The young visiting side of Australia defeated India by 35 runs in the 5th and the last ODI of the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi to end the tour on a positive note. The highlights of the match being the dominant batting performance by the visitors which justified their skipper’s decision after the coin flipped in favour of the latter on the slowish surface of small ground of Feroz Shah Kotla in the capital. Usman Khawaja bagged his 2nd ODI century of the series, backed up by the cameo 34-run stand between Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins for the 8th wicket eventually turned out to be a match winning partnership knock as India fell short off the target by 35 runs. Aaron Finch led the 1st Australian side in 48-year ODI history to win the 5 match ODI series 3-2 after trailing 0-2. The previous closest scenario was against South Africa in 2006 where Ricky Ponting led the team to a series decider in Johannesburg after the visitors bounced back from 0-2 deficit to win the next 2 games at Port Elizabeth and Durban. Though Australia notched up the highest ODI score in history, South Africa added a new page to it through their spectacular chase to win by one wicket and clinch the series 3-2.
Usman Khwaja took the charge in lead and stood out for the tourists in providing a solid start as the left-handed batsman from Queensland put on 76 runs opening stand with the captain. Supported by Peter Handscomb from the other end, the duo carried forward the Aussie innings. With an elegant 100, the Queensland representative strengthened his claim for a place in the WC squad. Later, the 34-run partnership between Jhye and Patty took the Australian side past 270 and put a competitive target on the board for the hosts despite being reduced at 229/7 with 25 deliveries left in the innings.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Australia’s victory:
It is a wonderful achievement by Australia to come back from 0-2 down to win a series. The two teams started from either end of the results spectrum, India on a high and Australia in the dumps, and Australia gained more from this series.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 13, 2019
Teams who have come back from 2-0 down to win an ODI series 3-2:
SOUTH AFRICA v Pakistan, 2003
BANGLADESH v Zimbabwe, 2005
PAKISTAN v India, 2005
SOUTH AFRICA v England, 2016
— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2019
Questions before the series
1. Who’s the third opener?
2. Who’s India’s number 4?
3. Who’s India’s fourth seamer?
4. Who’s India’s back-up keeper?
How many are answered by the end of it? #IndvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 13, 2019
Whoever gets picked in the end, India’s middle order will be its Achilles heel in the WC 2019.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 13, 2019
Looks to me like the Aussies might be just getting something going at the right time …. #CWC19 !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 13, 2019