NEW DELHI, March 13: India suffered a 35-run defeat in the fifth and final ODI against Australia to go down 2-3 in the five-match ODI series at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today.
Chasing 273 to win the series, India were all out for 237 runs in their stipulated overs. The defeat certainly will be a setback for the Men in Blue as this was their last ODI series before boarding their flight to England for the World Cup.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46 off 54 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (44 off 57) stitched a valuable partnership of 91 runs at a time when India were 132 for the loss of six wickets. Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with 56 off 89 deliveries which included only four hits to the fence.
Earlier, India staged a decent comeback to restrict Australia to 272 for nine after Usman Khawaja continued with his imperious form by hitting his second hundred of the series.
Khawaja, who had not scored a century before arriving in India for this series, hit an exact 100 off 106 balls and shared two big partnerships at the top of the order.
Australia were placed comfortably at 175 for one in the 33rd over and set for a kill in slog overs, but the script changed for the hosts when Bhuvneshwar got rid off Khawaja in the last ball of that over.
The visitors added only 97 runs after that in 17 overs, surrendering the advantage, which was well-earned by Khawaja and his top-order colleagues.
The left-hander, who hit a century in Ranchi as well, first raised a 76-run stand with Aaron Finch (27) after his skipper elected to bat in hazy and overcast conditions and followed it up with a 99-run partnership with Peter Handscomb (52).
Bhuvneshwar took three wickets for 48 runs while Ravindra Jadeja (2/45) and Mohammed Shami (2/57) accounted for two batsmen each.
The Feroz Shah Kotla wicket did not have much for either spinners or pacers but was far from usual low and slow track as the Australians easily worked the ball around.
Khawaja was yet again impressive with his footwork, handling the Indian spinners nicely before being caught at short extra cover by Kohli off Bhuvneshwar.
Australia: Usman Khawaja c Kohli b Bhuvneshwar 100, Aaron Finch b Jadeja 27, Peter Handscomb c Pant b Shami 52, Glenn Maxwell c Kohli b Jadeja 1, Marcus Stoinis b Bhuvneshwar 20, Ashton Turner c Jadeja b Kuldeep 20, Alex Carey c Pant b Shami 3, Jhye Richardson run out 29, Pat Cummins c&b Bhuvneshwar 15, Nathan Lyon not out 1. Extras: (B-1 W-3) 4. Total: (For 9 wickets in 50 overs) 272. Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-175, 3-178, 4-182, 5-210, 6-225, 7-229, 8-263, 9-272. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-0-48-3, Mohammed Shami 9-0-57-2, Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-39-0, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-74-1, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-45-2, Kedar Jadhav 1-0-8-0.
India: RG Sharma st Carey b Zampa 56, S Dhawan c Carey b Cummins 12, V Kohli c Carey b Stoinis 20, RR Pant c Turner b Lyon 16, V Shankar c Khawaja b Zampa 16, KM Jadhav c Maxwell b Richardson 44, RA Jadeja st Carey b Zampa 0, B Kumar c Finch b Cummins 46, Mohammed Shami c&b Richardson 3, Kuldeep Yadav b Stoinis 9, JJ Bumrah not out 1. Extras: (lb 6, w 8) 14. Total: (All out in 50 overs) 237. Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-68, 3-91, 4-120, 5-132, 6-132, 7-223, 8-223, 9-230, 10-237. Bowling: PJ Cummins 10-1-38-2, JA Richardson 10-0-48-2, MP Stoinis 4-0-31-2, NM Lyon 10-1-34-1, A Zampa 10-1-46-3, GJ Maxwell 6-0-34-0. � Agencies