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India Seal Series Against Aussies; Attain World Number 1 in ODIs

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Kohli has now equaled the record for most consecutive wins in ODIs made by MS Dhoni in 2008/09 and Rahul Dravid in 2006. (Image courtesy: Google)

With a win over Aussies by 5 wickets in the third ODI, Team India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series.

This emphatic win helped India to topple South Africa to claim the no. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

This now means that India are now at the top of both the Test and ODI rankings.

India are now leading with 120 points while the South African team trail them by just one.

This is also India’s sixth straight ODI series win with their last five series victories coming against Zimbabwe (2016), New Zealand (2016), England (2017), West Indies (2017) and Sri Lanka (2017).

India got to a solid start with opening partnership of 139 runs off just 130 balls between Rohit and Rahane.

But the quick dismissals of Kaptan Kohli and Kedar Jadhav turned the game in Australia’s favor.

However, the in-form all rounder Hardik Pandya soon turned the tables and made the run chase look like a cake walk.

Pandya and Manish Pandey made a partnership of 78 runs to end the game for the visitors.

Old Records Broken, New Records Made:

Kohli has now equaled the record for most consecutive wins in ODIs made by MS Dhoni in 2008/09 and Rahul Dravid in 2006.

Kohli became the first ever Indian captain to have led to his team to a win in the first three matches of a bilateral ODI series against the Aussies.

Furthermore, Kohli also became the first ever Indian captain to lead the team at number one position in both Test and ODI rankings.

India have now won all five ODIs they have played at Indore’s Holkar stadium.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane’s 139-run opening partnership is the first-century opening stand for India in an ODI at home since 2014.

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