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India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

17 March 2019
India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has warned critics not to underestimate the importance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the Indian team following their 2-3 One-Day International (ODI) series loss to the men from Down Under. "They were more positive and fearless in the pressure situations, and hence they won those important moments in the game". Those small moments in the game, to just let them drift away and India win the series.

A clearer picture will emerge after the ODI series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates later this month, but the manner of their victory against India makes Finch confident of their title defence at the World Cup.

"And you couldn't have tried that anywhere else apart from those three games".

Earlier, Team India lost the last and the final ODI in Delhi by 35 runs and it was again the middle-order that collapsed in a 273 chase. "We just have to take better decisions in pressure situations to go far in the World Cup", he added.

Optimism, it seems, has replaced the despair of just a few months ago.

"It's really satisfying to come back to the one-day side and contribute but even more satisfying to get that series win".

The departure of Virat Kohli proved key - as it often does - as Marcus Stoinis got some extra bounce to remove the India captain, who top-edged to Alex Carey for 20. They beat us in Australia, so to come back from those first couple of games, the losses, to come back and win three in a row to win the series, it's a great feeling.

Opener Usman Khawaja's second century of the series guided Australia to 272 for nine on Wednesday, a total their bowlers defended by dismissing India for 237.

Having removed top-scorer Rohit Sharma (56) at the start of the 29th over, Zampa had Ravindra Jadeja stumped three balls later to leave India in deep trouble at 132-6.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Asad Umar also praised Khawaja for his outstanding performance and jokingly tweeted: "What do you think, should we not honour Usman Khawaja with a national award this [coming] Pakistan Day?"

Kohli said the team had finalized their World Cup combination, which would not be much different from the 11 players who played at Feroz Shah Kotla.

After Australia's fantastic series win against India, cricket pundits are urging selectors to keep the Australian team intact for the World Cup. We've have played some really good cricket.

"Man of the series in a one-day tournament in India, I wasn't even in the one-day side this time previous year", he told reporters after the match.