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.