IND vs AUS: After winning the series against India, Australia was named the top-ranked men’s ODI squad: Australia’s 21-run victory against India in the last ODI in Chennai has given them the title of World No. 1 team in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings. Australia has replaced India as the number one team in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Rankings following their thrilling victory in Chennai.
Australia now sits just ahead of India at the top after the 21-run victory, with the visitors earning 113.286 rating points to the Men in Blue’s 112.638. India led Australia with 114 rating points going into the last ODI, compared to Australia’s 112.
Australia had to fight hard for their victory after a cakewalk in Visakhapatnam, but they prevailed over Rohit Sharma’s team to win the series 2-1.
Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head gave Australia another explosive start after choosing to bat first. The 68-run stand was broken by the golden arm of Hardik Pandya just as they were about to win the match for India.
Steve Smith and the well-positioned Marsh were both out in Pandya’s next three overs for ducks. He was called upon once more, this time on the field, where he snatched up a commendable catch while running in from a distance to put an end to David Warner’s stay.
Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey launched a counterattack with a 58-run stand, putting Australia in difficulty after they lost half the team for 138. Despite the visitors being bowled out with an over remaining after the pair fell in rapid succession, they reached 269 thanks to significant lower-order contributions.
Indian openers responded by getting off to a strong start before Rohit Sharma’s go-to pull shot led to his demise. Soon after, Adam Zampa trapped Shubman Gill in front, who appeared to be in excellent condition.
India did not lose a tonne of wickets, like they did in the last ODI, thanks to the careful play of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. Rahul holed out in the deep, ending the 69-run stand, just as he was beginning to break free. A mix-up together with outstanding fielding from Smith and Alex Carey lost the southpaw his wicket, making India’s decision to move Axar up the order a failure.
The game was turned on its head by Ashton Agar in his final over despite the fact that he had no wickets to show for his outstanding bowling through nine over. Suryakumar Yadav and Kohli were both taken for golden ducks by him shortly after they reached fifty runs.
The last known duo of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, who were worn down by the pressure of the scoring rate, were the final nails in the coffin, thanks to Adam Zampa.
In the 47th over, India had a chance to pull off a miracle thanks to Mohammed Shami’s twin boundaries, but Stoinis came out on top. India’s innings ended with a run-out, falling 21 runs short of the objective.