In the first two ODIs, Australia was down and out, but after that, the hat-trick of victory has completely changed the picture for them before the World Cup. After the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith, the number of good batting performances in this series is an encouraging sign for the defending champion. This is the first defeat at home in India in 50 overs format since 2015.
A series win not only come at the right time for the Australian team, because the World Cup is also a goal and also win their first series in India in six years. If Usman Khawaja was the star of Australia’s innings with a magnificent century, Adam Zampa stole the show in India’s innings with figures of 3/46 in his 10 overs.
Indian innings was reduced to 237 runs. Chasing 273 runs to win the game and with the series, Australia made a terrible start with Pat Cummins, sending back Shikhar Dhawan (12) in the fifth over of the innings. With the score of 15/1, Virat Kohli came on the crease with Rohit.
Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did a remarkable resistance after this, but their fall in the last five overs snatched any chance of winning for India. Australia put the hosts on 237 runs.
Due to India having no dew in dealing with Zimbabwe’s spin, Australia’s team once again managed to take wickets of Rohit Sharma (56), Vijay Shankar (16) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) with leg-spinner.
What happened when India continue to remain without MS Dhoni?
The Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium became an exciting witness without Dhoni. What is the reason behind a big bowling failure, squad fielding and tactical mistakes in the fifth match of the series on Wednesday?
The cricket world applauded India’s current bowling attack, which is the most powerful, but the failure of a huge rescue in Mohali and Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium came in the form of a reality check.
Kohli and the Indian team definitely missed Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s quiet presence, whose position in the game has been helpful in the pressure situations. Instead, Australia’s Ashton Turner’s Mohali, and Usman Khawaja and Adam Zampa Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium were able to move next level of fireworks.