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Right then, the moral of the story is - Never write off anyone. Australia have achieved the unimaginable. Now, they will head to the UAE to face Pakistan in a 5-match ODI series, starting on 22nd March. The Indian players, on the other hand, will get ready to participate in the lucrative T20 League, starting on 23rd March. We look forward to your company in future. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
Victorious Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says it is unbelievable, the fight and resilience they have shown. Mentions they had their backs to the wall but did really well here. States it is important to have a well-balanced side for these conditions as if you only go with attacking batsmen, you will struggle. Further adds that they had a mixture of both and hence did well. Ends by saying a lot of people have written them off but with the team they have, they can surely win the World Cup.
Usman Khawaja is the Player of the Match and Series! He says that scoring hundreds becomes special if you win games also. Feels that it's never easy to beat India at home and they are really excited with this series win. Mentions that they adapted quite well and credits the team performance for this success.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says the target was gettable but mentions that Australia got away from them a little bit and they conceded 15-20 runs more towards the end. Admits Australia deserved to win the series as they were more hungry and played with more passion. Further adds they did not even consider the dew as it is not controllable. States there are no excuses and they would want to rectify their mistakes and be ready for the World Cup. Continues saying that they have played quality cricket over the last few months and they can be happy about what they have achieved till now. Ends by mentioning that they are quite clear about what they want to do and there is only one spot which they have to think about, the rest is quite clear.
Now it's Justin Langer's turn to give an interview. He says all the credit goes to the players as they are the ones who have to perform. It is going to be really tough to pick the World Cup squad and that's a good headache for the selectors. Adds that the fight shown by his team is really unbelievable. States he hasn't seen a better player than Virat Kohli and credits him for his performance. Reminds that India had the better of them in Australia and they have taken the revenge. Further says that Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are developing a good partnership with the ball and appreciates the effort from Khawaja.
Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins are giving a quick interview. The former starts by saying that it was his role to try and take it as deep as possible. Mentions that he has enjoyed batting with Khawaja. States that it means a lot to win a series in India and it gives them a lot of confidence. Pat Cummins then says that he hasn't really clicked in this format but has done well here. Hopes the World Cup goes well as they have started to find form and he wants to carry it forward. Ends by saying he enjoys coming to India and he feels really good. Handscomb ends the interview by saying that this achievement is something very special and they are very happy.
Australia were superb in the field. They bowled with purpose and fielded with a lot of intensity. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson did a brilliant job with the new balls and then their spin twins took over. Nathan Lyon did an efficient job while Adam Zampa once again was pivotal in the middle overs. All in all, a complete team performance from the visiting team and they will be thrilled with this series win. The World champions are peaking at the right time and appear to be ready for their title defense, one can say.
India's chase never got going, to be honest. They lost their star batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli cheaply and then the replacement for MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant also failed to leave his mark. Rohit Sharma held one end tightly for a while and completed 8000 ODI runs in the process but after his departure, the writing was on the wall. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did form a 91-run alliance to scare the Aussies but both the batsmen got dismissed off consecutive balls and that ended all the hopes for India.
Aaron Finch won a crucial toss on a slow-looking surface. The batting from the Aussies was once again right on the money as their top order put up a good show. But then the Indian team made a fine comeback post the 33rd over and never allowed the visitors off the hook. The 34-run stand for the 8th wicket between Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson powered Australia to 272/9 and that partnership eventually turned out be the match-winning one.
The long wait is over for Australia! They have beaten India in India in an ODI series after almost 10 years. Great character shown by the new-look Aussie team. They were thin on experience, had quite a few new faces, the conditions were alien but they gave it their all and have upset the Men in Blue in their own backyard. This has turned out to be a very fruitful tour for them as they won the T20I series as well.
49.7MStoinis to KYadav
OUT! What a way to finish! The middle stump is uprooted! AUSTRALIA WIN BY 35 RUNS! ALSO, TAKE THE SERIES 3-2! Stoinis bowls it full and on middle. Yadav pays the price for going across the line. He misses and sees the furniture behind get disturbed. All smiles in the Australian camp and now the customary handshakes are taking place.
49.6MStoinis to KYadav
A dot! Short and on the body, Kuldeep ducks under it. 36 needed from the last ball.
