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19-Jan-2020 15:49:00 GMT
Ind vs Aus - 3rd ODI, Bengaluru

Rohit-Kohli stand trumps Smith ton as India take series

Bengaluru: India beat Australia by seven wickets in final ODI at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday, seal 3-match series by 2-1.

This was sixth series win against Australia.

Rohit Sharma scored a century in Bengaluru ODI. Kohli played an innings of 89 runs. He completed the fastest 5000 runs as a captain. At the same time, Rohit completed his 9 thousand runs in ODIs.

In the match, Australia batting first scored 286 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs. For that, Steve Smith scored 131 and Marnush Labushane scored 54 runs. India scored 289 for 3 wickets in 47.3 overs. Rohit Sharma scored 119, Virat Kohli 89 and Shreyas Iyer scored 44 runs.

Kohli completed 5000 runs in the 82nd innings as captain. In this case, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (127 innings) left behind. Kohli hit his career's 57th half-century.

Rohit is the second Indian to score the fastest 9 thousand runs. Kohli did this in 194 innings. At the same time, Rohit took 217 innings.

Rohit hit a career-high 29 centuries. He shared a 137-run partnership for the second wicket with Kohli. The two formed a century partnership for the 18th time. They are third in terms of century partnership. The others are Sachin and Sourav Ganguly (26 times) and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara (20 times).

Rohit became the third Indian to score 8 centuries against Australia. Before him Sachin Tendulkar has scored 9 and Kohli has scored 8 centuries.

Dhawan injured, Rahul opens in his place
Lokesh Rahul was out after scoring 19 runs. Ashton Egger lbw him. Shikhar Dhawan did not make the opening due to injury. Rahul-Rohit shared a 69-run partnership for the first wicket. Rahul came down to bat at number three in the first match and at number five in the second match.

Brief scores:
India 289 for 3 (Rohit 119, Kohli 89, Iyer 44*) beat Australia 286 for 9 (Smith 131, Labuschagne 54, Shami 4-63, Jadeja 2-44) by seven wickets

Earlier, Steve Smith struck his ninth ODI hundred before India bounced back in the last 10 overs to limit the visitors to 286 for nine.

Smith (131 off 132) rose to the occasion but did not get much support from the other batsmen. The other substantial knock came from Marnus Labuschagne (54 off 64).

Mohammad Shami (4-63) was brilliant in the death overs striking thrice as Australia lost five wickets for 63 runs in the last 10 overs.

Kohli decided to go in with the winning combination of the last game even though Rishabh Pant was available for selection.

It meant KL Rahul was the specialist wicket-keeper batsman for the second successive game.

Australia lost their in-form openers – David Warner (3) and Aaron Finch (19) -- rather early.

Targeting the off-stump channel initially, Shami induced an outside edge from Warner with an away going delivery.

Smith was responsible for Finch's run out as he called his skipper for a run before changing his mind. Finch, who is usually calm and composed, was furious and used cuss words while walking back to the dressing room.

By the first powerplay, Australia reached 56 for two with Smith and Labuschagne in the middle. It was once again evident why they love batting together.

They both had stitched a 96-run stand on Friday and batted in a similar fashion, rotating the strike regularly and picking up an odd boundary enroute to their 127-run partnership.

Labuschagne, who made 46 in the Rajkot ODI, scored a half-century. Alongside Smith, he looked set for a big knock until a diving Kohli sent him back with a stunning catch at cover.

Jadeja, who got the ball to turn on a dry pitch, got his second wicket of the over when he had Mitchell Starc, who was sent ahead of Alex Carey, caught at deep midwicket leaving Australia at 173 four in 32 overs.

Smith was going along nicely at the other end but the team needed another substantial contribution to go past 300. He shared 58 runs for the fifth wicket with Carey (35) but the latter departed when the innings needed a move on.

Having missed his century by two runs on Friday, Smith reached the milestone with a single towards third man. It was his first ODI hundred in three years.


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