Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja’s opening stand of 193 runs keep Australia alive in the series as Kohli’s 41st ton celebrations go in vain.
1st Innings: Fireworks from Finch and Ussy
WHAT A START! Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja opened the innings for the Kangaroos and did they do it in style or what. A sublime opening partnership of a mammoth 193 runs, both the openers took the Indian Bowling line-up to the cleaners. Playing shots all over the park, Finch and Usman hammered any and everything put in their way.
Both the openers looked set for tons before Aaron Finch got out to this:
What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn't it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019
Given out initially, he took the review but the Hawk-Eye completely malfunctioned and upheld umpire’s decision as Finch faltered for 93, LBW by Yadav. Khawaja, however, stayed on as he brought up his century and put on a 46 run stand with Maxwell. Ussy fell for 104 after he miscued Shami’s short ball to short mid-wicket but not before he played a wonderous knock.
Wickets and Runs at the death
With 2 for 239, Australia was in prime position to get a humongous score as Maxwell continued to hammer the bowlers. However, he got run out on 47 with some superb bit of fielding. Jadeja, described as the best fielder by Johnty Rhodes, picked the ball and released a hammer throw and Dhoni did the rest with his superb flick onto the stumps. Australia lost another 2 wickets, 3 for 5 runs, when Yadav got his 2nd after getting Marsh (7) and Handscomb in the same over. Handscomb went for naught in the same over when he trapped him in front of the stumps.
Stoinis (31*) and Carey (21*) took the crease as Australia found themselves in a bit of a stalemate. However, these two players chipped in with wonderful cameos at the death as they took their team to a total of 313/5 in their 50 overs. Yadav was a tad too expensive but he got 3 scalps as he ended with figures of 3 for 64 in his 10.
2nd Innings: Greatness Personified
YES! VIRAT KOHLI TAKE A BOW!
India’s worries at the top order continued as both Sharma and Dhawan fell cheaply. Dhawan fell for 1 to Richardson as he picked Maxwell at a point while Sharma got trapped in front by Cummins for 14, given out after review.
But is that a problem when you have the GOAT in your team? Absolutely not. Whilst wickets tumbled at one end, Kohli demolished the Aussie bowlers as he showed his peers how it’s done. Cummins trapped Raydu (2) in front while Kohli oozed class at the other end. He was joined by Dhoni but it wasn’t a honeymoon homecoming as he fell for 26, inside edging one onto the stumps and giving Zampa his 1st.
Kohli played a sublime inning as he put up an 88 run stand with Jadhav. Jadhav fell to Zampa, his 2nd, after being caught in front of the stumps but it didn’t stop Kohli as he brought up his successive century, 41st in his career.
Back to back centuries for the Run Machine. This is his 41st ODI 💯
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
A very valid point:
What if Virat Kohli isn't actually human? Only explanation for it.
— Gray-Nicolls 🏏 (@graynics) March 8, 2019
Kohli scored a brilliant 123 off 95 balls, 17 boundaries, but was ultimately dismissed by Zampa, these two having a great battle, with Zampa having the last laugh. Shankar, who had played a very good anchoring inning, couldn’t capitalize on his start and fell to Lyon. Richardson got another one in Jadeja for 24. He got Shami in the same over who was caught at cover for just 8. Pat Cummins rounded off the innings as he got the wicket of Yadav for 10. India got all out on 281 as Australia won the match by 32 runs, Patty, Richardson, and Zampa all getting 3 wickets.
Australia still alive
Australia has not looked bad in this series and this is what they would have wanted. A great opening stand and some good batting by the middle order allowed them to post a big total and their bowlers backed it up very nicely. As far as India is concerned, they’ll be extremely worried about their opening pair as they have failed in all three of the matches. Kohli brought up his 41st ton but it wasn’t enough as Australia keep themselves alive in the series.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 8, 2019
That's that from Ranchi.
Australia win by 32 runs. The series now stands at 2-1
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
The fourth ODI of the series will be played in Mohali on 10th March. Do you think Australia can make a comeback in the series and take it home or will India grab another series against the Kangaroos? Let us know in the comments.
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