Sports News, Nation, (Ranchi), March 9:-Skipper Virat Kohli’s 41st ton went in vain as India conceded a 32-run defeat against Australia in the third ODI here on Friday.
Chasing a target of 314 at the JSCA stadium here, Virat scored his 41st One Day International (ODI) century, 25th when batting second, and only his fourth in an unsuccessful chase.
Kohli scored 123 on a pitch that had become slow and started to take a turn about 30 overs into the game, as he single-handedly gave India a chance in the chase.
Coming out to bat first, Australian openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch helped steady the innings for the guests, as Khawaja’s 104 and Finch’s crucial 93 took Australia to 313 for the loss for five wickets.
Second to bat, the home team saw wickets fall in quick succession, with the scoreboard displaying 27 for the loss of three wickets.
Kohli and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took India to 86 from a mere 27, only till Zampa bowled out Dhoni. After suffering another major loss, Kohli was accompanied by Kedar Jadhav, who steered India to 174. Once again, it was Zampa who intervened to put the Indian side under pressure.
The combination of Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, and Jhye Richardson proved detrimental for the Indian side, who were ultimately bowled out for 281 runs.
The two teams will next lock horns on Sunday in Chandigarh.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)