#IndiaInAustralia: Three key moments of the third ODI
Team India beat Australia by seven wickets in the final ODI of the three-match series in Melbourne on Friday. With this win, India won the three-match series by a 2-1 margin. Batting first, Australia were bowled out for 230. In reply, India chased down the target with MS Dhoni taking the side home. Here are the three key moments.
Chahal getting Marsh and Khawaja shifted the momentum
Australia were going well with Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh adding 73 runs for the third wicket. Australia were 100/2, when Chahal struck twice in a space of four deliveries. He got the in-form Shaun Marsh after teasing him to have a charge. Dhoni completed a fine stumping. And then Chahal got Khawaja caught and bowled. This shifted the momentum of the match.
Dhoni's running between the wickets was sheer class
MS Dhoni has always banked on his ability to run between the wickets. This has been a success story for the player since several years in ODI cricket. Dhoni (87*) was on top gear today and he converted the ones into twos beautifully. Moreover, in his 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (61*), he pushed his partner to run aggressively. The ploy worked.
Australia dropping MSD twice was the defining moment
Australia were poor on the field and that had an effect on their performance. Dhoni was dropped at point by Glenn Maxwell off the first ball he faced. Maxi is generally one of the best fielders, but he could have had MSD for a duck. Dhoni was once again dropped in the 48th over. This time Aaron Finch put down a tough one.
A small controversy erupts at the MCG
A bit of controversy erupted today at the MCG. Match umpire Michael Gough cancelled a delivery bowled by Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gough called it a dead ball as the latter made a release while being behind the umpire. Bhuvi looked surprised and was caught by the stump mic saying, "That can't be a dead ball." However, Gough refuted his claims.