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

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

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

Usman Khawaja's rich vein of form continued with his second ODI century as Australia amassed 272-9 from their 50 overs, the opener's 106-ball 100 key for the tourists as only Peter Handscomb (52) joined him in passing 30. Former Australian World Cup victor Allan Border says, "There may no longer be room left in Australia's ODI XI for Steve Smith and David Warner after the team claimed its "best ever" series win in the format". With two series losses, it remains to be seen who make the cut to the World Cup squad.

Khawaja's 76-run stand with captain Aaron Finch was ended when Finch was bowled by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for 27.

But, Khawaja's departure to end the 33rd over - out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-48) - derailed the innings, the first of three wickets to fall for seven runs. This was Australia's first ODI series win in India since 2009.

Ravindra Jadeja returned to get the risky Glenn Maxwell for one and Handscomb was caught behind off Shami as Australia slipped to 182-4.

- Kuldeep Yadav conceded 74 runs while taking a wicket in the final ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground which is now his second-most expensive bowling figures in ODIs.

The belligerence of Kedar Jadhav (44) and Kumar (46) in a 91-run stand for the seventh wicket injected some late drama into proceedings, but the home side ultimately fell some way short in succumbing to a third successive defeat. He was on 20.

Spinner Nathan Lyon and Zampa then combined to get a wicket each and the hosts slipped to 120 for four midway into the innings.

Rohit Sharma, who survived a dropped chance on 53, could not capitalise on the spill by Glenn Maxwell off Zampa as he got out to the same bowler three runs later. "We are clear about our playing XI", Kohli said in the post-match conference.

"They were fearless in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last three games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win".

Katich believes that winning the just concluded One-Day International (ODI) series in India will give the Australian players a lot of confidence going into the World Cup later this year.

Australia were 2-0 down in the five-match ODI series after which they came back into the game and snatched the series from India's mouth to win it by 3-2.

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