Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced a stellar knock to steer India to a seven-wicket win within the third and remaining One-day Worldwide (ODI) in opposition to Australia on the Melbourne Cricket Floor on Friday. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls to deliver up his third consecutive half-century of the collection. With the win on the MCG, India claimed the three-match collection 2-1. India added the primary bilateral ODI collection win in Australia to their historic 2-1 Check collection triumph after the hosts received the opening match in Sydney by 34 runs and Virat Kohli’s group levelled with a six-wicket win in Adelaide.
Needing 231 to win, India misplaced openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early.
The Indian skipper then stitched up a 54-run partnership with Dhoni to put a stable basis for India’s run chase.
Jhye Richardson then removed Kohli (46) however Dhoni, the finisher, was nonetheless there to do what he does finest.
Dhoni was well-supported by Kedar Jadhav who remained unbeaten on 61 off 57 balls as India chased down the goal in 49.2 overs.
Earlier, Virat Kohli opted to bowl after successful the toss within the series-decider and India bundled out Australia for 230 runs in 48.four overs.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal recorded the best figures by any bowler in ODI cricket in Australia to limit the hosts to a modest whole of 230 within the collection decider.
Chahal, taking part in his first match of the collection, surprised Australia along with his six for 42 to set India 231 to win the match and the collection.
Chahal now shares the file with Ajit Agarkar, who claimed the identical figures in opposition to Australia on the Melbourne Cricket Floor in 2004.
So far as Australia are involved, it was an underwhelming batting efficiency.
Solely Peter Handscomb confirmed some resilience along with his 58 off 63 balls earlier than he grew to become one among Chahal’s victims.
The house group managed simply 17 boundaries earlier than they have been bowled out with eight balls to spare.
Australia’s openers once more didn’t get a begin and Alex Carey was out within the third over when he acquired a nick off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was taken by Virat Kohli at second slip for 5.
His companion Aaron Finch adopted six overs later once more to Kumar trapped leg earlier than wicket for 14.
Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja steadied the innings earlier than Adelaide centurion Marsh was neatly stumped by MS Dhoni off a large down the leg-side from Chahal for 39.
Khawaja adopted three balls later when he acquired a thick forefront and provided Chahal a return catch for 34.
Marcus Stoinis lasted 20 balls earlier than he grew to become Chahal’s third sufferer, caught at slip by Rohit Sharma for 10, leaving Australia rocking at 123 for 5 within the 30th over.
Glenn Maxwell hit a breezy 26 off 19 balls earlier than Mohammed Shami enticed him to drag with a short-pitched supply to Kumar sprinting in from the deep to take a diving catch.
Jhye Richardson performed in opposition to the spin and chipped the ball to quick midwicket the place Kedar Jadhav took the possibility for 16 giving Chahal his fourth wicket.
Handscomb was trapped plumb in entrance of his stumps by Chahal within the 46th over and Australia’s innings rattled to a fast shut.
Adam Zampa charged down the wicket to Chahal and holed out to Vijay Shankar at long-on for eight and Billy Stanlake was bowled by Shami for a duck.
(With AFP inputs)