So that's it for the night. The Ranchi crowd did have their moments but in the end it wasn't just enough. India loses the third ODI and stay tuned for our updates from the fourth ODI. Thank you and good night!
The series is now 2-1. Australia is still alive in the series. After a complete domination by the Australian batsmen, the bowlers got into the act and complemented their batsmen. The quickies, Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins, did the damage at the top before Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni staged a recovery act but when Adam Zampa removed Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, it was left to Kohli to stage a lone battle. He did fight his way to a 41st ODI century, but in the end, it went in vain.
9.11 pm: Kuldeep Yadav perishes to Pat Cummins. Kuldeep wanted to go for the big one, ends up slicing into the air and Aaron Finch has an easy catch to take. India all out for 281, Australia wins by 32 runs.
9.09 pm: Two wickets for Richardson in the same over. A slow bouncer directed at Mohd. Shami and the batsman just directs the ball to Pat Cummins who takes another easy catch. India 281/9 in 47.5 overs .
9.05 pm: Jhye Richardson removes Ravindra Jadeja for 24 and India loses its eighth wicket for 273 . The southpaw fails to clear a slower ball beyond the 30-yard circle where Glenn Maxwell takes an easiest of catches. Australia's run towards the finish line is getting faster.
9.00 pm: India needs 51 more runs in 24 balls. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja are in the middle.
8:48 pm: Vijay Shankar perishes in search for boundaries as Nathan Lyon gets him. Shankar tried to repeat a similar shot that fetched him a boundary, but this hits straight into the hands of Richardson at deep mid-wicket. India 252/7 after 43.3 overs.
8:43 pm: A fine spell from Adam Zampa comes to and as he finishes with figures 10-0-70-3 including the prized scalps of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav.
8:37 pm: After Kohli falls for a ton, the momentum has swung in Australia's way as India needs 83 runs in 54 deliveries with Ravindra Jadeja and Vijay Shankar at the crease. India 226/1 after 41.1 overs.
8.25 pm: It is Adam Zampa again! He takes the prized wicket of Virat Kohli. An innings of class, poise and nonchalance comes to an end. The Indian skipper has been brilliant, taking on the challenge head on. A lapse in concentration, may be, Zampa's leg-breaks sneaks in between bat and pad and rattles the timber. Kohli goes for 123 (95 balls, 16 fours, 1 six), India 219/6 .
8.11 pm: 41st ODI century for the Indian captain. This contest has come alive with his fireworks. The celebration is subdued. He knows he has a job in hand.
7.57 pm: Adam Zampa strikes again! He breaks the 88-run partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Kohli by trapping Jadhav infront. Zampa pitched on middle stump, not much turn and Jadhav wanted to sweep it fine. He missed and it struck him infront. Jadhav wanted to go for the review but Kohli just asked the batsman to keep walking. India 174/5 in 31.4 overs .
7.50 pm: Virat Kohli is looking monstrous in Ranchi. The Indian captain flicks Jhye Richardson to the fine leg fence and the follows it up with a brutal cover drive. The Ranchi crowd is enjoying every moment of it . India 169/4 in 31 overs .
7.41 pm: Virat Kohli has changed gears. Three boundaries off Marcus Stoinis and India has got two boundaries off the next over from Glenn Maxwell. India 148/7 in 27 overs , chasing 314.
7.30 pm: Half-way through the Indian innings, the Men in Blue have scored 123/4 . India needs 191 runs more at 7.64 runs an over to win the match.
7.24 pm: Records are not new for India's run-machine. 50 ODI half-centuries for India skipper Virat Kohli, and counting! India 108/4 , chasing 314.
7.09 pm: Adam Zampa gets the breakthrough! MS Dhoni gets an inside-egde and the ball disturbs the woodwork. Dhoni knows it is freak, his expression says it all. He gave some room to himself to play that shot, it was too close for him to execute and only manages an inside edge. The Australians are chuffed. Dhoni is out for 26, the crowd is silenced and India 86/4 .
