MS Dhoni proved his worth again and shut up his critics once and for all by scoring a match-winning unbeaten 87 to help India win the third ODI by seven wickets in Melbourne. The result meant that the visitors win the three-match ODI series 2-1, a first-ever bilateral ODI series win in Australia, and completed a Test-ODI double over the hosts.
It was a trademark Dhoni knock which prospered the visitors to a historic series win. Knowing the required rate was just over 4.5 rpo, the former Indian skipper played his own game, and with some sublime support from Virat Kohli (46) and Kedar Jadhav (61*), guided India to yet another series win.
Chasing a paltry 231, India lost Rohit Sharma early on. Despite the dismissal, the visitors kept going fine in their run-chase, with Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli looking in good touch. They shared a 44-run partnership for the second wicket before Dhawan perished, bringing Dhoni to the crease.
India's two best batsmen toiled with the Australian bowlers, and just like the second ODI, took India closer to a brilliant win. Even though the Indian skipper perished with India needing 118 to win, the visitors never looked behind in the chase, and with some sensational batting by Dhoni and especially Jadhav, guided India to a win with four balls to spare.
Ealier, batting first on a slow pitch which had a lot to offer for the bowlers, the Aussies could only muster 230 on the board. Despite getting starts, none of the Australian batsmen managed to make it count. Peter Handscomb was the highest scorer with 58, while Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh got 30's.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sensational, ending with figures of 2 for 28 in his eight overs. But the real star of the show was Yuzvendra Chahal. The leggie, who came in the playing XI for Kuldeep Yadav, used the pitch to his advantage and took a career-best 6 for 42.
Australia had won the first ODI by 34 runs in Sydney, but India bounced back in sensational performance with a last-over victory in the second ODI in Adelaide.