Zampa puts India in a spin as Australia seal stunning series win

Rex Christensen
March 16, 2019

"It's really satisfying to come back to the one-day side and contribute but even more satisfying to get that series win".

Despite missing banned batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia bounced back from a 0-2 deficit to clinch the series with a comfortable 35-run win in the final ODI in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"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. They are a very young side, very inexperienced side but they showed more heart and more confidence in pressure situations.

Virat Kohli-led Team India lost the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against Australia 2-3, but the Indian skipper has earned praises from opposition coach Justin Langer. Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series.

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.

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"No one will be forced to do something but eventually, everyone knows that no one wants to miss the bus for the World Cup", Kohli stressed further. From 2-0 down to win 3-2 is pretty special. It was heartbreaking as India won the first two ODIs and looked to be in cruise-control mode, but credit has to be given to Australia who believed in themselves to pull themselves up from behind to stun India. India thus stood defeated on home soil - their first since 2015; and Virat Kohli's first since he took over the reins from MS Dhoni. Opener Usman Khawaja once again proved to be the vital member as he scored his second ODI century in the series and second overall.

- Pat Cummins took 14 wickets in the series which is the joint-third most for a bowler in a bilateral ODI series against India in India.

Former Australia's opening batsman also said he was "incredibly proud" of his side.

Under Dhoni's captaincy, India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011, ending a 28-year drought. "Usman Khawaja also has been fantastic, having not played much of white-ball cricket, in the last 12 months", Langer added. Australia will now play Pakistan in Dubai, whereas the Indian players will join their franchises ahead of the upcoming IPL season. Khawaja was also the highest run scorer in the series and have put the Australian selectors in dilemma for the World Cup squad. 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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