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3rd ODI (D/N), Melbourne, Jan 17 2016, India tour of Australia
295/6
(48.5/50 ov)296/7
Australia won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
Glenn Maxwell
Australia
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• The Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

Maxwell fires to give Australia the series

In Perth 309 was insufficient, and in Brisbane 308 was inadequate. But for a short while it looked like India's 295 in Melbourne might have been enough to keep this series alive

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Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
India295/6(50 overs)
Australia296/7(48.5 overs)

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Presentation:

Steven Smith: We did well to keep them down to 295. They bowled well in the middle, lost a few wickets in clumps before the Maxwell show. It was great to see him bat the way he did today. He scores so fast playing normal cricket shots, he's got all the shots. He plays so beautifully when he hits the ball in the right areas. Hopefully, he'll keep doing that. If I have my time over again, I may have batted first today. I didn't anticipate it to get so dry in the end. There's still room for improvement though.

Glenn Maxwell is the Player of the Match for his exhilarating 96: I wanted to shake off the tag of being called 'The Big Show'. So yes, this is special. They got a good score, to chase that down with James Faulkner in the end is unbelievable. I feel like I've been making big strides over the last few months. The way I'm hitting the ball and approaching the game is different to what I've been doing over the last few years. It's unfortunately not much of a break until Canberra, so maybe we'll have a small celebration tonight.

MS Dhoni: It's tough to take. We didn't field well tonight. There were at least three boundaries we should have easily stopped. The batsmen are working hard, but we're always talking about 10-15 extra runs. This was a slightly different wicket, but there was not much the batsmen could have done. 295 was a good total. Sran didn't have a good day, so it became difficult for himself, and I couldn't rotate the bowlers. Rishi and Gurkeerat bowled well, so we somewhat covered up for Ashwin's absence. There is some encouragement, it is tough when you lose games but you have to realise the bowling attack is largely inexperienced. It's good to see Ishant bowl well in the middle, but when there's a bit of pressure, the fast bowlers leak runs.

Two Rohit tons, and now a Kohli century in vain. A better performance from the bowlers and the fielders, but was still not enough to stop the Australians. Could have been a lot closer, but Maxwell was the difference between the sides on the night. A terrific exhibition of uninhibited hitting took the game away from India at a time when the game was on a knife's edge. Ishant bowled well, but Umesh and Sran were far too inconsistent. Even Jadeja's effort, which would have been enough on most nights, was scant consolation for Dhoni's men on the night.

Chandra: "If there was one pitch in which Jadeja and Ashwin should have played together is this one and India make the mistake of dropping Ashwin for this match. "

Mark: "I think this series has shown a real difference in the cricket culture between India and Australia. Australia see more than just the middle of the pitch: they see every square metre of the ground, which leads to the philosophy that pressure has to be put on the field and from the field."

Raees Ul Haq: "All three Asian Cricket giants are having a hard time in Australia and New Zealand this summer . First it was Sri Lanka, Now India and Pakistan has a chance to win the T20 series even though they got thrashed today ."

Didn't someone say the other night that it's written in Faulkner's contract to hit the winning runs? He's done it again

48.5
1
Yadav to Faulkner, 1 run

dabbed wide of point for an easy run as Australia take an unassailable lead in the five-match series

48.4
W
Yadav to Maxwell, OUT

looks for the glory hit, the length ball gets a little big on him, can't get any power behind that attempted slap over cover, Dhawan, running back from mid-off, keeps his eye on the ball and takes it well. It was swirling in the air but he kept his composure. Has come a little too late for India. Maxwell walks off to a huge round of applause. What a knock!

