Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Australia clinch thriller with Faulkner cameo
James Faulkner’s heroics with the bat (64* off 29 balls) coupled with sensible batting display from Adam Voges (76*) helped Austraila to a 4-wicket win against India in the 3rd ODI at Mohali.
Earlier, Australia won the toss for the 3rd consecutive time in the series, and elected to field first. The Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan (8) and Rohit Sharma (11) failed to carry their momentum from the last game and fell cheaply inside 7 overs. Once again, the responsibility fell on the dependable Virat Kohli, who was off to a flyer straightaway.
Mitchell Johnson (4/46) brought his experience to the game as he dismissed Suresh Raina (17) and Yuvraj Singh (0) in back-to-back deliveries and India were suddenly in a spot of bother. However, Kohli continued to calm the nerves, in partnership with captain MS Dhoni (139) who came to the party with his repertoire of shot-making and got to his 9th ODI century. After adding 72 runs for the 5th wicket, Glenn Maxwell (1/08) finally got the breakthrough, dismissing the settled Kohli. But an injured Dhoni stood at the crease, taking his side to a defendable total. India finished with 303/9 in 50 overs.
Australia started off brilliantly, with their openers Aaron Finch (38) and Phil Hughes (22) putting up a 68-run 1st wicket stand. Vinay Kumar (2/50) drew first blood, getting rid of Hughes. Finch looked in good touch, but was trapped LBW by Ishant Sharma (1/63). Australia were 88/3 after Shane Watson (11) was removed by Ravindra Jadeja (1/31).
George Bailey (43) led by example on yet another occasion but it was Voges who played the anchor role, keeping the scoreboard ticking in the middle overs. Bailey departed to Vinay, while Maxwell (3) was run-out by Dhawan. Australia looked in tatters with 174/5 in the 37th over. Faulkner, who walked in post Brad Haddin’s (24) dismissal, took to the Indian bowlers and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a 29-ball 64 and finished the chase with a six in 49.3 overs.
The visitors are now 2-1 up in the series and will face India in the 4th ODI at Ranchi.