In-form Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 92 off 76 balls and Ravindra Jadeja’s 50 off 66 helped India score 302 for 5 in 50 overs after a poor performance in the first 30 overs.
It was at least 30 runs short of a par-score on a good batting track, but a revived bowling attack forced the home team to 289 in 49.3 overs.
Shardul Thakur (3/51) and debutant Thangarasu Natarajan (2/70 in 10 overs) did their best but it was Bumrah’s (2/43 in 9.3 overs) effort that put some swing ahead and the time was finally out for Glenn Maxwell’s dismissal. Turned the favor.
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Bumrah tries to free his arms by exposing the stumps by bowling one of the dangerous blacksmiths, Maxwell (59 from 38 balls), who has his own little “brain fade” moment.
The ‘big show’ was in the mood to punish the bowlers and all he wanted was to see Bumrah and attack others as he did.
His “senior” cushion helped Natarajan bowl his yorkers under pressure and Thakur also picked up the required wickets.
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While Virat Kohli and his men are gearing up for the next White-Ball series, an unlikely match has taken effect – three T20 internationals in less than 48 hours.
India’s bowling attack had a different look and it performed better compared to the first two matches.
Natarajan was very consistent in his first spell and got his first wicket when opener Marnus Labuschagne (7), in an unfamiliar role as opener, pulled the ball back to the stump.
Thakur was also fortunate to replace the rested Mohammed Shami, who was caught by KL when Steve Smith (7) attempted to bring down one of the ‘fifth leg stumps’.
Moises Henriques (22) and skipper Aaron Finch (75) looked good as they were 51 for the third wicket. At first Thakur failed to take down the pull-shot from his bowling.
However, Kuldeep Yadav’s (1/57 in 10 overs) bowling was restricted to mid-overs, and Maxwell was more aggressive with the penalty of the last over.
The flight was back and a dip in the air caused confusion in the minds of batsmen.
Debutant Cameron Green (21) played a slog sweep against Kuldeep, tearing Jadeja inches from the ground.
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Jadeja (1/62 in 10 overs), who had a field day, topped a solid batting display with his precious wicket of rival captain Finch, as Shikhar Dhawan managed to make the easy catch look difficult in the long-on.
Maxwell and gentleman Alex Carey (38 off 42 balls) at Old Trafford last September seemed like a winning number against England.
But when he settled, Carey was sent back by Maxwell for a non-existent single, as Australia were reduced to 210 for 6.
Prior to that, only half of captain Kohli’s struggles were brighter after the team struggled in the first 30 overs.
Coming together in the 32nd over, Pandya and Jadeja smashed 150 for the unbroken sixth wicket, changing the complexion of the game, which would make no difference to the final score-line as Australia had already sealed it with back-to-back wins in Sydney.
India seemed to only reach 250 but Pandya and Jadeja made it a different story.
The couple took some time to settle down before opening the floodgates of the borders. He scored 53 from 46 to 48. In total, 76 runs came from the last five overs.
Pandya’s innings consisted of seven fours and a six, while Jadeja struck five fours and three sixes.