The ODI series between India and Australia finally came to an end; after 3 intense matches, India won the series 2-1. Australia batted flawlessly in the final ODI; they won the toss and elected to bat first. After seeing India score such a heavy total in the 2nd ODI, Australia realized that a score well above par would be needed if they wished to secure a win.
You can watch the entire 3rd ODI match highlights below on the official BCCI Tv website: https://www.bcci.tv/videos/5560147/ind-vs-aus-2023-24-3rd-odi-match-highlights?tagNames=2023/24 David Warner and Mitchell Marsh unleashed powerful striking from the very first ball; once they got out, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuchagne carried the innings.
At one point, it looked like Australia would score above 410 runs, but India was successful in taking crucial wickets that restricted Australia to 352/7 in 50 overs. The 2nd Innings was equally explosive, at least in the beginning.
Rohit Sharma was simply unstoppable today; he hit massive sixes. However, soon after he departed India's wickets started dropping almost in a continous flow. Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli played well but failed to convert their contribution into a winning performance.
Glenn Maxwell was the leading wicket taker; he took 4 wickets and gave away only 40 runs in 10 overs. Australia's overall bowling performance restricted India to 286; thus, they won the match by 66 runs. Both teams will now face each other on 8th October for ICC World Cup 2023.
Post Match interviews
Rohit Sharma (India's Captain)
"I'm pretty happy, of course I would like to go all the way along but if I'm hitting like that I'm happy," Sharma said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "The last 7-8 ODIs we have played really well, we have been challenged under different conditions and different teams, I thought we responded to that challenge pretty well.
Unfortunately not the result we wanted today. [on Bumrah] I'm pretty happy, more importantly how he feels body-wise, he has got so much skill, one bad game can happen to anyone. How he feels mentally and body-wise is key for us and that's looking good for us.
When we talk about the 15 we are very clear what we want. We are not confused, we know where we are headed as a team. It's a team sport and we want everyone to come and play their part - that's how we win championships. It's about looking after the body and try and stay fresh for the next one and half months.
Pat Cummins (Australia's Captain)
"I must say I'm pretty happy to bowl in the night than in the heat," Cummins said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Both have not played a lot, Maxwell four-fer and Starcy looked in great rhythm.
Trav Head won't be fit for the start of the tournament. I will be pretty worried about opening the bowling against them [on Warner-Mitch Marsh]. Ash Agar is back home with a calf and Head won't be fit for the next couple of weeks. Happy as it was the first hit where we have had almost a full-strength team".