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George Bailey is unbeaten on 37 © PTI (File Photo)

Oct 19, 2013

Australia reached 143 for three at the end of 31 overs against India in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on Saturday.

With two left-arm spinners managing to strangle George Bailey and Adam Voges without any room, singles dried up and easy scoring shots weren’t on off.

After both the batsmen took the attack on Yuvraj Singh in the 27th over, Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought back Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack from that end. From the other end, Jadeja continued to keep a tight line.

Needing 304 to win, Australia’s chase got off to a good start as Aaron Finch smashed a boundary to end the first over.

Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took advantage of the swinging conditions before a poor delivery outside off got the treatment it deserved.

Vinay Kumar’s over started off poorly as he targeted Phil Hughes’ legs with a leg slip stationed. However, he ended up giving six runs in wide before bowling his first legitimate ball.

Although both the bowlers strayed in their line, both the openers looked out of sorts when they got it right.

The openers — Aaron Finch and Phil Hughes — continued to muster runs as Ishant Sharma’s woes continued. He has failed to hit rhythm in the series so far.

Hughes was dismissed trying to poke at a delivery outside off and edging the ball to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Umpire Shamshuddin continued to be in the spotlight after making two incorrect decisions . First, it was a close leg-before appeal for Phil Hughes that was declined and later an edge off Aaron Finch’s bat which carried to Virat Kohli at point.

The second decision irked Kohli as he mouthed explicit towards the batsman.

Indian bowlers came back well after the hammering they received in the first 10 overs. Aaron Finch was dismissed for 38 as he tried to play across the line to Ishant Sharma, but missed the line and was trapped leg-before.

The umpiring standards continued to be below-par in the match. Shane Watson was adjudged leg-before wicket despite the ball missing the leg stump.

However, the move of introducing Ravindra Jadeja into the attack worked for Dhoni. Australia managed to score just 26 runs and lost three wickets in the 10-over passage between 11-20 overs.

Dhoni decided to introduce Yuvraj Singh into the attack in the 23rd over in order to take the pace out of the ball. However, the move backfired as he bowled long hops which enabled George Bailey to release the pressure that was created due to lack of singles.

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