India vs Australia 2019 3rd ODI Ranchi: It was an extremely rare occurrence in the world of cricket that Virat Kohli smashes a hundred and Team India loses the match. However, Friday was the day of exception when Kohli scored his 41st ton and it went down the drain as the men in blue lost the third ODI versus Australia by 32 runs. This was the eighth time India loss the match after Kohli’s hundred. With this victory, the tourists have managed to stay alive in the five-match ODI rubber, they trail 1-2. (India vs Australia – 3rd ODI HIGHLIGHTS)

It was undoubtedly one of the Indian captain’s finest knocks in the limited-overs format as he continuously sent Aussie bowlers on a never-ending leather hunt. During his knock, the 30-year old hit 16 boundaries and a mighty maximum in his 95-ball stay on the crease. Chasing a stiff 314 target, the hosts lost their top-order cheaply as Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu failed to make any substantial contribution. MS Dhoni, along with Kohli tried to conjure up a 59-run stand for the fourth wicket to keep India in the hunt. (SCORECARD)

But spinner Adam Zampa snared Dhoni (26) to break India’s momentum. He later picked up the big wickets of Kedar Jadhav (26) and skipper Kohli (123) to put the men in yellow in command. After Kohli’s dismissal, the writing was on the wall for India. Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja faced a huge ask when they got together in the 38th over – India needed 95 off 12.3 overs. In the end, the task was too much to ask for the hosts as they failed to cross the line in the absence of any other major contribution.

Dhawan’s poor run of form continued at the JSCA Stadium and he is now a proper concern for India. They are sure to try out KL Rahul in the fourth ODI but time is running out.

MS Dhoni, who was in sublime touch in Australia, walked out to bat at No.5 and was involved in a 59-run stand with Kohli. But the problem was Dhoni’s strike rate; he managed only 26 off 42 with the asking rate climbing steeply. When he got out in the 20th over, India slipped to 86 for 4.

However, Kohli was batting on a different level. He made batting look ridiculously easy and accelerated after bringing up his fifty.He ran hard and kept Australia under pressure; they heaved a sigh of relief when Zampa got rid of Kohli with a googly.

Earlier, Indian pacers covered up commendably for a rare off-day endured by the spinners as Australia were restricted to 313 despite a 193-run opening stand between skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. Khawaja (104, 113 balls) scored his maiden ODI ton while Finch (93, 99 balls) chose this particular match to get back to form. Glenn Maxwell (47 off 31 balls) also contributed with lusty blows.

The Indian spinners — Ravindra Jadeja (0/64 in 10 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (0/32 in 2 overs) — were carted all around the park. Kuldeep Yadav (3/64 in 10 overs), however, redeemed himself at the back-end of the innings. The trio gave away 160 runs in 22 overs and it was left to Jasprit Bumrah (0/53) and Mohammed Shami (1/52 in 10 overs) to maintain the discipline during the final overs as the total could have gone close to the 350-run mark.

In the final 10 overs, Australia could score only 69 runs, despite being 244 for 2 after 40 overs, courtesy Bumrah and Shami who bowled 64 dot balls between them.