India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

Buoyed by their come-from-behind one-day series triumph in India, skipper Aaron Finch believes resurgent Australia have the blueprint in place to win the upcoming World Cup. Australia won just two ODI matches previous year, the fewest ODI victories since 1978 when it played only two one-day internationals.

"What we're trying to do as a team, we did really well in the first couple of games without winning. we knew we were close", Khawaja said.

It was also Khawaja's third global century since he returned from knee surgery before the summer - a summer where he was repeatedly criticised for his low returns as India's Test side created history on Aussie soil.

Virat Kohli-led Team India lost 3-2 to Australia in the recently concluded five-match ODI series. They showed character and great fighting spirit.

"To get over the line in three of them was a great series all round".


"Because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, purely because now it's only the World Cup after this".

Opener Usman Khawaja's second century of the series guided Australia to 272 for nine on Wednesday, a total their bowlers defended by dismissing India for 237.

For those Australian cricket fans who stayed up until the early hours to watch their team's series-ending one-day worldwide against India, a semi-sleepless night was worth it.

The departure of Virat Kohli proved key - as it often does - as Marcus Stoinis got some extra bounce to remove the India captain, who top-edged to Alex Carey for 20.

The left-hander has now seemingly cemented his spot in Australia's World Cup squad, producing scores of 50, 38, 104, 91 and 100 against India's star-studded attack in the 3-2 series win. Keeping the Mohali match aside, Dhawan's average in the series reads an abysmal 8.50.


"Man of the series in a one-day tournament in India, I wasn't even in the one-day side this time previous year", he told reporters after the match.

"Incredibly proud of the boys.it's been an incredible arm-wrestle from the moment India arrived in Australia".

"I think Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins are forming a great partnership, they can also contribute with the bat".

Shankar has come a long way since his disastrous debut in the Nidahas T20 tri-series and could be a solid all-round option going forward for India if he continues to develop. "Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months", Langer added. The Australians have one more ODI series - five matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates - before the World Cup starts in England in late May.


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