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India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 6 wickets before Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav's brilliant partnership that took India to victory in the last over

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Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's heroics with the ball were complemented well by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's third consecutive half-century as he anchored India's run chase to beat Australia by 7 wickets in the third ODI, and clinch their first ever bilateral series win here.

With the 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series win, India have completed their tour Down Under without losing a series.

The Kohli-led men in blue had earlier registered a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series while drawing the preceding three-match T20I rubber 1-1.

At the (MCG) on Friday, Australia paid the price for dropping the dangerous on nought, as the veteran stumper, who has recently been at the receiving end of critics, came up with another defiant and calm half-century to guide the Indians home in style.

Promoted to No.4, first raised a strong 54-run third wicket stand with skipper (46) and thereafter took India home with an unbeaten 121-run stand with (61 not out).

Dhoni's unbeaten knock of 87 came off 114 balls and was studded with six hits to the fence.

After the departure of the in-form opening duo of Rohit Sharma (9) and Shikhar Dhawan (23) with the Indian scoreboard ticking 59/2, and laid the foundation for the chase.

Fresh from a century in the second ODI at Adelaide, looked set for another trademark chase but after facing 62 balls and striking three fours, the India captain was caught behind off Jhye Richardson.

With India still needing 118 runs for a win, Dhoni carried on in the company of new man Jadhav and the highlight of their fourth wicket partnership was stealing the odd singles and converting them into twos.

The 37-year-old Dhoni, who was dropped first ball by Glenn Maxwell at backward point, made the most of the life as he battled cramps to eventually get to a hat-trick of half-centuries this series.

With the tourists needing 66 off the last 10 overs, Dhoni and Jadhav, who also got to a hardworking half-century, ensured there were no hiccups and went about their business as usual to eventually guide the team home.

Interestingly, Dhoni also completed 1000 ODI runs in Australia on Friday.

Earlier, Australia's vulnerability to quality leg-spin was exposed by Chahal, who returned with his second overseas fifer to help India restrict the hosts for a meagre 230.

Playing his first match of the series, Chahal wreaked havoc in the Australian line-up, returning a career-best 6/42 as the home batsmen seemed to have no clue about playing the leggie.

After pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of the openers -- Aaron Finch (14) and Alex Carey (5) -- and reduced the hosts to 27/2, Chahal ripped through the middle order, taking the crucial wickets of the in-form Shaun Marsh (39) and Usman Khawaja (34) in his very first over.

The leggie then returned to remove all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (10) before ending a stiff 45-run seventh wicket stand between top-scorer Peter Handscomb (58) and Jhye Richardson (16).

His sixth victim was his opposite number in the Aussie camp Adam Zampa (3) even as Australia's innings ended by the 49th over.

Brief scores:

Australia 230 (Peter Handscomb 58, Shaun Marsh 39, Usman Khawaja 34; 6/42, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/28) lose to India (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 87 not out, 61 not out, Kohli 46; Jhye Richardson 1/27) by 7 wickets.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Another Trophy in the cabinet. 2-1  Jai Hind #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/oq101deoed — BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

What a run-chase. The Dhoni-Jadhav duo take #TeamIndia to a thumping 7-wicket victory. India take the series 2-1  #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vb4fZ0xwR9 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

3rd ODI. It's all over! India won by 7 wickets https://t.co/6p112Lz1wD #AusvInd #TeamIndia — BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 50: Jadhav on strike, Stoinis with the ball, FOUR!! INDIA WIN IT!! 

