On 23 Jan 2016, Team India finally secured their pride and avoided the series whitewash as they defeated the hosts Australia by 6 wickets in a thrilling and final 5th ODI at SCG.
India chased monstrous total of 331 for the loss of four wickets and with two deliveries to spare with the fiery performance of Manish Pandey who scored his first maiden ODI hundred and sparkling fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma putting an end to unbeaten Australian stretch in all formats dating back to November 5, last year.
With Aussies already leading the series 4-1, Team India was playing for their pride in the 5th and final ODI. As the match began with India elected to field first, Aussies, again put on a massive total of 331 with brilliant knocks of David Warner’s 122 and Mitchell Marsh’s unbeaten 102 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah, left hand fast bowler, who was playing his first one day international, gave indian bowling department some strength as he claimed impressive 2 for 40 in the 5th ODI.
Team India in response came out strongly with their opening duo to stay on course to chase down such a huge total. Shikhar Dhawan posted his third successive 50 plus runs as he scored 78 and Rohit Sharma with brilliant 99 runs felling agonizingly short of his third century in the series.
With required run rate skyrocketing and MS Dhoni struggling to time the ball properly, Manish Pandey came with a magnificent knock and crisp hitting in last few overs, finally saving India’s pride in the final match of the series.
Manish Pandey was awarded man-of-the-match, while indian opener Rohit Sharma won the man-of-the-series award for the 441 runs he amassed in five matches.
Source : CricBuzz