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12:00 AM, January 20, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 20, 2020

India clinch series 2-1

A sparkling century by Rohit Sharma and inspired bowling helped India to a series-clinching seven-wicket win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday.

Sharma made 119 and put on a key 137-run second-wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 89, as India chased down their target of 287 in 47.3 overs in Bangalore.

The hosts fought back in the series after a 10-wicket drubbing in the opening game to go past the Aaron Finch-led tourists 2-1.

Paceman Mohammed Shami claimed four wickets to lead the bowling charge with the hosts restricting Australia to 286 for nine on a good batting pitch despite Steve Smith’s 131.

Sharma took the attack to the opposition with a steady flow of boundaries -- eight fours and six sixes in his 128-ball knock -- and completed his eighth century against the Aussies.

He finally fell to Adam Zampa’s leg spin as the senior batsman attempted a big hit but the ball top-edged off his bat to be caught by Mitchell Starc at long-on.

Kohli kept the chase on track with an attacking Shreyas Iyer, unbeaten on 44, as the pair put on 68 runs before the captain was bowled by Josh Hazlewood.


AUSTRALIA: 286 for 9 in 50 overs (Smith 131, Labuschagne 54, Carey 35; Shami 4-63, Jadeja 2-44)

INDIA: 289 for 3 in 47.3 overs (Sharma 119, Kohli 89, Iyer 44 not out; Agar 1-38, Zampa 1-44)

Result: India won by 7 wickets and clinched 3-match series 2-1.

Player-of-the-match: Rohit Sharma.

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