Smith fine with batting despite tough ODIs

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India won the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Nagpur on Sunday. He picked up 6 wickets in the series and scored 222 runs in the series which included 2 half-centuries. He also added that Team India never took Australia lightly because they are a top quality team and deserve respect.

Bumrah bagged two for 51 runs in his 10 overs, while Kumar, Pandya, and Jadhav got one each.

The tourists' hopes of defending their total were significantly dented when Rohit, who accelerated to 125 from 109 deliveries after a cautious start, shared 124 for the first wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (61). After that Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah showed why they are perhaps the most potent bowling combination in the world at the end of an innings.


After Smith won the toss and chose to bat first, Australia made 242 which looked like it could be defended on the slowest pitch of the series.

Hardik Pandey is now having nine-game winning streak and he is very hopeful in the series.

Chasing 243, it was one-way traffic as Rohit's Sharma's 14th ODI century, along with some backing from Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli took India to a win. A lot has been spoken about the fact I failed in the Test matches in Bangladesh and I failed here (in the one-day series).


After choosing to bat, Australia were given a good platform by openers David Warner (53) and Aaron Finch (32), while Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) put on 87 for the fifth wicket. He was the third highest run-getter in the series for the home side and was the second-highest six-hitter overall.

Matthew Wade (20) reached double figures for the first time in the series but it wasn't enough as he holed out in the deep off Bumrah again.

The 22-year-old managed to take seven wickets, including a hat-trick, in the four matches he played against Australia. "To restrict Australia to 242 on this particular wicket wasn't easy, because they are a solid batting line-up and especially with the opening partnership they got", he said. The venue of the match is at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur on October 1st.


Australia captain Steve Smith on Sunday conceded that his team deserved to be defeated 1-4 in the One-Day International (ODI) series against India and will need to get consistent performances from the next series onwards.

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