All-rounder Hardik Pandya celebrated his promotion in the batting order with a breezy 78 to help secure India's series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-day global against Australia on Sunday (September 24).
The victory helped them take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series which helps them pip South Africa to claim the no. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
Openers Rohit Sharma (71) and Ajikya Rahane (70) set the platform for the win with their 131-run partnership while Pandya steered the side to victory with his crucial knock, which came off 72 balls.
The win in Indore also meant that India had secured a hat-trick of series wins against Australia, having earlier won in 2010 and 2013. But with quick dismissals of Kohli and Kedar Jadhav, the onus was on him to take India home along with Manish Pandey. Pandya and Pandey (36 n o, 32b, 6×4) then kept the scores moving with a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket before the Mumbai Indians all-rounder got out.
Smith's men will be keen to break their win drought, mindful that an ODI series whitewash away to South Africa previous year preceded the 2-1 test series defeat against the same opponents on home soil.
"There was a fair bit of spin on the ball but I expect myself to take those chances". Today Match forecast of between India versus Australia is given here. "I try to contribute everywhere I can, I want to get better".
Smith dropped man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya on 42 just as Australia eyed a glimmer of hope during India's run chase.
Australia skipper Steve Smith blamed the defeat on poor execution at the death where they faltered miserably to settle for 293 after appearing to set a target in the vicinity of 350. That time (in Chennai) I thought that Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to. While Hardik Pandya has been the star right through the two leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have also done extremely well.
Pandya made full use of the promotion, taking on Australia's left-arm spinner, Ashton Agar, who was hit for some massive sixes.
The fourth ODI is at Bengaluru on September 28.
The opener smacked four sixes, one of them sailed over the stadium, as he and Ajinkya Rahane (70) scored 139 runs to take the hosts almost halfway down the target.
Travis Head (four) had his middle stumped knocked out of the ground by a Jasprit Bumrah slower ball as Australia lost 5-51 in the space of 10 overs.