IND vs AUS 2019: Usman Khawaja, Zampa guide visitors to 3-2 series win

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India vs Australia 2019: Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa Guide Visitors to 3-2 Series Win 

India vs Australia 2019: Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa Guide Visitors to 3-2 Series Win
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Australia prevailed at Feroz Shah Kotla to clinch five-match ODI series 3-2 following three consecutive victories. While riding on all-round performance the visitors went on to clinch the series decider by 35 runs on Wednesday (March 13) in New Delhi. Usman Khawaja and Adam Zampa have played a remarkable role in the virtual finale to help Australia seal the series before flying to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the day-long series. The recently-concluded India vs Australia 2019 series has been eventful in many ways with many players eyeing to cement their spot for the forthcoming World Cup.

India was all out on 237 when Marcus Stoinis rattled Kuldeep Yadav 9 (12) with a beauty. Again, young leg-spinner Zampa has backed his potential, to bag three wickets for 46 in ten overs.

Also, Pat Cummins, who picked 14 in the series alongside Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis bagged two wickets each. Nathan Lyon has picked a solitary wicket of Rishabh Pant.

Interestingly, since the suspension of David Warner and Steven Smith, it is Australia first series win in ODIs. This is some good sign for visitors ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

Man of the Match:

Without an iota of doubt, Aussies opener Khawaja will be the Man of the Match for his prominent show. He registered his second hundred on Australia’s Qantas tour to India. During the series, he has amassed 383 runs.

Recently, the left-handed batsman Khawaja has brought up his maiden century in Ranchi by playing high-quality innings.

Turning Point:

Rohit Sharma, India vs Australia 2019
Rohit played a poor stroke to put India in more trouble. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The prominent batsman Rohit Sharma was going good as rest among a lot failed to dictate the terms other than Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav.

The duo made Aussies bowlers sweat out in the decider.

The opening batsman Rohit, who also amassed 6000 ODI runs as an opener for India since making his 50-over debut way back in 2007 against Ireland.

He played a rash shot while batting on 56 which gave ample time to wicket-keeper Alex Carey to whip bails off in a flash. Zampa has managed to eke wicket while bowling a good line.

India vs Australia 2019, Feroz Shah Kotla – India’s Innings:

While chasing the target of 273, India openers in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were caution in their approach, but Aussies dropped first blood in the form of Dhawan.

The Mohali centurion Dhawan managed to score 12 off 15 balls before Alex Carey completed a simple catch on the bowling of Pat Cummins. With this, India loses its first wicket at the score of 15 in 4.2 overs.

With Kohli joining his deputy Rohit, the duo added 53 runs for the second wicket when a healthy edge which settled into keeper’s gloves cut short Kohli’s innings. The skipper faced 22 balls for his 22 with the help of two fours.

Coming to bat at number four position, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant had a decent start alongside Vijay Shankar. The duo scored 16 each to take keep India in the run chase.

In between, Rohit Sharma notched up his 41st half-century while playing his 206th ODIs. But he throws away his wicket away when things were easing out for hosts. Rohit faced 89 deliveries for his 56. During his knock, he became third joint fastest to accumulate 8000 ODI runs to sit at par with Sourav Ganguly.

Ravindra Jadeja was stumped by Carey on the bowling of Adam Zampa on nought which put India on the backfoot. However, what unfollowed gave Australia a scare.

At one stage, India was 132 for six in 28.5 overs, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav kept India on road with their 91-run partnership.

The duo returned to the pavilion at India’s score of 223. Bhuvneshwar was caught by Aaron Finch on the bowling of Cummins, who brought Australia back into the game. He faced 54 balls for his 46 with the help of three fours and two sixes. In addition, Jadhav scored 44 off 57 balls.

Here’s the scorecard:

India vs Australia 2019, Rohit Sharma
India folded out on 237 runs. Photo Credit: Sportzwiki.

India vs Australia 2019, Feroz Shah Kotla – Australia’s Innings:

Earlier, Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first on a surface which was expected to be full of runs.

Australia rode on a brilliant start of 76 runs in 14.3 overs as Khawaja and Aaron Finch has played a significant role with the bat.

He slammed his second ODI hundred in India during the ongoing series to boost visitors following a splendid show in the third and fourth ODI respectively.

The left-handed batsman smashed 100 off 106 balls. He slammed 10 fours and two sixes to score at the strike-rate of 94.33.

Meanwhile, Aussie lost the first wicket in the form of skipper Finch, who scored 43-ball 27 when Ravindra Jadeja cleaned him up. With this, Jadeja has surpassed Irfan Pathan to take his wickets tally to 174 in ODIs.

The top-order batsman Peter Handscomb has played yet another significant knock by registering 52 off 60 balls. In Mohali, he slammed his maiden ton to let Ashton Turner finish off things in style.

However, when Australia was going stronger at the score of 175 in 32.5 overs, they lost two quick wickets as Team India bowlers pulled things back.

India vs Australia 2019, Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Ravindra Jadeja, Glenn Maxwell
Jadeja celebrates Maxwell’s wicket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Following the wicket of Khawaja, Aussies added just three runs when Glenn Maxwell gave a regulation catch to Virat Kohli on the bowling of Jadeja.

Maxwell faced three balls for a single. However, 20 each from Marcus Stoinis and Turner has brought stability before wicketkeeper-batsman perished at his score personal score of three off nine balls.

Interestingly, when Indian bowlers stemmed run follow it was Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins whose couple of lusty blows helped Australia’s case to take their total beyond 250-run mark. Richardson scored 21-ball 29 as his innings was laced with three fours.

Cummins faced eight deliveries for his 15. Nathan Lyon remained not out on a single off three balls.

Australia post 272 for nine in 50 allotted overs.

With Kohli using as many as six bowling options, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged three wickets. He conceded 48 runs in 10 overs. Mohammed Shami and Jadeja have shared two wickets each. Kuldeep Yadav, who proved to be a bit expensive bagged a solitary wicket for 74 runs in 10 overs.

Here’s the scorecard:

India vs Australia, Usman Khawaja
Khawaja slammed a fine hundred at Feroz Shah Kotla. Photo Credit: Sportzwiki.

Now, the series is done and dusted, Australia will take on Pakistan in the five-match series. The limited-overs leg will commence from March 22 in Sharjah.

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