Australian cricketers pose with the winning trophy after winning the fifth one-day international cricket against India in New Delhi on Wednesday. Sajjad Hussain/AFP
NEW DELHI: Australia beat India by 35 runs to win the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) on Wednesday and secure a 3-2 victory in the series.
It is the first ODI series' win for Australia since January 2017 and the fourth on Indian soil, the last coming in 2009. It was India's first loss in an ODI series at home since 2015 when they lost 3-2 to South Africa.
Usman Khawaja (100) struck his second century in three ODIs as Australia rode to 272-9. Peter Handscomb also followed his hundred in Mohali with 52 off 60 balls, as the duo put on 99 runs for the second wicket.
In reply, Rohit Sharma top-scored with 56 but India lost Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Virat Kohli (20) cheaply, which cost them the game. From 132-6 at one stage, Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) put on 91 runs for the seventh wicket but it wasn't enough to salvage the situation.
Opting to bat, Australia got off to another good start as Khawaja and Aaron Finch (27) put on 76 runs for the opening stand.
Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) was the pick of India's bowlers, and provided the breakthrough. But Khawaja and Handscomb denied the hosts any further opportunities.
Handscomb reached his fourth ODI half-century off 55 balls, while Khawaja scored his second ODI hundred off 102 balls. Overall, he hit 10 fours and two sixes as India's changed bowling attack failed to impress.
Kedar Jadhav (right) and Glenn Maxwell fall down on the ground during the fifth ODI cricket match in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/ AFP
Australia suffered a mini-collapse, though, and lost three wickets for seven runs in the space of 21 balls. Khawaja was out caught off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-48). Then Jadeja got rid of Glenn Maxwell (1) and Mohammed Shami dismissed Handscomb.
Marcus Stoinis (20), Ashton Turner (20) and Jhye Richardson (29) made important lower-order contributions to push Australia to a competitive total, which proved enough in the absence of dew.
Chasing 273, India lost Dhawan cheaply when the left-hander was caught behind off Pat Cummins (2-38).
Sharma and Kohli added 53 runs for the second wicket at quick pace. But the turning point came when Kohli played a rare poor shot to chase a wide delivery off Marcus Stoinis and was caught behind.
Rishabh Pant (16) folded under pressure, caught off Nathan Lyon.
After scoring his 41st ODI half-century, Sharma was stumped off Adam Zampa (3-46), and the wrist spinner soon had Vijay Shankar (16) caught in the deep and then Ravindra Jadeja (0) was stumped three balls later.
From 132-6, India were in an impossible situation but Jadhav and Kumar focused on building a partnership. Their 50-stand came off 73 balls as India crossed 200 in the 43rd over.
Kumar hit two sixes and three fours, while Jadhav hit four fours and a six, as the duo looked to shift gears.
But when Jadhav was dismissed off Jhye Richardson, India wilted under the climbing asking rate.
This was India's final ODI before the 2019 World Cup. Australia next heads to the UAE and will take on Pakistan in a five-match series, both sides' last engagement before that summer tournament.
Pakistan openers Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali controlled the chase expertly and put on 57, with captain Bismah Maroof's unbeaten 38 steering her side to a seventh win at the Women's T20 World Cup.
She netted prize money alone of $38.8 million in a career during which she won 36 singles titles.
Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6, 6-1 to reach the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
A monumental final push in the UAE heat from Tadej Pogacar wasn’t enough to take the win in the third stage of the team’s home country as Adam Yates...
The 184km Emirates Stage finished with an exhausting 10.8km climb as Yates launched a surprisingly early attack with 6km to go. Pogacar didn’t react to Yates’ initial acceleration but then ripped clear of the chasing group with 5km remaining, finishing second in the stage, claiming the young rider’s jersey and ending the day second in the GC in a successful day for the team.
Pogacar said “It was extremely hot today, so for me on a climb like that in those temperatures it was a really good ride and I’m pleased.
“There is still three stages with another big mountain stage and the chance of crosswinds tomorrow so it’s not over yet. We have a strong team here so will try something for sure.”
Pogacar will get another chance to claim back the one minute GC deficit as the fifth stage of the Tour finishes at the same Jebel Hafeet summit.
Pogacar will wear the white young rider’s jersey in Wednesday’s stage as the race sees the riders return to the flats which will come as welcome relief for the sprinters.
The Emirates NBD Stage starts from Zabeel Park, crosses Mushrif Park and Motor City before finishing at Dubai City Walk where the popular walkway has been transformed as part of the racing route.
British climber Yates pulverised the opposition on the tough, final ascent of stage, winning by over a minute and taking the overall race lead.
His compatriot Chris Froome was dropped early in the race.
The four-time Tour de France winner again struggled on his comeback from injuries sustained last May.
The 27-year-old Yates is also making his 2020 debut and looks favourite to win in a competitive field after his stunning attack from 6km out at the end of a warm day with temperatures passing 30C.
“I attacked maybe a little too early, but in the end I felt good,” said Yates, whose win gives him a 1min 07sec lead in the overall.
“A minute is a lot, but we have to do this climb again, and maybe my legs won’t be so good then,” Yates said in reference to stage five.
“Also tomorrow I heard a rumour there are going to be crosswinds, so we’ll see.”
Yates was followed up the final 10.6km Jebell Hafeet climb at a 7 per cent gradient by a trio of challengers with Slovenian prodigy Pogacar finishing 1min 03sec adrift.
Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko was third at 1min 30sec accompanied by up-and-coming Frenchman David Gaudu.
Yates came fourth at the 2016 Tour de France and is targeting the Grand Boucle this summer where he will lead the Australian team ahead of his brother Simon.
Wednesday’s flat stage, the fourth of seven, is a 173km run to Dubai City Walk where a mass bunch sprint is expected.
Stage 3 Results
1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 4h42’34”
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:03
3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:30
General Classification Results
1. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 12h30’02”
2. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates +1:07
3. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana +1:35