India vs Australia 2017, 3rd ODI: 5 reasons why India came out on top
India sealed the series against Australia by winning the third ODI at Indore by six wickets. A sensational 124 from Aaron Finch and 63 from Steve Smith took Australia to 293/6. India were given a superb start by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 71 and 70 respectively and added 139 for the opening wicket.
Following the departure of both openers, Hardik Pandya took center stage and with his 78, took the match away from Australia. Manish Pandey also chipped in with 36 as India won the game with 13 balls to spare.
Pandya was adjudged the Man of the Match as the hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why India won the match.
#5 Good death bowling
Up until the 37th over, Australia’s run-rate was 5.97 and they were all set to reach 300. However, some fine bowling by the Indian bowlers during the final 10 overs prevented the visitors from doing so. India took two huge wickets, that of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, before the 42nd over, but Australia still had Marcus Stoinis who possesses the ability to score big during the final overs.
The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant line and length during the final 5-6 overs which prevented Stoinis and the other batsmen from showing any intent. Bumrah even managed to dismiss Peter Handscomb and the dangerous Travis Head. Australia ended their innings on 293 which could have been somewhere between 310 and 320 had it not been for the fine death bowling by Bhuvi and Bumrah.