India Win Series Against Australia And Take Number One Spot In ICC ODI Rankings
India continued to dominate Australia in the 5 Match ODI series after they won the third ODI at Indore to clinch the series and in doing so took the number one spot on the ICC ODI Rankings. India also holds the number one spot on the ICC Test Rankings.
Aaron Finch Hits Century
Australia batted first at the Holkar Cricket Stadium and looked a much stronger side with the inclusions of the experienced Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb who took the gloves from Matthew Wade. Finch delivered for Australia by scoring a magnificent 124 in just 125 balls. He put together good partnerships with David Warner (42) and captain Steven Smith (63). Australia had the perfect launching pad to get to a total of 340 but the Indian bowlers regained control in the last 10 overs to restrict Australia to 293.
It was their highest total in the series but it still looked below par because the pitch was an absolute belter. India took full advantage of the flat pitch as openers A Rahane (70) and R Sharma (71) launched a counter-attack to get India off to a good start. Australia came back into the match as both the openers fell in quick succession. Coach Ravi Shastri decided to promote H Pandya to number 4 and the move worked well for the Indians.
Pandya Wins Another Man of the Match Award
Pandya (78) was severe on left arm spinner A Agar and regularly dispatched him to the boundary. India appeared to be in trouble when they lost captain Kohli (28) and K Jadhav (2) but the young all-rounder showed his temperament by curtailing the big shots and putting together a match winning partnership with M Pandey (36) who remained unbeaten. India was able to chase down the total with 2.1 overs to spare and have now won 9 consecutive ODIs.
Pandya who awarded his second man of the match award in the series and said he felt pretty good about his performance and would love to have finished the game. He was happy with the opportunity to bat at number four and looked forward to getting better. Captain Kohli was very happy to win another ODI series and said that the team might try out new players in the next two matches.
Australia have already lost the series but will play for pride and want to win the remaining 2 matches. The 4th ODI will take place on September 28 in Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.