7.05 pm: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have brought the 50-run partnership and soon after the homeboy sends Nathan Lyon out into the orbit. Dhoni came down the track, played with the turn and sent it soaring over deep-midwicket fence for six. India 85/3 in the 19th over .
6.46 pm: Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni are building the Indian innings, block by block. At the end of 14 overs, India 54/3 . The partnership is now 27 off 46 balls.
6.30 pm: 40/3 for India in 10 overs . After the fall of Dhawan, Rohit and Rayudu, the duo of Kohli and Dhoni are slowly resurrecting the innings. India needs to chase at 6.8 an over, from here and it is always possible with these two in the middle.
6.15 pm: Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the middle. All the prayers in Ranchi will be directed towards these two men, here.
6.14 pm: India is jolted here! Ambati Rayudu misses a Pat Cummins delivery, tried to crouch low thinking the ball would keep low, it passes through the gate and the timber is rattled and so is India. 27/3 in 6.2 overs .
6.05 pm: Another wicket! The Ranchi crowd is stunned to silence. Pat Cummins traps Rohit Sharma infront. The ball nipped back a little in, Rohit was trapped in his crease and missed it. The original decision was not out, but Australia has reviewed it and three reds come on the screen! India 15/2 in 4.3 overs .
Jhye Richardson is on the money. He has figures of 2-2-0-1.
6.00 pm: What a catch! It is Glenn Maxwell. There was width on offer from Jhye Richardson, Shikhar Dhawan had a go at it but Maxi plucks it out of thin air, with a splendid dive, inside the circle. Dhawan is stunned, the crowd is, as he departs for 1, India 11/1 .
5.55 pm: Rohit Sharma is showing glimpses of form! He sends Pat Cummins straight down the ground, finds the advertising hoarding with ease. The Ranchi crowd is alive and vociferous. India 11/0 in 2 overs.
5.45 pm: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. They are in pursuit of 314. Can Dhawan and Rohit replicate the good work of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja? A quiet first over, India 1/0 after 1 over .
We are in with the Indian chase!
This is what Usman Khawaja had to say, after the Australian innings.
I was just looking to bat and bat without thinking too far ahead. Finchy played an excellent knock too. Obviously the work isn't done yet, we've got 313 and need to bowl well so that we can defend it. Yes, it's pleasing as it's been a while since I got that 98, so really glad but don't want to look too far ahead. Need to start well with the ball and also field well as it's a fast outfield. If we can put on a good effort all-round, hopefully 313 should be enough for us. He (Finch) went through the gears really well, respected the good balls, took the ones and went after the bowling when he got the opportunity. Unfortunate that he couldn't get a century but he batted really well.
5.05 pm: 10 runs off the final over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, as Australia finishes on 313/5 . The Indian bowlers would be proud of how they have pulled things back in the last 10 overs or so. 314 is the number to remember for now.
5.00 pm: Australia brings up the 300 after 49 overs. At one stage, when the openers and then when Maxwell was going great guns, 350 looked easy. India has done well to contain the Men in Yellow in the final phase of the innings.
4.45 pm: The last five overs have given 21 runs only and more importantly, India has picked up three wickets. Australia 275/5 after 46 overs .
4.35 pm: Two in an over for Kuldeep Yadav. India is just pulling it back at the death. Peter Handscomb just fails to read one and is trapped in front, plumb! No second look. Australia 263/5 in 43.5 overs.
4.31 pm: It is Kuldeep again! He sends Shaun Marsh back for just 7, with Vijay Shankar taking a good catch in the deep. Marsh had to go after the bowling and he couldn't clear the long-on man. Australia 263/4 .
4.27 pm: You cannot keep M.S. Dhoni quiet. What a brilliant piece of fielding, to deflect the ball onto the stumps, send Maxwell back for 47. The Australians have made the mistake of taking on Ravindra Jadeja's arm, he sends a tracer bullet from short cover to MSD who just deflects it on to the stumps. Australia 258/3 . The scenes are unbelievable. It is MSD, afterall, and it is Ranchi!
4.11 pm: Shaun Marsh has joined Glenn Maxwell in the middle.
