3rd ODI: Virat Kohli's ton goes in vain as Australia beat India by 32 runs
Ranchi: Skipper Virat Kohli's excellent 123 runs off 95 balls failed to decide the fate of the game in favour of India as Australia beat the men in blue by 32 runs in the 3rd One Day International (ODI) match played at the JSCA international stadium complex here on Friday.
Chasing the mammoth target of 314 runs, Indian opening pair - Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, departed scoring just 1 run and 14 runs respectively. Kohli was on the crease playing sensibly. Ambati Rayudu, the next man in, also went back to pavilion after scoring just 2 runs.
The local boy MS Dhoni was the next man on the crease. Dhoni along with Kohli tried to built a partnership but MS failed to stay long as he was out after scoring 26 runs off 42 balls.
Kohli continued to trouble the Australian bowlers and at one time, 314 looked easily chasable. Wickets, however, continued to fall from the other end. Kohli made 123 runs off 95 balls with the help of 16 fours and one 6.
Jadhav, Shankar and Jadeja scored 26, 32, 24 runs respectively.
India managed to score 281 runs in 48.2 overs.
Earlier, Indian bowlers had testing times as brilliant batting from top-order batsmen guided Australia to a challenging 313/5.
Usman Khawaja (104) Aaron Finch (93) and Glenn Maxwell (47) scored handsomely and put up a huge score.
Openers Finch and Khawaja put up a 193-run partnership before skipper Finch was adjudged leg before wicket in the 32nd over.
Finch, who was dismissed by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, played 99 balls and hammered 10 boundaries and three sixes.
Khawaja completed his century before getting out in the 39th over.
Khawaja was dismissed by pacer Mohammad Shami. In his 113 ball innings, Khawaja hit 11 boundaries and one six.
After a couple of overs, set batsman Maxwell also departed.
Middle-order batsmen Shaun Marsh (7) and Peter Handscomb (0) went back cheaply but Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and Alex Carey (21 not out) stuck at the wicket and finished off the proceedings.