India rise to No. 1 with seven-wicket win

Australia innings (toss: Australia, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
D Warner caught Pandey, bowled Axar 53 (62) 5 0 85.48
A Finch caught Bumrah, bowled Pandya 32 (36) 6 0 88.88
S Smith (c) leg before wicket Jadhav 16 (25) 1 0 64.00
P Handscomb caught Rahane, bowled Axar 13 (17) 0 0 76.47
T Head bowled Axar 42 (59) 4 0 71.18
M Stoinis leg before wicket Bumrah 46 (63) 4 1 73.01
M Wade (wk) caught Rahane, bowled Bumrah 20 (18) 0 1 111.11
J Faulkner run out by Pandya/Dhoni 12 (17) 0 0 70.58
P Cummins not out 2 (2) 0 0 100.00
N Coulter-Nile bowled Bhuvneshwar 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: Adam Zampa
Extras: 6 (3 wides, 2 leg byes and 1 bye)
AUS’s total: 242/9 in 50 overs, at 4.84 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 66/1 (Finch, 11.3), 100/2 (Smith, 19.3), 112/3 (Warner, 22.2), 118/4 (Handscomb, 24.2), 205/5 (Head, 42.6), 210/6 (Stoinis, 44.2), 237/7 (Wade, 48.6), 242/8 (Faulkner, 49.5), and 242/9 (Coulter-Nile, 49.6)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 8 0 40 1 5.00
J Bumrah 10 2 51 2 5.10
H Pandya 2 0 14 1 7.00
K Yadav 10 1 48 0 4.80
K Jadhav 10 0 48 1 4.80
A Patel 10 0 38 3 3.80
India innings (target: 243 runs in 50 overs, at 4.86 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Rahane leg before wicket Coulter-Nile 61 (74) 7 0 82.43
R Sharma caught Coulter-Nile, bowled Zampa 125 (109) 11 5 114.67
V Kohli (c) caught Stoinis, bowled Zampa 39 (55) 2 0 70.90
K Jadhav not out 5 (8) 1 0 62.50
M Pandey not out 11 (11) 2 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah
Extras: 2 (1 wide and 1 leg bye)
India’s total: 243/3 in 42.5 overs, at 5.67 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 124/1 (Rahane, 22.3), 223/2 (Rohit, 39.1) and 227/3 (Kohli, 39.4)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
P Cummins 7 1 29 0 4.14
N Coulter-Nile 9 0 42 1 4.66
M Stoinis 4 0 20 0 5.00
J Faulkner 5.5 0 37 0 6.34
A Zampa 8 0 59 2 7.37
T Head 6 0 38 0 6.33
A Finch 3 0 17 0 5.67

Match report: India vs Australia 5th ODI

By way of a seven-wicket victory in the 5th ODI, India won the five-ODI series against Australia 4-1 and became the No. 1-ranked ODI side in world cricket, overtaking South Africa. Hardik Pandya was awarded the man-of-the-series for taking six wickets in five matches and scoring 222 runs in four innings. Rohit Sharma, for scoring his 14th ODI century, a 109-ball 125 punctuated by 11 fours and five sixes, was awarded the man-of-the-match.

India cruised to the target of 243 in 42.5 overs, as Rohit not only scored his 14th ODI century but also shared two big partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli to deliver a seven-wicket victory. Despite chasing a small score, India needed a good start and they got one through Rahane and Rohit, who put together 124 runs in just 22.3 overs to take the match away from the visitors and put India in control. This was the third straight 100-run partnership between Rahane and Rohit.

Rahane was the aggressor early on when Rohit struggled to get off the mark, taking 14 balls to score his first run. Rahane, though, batted fluently and his driving down the ground and through the covers, in particular, stood out, though he tried to play a few uncharacteristic strokes as well to score quick runs and maintain the momentum of the innings. He brought up his 23rd ODI half-century and fourth consecutive fifty, on the 63rd delivery he faced. His rhythm was good and one wondered if, after a string of half-centuries, Rahane will pick this night to convert a fifty into a hundred. But he had batted expansively and on one of the occasions when he walked across the stumps to Coulter-Nile (to direct the ball behind square on the leg-side),  he failed to make contact and was caught plumb in front of the stumps.

Rohit, as aforementioned, took quite a while to get going and a straight drive off Pat Cummins for a four was what set him off. He shifted gears soon after and as he often does, made batting look simple. We got to see the watchful pull shots to the left of short fine-leg, the silky smooth drives off the seamers and spinners, the nonchalant lofted strokes over long-on and deep mid-wicket, and among the impressive aspects were his willingness to build an innings and respect the conditions. On what was a slow pitch, the ball didn’t always rush off the surface and as a batsman, you had to play the ball late and be patient. Once the field spread out, Rohit was prepared to work the ball down the ground and through the gaps, against Adam Zampa and Travis Head, and this milking of the Australian bowling helped him build momentum and ensured that India weren’t  put under pressure.

