India clinch ODI series over Aussies

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2017

India wrapped up the five-match ODI series against Australia when they beat their visitors by five wickets with just more than two overs to spare in the third game in Nagpur on Sunday.

He was ably supported by Manish Pandey and the two put up a partnership of 78 runs for the fifth wicket.

Finch and skipper Steve Smith (63) put on 154 for the second wicket before the bowlers struck back at the Holkar Stadium.

Chasing a daunting target of 294, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane gave the team the flawless start which they needed to chase down this big target.

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.

The pitch at the Holkar Stadium is flat, and the ball is expected to come off to the bat smoothly.

He hammered five boundaries and four sixes in the match-winning knock at the end.

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Result: India won by 5 wickets and clinched 5-match series 3-0. Pandya then took it upon himself to push India to victory and nearly disdainfully hit four boundaries off the 44th over bowled by Marcus Stoinis. Pat Cummins took his wicket when he got him caught by Kane Richardson. Former skipper Michael Clarke, who is a part of the commentary panel for this limited overs series, tweeted that Australia are 40 runs short.

Pandya pounced on Ashton Agar, sending the left-arm spinner into the stands four times. "We weren't good enough to get the boundaries and get the score we needed", Smith said.

"Congratulations India for winning #IndvAus series & now being Number #1 ODI #cricket team in the world. He's a very good batter, he's played a lot of cricket over the past couple of years, he's got a lot of experience and for us at the top of the order, he brings a lot of aggression".

Hope was all but extinguished when Smith dropped a tough chance to dismiss man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya on 42.

Rahane's dismissal meant Hardik Pandya had another opportunity to make a case for the No. 4 slot.

The fourth ODI is scheduled for Thursday in Bangalore.

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