India to clash with Australia in 5th ODI on March 13

India to clash with Australia in 5th ODI on March 13

India to clash with Australia in 5th ODI on March 13

Calm centurion Usman Khawaja and crafty legspinner Adam Zampa enhanced their reputations as Australia defeated the hosts by 35 runs, marking the first time they have battled back from 0-2 down to win a five-match bilateral ODI series.

"It's huge", Khawaja said of the comeback.

India fiddled with their XI through the series and often juggled between experimenting with different combinations and finding a way to secure the series. "I think they (Smith and Warner) come back into the squad, but whether they play or not is not a done deal".

India are scheduled play their opening World Cup duel against South Africa on June 5, which is a little over three weeks after the IPL ends on May 12. Usman Khawaja compiled a 106-ball 100-run knock - his 2nd ODI century - while it was leg spinner Adam Zampa, in association with Pat Cummins, that deflated the Indian batting line-up, which for some unusual reason was an experimental one at best.

But it was yesterday when Major General Ghafoor brought the house down with his tweet: "Very well played yet again Usman Khawaja".

That put Australia firmly in the driving seat and, although Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar kept India's hopes alive with some late hitting, the tourists' quicks returned to wrap things up, building on the excellent work of Khawaja earlier in the day. This after losing the Test and ODI series in their own backyard when India travelled their from late a year ago to first part of 2019. "It has been an unbelievable ride since India arrived in Australia", Langer said.

At the time of filing the copy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav are fighting and taking the game deep.

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Cummins fired out Shikhar Dhawan with the new ball, Stoinis removed Kohli for 20 then Zampa hammered home Australia's advantage with three wickets in the space of 14 deliveries.

Sharma's bat slipped from his hands while attempting to clatter a boundary and Alex Carey effected a sharp stumping off the bowling of Zampa.

Marcus Stoinis (20), Ashton Turner (20) and Jhye Richardson (29) made important lower-order contributions to push Australia to a competitive total, which proved enough in the absence of dew.

Usman Khawaja celebrates his century in the fifth ODI. This is an incredible win for Australian cricket.

But the victory has greater significance as Australia claimed a stunning come-from-behind series win for a huge confidence boost ahead of the World Cup - nearly exactly a year after a ball-tampering scandal rocked the sport and led to the suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. The left-hander scored the first two centuries of his ODI career to top the run-scoring charts with 383 at 76.6.

Their collapse from 2-0 up to a 3-2 defeat earned his side some harsh criticism in the media on Thursday, with a Times of India headline declaring "The Bubble Bursts", while the Indian Express said, "India lose grip, match, series".

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