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Ind vs Aus: India Loses Their First ODI Series At Home After 2015
By CricShots - Mar 13, 2019 10:00 pm
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Ahead of Australia’s tour to India for two T20I and five ODIs, none of the Indian fans would’ve even dreamt that the men in blue will find it difficult to win even three games out of those seven. After losing the T20I series 2-0, India lost the ODI series as well by a 2-3 margin despite the fact that they were 2-0 up in the series after the first two ODIs. They lost the series decider at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi by 35 runs. 

Usman Khawaja scored another century in the Delhi ODI

After losing the Mohali ODI against Australia, Team India was in a desperate need of the win as the series is leveled at 2-2 after the fourth ODI. The series-decider is currently being played at Delhi. After winning the toss, the Australian skipper, Aaron Finch decided to bat first and even the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli wanted to do the same. However, now the hosts needed 273 runs to seal the series but they got bundled out for 237 runs.

However, India made some surprising changes in the squad as KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal were replied by Jadeja and Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, Australia replaced Shaun Marsh and Jason Behrendroff with Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon.

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Australia had a decent start to their innings as they were standing at 76 without loss after the 14-over mark. However, after that Finch’s dismissal, Peter Handscomb (52) and Usman Khawaja (100) again started to build a partnership which was broken in the 33rd over, but only after latter scoring his 2nd ODI century and he got the man of the match award and man of the series award as well for scoring 383 runs in the series with the help of two fifties and two centuries.

Kedar Jadhav kept India in the game

At one point the Aussies were badly struggling with the tally of 230/7 in the 46 overs but they managed to reach 272/9 in their quota of 50 overs. For India, Bhuvi was the pick of the bowlers as finished the game with the figures of 3/48 in his quota of 10 overs.

Coming into the chase, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (12) early in the innings, after that, Kohli (20) and Rohit Sharma (56) added 53 runs for the second wicket, but after Virat’s dismissal, they lost wickets in regular intervals as from 68/2 in 13 overs the men in blue were reeling at 132/6 after 29 over with Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja getting dismissed at the same score.

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However, Rishabh Pant has come under criticism from fans and experts earlier as well over his shot selection, especially at crunch moments in limited-over series and the fans were disheartened with his show in Delhi either. This was his final chance in an international game to get picked for India’s World Cup squad and it seems that he has lost it.

Rishabh Pant seems to have lost the world cup ticket

However, after Jaddu dismissal, Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar (46) added 91 runs for the seventh wicket, but it wasn’t to take India over the line as both of them got out on back-to-back deliveries and after that, the game was nothing but over for the Indians. For Australia, Pant Cummins was the pick of the bowlers as he finished the game with a tally of 2/38 in his quota of 10 overs.

It has been Australia’s first ever series win in India after 2009 and for India, it has been first ODI Series loss at home After 2015 against any opposition.

Brief scores:

Australia272 for 9 (Khawaja 100, Handscomb 52, Bhuvneshwar 3-48) beat India237 (Rohit 56, Zampa 3-46) by 35 runs

Here’s how Twitter reacted after India’s loss: