Team slipped from number-1
With the 21-run victory over India, Australia also regained the number one spot in the One Day International rankings. The Indian team slipped to second place. The Indian team became number 1 in January this year after beating New Zealand 3-0 at home, then beat Sri Lanka 3-0 to continue their dominance. India also won their eighth ODI in a row and were looking in good shape ahead of the World Cup later this year. However, the Australian team ousted us from the number one position by winning the second and third consecutive ODIs in Vizag and Chennai.
fast start on both sides
India-Australia openers on both sides gave a brisk start. Australia won the toss and elected to bat after which Mitchell Marsh (47 off 47 balls) and Travis Head (33 off 31 balls) proved it right by adding 68 runs in 10.5 overs for the first wicket. Captain Rohit Sharma (30 runs, 17 balls) and Shubman Gill (37 runs, 49 balls) also gave a fast start to the Indian team chasing the target. Both added 65 runs in 9.1 overs for the first wicket. However, after this only Virat Kohli (54 runs, 72 balls), KL Rahul (32 balls, 50 balls) and Hardik Pandya (40 runs, 40 balls) could stay at the crease. However, none of them could show a dominant game.
Lower order added runs
Hardik Pandya’s brilliant opening spell and Kuldeep Yadav’s spin kept the Australian batsmen in check, but their tailenders helped them post a challenging total of 269 before being bundled out in 49 overs. While Hardik dismissed the top-order batsmen, Kuldeep dismissed Alex Carey with such a brilliant ball on a helpful Chennai pitch that was the ‘Ball of the Series’. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep was bowled by Carey dodging a leg break delivery and the Indian bowler’s happiness knew no bounds. Australia’s score was 138 for five, but a 58-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Carey and Mark Stoinis (25) and a 42-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Sean Abbott (26) and Ashton Agar (17) From then the visiting team dominated. Then Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa added a crucial 22 runs for the last wicket.
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