India to clash with Australia in 5th ODI on March 13

Heather Diaz
March 14, 2019

It is Australia's first one-day series win since they beat Pakistan in 2016-17, and the first time India have lost a home series since 2015.

Reflecting on how Australia had found the right balance, albeit with a combination of circumstances dating back to the bans on Steven Smith and David Warner, and then more recently an injury to Marcus Stoinis that allowed Turner his chance, Finch reflected on the fact that the selectors had looked for a better combination of heavy hitters and strike rotators, namely Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja.

Having removed top-scorer Rohit Sharma (56) at the start of the 29th over, Zampa had Ravindra Jadeja stumped three balls later to leave India in deep trouble at 132-6.

Both have taken 200 innings to reach 8000-run mark with the fastest being current India skipper Virat Kohli (175 innings) followed by South Africa great AB de Villiers (182).

The late belligerence of Kedar Jadhav, who made 44, and Kumar (46) injected some excitement but India could not avoid defeat in their final ODI series before this year's World Cup in England and Wales.

Allan Border Medallist Cummins continued to lead the bowling attack with 14 wickets at an average of 15 with Adam Zampa also contributing 11 wickets. They even threatened to run away with the game but with their back-to-back departures in the in the 46th and 47th overs, Australia sealed the deal.

Ten fours and two maximums helped him get to three figures in 102 balls on this occasion, Khawaja leading from the front with quality shots on both sides of the wicket.

The Indian vice-captain had a disastrous start in the five-match series against Australia as he managed to score just 51 runs from first three matches.

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Zampa hammered home Australia's advantage with three quick wickets in the space of 14 deliveries, while recalled offspinner Nathan Lyon was Australia's most economical bowler with 1-34.

Shikhar Dhawan fell in the fifth over of India's reply but once Rohit was stumped after charging out of his crease to Zampa, India lost their way. India, who won a Test and ODI series in Australia recently, will be keen to deny the Kangaroos an opportunity to return the favour in this series.

Khawaja's 76-run stand with captain Aaron Finch was ended when Finch was bowled by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for 27. Handscomb was up and running with two consecutive sweeps for fours off Kuldeep.

Cummins proved a nightmare for India's openers during the series, regularly striking with the new ball.

But he soon lost his wicket in the next over to Kumar with a drive to cover that was safely caught by skipper Virat Kohli.

Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of India's Kedar Jadhav during the final one day global cricket match between India and Australia.

But when Khawaja and Maxwell fell to nearly identical dismissals - caught at cover by Virat Kohli - and Handscomb followed close behind, the momentum stalled with Australia dropping to 7/229 in the 46th over.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

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