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Australia beat India by 21 runs to clinch ODI series 2-1



Post-match reactions from the captains and players:

Steve Smith collects the ODI series trophy and joins his teammates in celebrations.

Steve Smith | Australia captain: It’s been an enjoyable tour. We didn’t play our best cricket, good enough to get over the line. This wicket was entirely different, we left a few out there with the bat. The spinners bowled beautifully, really good performance. (Turning point) It was a real grind in the field. The way the tail stuck and got us to 269, got us to a nice total.

Mitchell Marsh | Player of the Series: Natural aggression when it comes to batting. It’s been a lot of fun. (On Opening) I’ve got my little mate (Warner) who’ll come back at some stage. I’m coming off an extended break, worked on a lot of things. Came here really fresh. It’s been great. Hopefully I can have fun with Delhi (Capitals) as well.

Adam Zampa | Player of the Match: I have had some success here. It’s a tough place to come, always a huge challenge. I try to stay in the game and be competitive. Ashton Agar changed the game. Kudos to the bowlers who bowled before me as well. We trust each other, trust our game plan. The message was to trust our process and improve on it.

Rohit Sharma | India captain: I don’t think it was too many runs. We didn’t bat well. Partnerships are crucial and that’s something we failed to do today. You are brought up playing in these type of wickets, it’s important you apply. After the start, it was important for one batter to carry on and take the game deep. It just didn’t happen. Lot of takeaways. We can take a lot of positives from the nine ODIs since January. We need to understand where we need to improve. It’s a collective failure, we can take a lot of learnings from this series. Credit to the Australians. Both the spinners applied the pressure and so did their seamers.

Match highlights:

India beat Australia by 21 runs to win the ODI series 2-1.

IND vs AUS LIVE: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav is the last Indian wicket to fall.

Slow back of the length delivery on leg stump. Kuldeep comes down the track and mishits the ball to the leg side. Kuldeep wants a single but Siraj sends him back. Stoinis collects the ball and returns it to the keeper and the keeper removes the bails.

India-248 all-out in 49.1 overs.

Full fast delivery fired at off stump. Mohammed Shami swings his bat to play a big shot but fails to connect and the ball hits the off stump.

India-243/9 after 47.5 overs.

India standing on the cusp of the loss in this match and with that the series. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja have departed in the last 5 overs and it is now only a matter of time when Australia close this match.

IND vs AUS LIVE: WICKET! India loses its last recognized batter as Ravindra Jadeja walks back.

India-225/8 after 45.1 overs.

Slow good length delivery wide of off stump. Hardik Pandya swings his bat hard and the ball goes high in the air. Steve Smith standing at cover runs back and takes a good catch.

India-218/7 after 43.4 overs.



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