Australia Beat India In The Fourth ODI, Level Series 2-2

Australia Beat India In Fourth ODI, Level

Australia vs India Fourth ODI:- Ashton Turner turned the game on its head on Sunday as Australia won their second consecutive win against India to level the series 2-2 with the final ODI left to play in Delhi. Chasing a mammoth 359-run total, Australia lost Finch early, getting out in the first over of the second innings. Soon, Bumrah cleaned up Shaun Marsh with a superb yorker, and Australia was tottering at 12 for 2 in just four overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah produced a fine opening spell, giving away 43 runs in nine overs.

Australia vs India Fourth ODI

Australia vs India Fourth ODI:- Virat then made the first change in the form of Vijay Shankar in the tenth over and Kuldeep in the eleventh. While India was expecting to take a few more wickets in the middle overs, a defiant HandscombKhawaja duo foiled all hopes.

Australia vs India Fourth ODI:- India failed to capitalize in the middle part of the innings which saw Khawaja and Handscomb put on a stellar 192 run partnership to reduce the deficit to 155 needed in the final 17 overs. It was Handscomb-Khawaja second wicket partnership which paved the way for the victory, with the duo managing to score one boundary in almost every over without taking much risk, in order to maintain the required run-rate.

It was an odd day for Indian spinners in the fourth ODI with the trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal and Kedar Jadhav accounting for 188 runs in as many as 25 overs. Kohli, who has still a lot to learn when it comes to captaincy waited for 25 overs to bring Bumrah back into the attack in the 34th over. The right-handed seamer finally got the all-important wicket of Khawaja who missed out on his second consecutive century on Sunday.

India was once again right back into the game as Kuldeep soon accounted for Maxwell who was looking dangerous, playing at a strike rate of 176.92. The Men in Blue were sensing victory with Australia’s four major batsmen back to the pavilion.

Khawaja and Handscomb Australia vs India Fourth ODI

While India was looking for ideas to claim Handscomb’s wicket, Australia’s batsman Ashton Turner came out syllabus who went hammer and tongs, demolishing Indian bowling in the final ten over of the innings.

Australia vs India Fourth ODI:- The right-handed batsman smashed six sixes and five fours in his match-winning innings of 84 runs off just 43 deliveries. He along with Alex Carey, smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar 38 runs in his last two overs, while Bumrah also conceded 16 runs in 46th over. India’s best death overs went for 54 runs in three over (44th, 45th, 46th) as Australia comfortably won the match by 4 wickets in the end with 13 balls still left to play.

India also dropped three catches and one stumping chance in that phase which actually costed India match in the end.

Australia vs India Fourth ODI:- Earlier, Vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India an impeccable start, putting on India’s best opening stand of 193 runs. The duo played 30 overs of the innings, keeping aside their poor form as both Rohit and Shikhar are once again amongst the runs. Shikhar Dhawan scored the 16th century of his career while Rohit missed out on his 23rd century, having caught at Deep mid-wicket on 95.

Rishabh Pant played his part, scoring a quick 36 off just 24 deliveries, including four fours and one six. Also, all-rounder Vijay Shankar once again proved his mettle who ended India’s innings on a high with a quick 26 off just 15 deliveries.

Right-handed batsman Lokesh Rahul was given a chance in the fourth ODI in place of Ambati Rayudu. Rahul, however, failed to make an impression, playing at a strike rate of 83.87 in his small cameo of 26 off 31 deliveries.

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