3rd ODI India vs Australia: Former India captain MS Dhoni guided India to a historic victory in the third and final One Day International (ODI) against Australia on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). After a lowly display throughout 2018, Dhoni’s performances had raised uncertainties over his future but his impressive display throughout all three matches has given the men in blues a much-needed boost ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup. He knocked 87 of 114 in the final ODI match alongside 61* from Kedar Jadhav lead the way as Australia’s 230 is chased down for a seven-wicket victory.
Dhoni was named the ‘Man of The Series’ after knocking the scores of 51, 55 not out and 87 not out across the three ODI’s respectively and the ‘Man of the Match’ title was won by Yuzvendra Chahal for his career-best six for 42.
Twitter was ablaze after India’s historic victory and Dhoni’s display, here’s how they reacted:
The triumph is a historic one for India, as they have never won a bilateral ODI series on Australian soil, and their only series win in the 50-over format came in 1985 (World Championship of Cricket) and 2008 (CB Series). Previously, India lost 4-1 against Australia in 2016.
Also, by winning the third ODI in Melbourne, India will finish the current 2018-19 tour without losing a series Down Under. India started their tour with a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw. It was followed by a historic first-ever Test series win for India on Australian soil.
Virat Kohli became the first Indian and Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia as the visitors defeated the hosts by a 2-1 margin.