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Cricket news - Australia restricted to 272 despite Khawaja ton

Khawaja scored his second century of the series.

At 175 for 1 in the 33rd over, with Khawaja unbeaten after scoring his second century of the series, things looked promising for Australia. However, a collective bowling display allowed India to restrict the visitors to 272/9 in the all-to-play-for fifth one-dayer in New Delhi.

Even as dew was expected to play a part in the chase, Aaron Finch, the Australian skipper, elected to bat, hoping for the pitch to become slower as the match progresses.

India came in to the match with Virat Kohli announcing that they are playing the combination which will be very close to the one that will be at the world cup - Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami brought in for Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul. Australia too made a couple of changes, with Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon coming in for Shaun Marsh and Jason Behrendorff.

Khawaja took little time to settle in and unsettle the Indian bowlers, with a flurry of flicks that helped the visitors get off to a good start. Apart from off-setting the plans of the Indian pace trio, it also allowed Aaron Finch, who looked scratchy through the course of his innings, to settle in.

The southpaw, who amassed 283 runs from five innings in this series, not only put away anything on his pads - which Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami provided in plenty, but even took the quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking along.

Finch, on the other hand, was troubled time and again. He stuttered along to 43-ball 27 but hung along enough to help Australia to a 76-run opening stand, which was dominated by his partner at the other end.

His dismissal - off stump carted after he played the wrong line against Jadeja - wasn't the worst thing to happen to the visitors. Peter Handscomb, who walked out to bat at No 3, displayed far better fluency and allowed Australia to fire from both ends. Their attacking application killed the potency of the Indian spin duo - Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja - along with the part-time-awkward-angled spin of Kedar Jadhav, who was taken off the attack after only one over.

There were all sorts of strokes on display - sweeps, reverse sweeps, flicks, cuts, drives, pulls; most well-executed but also some aided by edges running to boundaries. Nonetheless, the duo added 99 runs in only 18.3 overs to lay a strong platform, one that should have given their explosive middle order - Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner - to put an exhibition of their big-hitting prowess. However, a period of 21 balls saw three wickets fall - including both the set batsmen to destroy the set platform; Khawja falling on 100 and Handscomb on 52, soon after bringing up their respective landmarks.

It was a collapse from where Australia could never recover. Stoinis and Turner scored 20s but couldn't capitalise on their starts and fell after seeing off the early period of their innings.

Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson threw their bats around to get some crucial runs. One the features of their brief stand was a 19-run over off Jasprit Bumrah, he had conceded only 14 till then from his first eight overs. However, it only took them as far as 272/9 - a reasonably good challenging score on the pitch but far from what they would've liked after a strong start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with three wickets, while Shami and Jadeja bagged a brace each.

Brief Scores: Australia 272/9 in 50 overs (Usman Khawaja 100, Peter Handscomb 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-48, Ravindra Jadeja 2-45) vs India.

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