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Usman Khawaja stars again as Australia seal comeback series win over India

Usman Khawaja stars again as Australia seal comeback series win over India

Khawaja hit yet another century in the fifth and final ODI to give Australia a series win over India. Usman Khawaja continued his superb form to score another hundred - his second of the series while Peter Handscomb chipped in with a fifty.

Calm centurion Usman Khawaja, crafty legspinner Adam Zampa and clinical paceman Pat Cummins enhanced their reputations as Australia won the series decider in Delhi by 35 runs.

Regular wickets, a rare failure from Virat Kohli and a freaky stumping with Rohit Sharma losing the grip on his bat saw India drop to 6/132 in the 29th over and left Kedar Jadhav to mount a comeback with the tail.

For captain Aaron Finch, it was an "unbelievable" performance.

"Having said that, any team who's on a roll can be knocked out in the semis. they can be defeated immediately by a side that's more courageous on that particular day and wants it more and is more expressive as a side". "It felt like I bowled well in the Australian summer, so glad it keeps on clicking". The series came against the backdrop of India blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack and then crossing the Line of Control into the Pakistani airspace.

England remain most bookmakers' favourites for the cup, but their aura also took a dent with a 2-2 squared series in the Caribbean. Khawaja was also the highest run scorer in the series and have put the Australian selectors in dilemma for the World Cup squad.

But when Jadhav was dismissed off Jhye Richardson, India wilted under the climbing asking rate.

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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. Team India will be under pressure to win the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the capital, particularly after the loss they faced in the fourth ODI despite scoring over 350.

Zampa hammered home Australia's advantage with three quick wickets in the space of 14 deliveries, while recalled offspinner Nathan Lyon was Australia's most economical bowler with 1-34.

Ashton Turner, who starred with 84 not out as Australia chased down a record 359 to win the preceding game, scored 20 on Wednesday after being preferred ahead of Shaun Marsh.

The intense India versus Australia series has come to an end with the visitors getting the upper hand in both the T20 and ODI series.

Other sides like Australia require their stars to be available for the upcoming Pakistan series, before departing to the IPL and returning to Australia in early May for a pre-cup camp. Throughout the series, India tried out numerous combinations.

After the first three ODIs, India rested MS Dhoni for the remaining matches - a decision disapproved by many fans.

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