India beat Australia by seven wickets to seal the series in what was a thrilling contest. A stunning performance by India’s bowlers and batsmen saw us win the final match in a nail-biting encounter. At the start of the day, India managed to restrict Australia to 230 in 48.4 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 6 wickets in 10 overs and giving away only 42. In reply, India lost both their openers cheaply and a lot of people thought it was up to Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to see the team through. However, fate had other ideas.
Kohli lost his concentration and gave away his wicket when he was at 46. It was the third time Jhye Richardson got Kohli’s number on the ball in this ODI series. Surprising from the Indian skipper, who almost never makes the same mistake twice. Kedar Jadhav entered the fight and thus began an epic partnership between the all-rounder and his former captain. MSD, heavily criticized for his poor performance and slow batting, pulled off another blinder of an innings and remained unbeaten at 87. Jadhav (61*) provided the much-needed support and the duo kept the scoreboard ticking with cheeky singles. Boundaries were hard to come as Richardson and Adam Zampa were miserly at giving any opportunity to their opponents. The runs were never complete dried up, though, at some points, it looked like the game could go either way.
Dhoni’s slow, but steady knock paid off as the match moved into to the final stages and things eventually looked brighter for India. A couple of boundaries turned the tide and before you knew it, India needed one run off the last over. A boundary from Jadhav saw India through.
This was the last match of India’s tour Down Under and the visitors will be leaving the country without losing any series there. The next tour is against New Zealand on January 23. Meanwhile, fans cannot control their euphoria after India’s victory, with many heaping praises on Dhoni. Check out the reactions below:
This was a great series and hopefully, we'll fare well in New Zealand as well. India might look forward to testing out some new combinations and strategies for the next couple of matches coz these are the final games before the World Cup starts - this is the best time to experiment and build up the team.