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Virat Kohli in full flow against Australia in the 3rd ODIReuters

Another century from an India batsman, another solid batting performance, another big total and (yup, you guessed it) another victory for Australia in the chase.

After two comfortable victories chasing down totals of over 300, Australia overhauled the India score of 295, albeit with a lot more strife, to clinch the third one-day international by three wickets and the series 3-0.

Virat Kohli finally struck that hundred he has been looking for on this tour against Australia, as India posted 295 for six from their overs. India rode on the hundred from Kohli and half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane, leaving Australia a challenging, but far from unachievable, chase.

And so it proved to be, despite Ravindra Jadeja's best efforts, with Glenn Maxwell (96, 83b, 8x4, 3x6) playing the finisher role to perfection to give Australia the series with two matches still to go.

While the first two chases in this series were as easy as an apple pie for Australia, this one was not that straightforward, with Australia losing wickets at regular intervals to keep India in the game.

Every one of the Australia top four – Shaun Marsh (62), Aaron Finch (21), Steve Smith (41) and George Bailey (23) – got off to starts, but could not go on to see their team through like they did in the first couple of matches.

That created a little flutter in the Australia batting lineup, but there was Maxwell, calm as can be, to play the big shits when he needed to, to take his team, in the company of James "the finisher" Faulkner, to victory with seven balls to spare.

Earlier, the opening wasn't great for India, as Rohit Sharma, coming off consecutive hundreds, fell in the fifth over for just 6, after getting a little tickle through to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off the bowling of Kane Richardson.

Dhawan, returning to the ground where he scored that outstanding hundred against South Africa in the World Cup last year, though, stood strong, at the other end, even if he continued to struggle for timing or to rotate the strike consistently enough, putting on a crucial 119-run partnership with Kohli, who, as he has been throughout this ODI series, was fluent from ball one.

Kohli, in the process of his brilliant knock of 117 (117b, 7x4, 2x6), also became the fastest to 7000 runs in ODI cricket, reaffirming his status as perhaps the best one-day batsman in the world.

That partnership between Kohli and Dhawan (68, 91b, 9x4) set the base for a big India score, with Ajinkya Rahane coming in and again showing how much he has improved in the limited-overs game, with a 55-ball 50 (4x4,1x6).

India were poor in the last 10 overs in the second match, managing just 75 runs, but they were a touch better this time, scoring 88 runs in those final 60 balls, with MS Dhoni (23, 9b, 2x4, 2x6) finding some form with the bat.

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