Indian cricket team's depth testing under focus in final ODI vs Australia

Indian cricketer Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav celebrate as Australian cricketer James Faulkner watches after India won the fifth one-day international cricket match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on October 1

Indian cricket team's depth testing under focus in final ODI vs Australia

David Warner made his 100th ODI memorable with a typical hard-hitting ton that powered Australia to a formidable 334 in the fourth match of the one-day worldwide series that the Indians led 3-0 before this game. India has won nine ODI matches in a row.

Australia captain Steve Smith would have been delighted with his decision to bat first as Warner and Aaron Finch amassed a spectacular 231-run partnership, which is the highest stand in ODI history at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Australia are playing for pride after losing the first three games.

"I think they lost the first four one-dayers and Virat spoke about winning the last one-dayer and then the three T20s to make it four-all", Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson said.

India Team: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Mohammed Shami. "If we can replicate this form in conditions that are alien to us after that we can sit down and be happy with what we have done so far", Kohli added.

Warner's opening partner Aaron Finch was also batting superbly and was looking good for his second successive hundred but was dismissed six short of the three-figure mark by Umesh Yadav with the Aussies 231/2 in 35.5 overs. From that point of view, it wasn't a great batting performance from us.

"People have off days".

Australia coach David Saker said the team is relieved to have finally got a win. Jadhav, who had been struggling with the bat for the longest time, also came good with a 67. Though, the final match of the series will have no bearing on the result of the series, there will be no dearth of motivation for both sides as they take the field. They hit the boundaries when they wanted to, and set us up to get 330. This is not to say that they played badly, they still managed to cross 300, but the victory was agonisingly close for them. All in all, a good wicket for cricket."Earlier, the hosts had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series after defeating Australia in the third ODI at Indore on Sunday". Virat Kohli said that it feels good to get appreciation, it is a decent compliment.

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