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Australia Secures Consolation Victory Over India with 66-Run Win as India Win the Series 2-1

Australia clinched a 66-run ODI victory over India in Rajkot, ending the series on a high note. Glenn Maxwell’s brilliance and a strong batting display laid the foundation for Australia’s win.

Australia’s cricket team managed to end their international series against India on a high note with a 66-run victory in the final One Day International (ODI) at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot. This win comes as a morale-booster for the Australian side, as it was their last international match before the upcoming World Cup, scheduled to start next week.

In a high-scoring encounter, Australia posted their highest ODI total at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, amassing 352 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Their innings was anchored by brilliant performances from their top order, including Mitchell Marsh, who contributed a remarkable 96, and fifties from David Warner, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne. The platform for Australia’s innings was set by Warner’s aggressive start.

However, the Indian bowlers, particularly Jasprit Bumrah, made a strong comeback in the middle overs to prevent Australia from reaching a potentially higher total. The slow nature of the pitch and the larger dimensions of the ground played a crucial role in restricting Australia.

Chasing a challenging target of 353, India’s unconventional move of sending Washington Sundar to open the innings alongside captain Rohit Sharma didn’t work as planned. Despite Rohit’s sublime form and aggressive strokeplay, India found it challenging to maintain the required run rate. Glenn Maxwell played a pivotal role for Australia, taking crucial wickets and turning the tide in their favor.

Maxwell produced a stunning one-handed return catch to dismiss Rohit Sharma, which required an element of luck, while his brilliant defensive bowling tactics led to the dismissal of Virat Kohli. These twin strikes shifted the momentum in Australia’s favor, making it difficult for India to stage a comeback.

Although Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul showed promise with their starts, the Indian batting lineup couldn’t maintain the required run rate, and wickets fell at crucial junctures. Australia’s bowlers, led by Maxwell, maintained a disciplined performance, and with India’s long tail, the hosts couldn’t afford to leave too much for the end. Tanveer Sangha complemented Maxwell’s efforts, and the rest of the Australian bowlers played their roles effectively.

Ultimately, India fell short of the target, finishing their innings at 286 runs, and Australia secured a 66-run victory. This consolation win gives Australia a much-needed confidence boost as they head into the upcoming World Cup.

Brief scores:
Australia: 352/7 (Mitchell Marsh 96, Steve Smith 74, Marnus Labuschagne 72; Jasprit Bumrah 3-81)
India: 286 in 49.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 81, Virat Kohli 56; Glenn Maxwell 4-40)

Australia’s victory in this thrilling encounter brings an exciting end to the series and sets the stage for an eagerly awaited World Cup in the coming weeks.

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