Steve Smith fifty goes in vain in India vs Australia Indore ODI

Steve Smith continued his magnificent run of form against India as he slammed his 19th fifty after Aaron Finch’s brilliant century. But Australia lost the match by five wickets at the Holkar stadium in Indore.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 24, 2017 21:49 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Indore
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Steve Smith in action during the 3rd One Day International between India and Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.(AFP)

Steve Smith complimented Aaron Finch’s brutal century as he notched his 19th fifty and third against India. But the effort was not enough as India chased down Australia 294-run target to seal the five-matc series. (India vs Australia 3rd ODI HIGHLIGHTS)

While Finch was tearing apart the Indian bowling with big hits, Smith calmly negotiated the bowling and rotated the strike cleverly to maintain the momentum. The Australian skipper got going with a boundary through deep mid wicket off Hardik Pandya. The 28-year-old was untroubled by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as he comfortably found the gaps. (India vs Australia 3rd ODIScorecard)

Smith’s partnership with Finch crossed 100 for the third consecutive time and he notched up his landmark off 55 balls by nudging Pandya to square leg. Finch’s ton and Smith’s fifty have put Australia in a great position as they look to stay alive in the five-match series.

(Read | Aaron Finch slams ton on comeback, Australia solid vs India in Indore ODI)

The Australian skipper loves to play against India. Ever since the 2015 World Cup, Smith’s sequence of scores against India are 105, 149,46,41,51,28,1,59 and now this fifty.

Following Finch’s departure for 124, Smith tried to accelerate but in the quest for quick runs, the Australian skipper miscued a lofted shot off Kuldeep Yadav to be caught at long off for 63 in the 42nd over.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 16:35 IST