Australia came up with a clinical all-round effort to register a consolation 66-run win over India in the third ODI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Wednesday, September 27 and avoid a clean sweep. Batting first after winning the toss, Australia posted 352/7, a new record for the highest team total at the venue, as their top four batters all crossed the half-century mark. In response, India were bowled out for 286 in 49.4 overs. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 81 off 57, while Virat Kohli contributed 56 off 61. However, Glenn Maxwell’s 4/40 sunk India.
Captains are always the key players in a successful Cricket World Cup campaign. Be it Imran Khan winning it for Pakistan in 1992, with his confidence and the belief in youngsters, Arjuna Ranatunga leading from the front in 1996 World Cup, Ricky Ponting showing the way in 2003 World Cup or MS Dhoni playing a decisive knock in the Final of the 2011 World Cup
There are a number of players participating in the mega event for the first time. Plenty of them have featured in the internationals before but are yet to put their mark on a global event. Previous tournaments have produced heroes like Kevin O'Brien, Mashrafe Murtaza and Lasith Malinga and the upcoming World Cup will surely see some known talents making a buzz
Shubman Gill (104 off 97) and Shreyas Iyer (105 off 90) hit superlative tons as India beat Australia by 99 runs [DLS method] at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Sunday, September 24 in the second ODI of the three-match series. With the comprehensive win, the Men in Blue clinched the series 2-0 and also maintained their unbeaten ODI record in Indore.