India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

India v Australia: Tourists win by 35 runs to claim 3-2 series victory

Despite missing banned batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to clinch the series with a comfortable 35-run win in the final ODI in New Delhi on Wednesday. We have to live up to the potential we have as a good side.

"It's unbelievable, the resilience and fight that we showed", Finch said. "I'm really proud of the group for coming back".

"We told the players "go and enjoy these two months in IPL, don't think of performance pressure or 'I have to do this or that", said India's batting mainstay.

In Dubai, Australian media has reported, Smith and Warner will have a "reintegration meeting" with players and staff in an early attempt to clear the air over the ball-tampering scandal.

The left-handed batsman accumulated 383 runs in the five ODI games to top the series run chart ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli. Opener Usman Khawaja once again proved to be the vital member as he scored his second ODI century in the series and second overall. A couple of spots are still up for grabs and even those are expected to be filled after the ongoing ODI series against Australia.

Adam Zampa took three wickets to lead Australia's bowling at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground.

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The race for the top-four in the Premier League has had to go on the backburner this weekend, with the FA Cup taking priority. And second, it means that Napoli are in the final, and I am happy.

"To be here in India and winning this series, it's massive".

Ashley Turner, who made his ODI debut in the opening match of the series, hit a match-winning blitz of 84 not out in the fourth game to make a case for the World Cup squad. It was heartbreaking as India won the first two ODIs and looked to be in cruise-control mode, but credit has to be given to Australia who believed in themselves to pull themselves up from behind to stun India.

Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) threatened to deny Australia with a 91-run partnership, but Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson removed them in successive balls and India ultimately fell some way short on 237 all out, losing their last wicket to the final ball of the innings. "Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months", Langer added.

Provided Khawaja maintains form during the five-match series against Pakistan starting on March 22, the only question is where he will bat at the World Cup. Pandya's significance has only increased after the loss and the team management will be desperate to have him fit and firing for the World Cup.

The importance of the five-match series against the world champions - India's last before this year's World Cup - was not lost on Kohli who wanted to assess the team's preparedness for the showpiece event in England and Wales.

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