Virat Kohli equals Dhoni's record, likely to break it in 4th ODI

  • Virat Kohli equals Dhoni's record, likely to break it in 4th ODI

Virat Kohli equals Dhoni's record, likely to break it in 4th ODI

The five-match one-day worldwide series was decided after three games overnight when India cruised to a five-wicket win in Indore.

Pandya's 72-ball 78 and his fifth-wicket stand with Manish Pandey (36 not out) helped the hosts chase down their 294-run target with 13 balls to spare. He built on the groundwork laid by openers Ajinkya Rahane (70) and Rohit Sharma (71).

Rohit has slowed down after his fifty and has been sloppy but just at the right time Rahane took the opportunity and stroked some runs for himself to take India over the 100 run mark without losing a wicket. "How do you feel", Kohli, said in a video posted on Twitter last night.

While the 1st ODI at Chennai was one that assisted bowlers more than the batsmen, the Eden Gardens in the 2nd ODI was a flawless contest of bat vs ball.

After suffering the ignominy of two convincing defeats in the first two ODIs, Australia were looking to bounce back with a victory to stay alive in the series when they took on India in the third match at Indore. FoW: 1-70, 2-224, 3-243, 4-243, 5-260, 6-275. Electing to bat, the Aussies managed a competitive total, thanks mainly to comeback man Aaron Finch. Probably not the same kind of batting line-up as Hayden, Gilchrist or Ponting, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey were there but I think this is a very good Australian team.

"He was a brilliant player for Australia, one of the best".

Finch then scored his first ODI hundred on Asian soil off 110 balls.

While his fielding has been below par, Smith has notched back-to-back half-centuries in a struggling batting line-up. Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the current Indian team has all the ingredients to go down as the greatest Indian ODI team ever by the time they finish.

Virat Kolhi and co defeated Australia by five wickets on Sunday.

Kuldeep Yadav, who bagged a hat-trick in India's 50-run win in Kolkata on Thursday, had Finch caught at deep midwicket in the 38th over and then Smith pouched at long-off in the 42nd.

"I thought he bowled well at times, (but) probably a little bit full to Pandya at times", Smith said.

Team Australia will now be playing for pride, trying to stop further humilation and come out of their winless streak when they head to Bengaluru for the fourth ODI, on September 28.