Australia beat India by 21 runs in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) on Thursday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The hosts have already won the five-match series 3-1. After electing to bat first, Aussies produced an enormous total of 334/5 in their 50 overs, all credit to their explosive start given by David Warner and Aron Finch. Earlier, Australia won the toss and captain Steve Smith opted to bat first. ” We are going to bat. The wicket has changed since they have done a bit to the ground. It will slow up as the game goes on and hopefully we can make the most of it and get a good score on the board. It has been a bit disappointing so far and we have to get back to our winning ways. We have two changes. Matthew Wade comes back in for Maxwell and Adam Zampa replaces Ashton Agar,” Smith said after the toss

Virat: We would have batted first too, However, I have played here a lot and the wicket tends to settle down under lights. I am sure the spinners will come into play in the first half. Every game is a motivation for us. When the series is done it is not the end of the road for us. We want to grab every opportunity as a team and the guys are hungry to perform. It is difficult to create good habits and even more difficult to follow. We have given few guys a rest: Kuldeep, Bhuvi and Bumrah are rested. Umesh, Shami and Axar come into the side.

Here are the match highlights: 

6:20 IST: India 54/0 (8.3 overs)  Ajinkya Rahane 28 (34) Rohit Sharma  25 (17) 

Chasing 334, Team India have started well with Ajinkya Rahane taking the charge by smashing 4 boundaries and is equally supported by Rohit Sharma. The opening pair brings 50 for India inside 10 overs. 

5:02 IST: Australia 334/5 (50 overs) Wade 3 (3) Marcus Stoinis 15 (9) 

Shami has been thrashed for a four and a six (15 runs in total) in his last over as Australia sets a mammoth target of 335 for India here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With Umesh Yadav being the pick of the bowlers for Team India, he gave India a sort of fight back by sending 2 key batsmen back to the pavilion in quick succession.

For the visitors, it was the opening duo of David Warner (124) and Aron Finch (94) that played a crucial role with an explosive start in setting up a mammoth target of 335 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

4:55 IST: Australia 319/5 (49 overs) Peter Handscomb out for 43 (30) Marcus Stoinis 2 (3) 

We are down to the final over folks as the previous over saw Yadav taking the wicket of  Handscomb. It has been a terrific spell for Yadav as he gets the icing on the cake by striking Handscomb’s off stump in his final over. 

4:49 IST: Australia 306/4 (48 overs) Marcus Stoinis 2 (3) Peter Handscomb 33 (27)

Marcus Stoinis is the next batsman in for Aussies and for India its Mohammed Shami completing the 48th over for India in which he conceded 6 runs. 

4:44 IST: Australia 300/4 (47 overs) Travis Head out for 29 (24) Peter Handscomb 27* (22)

Out Travis! Yadav got the better of Travis Head in this very over where he started off with a six, Rahane took the catch.

Yadav has been introduced and in his first ball he is has been hit for a massive six by Travis Head; albeit fine display of fielding from Kohli’s men all around in this over, both batsmen are smartly rotating strike.

 

4:37 IST: Australia 287/3 (46 overs) Travis Head 20 (34) Peter Handscomb 27 (22)

We are down to the final 4 overs as Aussies are closing in for a respectable total around 300, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb will now try to take the charge in the closing stages. 

 

4:34 IST: Australia 287/3 (46 overs) Travis Head 20 (34) Peter Handscomb 27 (22)

We are down to the final 4 overs as Aussies are closing in for a respectable total around 300, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb will now try to take the charge in the closing stages. 

4:26 IST: Australia 271/3 (44 overs) Travis Head 17 (28) Peter Handscomb 17 (16)

After India’s 2 quick breakthroughs, Peter Handscomb and Travis Head are trying to settle in as the visitors are now eyeing to set up a 300 plus target for Kohli’s men.

4:07 IST: Australia 248/3 (40 overs) Travis Head 7 (14) Peter Handscomb 5 (6)

India are now back in the game after sending Aaron Finch and captain Steve Smith back to the pavilion, thanks to impressive bowling display by ace pacer Umesh Yadav as the Aussies are now 248/3 in 40 overs.

3:48 IST: Australia 231/1 (35 overs) Aaron Finch* – 86(88), Travis Head – 0 (0) David Warner out for 124 (119)

India have finally got a breakthrough in the form of David Warner as the explosive opener walks back to the pavilion as his remarkable innings come to an end, thanks to Kedar Jadhav, Axar took the catch.

Australia are now 231 for 1 inside 35 overs as Yadav takes the charge for India. 

3:38 IST: Australia 222/0 (34 overs) Aaron Finch – 86(88), David Warner – 107 (111)

That’s it ladies and gentlemen! take a bow David Warner as he clinches his 14th ODI century to make his 100th ODI more memorable.  Its the end of the 34th over as Kedar Jadhav has been introduced.

3:28 IST: Australia 191/0 (30 overs) Aaron Finch – 80(80), David Warner – 98(100)

After Finch’s half-century, its now turn for David Warner to take charge as he is closing in for a remarkable ton here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru as Australia are now 191 without loss inside 30 overs. 

3:16 IST: Australia 178/0 Aaron Finch — 72 (71) Aaron Finch – 94(93), David Warner – 86(83)

Half-centuries here for both the openers. Aaron Finch has not been in an all-out attack mode today but has played a perfect support to Warner. A sweep towards deep-midwicket and runs for a couple. Raises his bat towards the dressing room.

