India vs Australia 5th ODI - AUS to Bat First


WICKET! Another one gone.

The expensive Zampa gained belated rewards by having Rohit and Kohli caught in the deep, but Jadhav (5 not out) and Manish Pandey (11 not out) saw India over the line easily. Easy decision for the umpire. Kedar Jadhav's surprise element with the bowl however has made his selection nearly certain but if Rahul gets a game, Jadhav or Manish Pandey (who hasn't scored a half century in 4 matches in this series) may still have to wait for their next turn.

Hardik Pandya provided the Men in Blue with the important breakthrough, getting Finch caught at mid-off by Jasprit Bumrah at his individual score of 32.

Electing to bat, Aaron Finch and David Warner of the Baggy Greens shared 66 runs for the opening stand. The pitch looks very hard, we would've batted first as well but it shouldn't change much through the game.

Australia won the toss and opted to bat against India in the fifth and final One-day worldwide here on Sunday. India in reply made a mockery of the total and chased down the requisite target by 7 wickets in hand and 43 balls to spare.

Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey then took India past the post, the latter hitting Australian pacer James Faulkner for two consecutive boundaries to bring up the win in style.

India have two series lined up at home, against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, before heading to South Africa, and can test its bench strength. "Even in the last game, we thought 350-360 would be on the board, but we pulled it back and that's been the hallmark of this bowling unit throughout the tournament".

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"(The Shield games will) be crucial for my chances but I'm not anxious about it though", he said.

Meanwhile, Australia Cricket captain Steven Smith has conceded that his team deserved to be defeated 1-4 in the ODI series against India.

India have already secured an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five match series.

However what remains to be seen today is whether the visitors can still pose that threat they are known for.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli (centre) and his side celebrate the series win over Australia.

In the process, he also became the fastest to reach 2000 ODI runs in India, surpassing Sourav Ganguly's record. Three changes - Umesh, Shami and Chahal are out Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Kuldeep are in.