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    India v Australia

    Holkar Cricket Stadium, September 24, 2017

    3rd ODI - India v Australia ODI Series 2017

    Australia 1st Inn 6/293
    India 1st Inn 5/294
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
    India win by 5 wickets
    India Over: 47.5  RR: 5.36
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    M. Pandey 36 32 6 0 112.50
    M.S. Dhoni* 3 6 0 0 50.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    K.W. Richardson* 8.5 0 45 1 5.09
    G.J. Maxwell 1.0 0 2 0 2.00
    Last Wicket: H.H. Pandya, 78 (c. Richardson b. Cummins) - 5/284

    India and Australia go head to head in game three of five in this One Day International series on Sunday evening at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 6pm AEST.

    It’s make or break time for the Aussies and things are very simple – they must win this third ODI or kiss goodbye to series. But after being comprehensively beaten in the second match do they really have what it takes to challenge the Indians at home?

    The series so far has been pretty one-sided with India winning both games relatively easily in the end but the signs are there that Australia can still turn things around.

    The main issue for Australia has been their batting. Restricting the Indians to 252 in the second match was a good result after some strong combinations from the home side threatened to post a score of over 300. But the inability of the Aussies top and middle order to put together partnerships ended up costing them a very winnable match.

    India meanwhile have been rolling along nicely especially when it comes to their bowling attack. The pace and swing of Kumar and Bumrah has caused the Aussie top order problems and the spin combo of Yadav and Chahal have proved hard to pick. The batsmen will be hoping for a bigger total in this third match and the form of key players like Kohli and Dhoni is ominous.

    Steve Smith is going to want to lead from the front and really take it to the Indians and there’s no better way than a dominant performance with the bat. He’s had a lean series and will be looking to set the tone for his team – expect big things from the skipper.

    With there having been about two weeks of heavy rain in Indore the ground staff are facing a battle of their own to allow the game to take place. If it does it should be an interesting game between a team in form and a team fighting hard to find some form.

    There is a growing amount of niggle that is adding some more spice to this third match and it promises to be a hotly fought contest.

    Australia to win. While the momentum is with the Indians and they are playing good cricket, an Australian side with its back against the wall is a fearsome opponent.

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    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 3:52am | ! Report

      Full Match Report

      India have beaten Australia by 5 wickets in the 3rd One Day International at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore and have taken an unassailable lead in the 5 match series.

      It was a do or die match for the Australians who had to win this one to stay alive in the series. After the performance in the first two games it was clear that the main area the Aussies had to improve was their batting. Their top and middle order had not fired and against India Steve Smith knew he was going to need plenty of runs whether they were chasing or setting a target.

      Ashton Agar was brought in to fill the spinner spot and Wade was rested to give Handscomb a chance to impress with both bat and gloves. The biggest change for the Aussies was that Aaron Finch had recovered from injury and was back opening with Warner. If Steve Smith needed runs then the opening pair was going to be where he was looking for them to come from and they didn’t disappoint.

      Warner and Finch both started well and had put on 70 before Warner was undone by the eventual man of the match, Pandya. But it was a solid base for the Aussies and Smith and Finch did a great job of building upon it. Over the next 24 overs the pair put on over 150 together with Finch getting his 8th century. He played a lovely innings that combined power and control and at no point did he look in any discomfort after his recent injury. But once he left it all went wrong for the Aussies.

      From 222 for 2 with 12 overs still to go, a score of well over 300 was looking a certainty. However from the next 72 balls the Aussies could only manage 71 runs.

      It was exactly what the Aussies didn’t want to do – let their batting stumble and let them down. The Indian bowling needs to take some of the credit as both seam and spin bowled pretty well and at no point did Kohli let his team panic. But this was a flat, slow pitch that had no demons in it whatsoever. Even with tight bowling there was no scary threat being posed by the home side and the Australians really should have been able to score at better than a run a ball for the final 12 overs with so many wickets in hand.

      Their inability to build on that foundation meant that they ended on 293 for 6 from their 50 overs and everyone knew that the Indians would fancy this run chase.

      It was going to be critical for the Aussies to take wickets – they simply didn’t have enough runs on the board to gain victory by strangling the Indian batsmen. But Steve Smith’s bowling attack just isn’t able to rip teams apart especially on a flat track like the one at Indore.

      To make matters worse for Smith, the Indian openers decided that anything that Warner and Finch could do, they could do better. Where Finch and Warner put on 70 in 13 overs, Rohit and Rahane put on 139 in 21 overs. During this stand it was Rohit that really took hold of the Aussie attack and thrashed them to all parts – one shot in particular left the stadium as it sailed over the roof of the three-tiered stand.

      The Aussies did stop the Indian openers from running away with it and got them both out in quick succession. But just as they departed the next pairing took control. Pandya and Kholi put on 50 together and steadied the ship at a time when the Aussies would have been desperate to get into the Indian middle order.

