Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, Indian all-rounders, put on a record unbroken 150-run stand for the sixth wicket against series winners Australia in the 3rd dead rubber ODI to lift India from an uncomfortable 152/5 in the 32nd over to a daunting 302/5 in the stipulated 50 overs.
Indian all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion with the bat in the third ODI against Australia as both batsmen entertained the crowd with some breathtaking stroke-play in the death overs by attacking the inexperienced bowling attack scoring more than 100 runs in 10 overs.
Hardik Pandya And Ravindra Jadeja Forges Unbroken 150 Run Stand For 6th Wicket
While Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 92 off 76 balls with 7 fours and a six, Ravindra Jadeja too provided the much-needed impetus scoring an impressive 50-ball 66* hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes. The pair also achieved a milestone by forging the highest ever sixth-wicket stand for India against Australia in ODI.
Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya went past the previous best 6th wicket partnership of 123 runs between Sadgopan Ramesh and Robin Singh which also came against the Aussies at Colombo in 1999. The 150-run partnership between the allrounder duo was also India’s third-highest stand in ODIs for the 6th wicket.
India’s highest partnership for the sixth wicket in ODIs are as follows:-
160 A Rayudu-S Binny vs Zimbabwe (Harare 2015)
158 Yuvraj-MS Dhoni vs Zimbabwe (Harare 2005)
150*Hardik-R Jadeja vs Australia (Canberra 2020)
The two hard-hitting batsmen also bailed India out of trouble zone with an unbroken 150-run stand for the sixth wicket against Aaron Finch and his men.
Virat Kohli Wins Toss For First Time And Opts To Bat First
Virat Kohli won the toss for the first time in the 3 match ODI series and decided to bat first unlike the first 2 ODIs where Australia won the toss and batted first. India made four changes in their playing XI as T Natarajan, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav came in for Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing XI. Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar came in for Australia.
Sean Abbot got Australia the first breakthrough as opener Shikhar Dhawan fell for 16. Shubman Gill playing in only his 3rd ODI scored career-best 33 before being dismissed by Ashton Agar. Virat Kohli scored 63, Shreyas Iyer 19 and KL Rahul only 5 before being dismissed. In the middle-overs, India lost wickets in quick succession, and the visitors were reeling with the scoreboard reading 152/5 in 32nd over.
“Had to fight it out in the middle, it wasn’t easy to start. When we had those couple of good overs and got some momentum we started believing. We were probably thinking 250-270, but that’s the beauty of the game. When you try to score 70 you end up getting 90. You gotta keep guessing in these conditions with bigger boundaries and I knew there were going to be plenty of short balls,” he said.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja then redeemed India’s innings and toyed with the inexperienced Australian bowlers in the death overs. After the match, Hardik Pandya said that while Indian team were looking to achieve a total of close to 270 runs, the final result proved to be sufficient. They scored 76 runs in the last 5 overs to help India reach a competitive total of 302 runs.
India eventually won by 13 runs as Australia managed 289 before all batsmen were dismissed. Apart from Aaron Finch’s 75 and Glenn Maxwell’s 59, none could really make it count. Shardul Thakur picked 3 wickets while T Natarajan in debut and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah took 2 wickets apiece.