Khawaja ton guides Australia to 272-9 in deciding ODI

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"It just goes to show you the courage required to win a series in this country but also to gather and muster the strength without some of your formidable players - your Smiths, your Warners, your Starcs".

Kohli, whose team won an ODI series in Australia then hammered the Black Caps 4-1 in New Zealand to stamp their cup favouritism alongside England, believed there were no standouts ahead of the United Kingdom tournament starting on May 30.

Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional in his first eight overs giving just 14 runs but Jhye Richradson (29) spoilt his figures by creaming off four boundaries from his ninth over, providing one last push to Australian innings.

But Khawaja took over, scoring a second century for the series and taking his tally to 383 runs at 76.60 in the five matches.

India captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Australia following his team's 2-3 ODI series defeat, terming the visitors as the deserving winners. People have written us off for quite a while now.

"Having said that, any team who's on a roll can be knocked out in the semis. they can be defeated immediately by a side that's more fearless on that particular day and wants it more and is more expressive as a side".

The win secured a series of records for Australia, adding to the marks set in game four where we smashed our biggest ever second innings total, recorded our biggest successful chase and the fifth highest successful chase of all-time.

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Australia lost the opening two games, but Wednesday's triumph rounded off a stunning turnaround and ensured they won a bilateral ODI series of at least five matches from 2-0 down for the first time. The series came against the backdrop of India blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack and then crossing the Line of Control into the Pakistani airspace. "It felt like I bowled well in the Australian summer, so glad it keeps on clicking".

His huge tally was enough to earn him both the man of the match and man of the series awards.

Australia has another chance to impress ahead of the World Cup with another five-match series against Pakistan in the UAE starting on Friday March 22.

The Australian spin trio of Adam Zampa (3/46), Nathan Lyon (1/34) and part-timer Glenn Maxwell (0/34) kept the Indian batsmen on a tight leash.

Rishabh Pant (w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

India, who won a Test and ODI series in Australia recently, will be keen to deny the Kangaroos an opportunity to return the favour in this series.

After the first three ODIs, India rested MS Dhoni for the remaining matches - a decision disapproved by many fans. Throughout the series, India tried out numerous combinations. "You gave excellent performance during last three consecutive ODI contests to CAP the series".

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