      Pandya is an exciting player. With the ball he did a job conceding just 58 runs from his 10 overs and getting the important wicket of Warner just before he could really destroy the Indian attack. Then with the bat he tormented the Aussies. Just as you thought they’d got him tided down he would attack and suddenly add two quick boundaries. His 78 from 72 balls was complimented by first Kholi and then Pandey, both of whom were happy to support the quicker scoring Pandya.

      Towards the end it looked like we might have an exciting finish. The Indians needed 88 from 88 balls and the Aussies were fighting back hard. But Pandya and Pandey took the game away from the tourists with about two overs of big hits that saw Agar’s figures get ugly and the target get nice and close.

      In the end the Indians strolled past the finish line with 5 wickets in hand and two overs to spare.

      There were some great examples of power hitting during the Indian innings but more impressive than that was the blend of power and control. For every six or four that clattered into the stands there were plenty of well run singles that kept the strike rotating and the scoreboard moving.

      There were a handful of key points during the game where the teams had to fight over the momentum. Each time India won that battle and moved ahead of Australia. ODIs and Test matches are often like this – rarely does a tier one team dominate another tier one team for the entire match. But there are critical moments when one team needs to win a period of play and in doing so they take the advantage. India’s win eventually looked quite easy but that was because they had won every single key moment in the 95 overs before hand.

      So what next? Well the series is gone but the Indians will want to whitewash their opponents for sure. Equally the Aussies will want to salvage some pride and many will be looking to the future, aware that some poor performances now could see them out of international contention for quite a while.

      Game 4 is on 28th September and it’ll be interesting to see how Australia respond.

      • 12:16pm
        Tanmoy Kar said | 12:16pm | ! Report

        Very good sum-up Oliver.

        • Roar Guru

          Oliver Matthews said | 9:38pm | ! Report

          Cheers Tanmoy. I was really gutted to see how the Aussies fell away after the hard work of Finch, Warner and Smith. I’d predicted that the Aussies would come out fighting and win this 3rd game and thought it was all going to plan after the first 20 overs.

          But then the old demons cropped up and it fell away.

          To be fair to the bowlers – with only 290 on the board and nothing in the pitch it was always going to be a tough ask.

    • 3:47am
      Hari said | 3:47am | ! Report

      One thing you don’t do against this Indian team is to make them chase and ……….

    • 2:25am
      Harish said | 2:25am | ! Report

      In bowling apart from Coulter-Nile and Cummins other Aussies look absolutely mediocre. All one dimensional attack. Also spinners are more like an afterthought. Heard there are some good spinners in Australian first class cricket. With Finch coming back in the side, batting looks more formidable. I was surprised to see you guys resting Finch for first 2 ODIs. Also someone like Khawaja would have come handy in Indian conditions. With these tactics won’t be surprised to see a whitewash.

      • 12:06pm
        Tanmoy Kar said | 12:06pm | ! Report

        Finch was injured due to calf muscle. Khawaja was a super flop in Asian conditions earlier hence dropped.

    • 2:20am
      Ashok said | 2:20am | ! Report

      Right now mostly no teams are winning away from the home. Is it just technical or psychological?

      • Roar Guru

        Oliver Matthews said | 6:22am | ! Report

        From what I’ve seen a lot of it is technical – you see Aussie sides in England for example and many of the top batsmen struggle as soon as the ball swings. You see batsmen from England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia struggle in India because of the slower pitches and impact that spin has. Equally you see many teams struggle in Australia with the bounce and pace of the wickets.

        What’s more strange is not that the same technical flaws keep showing up. What is strange is that never before in international cricket have teams had access to such incredible training facilities and analysis to help them get better at their game and yet they still have these flaws.

    • 2:11am
      Tanmoy Kar said | 2:11am | ! Report

      So India won the match rather easily, 294 was not a very big target in this wicket. Both the sides started their innings very well but Australia crumbled in the end overs and finished probably 30/40 runs short. Very good knock played by Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. India won the Series and gone up to Rank No.!.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:52am | ! Report

      In the end it was a relatively straight forward win for India but they showed their class at various points. Their bowlers really stunted the Australian innings and restricted them to less than 300 when at 22 overs in it looked like the Aussies could be eyeing up 350+.

      Then the batsmen did well to ensure that the run rate never got away from them and even when they lost a few quick wickets they steadied the ship, pushed on and then took advantage of poor bowling when it came around.

      In many ways there wasn’t a lot between the teams but at key points during the match the Indians stepped up and won each one. In the end this meant they came home very easily and will be now thinking about a whitewash in this series.

      More to come in the full match report but for now thank you for joining us in this intriguing game.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:48am | ! Report

      INDIA win the 3rd ODI by 5 wickets and take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in this 5 match series.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:47am | ! Report

      And that’s it! Pandey clips the ball through square leg and they trot through for the winning run.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:47am | ! Report

      1 run needed by India

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:47am | ! Report

      Dhoni paddles the ball from Richardson around to deep square leg and the scores are level

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:46am | ! Report

      The crowd are chanting for a SIX

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 1:46am | ! Report

      A single brings Dhoni onto strike with 2 runs needed

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