India restrict Australia to 242/9 in 5th ODI

Arnold Nichols
October 2, 2017

Fifth game is crucial for Australia to change the equation of 3-1 lead to 3-2.

Australian skipper Steve Smith, who won the toss, opted to bat and openers justified his decision by giving the guests a strong start adding 66 runs for the first wicket. Jasprit Bumrah (2/51) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/40) were yet again brilliant in the death overs. They replace Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Yuzi Chahal.

India's 4-1 series victory over Australia was scripted by all 14 members of the squad announced for the five-ODI battle.

The Aussie top-order batsman was flown in a last minute cover for the then injured Aaron Finch at the start of the series.

242 for 9 in 50 overs (D Warner 53; Axar Patel 3/38).

His 10 overs went for 67 runs in that match, but he did claim the key wicket of MS Dhoni after a clever adjustment of length as the India wicketkeeper stepped out towards off-stump in the final over of the home side's innings. While Rohit Sharma, the one-day vice-captain, likes to impose himself with his audacious strokeplay, Ajinkya Rahane, the Test vice-captain, prefers to grind and coerce the opponent into waving the white flag. "We've been outplayed and deserve to lose 1-4", the 28-year-old said. Australia did manage to score a good 334 runs which proved to be match-winning in the end.

"It is my job to score runs as an opener. I prepared well before the first game and it is hard to bowl against these batsmen", he said.


"We're going to focus on that and when that's done we'll take care of preparation for the Ashes", Smith said.

"There are certain areas I still need to work on".

However, once Rohit Sharma got into his groove, Rahane sat back and let his partner do what he does best.

"I think this wicket wasn't easy, 240 was a job well done with the ball, but when we batted, the ball was coming really slowly, I enjoyed my knock today". I know my strengths and weaknesses and I try to work around that.

Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) did share an 87-run stand for the fourth wicket but once the duo went away, Australia kept on losing wickets at regular interval and couldn't get the thrust to up the ante.

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.

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