The third and final ODI between India and Australia is underway at the MCG. The three match series is currently tied at 1-1 with both the teams having one a game each prior to the game. Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl after the start of the match was delayed due to rain. The overcast conditions at the venue might have been a big factor in the Indian skipper making the call.
Team India were off to a bright start, with Bhubaneshwar Kumar removing both openers Aaron Finch and Alex Carey within the first powerplay after the interruption in play caused due to rain just after two balls were bowled off the first over. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja looked promising in the middle and were inching towards their respective half centuries. The boundaries however were hard to come by as the Indian bowlers kept bowling good lines and lengths, preventing the Australian batsmen from playing their shots.
The 73 run stand between Khawaja and Marsh for the third wicket was broken with the help of a bit of brilliance behind the stumps from MS Dhoni in the 24th over of the innings. Yuzuvendra Chahal, bowling his very first over in the match, tossed the ball up down the leg side as Marsh tried to charge down the wicket to him. The left hander ended up missing completely and MS Dhoni, who was still left with a lot of work to do, made no mistake and whipped off the bails in a flash.
Dhoni was not completely sure if he had completed the stumping but Virat Kohli, who was standing at leg slip, was convinced that Marsh was late to get back. The stumping was referred to the third umpire but replays clearly that there was no part of Marsh’s bat behind the line, unlike the heel of Chahal’s front foot. It was a clever piece of bowling from Chahal, bowling his first game in the series and a excellent piece of work from MS Dhoni behind the stumps which accounted for Marsh’s wicket.
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