So that’s a wrap from the three match ODI series between Australia and India, and it’s the men in blue who have turned out to be victorious side at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), as they seal the series 2-1.
After the first 25 overs of play, India secured 93 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had done the hard work and compiled a 54 run stand after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan departed early with India’s scoreboard being on 59. Virat Kohli fell short of just 4 runs of another half century as Jhye Richardson got him dismissed through a catch taken by the wicket keeper.
MS Dhoni carried on his good run with the bat and scored his third consecutive half century in the series, while being given valuable support by Kedar Jhadav from the other end who had an enjoyable comeback for his nation.
Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa kept it tight for the Aussies with Richardson conceding just the 27 overs in his 10 over spell, while the wrist spinner went wicket less, but had a good economy of 3.40, as he went for 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Marcus Stoinis looked good with the ball early on, in the innings, but was later picked out by the brilliance of Dhoni and Jhadav in his final few overs, which saw him go for 60 runs in his 9 overs.
Though it looked like the game was getting tense at one point for team India with the required rate going above 9, all was well for the visitors as the calmness of MS Dhoni and the flamboyant shots of Kedar Jhadav steered Team India to a win in the final over with four balls to go.
‘Mahi,’ as he is commonly referred to, went unbeaten yet again after scoring 87 (114)*, while Kedar Jhadav’s 61 (57)* with 7 boundaries to his name assisted India in registering a maiden bilateral series win in the nation down under, and also continued to remain unbeaten throughout the three formats.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s sensational spell of 6 for 42 in 10 overs rightfully awarded him the ‘Player of the match award,’ while it was India’s very own MS Dhoni, whose three back to back fifties with a tally of 193 runs who claimed the ‘Player of the series award,’ for his nation.
It was another memorable moment for India as a cricketing nation as Virat Kohli scalped another trophy on hostile territory within a matter of few weeks.
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