50 overs Australia 352 for 7 (Marsh 96, Smith 74, Labuschagne 72, Bumrah 3-81, Kuldeep 2-48) Vs. India
Attack of the fifty from Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith And David Warner Australia cruised to 352 for 7 in the third and final ODI as they look to avoid a first-ever clean sweep against India in the bilateral ODI series.
Despite the tall score, India managed to pull things back in the latter part, conceding 122 runs in the last 20 overs and scoring just 66 runs in the last ten overs after Australia’s top-order bowling unit took them to the top.
Batting first, Australia scored 90 runs in the first ten overs to beat India with 11 fours and five sixes on a calm Rajkot surface. And it was the leader of India’s bowling attack, Jasprit Bumrah, who they targeted as he scored 81 runs in his ten overs, but also managed three wickets.
Marsh got the first ball through cover from the fast bowler before hitting two fours and a six in his second over. Warner got into the act after taking 16 in Mohammad Siraj’s second over – a four through cover and two authoritative sixes over long-on.
Prasidh Krishna took him to the cleaners with 19 off his first ball – three fours and a six – as Australia raced to 50 in 6.1 overs. Warner soon brought up a half-century of his own, third of the series, from 32 balls, but failed to follow through.
Trying to be a little more adventurous, Warner premeditated a scoop for the famous length ball on the stumps. He lost his leg trying to take the shot and could only get a glove and a top edge to the wicketkeeper.
Smith, riding on a duck, was now in his element. He started with a simple across-the-line wrister behind square for a couple before hitting a stunning cover drive against Prasidh.
Spin was introduced in the tenth over but both Marsh and Smith failed to make much of a difference with boundaries being collected at regular intervals. Marsh brought up his fifty off 45 balls before the heat began to take its toll on him even as Australia crossed the 150 mark in the 22nd over when Smith smashed Jadeja for six over deep midwicket.
Bumrah was brought back into the attack in the 23rd over and that was exactly the pace Marsh wanted to regain his bearings. He was quick over deep backward square leg before smashing him for three successful fours with Bumrah’s figures after four overs reading 4-0-45-0.
Kuldeep Yadav was kept in check by Rohit Sharma until the 24th over but that did not stop Smith from scoring a 43-ball fifty and 100 runs between the two. When Australia crossed the score of 200 in 26.2 overs, 400 was the card.
But India has managed to bring everything back well. Marsh, absolutely battered in the heat of Rajkot, bowled Kuldeep to cover to fall for 96 runs. Soon after, Siraj caught Smith with a length ball just in front of the stumps which skidded and missed his attempted flick.
Bumrah, who leaked runs in the first two spells, came back to deceive Alex Carey with a slower offcutter that he could cover before sending back Glenn Maxwell with a pinpoint yorker that took out his off stump. And, with Cameron Green held out at long-on, Australia lost four wickets for 57 runs in 11 overs between the 32nd and 43rd overs.
Labuschagne, however, kept his composure to keep Australia ahead. Coming in at No. 4, he saw wickets fall at the other end before finding fellow skipper Pat Cummins. Australia reached 350 in the last over.