Australia lead the 5-match ODI series 2-0 vs India © Getty Images
Australia lead the 5-match ODI series 2-0 vs India © Getty Images

India will aim to win the third One-Day International (ODI) against Australia on Sunday in order to stay alive in the five-match ODI series after losing the first two games at Perth and Brisbane respectively. Rohit Sharma’s two consecutive centuries went in vain as India ended on the losing side in both the occasions. While both the sides have an inexperienced bowling attack, the hosts have been having an advantage of batting second and chasing down the total quite comfortably. Batting first, India posted a total of 308 runs before chasing down the target with one over to spare. Despite losing the match, Rohit was named the player of the match for his unbeaten 124 from 127 balls. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd ODI at MCG

The new faces in the Ausrtralian bowling attack—Joel Parris and Scott Boland—bagged their respective maiden ODI wickets in the second match at Brisbane. While Paris who opens bowling for Australia finished with figures, 1 for 40 in his spell of eight overs, Bolland was a little more expensive giving away 64 runs in his full quota of 10 overs but had a wicket to his name.

Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch went on to praise the duo along with Kane Richardson. “We had found out in Perth that our bowling attack has had fewer games than Mitchell Johnson by himself. So it is a real credit with the way the guys are applying themselves. They are training hard and learning from everyone, using all their resources and fighting it out in the middle,” Finch said.

Finch added, “They are some really skillful bowlers and down the line they will definitely get their rewards. Joel Paris and Scott Bolland played only their second games, having an impact and taking their first wickets today. Kane Richardson played only his ninth game today and putting his hand up. It is great to see. It was really exciting for the boys and it is about the guys learning with the ODI World Cup three and a half years away. There is a chance to experiment and get games to the guys, and the selectors are thinking about that.”