India beat Australia to win ODI series

India beat Australia to win ODI series

Indore: Team India produced another clinical performance to win the ODI series against Australia with two matches to go.

India's ninth consecutive ODI win also ensured it is now the top ranked team both in Tests and the one-day format.

The 28-year-old also praised Australia's opening batsman Aaron Finch for his 124-run knock which helped the visitors post 293/6 in 50 overs after electing to bat first.

David Warner and Aaron Finch have made watchful start as Australia look for solid foundation at the top; something which they missed in the first two ODIs.

A docile pitch to deal with, Indian bowlers hardly troubled the Australians as Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/54) largely remained ineffective.

Chasing 294 runs, Indian openers Ajinkya Rahane (70, 76b, 9×4) and Rohit Sharma (71, 62b, 6×4, 4×6) provided a brilliant start, adding 139 runs in just 21.4 overs before the latter miscuing a shot ball off Nathan Coulter-Nile (1/58) to be caught at deep mid-wicket.

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Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-58) eventually removed the risky Rohit and Rahane followed his partner two overs later when he was trapped in front by Pat Cummins (2-54).

Pandya won his second man-of-the-match award in three games. "When you have got so many wickets in the shed against the team with quality of batters India have, (it's disappointing effort)". However, in a surprise move, India opted to send Pandya (78) at number four and he responded with a six in his fourth delivery, indicating things to come. Having bided his time against the new ball, Finch now took full toll whenever the spinners landed in his arc.

India soon suffered a mini-collapse of their own, losing four wickets, including their openers and skipper Virat Kohli, for 67 runs. Frustratingly for Australia and skipper Steve Smith, though, the outcome could have been far different in Indore. We need a guy like that, we've been missing an explosive all-rounder, great asset for Indian cricket. Pandya obliged and showed gumption for the challenge of steering the team patiently, bringing up his 45-ball half-century in the process. India are not leaking runs but Australia managing to score runs at brisk pace. The conditions forced Kohli to shuffle his bowlers around quite a bit and even bring back Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah for a small spell in the middle to try and break the partnership.

Defending a below-par total of 293, if Smith had held on, India would have been 5-216 with two fresh batsmen at the crease.

India had a 26-run victory in the rain-affected first match at Chennai and 50-run win in the second match at Kolkata. With the five-wicket victory, hosts now have accumulated 5764 points from 48 matches taking their ratings to 120.08.