Ajinkya Rahane hits 4th consecutive 50 of Australia series

Ajinkya Rahane hits 4th consecutive 50 of Australia series”

India have already secured an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five match series. "It goes to show the future is bright".

The visitors did get good starts on most occasions, but they couldn't capitalise on them.

Steve Smith's luck with the toss continued as he won yet another toss in the series and elected to bat first. India also regained the top spot in ICC ODI Rankings.

"It was a tough series for me". That has been the hallmark of this bowling unit throughout the tournament. Love playing against the Australians, they're competitive and never give anything easily.

Australia cricket player Travis Head bats during the fifth one-day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in Nagpur, India, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Had it not been for an emergency in Shikhar Dhawan's family, this Mumbai pairing might not have materialised at the top of the order in the series. They were much straighter compared to the previous game. We talk a lot in the middle, we discuss when need to take risk and when not to. These are the little things that really help in building a partnership. India dominated Australia in every department of the game and end the series on a high. "I've got to score runs whenever I go out to bat". We are losing wickets very consistently and that's not good enough.

After Rahane's wicket, skipper Virat Kohli contributed with well rounded 35 runs and took India nearly to home, before both him and and Rohit fell prey to Adam Zampa.

India found a new match-winner in Hardik Pandya in this series.

After skipper Steve Smith had been dismissed while attempting a sweep, a risky shot in the conditions, Handscomb committed the same error shortly after.

India left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the chief destroyer for the hosts with figures of 3-38 from his 10 overs while seamer Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.

The tourists' hopes of defending their total were significantly dented when Rohit, who accelerated to 125 from 109 deliveries after a cautious start, shared 124 for the first wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (61). The match will be final game of five match ODI series, which commenced on 17th September 2017.

In doing so, Sharma also became the third-quickest Indian batsman to register 6000 ODI runs, crossing the mark in his 162nd innings, behind Kohli (136) and Sourav Ganguly (147).

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