Preview: Three one-day international match series between Australia and India is in the most interesting situation possible. Australia 1, India 1, the winner of the iconic MCG in Melbourne on Friday (18 January) in Melbourne.
Australia (XI): Aaron Finch(captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa.
India: Virat Kohli(captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar.
The big final battle of ODI starts in favour of India winning the toss, captain Virat opts to bowl against Australia in overcast conditions. Australian started batting but unfortunately, rain halts the play after 2 balls. It’s a good first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as he induces Aaron Finch’s edge. The ball falls short of the first Rohit Sharma slip fielder. Australia is 1/0 after the first. The Indian bowlers were outmatched as the batsman loss wicket in each over. Bowlers Mohammed Shami, Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar and Shami played their best in conquering wickets turning out the Indians as they dismissed the Australians for 230.
Now it’s time for the Indian batsman to rock the battle, Dhawan and Rohit start the play slowly as the opponent Jhye Richardson comes up with a clean over first up. Restoring confidence, Rohit adds four but later commits a blunder mistake as Siddle bowls losing wicket. Kohli slashes one through the cover for a majestic border off Stanlake when the score reaches 51/1. He follows with a pull for a fourth. Australia must break this partnership in the near future. Kohli and Dhawan combined well and were positioned strongly in India. They dealt well with the leg-spinner Adam Zampa marking 59/1. But later Dhawan was dismissed by Stoinis.
Now enters the Saviour MS Dhoni. Dhoni and Kohli took India over 100. India is slowly and surely taking control of the proceedings with 104/2. Richardson dismissed Kohli with 46 runs, 113/3. Now, Jadhav and Dhoni lead the match slowly and steadily. For MS Dhoni it’s the fine half-century, not yet in his best vintage but playing perfectly to the situation. It is the Third consecutive score of 50+ in ODIs for Dhoni. This is the fifth time that he scored three fifties in a row in 2014 vs. NZ.
Australia is trying to put pressures on the Indians but still standing on the victory point, the Indians. A final FOUR! Jadhav finishes with a limit, fantastic finish that is easily won by India in the 2-1 series! Dhoni in 87 remains unbeaten and Jadhav 61 runs unbeaten. MS Dhoni is the ‘Man of the Match’. The team is approaching the World Cup with confidence.
The Indian Tour is next is on its way to New Zealand on January 23rd, 2019 challenging the black caps.