New Delhi, Riding on Usman Khawaja’s second One -Day International ton, Australia set a challenging total of 272/9 runs against India in the final ODI of the five-match series here at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Wednesday.
Australia was 182 for 4 in 36.2 overs, and looking to post a huge total, but Indian bowlers made a brilliant come back and restricted the visitors to 272 runs. The Aussies could add 90 runs in the last 14 overs.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. The visitors got off to a good start as man-in-form Usman Khawaja and skipper Aaron Finch put on a 76 runs for the first wicket stand. All-rounder Ravinder Jadeja gave India their first breakthrough in the 15th over. He dismissed Finch for 27 runs off 43 balls.
Mohali centurian Peter Handscomb and left-handed Khawaja stitched together a 99 runs partnership for the second wicket, taking the score board to 175 runs in 33 overs. Meanwhile, Khawaja scored his second ODI ton. He was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 33rd over.
Soon, Glenn Maxwell departed for just 1 run in 34th over. He was caught by Kohli off Jadeja. Handscom got his eyes in but failed to convert his fifty in three figures as Rishabh Pant took his catch off Mohammed Shami for 52 runs, reducing the Aussies to 182/4 in 36.2 overs.
Previous match hero Ashton Turner was dismissed for just 20 runs off 20 balls. Ravindra Jadeja caught him at long-on reason off chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in 41st over.
Then, the Aussies kept losing their wickets at regular intervals and could score 272 runs in stipulated 50 overs. Left-handed Khawaja was the highest run-getter from the visiting side, followed by Handscom with his 52 runs innings.
Kumar was the highest wicket-taker from India as he bagged three wickets for 48 runs in his 10-over quota. While Shami 9 overs (57/2) and Jadeja (10 overs 45/2) took two wickets each.