A top performance from Yuzvendra Chahal and MS Dhoni helped India win the third and final ODI by 7 wickets held at the MCG.
India won the toss and elected to bowl. Australia scored 230 all out in 48.4 overs. Peter Handscomb scored 58 while Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja couldn’t get going once they were set.
Yuzvendra Chahal ended with figures of 6/42 in 10 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami scalped 2 wickets each.
India lost early wickets in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan but Virat Kohli (46), Kedar Jadhav (61*) and MS Dhoni (87*) did their job to beat the locals.
India register 2-1 series win.
MS Dhoni who was dropped for 0 and 74 won Player of the series award for his stats of 51, 55* and 87* runs.
Yuzvendra Chahal won Player of the match award.
Adam Zampa who played in place of Nathan Lyon bowled well but ended wicketless.
India had made three changes in form of Vijay Shankar, Chahal and Jadhav and rested Kuldeep Yadav, Ambati Rayudu and Mohammad Siraj from their previous match.
India have won both Test and ODI series in Australia for the first time to create history.
Australia had their chances but their sloppy fielding disappointed and were always 25-30 runs short of the total.
Opening batsmen skipper Aaron Finch and wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey didn’t perform with the bat for Aussies.
India will next play Kiwis at Napier on January 23 (Wednesday).
A total of 5 match ODI series and 3 match T20I series will be played in New Zealand till February 10.
MS Dhoni coming back in the form would help captain Kohli take off some of the pressure in the upcoming series.
Ambati Rayudu who couldn’t do much will be eyeing to make the most of the chance if provided.
There is no gurantee if Ravindra Jadeja would feature in upcoming games.
Australia will host two match test series at home against Sri Lanka beginning January 24.
Then they will tour India for limited overs ODI and T20I series from February.
Indian Premier League (IPL) will start next from March 23 (earlier due to general election 2019). All games will be played in India unlike the previous 2009 and 2014 edition that was partly played away from home in South Africa and Dubai.