If the ODIs between India and Australia are anything to go by as an indicator of the preparation to the World Cup 2023, then the Aussies are looking in top form and firm contenders for the coveted ICC Trophy. The Decider of the Three Match Series between India and Australia started with a bang with Mitchell Marsh doing justice to his incredible form. The Indian bowlers struck back to restrict Australia to 269 all-out in 49 overs. However, India Vs Australia Third ODI was turned out to be a disaster for the Indian batters. Their infamous collapse haunted them, and they were unsuccessful in chasing the requisite runs. Surya Kumar Yadav stood out with his hattrick of Golden Ducks. India ended their innings 21 runs short. Australia won the three-match ODI Series 2 – 1.

Result – Australia Beat India by 21 Runs. Australia Win Series 2 -1.

Player of the Match – Adam Zampa (Bowling Figures of 4 – 45 in 10 overs)

Gamechanger of the Match – Ashton Agar (Two consecutive wickets of Kohli and SKY)

Player of the Series – Mitchell Marsh

Match Ka Mujrim – Surya Kumar Yadav (Hattrick of Golden Ducks)

Highlight – With this win, Australia become the Number 1 ODI side in ICC ODI Rankings.

Mitchell Marsh in top form in India Vs Australia Third ODI
Mitchell Marsh is in Top Form. Scored 47 in 47 Balls.

Australia All Out for 269 in 49 Overs

Australia seemed to have read the conditions when they chose to bat and maximized the powerplay. However, they did not readjust their approach past the powerplay. All three top wickets fell to forceful shots. Hardik Pandya was the beneficiary. He effectively had 3 wickets in 3 overs at one stage of play. He not only got the openers, but the big wicket of Steve Smith for a Duck. Since his redemption, this must be Smith’s worst tour. He should go back home and enjoy a month off from cricket. Post that he should start preparing for the WTC final, the Ashes and the CWC! We hope we would see a king size return to his form soon!

India fell way behind the over rate. They ended at least 30 minutes late. This should call for some penalty on the captain or the entire team. The Aussies managed to reach 269 in 49 overs. Australia were intent to keep hitting despite losing regular wickets, taking inspiration from ‘Bazball’ England. 270 Runs was a decent total to have with the wicket slowing down. Despite Australia losing 5 wickets less than half – way through the innings, the tail wagged. The last three wickets added 66 runs, 30 runs more than they should have ideally scored.

Everyone except Smith got into double figures – scores of the others in the top seven were all from 23 to 47. Warner, Labuschagne and Stoinis went for big shots which did them no good.

Kuldeep Yadav in Mid Match Innings

Kuldeep Yadav spoke after his three wickets: “I played the India A series here, so I knew the wicket was slow. I really enjoyed that ball (which got Carey). Have been working on it: just bowl on the middle-and-leg line, and from there, if I can spin the ball, there can be a top edge. I was getting good drift and bowling a lot of seam-up deliveries. The way Marsh had started, we thought [they would get] 300. But it’s a slow track, so we have to bat carefully.”

Kuldeep Yadav Picks Up 3 crucial Australian Wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav is in Red Hot Form – But Not While Taking DRS!

Adam Zampa Rips Through Indian Batting

The Indian innings started with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma playing some fluent shots down the ground. Gill seemed to have found his rhythm as he took on Mitchell Starc for three boundaries in an over. Rohit Sharma made a quick 30 but fell taking on Sean Abbot at deep mid-wicket.

Virat Kohli took on the responsibility of not succumbing to a collapse which has been happening more often than not. He scored 54 runs in 72 balls, making sure that the target was slowly chipped off. However, Gill did not support him for long at the other end. Adam Zampa struck Gill full on the front foot and pushed for an LBW review. Gill had his bat close to the pad, but it did not save him. DRS confirmed Australia’s views and India lost a prized wicket.

Adam Zampa Scripts Famous Australian ODI Series Win. Takes 4 wickets.
Adam Zampa Claims 4 Indian Scalps to Rattle India

The severely out of form KL Rahul was sent in next. He started playing his typical game of wasting precious deliveries. At one point he was at 18 runs from 43 balls. He then looked to up the ante by hitting a few boundaries. However, he was caught at long on while trying to take on Adam Zampa. Another day and another failure for KL Rahul, who bowed out for 32 in 50 balls.

