MS Dhoni produced a splendid innings to help India clinch the one-day series against Australia in Melbourne. The visitors first restricted Australia to a modest total courtesy of splendid bowling from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chasing 231 runs to win, Peter Siddle got rid of Rohit Sharma in the fifth over of the innings to see India lose their first wicket. Shikhar Dhawan also struggled in the initial overs and was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis to see lose both their openers for low scores.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni once again came together to lead India’s fightback in the game. Kohli looked subdued in his innings due to some excellent bowling from Australians. Kohli added 54-run partnership with Dhoni to keep India in the hunt to win the game. Pace bowler Jhye Richardson dismissed Kohli to see India lose their third wicket with 113 runs on the board after 30 overs.
Dhoni looked pro-active at the crease and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Kedhar Jadhav started slowly in his innings and played a supporting role to MS Dhoni. He smashed two boundaries off the bowling of medium pacer Marcus Stoinis. The duo produced a flurry of boundaries to see India needing just 33 runs from 24 balls.
Dhoni remained unbeaten till the end and scored 87 runs off 114 balls with the help of six boundaries. Kedhar Jadhav also brought his half-century off 52 balls and struck the winning runs to see India win the game by 7 wickets with four balls to spare.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s six-for helped India win the third and final game of the one-day series in Melbourne
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first due to overcast conditions. Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a probing spell to dismiss Aaron Finch and Alex Carey inside Powerplay overs.
Shaun Marsh once again put in decent partnership with Usman Khuwaja to bail Australia out of trouble. Marsh played well and scored 39 off 54 balls with the help of three boundaries. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal came into the attack and dismissed Marsh, who was stumped while trying to go for a big shot. Usman Khuwaja and Marcus Stoinis looked clueless against Chahal’s variations to see Australia slump to 123 for 5 after 29.3 overs.
Peter Handscomb played well and added 38 runs with Glenn Maxwell to revive Australia’s innings. Maxwell once again was dismissed in a similar fashion and failed to make most of the opportunity after getting off to a decent start in this game. Handscomb fought valiantly and scored 58 off 63 balls with the help of two boundaries to push Australia’s score beyond 200-run mark.
For India, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picked up six wickets and conceded 42 runs from his ten overs. The new-ball pair of Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets apiece.