49.5MStoinis to KYadav
Kuldeep makes a lot of room. Stoinis bowls it wide outside off. Yadav tries to reach out for it. It goes off the bottom and through cover for a run.
49.4MStoinis to JBumrah
The bumper and on the body, Bumrah goes for the pull but does not time it. It rolls towards square leg for a run.
49.3MStoinis to KYadav
Another short ball Kuldeep again pulls it nicely but this time the man at deep mid-wicket cuts it and keeps it down to one.
49.2MStoinis to KYadav
A wide now! Outside off, left alone. It has been wided.
49.1MStoinis to KYadav
FOUR! Right off the middle. On the shorter side, Kuldeep goes back and pulls it hard through mid-wicket and into the fence. 6 boundaries also won't help though.
Marcus Stoinis back on.
48.6JRichardson to JBumrah
On the fuller side around off, Bumrah looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards fine leg for a run.
48.5JRichardson to JBumrah
Another good bumper and Bumrah evades it.
48.4JRichardson to JBumrah
Could have had another! Short again on the body, Bumrah looks to evade it but it seems to go off the glove and on the bounce to the keeper.
Jasprit Bumrah walks out at number 11.
48.3JRichardson to MShami
OUT! Richardson gets another! His second of the night and India are nine down. Short and on the body. Shami goes for the pull but is very late into the shot. It hits the higher part of the bat and then lobs towards the bowler who runs in and takes a good catch.
48.2JRichardson to KYadav
Kuldeep swings now but does not get it off the middle. It goes towards wide mid on for another single.
48.1JRichardson to MShami
Once again no timing on that shot as Shami is late on the pull. It goes towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
47.6PatCummins to MShami
This time he connects with the short ball and hits it towards deep backward square leg for a run.
47.5PatCummins to MShami
Another bumper, Shami looks to pull but misses as he takes his eyes off the ball.
47.4PatCummins to MShami
The slower bouncer on the body, Shami is a month early into the shot. It brushes his body and goes towards the keeper.
47.3PatCummins to MShami
The batsman tries to pull that one but mishits towards mid on.
47.2PatCummins to KYadav
This one is stylishly flicked through square leg but only for a run. Singles won't do it for the hosts.
47.1PatCummins to KYadav
Outside off, it is guided down to third man for a run.
46.6JRichardson to KYadav
Works it with the angle through mid-wicket. Kuldeep takes one and then wants a second but is sent back.
46.5JRichardson to MShami
On the shorter side and on the body. Shami mistimes his pull towards fine leg for a single.
46.4JRichardson to KYadav
Down the leg side, Kuldeep looks to flick but misses. It brushes into the pads and rolls towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
46.3JRichardson to KYadav
Outside off, Yadav looks to cut but misses.
46.2JRichardson to KYadav
A bumper and the batter ducks under it.
Kuldeep Yadav is the new man in.
46.1JRichardson to KedarJadhav
OUT! Game, set and series for Australia as Jadhav holes out. The short ball does the trick for Richardson. It is on the body and it skids off the surface. Jadhav looks to pull but it hits the higher part of his bat. The ball goes uppishly towards deep mid-wicket where Maxwell takes it safely. A fighting innings by Jadhav but the task was a very difficult one. He returns with a dejected look on his face.
Mohammed Shami is in next.
45.7PatCummins to BKumar
OUT! In the air... taken! The partnership which was threatening has been cut short. Now Jadhav probably will have to do it all by himself. Cummins bowls it full and on middle. It grips in the surface. Kumar looks to go downtown but has to check his shot. Ends up hitting it up in the air towards mid off where Finch backtracks and takes it. Australia will be relieved now after breaking the dangerous-looking 91-run stand. 50 needed off 24 balls.
45.6PatCummins to BKumar
A dot! Gold at this stage. Kumar shuffles right across and hits it towards mid on.
45.5PatCummins to KJadhav
Goes back to rolling his fingers on the ball. Jadhav has no timing on this one as he mistimes it through square leg for a run.
45.4PatCummins to KJadhav
A couple now! A low full toss on middle, Jadhav works it through mid-wicket. It is in the gap and the batters take two. 8 from 3 balls.
45.3PatCummins to BKumar
Slower ball on off, Kumar hops and guides it towards point for a run.