India are taking on Australia in the final ODI of the three-match series on Wednesday. Australia skipper Steve Smith decided to bat first after winning the toss. His decision augured well for Australia as the visitors managed to score 269 runs before getting bowled out. Mitchell Marsh once again starred for Australia as he top-scored with 47. India, meanwhile, had their moments on the field after Marsh and Travis Head got Australia to a flier.
Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav bagged three wickets apiece to keep Australia in check throughout their innings. While Pandya cleaned up the top order, Yadav ran through the middle order. The chinaman bowler dismissed David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, and Alex Carey. Yadav thought he got his fourth wicket when Ashton Agar took a blow on his pads while trying to defend a ball.
The bowler looked convinced and got captain Rohit Sharma to opt for a review. However, after the replays showed on the screen, the third umpire stayed the on-field call as the impact was outside the off-stump. While the bowler looked dejected and even apologized to Sharma, the Indian captain was fuming in anger at Kuldeep for wasting a review.
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Earlier in the match, another interesting event involving Sharma and Kuldeep took place. In the 25th over of Australia’s innings, Alex Carey missed a ball from Kuldeep while trying to defend it and took a blow on his front pad. Yadav and other Indian fielders appealed but the umpire looked immovable. Substitute wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma gathered to discuss if India wanted to challenge that decision. Yadav, meanwhile, showed no interest whatsoever.
The bowler turned back and started preparing for the next delivery while the three players sought his opinion on the matter. Later, the ball tracker showed that it would have been the umpire’s call had India referred it to the TV umpire.
Nevertheless, despite all this drama, India managed to bowl out Australia for 269. Apart from Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head (33) and Alex Carey (38) made handy contributions. For India, Mohammed Siraj and Axar Patel took two wickets each.