India skipper Virat Kohli could not have asked for more from the tour of Australia. After losing Test series in South Africa and England last year, the tour of Australia was India’s last chance to make a mark and the team lived up to the expectations. The tour began on a mixed note for India as they could only manage to draw the T20I series 1-1. However, as the tour progressed, India started asserting their authority over the hosts.
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Virat Kohli & Co. thrashed Australia to win the Test series 2-1. It ended India’s 71-year long wait for the first-ever Test series win on Australia soil. India were then on the backfoot in the ODI series after losing the first game. However, the Men in Blue won the last two to end the tour on a dream note.
India, on Friday, beat Australia by seven wickets to seal the third match as well as the series.
Batting first, Australia were all out for a modest 230. Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball, picking up a career-best 6 for 42 to put India well on top. Asked to bat first, Australia were off to a poor start once again, losing their openers – Alex Carey and Aaron Finch – for just 27 runs on the board. In-form duo Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja then shared 73-runs for the third wicket to put the innings back on track. However, Chahal dismissed both of them to reduce Australia to 101 for 4. Peter Handscomb waged a lone battle from thereon, scoring 58 but failed to little support as Australia were all out for just 230.
In reply, India were off to a poor start too, losing Rohit Sharma for just 5. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then steadied the ship, taking the score past 50 before Marcus Stoinis dismissed the opener. At the time of Dhawan’s dismissal, the score was just 59 in the 17th over. With Australian bowlers giving nothing away, Kohli and MS Dhoni were finding it tough to accelerate. The game was then thrown wide open when Jhye Richardson accounted for Kohli to reduce India to 113 for 3 in the 30th over. But MS Dhoni scored his third consecutive fifty of the series and shared an unbeaten partnership of 121 runs with Kedar Jadhav to take India home in the last over.
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Speaking to the media at the end of the game, Virat Kohli opened up on the tour and said that the signs are promising ahead of the World Cup.
“We are very happy with this tour, as a team we did our best in all three series. As a captain, I am very happy because the team has given a balanced performance which is a good sign ahead of the World Cup,” said Virat Kohli.
India will now tour to New Zealand for five ODIs and three T20Is before returning to country,