IND vs AUS 4th ODI: Handscomb’s ton help Australia take the victory

Ind vs Aus 4th ODI: Handscomb ton help Australia level the series


Australia goes level in the Ind vs Aus series as Handscomb maiden ton and Turner’s fireworks at the death steer Australia over the line with a 4 wicket victory.

Match Report

1st Innings: Shikar and Rohit answer their Critics

“If you can do it, I can do it better.”

This was the response of India after the loss in 3rd ODI. Indian openers, with the World Cup 2019 looming just around the corner, have been heavily scrutinized for their dismal batting displays and rightly so. However, they answered their critics in some style.

With some brutal batting, both the openers settled in pretty well as they looked to make a mark. Reaching half centuries, there was no sign of slowing down as the pair continued to hammer the bowlers. The pair did exactly what the Aussie opening pair did in the last match as they, too, brought up a 193 run stand. Richardson broke the mammoth partnership as he got Rohit Sharma at mid-wicket for 95, much to the disappointment of the crowd as he missed out on a well deserved century.

KL Rahul joined as Shikar continued the onslaught. He brought up his 16th ODI century in style and his celebration said it all:

The pair made a 61 run partnership before Cummins spoiled the fun when he got Dhawan cleaned up but not before he had made 143 from just 115 balls including a massive 21 boundaries.

Damage control by Aussies

Australia thereafter, got the big wicket in quick succession as they got Kohli out cheaply for 7.Β  Richardson got his second as he induced an edge from the GOAT. Indian batsmen chipped in with some cameos, Pant 36 from 24, Shankar 26 off 15, but they also kept losing wickets as Cummins got his five-for. Bumrah hit a 6 off the last ball of the innings as India finished with a score of 358/9 in their 50 overs.

2nd Innings: Ussy and Handscomb to the rescue

India, in response, got off to a flyer with the ball as well. Kumar, brought back into the side, would have looked to make an early impression and he did just that, getting the all-important wicket of the man in form, Finch. He went for naught as the ball sneaked through his gates and crashed into the leg stump. India’s jubilation continued as Bhumrah cleaned up Marsh for just 6 runs.

Australia, chasing a mammoth target and looking in all sorts of disarray, turned their eyes on Khawaja. He was joined by Handscomb at the crease and the pair didn’t disappoint. They played cautiously but with great calm and poise. Both the men brought up their half-centuries as they continued on their endeavor.

They made a monumental partnership of 192 runs for the third wicket before Ussy (91) got hurried by a Bumrah bouncer and got late on a pull shot, top-edging to fine leg.

Maxwell joined Handscomb who brought up his maiden half-century during proceedings.

Maxwell departed early for 23 but Handscomb continued to play his game as he put up a 40 plus stand with Turner before Chahal got him on 117, caught at long-off.

Turner turns things around!

Australia had to win this match to keep the series alive and Usman and Handscomb allowed them to stay on course. However, after losing a couple of wickets, Australia lost a bit of momentum but Turner came in and made sure he stayed there till the end. Playing a blinder of an innings, he scored a very quick 84* off 43 balls, including 11 boundaries. He was very well supported at the other end by Carey (21) as the pair put up a massive 86 run stand, steering the Kangaroos over the line. Australia chased down the target with 4 wickets in 47.5 overs as Turner remained unbeaten on 84.

All to play for in the decider

Australia required a Herculean effort from the batsmen to chase down a gargantuan target of 358 and that is what the batsmen gave. Usman and Handscomb’s partnership paved the way before Turner’s heroics at the death allowed Australia to go level in the series. India will take some positives out of the game as well with their openers coming back in much-needed form and it is anyone’s game now, in the final ODI.

The 5th and last ODI of India vs Australia series will be played on 13th March. After a 2-2 score, who do you think will win the series? Let us know in the comments.

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