The Indian team was keen to notch up its first win of its tour of Australia and the absence of David Warner due to injury presented it with a good opportunity to do so, seamer Shardul Thakur said after helping India defeat Australia by 13 runs at the Manuka Oval.

Shardul took three wickets in his 10-over spell, including the key wicket of Steve Smith.

“In this game Warner was not playing. That was on our minds. We thought we could take advantage of the situation and put the Australian team on the backfoot and try to win this game so that this momentum carried into the T20 series,” Shardul told mediapersons at the press conference after the contest.

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Smith departed for a single-digit score (7) after scoring two centuries in the first two ODIs. Shardul removed him in the 12th over of the chase; Smith was dismissed…

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