Ravindra Jadeja catch: With fate of the series already decided, India and Australia took the field to test some of their reserve players at Canberra. It was a dead-rubber alright, but turned out to be series’ most entertaining match in the end. It was Ravindra Jadeja’s usual brilliance in the field that helped the tourists keeping Australia in check during the middle overs.
Chasing 303 for the win, Australia were in some trouble when they lost captain Aaron Finch on the score of 123 runs. It was all dependent heavily upon debutant Cameron Green and Alex Carey to take the chase deep. But when Kuldeep Yadav came on to bowl 31st over, Cameron Green swept a delivery in the air towards deep backward square.
It was Ravindra Jadeja who was patrolling there for India and took a brilliant catch diving forward. That was a difficult grab as ball was curving in the air but Ravindra Jadeja made it look pretty easy in the end.
Batting first after winning the toss at Manuka Oval, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli batted well to provide stability after Shikhar Dhawan got dismissed early. But cluster of wickets in the middle meant that India were under pressure in second half of their innings. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja combined for a famous partnership to take India towards a fighting total of 302. Both accelerated perfectly in the death overs and took advantage of poor lengths from Australian bowlers.
In reply, opening for the first time, Marnus Labuschagne chopped on early to give T Natarajan his first international scalp. Aaron Finch played well for his 75 but regular wickets at the other end meant that Australia were always behind the rate. Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell stitched together a partnership of 52 but Alex Carey’s run-out left Glenn Maxwell too much to do. In the end, India defended the total with some outstanding death bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur.