India vs Australia 3rd ODI: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were involved in a match-winning 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket which helped India chase down 231 and clinch the series 2-1 against Australia in Melbourne on Friday.
- Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni’s stand of 121 helped India chase down 231 vs Australia at the MCG
- Jadhav scored an unbeaten 61 off 57 balls with seven boundaries
- Dhoni top-scored with 87 and was adjudged Player of the Series with 193 runs in 3 matches
Kedar Jadhav came good in the first and only match he played in the one-day series and he made it count with an unbeaten 61 to guide India to victory in the final ODI of the three-match series in Melbourne on Friday.
But Jadhav couldn’t have done it alone as he had the experience of MS Dhoni at the other end, who held up one end and paced his innings beautifully to finish the second successive match for India in this series.
Dhoni top-scored with 87 not out off 114 balls and shared a 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Jadhav to help India chase down 231 with 4 balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The win handed Team India their first ever bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.
Yuzvendra Chahal also played a big part in setting up the win as he took a record 6 wickets for 42 runs to bag the man-of-the-match award.
Jadhav later revealed what it was like to bat with the best finisher in the format and how they both took calculated risks during the run chase.
“I feel really good, winning the one-day series after the Test series. Good feeling going into the World Cup which is just a few months away. The way this team is shaping up, I’m just enjoying being in this team. Every individual has put his hand up whenever the team has needed it, that’s the best part.
“This was my first match here and the last of the series. So I wanted to spend as much time in the middle as possible. Normally I score at a strike rate of 100 so I knew if I stay till the end we will get closer to the target. The biggest factor was I had Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the other end.
“Whenever I had any questions in my mind I would look at him and get my answers. Batting becomes easier whenever he is at the other end. It’s like your batting with two heads and one head is his. That is always an advantage,” Jadhav told Yuzvendra Chahal in an exclusive chat for Chahal TV, which is a new segment started by the leg-spinner for the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s official website.
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The duo were constantly seen discussing plans on how to go about the chase in the death overs with Dhoni and Jadhav both keeping an eye on the equation and batting accordingly.
“We discussed which bowler to target and after how many overs whenever there was a 10-15 balls gap between the runs required and deliveries left to play. And how do we reduce that gap. We calculated all that and the numbers changed after every over.”
At the end of the interview Chahal asked Jadhav to promote Chahal TV to which the latter responded by promising to make it as popular as he can.
“Chahal TV has already crossed seven seas to reach here in Australia and I will try to take Chahal TV to the moon now,” Jadhav signed off.
News Credit: India Today