Hardik Pandya (92* off 76 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (66* off 50 balls) put on a show in the last few overs of India’s innings in the 3rd ODI to take the team’s score from 152/5 in the 33rd over to 302/5 in 50 overs.
Situation wasn’t looking too good for India at the 3rd ODI against Australia in Canberra before the duo took over as captain Virat Kholi got fell in the 32nd over, it looked like India would struggle to post a 250+ total.
Their 150 run not-out partnership is the highest ever partnership for the 6th wicket or lower in ODIs Australia. They went past the previous record of 123 runs that was set in 1999 by Robin Singh and Sadagopan Ramesh in a match in Colombo. The duo added 110 runs in the last 10 overs to take the total runs by India over 300 mark giving the opposite team a challenging bowl defense.
Overall in ODIs this partnership was the third highest for India after Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny (160 runs in Zimbabwe, 2015) and MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh (158 in Zimbabwe, 2005) are the two higher 6th partnerships in India’s history.
Jadeja made excessive runs in the last 5 overs till then it was Pandya who batted aggressively. The latter who despite reaching a near century let Jadeja take over in the last overs.
Hardik Pandya was also declared the player of the match with 92 runs not out in 76 balls.
India posted a competitive 302 courtesy the Pandya-Jadeja partnership in the 3rd ODI beat Australia who scored 289 by 13 runs in the 3rd ODI match. This win comes after two defeats on 27th and 29th November in the 1st and 2nd ODI match. Overall in the ODI series Australia won 2-1 over India.