India beat Australia in final ODI: Team India lost the three-match ODI series 2-1 against Australia but Indian skipper Virat Kohli was elated with the victory in the final ODI, terming it as the ‘big boost’ for the players.
“Happy with the performance and hopefully we take the momentum forward. The win was crucial for us as the team needed that kind of a boost. We played with heart and desire, and that’s what you need to do in Australia,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Notably India made four changes in the squad for the third ODI as Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan and Kuldeep Yadav were included in the playing XI for the dead rubber. Speaking on the same, Kohli said, “Shubman and others coming in, it brings in a bit freshness.”
Virat also hailed the never-say-die attitude shown by his team when put under pressure situations.
“It’s particularly pleasing that we were under the pump for the first half of our innings, and second half of Australia’s, and we fought back both times. I think the pitch was much better in terms of helping the bowlers, so obviously the confidence levels go up. We were able to put Australia under pressure because of that fact as well,” Kohli said.
Meanwhile, with the win, the Men in Blue ended their seven-match losing streak in international cricket across all formats.
Also, this is the first time that Australia have lost an ODI in Canberra.
Ind vs Aus, 3rd ODI: Kohli and boys hold nerve to register 13-run win
Batting first did bring a change in fortune for Virat Kohli and boys as India defeated Australia by 13 runs in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday.
While India opened their account in the ODI Super League with the win, Australia took the series 2-1. Luck was India’s side to begin with as Kohli won the toss for the first time in the series and decided to bat. While the top-order failed to fire in unison, the middle-order rose to the challenge and both Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja played match-winning knocks of 92 and 66 respectively to guide India to 302/5.
The addition of Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and Kuldeep Yadav also rejuvenated the bowling as the side was finally able to take wickets at regular intervals. For the first time in the last six ODIs, the Men in Blue also managed to take a wicket in the powerplay overs. Aaron Finch played a knock of 75 runs, while Glenn Maxwell and Aston Agar tried their best to take Australia over the line. But in the end, Kohli and boys managed to hang on to register a 13-run win.
Brief Scores: India 302/5 (Hardik Pandya 92*, Ravindra Jadeja 66*, Ashton Agar 2-44); Australia 289 (Aaron Finch 75, Glenn Maxwell 59, Shardul Thakur 3-51)