Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India] Sept 24 (ANI): Hardik Pandya's all round performance helped India on Sunday to win the third one-day international against visitors Australia. India defeated Australia by five wickets to capture the five-match series with 3-0 lead.
Pandya was the top scorer with 78 runs. Pandya hit five boundaries and four sixes in his 72-ball scintillating innings. Pat Cummins took his wicket when he got him caught by Kane Richardson. Pandya was declared Man of the Match.
Openers Sharma and Rahane scored 71 and 70 runs respectively.
Rohit Sharma hit six boundaries and four sixes in his 62-ball innings before he became victim of Coulter-Nile delivery in 22nd over.
In the 24th over, Pat Cummins got Rahane's wicket, who hit nine boundaries in his 76-ball innings.
Skipper Virat Kohli scored 28 runs in 35 balls with two boundaries before getting out in 35th over.
Kedar Jadhav scored two runs. Manish Pandey and M.S. Dhoni remained not out.
Pat Cummins took two wickets by spending 54 runs in his 10-over spell. Nile, Richardson and Agar claimed one wicket each.
Having won his first toss of the series, Australian captain Steven Smith decided to bat first on a seemingly flat surface at the Holkar Stadium.
The opening pair of Finch and David Warner took a slow start and added 70 runs to the scoreboard in 13 overs, after which Hardik Pandya sent Warner back to pavilion.
Finch and Smith stood strong with individual scores of 124 and 63 respectively, thus giving the visiting team a mounting total of 294 runs to defend.
For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled an impressive 10-over spell of two wickets for 52 runs, while spinner Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets at the cost of 75 runs.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket each.
Umpires were Marais Erasmus and Chettithody Shamsuddin, and Match referee was Jeff Crowe. (ANI)