Aaron Finch scored a century against India in the third ODI at Holkar Stadium on Sunday, helping his team to score 293/6 in 50 overs. But this proved not enough as Australia lost by five wickets. (India versus Australia Third ODI Highlights)
The 30-year-old right-handed batsman, who missed the ODI and Chennai ODIs due to a calf strain, broke his eighth ODI hundred at 110 balls. It was his second century against India, who scored 107 runs in 2016 in Canberra Odi. (India versus Australia third ODI scorecard)
Finch grabbed a 100-run lead with skipper Steve Smith, and performed well on the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yajwendra Chahal. This was the second consecutive third and 100 runs for the second wicket, in which he scored 101 in Melbourne in 2015 and 182 in the ICC World Cup semi-finals of Sydney in 2015.
The right-hander batsman, made by a solid partnership with Smith, won the toss from Australia and made the first move in the series after batting.
On a flat pitch, along with David Warner, Finch, Jasprit Boomara and Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued playing on some disciplined bowling faces. Finch, in the fourth over, reprimanded Boomara on the verge of two squares. Given the approach of Finch, Warner found his aggressive impact and the pair scored 70 runs for the opening wicket.
Hurdick Pandya broke the stand when he dismissed Warner with 42 off an off cutter but Finch completed a fifty in 41 balls, who scored a boundary in his innings on 61 balls. After reaching his milestone, Finch boosted his strike rate with confident confidence against Kuldeep and Pandya.
30-year-old Bhuvneshwar had made a direct jump in the sixth over for a long time and mounted Kuldeep for six and four runs in an over. He made 22-year-old Chinman a fantastic score as a fine foot for a stoppage.
After reaching his milestone, Finch scored two more sixes with Kuldeep Yadav, because India was struggling to control the run flow. However, due to the revenge of the Chineseman bowlers, Australian bowlers played for 124 runs in 125 balls.