Australia defeat India by 21 runs in 4th ODI

Posted October 01, 2017

Australia: Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa. The previous best was 212 runs back in 1986 when Geoff Marsh and David Boon smashed Indian bowlers in Jaipur.

With spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav hogging the limelight and impressing with 13 wickets together now, what has gone unnoticed is Bumrah's formidable partnership with his new-ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Warner brought up his hundred during the epic partnership, while Finch was on the verge of reaching the triple figure mark himself.

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It was a chanceless partnership as Indian fielders looked short of energy. One could argue that the middle order were far too slow with their run scoring, and the numbers do suggest it, but the Australian bowlers maintained a consistent line and did not give the batsman many freebies.

The duo continued plundering at ease as for once the Indian spinners proved expensive as well.

However, Warner's well-crafted 124 - in what was his 100th one-day worldwide - helped the tourists set a victory target of 335, which India looked capable of reaching after Rohit Sharma hit a rapid 65 of just 55 balls before Australia picked up late key wickets.

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Kedar Jadhav (1-38) finally got the breakthrough as Warner was caught at long on in the 35th over.

Australia lost three wickets for five runs in the space of 14 deliveries to go from 231-0 to 236-3. Umesh Yadav and Mohd Shami erred in length in their opening spells and played right into the hands of Warner (124, 119b, 12x4, 4x6) and Finch (94, 96b, 10x4, 3x6).

Australia bowled reasonably well during that match, but their batting failed, and again bit the dust with the series on the line in Indore. This was their first loss in the series. He was the last wicket to fall.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 4th ODI between India and Australia. Beating the opponents with a good score and run rate, men in blue enhanced India's position in the ODI rankings to first place.