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Friday, 03 April 2020 6.24 AM IST

Rohit and Kohli star in India's series-winning chase against Australia

Photo: Deepu Sasidharan

BENGALURU: In a convincing all-round performance against Australia, India secured a 7 wicket win in the 3rs ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With two consecutive wins, India won the series 2-1. Rohit Sharma and skipper Kohli were the picks of the batsmen for India. Opener Rohit Sharma scored a fantastic century (119 runs in 128 balls) and Virat Kohli fell short of a century by just 11 runs (89 runs in 91 balls). Chasing 287, India had healthy partnerships and reached the target with 15 balls to spare.

Shreyas Iyer (44 runs in 35 balls) made sure India cross the target with ease.

Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa took one wicket each for Australia as other bowlers proved to be expensive in their bowling spells.

Put in to bat first, Australia scored 286/9 against India as Steve Smith played a knock of 131 runs, his third ODI hundred against India.

Australia lost its first wicket in the third over as Mohammed Shami had David Warner (3) caught at the hands of the wicket-keeper KL Rahul.

Skipper Aaron Finch and Smith put on a brief 28-run stand, but Finch's (19) stint was cut short by substitute fielder Yuzvendra Chahal as he had him run-out in the ninth over, reducing Australia to 46/2.

Marnus Labuschagne then joined Smith in the middle and the duo put on pressure on the Indian bowling attack. Both batsmen stitched together a partnership of 127 runs and their stint saw both batsmen going past the 50-run mark.

Ravindra Jadeja staged India's comeback in the 32nd over as he got back-to-back breakthroughs of Labuschagne (54) and Mitchell Starc (0), reducing Australia to 173/4.

Alex Carey and Smith put on 58 runs for the fifth wicket, taking the side's score past the 230-run mark. However, in trying to accelerate, Carey (35) was sent back to the pavilion by Kuldeep Yadav.

The right-handed Smith (131) was finally dismissed in the 48th over by Shami and after his dismissal, Australia lost momentum and was restricted to under 290-run mark.

Shami took maximum wickets for India as he scalped four batsmen.

India lost the first ODI in a pathetic fashion but turned up brilliantly for the next two ODIs to wrap up a series win.

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