Usman Khawaja scored his maiden ODI hundred as Australia scored 313 after put in to bat in the third ODI against India. @Twitter/Cricket.Com.Au

While the Ranchi crowds filled the Jharkhand Cricket Association Stadium to witness their local hero MS Dhoni in action, it was the Australian openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja who dominated the show as Australia scored 313 runs after India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl in the third ODI in Ranchi on Friday.

Although Finch, the Australian skipper, fell short of his hundred by seven runs, Khawaja notched up his first hundred in ODIs. The southpaw, playing his 24th ODI, scored 104 off 113 balls. (ALSO READ: 3rd ODI: Finch-Khawaja stand sets base for Australia’s 313)

Discussing his innings and the 193-run opening stand with Finch, Khawaja, during his mid-innings interview, said, “I was just looking to bat and bat without thinking too far ahead. Finchy played an excellent knock too.”

The left-hander though said that there’s a lot to be done for Australia to win this game. (UPDATES: INDIA VS AUSTRALIA, 3rd ODI)

“Obviously the work isn’t done yet, we’ve got 313 and need to bowl well so that we can defend it,” he said before adding, “ Yes, it’s pleasing as it’s been a while since I got that 98, so really glad but don’t want to look too far ahead. (We) Need to start well with the ball and also field well as it’s a fast outfield. If we can put on a good effort all-round, hopefully 313 should be enough for us.”

Lauding Finch, whose last fifty-plus score in the ODIs came in June 2018, Khawaja said: “He (Finch) went through the gears really well, respected the good balls, took the ones and went after the bowling when he got the opportunity. Unfortunate that he couldn’t get a century, but he batted really well.”

Khawaja’s innings came to an end after he mistimed a pull shot and Jasprit Bumrah held onto an easy catch off Mohammed Shami.

Brief scores: Australia 313/5 in 50 overs (Finch 93, Khawaja 104) vs India