Twitter Reactions: Kohli’s 41st ton goes in vain as Australia stays alive in the series

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja

It was a do-or-die game for Australia after being 2-0 down in the series. They raised their game at the right time and found the first win of the series. This was by far the best performance by the visitors in the 3 games so far. Ranchi, the home of MS Dhoni, didn’t see its favorite son winning the game for the country this time.

Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl, expecting dew to make an impact during the chase. The Australian openers, who hadn’t made much of an impact thus far, were determined to do well. They saw off the new ball and the captain Aaron Finch found back his touch. Along with Usman Khawaja, he laid the foundation.

The Indian bowlers were wicketless until the 32nd over when Kuldeep Yadav finally provided the breakthrough. He ended Finch’s knock of 93. But the opening stand had put 193 runs on the board. Glenn Maxwell was promoted to No.3 and he was explosive from the outset. On the other hand, Khawaja played a calm hand and brought up his maiden ODI century.

Just after getting there, he fell to Mohammed Shami for 104. Maxwell fell prey to a wonderful run out courtesy a combined effort by Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni. At the death, India came storming back and restricted Australia to 313/5. At one stage, it seemed as if the visitors would cross 350 easily.

Kohli’s lone battle ended in a loss

India’s worries at the top continued as both the openers departed quickly. While Shikhar Dhawan was sent back for 1 by Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins removed Rohit Sharma for 14. To add to the trouble, Cummins castled Ambati Rayudu with a jaffa. India was down to 27/3 in the 7th over.

Kohli and Dhoni came together to rescue the side from that position. They added 59 runs for the 4th wicket. Kohli was fluent from the beginning. Just as Dhoni was beginning to come to his own, he was bowled by Adam Zampa for 26. However, Kohli wasn’t perturbed. He kept going in his usual demeanor.

First, it was Kedar Jadhav and then, Vijay Shankar who gave good company to the captain. Kohli reached his 41st ton in the 35th over and was single-handedly taking his side close. But his knock ended at 123 from 95 balls as Zampa bagged the prized scalp. Shankar and Jadeja fought at the end but it was too little too late. India bundled out for 281 as the scoreline read 2-1 in favor of the hosts.

Match Summary

India won the toss and opted to bowl first

Australia: 313/5 in 50 overs

Usman Khawaja 104 ( 113), Aaron Finch 93 (99)

Kuldeep Yadav 64/3 (10), Mohammed Shami 52/1 (10)

India: 281/10 in 48.2 overs

Virat Kohli 123 (95), Vijay Shankar 32 (30)

Jhye Richardson 37/3 (9), Pat Cummins 37/3 (8.2)

Australia won by 32 runs

Player of the Match: Usman Khawaja


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