IND vs AUS third ODI: Marsh, Maxwell assist Australia snap dropping streak, beat India earlier than World Cup opener


Australia flexed its batting would possibly, its unfold of bowlers, and introduced an finish to its unceremonious five-match dropping streak with a 66-run victory in opposition to India within the third One-Day Worldwide in Rajkot on Wednesday.

Glenn Maxwell supplied 4/40 with the ball upon his return from damage to play a pivotal position within the defence of 352 runs. For India, it was a case of gathering steam and failing to make the ultimate cost. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli struck fifties, and plenty of others obtained begins however none might anchor the chase by means of. 

Rohit made merry within the first PowerPlay, launching an offence in opposition to pacers. He obtained off the blocks within the first over with a pull in opposition to Mitchell Starc. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins had been the subsequent to see Rohit unleash his trademark strokes as India raced away to its 50 within the seventh over. 

The skipper, when provided, was equally proficient in dispatching full deliveries by means of the off-side. Washington Sundar, in his first essay as a gap batter, took time to fireplace. However he discovered his bearings within the fifth over, punishing a half-tracker from Hazlewood.


Rohit was put down by Starc on 48 off Inexperienced. The reprieve allowed him to run two and register a 31-ball fifty. 

With pacers misfiring, Maxwell made inroads and despatched Washington packing off a miscued inside-out shot to lengthy off. With the sector unfold out, India might wipe out simply 19 off the goal between overs 11 and 15. 

Virat Kohli broke the shackles in opposition to Cummins, rolling his wrists to whip a supply from outdoors off over sq. leg. He lofted the subsequent from inches above mid-off as India reached 100 within the sixteenth over. Tanvir Sangha was subsequent in line. Kohli swatted a full supply down the bottom earlier than Rohit swept to select 10 from the over. 

Kohli’s six charging down the observe, off Starc, despatched the gang right into a ‘Kohli, Kohli’ refrain. India, nevertheless, hit a pace bump when Maxwell plucked a mind-boggling one-handed catch off his bowling to assert Rohit’s wicket. 

Maxwell piled additional distress. One over after notching up a fifty, Kohli’s wild heave drew a prime edge which Steve Smith tracked again from mid-wicket to collect.

Ok.L. Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, tasked with placing the chase again on observe, nibbled on in singles. The pair collected the odd boundary and accomplished a 50-run stand. However an ever-inching asking price finally induced an error from Rahul, who provided a skier to Alex Carey. 

Australia tightened the noose within the subsequent two overs. Suryakumar Yadav was rushed right into a pull shot by Hazlewood and provided a sitter to mid-wicket earlier than Maxwell castled Iyer to assert his fourth. 

Left with the tail for firm, Ravindra Jadeja’s 37-run resistance was buried by Sangha within the forty ninth over. The pacers returned to lap up the remaining and bundled India out for 286.

Earlier within the day, Australia’s innings, which appeared set to chart a course past 400 runs, misplaced its manner by means of its latter levels.

On a batting belter, Australia powered to 90 runs by the tip of the PowerPlay. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj obtained caught between a rock and a tough place. With little to no swing on supply, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh feasted on the fuller deliveries. Pulling the lengths again yielded nothing completely different. 

The floodgates opened within the third over, bowled by Bumrah, when Marsh collected 14 runs with a pull shot over mid-wicket and a slap by means of level. Warner adopted it up with 16 from Siraj’s over.

Prasidh Krishna obtained an analogous welcome, as Warner pocketed 19 runs from his first over. Warner might add simply 5 runs after his 32-ball fifty. Going for an overambitious scoop right down to positive leg of Krishna, he provided a feather to Rahul. 

Native boy Jadeja was launched to tug the reins in on Australia. His flat deliveries fired at stump-to-stump line labored, however Smith and Marsh had been snug attempting to find unfastened balls. Marsh introduced up his fifty in 45 deliveries.   

Sundar mirrored his senior bowling associate’s method, forcing the Aussie pair to gather runs sq. off the wicket. Nonetheless, Marsh went full throttle upon Bumrah’s return. He parked two quick deliveries over the deep sq. fence earlier than hitting two fours by means of the off-side.

Marsh sliced a half-tracker from Kuldeep Yadav to gap out at covers and fall 4 in need of a century. For almost half the way in which again to the dugout, Marsh held his palms over his head, partly in disbelief and partly in remorse. 


Australia, cruising at 225/2 in 30 overs, suffered a mini-collapse. Siraj foxed Smith on 74 with a supply that held its line. Smith, seeking to clip the ball on the on facet, was caught plumb in entrance of the stumps. 

After the dual strikes, Marnus Labuschagne, who had joined the occasion with a reverse sweep off Sundar, was compelled to recalibrate. 

Carey departed when he chipped an off-cutter from Bumrah to Kohli at quick cowl. Maxwell’s comeback knock lasted seven deliveries after Bumrah nailed a yorker with pin-point precision to rattle his off stump. Within the forty first over, Cameron Inexperienced holed out at lengthy on leaving Australia at 299/6. 

Labuschagne lastly discovered firm from skipper Cummins, who rotated the strike.

Labuschagne’s finish arrived within the penultimate over when he shuffled throughout to heave Bumrah’s supply from large outdoors off and located Iyer at long-on. However his 58-ball 72 obtained Australia over 350 which proved greater than sufficient. 



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