India celebrates Dusshera by beat Australia and regains the top spot in ODI.
India celebrates Dusshera by beat Australia and regains the top spot in ODI.

Outstanding batting performance by Indian Opener’s Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, India conquered 7-wicket victory against Australia in Nagpur to wrap up series 4-1 and also regain No.1 ranking in ODIs before South Africa. Chasing 243 to win the par score for team India, Rohit and Rahane set it up  nicely together with 124-run stand for the first wicket, which was also their third century stand in a row, after the for second wicket a 99-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli (39) to take the team on the cusp of a big victory. Chasing a modest 243, India eventually got home in 42.5 overs with Manish Pandey hitting the winning four.

Earlier, Finch's start-off Australia inning to reach 60 for no loss in first  10 overs after they had scored just 21 in the first five overs of the powerplay. The two big-hitters were once again successful in providing their team a good start after Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat for the third ODI's in a row. India conceded just 52 runs and picked up five wickets in the last 10 overs to restrict Australia to 242/9. Australia started off well but the spinners helped India peg back Australia and the rest of the job were done by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah towards the end of the innings. Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 3/38 in 10 overs.  Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) steadied the ship with an 87-run stand off 112 balls but got out just when they looked set to push the scoring rate. Eventually, the visitors could only muster 52 runs in the last 10 overs. Now both the team will look forward to T-20 series starting on Saturday.

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