Indian Batting Looks Clueless in India Vs Australia Third ODI

Axar Patel, who was promoted up the order, fell soon after while trying to steal a quick single. He was sent back by Kohli but could not make it back in time. India lost a dependable left – hander in search of a futile single. They were now reduced to 152/4. The Aussies were then able to further crack the game open as Virat Kohli was caught by David Warner off the bowling of Ashton Agar, playing a weird shot. It was a disappointing end to a well-spaced innings. The Aussies had once again managed tilt the game to their own side.

The man on a Golden Duck, Surya Kumar Yadav, then came out to the middle. To the shock of everyone in the ground, Indian dressing room and those watching on television, SKY got out first ball YET AGAIN. That made it three times in a row – getting out on the first ball that he played. So, in effect, Surya Kumar Yadav, played three deliveries in the three-match series and got out on all those three deliveries making it a hattrick of Golden Ducks! There was disbelief, embarrassment and shock pasted on his face as he walked off the field.

Surya Kumar Yadav Gets a Triple Duck in India Vs Australia Third ODI
Surya Kumar Yadav Gets a Triple First-Ball Duck in Three Matches

Hardik Pandya and Jadeja showed some resistance but did not look settled at any point of time. Hardik scored 40 from 40 balls but was not able to carry on till the end. Pandya’s dream of becoming a finisher like MS Dhoni seems to be fast dissolving. He was the first to go, followed by Ravinder Jadeja. The remaining equation was just too much for the lower order to achieve, and India went down by 21 runs. Australia took the ODI Series by a margin of 2 – 1.

Stars of the Match Speak

Mitchell Marsh | Player of the Series: Natural aggression when it comes to batting. It’s been a lot of fun. (On Opening) I’ve got my little mate (Warner) who’ll come back at some stage. I’m coming off an extended break, worked on a lot of things. Came here really fresh. It’s been great. Hopefully I can have fun with Delhi (Capitals) as well.

Adam Zampa | Player of the Match: I have had some success here. It’s a tough place to come, always a huge challenge. I try to stay in the game and be competitive. Ashton Agar changed the game. Kudos to the bowlers who bowled before me as well. We trust each other, trust our game plan. The message was to trust our process and improve on it.

Captains Speak

Rohit Sharma | India captain: I don’t think it was too many runs. We didn’t bat well. Partnerships are crucial and that’s something we failed to do today. You are brought up playing in these types of wickets, it’s important you apply. After the start, it was important for one batter to carry on and take the game deep. It just didn’t happen. Lot of takeaways. We can take a lot of positives from the nine ODIs since January. We need to understand where we need to improve. It’s a collective failure, we can take a lot of learnings from this series. Credit to the Australians. Both the spinners applied the pressure and so did their seamers.

Steve Smith | Australia captain: It’s been an enjoyable tour. We didn’t play our best cricket, good enough to get over the line. This wicket was entirely different, we left a few out there with the bat. The spinners bowled beautifully, really good performance. (Turning point) It was a real grind in the field. The way the tail stuck and got us to 269, got us to a nice total.

India Vs Australia Third ODI – Match Preview

The Australian Captain Steve Smith is just 51 Runs away from 5000 ODI Runs. With David Warner back into the side, the Aussie batting line up goes from strength to strength. Ashton Agar comes into the Australian side to add more variety to their spin attack. The Indians are going in with the same playing eleven who faced an embarrassing defeat in Vizag. Umran Malik did not get a single game in the entire series, despite practicing a lot in the nets. India Vs Australia Third ODI Chennai – The Series Decider promises to be a high – scoring dog fight between the two cricketing giants.

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Match Time: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI, March 22, 2023, 1:30 PM IST

Location: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Pitch and Weather Conditions: Rahul Dravid called the brown strip in Chennai a ‘good wicket’ on the eve of the game, which can be an indicator of a batting belter. After a tough Mumbai surface and a poor batting performance in Vizag, the series is perhaps due a big-scoring finale.

A hot, sweltering day in Chennai, with a slight chance of rain but nothing heavy enough to disrupt the game.

India Vs Australia Third ODI Team News:

India: If the team management have workload concerns with a WTC final coming up. The Top Order batting will be a serious concern.

Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya. Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami/Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj.

Australia: Nathan Ellis did not have a clue on Warner’s fitness update at the pre-match press conference, but the opening batter spent around half an hour taking throwdowns from the support staff in scorching heat. To accommodate him though, Australia will have to put one of their all-rounders on the bench.

Probable XI: Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey. Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

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