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James Faulkner steals the show, match

Oct 19 2013, 22:15 IST
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Australian batsman Faulkner reacts after hitting the winning shot against India during the 3rd ODI at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday. (PTI Photo) Australian batsman Faulkner reacts after hitting the winning shot against India during the 3rd ODI at PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
SummaryAustralia came from behind to pull off a sensational four-wicket victory over India.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's blistering unbeaten 139 went in vain as Australia came from behind to pull off a sensational four-wicket victory over India in the third cricket one-dayer to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series here today.

Chasing a stiff target of 304, the Australians rode on James Faulkner's brutal unbeaten 29-ball 64, which was studded with two fours and six sixes, to dramatically change the complexion of game and take his side home with three balls to spare.

Adam Voges made a valuable contribution of 76 not out from 88 balls, which was studded with seven fours.

A hugely costly over by out-of-form pacer Ishant Sharma who gave 30 runs in the 48th turned the tide in Australia's favour after the Indians seemed cruising comfortably.

It was a commendable show by the Australians and the Indians paid the price of the lack of quality death bowlers in a high scoring match on a good batting track at the PCA Stadium.

Earlier, Dhoni produced a magnificent late onslaught as he rescued India from a precarious 76 for four at one stage to single-handedly take the score to 303 for 9 after the home side were asked to bat. His unbeaten knock came from 121 balls with the help of 12 fours and five sixes. Virat Kohli was the other notable contributor with a 73-ball 68.

But it was not the day for the Indians as Faulkner hit four sixes and a four in the 48th over bowled by Ishant to turn the match on its head. R Ashwin bowled a very good penultimate over just giving away five runs as Australia needed nine runs from the final over.

Faulkner ended the match in style with a six in the third ball of the final over as Australia reached 304 for six to win the match to the disappointment of the capacity crowd.

The two sides now move to Ranchi for the fourth ODI on October 23.

Australia made a solid start in their run chase with the openers Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch sharing 68 runs in 12.2 overs but seemed to have lost the plot after that.

Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar and Ishant bowled a tight line and length that squeezed the runs and built pressure on the Australians who were reduced to 88 for three in the 20th over.

Captain George Bailey (43) and Voges then stitched a 83-run stand for the fourth wicket

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