The Australians stunned the whole world after defeating the Men in Blue in the fifth and final ODI of the recently concluded series at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Usman Khawaja’s amazing century led the foundation for Australia’s victory, meanwhile, Adam Zampa gave them the much-needed breakthroughs at the crucial stages of the match.
Khawaja played a scintillating knock of 100 off 106 balls and scored the second hundred of his career and the series. While Zampa picked up 3 important wickets, which also included the wicket of Rohit Sharma, to take his team to the victory.
In the end, the Kangaroos defeated the Indians by 35 runs and clinched the series 3-12. This was their first ODI series in India after 2009 and their first ODI series win in almost 2 years. The last one came in 2017.
Skipper Aaron Finch could contain his happiness after the victory and shared this series win is one of the greatest wins that he has ever been a part of and termed this achievement as an “incredible one”.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Finch shared, “It is unbelievable. The resilience and the fight that we showed was incredible. We have had our backs against the wall for a while now, but I am really proud of the group for coming back. It is important to have a balanced side.”
Adding, “We need a good balance of attack and defense. You need good batsmanship on these wickets against these really talented guys like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja.”
The 32-year-old cricketer was really happy to answer his critics with this sensational win and shared it was lovely to prove to all the people who wrote us off.
“As I said, people have written us off for quite a while now but the team that we have can win us the series, and they can win us the World Cup. It is about behaving in ourselves and sticking to our gameplan. It was a great series all round even though India beat us resoundingly in Nagpur.”
On the other hand, the head coach Justin Langer praised the players for showing such good resilience and proved the world that they are one of the top contenders for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Langer shared, “All the credit to the players. We just make them prepare for the game but they have to go out there and perform in crunch situations. Incredibly proud of the boys. It is going to be tough to pick the World Cup squad. It has been an unbelievable tide since India arrived in Australia.”
In this series, the hero for the Australians was none other than Usman Khawaja, who amassed 383 runs in 5 matches of this bilateral series. Talking about his contribution with the bat, Uzzie shared he had a lot of fun in scoring runs here.
“It is a lot of fun scoring hundreds and even more fun winning games. Very good to come back from 0-2 down, and never easy to beat India at home. Very excited. I just played depending on the conditions.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar