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Smith warns under-pressure Australia players after series loss

Smith warns under-pressure Australia players after series loss

After a consolation victory, Australia will play for pride whereas India despite having won the series will get down defending their number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

Australia meanwhile, has roped back allrounder James Faulkner ahead of Kane Richardson to fight for a respectable win in the last of the 5-match ODI series against the hosts.

Rohit hailed the bowlers for restricting Australia to 242 which hardly proved a challenge for the Indian batsmen.

Coulter-Nile picked up 10 wickets in the five-match ODI series and picked up the most numbers of wicket in the series.

"Some guys are back playing the domestic one-day domestic competition at the moment and yeah, there are some guys there that can put some pressure on the guys that are here", the captain said.

Rohit Sharma was imperious against Australia. That's been their attitude throughout the tournament and we go out in the middle to take wickets, not to look to get the strike-rate down.

The rivalry will continue in the T20Is, with the first of three matches scheduled for Saturday (October 7) in Ranchi. While Rohit Sharma, the one-day vice-captain, likes to impose himself with his audacious strokeplay, Ajinkya Rahane, the Test vice-captain, prefers to grind and coerce the opponent into waving the white flag. "Lots of positives to come out of this series", Kohli said after the match. For the third time in succession, they sizzled at the top, resulting in India making mincemeat of a target of 243 in the last of the five ODIs.

Rahane missed a straight ball from Coulter-Nile to fall lbw in the 23rd over, yet India remained in command and Rohit reached three figures in style by pulling the same bowler for six.

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His return from injury after more than a year out of global cricket has been one of the few positives for Australia in a disappointing series.

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Travis Head, who scored 42, and Marcus Stoinis with 46 then forged a patient 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket in the face of a persistent Indian attack.

Skipper Steve Smith, who came in next, didn't stay long at the crease and was caught in front of the wickets against Jadhav 16 (25).

David Warner was the highest scorer with 53.

But headaches for the Indian batsmen were rare.

However, it was not the first time in the series that Australia were not able to capitalise on a solid start.