Shahbaz Nadeem took three wickets for 34 and medium-pacer Mohammed Shami took two for 30 as India defended their 243 to beat Australia by 50 runs in the final of the tri-nation A series final in Pretoria on Wednesday. (Match Highlights)
Australia lost half their side for 53 in the 14th over and barely recovered. A 54-run eighth wicket partnership between Tim Paine (47) and Josh Hazlewood (30) defied the Indians but it was Nadeem who spun his magic to ensure India's first win against the Aussies in the championship. Australia were skittled out for 193 in the 47th over.
It was perfect team effort by the Indian bowlers. Suresh Raina, who opened the attack with his fast off-spins, Ishwar Pandey and Parvez Rasool picked up a wicket each as Australia made a hash of the run-chase.