India Vs Australia Fifth ODI match highlights:
- Australia won the fifth and final match by 35 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla
- Batting first, Australia made 272 with a half-century from Handscomb before losing 5 wickets for 64 runs to be dismissed for 237
- The win saw Australia complete an incredible comeback in the series, showing immense fighting spirit to win the last three matches and with it win their first series in India in 10 years
Going into the Feroz Shah Kotla for the series decider, Australia ultimately proved that they wanted the series win just slightly more than India. Putting in a determined performance filled with gustiness and will, the Australian side came out on top by 35 runs, winning the five-match Paytm ODI series 3-2. Having set for India a modest target of 272, a well-rounded and completed bowling performance from them, restricted India to just 237 as the hosts were bowled out on the last ball of the match.
Coming back to India Vs Australia Fifth ODI, the win completed for Australia was a sensational turnaround in the series. After having gone down to India in the first two matches, they elevated their performances to hush all their many critics. It was an extremely raucous performance from the visitors as they pulverized India in their own home to win their first ever ODI series in the country since 2009.
It was a chase that India was never able to establish itself in. Losing Dhawan early after he slumped yet again following up after a good showing early on, Rohit and Kohli were supposed to construct the framework of the Indian innings. They got about doing it as well with the Indian captain stepping out in front of his home crowd to play the ball ever so well right from his first delivery.
Looking well set at the crease, Kohli’s decision to lash at a widish delivery by Stoinis failed to pay off as he only ended up holing to the wicket-keeper. Stunned and silenced as their player walked back to the pavilion, the magnitude of that wicket was clear by the response from the crowd, they knew that half the match was lost here.
Buoyed by that wicket, Australia’s spinners came into full effect, crafting the victory for Australia with an impeccable 25 overs of slower bowling. As the pitch turned sluggish and slow and there was no sign of any water drops coming on the field as the Delhi weather stayed pleasant, the Indian batters failed to get under the deliveries. Wicket to wicket bowling by Zampa, Maxwell and Lyon gave Australia the upper hand at all stages of the match and despite Rohit batting from one end, it was always a chase that got tougher as the overs fell.
Rohit departed for 56 as he stepped out to Zampa, finding his bat swing in the air one way. Massive credit goes to Bhuvneshwar and Jadhav who from there on put on a 91 run stand to keep the spectators involved in the game, leaving the slightest bit of room open for an unlikely Indian win.
Bhuvneshwar (46) who amazed us with the bat, connecting the ball so cleanly to send the likes of Cummins, Lyon and Zampa to the fence failed to get the elevation needed as the run rate pummelled to 11. The wicket ended India’s sojourn and with it saw them concede the series.
Earlier in the day, it was Bhuvneshwar who had turned out to be the star performer with the ball as well for India. Being brought on in his second spell, he bowled 2 overs and gave away 2 runs along with picking up the wicket of Stoinis. A superlative death bowling display by him saw him pick up 2 further wickets in the final 10 overs to return with figures of 3-48 and limit Australia to 272-9 on a batting surface that was playing well in the first innings.