India win ODI series against Australia

Australian cricketer Aaron Finch. AFP file

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Team Australia is in a midst of an unexpected, or rather unbelievable whirlwind to endless defeats on foreign soil.

What a reply this has been from India.

India were off to a steady start with Rohit and Rahane maintaining a healthy run rate.

Some Indian cricketers took the opportunity and shone on their debuts against Australia, while others flattered to deceive and eventually faded away. For the first time in the series, they had won the toss. "So you have to apply that pressure (early)", Warner added. 13 runs of the 10th and 9 runs of the 9th over as both the Indian batsmen keep on flying.

Smith was furious with himself after getting out caught at long-off from the final ball of Kuldeep Yadav's ninth over for 63 off 71 balls, his second consecutive ODI half-century. All of this, with utter coolness.

WICKET! A breakthrough, finally! . However, wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yazuvendra Chahal again produced magic. This questions have been raised quite frequently in recent days not just by cricket enthusiasts, but also by experts, commentators and ex-players.

Finch was at his belligerent best and got to the personal three-figure mark in 110 deliveries.

The Indian side remains unchanged.

With Finch laying a solid platform for the Australian to take control, much was expected of Maxwell on a flat and dry Indore pitch. Kohli brought both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah when the Finch-Steven Smith partnership was flourishing but both bowlers tried an orthodox line and length, with an orthodox field.

With Finch and skipper Steve Smith at the crease Australia looked destined for a massive total. Next ball, Glenn Maxwell fell and, consequently, Australia lost their way, making only 69 runs off the last 74 balls. Adding to that, Kanpur boy Kuldeep took a hat-trick in Kolkata, while Haryana-hailed Chahal chipped in with two wickets.

Australia struck back with a double-blow. India will be delighted with this breakthrough.

"He brings a lot of aggression but proves useful in the batting order", said Warner without definitely confirming to make the comeback of Finch. Australia move closer to fifty.

Finch, playing his first game of the series, had placed Australia at a commanding 232 for two in 40 overs with his 124-run innings but they lost plot after that.

The bat of Rohit Sharma had been silent in the series so far, but when it roared, it sent one of the balls into hiding (six distance 103 metres).

Manish Pandey has scored 0 and 3 in the two separate matches which is the reason the Indian selectors may be enticed to supplant him with Lokesh Rahul.

The game on Sunday should be a keenly-fought contest amid reports of rain.

Another crucial moment Australia couldn't win came in the 37th over of India's chase. "Hardik was magnificent and Rohit and Jinks (Rahane) were fabulous too", Smith said.

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