New Delhi: Australia beat India by three wickets in the 3rd ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Virat Kohli's magnificent ton went in vain as Indian bowlers couldn't manage to defend a sizeable total for the third time in a row.
After winning the toss, Australia offered the visitors to bat first. Even after losing in-form batsman Rohit Sharma early in the innings, Virat Kohli (117) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) added 119 runs for the second wicket to give India a good platform.
Continuing his good form, Ajinkya Rahane scored another fifty in the middle-order. However, even after MS Dhoni's cameo of 23 off nine balls, India didn't manage to cross the 300-run mark, unlike the last two occasions and gave the hosts a tricky total of 295.
Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch gave Australia a flying start once again as they added 48 runs in the first eight overs.
However, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals and at one stage were reduced to 215 for six. But Glenn Maxwell probably played one of the most sensible knocks of his ODI career and took the match away from India's grasp, with the help of a magnificent 96 off 104 balls.