India Eyes To Reclaim No.1 ODI Rankings, 4-1 Series Win

Sunday, 01 Oct, 2017

Will one, or even both of them, end the series with an innings of jaw-dropping class? With the bat, he missed out on a well deserved half-century, but played a brilliant second-fiddle to Rohit in their partnership. Rahane soon followed suit and he notched up his fourth successive fifty of the series. Earlier, this record was held was Sourav Ganguly who had scored his first 2000 runs in ODIs in 45 innings.

Where India lost the match was their sudden drop in intensity and the so many changes.

His 125 off 109 balls featured his trademark powerful hitting - he smashed 11 fours fours and five sixes - and an awareness of the match's position, with few unnecessary risks taken. The fate was already decided though, with Kedar Jadhav (5 n o) and Manish Pandey (11 n o) finished the things off in the 43rd over.

The Australian bowlers have hardly anything to take away from the match in a spin-friendly wicket in Nagpur.

David Warner and Aaron Finch have started to their open their shoulders after being watchful in the first two overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is such an invaluable asset in the team and his stature is just growing without looking back.

After starting with a maiden, Bumrah was guilty of bowling either too full or too short as the unsafe duo of Warner and Finch took him to the cleaners. Australia scored 52 runs for five wickets in the last 10 overs. After the fall of Rahane, he teamed up with skipper Virat Kohli for a 99-run stand, which all be confirmed India's win. Finch and Warner's 66-run opening stand came after their monumental 231-run effort in Bengaluru. Star all-rounder of the team, Hardik Pandya bagged the man of the series award for his phenomenal performance throughout the tournament.

David Warner was the highest scorer with 53. The last time he failed to get a century in any bilateral ODI series of five or more games was way back in January 2013 against England at home.

Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis played a crucial role in giving their side a decent total on board. MS Dhoni's premonition has been rendered true and he leads the ODI batting revolution, this ongoing series has served as a refreshingly hospitable, which can bring some benefit for the bowlers' rebellion.