India defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the last match of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia in Melbourne. Along with this, India made it to the title 2-1.
India has won any bilateral ODI series in Australia for the first time.
India got the target of 231 runs to win. Which the Indian team completed in the last over.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored the highest number of 87 runs from India. In the three matches of the series, Dhoni scored fifty.
The start of the Indian team to pursue the goal was not something special. Running in good form, Rohit Sharma scored 9 runs and became the first victim of Peter Siddle.
After that play captain Virat Kohli, along with Shikhar Dhawan, brought the team’s score over 50. Dhawan scored 23 runs and was bowled out for Stuarty’s ball.
Dhoni’s last match in the series was to play on fourth place. He held one end and teamed with Virat to bring the team’s score over 100.
Kohli missed out on making half-century and was dismissed by Richardson for 46.
After that Kedar Jadhav also played a good game and then played the game with Dhoni to the goal. Jadhav scored an unbeaten 61.
Australia first piled up on 230 runs
The game was interrupted for some time due to rain in the beginning of the match. India had won the toss and decided to bowl.
Yusvendra Chahal, playing his first match in this series, struck a six-wicket haul.
Indian bowlers took advantage of the situation and gave Australia initial shocks. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed the pavilion of both the Australians to the pavilion.
Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh handled the innings after two wickets fell at 27 runs. Together, both of them conveyed the Australian innings to the 100th position.
Yujwendra Chahal broke Khwaja and Marsh’s dangerous partnership. Chahal stumped Marsh on the personal score of 39 on the hands of Dhoni.
Chahal did not stop there and he also dismissed Khawaja on the fourth ball of the same over.
After two consecutive tremors, the Australian innings began to falter. Chahal also removed Stoney’s wicket and strengthened India’s position some more.
Meanwhile Peter Handscomb took over one end. He made a fantastic half-century. Handscomb teamed up with Glenn Maxwell to reach the team’s score of 160.
Maxwell was dismissed by Mohammad Shami on the personal score of 26 runs. Chahal achieved his fourth successive victory over Handscomb at 58 runs.
After that, he took the wicket of Richardson and Zampa and took six wickets in total. Chawl became the best performing bowler on the field of Melbourne.
Three changes were made in Team India for Melbourne One Day. In place of Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav and Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Yugavendra Chahal and Kedar Jadhav have been included in this match.
On the other hand, Australia’s captain Andrew Flintoff, Alex Carrie, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscab, Marcus Stoney, Glenn Maxwell, J. Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Jumpa and Billy Stanleyck.
Earlier, India defeated hosts Australia by six wickets in the second one-day match played at Adelaide, with a 1-1 draw in the three-match series. In such a case, the match will prove to be crucial for the series.
104 runs out of captain Virat Kohli’s bat in Adelaide played a key role in the victory This was his 39th century in one-day cricket. In the first match, only three runs were scored by his bat.
Earlier, India had to face defeat even after Rohit Sharma’s century in the first ODI in the series.