Rohit credits pitch side talks for successful partnerships with Rahane

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02 October, 2017

Australia won the toss and opted to bat against India in the fifth and final One-day global here on Sunday.

At the other end, Rahane also scored his fourth successive half-century of the series - and 23rd overall - off 64 balls. He also added that Team India never took Australia lightly because they are a top quality team and deserve respect.

Two overs earlier, Rohit had taken a single to become the ninth Indian to cross 6,000 runs.

Kohli looks like a skipper who would want to continue his experimentation but a loss in the previous game could push him to bring one of his strike bowlers back. Bumrah claimed 2-51 while Pandya, Bhuvneshwar and Jadhav bagged one each.

Jasprit Bumrah (2/51) bounced back brilliantly in the death overs to finish with much improved figures.

David Warner and Aaron Finch were at their lethal best as they started the proceedings in style for Australia.

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.

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Men in blue have been fabulous throughout the initial three games of the ODI series.

However, the experienced opener soon found his stride, enjoying particular success against Zampa and Head as Australia's slow bowlers struggled to make an impact. And he has played really well throughout the tournament, scoring four fifties in the last four games and he's shown a lot of maturity as well handling the new ball. Only Shahid Afridi's 63 sixes against Sri Lanka is higher.

Part-timer Jadhav was impressive and took the prized wicket of Smith, leaving Australia at 100 for two in the 20th over. He got the wickets of Peter Handscomb and Travis Head.

Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile finally broke the partnership when he trapped Rahane leg-before. Let's see how the players manage to overcome this barrier and exhibit marvelous performance in this last game of 5 match ODI series.

India have played four ODIs at Nagpur of which they've won two and lost two.

Australia cricket player Matthew Wade bats during the fifth one-day worldwide cricket match between India and Australia in Nagpur, India, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who scalped three wickets for 38 in India's seven-wicket win over Australia in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here, said on Sunday that his variation of pace troubled the visiting batsmen.


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