MS Dhoni scored his third successive fifty to guide India to a seven-wicket victory in the series-deciding third one-day international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Dhoni, who was dropped twice in his innings and could have been run out too, made 87 not out as he combined with Kedar Jadhav (61 not out) to guide the tourists home with four balls remaining and complete India’s 2-1 series victory.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, making his first appearance in the series, had earlier finished with a career-best 6/42 to help dismiss Australia for 230 in 48.4 overs.
Australia had won the first match in Sydney last Saturday by 34 runs, before Dhoni and skipper Virat Kholi combined to give the visitors a final-over six-wicket victory in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Here, we take a quick look at some of the key stats after the conclusion of the third ODI:
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first bowler to dismiss Aaron Finch in consecutive three ODI innings.
- Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja added 73 runs on Friday for the third wicket. This was the third consecutive 50-plus stand between them in this series.
- Mohammed Shami has taken 13 wickets against Australia in ODIs now which is the second-most for him against an opponent in ODIs. He has now picked up 99 wickets in ODIs.
- Yuzvendra Chahal registered figures of 6 for 42 at MCG in the third ODI which is the best bowling figures for a spinner in ODIs in Australia and also the joint-best for an Indian player in ODIs in Australia. He became the first Indian spinner to take two five-fors outside India in ODIs. He is also the second player after Ajantha Mendis to take a six-wicket haul each in ODIs and T20Is.
- On Friday, it was the fifth consecutive time that Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a single-digit score in the third match of an ODI series. His last five scores in the third match of an ODI series reads 9, 8, 2, 0 and 7.
- MS Dhoni has now completed 26,000 runs in his professional career when reached on 28 and he also became the fourth Indian player to score 1,000-plus runs in ODIs in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. This is the third time that he has smashed three consecutive fifty-plus scores in an ODI series after doing it in 2011 (in England) and 2014 (in New Zealand).
- This was India's first bilateral ODI series win in Australia and they also became the first team not to lose any of Test, ODI and T20I series in Australia on the same tour.
- This was India's 86th win against Australia in international cricket - the joint second-most for them against an opponent alongside England.
- This was Australia's sixth consecutive bilateral ODI series defeat. They last won an ODI series against Pakistan at home in January, 2017.
- MS Dhoni's batting average in ODIs this year is 193. His average in successful run-chases in ODIs is now 103.07. This was his sixth player of the series award for India in ODIs.
- This was 112th time that MS Dhoni was on the winning side in an ODI run-chase - the second-most time among all the players, eclipsing Ricky Ponting (111). The record is held by Sachin Tendulkar (127).
With inputs from Reuters