The Indian juggernaut finally came to a halt with Australia dishing out an exceptional performance during the death overs to win the fourth One-Day International by 21 runs.
The 4th ODI at Bengaluru turned out to be a thriller, which saved Australia from a certain series whitewash.
The Indian juggernaut finally came to a halt with Australia dishing out an exceptional performance during the death overs to win the fourth One-Day International by 21 runs, here on Thursday. With this the Australians evade the whitewash scare.
The consolation win will give Smith and co a sigh of relief. The late bloomer also snapped India’s winning streak of nine matches. The hosts could manage only 313 for 8 chasing a stiff victory target of 335.
Meanwhile, India lead the five-match series 3-1 with the fifth and final ODI scheduled in Nagpur on Sunday. After the Nagpur encounter, Team India will gear-up for the T20 clashes.
Courtesy David Warner’s spectacular 124 in his 100th game, Australia put up a mammoth total of 335. The Oz pace battery of Pat Cummins (1/59 in 10 overs), Kane Richardson (3/58 in 10 overs) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/56 in 10 overs) bowled superb death over to stifle the Indian batsmen.
Manish Pandey (33) and Kedar Jadhav (65) added 61 runs for the fifth wicket. But their dismissals in quick succession brought Australia back in the match. The chances of another series whitewash drowned with the loss.
Once again it was evident that Dhoni’s finishing powers are questionable. His ability to finish matches is what makes him the legend, and lately he is not upto the task.
Testimony to Australia’s domination at the death was that overs 47, 48, 49 and 50 produced 6, 6, 5 and 7 runs respectively.
Although Indian opening stand was perfect. Team India was in cruise control mode riding on the half-centuries by Rohit and Rahane. Rohit Sharma (65 off 55 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 66) batted exceptionally well by adding 106 runs in 18.2 overs.
The high-point for the host was the death bowling. Without Bhuvaneswar Kumar and J.Bumrah they restricted the Oz pretty well. The visitors were certainly looking for more with 231 runs on the board at no loss. Meanwhile Umesh Yadav(4/71 in 10 overs), replacing Bhuvaneswar, reached a milestone. Smith’s dismissal was Yadav’s 100th victim in ODIs.
With the series still own, Indian team missed a chance of a good Oz whitewash.