As is always the case with Rohit, a majority of his runs came in boundaries—74, to be precise, 11 fours and five sixes—but we cannot overlook how the singles and twos helped him construct this innings. He brought up his half-century off 52 balls and took just 42 more balls to score the next 50 runs and bring up his 14th hundred. Batting on 96, he nonchalantly pulled Coulter-Nile for a six over mid-wicket and brought up this ODI ton. With India just 20 runs away from victory, Rohit, who had been troubled a little by cramps, hit a half-tracker from Zampa down the throat of the fielder at deep mid-wicket. It was a shot of a tired man who, however, had done his job and put his team in a winning position.

Rohit had put on 99 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli, who struggled for timing and placement and was overeager to dab the ball down to third-man throughout his innings. He was beaten numerous times when he tried to play this shot, particularly against the quick bowlers, and he worked extremely hard to score every run, which was very unlike of Kohli. After Rohit was dismissed, he tried to finish off the match in a hurry and while this intent fetched him a four a ball after Rohit’s dismissal, he holed out to long-off in playing an uppish drive on the very next delivery. He had worked his socks off to score 39 (55). The fall of the Indian captain brought Manish Pandey to the middle and he hit the winning runs, with Kedar Jadhav at the other end.

Australia’s bowling was once again ineffective and lacked penetration. They were bereft of ideas to get the Indian batsmen out and all the three Indian wickets were consequences of the batsmen giving their wickets away, rather than the bowlers prising them out. Adam Zampa (2/59) and Coulter-Nile (1/42) were the wicket-takers for the visitors.

Earlier in the day, after Steve Smith won his third consecutive toss and chose to bat first, the Indian bowlers exploited the dry pitch and weather conditions to restrict Australia, who had gotten off to a superb start once again through Aaron Finch and David Warner, to 242/9. Warner top-scored for the visitors with 53 (62) and was their best batsman in terms of how he accumulated his runs, knowing full well that this wasn’t a placid pitch on which you could hit through the line. He and Finch put together 66 runs for the first wicket, with the first powerplay proving productive and Australia scoring 60 runs without losing a wicket.

But this was by far the best phase in the innings for Australia, who were able to score only 182 more runs for the loss of nine wickets in the next 40 overs. Their scoring at only 4.55 runs per over from overs 11-50 had a lot to do with the Indian spinners strangulating them by bowling tight lines and perfect lengths for the pitch they were playing on. Kedar Jadhav, not for the first time, caught the eye with his round-arm off-spinners and proved really effective. He dismissed Steve Smith with a Lasith Malinga-like delivery which wrapped the Australian captain on the pads and having missed a straight delivery in trying to sweep, Smith was a dead duck. Jadhav, for the first time in ODI cricket, bowled 10 overs, for just 48 runs, 13 of which came in his last over.

Kuldeep Yadav, who had replaced Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian playing XI, bowled well and with much better control than he was able to in Indore. He was unfortunate to not get a wicket but bowled a good 10-over spell for 48 runs. Axar Patel varied his pace and his willingness to do so paid dividends. He bowled Travis Head with his stock delivery, but the wicket of Peter Handscomb was more down to Axar bowling slower through the air, keeping the ball around the off-stump and tempting the right-hander to play across the line. With a bit of bounce and turn, Handscomb got a top edge and Ajinkya Rahane took an easy high catch fielding at first slip.

Warner, after his century in Bangalore, was one of the two key wickets for India, along with Finch. And, after having batted comfortably and looked set for another big score, Warner inadvertently chipped a fuller delivery from Axar down long-on’s throat (he had aimed to place the ball more towards mid-wicket). Australia were 118/4 in the 25th over and a wicket then might well have enabled India to restrict them to a much lesser score. But Head and Marcus Stoinis put together 87 runs for the fifth wicket and gave their team an opportunity to reach 250. Head, though, played an inappropriate shot to Axar—a half-sweep across the line, to a virtual yorker—on the last ball of the 43rd over and Stoinis failed to make contact with an in-swinger from Jasprit Bumrah and was trapped plumb in front of the stumps. The loss of these two batsmen in a matter of nine balls (42.6 and 44.2) denied Australia from reaching 250.

For India, Axar was the pick of the bowlers, he took 3/38 and justified being retained in the XI. Bumrah came back splendidly in his second spell after having gone for 34 runs in his first four overs; his last six overs cost only 17 runs and he also picked two wickets (Stoinis and Wade), to finish with 2/51. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile on the first ball he faced and finished with figures of 1/40 in eight overs. Hardik Pandya gave India their first breakthrough, of Finch, and bowled only two overs (1/14).

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