India vs Australia 5th ODI: Khawaja leads the way as Australia end 10-year drought

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Usman Khawaja celebrates after scoring his second ODI century

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Australia opener Usman Khawaja scored a spectacular 100 to help his side defeat India by 35 runs in the fifth ODI in Delhi.

Australia’s 3-2 victory saw them secure their first ODI series win in India since 2009.

Electing to bat first, Australia got off to a fantastic start as Khawaja and captain Aaron Finch amassed a 76-run partnership before Finch was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 27.

Khawaja and Peter Handscomb kept the runs flowing with a 99-run stand, during which Khawaja brought up his century, before he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 100, which came off 106 balls and included 10 boundaries and two sixes.

Glenn Maxwell fell soon after, while Handscomb went on to score 52, which came off 60 deliveries and included four boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Australia continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but with Jhye Richardson smashing a 21-ball 29 towards the end of the innings, the tourists finished on 272/9.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Shami and Jadeja snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Kuldeep Yadav, he chipped in with one.

Chasing 273 to win, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the fifth over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Pat Cummins for 12.

Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli made up for the loss of Dhawan with a 53-run partnership before Kohli was caught behind off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis for 20.

Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar fell shortly after, while Rohit was stumped by Alex Carey off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 56, which came off 89 balls and included four boundaries.

With Jadeja suffering the same fate as Rohit, India found themselves in a world of trouble at 132/6.

However, Kumar and Kedar Jadhav refused to go down without a fight and gave Australia a major scare as they amassed a 91-run partnership.

Kumar ended up making 46 before he was caught by Finch off the bowling of Cummins.

Jadhav was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught by Maxwell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jhye Richardson for 44.

With Richardson sending Shami packing and Stoinis cleaning up Kuldeep for eight runs, India were bowled out for 237.

Zampa was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Stoinis, Richardson and Cummins took two wickets apiece. As for Nathan Lyon, he claimed one.

Khawaja was named Man of the Match.

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