Australia beat India and seal the series

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Opener Usman Khawaja hit his second hundred in three matches to guide Australia to 272-9 from their 50 overs.

The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Stoinis and Ashton Turner all failed to deliver significant innings with the bat, but it mattered little as the bowlers turned on the style to seal Australia's first series win in India since 2009.

Gambhir observed that the squad is more or less finalized since this was the last global series for the team before the World Cup.

Adam Zampa (3-46) and his fellow bowlers then skittled India for 237 in exactly 50 overs to register their third successive victory as Australia overcame a 0-2 series deficit.

"It's a lot of fun scoring hundreds and even more fun winning games".

"Our spinners, and our batters adapted really well and at the end of the day, it was a really good team performance".

"It's about ourselves believing we're good enough and sticking to our game plan".

After Aaron Finch had departed for 27, Handscomb helped build a third-wicket stand of 99 with Khawaja, the pair's efforts crucial in getting Australia to what proved a match-winning total.

He lost his wicket in the next over to paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned figures of 3-48, with a drive to cover and Kohli took a safe catch.

Ravindra Jadeja returned to get the unsafe Glenn Maxwell for one and Handscomb was caught behind off Shami as Australia slipped to 182-4.

- The stand of 91 runs between Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the seventh wicket is the highest for India against Australia while chasing for the seventh or lower wicket in ODIs. He was on 20.

"Just probably one spot in the team that we have to discuss, and the rest of the team is pretty much sorted for us and we have been feeling pretty much balanced", Kohli was quoted as saying during the post-match presentation ceremony last night.

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

The recently concluded five-match ODI series against Australia was India's last chance of zeroing in on their preferred combination ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Australia lost the opening two games, but Wednesday's triumph rounded off a stunning turnaround and ensured they won a bilateral ODI series of at least five matches from 2-0 down for the first time.

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