5th ODI: India skipper Virat Kohli was in ominous form during the recently concluded five-match ODI series as he amassed 310 runs. He was also the leading run-getter for India as the Men in Blue suffered a 3-2 loss at home to Australia. Kohli bagged MS Dhoni’s unwanted record in the series by becoming the batsman to have scored most runs in a series and eventually ended up on the losing side. Dhoni held the unwanted record earlier with 285 runs he scored against the same opposition in 2009. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to aggregate 300 runs in a bilateral ODI series loss. Kohli slammed two centuries in the series and scored at a good pace. It was also India’s first bilateral ODI series defeat on home soil under Virat Kohli’s leadership.
Meanwhile, this is India’s first bilateral ODI series defeat at home after winning six consecutive bilateral ODI series at home, whereas, this is Australia’s first bilateral ODI series win after losing six consecutive bilateral ODI series.
Earlier, Australia won the Delhi decider by 35 runs, thanks to centurion Usman Khawaja who set it up for the visitors. Khawaja scored 383 runs in the series and bagged the Man of the Series and Match for his effort. The 383 runs in the series is also the third highest by an Australian in an ODI bilateral series.
It was another middle-order collapse that accounted to India’s loss. This is also the fifth occasion when a team has come back from 0-2 down to clinch a five-match ODI series 3-2.
“Yeah, we thought it was a gettable target. They got away from us a little bit at the end and 15-20 more than we thought we were going to concede. One or two overs can make a whole lot of difference. But if you look at the overall series, Australia played with more passion, hunger, and heart and they deserved to win,” Kohli said after the match.