India vs Australia 3rd ODI Match Report: Yuzvendra Chahal’s career-best six for 42 and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 87 powered India to a historic 2-1 series victory against Australia. It is a big win considering the fact that it is also Team India’s first bilateral series win in Australia against Australia. Dhoni continued his consistent run of form in the three-match series with another brilliant batting display in the series decider against Australia at the iconic MCG on Friday. The veteran ace scored his third consecutive fifty of the series to take the men in blue home comfortably. Kedar Jadhav also contributed with a handsome knock of 61 runs off 57 balls. Both Dhoni and Jadhav knitted a crucial 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket to take India home. (India vs Australia – 3rd ODI Highlights)
Chasing a moderate target of 231 to win, India didn’t get off to the best of the starts as vice-captain Rohit Sharma fell cheaply. However, captain Virat Kohli (46) once again came to the fore with another solid batting display. The batsmen got counted when it mattered as India have capped off a successful tour of Australia with a seven-wicket win at MCG. Earlier in the series, India lost the first ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground by 34 runs. The tourists came back strongly to level the series at Adelaide as they beat Australia by six wickets with four balls to spare. Kohli slammed his 39th ODI ton to lay the platform for a 299 chase.
At MCG for the decider, India surprisingly made three changes in the squad as they got Chahal, Shankar, and Jadhav. It seems that the changes paid dividends as India beat the hosts. The Australian batting failed them over and over again in the series as apart from a Shaun Marsh century, there is not a lot one can talk about. Richardson has been good with the ball throughout the series, he has picked up wickets and got rid of Virat Kohli three out of three times.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma hit his 22nd century which went in vain at SCG. In the decider, one has to agree that the Australians were sloppy in the field and that cost them big as Dhoni played a defining knock to take India home.
In the past, India have never won a bilateral ODI series on Australian soil, and their only series wins in the 50-over format came in 1985 (World Championship of Cricket) and 2008 (CB Series). Interestingly, the ongoing three-match affair is only the second bilateral ODI series India have played in Australia, losing 4-1 in 2016.
Also, by winning the third ODI in Melbourne, India will finish the current 2018-19 tour without losing a series Down Under. India started their tour with a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw. It was followed by a historic first-ever Test series win for India on Australian soil.
Virat Kohli became the first Indian and Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia as the visitors defeated the hosts by a 2-1 margin.