Australia crunches India to a disconsolate 4th consecutive ODI win
| Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 20:49
Canberra: India lost their fourth consecutive match of the series to Australia by 25 runs at the Manuka Oval here on Wednesday.
Taking four wickets in his last four overs, Australia's Kane Richardson took a total of five wickets in the match.
Set a target of 349, India folded up for 323 runs despite opener Shikhar Dhawan (126) and Virat Kohli (106) scoring centuries. From 277/1 in the 38th over, the visiting team collapsed for 323 in 49.2 overs.
Australia's Aaron Finch made his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. The century marked his first ODI hundred against India and second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital.
With Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli steering India towards hope, a chance for India to win a consolatory 4th ODI seemed probable until all the wickets of the away team started to fall one by one.
Australia now leads the series 4-0. The fifth and last One-Day International (ODI) will be played in Sydney on Saturday. This consecutive losses for the Indian national cricket team brings to question the kind of tactics the national cricket team is applying in all its international ODIs.
India also lost the 3rd ODI series where Australia dominated with both bat and ball to defeat India by three wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday. Australia had won the first two matches by five and seven wickets respectively.
(With inputs from IANS)