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India win final ODI



India has bounced back in the third and final One Day International against Australia, winning a close contest by 13 runs at Manuka Oval in Canberra.


Batting for the first time in the series India posted 5-302 thanks to an unbroken 150 run stand between Hardik Pandya (92*) and Ravindra Jadeja (66*) and 63 from captain Virat Kohli, before the bowlers managed to bowl Australia out in the final over for 289, despite a blistering 59 from Glenn Maxwell and 75 from Aaron Finch.


Both sides had debutants for the contest, Australia having already claimed the series 2-0 with back to back wins at the SCG on Friday and Sunday.


21 year old Western Australian all-rounder Cameron Green wore Australian colours for the first time, while Indian bowler Thangarasu Natarajan made his debut at 29 for Kohli's side.


The top order got starts but couldnt go on with the job, Shubman Gill making 33 opening the innings in place of Mayank Agarwal after Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply for 16 to Sean Abbott, playing his first ODI in six years.


Spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa shared three wickets between them, but Kohli was looking ominious as he passed 50 without any real trouble.


Josh Hazlewood extracted the Indian captain for 63, given out caught behind on review after initially been given not out by umpire Paul Wilson.


It meant the paceman dismissed Kohli on all three occasions in the series, a prized scalp for the New South Welshman.


At 5-152 Australia was well on top, but all-rounders Pandya and Jadeja would revive the innings with a counterattacking partnership, taking to Hazlewood and Cummins at the death as they took the score to a more than competitive 5-302 by the end of the innings.


Without regular opener David Warner due to injury, Marnus Labuschagne strode out to open with captain Aaron Finch to start the chase, Finch off the mark with a six off Natarajan over square leg.


The debutant had his maiden ODI wicket when Labuschagne chopped on for seven, while fellow inclusion for the match Shardul Thakur claimed the prized wicket of Smith, who was caught down the leg side having made only seven runs of his own.


Finch was dropped twice early in his innings but found his feet as he passed 50 for the third time in as many matches, Moises Henriques for company as the Australian side steadied.


Henriques pulled Thakur straight to midwicket having made 22, while Finch's luck ran out when he holed out to long on on 75, Shikhar Dhawan juggling the catch to end the skipper's innings having faced 82 balls and hit seven fours and three sixes.


Green made 21 on debut before picking out deep square leg off Kuldeep Yadav, Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell coming together to add 52 to breathe some life back in to the chase.


A mix-up saw Carey run out for 38, but Maxwell was steering Australia towards victory with another audacious knock that included a 100 metre reverse swept six from Kuldeep Yadav, passing 50 with Ashton Agar for company.


Agar appeared to suffer a lower leg injury as the run chase came down to a run a ball from the final six overs, Maxwell bowled by Jasprit Bumrah for a superb 59 from just 38 balls, having hit three fours and four sixes.


India closed in from there, the boundaries drying up as the tail tried in vain to get the team home, all out in the final over for 289 as the visitors got their first win of the tour.


Thakur claimed 3-51 to be the pick of the bowlers, Natarajan and Bumrah with two wickets each in a hard fought game of ODI cricket.


Australia claimed the series 2-1, Steve Smith player of the series for his two SCG centuries and Hardik Pandya player of the match for his unbeaten 92, having scored two half centuries for the series.


The focus now moves to the T20 series, which begins in Canberra on Friday.


IMAGE: Cricinfo.