Ind vs Aus, 3rd ODI: Australia seal series with three-wicket win over India

Australia chase down India 295 to win third ODI by three wickets and take an 3-0 unassailable lead in the series.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 20, 2016 8:52:27 am
Glenn Maxwell scored 96 runs in Australia’s win over India. (Source: Reuters)

India, trailing 2-0 in the series, once again failed to stop the Australia batsmen from chasing down their 296-run target and lost the third ODI by three wickets in Melbourne. Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series after the win which was anchored by Glenn Maxwell with his 96. (REPORT: Glenn Maxwell shines in Melbourne)

Scorecard: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI

As it happened…

1630 hrs IST: ALL OVER! Glenn Maxwell falls for 96 but James Faulkner seals the match and series for Australia

1608 hrs IST: Australia cruising now with Maxwell and Faulkner. India need wickets

1552 hrs IST: FIFTY! Glenn Maxwell goes after Barinder Sran and takes 13 of the over! Also brings up his 13th ODI fifty

1543 hrs IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma has struck again! A short ball from the pacer and Dwayne Wade is late for the pull shot and manages to top edge it to Shikhar Dhawan at mid-on

1540 hrs IST: 38 overs gone! India need 5 more wickets but Australia need 81 more runs

1520 hrs IST: WICKET! Marsh is run-out for 17. A little partnership was developing there. Important India follow this up with another wicket. The asking rate is around run-a- ball mark

1508 hrs IST: Counter-attack from Maxwell. He continues to play his natural game. Moves to 25 off 23. Australia 182/4 in the 32nd

1500 hrs IST: WICKET! Ishant finds Marsh’s edge and Dhoni takes a regulation catch behind the stumps to remove the dangerman. Australia in a spot of bother at 167/4

1454 hrs IST: Maxwell with the reverse-sweep, and it goes for a boundary

1450 hrs IST: India on fire in the circle. They sniff a chance, on their toes now. Plenty of noise in the middle

1440 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja with the all-important wicket of Bailey, who is stumped sharply by Dhoni. This would expose the Australian middle-order. Australia 150/3

1430 hrs IST: Bailey has begun confidently. Rotating the strike with ease

1420 hrs IST: WICKET! The Jadeja-slip combination has worked for Dhoni as Smith edges one to Rahane who completes a neat low catch. Australia 112/2

1400 hrs IST: Dhoni trying his options. Dhawan, Mann, Umesh, Ishant…He has tried them all

1350 hrs IST: India need a quiet phase now. Australia scoring runs with ease at the moment. Converting ones into twos, and finding the odd boundary here and there

1345 hrs IST: Another indifferent start by the Indian bowlers. Just not able to contain the flow of the runs

1337 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Australia in the eighth over. Smith and Marsh in the middle for hosts

1335 hrs IST: WICKET! Edge and gone. Umesh gives India the early breakthrough, Finch departs. Australia 48/1

1330 hrs IST: He concedes a 3, a couple of boundaries and creates an opportunity only to see debutant Gurkeerat Mann make a mess. Not a good day so far for Sran. Finch gets a reprieve early in the innings

1320 hrs IST: Australia off to a positive start. Both Marsh and Finch showing intent in the middle. After 4, hosts are 26/0

1310 hrs IST: Sran to bowl from the other end. India need a couple of early wickets to put hosts under pressure in the chase

1300 hrs IST: Umesh to commence proceedings with the new ball. Marsh and Finch the two openers for Australia

1220 hrs IST: India post 295/6 at the MCG. (Kohli 117, Dhawan 68; Hastings 4/58)

1215 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni finds Maxwell in the deep. Out after an entertaining 9-ball 23

1212 hrs IST: 4, 6: Dhoni is timing the ball sweetly in the middle. Plenty of power too in his shots

1208 hrs IST: WICKET! Gurkeerat drags a Faulkner slower-one back on to his stumps. Debutant out for 8. India lose their fifth wicket, 274/5

1206 hrs IST: Gurkeerat is away in international cricket with a couple. Australia sneak in a tight over at the death. Only three runs a wicket coming from the 47th

1203 hrs IST: WICKET! Kohli hits one straight to George Bailey off John Hastings. Out after scoring a brilliant 117. India 265/4

1158 hrs IST: SIX! Dhoni picks the slower one early, finds the middle of the bat and hits a flat maximum

1151 hrs IST: WICKET! Smith, technically Maxwell, completes a fine catch in the deep to end Rahane’s innings. India lose their third wicket


1149 hrs IST: Kohli hits it well, hits it big. India accelerate now, 241/2 after 44 overs. And, FIFTY for Rahane, his 15th in ODIs

1142 hrs IST: 100 No. 24 Virat Kohli – he’s the fastest to get there. This is also his 4th hundred vs Australia

1139 hrs IST: Away from tennis, they’re enjoying some cricket at the ‘G

1128 hrs IST: Rahane brings up the 200 for India in style, with a straight, flat six

1123 hrs IST: Another good over for Australia. Only four coming from that one. India need to make a move on with the restrictions on. After 38, 193/2

1115 hrs IST: Faulkner mixing it up nicely in the powerplay overs. Concedes only five. Top over with five men in the circle

1110 hrs IST: SIX! Going, going, GONE! Kohli hits one for a MAXIMUM. Top shot

1107 hrs IST: And, exchange of words between Kohli and Faulkner. Kohli says, “you are wasting your energy.”

