Match winning performances from Hardik Pandya, Ravi Jadeja and bowlers helped India win the final ODI by 13 runs.
India 302/5 Hardik Pandya 92(76), Ravi Jadeja 66(50) Aston Agar 2/44, Adam Zampa 1/45
Australia 289/10 Aaron Finch 75(82), Glenn Maxwell 59(38) Shardul Thakur 3/51, Jasprit Bumrah 2/43
Pandya and Jadeja fire to rescue Team India
It was the final ODI of the series at Canberra. For starters Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill opened for Team India. But Dhawan couldn’t score big as he got out on 16(27) in the 5th over. Gill and Virat Kohli then added a 50 run partnership in the middle. But Gill 33(39) who was looking set for a big one got out trying to sweep Agar. Shreyas Iyer then joined Kohli but scored just 19(21). KL Rahul the vice skipper came in at no 5 but scored just 5(11). With wickets tumbling on the other end Virat Kohli certainly felt the pressure and nicked one to the keeper and got out on 63(78).
At 151/5 India were at a spot of bother. But Hardik Pandya and Ravi Jadeja came to rescue their side. The duo added over hundred runs at a good rate. Hardik Pandya 92(76) and Ravi Jadeja 66(50) both remained unbeaten. Their carnage in the final overs helped Team India finish at 302/5. Aston Agar picked 2/44 for Australia.
Regular wickets from bowlers helps Team India steal the game
Chasing 303 was not an impossible task for the mighty Aussie line up. But Indian bowlers started well this time as debutant Natarajan got Marnus Labuschagne 7(13) quickly. In the 11th over Shardul Thakur got the big wicket of Steve Smith 7(15). Moises Henriques 22(31) joined Finch but couldn’t score big. Skipper Finch 75(82) was looking good for another ton but he got out trying to slog Jadeja. Cameron Green 21(27) and Alex Carey had a good partnership but both couldn’t stay till the end. At this stage Australia were placed at 210/6 and India were well ahead in the match.
But Glenn Maxwell all of a sudden started smashing the bowlers. Maxwell scored 59(38) which included 4 sixes as well. It looked like Maxwell was taking the match away from India. But Bumrah struck on time and got Maxwell out bowled in the 44th over. Aston Agar 28(28) the last known batsman, tried his best but couldn’t take his team home. Bumrah picked the last wicket of Zampa. As Australia finished at 289. Therefore India won the last ODI by 13 runs.