Kartik fashions India’s win

Mumbai, October 17:

Indian spinner Murali Kartik put in an exceptional all-round performance to fashion India’s two-wicket win in the seventh and final one-day international against Australia today.

The 31-year-old picked a career-best 6-27 before scoring a cameo 21 under pressure to gift India a consolatory win in the seven-match series which Australia clinched 4-2. The opener was abandoned due to rain.

Coming in at 143-8, Kartik shared an unbeaten 52-run stand with Zaheer Khan (31 not out) as India overhauled Australia’s modest total of 193 with 24 balls to spare in the day-night game. Mitchell Johnson picked best figures of 3-46 for the visitors while Nathan Bracken took 2-30.