Captain Virat Kohli scored 123 runs but India was prevented from clinching the one-day cricket international series when Australia won the third match by 32 runs.

Kohli reached his 41st hundred, and second in two matches, off 84 balls but after he was out at 219-6, bowled by leg-spinner Adam Zampa, India ran out of puff. Vijay Shankar, with 32 off 30 balls, was the second-highest scorer.

Kohli reached 50 off 52 balls, and picked up the innings’ reins as he added 88 runs off 75 balls with Kedar Jadhav (26) for the fifth wicket. The skipper accelerated, attacking Marcus Stoinis (0-39) in particular.

Kohli didn’t slow his pace as he hit 16 fours and a six in the 95-ball knock. As India crossed 200 in the 36th over, it seemed he would singlehandedly win the game.

However, Zampa bowled Kohli in the 38th over, with 95 runs still needed off 75 balls. And India’s threat evaporated with him.

Mohammad Kaif took to twitter to laud Virat Kohli for his brilliant hundred. “It isn’t this easy. It isn’t a joke, but this man has made it a joke. 41st for King Kohli. #IndvAus,” he wrote.

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