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ODI series: India beats Australia in thriller to avoid whitewash

India beat Australia in a final-over thriller at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night to avoid a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series and protect a record dating back 20 years.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli (63) set the platform en route to 5-302 and superstar Glenn Maxwell (59) almost pinched it with some massive late hitting but the tourists held on.

Australia needed 15 runs off the final over with just one wicket in hand but it was all over when No. 10 Adam Zampa (4) was trapped LBW by Jaspirt Bumrah (2-43).

India looked in trouble at 5-152 before man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya (92 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (66 not out) put on a 150-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Aaraon Finch (75) responded and chased hard but found little support with only Alex Carey (38 ) and Maxwell getting past 30 runs.

Steve Smith won man of the series after smacking back-to-back centuries in the opening two games.

India has beaten Australia in a final-over thriller at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night to avoid a whitewash in their three-game ODI series.  Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Australia was chasing its first series whitewash over India since 1999-2000 and the tourists will take some confidence into the Twenty20 series starting Friday.

After Finch helped kickstart Australia’s pursuit, Maxwell looked to have it in the bag for Australia.

The Victorian’s knock included four big sixes, after he’d already struck 108 runs from just 48 balls in the first two games of the series.

He launched two of those off Ravindra Jadeja in as many balls, including one he pulled 108 metres to land on the roof of the Bob Hawke Stand.

On another occasion he punished Kuldeep Yadav with a ridiculous 100-metre reverse sweep into the crowd.

Indian superstar Virat Kohli has become the fastest person in ODI history to score 12,000 runs.
Indian superstar Virat Kohli has become the fastest person in ODI history to score 12,000 runs. Credit: Getty

But when he was the seventh man out, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (2-43), the game turned drastically with the hosts still needing 35 from 33.

Australia managed no more boundaries from that point as Ashton Agar (28), Sean Abbott (4) and Zampa all fell.

Bumrah meanwhile finally had the Kookaburra singing again for India, in a dangerous opening spell that was unlucky to go without a wicket.

He had Finch dropped at first slip on 22 and grassed a tough chance from him off his own bowling on 27, while Marnus Labuschagne (7) fell at the other end.

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