3rd ODI: India lose to Australia by 32 runs, but lead five-match series 2-1

India were bowled out for 281 runs after being handed a target of 314 runs by Australia. Skipper Virat Kohli was the highest run-scorer for the hosts scoring 123 runs off 95 deliveries. 

3rd ODI: India lose to Australia by 32 runs, but lead five-match series 2-1
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India were bowled out for 281 runs after being handed a target of 314 runs by Australia. Skipper Virat Kohli was the highest run-scorer for the hosts scoring 123 runs off 95 deliveries. 

India continue to lead the five-match series 2-1.  

Here are the highlights:

# Australia win by 32 runs! 

# India 281/10!

#Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav departs for 10 as he goes for a big hit without proper contact resulting in a catch to Aaron Finch!  

# Pat Cummins set to bowl the 49th over!

# Wicket! Shami departs for 8 runs as he attempts a big hit off a slower delivery by Jhye Richardson without much success. India 281/9 (47.5 overs)

# Mohammed Shami is the next batsman in!

# Wicket! Jadeja departs for 24 as he attempts to smash a big hit off a slow delivery by Jhye Richardson. India 273/8 (47.1 overs)

# India 273/7, Need 41 runs from 18 deliveries! 

# Maxwell set to bowl his fifth over!  

# India 262/7 (46 overs), Need 51 runs from 24 deliveries! 

Kuldeep Yadav is the new man in! 

# Wicket! Vijay Shankar departs for 32 runs off 30 deliveries after handing a catch to Jhye Richardson off the last delivery of the over. India 251/7 (42.6 overs)

# Nathan Lyon set to bowl his ninth over! 

# India 242/ 6 (42 overs), Need 72 runs from 48 deliveries.  

# India 231/6 (41 overs)

# India 227/6 (40 overs), Need 87 runs from 60 deliveries! 

# India 223/6 (39 overs) , Need 91 runs from 66 deliveries!

# Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Virat Kohli departs for 123 after going for a third consecutive boundary, but failing to generate any proper connect resulting in the ball hitting the stumps. India 219/6 (37.3 overs) 

# India need 103 runs off 78 deliveries!

# India 211/5 (37 overs)

# India 205/5 (36 overs)

# Virat Kohli completes his 41st ODI ton off 85 deliveries! 

# India 186/5 (34 overs)

# India 182/5 (33 overs)

# Glenn Maxwell set to bowl his third over! 

# India 175/5 (32 overs)

# Vijay Shankar is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Kedar Jadhav departs for 26 after being dismissed lbw by Adam Zampa! India 174/5 (31.4 overs)

# India 169/4 (31 overs)

# India 160/4 (30 overs), with seven runs off the over!  

# Virat Kohli set to bowl his 8th over! 

# India 153/4 (29 overs), with Glenn Maxwell introduced into the attack! 

# Stoinis to bowl his sixth over! 

# Six runs from the over, India 123/4 (25 overs)

# Zampa set to bowl his fifth over! 

# India 117/4 (24 overs) with 14 runs off the next two overs.

# Four runs off the over, India 103/4 (22 overs) 

# Zampa to bowl his third over!   

# Four runs off the over as India reach 99/4 (21 overs) 

# Lyon set to bowl his fifth over! 

# 9 runs as well as a wicket off the over as India reach 95/4 (20 overs)   

# Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Dhoni dismissed for 26 following a thick inside edge off an Adam Zampa delivery which rolls back to hit the base of leg-stump. India 86/4 (19.1 overs)  

# 12 runs from the over following a massive six by MS Dhoni. India 86/3 (19 overs) 

# Lyon set to continue with the ball! 

# India 74/3 (18 overs), with six runs off the over. 

# Adam Zampa into the attack! 

# 2 runs off the over, as India reach 68/3 (17 overs) with play halted for drinks! 

# Lyon continues with the ball! 

# 9 runs off the over as India reach 66/3 (16 overs)

# Stoinis set to bowl his third over! 

# 3 runs off the over. India 57/3 (15 overs)

# Lyon into his second over! 

# 4 runs off the over, India 54/3 (14 overs)

Marcus Stoinis [2.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack! 

