Australia Tour of India 2017

IND vs AUS 2017: Australia ride on Warner ton, beat India by 21 runs

[caption id="attachment_55452" align="alignnone" width="580"]Australia A jubilant Australian players celebrate the fall of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Image Source: ICC[/caption]


Internet Desk: Australia ended India’s nine match winning streak by defeating the hosts by 21 runs in the fourth ODI at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. The visitors rode on the brilliance from David Warner, who hit a hundred (124 runs) on his 100th ODI match while his opening partner Aaron Finch scored 94 runs. The two put on 231 runs for the opening wicket to lay the platform for a commendable total of 334 runs. Chasing a 335-run target, India got off to a brilliant start, with openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stitching a century stand. But the hosts failed to keep up the momentum, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kedar Jadhav’s brilliant innings at the end was not enough to clinch the game. Kane Richardson was the most successful bowler for the Aussies as he ended up with three wickets. This was Australia’s first away win in 14 matches.

India's chase started in right earnest as Rohit Sharma (65 off 55 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 66) adding 106 runs in 18.2 overs. The duo played some classy shots -- especially Rohit, who hit as many as five effortless sixes compared to a boundary. Rahane at the other end dropped anchor hitting six boundaries and a six with India in cruise control mode.
In the 19th over, Rahane failed to clear Aaron Finch off Kane Richardson delivery and Rohit was unfortunately run-out -- partly due to Steve Smith's brilliance and mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli (21) got set before he played on off Nathan Coulter-Nile for the second time in the series as India were suddenly in a spot of bother at 147 for 3.
Man-of-the-moment Hardik Pandya (41) was then joined by Jadhav to add 78 runs for the fourth wicket. It was Pandya, who started to take on the bowling, especially leg-spinner Adam Zampa as he hit a boundary and three sixes.
Jadhav started slowly but then picked up pace and matched Pandya stroke for stroke.
Just when they had settled down with a nice partnership, Zampa dropped one short and Pandya was taken at long-off by Warner.
Earlier, Warner hit a splendid century in his 100th ODI as Australia put up a commanding total of 334 for 5 against India in the penultimate encounter of the five-match series, here today.
Warner (124 off 119 balls), who struck his 14th ODI hundred in his milestone match adding 231 for the opening stand with in-form Aaron Finch (94).
Australia were looking good for a total close to 400 but the Indian bowlers pulled back in the final 15 overs in which the visitors could manage only 103 runs.
Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers despite being expensive as he had figures of 4 for 71 in 10 overs to show for his efforts. The quick reached his 100th wicket in ODI's.

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