India registered a convincing win by seven wickets in the third and final ODI against Australia. With this, they won the series by 2-1 as well and captain Virat Kohli referred to it as one of the most satisfying ones. Opener Rohit Sharma smashed a century while chasing. Both Sharma and Kohli made the winning foundation with the bat and helped India win with 15 balls to spare.
However, regular opener Shikhar Dhawan did not bat as he was injured during the Australian innings. In his absence, another opener KL Rahul opened the innings with Rohit. However, Rahul failed to contribute much.
“We got a very good start, and when KL got out, it was a tricky situation because the ball was turning and gripping. This is where experience comes in, (Rohit and I) spoke about stringing a partnership and Australia wants is wickets. If we don’t give them that, we can chase seven or eight an over later on also. We do have that belief in our skill,” said Kohli.
Both Kohli and Rohit stitched a 137-run partnership for the second wicket and took the game away from the visitors. Moreover, the captain said that it’s enjoyable to bat with the limited-overs vice-captain.
On the other hand. Australia had a stunning series last year. Despite losing the first two games, Aaron Finch led team bounced back beautifully and won the five-match series by 3-2. At that time, they did not get the service of their two best players – Steve Smith and David Warner.
However, this time too they started with a scintillating 10-wicket win where both Warner and Finch both smashed centuries. But Kohli said this Australia team are far better than the previous year as they have Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne along with a quality bowling attack.
“We lost after 2-0 in the last series so coming back and winning the last two games in this series is a great sign for us. 2020 has been wonderful, and we just want to go onwards and upwards. This is probably one of the more satisfying wins considering we lost at home to them the last time,” said the Indian captain.