Shardul Thakur gives send off: What India lacked throughout the ODI series was early breakthroughs with the ball. To break that jinx, captain Kohli completely revamped his bowling unit for the third ODI and brought in Shardul Thakur, Natarajan, and Kuldeep to the mix to change the fortunes around. The most impressive among those three was Shardul Thakur. He picked up key wickets in crucial intervals to improve India’s chances in this match. And most importantly, he was charged up like never before. It was quite evident from the fiery sendoff that he gave to Moises Henriques after taking his wicket.
Defending a moderate score of 302 in a high scoring Canberra ground, nobody gave India a chance due to their current form with the ball. But contrary to the popular expectations, Indian pacer Shardul Thakur performed above his weight and provided much-needed breakthroughs to the team. He picked up 3 crucial wickets during the course of the match and gave away just 51 runs in his quota of 10 overs. More than the number of wickets, it was the time at which that he picked those that mattered to the team. His prey included Steve Smith, Sean Abbot, and Moises Henriques.
The latter wicket was the most animated of them all. It was short of a length cross-seam delivery, which Henriques pulled straight to Dhawan at mid-wicket. Thakur was highly impressed with the wicket and even stared at Henriques as he walked back to the pavilion.
India managed to get the better of Australia in the last and final ODI. After Henriques was dismissed Carrey and Maxwell stitched together an amazing partnership that almost took the game away from India. But a runout and a pinpoint Yorker from Bumrah ensured that they were sent back to the pavilion before inflicting major damage. Finally, India won the match by 13 runs with 3 balls to spare.
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