Aus vs Ind- 5th ODI Review: Australia turn fortunes around with remarkable series win on Indian soil

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Heroics with bat and ball ensured Australia the series after being initially 2-0 down. The visitors handed India their first series loss at home in 4 years.

In what was anticipated as a fairly easy series win for the hosts, the Aussies displayed their trademark resiliency to strengthen their chances to defend their World Cup.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Aaron Finch and co. punished the Indian bowling attack constantly. Usman Khawaja cemented his spot in the World Cup with yet another century to take his series tally to 383. Despite a middle-order collapse, the lower order made use of the fragile bowling unit to stretch their total to 272.

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India’s batting woes continued after the batsmen yet again struggled under challenging conditions. Rohit Sharma inched through a fifty but was dismissed soon after. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched a partnership to instil hopes in the fans but could not finish things off.

Australia showed why they are serious contenders for the title while leaving India with tons of question to ponder and back to the blackboard.

With today’s loss, Feroz Shah Kotla still waits for a total in excess of 250 to be chased since 1996.

Brief Scorecard:

Australia 272-9 (50 overs) (U.Khawaja 100; B.Kumar 3-48)

India 237 (50 overs) (R.Sharma 56; A.Zampa 3-46)

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