India vs Australia: David Warner inspires tourists to avoid series whitewash


Warner brought up his hundred during the epic partnership, while Finch was on the verge of reaching the triple figure mark himself.

During the chase, India were put on right track by Kedar Jadhav (67), Rohit Sharma (65), Ajinkya Rahane (53) and Hardik Pandya (41).

Finch, who missed out on his second successive century, soon followed his partner back to the pavilion after getting caught at mid-on off paceman Umesh Yadav.

The left-hander became the first Australian to score a century on that important milestone and only the ninth in world cricket. It was then Travis Head and Peter Handscomb who carried Australia innings forward. This year, Jadhav has picked up nine wickets in ODIs, equalling Ravichandran Ashwin and one more than Ravindra Jadeja, but at a much better average and strike rate than the Test spinners. Smooth Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled with just a four-step run-up which proves his calibre. Umesh was the most successful bowler for India scalping four wickets, but he gave away 71 runs from his 10 overs. Mentioning that though comparisons are not quite correct but present the team is a very good one.

Bowling: Cummins 10-0-59-1 (3w), Coulter-Nile 10-0-56-2, Richardson 10-0-58-3, Stoinis 4.5-0-34-0, Finch 0.1-0-1-0, Zampa 9-0-63-1, Head 6-0-38-0. "We were optimistic with our chances". But as the game got underway it looked all good as sun was shining in the first half of the day and for 90 percent of the Indian innings.

"People have off days". Maxwell wasn't the only established player to take a back seat during the series.

The only respite for the fast bowlers was taking the pace off the deliveries.

After the incident, the anchor Sanjay Manjrekar burst out laughing and Smith was seen giggling upon which Chopra said, "I have never seen anything like this". After winning all format of cricket matches against Sri Lanka in previous month, Indian team continued to acquire conquest in the recent games played against Aussies.

Just when they had settled down with a nice partnership, Zampa dropped one short and Pandya was taken at long-off by Warner.

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: "Feels fantastic".