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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.

SCORES IN BRIEF

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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