4.11 pm:Mohammed Shami is back! He strikes immediately. Usman Khawaja plays to the hands of Jasprit Bumrah at mid-wicket. He was deceived by a slower one and has to depart, only after making the Indians toil hard. He is out for 104 (113 b). Australia 239/2 in 39th over .
4.01 pm: First ODI hundred for Usman Khawaja! He has sent the Indians on a leather hunt and deserves the applause. Australia 232/1.
4.00 pm: Glenn Maxwell is going hammer and tongs. 6, 4, 4, 1 against Ravindra Jadeja and he moves to 31 off 16 balls. Australia 231/1 in the 37th over.
3.50 pm: Trust Maxwell to get going from the word go. He has launched Kuldeep beyond the sightscreen, straight down. It also brings up the 200 for Australia. The ball was full, on middle, and Maxwell gets to the pitch of the ball and just lifts it over Kuldeep.
3.44 pm: In the Finch dismissal, the ball tracking showed us the ball was hitting middle stump but the replays showed the ball turning towards the leg stump, after pitching on middle-leg. But nevertheless, Finch had to depart.
3.41 pm: Glenn Maxwell, the mad-Max, walks in next.
3.40 pm: Finally, India gets the breakthrough. Kuldeep has removed Aaron Finch . A quicker delivery, Finch tries a nudge on the on side, misses and is trapped. The DRS cannot save him either. Australia loses its first wicket for 193. Finch out for 93, 99 balls, 10 fours and 3 sixes.
3.35 pm: The fact that Mohammed Shami is injured has made matters worse for Virat Kohli. No back-up seamer. The Indians' body language also shows that they are tired and want this partnership to end. The crowd have also gone a little silent. Australia 191/0 after 31 overs .
3.24 pm: 12 runs off Kuldeep's over and the Australians are making merry. Usman Khawaja launched the spinner into the orbit over the deep mid-wicket region while Aaron Finch swept Kuldeep extremely fine to get a boundary. The Australians are motoring along at 176/0 after 28 overs .
3.21 pm: Australia 164/0 in 27 overs. This is now the highest partnership for any wicket in the five ODIs at this venue. The previous best was also by the Aussies when Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey added 153 for the fifth wicket against India in 2013.
3.14 pm: India pushed to the backfoot by the Australian openers. The fielders are feeling the pressure at the moment; dropped chances and misfields have blighted the first innings. The host side is staring at a total of 300 plus. Australia 156/0 in 25 overs.
2.58 pm: Finch and Khawaja bring up their respective fifties. This knock will do a world of good to Finch's confidence; India needs a wicket from somewhere. Kohli's decision to bowl first on this pitch has backfired so far. Australia 124/0 in 20 overs.
2.33 pm: Finch and Khawaja growing in confidence as the innings wears on. The Australian skipper is stepping out to Kedar Jadhav, not allowing him to settle. The result? A mighty six over deep mid-wicket. Australia 88/0 after 15 overs.
Mohammed Shami has gone off the field. Possibly to get some treatment. He was hit flush on the shin trying to save a boundary off his bowling in the last over.
2:12 pm: Australia getting a move on now. It has reached 52 after 10 overs; Khawaja getting a life in the seventh over when Dhawan shelled a straightforward chance off Jadeja's bowling.
1:50 pm: Australia is off to a brisk start but not without a few close brushes. Jasprit Bumrah's convincing appeal for an lbw was quashed by the DRS as India lost a review. Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja have collected a brace of boundaries each so far. Australia 20/0 after five overs.
TOSS UPDATE: Virat Kohli wins the toss and inserts Australia in.
Virat Kohli: It looks a decent track, could be dry in the afternoon and dew could settle in later. Looks a better pitch than the previous games. Dew is basically the main factor behind chasing.
Aaron Finch: We need to get stuck in batting first and post a good total. We have one change - Coulter-Nile has gone home for the birth of his child. Jhye Richardson comes in.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
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India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul
Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Ashton Turner, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson
12:50pm: The toss coming up in 15 minutes from now. Stay tuned to this space for the updates.
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