India chase down 243 to register 4-1 series win vs Australia

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Steve Smith warned under-performing Australia players could be axed after India consigned them to a 4-1 one-day global series defeat.

At the other end, Rahane also scored his fourth successive half-century of the series - and 23rd overall - off 64 balls. Kedar Jadhav has been brought into the attack and he produces a decent display, sprawling just 3 of the over. India's spinners took a wicket about every six overs compared to Australia's 12-overs-plus. So much so, that he was dropped in the Indore ODI in favour of Handscomb who is not a regular wicket-keeper. But two overs later, Jasprit Bumrah (2-51) trapped him lbw, this time a DRS review could not save him.

Australia, hoping for another consolation win in the series, could only get to 242/9 from their 50 overs after the visitors had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) steadied the ship with an 87-run stand off 112 balls but got out just when they looked set to push the scoring rate. As Shikhar Dhawan pulled out of the Australia ODIs due to personal reasons, Rahane got the chance to forge partnerships with Rohit, with Rahul going to the bench.

"This Australian side is definitely weak against spin". However, Finch committed a mistake against first-change bowler Hardik Pandya to give India a breakthrough in the 12th over.

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Faulkner was run-out in the last over with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-40) also accounting for Nathan Coulter-Nile (0) as Australia finished with a below-par total.

Glenn Maxwell's return is not about to happen with Peter Handscomb delivering an important cameo in the Bengaluru and Matthew Wade offering greater assurance behind the sticks.

Like all four of Australia's losses, at one stage they looked in control only for India to outclass them.

Ajinkya Rahane, who is India's third choice opener, came in and filled in his boots this series with impressive performances in all the matches of the series barring the first match at Chennai. The venue of the match is at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur on October 1st.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who scalped three wickets for 38 in India's seven-wicket win over Australia in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here, said on Sunday that his variation of pace troubled the visiting batsmen.

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