Australia produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to clinch the five-match one-day series against India. The visitors notched up a 35-run win over India in the series decider played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday. Captain Aaron Finch must be ecstatic as they are only side to win one-day series in India after losing the first two games. It was also Australia’s first one-day series since January 2017.
Australia will be chuffed with this historic achievement especially the side was able to triumph in the absence of premier players like David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc. The series win will give selectors plenty of headaches in terms of picking the final squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019.
Usman Khuwaja smashed his second century of the one-day series to help Australia post 273 runs on the board. In reply, the likes of Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa delivered crucial spells to dismiss India for 237 runs to clinch the one-day series at Feroz Shah Kotla.
In pursuit of 273 runs, India got off to poor start as Pat Cummins dismissed Shikhar Dhawan in the fifth over of the innings. Virat Kohli once again got off to decent and scored 20 off 22 balls with the help of two fours. He added 53 runs with Rohit Sharma to rebuild the innings after losing Dhawan in the initial overs of the innings.
Medium-pacer Marcus Stoinis bowled a wide delivery only to see Kohli edge it behind the stumps. There has been concentrated effort on the behalf of Australians to bowl wide outside the off-stump to Kohli and it has certainly reaped the rewards for the visitors.
The surface certainly looked sluggish in the second half as Indian batsman worked hard for their runs. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant started positively but once again was dismissed by Lyon with classical off-spin delivery to see Ashton Turner take a clean catch in the slips.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was again put in an impressive performance for Australia. He dismissed Vijay Shankar and Rohit Sharma in space of few overs. Sharma had to grind hard for his runs and scored 56 off 89 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Ravendra Jadeja also perished for a duck to see Zampa claim his third wicket of the game. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a fightback of sorts and added 91-run partnership to keep India in the hunt to win the game. But the dismissal of Kumar and Jadhav ended the hopes of the home side who were bundled out for 237 runs in 50 overs.
For Australia, Adam Zampa was the standout performer with the ball in hand. Leg-spinner picked up three wickets. Pace duo of Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson picked up two wickets apiece. Stoinis also bowled well and picked up the wicket of Virat Kohli in this game.
Usman Khuwaja smashed his second century of the one-day series to see Australia beat India by 35 runs in series decider played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Earlier in the game, Aaron Finch won the toss for Australia and decided to bat first on a wicket that looked good for batting.
Aaron Finch and Usman Khuwaja got Australia off to decent start in the innings. The duo added 76 runs to lay down a decent foundation for others in the batting lineup. Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja dismissed Finch to see Australia lose their first wicket in 15th over of the innings.
Khuwaja once again looked in good form and scored his runs at a good rate. He was well supported by Handscomb, who started on a positive note with two boundaries off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.
Khuwaja added 99-run partnership with Handscomb to put Australia in a strong position to post a big total on the board. Left-hander looked busy at the crease and rotated the strike well against the spinners in the middle-overs of the innings. He notched up his second ton of the one-day series and scored 100 runs off 106 balls with the help of ten fours and two sixes.
Medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar came into the attack and dismissed Khuwaja to see Australia lose their second wicket in the 33rd over of the innings. Glenn Maxwell perished for a low score to see Australia lose the momentum.
Handscomb once again delivered a crucial half-century in this game as well. He scored 52 off 60 balls with the help of four boundaries. Ashton Turner and Marcus Stoinis chipped in with crucial cameos as run-scoring became increasing difficult at the back end of the innings.
Tail-enders Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson added 34-run partnership to see Australia post 272 for 9 in their 50 overs.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name. Ravendra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami also picked up two wickets apiece.
Usman Khuwaja was named man of the match for his brilliant century in this game. He was also awarded the man of the series after scoring 383 runs in 5 matches.