India completed a 2-1 triumph over Australia by winning the third and the final ODI of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal’s six-wicket haul and fifties from MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. In this podcast Firstpost discuss Team India’s first-ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.
A solid bowling performance from India ensured that the Aussies were restricted to just 230 batting first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up the first couple of wickets before Chahal was brought in and he ran through the Australian innings. Aided by some soft dismissals including that of Usman Khawaja in the very first over he bowled, Chahal picked up six wickets – becoming the first Indian spinner to take two five-fors outside India in ODIs – and ensured that Australia failed to bat the full quota of 50 overs.
On a sluggish pitch most batsmen found it tough to get going, but Glenn Maxwell played few crisp shots towards the end to give the hosts some hope. Unfortunately for them, a Mohammad Shami bouncer saw Maxwell top edge a pull to the fine-leg fielder.
In reply, India started off slowly, with Rohit Sharma falling to Peter Siddle and Marcus Stoinis then sending back Shikhar Dhawan to reduce them to 59/2. Dhoni, in a slightly uncustomary number four spot, walked out to join captain Virat Kohli and together they put on 54 runs for the third wicket before Jhye Richardson got the better of the latter.
With the required-rate up to almost 6.5 an over, it needed the calming presence of Dhoni and Jadhav to see India home in the final over with both getting to respective 50s and sealing India’s first bilateral ODI series win in Australia.