India – 237/All Out (50 Overs) | Australia – 272/9 (50 Overs)
It was a match that was fitting for a final of a 5 match series like this. For a moment when Bhuvi and Kedar Jadhav were going good that Indian fans thought that the chase which looked impossible at 132-6 looked possible. Pat Cummins had other ideas and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar chipped one to mid off while trying to keep up the pace with the run rate. Finch took the catch and on the next ball, Jadhav was snapped by Maxwell at the deep mid wicket boundary off Richardson and with that the hopes came crashing down.
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Khawaja made the second hundred of the series and his career to boost Australia’s total to 272. The Kangaroos also had a mini-collapse when they slipped from 178 for 3 to 229 for 7 but recovered well with Richardson playing a cameo of 29 from 21 balls. Handscomb also continued his good form with a well polished 52. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar picked up 3 wickets for 48 runs. Bumrah gave only 39 runs from his quota of 10 overs but was unable to put anything in the wickets column. Kuldeep registered the second most expansive figures of his career and ended up with figures of 74 for 1.
Indian chase did not get off to a great start with the last match centurion Dhawan snapped up behind the wicket by Carey off the bowling of Pat Cummins. Cummins finished with the leading wicket-taker of the series. Kohli started with his trademark cover drive but the chase master failed to turn on the GPS this time. The Skipper fell to Stoinis going for a cut shot and was caught behind the wicket. Pant and Shankar scored 16 with a six each. Adam Zampa again picked up the wicket that sealed the match, he had Rohit Sharma stumped on 56 at the score of 132 and India found the hole too much to scale.
This series win means a lot to the Australian team as they will head into the world cup after defeating one of the favourites of the world cup in their own backyard. India wanted to find a few answers but at the end of the series, they are the team that has more question marked over them. The middle order looks unsettled, the spinners did not perform as well as they were expected and the absence of Pandya was felt as India had to play Jadeja in his place. The batting prowess of Jadeja was missed lower down the order as there was no one to provide the impetus at the end of the innings.
The team management and Kohli has a lot of thinking to do going into the world cup.
Australia Innings Scorecard:
|Usman Khawaja||c Kohli b Bhuvneshwar||100||106||10||2||94.34|
|Aaron Finch||(c) b Ravindra Jadeja||27||43||4||0||62.79|
|Peter Handscomb||c Pant b Shami||52||60||4||0||86.67|
|Glenn Maxwell||c Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|Marcus Stoinis||b Bhuvneshwar||20||27||1||1||74.07|
|Ashton Turner||c Ravindra Jadeja b Kuldeep Yadav||20||20||2||1||100|
|Alex Carey (wk)||c Pant b Shami||3||9||0||0||33.33|
|Jhye Richardson||run out (Kohli/Pant)||29||21||3||0||138.1|
|Pat Cummins||c & b Bhuvneshwar||15||8||2||0||187.5|
|Nathan Lyon||not out||1||3||0||0||33.33|
Extras – 4 (w 3, b 1, lb 0, nb 0, p 0)
Total – 272/9 after 50 Overs.
India Innings Scorecard:
|Rohit Sharma||st Alex Carey b Zampa||56||89||4||0||62.92|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c Alex Carey b Pat Cummins||12||15||2||0||80|
|Virat Kohli (c)||c Alex Carey b Stoinis||20||22||2||0||90.91|
|Rishabh Pant (wk)||c Turner b Lyon||16||16||1||1||100|
|Vijay Shankar||c Khawaja b Zampa||16||21||0||1||76.19|
|Kedar Jadhav||c Maxwell b Jhye Richardson||44||57||4||1||77.19|
|Ravindra Jadeja||st Alex Carey b Zampa||0||3||0||0||0|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||c Finch b Pat Cummins||46||54||3||2||85.19|
|Mohammed Shami||c & b Jhye Richardson||3||7||0||0||42.86|
|Kuldeep Yadav||b Stoinis||8||12||1||0||66.67|
|Jasprit Bumrah||not out||1||4||0||0||25|
Extras- 15 (w 8, lb 7, b 0, nb 0, p 0)
Total – 237/10 after 50 Overs