to their third successive 300-plus score in the series. While Hardik remained unbeaten on 92, Jadeja scored 66* off 50 balls.
Brief Scores: India 302/5 (Hardik Pandya 92*, Ravindra Jadeja 66*; Ashton Agar 2/44) beat Australia 289 all out (Aaron Finch 75, Glenn Maxwell 59; Shardul Thakur 3/51) by 13 runs