Glenn Maxwell c S Dhawan b Yadav 96 (104m 83b 8x4 3x6) SR: 115.66
48.3
4
Yadav to Maxwell, FOUR runs

short, wide and he cracks that up and over backward point, huge gap there, deep cover fielder did a 200-metre sprint but couldn't get anywhere near the ball. Maxi one hit away from a century

48.2
6
Yadav to Maxwell, SIX runs

he's hit that 15 rows back into the long boundary at long-on. Umesh floats it full on middle and leg, Maxwell backs away and swings cleanly down the ground. What elevation, pinged the middle of the bat

48.1
Yadav to Maxwell, no run

backs away to slap it over the infield, hits it well, one bounce to Shikhar at mid-off, doesn't take the run despite one being easily available

Shyam: "We really cant blame fielders as well today, they have done excellent in saving those extra 10-20 runs India lacked. But if even they cannot inspire bowlers to bowl to their fields, nothing can"

end of over 485 runs
AUS: 285/6CRR: 5.93 • RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 from 12b
Glenn Maxwell86 (79)
James Faulkner20 (24)
Ravindra Jadeja10-0-49-2
Ishant Sharma10-0-53-2
47.6
1
Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run

low full toss outside off, squeezed to cover and they scamper through for a single. That's the end of Jadeja's spell. Quite brilliant

47.5
1lb
Jadeja to Faulkner, 1 leg bye

deflects off the pad, but there is short fine leg

47.4
2
Jadeja to Faulkner, 2 runs

excellent stop by Shikhar at deep square, it was a fierce sweep shot, covered ground, dived to cover the line

47.3
Jadeja to Faulkner, no run

fired into middle, dabbed back down the pitch

47.2
Jadeja to Faulkner, no run

drifts in and spins away, played back to the bowler

47.1
1
Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run

slices it wide of point, didn't get to the pitch of the ball as he looked to go over cover

end of over 479 runs
AUS: 280/6CRR: 5.95 • RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 from 18b
James Faulkner18 (20)
Glenn Maxwell84 (77)
Ishant Sharma10-0-53-2
Ravindra Jadeja9-0-45-2
46.6
2
Sharma to Faulkner, 2 runs

gets a thick inside edge but the long-on fielder had to come in a long way, back for the second without a fuss

46.5
Sharma to Faulkner, no run

crunched but straight to Rohit at cover this time

46.4
2
Sharma to Faulkner, 2 runs

steps out and eases it into the gap at square third man, back easily for the second run. Just backed away, made room and chopped it nicely

46.3
Sharma to Faulkner, no run

can't pierce the gap on the off side, straight to Kohli at cover

46.2
1
Sharma to Maxwell, 1 run

worked across the line towards square leg

46.1
4
Sharma to Maxwell, FOUR runs

buffet bowling, as Geoff Boycott would say. Short and angling down leg, tickled into the fine leg boundary. Pressure's off.

end of over 4610 runs
AUS: 271/6CRR: 5.89 • RRR: 6.25 • Need 25 from 24b
Glenn Maxwell79 (75)
James Faulkner14 (16)
Ravindra Jadeja9-0-45-2
Ishant Sharma9-0-44-2
45.6
1
Jadeja to Maxwell, 1 run

sliding into middle, worked to mid-on

45.5
Jadeja to Maxwell, no run

gets away this time, the reverse sweep finds Ishant at short third man

45.4
Jadeja to Maxwell, no run

steps out, Jadeja fires it into middle and leg, deflects off the pad to the off side, Jadeja got to it quickly and fired a throw at the bowler's end. Direct hit and Faulkner was struggling

Best performances - batsmen
Virat Kohli player portrait
V Kohli
117 runs (117)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
flick
39 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
7518196122525
Glenn Maxwell
GJ Maxwell
96 runs (83)
8 fours
3 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
cut shot
21 runs
3 fours
1 six
154952417139
Best performances - bowlers
John Hastings
JW Hastings
O
10
M
0
R
58
W
4
ECO
5.8
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Ravindra Jadeja portrait
RA Jadeja
O
10
M
0
R
49
W
2
ECO
4.9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 3725
Hours of play (local time)14.20 start, First Session 14.20-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.35, Second Session 18.35-22.05
Match days17 January 2016 - daynight match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan
Umpires
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Richard Kettleborough
Australia Image
Simon Fry
TV Umpire
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Mick Martell
Reserve Umpire
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Ashley Barrow
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe