New Delhi: India on Wednesday avoided a series whitewash as it beat Australia by 13 runs in the last ODI of the three-match series. India had won the toss with skipper Virat Kohli opting to bat first and had projected a competitive total of 302 runs in 50 over.
In return, Australia were bowled out for 289 runs in 49.3 overs. Unlike the first two ODIS that it won, Australia did not start batting on a decent note with in form Steven Smith losing his wicket early.
India’s total of 302 runs was supported by fierce innings from Hardik Pandya (92 runs off 76 balls; seven 4s, one 6) and Ravindra Jadeja(66 runs 50 balls; five 4s and three 6s) while a three-wicket haul from Shardul Thakur and two wickets each from Jasprit Bumrah and T Natarajan helped India to restrict hosts below 300 for the first time in the series.
Maxwell tried to save the match for Australia with his 59 off 38 deliveries but fell short to Jasprit Bumrah’s yorker before he could lead the hosts to victory.
With David Warner injured during the last game, Australia opened the batting with Marnus Labuschagne who was dismissed for seven.
Meanwhile, India had made some changes in its playing 11 — Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, and debutant T Natarajan replacing Mayank Agarwal, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohammed Shami.
“I will be fine to play the T2OIs. I have been working really hard to play for my country. Really happy for Natarajan and rest of the bowlers. It’s been quite a story for him. You need to be at your toes to play against Australia in Australia as they compete well,” said Hardik Pandya, Man of the Match.
“Nice to have contributed to a few wins. Unfortunately, fell shrot tonight. It did more with the new ball. Both quicks bowled pretty well from both teams. You just got to keep going forward and contribute in next few games in T20s. Hopefully we have a day off,” said Steven Smith, Man of the Series.