Following white wash series with Srilanka in their Soil Indian team beat Aussies three Nil and this was the first time in a bilateral ODI series that India had secured three straight wins over Australia.
Hardik Pandya had turned India’s fortunes around with a spectacular knock in the first ODI in Chennai. In Indore, he proceeded to hurt them in a big way as he blasted 78.
His knock, combined with fifties from Rohit Sharma (71) and Ajinkya Rahane (70), meant Aaron Finch’s century went in vain as India beat Australia by five wickets with 13 balls to spare at the Holkar Stadium on Sunday.
India now retained top slot in world ODI Cricket sports
AUS 293/6 (50.0 Ovs) IND 294/5 (47.5 Ovs) Man of the Match : Hardik Pandya
Earlier Finch, who had missed the first two ODIs, notched up his fifty off 61 balls.
At the other end, Smith was untroubled by Kuldeep and Chahal as he maintained a steady scoring rate as Australia stared at a big total.
However, the 152-run stand was broken when Finch departed for 124 when he was caught at deep midwicket while Smith miscued the lofted shot to be caught at long off.
The wickets of Smith and Finch at a crucial juncture handed India the momentum as they gave away just 59 runs in the last 10 overs.
The discipline shown by India at the death laid the platform for the batsmen who chased down the total with relative ease.