Blues rule fifth ODI; India beat Australia by 6 wickets
| Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 17:21
Sydney: India beat Australia by six wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Saturday.
Batting first, Australia scored 330/7 in 50 overs while India chased down the total in 49.4 overs.
Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 104. Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant 99 while Shikhar Dhawan made 78.
For Australia, opener David Warner scored 122 alongside Mitchell Marsh's unbeaten 102.
The Indian side took to the ground with less hesitation than it had previously commanded in all the other ODIs. Albeit Australia scribed a commendable score of 330/7, it was the calm perseverance of the Indian batsmen which eventually spelled success for the Indian team.
However, the 6 wicket win was not an easy task for India to achieve. In the last over, after a hitting a six, the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ousted with an unfortunate shot which refused him the boundary. With the unnerving situation slightly returning, it was the six from Dhoni and the four from Manish Pandey which brought victory in the last ODI.
With this win, India registers only a lone victory from the five One Day International (ODI) matches against the series-winner Australia.
(With Inputs from IANS)