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'India was masterclass in chasing'

January 23, 2016 19:14 IST
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IMAGE:The Australian team pose with the winners' trophy after winning the five-match Commonwealth Bank One Day Series 4-1 at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

India rode Manish Pandey's scintillating 104 off 81 balls to chase down a 331-run victory target with two balls to spare, in Sydney, on Saturday.

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Thus India staged a pride-salvaging six-wicket victory against Australia in the fifth and final ODI. 

The visitors needed a strong start from their openers to stay on course to chase down such a big total and India got just that from Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Rohit Sharma (99). 

Australian skipper Steven Smith was a happy man with a dominating scoreline to the team's credit but did not forget to

praise the good performance of the visitors. 

"It's been a pretty big run-scoring feast. Very proud of the way the players have played in this series. Tonight was a masterclass in chasing (from India). We missed a few opportunities in the field, but that happens in cricket, but we have to move on and improve," he said. 

Talking about the road ahead, he said, "(The T20s) are a different format, and there is a World Cup around the corner, so the boys are raring to go," he said.

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