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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli & Co surrender series to Australia, register unwanted record

India vs Australia: India became the only side to lose an ODI series (of five or more matches) on two occasions after leading 2-0.

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2019 10:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rohit Sharma looks at his hands after his bat slipped and he was stumped out.
Rohit Sharma looks at his hands after his bat slipped and he was stumped out.(AP)
         

Australia outplayed India in almost all departments to clinch the five-match ODI series 3-2 thanks to a comfortable win in the fifth encounter in New Delhi on Wednesday.

It was a brilliant performance by the visitors as they fought back after going 0-2 down in the series and this win will be a great boost for them ahead of World Cup.

On the other hand, it was not good news for Virat Kohli & Co. After this defeat, India became the only side to lose an ODI series (of five or more matches) on two occasions after leading 2-0.

READ: Australia bounce back to beat India in 5th ODI, snatch series

The previous instance was back in 2005 when they took a 2-0 lead against Pakistan but went on to lose the six-match series 2-4.

Incidentally, Australia were the last visiting side to beat India in three consecutive ODI games at home. They did so on 2, 5, 8 November 2009 at Mohali, Hyderabad and Guwahati respectively.

Usman Khawaja struck his second century in three matches as Australia thumped India by 35 runs in their final one-dayer to seal a come-from-behind 3-2 series victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.

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Opener Khawaja strengthened his claim for a place in the World Cup squad with an elegant 100 to steer Australia to 272-9, though the tourists had looked on course to top 300 at one stage.

Adam Zampa (3-46) and his fellow bowlers then skittled India for 237 in exactly 50 overs to register their third successive victory as Australia overcame a 0-2 series deficit.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 22:10 IST

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