Sports / Virat Kohli's 41st hundred not enough as India lose Ranchi ODI to Australia

India Today : Mar 09, 2019, 09:51 AM
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli scored a 95-ball 123 but India lost the third ODI to Australia in Ranchi by 32 runs. Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins were the pick of the bowlers for Australia. India still lead the five-match series 2-1. Chasing 314, India managed 281 after Dhawan, Rohit, Rayudu and Dhoni flopped. India, however, still lead the 5-match ODI series 2-1. Virat Kohli's 41st hundred finest went in vain.

But when Adam Zampa snared Kohli for a 95-ball 123, the writing was on the wall for India. Vijay Shankar and Ravindra Jadeja faced a huge ask when they got together in the 38th over - India needed 95 off 12.3 overs. Australia bowled brilliantly around Kohli's hundred like they did in Nagpur. Faced with a steep chase in Ranchi, India failed to cross the line in the absence of any other major contribution.

Dhawan's poor run of form continued at the JSCA Stadium and he is now a proper concern for India. They are sure to try out KL Rahul in the fourth ODI but time is running out. Rohit Shara was dismissed cheaply yet again while Rayudu looked clueless against Pat Cummins and lost his off stump.