India vs Australia 2019: Aaron Finch Proud After ‘Unbelievable’ Over India In ODI Series
Australia cruised to a superlative win at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and registered their first series win since the infamous ball-tampering saga as they defeated India by 35 runs to win the ODI series 3-2.
India, on their front, also created an unwanted record as this was the first time when Men in Blue lost a five-match series even after winning the first two ODIs.
To avoid the defeat, India had to create history.
Only twice have scores of above 250 – last time in 1996 – have been chased down in Delhi and India had a steep task to scale which they failed to do.
Shikhar Dhawan once again left the team in early overs as he was dismissed on 12.
The likes of Virat Kohli (20), Rishabh Pant (16) and Vijay Shankar (16) could never really step up and the middle-order crumbled that saw the host being put under pressure right away.
Kedar Jadhav (44 off 57) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46 off 54) generated hopes of pulling off a heist when they shared 91 runs for the seventh wicket but the wicket of Bhuvneshwar ended hopes for India.
Jadhav followed him on the next ball that saw Australia taking another step toward a win.
Australian skipper termed the win in the ODI series as unbelievable and heaped praises on the team.
“It’s unbelievable. The resilience and the fight that we showed was incredible. We’ve had our backs against the wall for a while now, but I’m really proud of the group for coming back. It’s important to have a balanced side. We need a good balance of attack and defence. You need good batsmanship on these wickets against these really talented guys like Kuldeep, Chahal and Jaddu. Like I said, people have written us off for quite a while now, but the team that we have can win us the series, and they can win us the World Cup. It was a great series all round even though India beat us resoundingly in Nagpur,” he said after the fifth ODI.
Australian batsmen again stepped up in the series with Usman Khawaja shining brightly with the bat.
The left-handed batsman scored his second century of series and career to lay down a strong base.
Peter Handscomb (52) shared 99 runs for the second wicket with Khawaja.
Useful contributions from middle-order batsmen and later from Jhye Richardson saw Australia post a defendable total on the board that proved to be a match-winning one.
The series defeat was a big jitter for India ahead of World Cup, also considering that India had heir full-fledged squad in the series.
Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni’s replacement for the final two ODIs, also failed to do the job and could not step up on the occasions when it mattered the most.
The fifth ODI also marked an end to an international season that began with historic one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.
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