IND vs AUS 5th ODI: Usman Khawaja inspires Australia to ODI series win

India vs Australia 5th ODI Post Match Report


Usman Khawaja’s century inspires Australia to a historic victory as they beat India in their own yard in India vs Australia 5th ODI and clinch the series.

Match Report

1st Innings: Usman with another ton

Australia won the toss and chose to bat first and Usman made sure it was a good call. Taking on proceedings with Finch, Usman picked up from where he left in the previous matches. He oozed class as he played great cricketing shots all over the park. Finch chipped in with a couple as well as the pair put up a 76 run stand. However, Jadeja broke the partnership when he got Finch (27), courtesy a ripper of a delivery. Started off at length at the middle, Finch was drawn forward as the ball turned and smashed into his stumps.

Handscomb took the crease and he instantly made an impact, hitting Kuldeep for consecutive fours. Usman, on the other hand, brought up another half-century as the pair continued the onslaught. Putting up a 99 run stand, Australia were in commanding position as Ussy brought up his 2nd century of the series.

India fight back

India instantly responded as they broke the Partnership straight after Usman brought up his ton. He) played a soft shot and gifted Kohli a simple catch as Buhvigot his 1st of the night.

India took back control of this match as they started picking up wickets. Maxwell went very cheaply for 1 in the very next over, Jadeja getting his man. Handscomb, in the meanwhile, brought up his successive half-century.

But he Handscomb too, just like Usman, went just after reaching the landmark as Shami picked up his wicket. After that, the Australian middle order got starts but no one got going as India picked wickets in quick intervals. Richardson and Cummins were involved in a little cameo partnership at the death as Australia could only manage 272/9 in their 50, despite getting off to a good start. Bhuvi stood out with 3 wickets as Shami and Jadeja both picked up 2.

2nd Innings: Australia took control as Rohit Sharma reached a milestone

Australia started off very brightly, not allowing the Indian batsmen anything. Rohit Sharma was an exception as he carried over his scintillating form from the last match. Dhawan (12) went early after he knicked one to the keeper, giving Cummins his first of the day.

Virat and Sharma got a 53 run partnership but Kohli couldn’t capitalize on his good start as he fell to Stoinis for 20. Pant (16) and Shankar (16) also went back to the pavilion without making much of a mark as Rohit brought up his successive half-century.

He also brought up his 8000 runs in ODI cricket during proceedings.

Late resurgence from India, not enough

However, Sharma got out soon after his half-century. Looking to come down the track, he got stumped as Zampa got his man for 56. Zampa completed a successful double-wicket maiden over when he got Jadeja for naught.

India were in disarray as they found themselves wanting at 132//6. However, Kumar and Jadhav steadied the ship as the put up a 91 run stand. Jadhav scored 44 and Bhuvi 46 as they brought India back into the game. However, Australia kept their nerves as Cummins came back and broke the partnership when he got Kumar. Once the partnership was broken, it was all too easy for Australia as they cleaned up the tail and took the match by 35 runs, restricting India to only 237 all out. Zampa stood out with 3 wickets as Cummins, Richardson, and Stoinis, all got 2 each.

Australia seal the series

Australia have make a fantastic comeback, being 2-0 down and then coming back and winning the series 3-2. All of their team chipped in as they stunned India with some brilliant all-round performance in the last 3 ODIs. India, on the other hand, will be extremely worried about their openers, specially Dhawan. Death bowling has also been an issue and with World Cup 2019 around the corner, time is short.

What do you think about the performance of both teams in this ODI series? Let us know in the comments.

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Pic Credits: Times of India

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