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Superlative performance by Team India

Team India won the final ODI match at Nagpur and regained number one spot as Rohit Sharma scored a century. Hardik Pandya won the man of the series award for his all-round show. Australians never looked winning this match after losing Finch to a lucky catch and never picked up momentum to achieve a consolation victory. Steven Smith perished at the score of 100 and Warner, the centurion at Bengaluru fell immediately after wards.  From 100 for 1, the Aussie team could score only 142 runs in the next 30 overs losing 8 wickets in the process.  Indian bowling looked good with both Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah back in the side. Axar Patel took 3 for 38 to tighten which restricted the Australian to a moderate total in the end. For India the task was made easy with in form Rohit Sharma knocking 125 of 109 balls with 11 fours and five sixes. The momentum was maintained by Virat Kohli after the loss of Ajinkya Rahane. Australian bowling side lacked penetration and leaked many easy runs to the openers.  The Nagpur wicket was good enough to last longer and but for Zampa no one was able to confuse the Indian batsmen. In all it was superlative show by team India to make a match of it in the end and win the series convincingly. Now our team is one point ahead of South Africa and should work hard to maintain the lead to retain number one position. Kudos to Kohli and his teammates.

Nickhil Mani

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