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RANCHI, India: Opener Usman Khawaja’s maiden one-day worldwide century and incisive bowling helped Australia outplay India by 32 runs to remain alive within the five-match collection on Friday.
Adam Zampa led the bowling cost with three wickets together with the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli, for 123, to assist dismiss the hosts for 281 in 48.2 overs whereas chasing 314 in Ranchi. India lead the collection 2-1.
Fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson additionally took three wickets every and mixed to wipe off the Indian tail after Kohli’s second successive ton gave the vacationers a scare.
Kohli, who hit a match-winning 116 within the second ODI, smashed 16 fours and a six throughout his 95-ball knock earlier than being bowled off Zampa’s leg-spin googly.
For Australia, Khawaja, who made 104, and skipper Aaron Finch, who hit 93, placed on a 193-run opening stand to information their workforce to 313 for 5 after being put in to bat.
“It was a pretty good performance. To get 300 on that wicket was very good. It was nice and especially in these conditions,” Finch mentioned after the win.
“I have been working really hard and have always had the faith I would get runs. Usman played a fantastic knock, Jhye was also impressive with the ball,” he added.
Finch, whose final vital one-day rating was a 100 in England in June 2018, struck type together with his 19th ODI 50 however fell wanting the three-figure mark after being trapped lbw off Kuldeep Yadav, who took three wickets.
His 99-ball knock was laced with 10 fours and three sixes.
The left-handed Khawaja, who hit 11 fours and a six in his 113-ball knock, stored up the tempo throughout a 46-run second-wicket stand with the in-form Glenn Maxwell, who made 47.
Khawaja fell to paceman Mohammed Shami and Maxwell, who smashed three fours and three sixes in his 31-ball blitz, was run out by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Yadav quickly tried to test Australia’s surge together with his left-arm wrist spin as he despatched again Shaun Marsh, for seven, and Peter Handscomb, for nought, within the area of three deliveries.
But Marcus Stoinis, on 31, and Alex Carey, on 21, placed on an unbeaten 50-run stand to take Australia nicely previous the 300-run mark.
Kohli, the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman, tried to arrange India’s chase after they had been in bother at 86 for 4 following the departure of Dhoni for 26.
The 30-year-old Kohli, who registered 41st ODI ton, constructed essential partnerships together with an 88-run fifth-wicket stand with Kedar Jadhav to problem the opposition assault.
Vijay Shankar additionally made a helpful 32 however the ever-increasing run fee received to the Indian chase.
“I was very disappointed when I got out. I really thought we had a chance with the difference being 20 between balls and runs,” mentioned Kohli.
“Australia performed higher on the day. Adam bowled nicely and so they gained the sport. We may have just a few adjustments within the subsequent couple of video games.
“A little bit hiccup within the center however we are going to re-group and are available again stronger.”
The fourth ODI is on Sunday in Chandigarh.
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