After winning its first Test series in Australia, India have created another history by winning its first bilateral ODI series down under. Having won the second match and lost the first, Virat Kohli led Indian team won the third ODI at Melbourne and clinched the series, 2-1.
The Historical Day: 18/01/2019
The wicket at the MCG was slow, sluggish and favoured the spinners and slow bowlers. India’s Yuzvendra Chahal wrecked havoc picking up 6 wickets and gave away only 42 runs, breaking the spine of the Australian batting order. He has now tied with Ajit Agarkar for the best bowling figures for an Indian bowler.
India’s power-packed innings
Chasing a modest target of 231, India lost Rohit Sharma early. Shikhar Dhawan got a start but couldn’t go big. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had a good partnership until Kohli edged a Richardson delivery to the wicketkeeper. Kohli fell 4 runs short of a half-century.
MS Dhoni came in at number 4 and Kedar Jadhav who was playing today’s game made his case for the World Cup even stronger. Dhoni scored 87* (114) which included 6 fours while Jadhav made 61* (57) including 7 boundaries which lead India’s victory with 7 wickets and 4 balls in hand.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bowl. Kohli made 3 changes to the winning combination. Chahal replaced Kuldeep Yadav while Kedar Jadhav replaced Ambati Rayadu and all-rounder Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut today.
Bhubaneswar Kumar got the better of Aaron Finch once again. He made 14 (24). Alex Carry couldn’t last any longer. After Kumar’s early scalps it was all Chahal show. He picked up 6 wickets which included Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handsomb, Marcus Stoinis, Richardson and Adam Zampa. Shami picked up the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. Handsomb scored 58, the most for Australia followed by Shaun Marsh’s 39.
Yuzvendra Chahal’s magical bowling spell
Yuzvendra Chahal won the man of the match award. Chahal was brilliant in Melbourne, finishing with figures of 10-0-42-6 – the best-ever figures for an Indian at the MCG.
“I enjoyed bowling for the first time in Australia (internationals). The ball was spinning a little bit, so I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace. Looking forward to the New Zealand series.”
Captain Kohli was the driving force behind the team’s win
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019
“It wasn’t a great wicket to bat on, so we had to take it deep, but they were professional in getting the job done. We were a bit nervous but two set batsmen in knew exactly what they wanted to do. We wanted to get in a good combination. We wanted to give Kuldeep a rest and we don’t want to be too predictable as well. Chahal came in and bowled beautifully. 6/42 was magnificent. Kedar with bat and ball is always handy. We have been here for a long time. It’s been an amazing tour for us. We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series”, said Virat at the presentation ceremony.
“If someone gave me these results before the tour, I would have taken it with both hands. I am really grateful and proud of the side. It was a collective effort. We are feeling confident and balanced as a side with the World Cup in mind. Few games against New Zealand and few more back home to strengthen the areas that we need to work on as a team,” captain Kohli concluded.
MS Dhoni awarded Player of the Series
3 fifties in three matches and getting India over the line in the second and third ODIs, this has been a series to remember for the former India captain.
“It was a slow wicket, so it was difficult to hit whenever you wanted to. No point going after the bowlers who were bowling well, so we wanted to take it deep and that was the plan. Kedar did a great job in executing. I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me. I can’t say I can’t bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
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