Virender Sehwag says India will whitewash Australia 5-0

Posted September 25, 2017

Team India has attained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing five-match ODI series against Australia. I think that was probably... we got 69 off last 74 balls lost 5 wickets. They could never get the fillip, which was there for them to take after a stupendous start even as Marcus Stoinis took the side close to 300-run mark with his unbeaten 27.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed 78 as India scripted a facile five-wicket win over the Aussies. Hardik Pandya's phenomenal run started in the ICC Champions Trophy final, where he almost took India to an improbable win against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Australia will be glad that opener Aaron Finch has got back to practice and he is likely to take his slot with Warner tomorrow.

Therefore, a possible return of Aaron Finch, who was suffering from calf problems, can provide some balm to Australia's headache.

Smith had won the toss and elected to bat first at Holkar Cricket Stadium. "The first 38 overs were magnificent we set it up and we just weren't able to execute at the back end", Smith said. And he has played a lot of cricket for us over the past couple of years. "I thought he played really well today", Smith said.

But the player of the match was Hardik Pandya. So far in this series, they have certainly checked all the boxes but there is still a long way to go before they can be spoken about in the same breath as the World Cup winning Australian sides under the leadership of Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting.

Pandya made full use of the promotion, taking on Australia's left-arm spinner, Ashton Agar, who was hit for some massive sixes.

Manish Pandey has scored 0 and 3 in the two separate matches which is the reason the Indian selectors may be enticed to supplant him with Lokesh Rahul. "Our results haven't been good enough and we need to turn them around", he added.

Indian bowlers hardly troubled the Australians as Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/54) largely remained ineffective.

Jasprit Bumrah (2/52) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/52) put the brakes on the scoring with some exemplary bowling in the death overs.

What he rues is the fact that he could not take the team across the finishing line and was foxed by Pat Cummins with less than five overs and 10 runs to win.

Finch returned from a thigh injury at the top of the order, combining for Australia's first 50-run opening stand of the series with David Warner, before his partner was cramped by a Pandya off-cutter and bowled for 42.

India's win means that they have equalled their record of consecutive ODI wins and will look to extend that at Bangalore on Thursday.