• Aussies muscle India out for series win

    Australia bowled India out for 237 to secure a 35-run win in the deciding fifth ODI as the visitors claimed a 3-2 series victory.

    Australia’s series victory was all the more incredible, considering they had fought back from 2-0 down with their backs truly up against the wall. They followed up Sunday’s incredible four-wicket win with a superb team effort to oust the hosts, who are currently favourites to lift the World Cup in July.

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    Usman Khawaja continued his rich vein of form by adding 76 runs for the first wicket with Aaron Finch (27 off 43 balls), followed by a stand of 99 for the second wicket with Peter Handscomb (52 off 60 balls).

    Khawaja went on to reach his second century in three innings before falling with his score on 100 off 106 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-48), Mohammed Shami (2-57) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) were all among the wickets as they restricted Australia to 272-9 off their 50 overs.

    Rohit Sharma top-scored with a sedate 56 off 89 balls as India’s top-order all made starts but were unable to convert, including Virat Kohli, who fell for 20 off 22 balls. Kedar Jadhav (44 off 57 balls) and Kumar (46 off 54 balls) did their best to keep up with the run rate, but superb bowling by a fired-up Australian side saw India bowled out off the last ball of their 50 overs, still 35 runs short of their target.

    Adam Zampa (3-46) took three key wickets, while Marcus Stoinis (2-31), Pat Cummins (2-38) and Jhye Richardson (2-47) played pivotal roles by restricting the Indian run chase, while keeper Alex Carey completed two stumpings and held two catches. 

    Khawaja took the Player of the Match award along with the Player of the Series honours after scoring 383 runs in the series at an average of 76.60.


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