By Hamad Hussain
KARACHI, March 13, 2019 (SNN247.com) – The
Usman Khawaja, who smashed brilliant 383 runs in five-match ODI series with two hundred and two fifties led the Australian come back and his match winning hundred in decider earned him well deserved Man of the Match as well as Man of the series award.
The toss of 25th one day international at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi won by Aussie skipper Aaron Finch and decided to bat first. The Aussie opening pair Usman Khawaja (100) and skipper Aaron Finch (27) continued to put up their good show as Finch become ninth Australian batsmen to complete 1000 ODI runs against India. Peter Handscomb (52) also finished the series with another important contribution in the middle.
Maxwell (1) and Stoinis (20) poor run with the bat in one day internationals continued in the final ODI as well and allowed India to make a come back in the match. Australia managed to score 272/9 in their 50 overs thanks to some important contributions by bowlers Pat Cummins (15) and Richardson (29).
India lost Shikhar Dhawan (12) early to Pat Cummins who finished the five-match series with
Zampa took three important wickets for just 46 runs as Indians never look in the hunt. India were bowled out in the final ball of the series for 237 and lost the match & series by 35 runs. Usman Khawaja was named man of the match & man of the series for his brilliant performance.
There is plenty of positives for the struggling Aussies from this series as they just concluded successful ODI & T20 series wins and both by coming from behind just before world cup.