Australia beats India and made the series 2-2, winning the 4th ODI of five-match series. Despite, Australia lost the first couple of ODI but returned to the game wonderfully on the next two matches in Ranchi and Mohali.
Australia beats India by 4 wickets
Australia beats India by 4 wickets in Mohali. Winning the toss team India opted to bat first. Accordingly, a dreamy starting brought India 193 runs, before Rohit Sharma returned scoring 95 runs off 93 deliveries with 7 fours and couple of sixes. But Shikhar Dhawan made the 16th century. The 143 runs inning came from 115 balls with 18 fours and 3 sixes that brought India a huge score of 358 runs, though Pat Cummins picked 5 wickets it costs 70 runs
According to the target of a huge score of 359 runs, Australia lost the opener Aron Finch with a duck. Then Shaun Marsh returned by 12 runs as well. But Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb made 192 runs on the 4th wicket partnership. Though scoring 91 runs off 99 runs with 7 fours Usman Khawaja returned to pavilion but Peter Handscomb made his debut ODI century, the 117 runs inning came from 105 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. But Ashton Turner made 84 runs with 43 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes that actually made the headline.
Some milestones in this match
The fourth ODI has some milestones as well. Firstly, Australia chased the highest scored of 358 runs today. Secondly, India lost successive matches at home after 2012. Thirdly, Australia won fifth ODI in a row in Mohali. Fifthly, Australia won the match chasing third highest runs in an ODI.
Peter Handscomb brought his debut century
Peter Handscomb brought his debut century, “It’s a lovely feeling. My role today was to take it as deep as possible and that hundred today is pretty special. Ozzie (Khawaja) and I don’t talk much in the middle. We leave each other to play their own games. We felt pretty quickly that this is a pretty good wicket and we can chase those runs down. There wasn’t the kind of spin that was there in the previous game. So it was really good for us that we could play our natural game.
Peter Handscomb thanked his teammates, “Maxi (Maxwell) played a beautiful role. It was a team thing… He comes out, takes the pressure off me, strikes close to 200 and it was a critical inning. I panicked (smiles). We have seen what we (Turner) can do in the Big Bash. But to do something like that in your second ODI is pretty special and he can take a lot of confidence from that going forward.”
Aussie Captain satisfied to his teammates
Aussie Captain satisfied to his teammates, “I thought the partnership between Usman and Peter was crucial. To be able to get us deep was unbelievable. To get his maiden hundred was outstanding. When we chased 300 totals in Australia, we were trying to go with the same process. The wicket was good, it wasn’t a panic.”
The game plan was working successfully, “The plan was to take the game as deep as we could. Ashton playing his second game and playing a match-winning knock and Peter playing such a knock and Usman coming to form was wonderful. We have seen him do that a lot in Big Bash. It was a world-class knock and to take on two of the best death bowlers in the world was outstanding.”
Virat Kohli disappointed to the DRS method
Virat Kohli disappointed to the DRS method, “But the DRS call was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming a more of a talking point every game. It’s just not consistent at all, that was a game-changing moment. The opportunities slipped away and so did the game. “
“It’s going to be a cracker of a game (in Delhi), we’ve had two eye-openers in two games. We can’t take anything for granted. We have to work hard and we got to come up with more intensity and passion in the next game to try and win the series.”
Ashton Turner the man of the match
Ashton Turner the man of the match, “I’m lost for words. I turned up to the ground today. Marcus Stoinis was doing his fitness test. He had a broken thumb, I thought he would play today and I would be carrying drinks. But I had to transition my mind from not playing to playing. I had a lot of confidence. I was ready to go if given a chance. It’s not every day that we get to play.”
“I thought India played really well and it was a great game of cricket. Batting is a lot of fun, there were a few close calls and I know that I didn’t nick that one that went upstairs. Very fortunate. Haydos has been great to me.”
“I was privileged to get my cap from him in Hyderabad. He’s spent a lot of time with me in the nets. He’s a brilliant player of spin bowling and he’s a legend. Someone I always looked up to. It’s nice to hear nice things from him. I try my best, one of those things over here.”
Therefore, Australia beats India and made the series 2-2. According to the closed match, the fifth ODI in Delhi becomes the unofficial final of the series.