India beat Australia by 7 wickets in the 3rd One-Day International played in Melbourne. India has won the series by 2-1. It was an astonishing performance by team India as they outsmarted the Australians in all the three departments of the game. MS Dhoni was the player of the series as he scored 3 consecutive half centuries and out of them, 2 fifties guided India through victory. Kedar Jadhav shared a massive partnership with Dhoni which helped India to win the decider. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled beautifully and picked up 6 wickets in his 10 overs to restrict Australia to 230.
The Australian top order collapsed yet again
It is for the third time in the series that the top order of Australia collapsed completely. The openers were not successful in giving a good start to Australia. Alex Carey was dismissed on 5 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and also he managed to get Aaron Finch out for the third time in the series. Finch was struggling to play him from the very first ball of the match and finally, Bhuvi got him lbw on 14. After this Marsh and Khwaja looked to rebuild the innings and they shared a good partnership of 73 between them. However, both of them got out in the very first over bowled by Chahal. Marsh was stumped by Dhoni on a wide ball bowled by Chahal and Khwaja gave a simple catch to Chahal as he attempted to play a leg-break to the on side.
Rohit Sharma took a terrific catch at slip to dismiss Marcus Stoinis who got a leading edge of a great delivery by Chahal. Maxwell too got out cheaply on 26 and it was Peter Handscomb who was only left with the tail. Handscomb scored a brilliant 58 runs off 63 balls but he too became the prey of Chahal as he got him lbw. Australia was all out on 230. Chahal picked up 6 wickets in the match and both Shami and Bhuvi picked up 2 wickets each.
Dhoni, Jadhav help India to clinch the series
India struggled to score runs in the first 10 overs and they lost the in-form batsman Rohit Sharma too. The pitch was slow and so it was a bit difficult to bat on. Dhawan got a start but was dismissed on 23 by Stoinis. There was a little bit of drama at the crease as when Dhoni was dropped at point by Maxwell and Kohli’s run out was missed too. Jhye Richardson got the crucial wicket of King Kohli as he nicked a ball to the keeper, Carey who completed a fine catch.
Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni shared a huge partnership of 100 runs and ensured that India crosses over the line. Dhoni remained not out on 87 and so was Jadhav on 61. Dhoni is back in form in 2019 with 3 consecutive fifties in three matches. He also became the oldest player (37 years 195 days) to receive the player of the series award in ODIs for India. It was an unforgettable tour for India as they won the ODI series, won test series and the T20 series was a draw. This was the first time that India have not lost a series on a tour of Australia.