Jamtha under scanner as Virat Kohli looks to make it
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 01, 2017,
Oct 01, 2017, 21:13
Rohit was also highly appreciative of Rahane's contribution in the 4-1 series victory - four successive fifties as an opener in Shikhar Dhawan's absence.
However, Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) put up an 87-run fifth-wicket stand to haul Australia to a respectable total.
Peter Handscomb and Warner tried to steady the Australian innings before the smashing opener fell prey to Patel on 53 (62).
Chasing a modest target of 243 runs, Rohit and Ajinkya Sharma provided yet another century opening stand.
The relaid wicket at the VCA Stadium didn't quite live up to the curator's assessment of it being a 300-run surface.
Three balls later, Zampa removed Kohli, who was caught by Stoinis at long-off for 39.
His 10 overs went for 67 runs in that match, but he did claim the key wicket of MS Dhoni after a clever adjustment of length as the India wicketkeeper stepped out towards off-stump in the final over of the home side's innings.
Batting first was an obvious advantage for Australia, something they hadn't used up too well in the third ODI. But Finch couldn't go on as Hardik Pandya (1-14) broke the partnership in the 12th over when Jasprit Bumrah made a catch at mid off look very easy, managing to hold on and force Finch to walk back. Neither batsman though could manage to get a big score.
India brought back their two in-form bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were rested for the Bangalore game.
Where India lost the match was their sudden drop in intensity and the so many changes.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was fairly accurate his first spell but Bumrah paid the price for being erratic. If he scores less than 109 while being dismissed, or less than 59 if not out, he will finish with an average of less than 50 for the first time in his last seven series.
The pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground has been re-laid. The Australians, in the last ODI, have denied India their best ODI winning streak and Virat Kohli will be hungry again. You can live cricket match watch online today on crictime, dd national, smartcric 5th ODI of the 5-match one-day worldwide series.