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India thrash Australia to win ODI series 4-1 – Hosts beat tourists by 7 wickets

NAGPUR, India, Oct 1, (AFP): Opener Rohit Sharma hit a dominant century as India thrashed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday, clinching the series 4-1.

Chasing 243 for victory, the hosts rode on Sharma’s 109-ball 125 to achieve their target in 42.5 overs at Nagpur and move to the top of the ODI world rankings table.

The Virat Kohli-led side had slipped behind South Africa after their loss in the fourth game but are now number one in the International Cricket Council ratings for ODIs. They were already the top Test team.

It was a disciplined bowling effort led by spinner Axar Patel, who claimed three wickets, that set up India’s comfortable victory after restricting the visitors to 242-9.

“It feels good. It was a really convincing series win for us. Ticked all boxes … We had a chance to retain the No. 1 spot and we ended up doing that,” Kohli said at the presentation.

“The management also plays a massive part in motivating players after being 3-0 up in the series. But we want to be relentless,” he added.

“We repeated the way we played against Sri Lanka (beat them 9-0 across the three formats), proud of that. Shows the quality of the side, regardless of the opposition,” said Kohli.

In reply, Sharma and Rahane made batting look easy on a two-paced track and extended the teams’ dominance in the match and the series.

Sharma, who opened his account with two successive boundaries after 14 deliveries, was the first to get to his fifty with a double off Marcus Stoinis.

Rahane also got his fourth successive 50-plus score before being trapped lbw by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Sharma went on to register his 14th ODI ton during his 99-run partnership with Kohli, who made a sedate 39. He got to his hundred with a six off Coulter-Nile.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa sent Sharma and Kohli back to pavilion. Kedar Jadhav, unbeaten on five, and Manish Pandey, 11 not out, then saw the team through.

Earlier, opener David Warner’s 62-ball 53 was not enough to inspire Australian batting as they ended on a below-par total after electing to bat first.

All-rounder, Hardik Pandya, who struck first by getting Aaron Finch out for 32, was given the man of the series award for his six wickets and 222 runs in the series.

Travis Head and Stoinis tried hard to counter a persistent Indian bowling with their 87-run fifth-wicket partnership, but their departure spelt further trouble for the visitors.

Head, who made 42, and Stoinis, who scored 46, failed to convert their starts into bigger scores as Australia totally lost steam in the final five overs.

Left-arm spinner Patel returned impressive figures of 3-38 while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah claimed two wickets.

“Lost wickets in clumps again. Have a few things to look at to try and improve and gain the consistent performances we’re after,” said a disappointed Smith.

“We’ve been outplayed and deserve to lose 4-1 … India have got a very good balance. We have six or so days until the 3-match T20I series. We’d like to go home with a trophy,” he added.

The action now shifts to the three Twenty20 internationals starting Saturday in Ranchi. Skipper Kohli urged India to be “relentless” after they thrashed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth One-Day International, clinching the series 4-1.

India vs Australia Scoreboard

NAGPUR, India, Oct 1, (AFP): Final scoreboard of the fifth One-Day International between India and Australia in Nagpur on Sunday:

AUSTRALIA

  1. Warner c Pandey b Patel………………. 53
  2. Finch c Bumrah b Pandya……………… 32
  3. Smith lbw b Jadhav…………………… 16
  4. Handscomb c Rahane b Patel…………. 13
  5. Head b Patel………………………….. 42
  6. Stoinis lbw b Bumrah…………………. 46
  7. Wade c Rahane b Bumrah…………….. 20
  8. Faulkner run out (Pandya/Dhoni)……….. 12
  9. Cummins not out……………………….. 2
  10. Coulter-Nile b Bumrah………………….. 0

Extras (b1, lb2, w3)……………………….. 6

Total (9 wickets; 50 overs)………………. 242

Fall of wickets: 1-66 (Finch), 2-100 (Smith), 3-112 (Warner), 4-118 (Handscomb), 5-205 (Head), 6-210 (Stoinis), 7-237 (Wade), 8-242 (Faulkner), 9-242 (Coulter-Nile)

Did not bat: A. Zampa

Bowling: Kumar 8-0-40-1, Bumrah 10-2-51-2, Pandya 2-0-14-1, Yadav 10-1-48-0, Jadhav 10-0-48-1 (w2), Patel 10-0-38-3 (w1)

INDIA (target 243)

  1. Rahane lbw b Coulter-Nile……………… 61
  2. Sharma c Coulter-Nile b Zampa……….. 125
  3. Kohli c Stoinis b Zampa……………….. 39
  4. Jadhav not out…………………………. 5
  5. Pandey not out……………………….. 11

Extras (lb1, w1)…………………………… 2

Total (3 wickets, 42.5 overs)…………….. 243

Fall of wickets: 1-124 (Rahane), 2-223 (Sharma), 3-227 (Kohli)

Did not bat: M.S. Dhoni, H. Pandya, A. Patel, K. Yadav, B. Kumar, J. Bumrah.

Bowling: Cummins 7-1-29-0, Coulter-Nile 9-0-42-1, Stoinis 4-0-20-0, Faulkner 5.5-0-37-0 (w1), Zampa 8-0-59-2, Head 6-0-38-0, Finch 3-0-17-0

Toss: Australia

Result: India beat Australia by 7 wickets

Series: India won the five-match series 4-1

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), CK Nandan (IND)

TV Umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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