Khawaja and Zampa help Australia to win over India in third ODI

first_img Australia beat India by 32 runs in third one-day international – as it happened Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Cricket Adam Zampa spun Australia to a 32-run victory in the third one-day international in Ranchi, where not even a century from the masterful chaser Virat Kohli was enough to get India home.Written off as World Cup contenders and down 2-0 in the five-match series, Australia responded with arguably their best one-day performance under coach Justin Langer as his side recorded their first ODI victory outside Australia since they triumphed in Bangalore in September 2017.Aaron Finch returned to form and Usman Khawaja posted his maiden ODI hundred as Australia finished on 313 for 5, their biggest total since amassing 334 for 5 during that same match in Bangalore. Topics Australia cricket team India cricket team Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Glenn Maxwell created a caught-behind chance when Kohli was on 98, which would have denied the superstar a ninth ODI hundred in chases in excess of 300. Kohli, out when he skipped down the pitch and was clean bowled attempting to clip the ball to the leg side, could hardly believe the series of events.India’s victory equation was 95 off 75 balls when Kohli departed. Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja put together a 32-run stand but the tourists kept their cool, with the former going down swinging at Nathan Lyon before the required run-rate got out of hand.The series continues in Chandigarh on Sunday before wrapping up in Delhi on Wednesday.The visitors could easily have posted a far more intimidating target. Khawaja’s mistimed pull shot triggered a collapse of four for 24 that also featured the dismissals of Maxwell, who was promoted to first drop and scored a quick-fire 47, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share via Email match reports Read more Since you’re here… Finch (93) and Khawaja (104) laid the platform for an even bigger total in their 193-run opening stand, which spanned 191 balls and was almost double Australia’s previous highest opening partnership during David Warner’s suspension.Kohli, fresh from his match-winning hundred in Nagpur on Tuesday, responded with a sparkling knock of 123 that came off just 95 balls.Zampa made the crucial breakthrough, dismissing the captain for a third time on tour, and also removed MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.India were all out for 281 in 48.2 overs, with Pat Cummins and the recalled paceman Jhye Richardson also playing pivotal roles with the ball.Cummins starred with the new ball to help reduce India to 27 for 3 then Zampa claimed the all-important scalp of Dhoni to make it 86 for 4, silencing a sold-out crowd that came to see what is expected to be the wicketkeeper’s final international game in his hometown.Kohli’s class and composure came to the fore as he wrestled momentum back from the visitors with his 41st ODI century.The challenge for Australia was simple yet mindbogglingly difficult. They needed to find a way to remove Kohli, whose batting average in ODI chases is now an outrageous 68.71 (with 25 tons), or lose the series.last_img

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