Cricket : India won the series by 4-1


Riding on some tremendous bowling by the Indians towards the end of the innings Australia were restricted to 242/9 in the fifth ODI in Nagpur on Sunday. India conceded just 52 runs and picked up five wickets in the last 10 overs, which shows why the Indian bowlers are so difficult to pick in the death overs. Australia started off well but the spinners helped India peg back Australia and the rest of the job was done by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah towards the end of the innings. Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers with 3/38 in 10 overs.

Ravi Shastri: If you want to be rated as a good team you’ve got to be relentless. We repeated the job on multiple occasions and that is how we were ruthless in this series. Hitman (Rohit) did a superb job for us in the match, he was brilliant. The death bowling is tremendous. It is all down to skills, when you have bowlers like these, they bring you back in the final overs. They complement each other really well, they have experience, have different actions and hit their yorkers to perfection. Hardik is someone who can take on the bowling right from the start, he is a floater for us. I haven’t seen striking like that, probably Yuvraj in his youth but this guy is special and still has the exuberance of youth. We can raise the bar in the fielding and we can seize the big moments. We also need batsmen to carry on after they score 60s and 70s, quite like what Rohit did today.

Rohit Sharma gets the man of the match