India Fight Back After Khawaja 100, Limit Aus to 272/9 in Decider
Recap the first innings of the series-deciding fifth ODI at New Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla.
- Australia set India a target of 273 to win series-deciding fifth ODI at New Delhi.
- Pacers limit scoring in death overs to restrict Australia after Usman Khawaja’s second hundred in three games.
- Australia: 272/9 (Khawaja 100, Handscomb 52, B Kumar 3/48, Jadeja 2/45)
- India are seeking a seventh successive ODI series win at home, and haven’t lost any such series since October 2015.
India staged a decent comeback to restrict Australia to 272 for nine after Usman Khawaja continued with his imperious form by hitting his second hundred of the series in the decisive fifth ODI at New Delhi on Wednesday, 13 March.
Khawaja, who hadn’t scored a century in ODIs before this series, hit exactly 100 off 106 balls to take Australia to a strong 175/1 in 33 overs.
His dismissal to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, however, began a downturn, and the Indian pacers kept a check on the scoring by conceding only 97 runs in the last 17 overs.
Aus Fail to Build on Khawaja Platform
The left-hander, who hit a century in Ranchi as well, first raised a 76-run stand with Aaron Finch (27) after his skipper elected to bat in hazy and overcast conditions, and followed it up with a 99-run partnership with Peter Handscomb (52).
Bhuvneshwar took three wickets for 48 runs while Ravindra Jadeja (2/45) and Mohammed Shami (2/57) accounted for two batsmen each.
The Ferozeshah Kotla wicket did not have much for either spinners or pacers, but was far from the usual low-and-slow track as the Australians easily worked the ball around.
Khawaja was yet again impressive with his footwork, handling the Indian spinners nicely before being caught at shot extra cover by Kohli off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The left-hander hit 10 fours and two sixes before driving straight to Kohli.
Jadeja Impresses on Return
Jadeja then got rid of Glenn Maxwell (1) and Shami sent back Handscomb as Australia lost three wickets in the space of 14 balls.
The tide turned in India's favour with Australia managing just 27 runs between overs 34 and 40.
Jadeja, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, made a strong case for himself for inclusion in the World Cup squad with figures of 10-0-45-2.
Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional in his first eight overs, giving just 14 runs.
But Jhye Richradson (29) spoilt his figures by creaming four boundaries from his ninth over, providing one last push to the Australian innings.
It turned out to be a forgettable day for chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who bled 74 runs in his 10 overs but dismissed Ashton Turner, the match-winner from the fourth ODI at Mohali, for 20.
Earlier, it was only Mohammed Shami who initially tested Finch with away-going and in-coming balls, but once the Australia captain got his eye in, he went about his business without fuss.
Khawaja continued with his rich form, striking boundaries easily. His straight boundary, punched on the up, off Bhuvneshwar was a treat to watch.
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