2-0 down and with their backs against the wall, Australia needed someone from the top 4 to step up and get the runs for them in the 3rd ODI. Australia welcomed Aaron Finch back into the XI who was ruled out of the first two ODI’s due to a calf strain.
But Finch came back in style, applying himself to perfection and getting his 8th ODI century.
With Smith and Finch dominating the Indian bowlers during the middle overs, it looked like Australia were on course to setting up a total in excess of 350, but a flurry of wickets in the space of a few overs meant that the rebuilding process had to be put in place again.
Both Smith and Finch holed out in the deep to Kuldeep’s bowling and thus the onus was now on Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell to take Australia to a big enough total.
Glenn Maxwell has always fancied himself against the slower bowlers, as he picks up length very quickly and sends them soaring over the stands, but today was just not his day.
Yuzvendra Chahal has had Maxwell’s number throughout the series , dismissing him in Chennai and Kolkata and thus the Chahal-Maxwell battle was always going to be a fun one today.
And Chahal managed to bamboozle Maxwell yet again.
In a bid to up the ante, Maxwell charged down the track to flighted, wide one from Chahal, but was deceived in the air, and only ended up being stumped, thanks to a very quick glove work from MS Dhoni behind the stumps.
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With Maxwell’s departure, Australia now look a little lost in the final overs and would be hoping for Stoinis to take them through to a huge total.