India Vs Australia Fourth ODI match highlights:
- Australia won the fourth ODI by 4 wickets to level the series 2-2
- Chasing India’s 358, Australia scored 359-6 with 13 balls to spare
- The series decider will be played in Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla on March 13 at 1:30 pm
Chasing down the biggest total any side has ever managed till date against India, a flawless batting performance by Australia saw them stun India in the fourth ODI. Despite finding themselves reeling at 12-2 in the opening stages, the Australian middle-order stepped up to deliver a stupendous performance that left India reeling.
Lead by Handscomb’s century and given the final finishing touches by Turner, Australia found itself having restored parity in the series after earlier struggling to keep up with India in the opening two matches.
The match in Mohali is one that India would want to put behind them at earliest. One of their worst performances in the field in recent times, the Indian effort was laced with poor decision making, wayward bowling and waning fielding, all of which combined to condemn them to a defeat despite having made a colossal 358.
As Australia stepped out to chase, the match which was already heavily poised in India’s favour continued to swing into grasp with Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar delivering a raucous opening spell. Bhuvneshwar for the umpteenth time picked up the wicket of Finch, whereas Marsh was cleaned up by Bumrah at the other end to see Australia lose their top order in the fourth over itself.
Unfortunately for India that was the last laugh they had in the match. Khawaja (91) and Handscomb (117) stabilised the Australian innings, ensuring that no further wickets fell as India brought on Jadhav and Shankar in a bid to quickly see off their overs before the field turned for the worse.
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As the partnership grew and India’s spinners got thrashed all around the park, the problems slowly started compounding for India. Growing in stature, the 182 run stand was finally brought to an end by Chahal who played a flat shot.
For India, the troubles didn’t ease though as Handscomb continued to wage a lone battle from the other end, playing yet another outrageous inning that kept Australia in the chase, seeing them needing 182 to need off the last 20 overs.
With the ball becoming extremely difficult to hold as the Mohali temperature dwindled, India’s spinners Yadav and Chahal failed to do the job asked of them by Kohli. Chahal who had returned to the side after missing out on the first three matches was decimated in particular, going for 80 runs from his 10 overs, the second worst figures ever recorded by an Indian spinner in ODI matches.
As Handscomb reached his 100, proving to be the ever dependable batsman he’s emerged for Australia in this series, Turner walked in and took no time in taking off. Shankar and Jadhav made for easy pickings and him along with Handscomb kept peeling off the target with such ease and comfort that not even the likes of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah were spared in the final 10 overs.
Going for a rare 7 runs per over, the figures registered by India’s frontline pacers tell the story of the entire match. Unable to contain Turner, 84 (43), who was just in his second innings, India was pummelled as they crumbled in front of an Australian onslaught to lose a consecutive match.
Despite the total being a huge one, it was still around 20 runs off the mark with the Indians slowly up in the final 10 overs as wickets fell in quick succession. They ultimately proved to be the difference in the end with India now finding themselves in a perilous situation in the series after earlier being well on top.