Khawaja ton guides Australia to 272-9 in deciding ODI

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The Indian vice-captain had a disastrous start in the five-match series against Australia as he managed to score just 51 runs from first three matches.

Swashbuckling Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday added another feather to his already illustrious cap, equalling former cricketer Sourav Ganguly's record of being the third fastest cricketer to reach 8000 runs in ODI cricket. This after losing the Test and ODI series in their own backyard when India travelled their from late past year to first part of 2019.

From 132 for six at one stage, Kedar Jadhav (44) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) put on 91 runs for the seventh wicket but it wasn't enough to salvage the situation.

Ravindra Jadeja (two for 45) was the pick of India's bowlers, and provided the breakthrough.

The left-right batting pair of Khawaja and Handscomb then stood firm to lay the foundation of their team´s total.

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The opener Khawaja strengthened his claim for a place in the World Cup squad with an elegant 100 to steer Australia to 272 for 9, although the tourists had looked on course to exceed 300 at one stage. Overall, he hit 10 fours and two sixes as India's changed bowling attack failed to impress.

Khawaja took a single off Yadav to bring up his hundred but fell soon after to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3 for 48), triggering a mid-innings collapse for Australia who had been cruising at 175 for 1 in the 33rd over. Chasing 273, India lost wickets in quick succession and all the hopes were pinned on Rohit once Kohli was gone in the chase. But the turning point came when Kohli played a rare poor shot to chase a wide delivery off Marcus Stoinis and was caught behind.

It was a game that had everything - a stunning century, a freakish dismissal, an early collapse, a huge fightback, a flying bat and a thrilling finish - but in the end, Australia claimed a famous victory over India in India.

But when Jadhav was dismissed off Jhye Richardson, India wilted under the climbing asking rate.

India also became the only side in the world to lose an ODI series twice after leading 2-0. Australia next head to the UAE and will take on Pakistan in a five-match series, both sides' last engagement before that summer tournament.

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