# Six runs off the over, as India reach 50/3 (13 overs)

# Nathan Lyon into the attack! 

# India 44/3 (12 overs) 

# Marcus Stoinis set to bowl his second over! 

# India 40/3 (10 overs)

# Cummins bowls a wicket maiden, with India 27/3 (7 overs)

# MS Dhoni is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Ambati Rayadu departs off the second delivery of the over as Cummins generates some late seam, with the ball going on to hit the stumps! India 27/3 (6.2 overs) 

# Five runs off the over, India 27/2 (6 overs)

# 7 runs off the over. India 22/2 (5 overs)

# Ambati Rayadu is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Sharma departs for 14 after being adjudged lbw following a seaming delivery by Pat Cummins which hits him on the pads. India 15/2 (4.3 overs) 

# India 11/1 (4 overs) as Richardson bowls a wicket maiden! 

# Virat Kohli is the next batsman in! 

# Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan departs for 1 as the opener fails to generate any proper connect off a Jhye Richardson delivery, with Maxwell completing a fine catch. India 11/1 (3.3 overs) 

# Sharma gets off the mark with two boundaries from the over, which added eight runs to the Indian total. India 11/0 (3 overs)  

# Cummins set to bowl his second over! 

# Maiden over by Richardson!  

# Jhye Richardson set to bowl the second over! 

# India 1/0 (1 over)

# Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are set to kick off the chase, with Pat Cummins set to open the bowling for Australia! 

# India need 314 runs to win in 50 overs! 

# Australia 313/5 (50 overs)

# Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the final over of the innings!

# Ten runs off the over, as Australia reach 303/5 (49 overs)

# Mohammed Shami set to bowl his final over! 

# Australia 293/5 (48 overs) 

# Jasprit Bumrah set to bowl his 9th over! 

# 11 runs off the over. Australia 286/5 (46 overs)

# Mohammed Shami set to bowl his 9th over! 

# Just three runs off the over as Australia reach 275/5 (46 overs)  

# Bumrah set to bowl his 8th over as well! 

# 9 runs off the over, Australia 272/5 (45 overs)

# Mohammed Shami set to bowl his 8th over! 

# Alex Carey is the next batsman to the crease! 

# Wicket! Peter Handscomb has been dismissed for a duck after being adjudged lbw after missing the turn off the delivery. Australia 263/5 (43.4 overs)

# Peter Handscomb is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Shaun Marsh departs for 7 after handing a catch to Vijay Shankar off the second delivery of the over. Marsh attempted to go for a big hit without generating any proper contact. Australia 263/4 (43.2 overs) 

# Kuldeep Yadav is set to bowl his final over of the spell as well! 

# Jadeja ends his bowling spell with figures of 10-0-64-0. 

# Ravindra Jadeja set to bowl his final over! 

# Marcus Stoinis is the new man in! 

# Wicket! Glenn Maxwell departs for 47 after attempting a quick single off a Kuldeep Yadav delivery, without much success as he is dismissed following a Ravindra Jadeja throw. Australia 258/3 (42 overs)

# Kuldeep Yadav set to bowl his 9th over! 

# Australia 249/2 (41 overs) with five runs off the over! 

# Ravindra Jadeja into the attack! 

# Five runs off the over. Australia 244/2 (40 overs) 

# Jasprit Bumrah into the attack! 

# Australia 239/2 (39 overs)

# Shaun Marsh comes to the crease! 

# Wicket! Khawaja departs for 104 after handing a catch to Jasprit Bumrah at midwicket off a slower delivery. Australia 239/2 (38.3 overs)  

# Mohammed Shami into the attack! 

# Australia 237/1 (38 overs)

# Maiden Century for Usman Khawaja off 107 deliveries!  

# 16 runs from the over as Australia accumulate 232/1 (37 overs)

# Ravindra Jadeja continues with the ball! 

# 8 runs from the over as Australia reach 216/1 (36 overs) 

# Vijay Shankar into the attack! 

# Usman Khawaja inches closer to a maiden century! 

# Australia 208/1 (35 overs)

# Australia 204/1 (34 overs) with Ravindra Jadeja into the attack! 

# Australia 196/1 (33 overs)

# The 193 from Aaron Finch (93) and Usman Khawaja (92) was Australia's highest opening partnership in an ODI since Finch and Warner hit 231 against India at Bengaluru in September 2017.

# Australia 194/1 (32 overs)

# Glenn Maxwell is the next batsman in! 

# Wicket! Aaron Finch has been dismissed for 93, after failing to negotiate a turning delivery by Kuldeep Yadav, which goes on to hit the stumps. Australia 193/1 (31.5 overs)

# Kuldeep Yadav into the attack! 

# Australia 191/0 (31 overs)

# Australia 186/0 (30 overs) 

# Australia 179/0 (29 overs)

# Australia 176/0 (28 overs)

# Australia 164/0 (27 overs)

# Australia 161/0 (26 overs)

# 11 runs off the over as Australia reach 156/0 (25 overs)

# Vijay Shankar replaces Mohammad Shami in the attack! 

# Six runs off the 25th over, as Khawaja smashes a boundary off the last delivery of the over, to make it 145/0 (24 overs)

# Kuldeep Yadav into the attack! 

# Just six runs off the over, with Australia 139/0 (23 overs)

# Mohammed Shami into the attack! 

# Australia 133/0 (22 overs) 

# Vijay Shankar continues with the ball! 

# Just three runs off the over, Australia 127/0 (21 overs)

# Mohammed Shami is back into the attack! 

# Three runs off the over, as Australia reach 124/0 (20 overs)

# Vijay Shankar is set to bowl his third over! 

# Usman Khawaja completes his half-century! 

# 5 runs off the over, Australia 121/0 (19 overs)

# Mohammed Shami is back into the attack! 

# Five runs off the over, as Khawaja inches closer to a half-century. Australia 116/0 (18 overs) 

# Kuldeep will bowl his second over! 

# 19 runs off the over, Australia 111/0 (17 overs)

# Kedar Jadhav is set to bowl his second over! 

# Australia 92/0 (16 overs)

 #Australia 88/0 (15 overs) with Kedar Jadhav introduced into the attack in the 14th over, conceding 13 runs! 

# Australia 66/0 (12 overs)

# Vijay Shankar introduced into the attack! 

# Australia 61/0 (11 overs)

# Australia 52/0 (10 overs)

# Australia 44/0 (9 overs) as Kuldeep Yadav is introduced into the attack!

# 9 runs off the over, as Dhawan drops a possible catch which could have resulted in Khawaja's dismissal. Australia 34/0 (7 overs) 

# Ravindra Jadeja into the attack! 

# Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah continue with the ball, as Australia reach 25/0 (6 overs) 

# 8 runs from the second over as India lose a review following a dodgy lbw referral! Australia 14/0 (2 overs)      

# Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the second over! 

# 6 runs off the first over with both the batsmen off the mark! Australia 6/0 (1 over)

# Australian openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja are set to kick off the innings with Mohammed Shami opening the bowling for India! 

# Ravindra Jadeja is all set to play his 150th ODI clash today!

# To pay homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama Terror Attack, the players will donate today's match fee to the National Defence Fund! 

# TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as a mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces! 

# Australia XI: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon

# India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

# The hosts are fielding an unchanged 11 while Jhye Richardson replaces Nathan Coulter Nile in the lineup for Australia!  

# Indian skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss and opted to field! 

# Australian skipper Aaron Finch checking out the pitch!

# Fans in Ranchi will be looking forward to watching local hero MS Dhoni make his presence felt yet again! 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's homecoming forms a poignant subplot of an utterly dominant Indian team's quest for an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Australia on Friday.

A 3-0 lead in the five-match series will be a perfect parting gift for Ranchi's favourite son, who, in all likelihood, will be seen wearing the India Blues for the last time at his home ground.

Amidst the emotional side story, the Indian team is grappling with a few teething issues regarding its top-order batting, especially senior opener Shikhar Dhawan's poor form, which has affected India's starts of late.

Despite Dhawan having gone off the boil with only two half-centuries in the last 15 ODIs, India are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination of the first two encounters.

KL Rahul, who is back in form, may have to wait till India clinch the series, but the team management could well try him out at the No. 3 position.

The two victories -- by six wickets and eight runs -- weren't exactly convincing but pulling off close matches under pressure will certainly add to the confidence.

"Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well," Kohli had said after the second game.

The bowling has been superb in both games with Australia failing to reach 250 but save Virat Kohli, who stamped his class with another hundred on a slow Jamtha track, none of the other batsmen have looked the part so far.

Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, the second most consistent player in this line-up, looked good in the first game before he got out.

Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni shepherded India in the first match and didn't trouble the scorers in the next.

Ambati Rayudu, whose only significant knock was the 90 against New Zealand in the last away series, has also been inconsistent and can be replaced with Rahul.

Rayudu, who has retired from first-class cricket, has found it difficult and his primary problem has been not being able to rotate the strike.

If Dhawan is persisted with, the best way to give Rahul at least three games is to bring him at No. 3 and the skipper coming at No 4 in place of Rayudu.

There are no such worries about the Indian bowling as they have performed as a unit. The biggest gain in the second game has been Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar performing their combined role of a fifth bowler to perfection.

Shankar's two wickets while bowling the final over will also instil confidence in his captain that in case Hardik Pandya has a breakdown, he has a fallback option in the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.

However, he is still not somebody who can bowl six to seven overs consistently in each game.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have been outstanding in the two games so far. If Shami was lethal during the opening spell of the first game, Bumrah set it up with another incredible effort at the death in the second.

One player who is quietly inching towards a slot in the World Cup-bound squad is Ravindra Jadeja, who has bowled brilliantly in those middle overs in tandem with Kuldeep Yadav.

Siddarth Kaul has gone back and it's clear that he is not the back-up pacer while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back after being rested.

His direct throw to dismiss Peter Handscomb once again proved his utility in the field, more so in the 30-yard circle.

Squad: 

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant.

Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.

(With PTI Inputs)