Aussies looking to claim ODI series


Australia have the opportunity to take an unassailable 3-0 lead when they face India in the third one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday.

The Aussies head to the MCG after back-to-back wins following their seven-wicket victory in Brisbane on Friday.

After chasing down over 300 to win the opening ODI in Perth on Tuesday, Australia repeated the feat three days later as George Bailey (76), Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh (both 71) helped navigate the 308-run total at the Gabba.

All that, despite Rohit Sharma's 124 and second consecutive century.

"We've always got confidence that we can chase down any total," Finch said. "When you're looking at a chase of 309 and 308, you still do have to bat unbelievably well.

"But especially here at the Gabba, we know that the ground is so big so you might have to skin the cat a bit of a different way.

"There's not so much of a power game where you can make up 12 an over by just hitting sixes ... like you can somewhere that has got really short boundaries.

"So you do have to adapt your game slightly and make it more of a running game.

"You are still going to pick up the boundaries but at the same time you have to be quite creative in how you chase it.

"But chasing 300 is still never easy. We do back ourselves and we're doing it at the moment."

Josh Hazlewood sat out Friday's match and will miss the remainder of the series ahead of next month's tour of New Zealand, with John Hastings retained.

India have lost four consecutive ODI games against the Australians, and will be looking to in-form batsman Sharma to end that run.

Sharma has scored five tons against Australia, with only Sachin Tendulkar and Desmond Haynes amassing more.

Speaking after the loss in Brisbane, Sharma said: "I love playing here. The wickets are good, you always get value for your shots and that's what I want to do.

"Once I'm in, I feel good enough to score big. Overall I am pleased with my form, but disappointing not to win. We're looking forward to Melbourne now."