India got off to a great start in the Ranchi ODI on Wednesday as they had Australia's top 4 batsmen back in the hut with the score at 71/4.
It was a solid 153-run partnership between captain George Bailey and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell that helped Australia reach 295/8.
Indian medium pace bowler, R Vinay Kumar gave India the big breaks that they needed as Australia looked like they would reach another 300 plus score. Kumar dismissed Maxwell for 92 and Bailey for 98 in his consecutive overs as he stopped the Australian run plunder.
However, in this series Kumar has had batsmen hit him for 25 fours and 10 sixes, he is the most expensive bowler when it comes to boundaries hit off him in the series.
Ishant Sharma who was hit for 30 runs in the 48th over in the Mohali ODI on Saturday was in second place as he has given away 21 fours and 6 sixes so far in the series.
India won the toss and opted to field as they are 2-1 in the series that will decide who the No1 ODI team will be.
Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 42 runs.
The Indian fielding was forgettable in the match as drop catches and sloppy fielding was a testament to the butter-hands Indian cricket team.
The match saw six catches dropped where Bailey was dropped twice on 0 and 35 while Maxwell also got a breather on two occasions on 44 and 69.
Mitchell Johnson on 15 was dropped by Suresh Raina while in the last ball of the innings Shikhar Dhawan let James Faulkner get a reprieve.
Rain was expected in the match but it stayed away though conditions were overcast through the Australian innings.
India will have their task cut out as they seek to square the series in conditions that are overcast chasing a 290 plus total.