In the 3rd ODI at Bengaluru also India continued their domination over Australia and won by 7 wickets. Now India is on victory with the series 2-1.
Australia opt to bat first at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium and so quick they lost both the openers. At last Steve Smith with 131 off 132 balls and Marnus Labuschagne 54 off 64 balls jointly saved them by giving 127 run stand for 3rd wicket. However Australia managed to post 286-9 for 50 overs.
India now has to chase 287 runs to win the match and the start was not that good with a score of 69 runs for first wicket and KL Rahul with 19 off 27 balls was dismissed without making big score. Rohit Sharma 119 off 128 balls and Virat Kohli with 89 off 91 balls in a pair kept India in form. Shreya’s Iyer 44 runs of 35 balls in courtesy, India reached the target with 2.3 overs to spare.
Here are the 3 reasons due to which India won the series
- Successful last 10 overs by Indian bowlers
By the 40th over, Australia score was 223-4, Steve Smith and Alex Carey with 35 off 36 balls were in the positions. Every one expected that after posting the competitive target by India, Kangaroos would strive hard after Indian bowlers.
It was a shocking to Kangaroos that Indian bowler team did an extra-ordinary job dismissing Carey and Ashton Turner in a rapid way. This lead Steve smith carry Australian innings with tail enders. Things went off from Australia hands as Smith got dismissed off Mohammed Shami’s bowling.
Indian bowlers in the last 10 overs gave away 63 runs and taken 5 wickets. Aussies were left with short of target at par with short boundaries and batting friendly wickets.
- Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli partnership
As KL Rahul got dismissed, Indian skipper Virat Kohli joined partnership with Rohit Sharma and chased forward in making runs. India needed more stronger partnership at the time as it still needs 220 runs from 37.3 overs to win.
Both of them very cleverly and sensibly batted without losing wicket made 137 runs in partnership before losing second wicket. Australia was out of the game as the batters performed extremely good keeping the run rate with in range of control.
After scoring 119 off 128 balls Sharma got dismissed in the 37th over but Kohli continued his batting in partnership with Shreyas Iyer scoring 68 and dismissed by Josh Hazlewood(1/55). His individual score was 89 off 91 balls.
Both the batsmen were out before India finishing the game but they already set the perfect platform to win.
- Australian bowlers failed taking early wickets
Preserving a below par target, Australian bowlers should play in a way keeping India under pressure by taking some early wickets. Australia being world class bowling attack, it’s not a big deal for them to take wickets.
But they failed to take single wicket till 11th over where Ashton Agar (1/38) dismissed KL Rahul by trapping him right in front of the wicket. To get past the Indian batting series, wicket is the most essential key where Aussies bowlers failed in creating any kind of threat to the pairs Sharma-Kohli pair in fact allowed them to chase run score.
Wickets were taken by the bowlers in later overs but till then India ‘s target was well within the range of success. Taking wickets at the initial stage would have kept Australia in the match but wickets were taken after paring that stage which pushed Australia to backfoot and allowing India to chase for runs so easily without much pressure.