India vs Australia, 3rd ODI: Centurion Rohit, Kohli gun down 287 to pocket series

Catch all the highlights, scores, updates, commentary and analysis from the third ODI between India and Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Rohit Sharma raises his bat after reaching his hundred against Australia during the final ODI at the Chinnaswamy on Sunday.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the third and final ODI between India and Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.


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  • India beats Australia by 7 wickets to win the three-match ODI series. Manish Pandey finishes things in style with a boundary and India wins the series 2-1. What a cracker of a contest this was. The bowling was led by Mohammed Shami and then Rohit Sharma blazed away with a century with skipper Virat Kohli playing a wonderful hand.

  • Manish Pandey drills one down the ground and India requires just three runs.

  • Shreyas Iyer is dealing in boundaries and India is in touching distance to win the series.

  • Manish Pandey accompanies Shreyas Iyer on his home ground.

  • WICKET - Josh Hazlewood denies Virat Kohli a hundred as he castles the India skipper for 89. But what an innings this been from Kohli. Both he and Rohit Sharma batted Australia out of the game.

  • Kohli is inching towards his hundred and is 13 runs shy of the three figure mark.

  • SIX - Shreyas Iyer joins the party as he flat bats Mitchell Starc for a maximum over deep mid-wicket.

  • The 50-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli is up and it has come in 46 deliveries.

  • Virat Kohli has a chance to get to his hundred as India is cruising at this stage. Needs 33 in 36 balls.

  • Little tricky period of play as a couple of wickets now would put the pressure back on India. Kohli holds key and with 75 required off 72 it's India who are favourites to seal the series, unless something dramatic happens to leave the Chinnaswamy stunned.

  • WICKET - A magnificent innings comes to an end as Rohit Sharma departs for 119. Tried to smack Adam Zampa over the mid-wicket but ends up getting a leading edge and Mitchell Starc settles under the skier. He has done his job and has put India in a commanding position.

  • Fifty for Virat Kohli - Superb innings from the India skipper and he has played a perfect foil to Rohit Sharma. Dropped anchor, banked on singles and then opened up to cream the attack. India need 85 runs in 86 balls

  • Century for Rohit Sharma - Brilliant hundred by Rohit Sharma and he is looking unstoppable. He has dominated right from the word go and has hit eight boundaries and five sixes. He is the set batsman and needs to ensure India reaches home. His 29th ODI hundred.

  • SIX - Rohit Sharma welcomes him with a huge six over deep mid-wicket and moves into the nineties.

  • Aaron Finch into the attack

  • Interesting passage of play as both Kohli and Rohit are focused on strike rotation and finding the odd boundary. India needs 158 off 147 and Rohit is closing in on a well-deserved century.

  • SIX - Rohit Sharma brings the 100 up for India with a maximum. Labuschagne drops it short and Rohit clobbers it over the deep.

  • Fifty for Rohit Sharma - Brilliant fifty from Rohit Sharma and this has been a well-paced innings. Started off watchfully and then getting his eye in, played some exquisite shots. Needs to convert into a big one. 

  • In walks India skipper Virat Kohli.

  • WICKET - Ashton Agar strikes and Australia finally break the opening stand. KL Rahul departs for a 27-ball 19. Excellent review from Australia after the umpire denied their LBW appeal. On review, it was three reds and Rahul was trapped plumb.

  • Fifty up for India - The fifty comes in 8.1 overs off 51 deliveries with Rohit Sharma playing the role of an aggressor and K.L. Rahul providing support from the other end. Rohit is looking in good touch with shots on either side of the wicket and the Chinnaswamy has come alive.

  • SIX - What a shot! Rohit Sharma picks up a length, on the pads delivery and deposits Pat Cummins over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum.

  • FOUR- Cracking shot from Rohit. Width on offer and Rohit climbs on it and creams it through the point for a boundary.

  • FOUR - First boundary of the India innings as Rohit Sharma reaches to a full, wide delivery and drives it past the diving cover fielder for a boundary.

  • Stat Alert - Rohit Sharma completes 9000 runs in ODIs.

  • Rohit gets off the mark straightaway as India chases 287.

  • Alright we are back for the chase and Shikhar Dhawan isn't partnering Rohit Sharma. Instead KL Rahul walks out to open. Cummins with the new ball and it will be Rohit on strike.

  • End of Innings: India will be very happy to restrict Australia to 286/9 after losing the toss. Century from Steve Smith and a fifty from Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia post a respectable total. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler with four wickets as Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets. Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav picked a wicket each. This is not the kind of track where a batsman can straightaway play the big shots and the Indian batsmen would be wary about it. Dew might play a role but India will hope for a solid start. Back shortly for the chase.

  • WICKET - Mohammed Shami strikes again and this time castles Pat Cummins for a duck. It was a yorker bang on target as Cummins fails to get his bat down in time and pockets his fourth duck!

  • WICKET - Mohammed Shami strikes and he removes the well-set Smith who was about to go for the final surge. Excellent catch by Shreyas Iyer in the deep and India has got a very important wicket.

  • SIX - What a shot! Steve Smith picked up the length early outside off and deposited Navdeep Saini over the deep square leg boundary for a maximum. He just played the helicopter shot.

  • WICKET - Navdeep Saini strikes and he removes the dangerous Ashton Turner. Initially the on-field umpire ruled Not Out when the Indians appealed for a catch behind the stumps. However, India took the review and it was a successful one. Replays suggested an inside edge when Turner got an under-edge and KL Rahul took a low, clean catch.

  • There it is! 9th ODI century for Steve Smith and this has been an innings of substance. Dropped anchor and Australia's innings revolved around him. Excellent batting. 

  • Ashton Turner is the new man in.

  • WICKET - Kuldeep Yadav breaks the stand and Alex Carey departs.  Goes inside out but the bat turns in his hands and Shreyas Iyer at deep cover takes a simple catch.

  • The fifty run partnership between Alex Carey and Steve Smith is up with the latter five runs short of his century.

  • The two quick wickets didn't seem to have an affect as both Carey and Smith are motoring on with the former Australian skipper approaching his ton.

  • Alex Carey joins Steve Smith

  • WICKET - The ploy doesn't work as Starc departs for a three-ball duck and Jadeja has another. Clears his front foot and swings it hard but ends up hitting straight into the hands of Chahal at deep mid-wicket. Two quick wickets and India crawl back.

  • Okay in walks Mitchell Starc. Interesting move

  • WICKET - What a blinder from Virat Kohli and India gets the breakthrough. Labuschagne tries to drive Jadeja inside out through the covers but Kohli dives full length towards his right and takes a stunner. Partnership broken.

  • Just In: Shikhar Dhawan has gone for an X-ray. A call on him being available for the game will be taken once he is back  and assessed.

  • Fifty from Labuschagne. Excellent half-century from the young batsman and along with Smith has taken Australia to a position of strength. Brilliant batting.

  • It's been too easy for Smith, in particular, and India needs to find a breakthrough.

  • Fifty up for Steve Smith and the modern day great continues to pile runs. Important knock and he holds the key.

  • Navdeep Saini is back into the attack and India needs a breakthrough.

  • The 100 comes up for Australia and Steve Smith holds the key here in the middle overs.

  • The Indians are live wires on the field with Manish Pandey and Ravindra Jadeja leading the pack. Steve Smith is well-set and Labuschagne is slowly finding his feet. Interesting passage of play. Australia 83/2 after 15.


  • FOUR - Excellent placement from Labuschagne as he gently bisects the covers and the ball races away as even Ravindra Jadeja couldn't stop it from going to the boundary.

  • The lack of communication between the batsmen continues and Smith almost ran out Labuschagne.

  • Spin and it will be Kuldeep Yadav.

  • Australia have committed harakiri in the middle. Finch is run out after a complete lapse of communication between Smith and Finch. The Aussie skipper is livid but India are not complaining. Meanwhile, Smith caresses the ball through covers to take the visitor past 50. AUS 50/2 after 9 Overs.

  • FOUR - Smith is off the mark with a boundary as Shami digs it short and Smith just guides it to the fine leg boundary.

  • Steve Smith walks in and this will be an exciting battle.

  • WICKET - Huge wicket and Mohammed Shami strikes. Perfect channel outside off, draws David Warner and induces an edge as KL Rahul pouches it in delight. Australia lose an early wicket and Shami provides the breakthrough.

  • It's been a lukewarm start by the Indian seamers and the Australian openers are looking comfortable in the middle. No trouble what so ever.

  • FOUR - Aaron Finch gets underway with a lovely flick and gets the first boundary of the match. Shami drifts it on the pads and it's too easy for Finch.

  • The Indian players are wearning black arm bands and that's in respect for the late former India player Bapu Nadkarni.

  • We are all set for the decider. Aaron Finch and David Warner are out in the middle and it will be Jasprit Bumrah to Warner. Here we go!

  • Playing XI:

    India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(C), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(WK), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

    Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

  • Virat Kohli: It's a dry pitch, we wanted to chase too. It's been a difficult ground to defend on. We need to put pressure on the batsmen and keep the total in check. I think against a side like Australia we would take that kind of victory any day. We could have restricted them a little more towards the end, but at 275/9, it was done and dusted. KL's innings was the game-changer and today we're looking for similar contributions. He will play in front of his home crowd today. We're going in with the same team as Rajkot.
  • Aaron Finch: We're going to bat first. Hopefully we can post a good score and defend it later. It's based on conditions and history. Hopefully we can get some early wickets defending and get into the Indian middle order. It looks like a bloody good wicket, and it will play good for a hundred overs. We were just one wicket too far down in the last game, but credit to India, they played really well. Hazlewood in for Richardson.
  • TOSS - Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first. Good news as both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are fit. India unchanged.
  • Pitch Report - It's a slightly dry pitch, some minor cracks, but the dryness is really the feature of this pitch. This pitch will have a lot in it for the wristspinners, there will be a lot more grip even for the finger-spinner, says Sanjay Manjarekar. Sunil Gavaskar reckons, captain winning the toss should bat first and put runs on the board.
  • India had several positives from Friday’s second ODI against Australia, but has a few injury concerns ahead of the series-decider in Bengaluru on Sunday.
  • All eyes will be on Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and we will get to know if the opening pair is match-fit or not.
  • Stay tuned for the pitch report and the toss in a while.

The Preview

India and Australia will slug it out in a winner-takes-all battle at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. If Australia outplayed India in the first ODI in Mumbai, the host exacted revenge in Rajkot to set the stage for a tantalising decider.

With the batsmen from both sides displaying impressive form, yet another high-scoring encounter beckons at the batting-friendly venue. "It's a nice batting wicket. It feels like the ball goes further in the air, it sort of travels, you see lots of sixes generally there. It's quite a fast outfield and it's usually a nice-paced wicket. I can see perhaps another high-scoring game," Steve Smith said on Friday, anticipating a high-scoring decider in Bengaluru.

Injury concerns

But injuries are threatening to derail India’s plans. Shikhar Dhawan was hurt on the ribcage off a Pat Cummins delivery and didn’t take the field for Australia’s innings.

Rohit Sharma looked in pain after hurting his shoulder while fielding near the boundary line. Both have been in good nick and the management will take a call on their fitness on the morning of the match.


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Srikar Bharat, Shivam Dube

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, D Arcy Short