Australia beat India by 35 runs in 5th ODI, clinch series 3-2

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New Delhi: Australia defeated India by 35 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here on last evening to clinch the five-match series 3-2.

Chasing a victory target of 273 runs, Virat Kohli led Men-in-Blue were all out for 237 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.

Top order batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (12) and skipper Kohli (20) returned the pavilion early. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who completed 8000 runs in ODI Cricket, made 56 runs.

Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) put on 91 runs off 103 balls but threw their wickets in crucial times.

Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, Australia made 272 runs in the stipulated 50 overs losing nine wickets. Usman Khawaja top-scored 100.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami shared two wickets each and Kuldeep Yadav claimed one.

It was India’s first ODI series defeat at home since losing to South Africa in 2015 as their big guns fell silent on the day when the series was on the line.

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