India continued to fancy their latest accomplishment as they made a good start in the third ODI and final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal made a sensational comeback by claiming a career best six-wicket haul to help his team restrict the hosts for a meager 230 runs.
Playing for the first time in the ongoing series, Chahal shook up the Australian batting lineup to finish with an incredible 6/42 in 10 overs. The bowling figures leveled former all-rounder Ajit Agarkar’s record of best bowling figures on Australian soil. He also broke Ravi Shastri's record for the best figures in an ODI by a spinner.
The 28-year-old spinner, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav, dismissed crucial wickets of Usman Khawaja (34), Shaun Marsh (39), Peter Handscomb (58), Marcus Stoinis (10), Jhye Richardson (16) and Adam Zampa (8).
Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field, which turned out to be a right decision for the visitors. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed the two openers Alex Carey (8) and Aaron Finch (14) to, establishing a solid ground for a second ODI win.
Mohammed Shami got Glenn Maxwell (26) and then he bowled the last batsman Billy Stanlake out to wrap up the innings in 48.4 overs.
Allrounder Vijay Shankar, who replaced Hardik Pandya in the squad, made his ODI debut in Melbourne match.