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5th ODI: Spinners put India in driver’s seat; Australia struggle in first-half

Australia were seen struggling at 119/4 in 25 overs, the half of the innings.

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian pair of spinners – Kedar Jadhav and Axar Patel—led havoc on the Australian team, who failed to start solid despite winning the toss in the fifth and final ODI at the VCA Stadium, Nagpur on Sunday.

Marcus Stoinis (0*) and Travis Head (3*) were fighting at the crease as Australia were seen struggling at 119/4 in 25 overs, the half of the innings.

Patel was the centre of attraction as he claimed two big wickets in David Warner (53) and Peter Handscomb (13). Jadhav claimed the scalp of Australian skipper Steve Smith (16).

Earlier, pacer Hardik Pandya earned the breakthrough for India after he dismissed Aaron Finch for 32 runs. With this, Pandya broke the opening wicket-partnership of 66 runs.

For Australia, Warner emerged as the lone warrior, scoring his 17th half-century. He slammed five boundaries in his measured 62-ball knock.