Video of Hardik Pandya 92 Runs : 7 Fours 1 Six : IND vs AUS

India vs Australia, 3rd ODI, 02 December, 02:40 PM IST

Match Result : India won by 13 runs

Player of the Match : Hardik Pandya

Match Report :  A win for India, finally. It has taken some time, but a win is a win. The Indian fans are delighted as the Men in Blue have finally got off the mark on this tour and broken their 5-match losing streak in ODIs. From 152/5 to 302/5 – that’s where India won the match, clearly.

The partnership between Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja proved to be the game changer as India managed to post a more than handsome total earlier in the day. Australia did feel the absence of David Warner, but Glenn Maxwell almost gave India a head ache, until Jasprit Bumrah cleaned him up with a clinical yorker. Finch was amongst the runs once again, but Steve Smith couldn’t repeat his heroics.

And that’s what went wrong for the Aussies. Indian bowlers – Thakur bowled an impressive spell and Natarajan who conceded an expensive over against Maxwell – roared back in style as he executed his yorkers once again. A decent debut for Natarajan. 2 wickets and good bowling barring that 18-run over to Maxwell. He will be a strong contender for the playing 11 in T20Is.. India win, but Australia take the series 2-1.

Aaron Finch, Australia captain: “I thought we fought really well. It was a great partnership between Hardik and Jadeja. If we got one of those wickets, we could have chased 240 max. Cameron Green came in and made an impact with ball and bat, and showed he belongs here.

Agar bowled beautifully, it was a good day in terms of the changes we made. The impact that the two spinners are having, that’s important. It’s nice when the guys in the top order contribute and then Maxi (Maxwell) can come in and do his thing with Carey and other guys. Hopefully he’s (Starc) ready for the T20Is. Was just a niggle.”

Virat Kohli, India captain: “We were put under the pump in the first half and in the second half of Australia’s innings. Shubman and others coming in, it brings in a bit freshness. I think the pitch was much better for the bowlers.

So the confidence levels go up. Playing international cricket for so long, that’s the challenge you face and those are the kind of comebacks you make. We were clinical with the ball and in the field. Happy with the performance and hopefully we take the momentum forward.

I would have liked to go on for a bit longer, but it was a great partnership between Pandya and Jadeja. The team needed that kind of a boost. That’s needed when you play a team like Australia.”

Hardik Pandya, Man of the Match: “I will be fine to play the T20Is. I have been working hard to play for my country, happy that I’ve got the opportunity. Really happy for Natarajan and rest of the bowlers.

It’s been quite a story for him. You need to be on your toes when it comes to playing against Australia. You got to push hard and face the challenge against them.”



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