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Kohli hundred in vain as Australia win 3rd ODI by 32 runs
AP, Ranchi :
Captain Virat Kohli scored 123 runs but India was prevented from clinching the one-day cricket international series when Australia won the third match by 32 runs on Friday.
Australia cut India's lead to 2-1 in the five-match series. The fourth match is on Sunday in Mohali.
Australia made 313-5 after an opening stand of 193 between Usman Khawaja, 104, and captain Aaron Finch, 93.
India was bowled out for 281 in the 49th over.
Only Kohli passed 35 in the chase.
Kohli reached his 41st hundred, and second in two matches, off 84 balls but after he was out at 219-6, bowled by legspinner Adam Zampa, India ran out of puff. Vijay Shankar, with 32 off 30 balls, was the second-highest scorer.
The Indians were stymied by fast bowlers Pat Cummins, 3-37, and Jhye Richardson, 3-37, and Zampa, 3-70.
India, unchanged from the second ODI win, got off to a bad start with Shikhar Dhawan out for 1 in the fourth over, caught at point off Richardson.
Cummins took two wickets in six balls as India was reduced to 27-3 in the seventh over. Rohit Sharma was dismissed lbw for 14 in the fifth over, and Ambati Rayudu bowled on 2.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 26 off 42 balls at his home ground, trying to repair the innings by adding 59 runs off 77 balls with Kohli for the fourth wicket.
But the capacity crowd at JSCA Stadium was disappointed when, in the 20th over, Zampa bowled Dhoni in what could be his last international game at the ground.
Kohli reached 50 off 52 balls, and picked up the innings' reins as he added 88 runs off 75 balls with Kedar Jadhav (26) for the fifth wicket. The skipper accelerated, attacking Marcus Stoinis (0-39) in particular.
While Kohli scored another hundred, Zampa undermined India again by trapping Jadhav, who was out trying to sweep.
Kohli didn't slow his pace as he hit 16 fours and a six in the 95-ball knock. As India crossed 200 in the 36th over, it seemed he would singlehandedly win the game.
However, Zampa bowled Kohli in the 38th over, with 95 runs still needed off 75 balls. And India's threat evaporated with him.
"In terms of hitting the ball, it was one of my finest innings. I was feeling good since ball one," Kohli said.