3:16 IST: Australia 145/0 (22 overs) Aaron Finch –48(63), David Warner – 85(81)

Aaron Finch just a couple runs off his half-century,  a century in the last one and a fifty in this will be the perfect start to his India series. 

3:10 IST: Australia 136/0 (22 overs) Aaron Finch –47(57), David Warner – 82(75)

David Warner has held to a destructive pace here in the innings, shouldn’t be surprising if he achieves the 100 run mark before Aaron Finch’s closes on his half-century. The run rate has gone down, but that wouldn’t be a concern as long as Finch and Warner are there on the crease.  11 runs of the 21st over from Chahal, one more six of that one. 

3:03 IST: Australia 124/0 (20 overs) Aaron Finch –46(54), David Warner – 71(66)

Warner destroys Chahal with a long one into the crowd. It was a flighted delivery from the wrist spinner, Warner picks it and smashes it out of the park. 11 runs of the over. Axar stops the run flow with just 1 run from the next over. 

2:57 IST: Australia 112/0 (18 overs) Aaron Finch –45(51), David Warner – 61(57)

Warner starts off with a boundary against Hardik, today is his day and he has been fluent with his stroke-play. 8 runs garnered in the over. 

2:50 IST: Australia 104/0 (17 overs) Aaron Finch –42(48), David Warner – 56(54)

100 up for Australia. Chahal brought into the attack, he is the Bengaluru magician and will get no better time than this to show some tricks. 3 of Chahal and 6 from Hardik Pandya’s over.

2:46 IST: Australia 95/0 (15 overs) Aaron Finch –40(44), David Warner – 50(46)

Fifty for Warner: David Warner gets a 50 in his 100 ODI appearance for Australia. What a day to achieve the feat. He hits a six and four of Axar Patel’s 4th and 5th delivery respectively to reach the 50 mark. 

2:42 IST: Australia 85/0 (14 overs) Aaron Finch –40(44), David Warner – 40(40)

Axar gives out 8 of the 13th over, Hardik Pandya spills 4 of the 14th. Both Warner and Finch are inching closer to their half centuries. The duo hs been brilliant so far. 

2:33 IST: Australia 73/0 (12 overs) Aaron Finch –37(40), David Warner – 32(32)

Axar Patel brought into the attack, concedes just 1 run of it. Good over for India. Hardik Pandya bowls the next and gives 9 runs of it. Aaron Finch is on fire here. India needs to get the breakthrough before this partnership turns lethal. The two batsmen have so far had a comfortable outing. 

2:22 IST: Australia 63/0 (10 overs) Aaron Finch –31(35), David Warner – 29(35)

Australian openers have come with a plan here, and the plan is to play fearlessly. Three boundaries of the Umesh Yadav’s 5th over. Kohli will have to bring a change in bowling now. Both the pacers haven’t been able to trouble Warner and Finch. Shami, however, has kept it tight and stopped the run flow. 

2:12 IST: Australia 49/0 (8 overs) Aaron Finch – 27(32), David Warner – 19(16)

Finch vs Yadav once again, but this time its Yadav who comes out a winner. Just 4 runs of that over. Warner meanwhile has kept a check on Shami’s pace. 9 runs of the 7th over by Shami as he gets squared for two boundaries from both Warner and Finch each.

2:05 IST: Australia 36/0 (6 overs) Aaron Finch – 18(24), David Warner – 15(12)

Shami keeps it tight in the 4th, no run conceded. First maiden over of the game. Good length balls and Finch had no answer to them. Warner starts off the 7th with a cracking boundary, 7 runs from the over. So far, it has been a moderate competition between the two Indian pacers and the two Aussie openers.

1:55 IST: Australia 29/0 (4 overs) Aaron Finch – 17(15), David Warner – 11(9)

Finch takes the attack on Yadav, smashes him for two boundaries in the 4th over. Lack of regular match time seems to be getting better of the Indian pacer here. Meanwhile, Warner had thrashed Shami in his 2nd. 10 runs each from the two overs as the Aussies fire from the beginning.

1:40 IST: Australia 9/0 (2 overs) Aaron Finch – 8(9), David Warner – 1(3)

Two overs bowled and Aaron Finch has started out comfortably, he seems to be carrying the confidence from last game.  Decent start from Indian pace duo of Shami and Umesh. 5 runs of the 2nd over from Shami and 4 fromUmesh’s second over.

1:22 IST: Three changes for India, as Umesh Yadav replaces Bumrah, Mohammed Shami replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep makes way for Axar Patel

01:20 PM | Two changes for Australia, as Maxwell and Zampa sit out for Mathew Wade and Ashton Agar

Preview: India have won their last 9 encounters in skipper Virat Kohli’s leadership and will come into the game as the more confident side. Australia meanwhile would be looking to grab home a consolation win against the hosts as they struggle to put forth a formidable competition. There shouldn’t be any reduction in the intensity with Virat Kohli and his men going all-out on the Aussies to successfully execute a whitewash.

The series has already been decided in India’s favour, but to maintain the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings, Men in Blue will have to win this and the next game. They are currently placed ahead of South Africa who are ranked second in the table.

Teams:
India (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith(c), Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa

First Published | 28 September 2017 1:34 PM
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