Adam Zampa starred with a four-wicket spell as Australia beat India by 21 runs in the third and final ODI to clinch the INDvsAUS series 2-1. Chasing a target of 270, India bowled out for 248. Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya took three wickets each as Australia were bowled out for 269 in the third ODI encounter in Chennai. Axar also scalped the wicket of Marcus Stoinis while Hardik was the best of the bowlers for India, taking three wickets in his first three overs to halt Australia's charge. Mitchell Marsh was the top-scorer for the visitors with 47.
Australia skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat against India. Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head went out in the middle to open the Australia innings. Mohammed Shami to started the proceedings for Team India with Two slips in place. They both started the innings with a storm & in the 8th over, Travis Head kicked off Axar Patel's second over with a maximum down the ground and Mitch Marsh slammed the left-arm spinner to the long-off for the second boundary of the over. The four brought up the 50 for Australia.
An excellent bouncer from Hardik Pandya which Travis Head pulled towards the deep square-leg fence. It was not a straightforward chance for Shubman Gill but he got to the ball in time and got both hands to it. But he failed to hold on to the catch and the ball rolled over to the fence. Hardik got the much-needed breakthrough for Team India in the same over. A back-of-length ball outside off from Hardik and Travis Head went for the aerial cut shot, looking to clear the point fence. He mistimed big time and got caught at deep backward point for 33 as Kuldeep Yadav took a comfortable catch. AUS lost their first wicket at the score of 68 after 10.5 overs.
Australia lost another one in no time. Second wicket for Hardik Pandya as he got rid of Travis Head in his previous over and now has removed Australia skipper Steve Smith for a three-ball duck. A quick length ball outside off from Hardik and Smith went for the drive. He edged it straight to keeper KL Rahul and Hardik now has got Smith 5 times in ODIs. Three wickets in three overs for Hardik Pandya as he now got rid of dangerman Mitch Marsh for 47. A length ball from Hardik this time and Marsh went for the drive. A thick-ish inside edge and the ball crashed into his middle stump. Marsh tossed his bat in the air in disappointment as India celebrated their third wicket.
Kuldeep Yadav got the fourth breakthrough for India as he broke the 40-run partnership between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne. Flighted delivery from Kuldeep and Warner danced down in an attempt to clear the fence but he mistimes and Hardik Pandya went into action once again. He ran in from long-off and completed an easy catch. Warner departed for 23 as Australia lost their fourth wicket for 125 runs after 24.3 overs.
Australia got five down as India scalped the crucial wicket of Labuschagne. Another poor shot from an Aussie batter. Marnus Labuschagne danced down to smack Kuldeep over the fence but miscued. Shubman Gill completed an easy catch running in from the long-off fence. Marnus departed for 28 and Australia got in trouble with half of their side back in the stands. Alex Carey & Marcus Stoinis balanced the game with a fifty-run partnership but not for so long as Axar Patel broke their partnership. Both Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey were looking good together but the left-arm spinner broke the threatening partnership. Stoinis was looking to clear the long-on fence but mistimed. Shubman Gill completed an easy catch as Stoinis walked back for 25 runs.
Kuldeep sent the other set batter Alex Carey for 38 runs & Australia lost their seventh wicket for 203 runs. Axar Patel bowled an expensive 14-run over but managed to get Sean Abbott (26) on the final ball of the over. Mohammed Siraj completed the job for India as Mitchell Starc fell on the final ball of the 49th over, caught by Ravindra Jadeja in the deep. Australia got to a competitive 269 after deciding to bat first. The visitors were 203 for 7 but Indian bowlers allowed the lower-order batters to take Australia to a fighting total in this series decider. Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets each while Axar Patel also grabbed a couple. For the Aussies, Mitch Marsh (47) finished as the top scorer.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill went into the middle to begin the inning for Team India. Mitchell Starc started the proceedings for Australia with two slips in place. India started really well as Rohit & Shubman both looked in fine touch. They completed a 50 runs partnership in the 8th over just like Australia started their inning. India suffered a huge blow after a solid start. The India skipper fell against the run of play. Sean Abbott got the much-needed opening breakthrough for the Aussies. A back-of-length delivery angled in and Rohit hit the ball straight to Mitchell Starc at the fence. Rohit walked back for 30 as India lost their first wicket for 65 runs in the 10th over.
The second wicket was in quick succession for Australia as Adam Zampa trapped Shubman Gill in front but the on-field umpire ruled it in favour of the batter after 2 sounds were heard. Steve Smith went upstairs. Replays showed that the ball hit Gill's pad first and ball-tracking confirmed that the delivery was hitting the leg stump. Three reds! And Shubman (37) has to walk back. The India opener got a start but failed to convert it into a big score.
Virat Kohli & Kl Rahul started to build a partnership that India needed the most after loosing both the openers. Virat was looking in a scintillating touch while Kl Rahul struggled at first but got the flow with time. Adam Zampa got the breakthrough the Aussies were looking for. The 69-run partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul ended. Rahul was looking to up the scoring rate as he went for an expansive slog down the ground. He mistimed as Sean Abbott completed a good catch at long-on. Rahul walked back for 32.
Australia got another one in the bag against the run of play. An awful mix-up between Axar Patel and Virat Kohli and Axar got run out at the striker's end. A superb effort from skipper Steve Smith as he dived to his left to stop the ball and then flicked it back-handed to keeper Alex Carey. Virat Kohli met with his 65th ODI half-century of 61 balls. A gritty knock from the maestro as it has been tough going for India in the chase of 270. Kohli played a responsible knock to keep the chase on track for the hosts.
Ashton Agar grabbed his first wicket in his final over and it's the 'big fish' Virat Kohli, who got caught at long-off for 54. Kohli was looking to go inside-out against Agar but failed to get his direction right. He went straight and David Warner made no mistake coming in from the fence. Set Kohli walked back to the stands for 54. An absolute nightmare for the hosts as Suryakumar Yadav got bowled in the very next delivery. Another golden duck for Suryakumar Yadav, his third of the series. A brilliant turnaround for the Aussies due to Two-in-two for Ashton Agar after going 9 overs without a wicket. An arm ball from Agar and a clueless Surya castled on the backfoot.
Hardik Pandya (35*) and Ravindra Jadeja (8*) brought up Team India's 200 in the 40th over. Adam Zampa struck gold with a huge wicket for the Aussies. The set batter Hardik Pandya fell under the scoreboard pressure. Hardik tried to slog sweep Zampa but got the leading edge and skipper Steve Smith completed an easy catch inside the circle. A disappointed Hardik walked back for 40 as Australia edged ahead in the decider. India got 8 down as Adam Zampa removed Ravindra Jadeja for his fourth wicket. Jadeja went for a shot on the leg side but failed to read the ball completely. The ball shooted straight up and Marcus Stoinis took a comfortable catch at point. Jadeja went back for 18 and India stared at a series defeat.
Marcus Stoinis took the wicket of Mohammed Shami (14) after he got slammed for 10 runs. Australia clinched the victory in the series decider INDvsAUS 3rd ODI game and India faced a rare series defeat at home after a long time.