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Khawaja hits century before India stop Australia to 272/9

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

staged a decent comeback to restrict to 272 for nine after continued with his imperious form by hitting his second hundred of the series in the decisive fifth ODI here Wednesday.

Khawaja, who had not scored a century before arriving to for this series, hit an exact 100 off 106 balls and shared two big partnerships at the top of the order.

were placed comfortably at 175 for one in the 33rd over and set for a kill in slog overs, but the script changed for the hosts when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid off Khawaja in the last ball of the that over.

The visitors added only 97 runs after that in 17 overs, surrendering the advantage, which was well-earned by Khawaja and his top-order colleagues.

The left-hander, who hit a century in Ranchi as well, first raised a 76-run stand with (27) after his elected to bat in hazy and overcast conditions and followed it up with a 99-run partnership with (52).

Bhuvneshwar took three wickets for 48 runs while Ravindra Jadeja (2/45) and (2/57) accounted for two batsmen each.

The Feroz Shah Kotla wicket did not have much for either spinners or pacers but was far from usual low and slow track as the Australians easily worked the ball around.

Khawaja was yet again impressive with his footwork, handling the Indian spinners nicely before being caught at shot extra cover by Kohli off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The left-hander hit 10 fours and two sixes before driving straight to Kohli.

Jadeja then got rid of (1) and Shami sent back Handscomb as lost three wickets in the space of 14 balls.

The tide turned in India's favour with Australia managing just 27 runs in overs between 34 and 40.

Jadeja, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, made a strong case for himself for inclusion in squad with figures of 10-0-45-2.

Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional in his first eight overs giving just 14 runs but Jhye Richradson (29) spoilt his figures by creaming off four boundaries from his ninth over, providing one last push to Australian innings.

It turned out to be a forgettable day for chinaman who bled 74 runs in his 10 overs but dismissed dangerous (20) cheaply.

Earlier, it was only who initially tested Finch with away-going and in-coming balls but once the Australia got his eye in, he went about his business without fuss.

Khawaja continued with his rich form, striking boundaries easily. His straight boundary, punched on the up, off Bhuvneshwar was a treat to watch.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:09 IST
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