1100 hrs IST: Rahane and Kohli make a move on in the middle. Both looking for boundaries now

1050 hrs IST: 150 up for India in the 31st over. Kohli and Rahane in the middle for the visitors

1038 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhawan moves across to hit one through the leg-side but fails to put bat to ball. Hastings disturbs the woodwork to give Australia a much needed breakthrough

1026 hrs IST: Partnership between Kohli and Dhawan crosses the 100-run mark

1023 hrs IST: Kohli brings up his 37th ODI fifty, 5th vs Australia, 3rd of the series. And, Dhawan too reaches the 50-run mark. India 111/1 after 23 overs

1019 hrs IST: Kohli smashes one for a boundary, brings up the 100 for India in the 22nd over

1015 hrs IST: Both Dhawan and Kohli into their 40s now. While the former has been watchful, the right-hander has scored at a brisk pace. The pair has run hard between the wickets

1000 hrs IST: Dhawan and Kohli have done the hardwork of rebuilding the innings. It’s important they convert the starts into a big one now

0950 hrs IST: FIFTY-run partnership between Dhawan and Kohli comes up off 67 balls

0940 hrs IST: Smith introduces Maxwell’s spin into the attack. He’s the only spinner in their ranks. He himself can bowl too, but has hardly rolled his arm over off late

0936 hrs IST: Dhawan whips one off his pads to the ropes. His third boundary. The aggressive southpaw growing in confidence now

0932 hrs IST: Virat Kohli scores his 7000th run in ODIs. On this day, in 2008, Anil Kumble took his 600th Test wicket

0928 hrs IST: Faulkner replaces Hastings. Australia have done with the ball in the first 30 minutes of play

0925 hrs IST: Easy pickings! Can’t afford to bowl Kohli on his pads. Flicks it in fine fashion to the ropes

0920 hrs IST: Kohli drives one through covers, doesn’t time it that well and settles for three

0918 hrs IST: Close! Dhawan miscues the pull and it’s just out of Faulkner’s reach

0909 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is the new man in. Australia have been very disciplined with the ball so far. Attacking the stumps, and giving batsmen no room or width to free their arms

0908 hrs IST: WICKET! India lose in-form Rohit cheaply. The right-hander, in an attempt to run down the delivery to third-man for a single, manages an edge to Wade behind the stumps. India 15/1

0905 hrs IST: Dhawan needs some runs under his belt today. He has good memories at this venue. Scored a hundred in the World Cup against South Africa

0904 hrs IST: After playing some shots straight to the fielders, Dhawan shows some intent. Takes Hastings on and clears the ring to get his second boundary of the innings

0855 hrs IST: And, Rohit Sharma brings up 1000 runs against Australia

0855 hrs IST: Hastings to bowl from the other end

0850 hrs IST: India openers Rohit and Dhawan out in the middle, Richardson with the new ball for Australia

0835 hrs IST:  IND XI – S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, A Rahane, MS Dhoni, GM Singh, R Jadeja, R Dhawan, I Sharma, B Sran, U Yadav

0834 hrs IST: AUS XI – A Finch, S Marsh, S Smith, G Bailey, G Maxwell, M Marsh, M Wade, J Faulkner, J Hastings, K Richardson, S Boland

FOLLOW the match in Hindi here….

0822 hrs IST: TOSS! India asked to bat by Australia. Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Mann to make their ODI debuts, R Ashwin and Manish Pandey dropped from the XI. For Australia, Mitchell Marsh comes in for Joel Paris

0818 hrs IST: MS Dhoni walks out to the middle with the team sheet for the toss

0813 hrs IST: The pitch is different from WACA and Gabba. Wasim Akram feels the ball will stay slightly low, and should assist the Indian bowlers. The former speedster feels it would grip more under lights. Win the toss, bat first, he says

0812 hrs IST: Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan have been handed ODI caps. Debut for the youngsters

0808 hrs IST: Warner is up early, and he wants Australia to seal the series at the MCG

0802 hrs IST: Debut likely for all-rounder Rishi Dhawan today

0800 hrs IST: Fans are already out in numbers at the MCG. As always, plenty of support for the visitors

The build-up

Gameplan: Change is need of the hour

MS Dhoni and India will have to think out of the box if they are to salvage the series.

Down 2-0 in the series, India will need to plan differently in order to stay alive in the five-match series against Australia.

BCCI bars team from visiting casinos in Australia

Indian cricket team’s hotel houses one of the most famous casinos of Australia. (Source: AP)

The instruction was relayed to the team during their bus ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, the venue of the third one-dayer against Australia.

Three all-rounders can work in Aus XI: Hastings

John Hastings replaced Mitchell Marsh in Australia’s squad for the second ODI match against India. (Source: Reuters)

While Mitchell Marsh is expected to walk into the XI , Hastings has put up a strong case for himself by his performance in the second ODI.

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