The Indian fans in the Canberra stadium had something to cheer about as India defeated Australia in the final ODI of the series all thanks to a stellar partnership from Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja which helped India post a total of 302 runs on the board after an early collapse.
It all started at the toss when India’s skipper Virat Kohli won the toss for the very first time in the series and elected to bat first at the Canberra Stadium. India made as many as Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and T Natarajan came into the side at the expense of Mayank Agarwal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal. Whereas Australia made as many as three changes to the side David Warner, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc making way for Cameron Green, Ashton Agar and Sean Abbott in the side.
India pull one back against Australia
India batting first posted a total of 302 runs on the board after an early collapse which happened after the subsequent fall of wickets of India’s top order which led to bringing Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease when India were struggling at 152/5. The duo then put up a 150 run partnership between them taking India to 302 runs at the end of 50 overs.
Australia started off the chase with an early wicket in the form of Marnus Labuchagne after which they never really looked to be in the chase until Maxwell and Finch stitched a vital partnership together. But in the Shardul Thakur’s three wickets ensured Australia don’t cross the line which resulted in India winning the final match of the series in a lost cause.
‘Really happy for Natarajan’ – Hardik Pandya
The man of the match of today’s match was Hardik Pandya for his unbeaten knock of 94 runs off 75 deliveries which helped India post a total of 302 runs. At the post-match presentation, Hardik Pandya was in all praise for Natarajan and the rest of the bowlers in the side. He further said how you need to be on your toes when you’re facing a side like Australia as you would always expect a challenge from them.
“I will be fine to play the T20Is. I have been working hard to play for my country, happy that I’ve got the opportunity. Really happy for Natarajan and rest of the bowlers. It’s been quite a story for him. You need to be on your toes when it comes to playing against Australia. You got to push hard and face the challenge against them,” Hardik Pandya said.