India have won each time they have batted first at this ground which makes them worth a bet on the off chance that they happen to bat first on Sunday.
The other opener, Ajinkya Rahane, too scored 70 to stitch a 139-run partnership with Rohit.
Smith's men will be keen to break their win drought, mindful that an ODI series whitewash away to South Africa previous year preceded the 2-1 test series defeat against the same opponents on home soil. Though there was no clear victor in the head-to-head battle, Pandya had the last laugh as he took the Indian team to a match and series win. But the middle order failed to capitalise on the momentum to only be able to score 293 runs at a loss of six wickets.
The spin pair of Kuldeep and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who had tormented the visitors in the first two ODIs, also came under pressure from Smith and Finch but the slow bowlers managed to pick crucial wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav, who bagged a hat-trick in India's 50-run win in Kolkata on Thursday, had Finch caught at deep midwicket in the 38th over and then Smith pouched at long-off in the 42nd. Pandya made his intentions clear with a six off Ashton Agar (1/71), facing the fourth ball of his innings.
Richardson got Kedar Jadhav caught behind for two as India suddenly found themselves in trouble at 206-4.
"Rohit and Rahane were very good and then Hardik Pandya, only he can do what he does when he bats like that. I want to get better". "Rather seeing it as challenge, I see it as opportunity to do something nice for team", Pandya said in the post-match press conference. MS Dhoni (3 not out) completed the formalities.
The heavily built opener shakes off his caliber at the probable XI, so this ODI is going to be interesting one where Matthew Wade has been sent away for single-figure scorers in five of the six innings. He (Pandya) is a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and the field. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar 10-0-52-0 (w4), Bumrah 10-0-52-2 (w5), Chahal 10-0-54-1, Pandya 10-0-58-1 (w2), Kuldeep 10-0-75-2 (w3). In the Chennai ODI, he blasted 83 batting at number seven to change the course of the match. Recently in Sri Lanka, he also got his maiden Test ton off merely 86 balls, which again was emphatic.
What he rues is the fact that he could not take the team across the finishing line and was foxed by Pat Cummins with less than five overs and 10 runs to win.