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Australian Cricket Team avoided a whitewash as they won the final ODI at Rajkot. The margin of win was 66-runs and the final series result was 2-1. With this both the teams now get ready to prepare for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
India had won the first two matches with ease but on Wednesday it was a different story. The Australians showed why they are considered one of the top sides in the world. Pat Cummins decided to bat after winning the toss.
The Australians welcomed Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell to strengthen their squad. India also had Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli back in the squad. Ravichandran Ashwin was rested and Washington Sundar was given a chance to play.
Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Australia enjoyed the good batting conditions on offer. The Pat Cummins-led side put up a massive total of 352 for the loss of 7 wickets from their full quota of overs. From the early intentions, it seemed this is going to be Australia’s plan for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup.
Four Australian batters scored half-centuries. David Warner scored fifty for a third game running. Mitchell Marsh fell four runs short of a well-deserved ODI ton when he was sent back by Kuldeep Yadav. Steve Smith was out LBW to Mohammad Siraj for 74. In-form batter Marnus Labuschagne then hit the tired Indian attack to score 72 runs off 58 balls. Jasprit Bumrah who had missed the last game picked 3 wickets. The 29-year-old was expensive as he was hit for 81 runs. Kuldeep Yadav also picked two wickets as the Indian bowlers leaked runs on a good batting track.
Chasing 353 to win, India surprised everyone with their choice of openers. Washington Sundar walked out to bat with skipper Rohit Sharma. The openers gave India a solid start with Rohit Sharma going after the bowlers. Maxwell had Sundar caught by Labuschagne to give Australia the first wicket.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma then added 70 runs for the 2nd wicket to keep India in the game. Glenn Maxwell got both the wickets to dent India’s hopes. Rohit was caught bowled for 81, while Kohli was out for 56 caught by Smith. Iyer tried to fight back with 48 but he too fell to Maxwell. The Australian ended with career-best figures of 4/40 to help his team to a win.
Here’s how the fans reacted:
Australia have successfully avoided the whitewash.
They won the final ODI by 66 runs! pic.twitter.com/KR9YcOyX4v
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 27, 2023
ऑस्ट्रेलिया वर्ल्डकप की मज़बूत दावेदार है
— GANESH (@GANESHV81214930) September 27, 2023
they played very well 🔥
— Zayn ✧･ﾟ (@zaynakadead) September 27, 2023
— Mohit (@MohitMe11065970) September 27, 2023
Well played India 🇮🇳❤
Congratulations team Australia🇦🇺
— GORDXROHIT (@gordxrohit) September 27, 2023
We'll peak when it matters the most 🏆💯
— Chatur (Not an Idiot) (@mpbsvs) September 27, 2023
Be positive we won the series, The Australia side played very well today .
— saasha (@saasha_00) September 27, 2023
Indian team first 2 matchs vs last match pic.twitter.com/8mQLZVx60n
— Guddu (@nammu_92) September 27, 2023
Failure provides a greater opportunity for learning than success.
We are Team INDIA
— Vजय Sharमाँ (@vij7227) September 27, 2023
Lower order batting a worry
— Mayank Goel (@MayankRMFC) September 27, 2023