India and Australia were up against each other for the final ODI in Canberra, and India tried to put their best foot forward to do the game in their favor. India avoided the whitewash by winning the match by 13 runs. Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. While Willow in the first hand, Men in Blue posted a fine target of 301 runs in the form of Ravindra Jadeja (66 of 60) and Hardik Pandya (92 of 76) and wreaked havoc in the end.
Pandya was adjudged the player of the match for his outstanding contribution with the bat. Stunner Steve Smith was declared Man of the Series for two straight centuries in ODIs. The captain Virat Kohli His crucial innings of 63 off 78 balls also helped his team to perform well. Shubman Gill was a freshman in the ODI team and contributed 33 runs for India. Ashton Egger replaced the best man with the ball as he took two wickets in an impressive economy of 4.40.
India’s bowling class was long
Chasing the target, the Kangaroos also did not set the tone well, as India took a wicket in the power play. Aaron Finch’s innings of 75 off 82 balls became the very basis of Australia’s Chase game. Glenn Maxwell also played a brilliant innings of 59 runs and the game was more in Australia’s favor while he was at the crease. Debutant T Natarajan made his mark as he brought India early success in the game. He took two wickets to his name. Shardul Thakur weaved his magic as he named three scallops to his name with an impressive economy of 5.10.
Captain Virat Kohli said:
We were placed under the pump in the first half and in the second half of Australia’s innings. Shubman and others in the team, it brings a bit of freshness. I think the pitch was much better for the bowlers. Then trust is lost. Playing international cricket for so long, this is the challenge before you. We were clinical with the ball and on the field. Pleased with the performance and hope we take the momentum forward
The player of the match, Hardik Pandya said:
This is good Working really hard to make sure that I play for my country, so I am really happy to play this series. Natarajan is quite a story, the background he comes from, gets a lot of inspiration from him. To compete against Australia you need to be on your toes. I think you always have that extra edge when you play against Australia, you want to face that challenge. “
Player of the series, Steve Smith said:
They have reached close to back to back games. A good series of cricket against a quality organization. I think it did more with the new ball. The fast bowlers bowled well, it was slightly different from the SCG. You just have to keep moving forward and be confident. Hopefully I will contribute to the upcoming games. There are no plans at the moment, hopefully one day closes.
The losing captain, Aaron Finch, said:
I felt that we fought really well. It was a wonderful partnership between Hardik and Jadeja. If we got one of those wickets, we could chase 240 Max. If he bowled beautifully, it was a good day for the changes we made. The impact the two spinners are having is significant. It is good when top ranking people contribute and then Maxie (Maxwell) can talk with Carrie and others. Hopefully, he is ready for T20I. There was only one Nagina.