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Dhoni anchors, Kedar finishes as India win ODI series

India win
Team India with the Gillette ODI Series trophy after winning the first ever bilateral ODI series against Australia in Australia | (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Melbourne, January 18: Team India signed off their long and gruelling Australia tour on a victorious note as Virat Kohli’s men thumped Australia in the third and final one-day international (ODI) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and clinched their maiden bilateral ODI series victory on Australian soil.
The Men in Blue had never won a bilateral ODI contest on Australian soil, and their only two series’ wins in this format have come in 1985 (Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket) and 2008 (Commonwealth Bank Series).
In fact, this is only the second bilateral ODI series India have played in Australia, losing 1-4 in 2016 when they toured here last.
And Kohli and Co. did it in style.
The scene was set for India to add the ODI series to their historic 2-1 Test series win after Australia won the opening match in Sydney by 34 runs and India levelled with a six-wicket win in Adelaide and then clinched another series of the tour in style in front of the roaring MCG crowd.
Riding on spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s six-wicket haul, India skittle Australia for 230 and then chased down the total with four balls to spare at the jam-packed iconic MCG.
For India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 87 off 114 balls, his third successive half-century in the series.
Apart from Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, hit a fine half century, scored an unbeaten 61 off 57 balls. Dhoni and Jadhav combined well to put on a fine match-winning unconquered 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket.