India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India threw Pant (16) in the line of fire by promoting him to number four but the local boy, who desperately required a substantial performance to back his claim for a spot in the World Cup squad, lasted only 16 balls. This is Australia's first ODI series win in over two years and the first time they have won a bilateral ODI series in India in almost a decade.

Opener Usman Khawaja hit his second hundred in three matches to guide Australia to 272-9 from their 50 overs.

Regular wickets, a rare failure from Virat Kohli and a freaky stumping with Rohit Sharma losing the grip on his bat saw India drop to 6/132 in the 29th over and left Kedar Jadhav to mount a comeback with the tail.

Khawaja and Peter Handscomb (52 off 60) combined for another big partnership which had Australia looking for more than 300.

The left-handed batsman - with scores of 50, 38, 104 and 91 in the previous matches - paced his innings smoothly during his knock that was laced with 10 fours and two sixes.

But, Khawaja's departure to end the 33rd over - out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-48) - derailed the innings, the first of three wickets to fall for seven runs.

Jadeja returned to get the unsafe Glenn Maxwell for one and Handscomb was caught behind off Shami as Australia slipped to 182-4. He added 53 runs for the second wicket with Rohit. But the turning point came when Kohli played a rare poor shot to chase a wide delivery off Marcus Stoinis and was caught behind.

That put Australia firmly in the driving seat and, although Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar kept India's hopes alive with some late hitting, the tourists' quicks returned to wrap things up, building on the excellent work of Khawaja earlier in the day.

It was a game that had everything - a stunning century, a freaky dismissal, an early collapse, a huge fightback, a flying bat and a thrilling finish - but in the end, Australia claimed a famous victory over India in India.

A collapse of 6-54 followed Khawaja's dismissal then Cummins and Jhye Richardson ensured the tail wagged, taking 42 runs off the final four overs.

"The drought has been broken in this country which is remarkable really when you think about the level of competence from India going into the World Cup as favourites".

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