About the Match
Australia continued to dominate against India as they registered their 18th consecutive ODI win at home in the third one-day to win the series 3-0; the 4th ODI between the two team on 20th January at Canberra will be a dead rubber but India will be eager to fight back and earn some redemption. Victory has been eluding the visitors and they must pull up their socks to put up a good show here; the contest has been one-sided till now but the Indian fans expect their team to come back stronger on Wednesday.
An impressive 4-58 by Hastings put Australia in the driver’s seat yet again as they restricted India to 295 runs in the third ODI; Richardson and Faulkner took a wicket each while Maxwell, Boland and Marsh continued to stifle the opposition. Facing 296 runs as the target, Maxwell showed great determination by posting 96 runs to steer the team towards a series victory.
Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith contributed well with 62 and 41 runs respectively; Bailey and Finch helped keep the scoreboard ticking while Faulkner showcased his all-rounder skills to help them cross the finish line. In the earlier matches too, the Aussies proved to be strong chasers as Bailey, Finch, Shaun Marsh, Maxwell and Smith came out all guns blazing.
The bowling attack has been effective in containing the Indian batsmen and with Boland, Hastings, Faulkner, Joel Paris and Richardson being in good-form, the Aussies are a formidable team to reckon with.
While Rohit Sharma took a backseat in the last match after scoring well-made centuries in the first two games, Kohli came out with all the firepower to score his 24th hundred in ODIs and become the fastest to reach 7000 runs in this format of the game. He helped them get to a respectable 295 runs; Shikhar Dhawan finally came back to form as he posted 68 off 91 and Rahane proved his skills with an impressive 50. However, the total was never going to be enough against the hard-hitting Aussies, who achieved the target with 7 balls to spare.
With Ashwin not featuring in the squad, the spin attack was led by Jadeja, who took 2-49; Ishant Sharma and Yadav came back with strong spells as they claimed two wickets each. Barinder Sran, who had an excellent ODI debut in the first match as he took 3 scalps, has been unable to repeat the performance in the last two games. Gurkeerat Singh showed discipline in his bowling skills but they need all hands on board to contain the hosts.
India has lost the series after being unable to post challenging totals on good batting pitches; their sloppy fielding and undisciplined bowling took a toll on their chances. They will need to strategize well and execute the game plan well if they want to earn back some respect here.
India’s poor record against Australia in ODIs continues to get worse and with this series defeat down under, they have come under severe criticism for their dismal performance in all departments of the game. Australia on the other hand has successfully put together a strong unit that leaves no stone unturned to win matches. Although Indians have improved with every game that they've played so far, the hosts have just managed to outperform them on every single occasion. We feel that the hosts will perform better on Wednesday to register a victory and take them closer to a clean sweep.