India Won 9th ODI in a Row : Beats Australia by 5 Wickets in 3rd ODI at Indore to win 6th consecutive ODI Series WIN2 min read
Hardik Pandya's 78-run knock sealed the deal for India in 3rd ODI at Indore
*Highlights of 3rd ODI*
India chased down the 294-run target in 47.5 overs
India clinched the series with 3-0 lead in the five match series
India also regained No.1 slot in the ICC ODI rankings with 120 points
( Syndicated news from Times of India, Image Source : HT )
INDORE 24th September 2017: With stupendous knock of 78-run by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to regain the number one spot in ICC ODI Ranking.
India successfully chased down the target of 294 run with 13 balls to spare at packed Holkar stadium to take unbeatable lead of 3-0. This will be India’s 6th consecutive ODI series win.
Openers Rohit Sharma (71) and Ajikya Rahane (70) set the platform for the win with their 139-run partnership while Pandya steered the side to victory with his crucial knock, which came off 72 balls.
Australia opener Aaron Finch’s fluent century came to a nought due to self-destructive batting by Australia in the last 10 overs.
Finch, playing his first game of the series, had placed Australia at a commanding 232 for two in 40 overs with his 124-run innings but they lost the plot after that.
When they could have gone for a kill and a score in the vicinity of 350, all Australia could manage was just 59 runs and lost four wickets to settle for 293 for six.
India faced a few anxious moments in their run chase after losing the set openers along with captain Virat Kohli (28) and Kedar Jadhav (2) but Pandya, who had played crucial role in India’s win in the series-opener in Chennai, ensured there were no more hiccups.
He kept Australia under pressure with his confident batting as he not only rotated the strike comfortably but also smacked four sixes off Ashton Agar to keep the run-rate under control.
Pandya found a good partner in Manish Pandey (36) as they went about their business calmly and shared a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket.
The win meant that India have maintained their unbeaten run in Indore and have now recorded sixth consecutive ODI series win since June 2016.