On Friday evening, Team India rode on a rollicking all-round show–to seal the three-match One-day International series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). MS Dhoni smashed unbeaten 87 off 114 deliveries, and he was equally supported by Kedar Jadhav who slammed a fine half-century. India won the match convincingly by seven wickets while overhauling the target in 49.2 overs. Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal was the wrecker-in-chief with the ball. He further claimed his career-best of six for 42 in his quota of ten overs.
Besides, Dhoni smashed his third consecutive half-century during Australia’s limited-overs tour. He knitted 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket alongside Jadhav. The Maharashtra-based Jadhav scored unbeaten 61 off 57 balls. His innings was laced with seven fours.
Also, in a bid to chase down the tricky target of 231, the slow start saw Team India losing opening batsman Rohit Sharma in the sixth over at the team total of 15. However, Shikhar Dhawan has consumed 46 deliveries for his 23 before being caught and bowled brilliantly by Marcus Stoinis.
For the second wicket, Dhawan alongside skipper Virat Kohli has knitted a partnership of 44.
Richardson dismissed Kohli thrice:
Moreover, Kohli, who was looking in good touch often than not fall four short of his fifty when the score was 113 in 30 overs. Jhye Richardson dismissed him after a faint edge settled into the gloves of Alex Carey.
Interestingly, Richardson dismissed Kohli on the third occasion in the three-match ODI series.
1st innings- Chahal bamboozled hosts:
Earlier, owing to the overcast conditions Team India skipper, Kohli won the toss and opted to field first. Team India bowlers put up a spectacular show—to keep hosts well under 250. On a sluggish looking surface, hosts put 230 on board in 48.4 overs.
On the side, Kohli made use of six bowlers which eventually saw pace spread head Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each.
Batting first Australia had a poor start with saw hosts losing their first wicket in the form of wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (5). Kohli caught him on the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
From the dead ball to a wicket:
However, Aussies skipper Aaron Finch, who has often struggled against Bhuvneshwar departed after the latter bowled from behind the stumps. However, it was termed a dead ball. Bhuvneshwar set up Finch by trapping him in front of the wickets—to see Australia 27 for two in nine overs.
In the meantime, Usman Khawaja alongside Shaun Marsh registered a crucial partnership of 73 for the third wicket before leg-spinner Chahal, who came at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav delivered the punch for team India.
Chahal dismissed Marsh (34) which saw Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash. Chahal followed it with the wicket of Khawaja (39) (10) and Marcus Stonis
Apart from it, Chahal further toyed with the remainder of batsmen including Peter Handscomb, who was the top-scorer for Australia with 58 off 63 deliveries. The prominent spinner Chahal also get better of Richardson and Adam Zampa before Mohammed Shami wrapped Australia’s innings with the wicket of Billy Stanlake.
Changes from both teams for the MCG ODI:
Changes in the teams, India made three changes while roping in all-rounder Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav and Chahal.
On the other side, Aussie made two changes in the form of Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake.