NEW DELHI : India’s mission to find right combinations for the upcoming World Cup ended with a 35-run defeat in the decisive fifth ODI against the aussie as they lost the series 2-3 on Wednesday .
About what was their final game before the showpiece event in Uk , the Indian innings folded for 237 , precisely in 50 overs while chasing a 273-run target . The aussie had put on board 272 for nine , developed around Usman Khawaja’s ( 100 ) second 100 of the series .
It turned out India’s first ODI series defeat at home since losing to South Africa in 2015 since their big guns fell silent on the day when the series was on line .
India also started to be the only side in the world to lose an ODI series twice after leading 2-0 .
The home side dropped K L Rahul from the game , tried Rishabh Pant at number four and Vijay Shankar at five in the last-ditch effort to obtain right batting order .
However , chasing a challenging target on a tricky Feroz Shah Kotla wicket , India were strangled in the middle overs by the Australian spinners .
Record too was against India since the hosts have not successfully chased a 250-plus total at the Kotla in the last 37 years . It was way back in September 1982 against Sri Lanka when they overhauled a 278-run target .