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 49: Dhoni on strike, Siddle takes the over, single off the first, Jadhav smashes a four to sweeper cover, takes three on the next one, wide ball, four!! scores  equal and India need just a  single,    IND 230/3 Over Summary: 1 4 0 3 Wd 4 0

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 48: Dhoni smashes the first ball down the ground, remains lucky as the fielder drops the catch and Jadhav too escapes the run-out, Dhoni gets four on the next ball, gets a single off the next, another single follows, four off the last ball by Jadhav and he gets his 4th ODI fifty.   IND 217/3 Over Summary: 2 4 1 1L 1 4

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 47: Richardson into his last over, Jadhav gets one, Dhoni takes one, singles continue,    IND 204/3 Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 1 1

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 46: Jadhav on strike, Siddle starts with a wide, a boundary follows on the next one, another wide follows, Jadhav adds two more runs, singles follow   IND 198/3 Over Summary: Wd 4 Wd 2 1 1 1 0

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 45: Stoinis to Dhoni, single off the first, Jadhav returns the strike, Dhoni steps out and pulls the ball for four.   IND 186/3 Over Summary: 1 1 0 4 1 1

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 44: just a single off the last ball   IND 179/3 Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Over 43: Dhoni gets a three with Jadhav adding a single, a single comes off the last ball.   IND 178/3 Over Summary: 0 0 0 3 1 1

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 07:01 IST

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Dhoni, Jadhav guide India to historic win

Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 6 wickets before Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav's brilliant partnership that took India to victory in the last over

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's heroics with the ball were complemented well by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's third consecutive half-century as he anchored India's run chase to beat Australia by 7 wickets in the third ODI, and clinch their first ever bilateral series win here.

With the 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series win, India have completed their tour Down Under without losing a series.

The Kohli-led men in blue had earlier registered a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series while drawing the preceding three-match T20I rubber 1-1.

At the (MCG) on Friday, Australia paid the price for dropping the dangerous on nought, as the veteran stumper, who has recently been at the receiving end of critics, came up with another defiant and calm half-century to guide the Indians home in style.

Promoted to No.4, first raised a strong 54-run third wicket stand with skipper (46) and thereafter took India home with an unbeaten 121-run stand with (61 not out).

Dhoni's unbeaten knock of 87 came off 114 balls and was studded with six hits to the fence.

After the departure of the in-form opening duo of Rohit Sharma (9) and Shikhar Dhawan (23) with the Indian scoreboard ticking 59/2, and laid the foundation for the chase.

Fresh from a century in the second ODI at Adelaide, looked set for another trademark chase but after facing 62 balls and striking three fours, the India captain was caught behind off Jhye Richardson.

With India still needing 118 runs for a win, Dhoni carried on in the company of new man Jadhav and the highlight of their fourth wicket partnership was stealing the odd singles and converting them into twos.

The 37-year-old Dhoni, who was dropped first ball by Glenn Maxwell at backward point, made the most of the life as he battled cramps to eventually get to a hat-trick of half-centuries this series.

With the tourists needing 66 off the last 10 overs, Dhoni and Jadhav, who also got to a hardworking half-century, ensured there were no hiccups and went about their business as usual to eventually guide the team home.

Interestingly, Dhoni also completed 1000 ODI runs in Australia on Friday.

Earlier, Australia's vulnerability to quality leg-spin was exposed by Chahal, who returned with his second overseas fifer to help India restrict the hosts for a meagre 230.

Playing his first match of the series, Chahal wreaked havoc in the Australian line-up, returning a career-best 6/42 as the home batsmen seemed to have no clue about playing the leggie.

After pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of the openers -- Aaron Finch (14) and Alex Carey (5) -- and reduced the hosts to 27/2, Chahal ripped through the middle order, taking the crucial wickets of the in-form Shaun Marsh (39) and Usman Khawaja (34) in his very first over.

The leggie then returned to remove all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (10) before ending a stiff 45-run seventh wicket stand between top-scorer Peter Handscomb (58) and Jhye Richardson (16).

His sixth victim was his opposite number in the Aussie camp Adam Zampa (3) even as Australia's innings ended by the 49th over.

Brief scores:

Australia 230 (Peter Handscomb 58, Shaun Marsh 39, Usman Khawaja 34; 6/42, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/28) lose to India (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 87 not out, 61 not out, Kohli 46; Jhye Richardson 1/27) by 7 wickets.

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