MS Dhoni’s 87 powered India to a historic 2-1 series victory against Australia. It is a big win considering the fact that it is also Team India’s first bilateral series win in Australia against Australia. Dhoni continued his consistent run of form in the three-match series with another brilliant batting display, he scored third consecutive fifty of the series to take the men in blue home. Kedar Jadhav also contributed with a handsome knock of 57 runs off 55 balls.
Skipper Virat Kohli hands over the trophy to Mohammed Siraj and Vijay Shanker and the duo lift it in air in celebration. It has been a great tour for India where they tied the T20I series and won the Test and ODI series respectively.
MS Dhoni says during the post match presentation that it wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on and that is why they (Dhoni and Jadhav) had to bide their time in the middle and play according to the merit of the deliveries.
Chasing 231, India lost the openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings and it was again Virat Kohli and Dhoni who laid the foundation with their 54-run stand for the third wicket.
Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson for the third time in the three-match series dismissed the Indian skipper. In a repeat of Kohli’s 2014 issue, he went after the away ball with a drive before he got a hard edge that went into the safe hands of Alex Carey behind the wickets.
Kedar Jadhav, the new man in, along with Dhoni took India forward from there and ensured the Men in Blue finished on the winning side in the end on Friday. Dhoni and Jadhav shared a 121-run stand for the fourth wicket as the match went down to the wires but India won with four balls to spare.