India won the series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore yesterday; the hosts so far are leading the 5 match ODI series 3-0.
By doing so India is the new number 1 rank team in the ICC ODI rankings.
Despite Aaron Finch’s brilliant hundred, Australia couldn’t post a challenging total on the broad. Aussie Skipper Steve Smith won his first toss of this series and he decided to bat first.
David Warner had a new opening partner for this match, Aaron Finch was in and Cartwright was out for the Aussies. On the hand, India went with the same playing XI that played at Edens a few days back.
This time around the openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch started off their innings well, for the first in this series the Australians openers looked aggressive in intent.
Both the openers took on the Indian bowlers and provided some entertainment for the Indore crowd.
The openers put on 70 runs for the first wicket, David Warner was well set and he was looking good like his partner Finch, but just then Hardik Pandya clean bowled Warner for 42.
Skipper Steve Smith then joined Finch and they started the rebuilding process in the middle.
Skipper Smith and Finch shared a 150 run partnership, that gave Australia a chance to pile up the runs. Finch registered his hundred and Steve Smith was looking ominous after reaching his half-century.
This partnership was looking dangerous due to some excellent batting by the visitors, but Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav gave an important breakthrough for team India.
Kuldeep Yadav dismissed the centurion Aaron Finch after his splendid knock of 120 runs. After few overs, Kuldeep struck again with a huge blow to the Australians as their skipper to was out after making wonderful 63 runs.
This opened the gate for India, the Aussies collapsed due to the poor form of Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb. They couldn’t make use of the opportunity in this do or die match. Once again the Australian middle order failed after a great opening partnership.
When Finch and Captain Smith were on song, it looked like the Aussies will post a 300 plus total. Due to poor batting from the middle order and excellent and disciplined bowling from the Indian team that didn’t happen.
Australia reached 293 at the end of their 50 overs, largely because of Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis was again the barman who batted well for his team. Just like the last match, he was unbeaten on 27 and Ashton Agar supported him with 10 not out.
Indian bowlers did well to restrict the Australians where at one stage they were getting hammered but Kuldeep Yadav made a brilliant comeback. Kuldeep and Bumrah picked 2 wickets with Chahal and Hardik Pandya picked up 1 wicket each.
Chasing the target of 294 for victory the hosts started off well. Ajinkya Rahane continued his form the last game and Rohit Sharma too batted well. Rohit went on a six hitting spree, knocking one six out of the stadium! It was the old Rohit of old, taking on bouncers the Australians bowled and hammering them out of the park.
The Indian openers added 139 for the first wicket, Rohit and Rahane were well set for a big ton.
But it was that man Nathan Coulter Nile again who gave a vital breakthrough to the Australians.
Coulter Nile picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma, he batted well for his 71 runs.
After Rohit, Rahane too didn’t convert his good start. He was dismissed by Pat Cumins on 70 runs.
Then skipper Kohli experimented with the batting order, Hardik Pandya was promoted up and he didn’t disappoint his captain. His knock of 78 runs sealed the match for India.
Kohli however, only managed 28 runs, for a change he was dismissed by Ashton Agar’s spin.
Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya sizzled and won the game for India. Kedar Jhadav again disappoints by scoring just 2.
It was MS Dhoni, who was again not out by scoring 3 runs and Manish Pandey who played an important innings of 36 runs and saw India through.
India won the match by 5 wickets and sealed the series at Indore.
This win is India’s 9 successive ODI win and 6th series win on the trot. Kohli is just 1 win away to equal Ricky Pointing’s 31 wins as a captain. Kohli has second most 30 wins after 38 ODIs as a captain of India. He has joint legendary captains like Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd.
Man of the Match was awarded to the promising all-rounder Hardik Pandya for 78 runs and the crucial wicket of David Warner.
Next Match on 28th September 2017 at MA Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore.