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Aussies finish 9-272 in ODI series decider

Australia have compiled a total of 9-272 in their ODI series decider against India, failing to make the most of Usman Khawaja's century.

Aussies finish 9-272 in ODI series decider

Australia have compiled a total of 9-272 in their ODI series decider against India, failing to make the most of Usman Khawaja's century.

MARCUS STOINIS of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League at MCG in Australia.
MARCUS STOINIS of the Stars bats during the Big Bash League at MCG in Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Usman Khawaja posted a classy century then Australia suffered a concerning collapse of 6-54 on Wednesday, setting India a target of 273 in the ODI series decider

Khawaja's 100 was the cornerstone of Australia's 9-272 in Delhi, where Aaron Finch opted to bat first as his team pursued a breakthrough series victory.


Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson's quick-fire partnership of 34 runs, including an over from Jasprit Bumrah that cost 19 runs, lifted the total beyond 250 but the visitors had been on track to breach 300 for the third game in a row.

Khawaja, who finished with 383 runs in the series to all but cement his spot in Australia's World Cup squad, termed it a competitive total.

"When I was out there, I was thinking 280. We're not too far away," he said.

Khawaja put on a 76-run stand with Finch then a 99-run stand with Peter Handscomb, guiding the visitors to a commanding position of 1-175 in the 33rd over.

The left-hander's dismissal, coming when he drove a wide ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar straight to a fired-up Virat Kohli, shifted momentum.

Glenn Maxwell fell for one, giving Kohli more catching practice, then Handscomb was victim to a fantastic delivery from Mohammed Shami that reared off the deck and took the edge.

Recalled allrounder Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner, who was selected ahead of Shaun Marsh, threatened to steady and struck a six each after Australia lost 3-7 but both batsmen went down swinging.

When Alex Carey was caught behind in the 46th over there was a danger the visitors may fail to bat out their overs but the tail wagged, taking 42 runs off the final four overs.

Regardless of the final result, the collapse suggests Australia's new-look batting order is still a work in progress despite chasing down a record 359 to win the preceding game in Chandigarh.

If Australia squander their chance to make history they will lament an inability to make the most of the platform an in-form Khawaja fashioned while becoming the leading run-scorer of the series.

Australia have never fought back from 2-0 down and won a five-match bilateral ODI series

Victory would deliver Australia's first ODI series win in India since 2009, their first overseas ODI series win since 2016, and their first ODI series win since 2017.

Selectors made two changes for the fifth ODI, recalling Stoinis and Nathan Lyon at the expense of Marsh and Jason Behrendorff.

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