5th ODI (D/N), Nagpur, October 01, 2017, Australia tour of India
(42.5/50 ov, T:243) 243/3

India won by 7 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
125 (109)
Player Of The Series
222 runs • 6 wkts
Full commentary

9.15pm That's it for this ODI series - this was a good Australian team that got into a lot of good positions, but it ends with India winning 4-1 and sitting on top of the ODI rankings. A lot of good cricket from a lot of players to get them there. The T20 series begins in Ranchi next Saturday. Until then, good night!

Virat Kohli: "I thought it was a really convincing series win. We've ticked all the boxes. We've been put under pressure, and we've come back four times to win four games. Lots of positives to come out of this series. I think it's become second nature to the players [to keep themselves motivated despite already winning the series]. The management has played a role in that as well. Bhuvi and Bumrah have been outstanding for us. When Umesh and Shami got their opportunity they were pretty good as well. And those two wristspinners in the middle overs, and all the batsmen. Hardik Pandya the biggest example, earning the Man of the Series. Good headache [selection] - you might as well have a few to pick from and take the best 11 possible."

Hardik Pandya is the Player of the Series. "There's always scope of improvement in everything I do, I always believe I can improve day by day. Working hard on my fitness, to be fit for every game, because it's not easy to do both skills. The situation I batted this time was different from what I've been used to, so I've learned a lot, and a pleasure playing against Australia."

Rohit Sharma is the Player of the Match. "It was just a bit of cramping. Obviously it's been very hot here. I've always kept it very simple. Not to complicate things too much. Since I've started opening, I've always kept things simple. There are certain areas I still need to work on - I know my strengths and weaknesses and I try to work around that. Initially it was tough. They came on to the stumps compared to the first few games, and the wicket wasn't playing too good either. Once I got my eye in, it was just about rotating and staying ahead of the run rate all the time. I would love to have such a record against all the teams. I've always loved playing against this Australian team - they are very competitive, they never give away anything easily."

Steven Smith: "Probably around a 300 wicket, I think. Finchy and Davey played really well, and maybe one of our top four needed to go on and make a big score. Disappointing performance, and there's a few things for us to look at. We just need to get the right balance of the way we want to play and put consistent performances on the board. We've played some good cricket at times, but we've been outplayed and India thoroughly deserved to win. You've still got to try and keep a positive frame of mind. We did a few things well in this series - we just need to do them more consistently. We've got to let this go pretty quickly, and we have the T20s in six days, and hopefully we can go home with a trophy."

"If you've got to be a good team, you've got to be relentless," says Ravi Shastri. "You've got to repeat what you did on Tuesday on Friday, and then on Sunday, and then on Tuesday again." The man is endlessly quotable.

Ajinkya Rahane says the pitch had become really slow by the time India batted, and for that reason this was his best innings of the series. I have to agree with that - he was really, really good today.

Nihaar : "The last time India and Australia played an ODI series, the last runs of the series were hit by Manish Pandey at the SCG, even in this series, the last runs of the series were hit by Manish Pandey. Hope he does it again for the next ODI Series too!"

Kunal: "You need a world class spinner to win in India. Aussies just dont have that right now. Is there any in the pipeline in the domestic circuit?" -- Nathan Lyon? He would have loved to bowl on this pitch, and definitely some of the others in this series.

8.44pm India wrap up the series 4-1, and the scoreline is a fair reflection of their superiority in these conditions, especially in crunch situations. Today, their spinners made far better use of a surface with a lot of help for them, not giving away the freebies that their Australian counterparts doled out. And their chase was brilliantly constructed. Rohit and Rahane had to see out some very good new-ball bowling from Cummins and Coulter-Nile, and had to adjust to the slowness of the pitch. They did all that, and Kohli took over from Rahane and did the same, and the life was slowly sucked out of Australia's defence of 242.

