Usman Khawaja, bowlers humble India in series decider

Usman Khawaja, bowlers humble India in series decider

Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss and appeared to be on course to top 300 for a third game running, as Khawaja cruised towards an elegant hundred - sharing in 76 and 99-run stands for the first and second wickets with Aaron Finch (27) and Peter Handscomb (52), who followed up his maiden ODI hundred in Saturday's fourth ODI with a further fifty.

A sorted India captain in Virat Kohli had laid emphasis on how India have almost found the best combination ahead of the showpiece event and also mentioned there is only spot left for discussion.

"Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win", Kohli said in the post-match press conference.

"They were courageous in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last three games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win".

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Clarke tweeted after the Australian team beat fancied India in the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla for a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 series win here Wednesday. He's now also the batsman to score most runs against India in a five-match ODI series against India.

Overall, Rohit has become the ninth Indian cricketer to join the elite club. The record is held by former Windies pacer Patrick Paterson who took 17 wickets in 1987/88.

In reply, India were reduced to 132 for six but Kedar Jadhav, who made 44, and Kumar threatened to pull off the chase during their 91-run stand for the seventh wicket. The previous highest was of 84 runs between Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar at Vadodara in 2009. In between, they won six bilateral ODI series at home. "The resilience and fight that we showed being down 0-2 it would have been easy to roll over in those small moments in the game, just let them drift away and India win the series", Finch stated after the victory."But the fight that we showed, we've had our backs against the walls for quite a while now so I'm really proud of the group".

The Indian vice-captain had a disastrous start in the five-match series against Australia as he managed to score just 51 runs from first three matches. Moreover, this was India's first ODI series defeat under the leadership of Virat Kohli at home. The tourists also ran out 2-0 winners in the preceding T20I series.

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