Not long after the India captain became the fastest player to score 12,000 runs in one-day internationals, Australia’s fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took Virat Kohli main wicket for 63, as the visitors scored 302-5 on Wednesday in the last of three ODI matches.
When he tapped Abbott to mid-off and took a fast single, Kohli became the fastest player to score 12,000 ODI career runs. In his 242nd innings, 59 innings quicker than Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli accomplished the feat.
With 18,426, the now-retired Tendulkar has the highest number of ODI runs.
Before feeding a catch to Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey, Kohli posted his 60th ODI century, a decision which went to the TV umpire after it was not given out on the field.
India, which lost the Sydney Cricket Ground’s first two fixtures, took the toss and decided to bat at Manuka Oval and hoped for a shift of momentum. With an unbeaten 150-run partnership between Hardik Pandya (92) and Ravindra Jadeja (66), the visitors made up for a poor start with India’s sixth-wicket record against Australia. In the last 10 overs, the pair added 110 runs.
In the first 16 overs, India lost both openers. A loose shot from Sean Abbott to Ashton Agar was played by Shikar Dhawan in the covers for 16, and Shubman Gill was caught lbw for 33 attempting to sweep Agar.
The latter half of the innings was anchored by Pandya, hitting 92 out of 76 deliveries, while Jadeja’s 66 came from 50 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
The first ODI was won by Australia by 66 runs and the second by 51 to win the series. Australia batted first in both victories and the last seven games at Manuka Oval were won by teams batting first.
For Australia, Cameron Green made his ODI debut as a substitute for injured opener David Warner. In Sunday’s series-deciding ODI victory at the SCG, the latter had suffered a groyne strain while fielding.
Warner is expecting to rebound in time for the test series, which starts Dec. 17 in Adelaide, after scores of 69 and 83 in the first two ODIs.
In ODI cricket, Green conceded 27 runs from his first four overs. With 2-44 from 10 overs, Agar returned the best figures for Australia, escaping India’s run-scoring attack in the dying overs.