Faulkner to Pandey, FOUR runs

and that is that. Full outside off, and that bottom hand comes into play as he smears a drive down the ground. Jadhave gets his feet out of the way at the non-striker's end to let the ball streak to the long-on boundary

Faulkner to Pandey, FOUR runs

full, angling into off stump, and he clears his front leg and swipes it away between mid-on and midwicket

Faulkner to Pandey, no run

back of a length on off stump. Looks for a soft-hands single into the off side, but backward point moves in quickly to deny him

Faulkner to Pandey, no run

back of a length, close to off stump, jabbed back towards the bowler

Devine: "Kinda feel bad for Manish Pandey. Though he has played every game this series, he hasn't been given a chance to make a slot his own. Technically, he is India's No 4, but he's hardly been sent out at No 4 at all. Difficult to secure your spot and feel confident when you keep getting shuffled around the batting order"

Faulkner to Pandey, no run

back of a length on off stump, clipped to midwicket with a turn of the wrists

end of over 423 runs
INDIA: 235/3CRR: 5.59 RRR: 1.00
Manish Pandey3 (6)
Kedar Jadhav5 (8)
Adam Zampa 8-0-59-2
James Faulkner 5-0-29-0
Zampa to Pandey, 1 run

tossed up outside off, presses forward for a gentle push to sweeper cover

Zampa to Jadhav, 1 run

down the pitch now, gets to the pitch and drives to long-off

Zampa to Jadhav, no run

fired in full, angling down leg, Misses the flick and it rolls off the pad to short fine leg

Zampa to Jadhav, no run

length ball, quickish, turning from middle to off. Gets on the front foot to defend

Zampa to Pandey, 1 run

back of a length on middle stump, goes deep in his crease to clip through square leg

Zampa to Pandey, no run

googly pitching wide of off, on a good length. Lots of turn and bounce, but still a safe leave for Pandey

end of over 411 run
INDIA: 232/3CRR: 5.65 RRR: 1.22
Kedar Jadhav4 (5)
Manish Pandey1 (3)
James Faulkner 5-0-29-0
Adam Zampa 7-0-56-2
Faulkner to Jadhav, no run

back of a length, angling into off stump, Jadhav plays a copybook back-foot defensive. Maybe more open at the hips and shoulders than the textbook would recommend, but perfect for the inward angle

Faulkner to Jadhav, no run

slower length ball close to off stump, blocked back to the bowler

Faulkner to Jadhav, no run

shuffles out of his crease, towards off stump. Faulkner shortens his length and he dabs to backward point

Faulkner to Pandey, 1 run

full, angling into off stump. Pandey looks to drive through cover, bottom-hand takes over and the bat comes down at an angle, and he gets a thick outside edge to third man

Faulkner to Pandey, no run

full outside off, driven to extra-cover

Faulkner to Pandey, no run

back of a length, angling into middle and off, clipped to midwicket

India only need 12 now. Faulkner goes back round the wicket.

end of over 408 runs • 2 wickets
INDIA: 231/3CRR: 5.77 RRR: 1.20
Kedar Jadhav4 (2)
Manish Pandey0 (0)
Adam Zampa 7-0-56-2
James Faulkner 4-0-28-0
Zampa to Jadhav, no run

good ball, doesn't turn as much as Jadhav expects. Wanted to dab it down to third man, but it slid on straight and he inside-edged it into the pitch

Zampa to Jadhav, FOUR runs

long-hop, Jadhav drags a pull from outside off and picks up a one-bounce four over midwicket. This has been a terrible over, and he's picked up two wickets

This means Kohli will end with a sub-50 average for the first time in seven ODI series. Manish Pandey walks in at No. 5.

Zampa to Kohli, OUT

such a good-looking shot, and it may have been six in Bengaluru, but here it's caught by long-off, comfortably. Tossed up on off stump, and he looks to loft this inside-out, ends up scooping it straight into the hands of long-off

Virat Kohli c Stoinis b Zampa 39 (73m 55b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.9
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