Australia win toss, bat against India in must-win third ODI

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2017

Wicketkeeper Wade appeared to hurt his arm after fumbling a Marcus Stoinis delivery during India's second one-day global win in Kolkata yesterday. Rahane went for 70.

"Virat Kohli knows how to bring a game under his control and that's why India is on its winning streak", he said.

Australia skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat first in their must-win third one-day global against India in Indore on Sunday.

David Warner and Hilton Cartwright found it tough to put bat to ball in the first two matches and that has had a cascading effect. Australia, already 0-2 down, need to win this match to stay in the series.

Indian bowlers struggled for the better part of the innings, thanks to opening batsman Aaron Finch's 124 and Steve Smith's 63 but they fought back later to not allow Australia get a big score.

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Rohit Sharma has smacked Australia for five sixes in Tests, 12 in T20Is and 47 in ODIs.

Finch's dominance against Kuldeep was clear from the fact that he collected 41 runs off the 26 balls he faced from the Chinaman. Both Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have not made any contribution to the team's cause so far and to keep their places they have to do something worthwhile.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade had a lot to say to each other. Four overs later, Smith danced down the track to hit Kuldeep to the hands of Jasprit Bumrah in the 42nd over - much to the relief of the Indian camp. They could never get the fillip, which was there to take after a stupendous start even as Marcus Stoinis took the side close to 300 with his unbeaten 27.

The innings was Kohli's first big score against Australia in any format since his match-winning 82no in the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in March previous year.

Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket each. Warner's role should be to hold the innings together while one of either Smith or Handscomb can take on the spinners as both have proven their credentials against top-class slow bowlers in the longest format.

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