Indian National Cricket Team finished their tour of Australia on a high as the visitors clinched the ODI series 2-1 beating the Aussies by seven wickets in the series decider. Skipper Virat Kohli expressed his joy as the mark the end of the tour to Down Under on a winning note.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni (87* off 114) and Kedar Jadhav (61* off 57) put on an unbroken 121 to seal the chase, after Chahal’s six-wicket haul had kept Australia to 230. Although it wasn’t a massive target, given the nature of the pitch, it looked tricky. Moreover, Peter Siddle dismissed Rohit Sharma early on to put more pressure on the visitors.
Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then went about steadying the innings. They picked the singles when they could before Dhawan (23) chipped to Marcus Stoinis. India were 59/2, and Dhoni came into the middle to partner Kohli. Dhoni and Kohli went on to add 54 for the third wicket before Virat Kohli departed. At that point, India were 113 for 3 and still needed another 118 to win. But in Jadhav, Dhoni found an able partner. The duo steered their side home to win their first ever bilateral ODI series on Australian soil.
Chahal led the charge with the ball
Previously, Bhuvneshwar Kumar put India on track with his early strikes before Yuzvendra Chahal came into the game. The leg-spinner broke the partnership between Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, and there was no stopping him. He added Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Peter Handscomb and Adam Zampa to his kitty. Mohammed Shami hits the final nail in the coffin. He cleans up Stanlake, and the hosts are rolled over within 50 overs. Most of the Australian batsmen got starts, but none could go past Handscomb’s 58.
Following India’s historic tour, skipper Virat Kohli took to Instagram to express his happiness on finishing the tour on a possitive note.
“Great series win and a total team performance. So happy to finish the tour on a high. Jai hind ?? #AUSvIND,” Virat Kohli tweeted.