Melbourne: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell thumped brilliant 96-run knock to help his side claim a three-wicket win over India in the third match and thereby taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell. Photo: AFP
Chasing a target of 296 runs, Australia reached the score with seven balls to spare, thanks to Maxwell, who smashed eight boundaries and three sixes, to provide his side with a series win.
Besides Maxwell, opener Shaun Marsh (62) and skipper Steve Smith (41) were other notable figures for the hosts.
For the visitors, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja bagged two wickets each to provide their side with some hope but their efforts went in vain.
27-year-old Maxwell was adjourned `Man of the Match` for his remarkable contribution with the bat.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Virat Kohli smashed 117 runs off 117 balls to help India post 295 runs, which was a par score on the slow MCG wicket.
Virat Kohli celebrates his 100-runs against Australia during the third one-day international at the MCG in Melbourne. AFP PHOTO
Out-of form opener Shikhar Dhawan, who got dismissed cheaply in the first two ODIs, managed to contribute significant 68 runs before being dismissed by John Hastings.
Ajinkya Rahane also smashed a half-century while opener Rohit Sharma got dismissed for just six runs after scoring centuries in Perth and Brisbane.
The two sides will now play their fourth match, a dead rubber, in Canberra on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma c Wade b Richardson 6
Shikhar Dhawan b Hastings 68
Virat Kohli c Bailey b Hastings 117
Ajinkya Rahane c Maxwell b Hastings 50
MS Dhoni c Maxwell b Hastings 23
Gurkeerat Singh b Faulkner 8
Ravindra Jadeja not out 6
Rishi Dhawan not out 3
Extras (lb 5, w 9) 14
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 295 (5.90 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-15, 2-134, 3-243, 4-265, 5-274, 6-288
Kane Richardson 10-0-48-1
John Hastings 10-0-58-4
James Faulkner 10-0-63-1
Scott Boland 9-0-63-0,
Glenn Maxwell 9-0-46-0
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-12-0.
Shaun Marsh c Dhoni b I Sharma 62
Aaron Finch c Dhoni b Yadav 21
Steven Smith c Rahane b Jadeja 41
George Bailey st Dhoni b Jadeja 23
Glenn Maxwell c Dhawan b Yadav 96
Mitchell Marsh run out 17
Matthew Wade c S Dhawan b I Sharma 6
James Faulkner not out 21
John Hastings not out 0
Extras: (LB-3, W-5, NB-1) 9
Total: (For 7 wkts; 48.5 overs) 296
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-112, 3-150, 4-167, 5-204, 6-215, 7-295.
Umesh Yadav 9.5-0-68-2
Barinder Sran 8-0-63-0
Ishant Sharma 10-0-53-2
Rishi Dhawan 6-0-33-0,
Gurkeerat Singh 5-0-27-0
Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-49-2.
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