Australia finally won an ODI match after 11 consecutive defeats away from home; it was a clinical performance from the Aussie team to win the 4th ODI at Bengaluru yesterday.
This 4th ODI was the milestone match for David Warner, Warner played his 100th ODI match for Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday.
For this match both India and Australia went with changes, Australia dropped Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar was out due to injury. Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa were in to replace Maxwell and Agar.
India, on the other hand, decided to rest their premier bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav after the series at Indore. Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel were given a chance to prove their worth.
Resting India’s most dependable bowlers proved too costly for the hosts in this match. Australia cashed in on this chance to make a big score on the board.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first for the 2nd consecutive time, the Australians openers started from where they left in Indore. The openers added 72 in Indore and in Bengaluru they started off well again.
The Aussie openers Finch and Warner took on the rusty Mohd Shami and Umesh Yadav with ease. They had the right intent to deal with these Indian quicks. Finch and Warner played some extraordinary shots to pressurize Shami and Yadav.
Kohli tried Axar Patel but he too went for runs, he too was hammered all around the Chinnaswamy stadium. Axar failed to provide the much-needed breakthrough and Australia continue to pile on the runs.
Warner registered his 50 and he was batting well, Finch also gave Warner a good company.
These two were going on well in front of rusty and out of form Indian bowlers.
As the overs went by, the openers took full toll on the Indian bowlers. Chahal too couldn’t help India this time around, without his partner Kuldeep, Chahal looked clueless in front of the Australians.
Warner registered his 14th ODI hundred and became just the 8th player from Australia to score hundred in his 100th match.
At the other end, Finch continued his class. After Indore Finch again joined the party by scoring marvelous 94. It was very sad to see Finchy missing his 9th ODI ton just by 6 runs.
The Australian openers added 231 on the board, for the first time since the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, Virat Kohli looked as if he had run out of ideas.
But his trump card Kedar Jhadav brought India back in business, Kedar Jhadav did the job for the captain.
Kedar gave India a most important wicket, He dismissed David Warner for a well made 124 runs. Aaron Finch too could stay for long, Umesh Yadav gets him for 94 runs.
Umesh struck for the second time, Skipper Steve Smith too managed only 3 runs.
These 3 wickets gave India a momentum, but Peter Handscomb stood tall this time. Even the early loss of Steve Smith didn’t affect Handscomb.
Handscomb’s brilliant counter-attack gave Australia what they were aiming for. His 43 run knock allowed Australia to go past 320 run mark but he couldn’t go a long way, his innings was ended by Umesh Yadav.
Marcus Stoinis didn’t have to do much in this match, his 15 not out and Matthew Wade 3 not out allowed Australia to post 334 for the loss of 5 wickets.
It was a struggle for the Indian bowlers, Mohd Shami, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya went wicketless but Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India. He picked up 4 wickets and the wicket of Steve Smith was his 100th ODI wicket of his career. Kedar Jhadav too picked up a 1 wicket of David Warner.
The chase started off well, Rohit and Rahane started off well as they did in Indore.
Rohit’s amazing hitting form gave the start that India was looking for. In this innings Hit Man looked like he would score another double hundred and take India home. Ajinkya Rahane too continued his good form at the other end.
Rahane scored his 3rd fifty on the trot. The partnership was going on well. Rohit also reached his fifty and he was batting beautifully.
Kane Richarson was the man to break this partnership for Australia, he picked up Rahane for 53 runs.
Skipper Kohli and Rohit tried to build a partnership but a misunderstanding between the captain and the vice-captain allowed Australia to make another comeback in this match.
Rohit Sharma’s innings was ended due to a brilliant fielding effort from Aussie Captain Steve Smith. He scored 65 runs.
Hardik Pandya was again sent up the order, but Kohli the chase master was out quickly after Rohit’s dismissal. The Indian skipper was again clean bowled by Nathan Coulter Nile for just 21 runs.
Hardik batted well again, this time with Kedar Jhadav. These two middle order batsmen tried to take on the Aussie bowlers when the required run rate started to climb. Hardik and Kedar shared a 78 runs partnership to bring the Indian innings back on track.
India needed this partnership to go on, but few tight over from Adam Zampa and the other Australian bowlers caused the wicket of Hardik Pandya. Hardik was out for 41 runs.
Later Manish Pandey jointed Kedar at the crease and they again start to rebuilt the innings with keeping the required run rate in the mind.
India needed to take some calculated risk but they also needed to save their wickets. This is what Kedar and Manish were trying to do.
Kedar was looking in good touch after he failed to add runs in previous matches and Manish was looking to replicate his knock of Indore to see India through.
These two added 61 runs, but this important partnership also couldn’t also keep going. Kedar’s wicket opened the gate for an Australian victory.
After Kedar’s wicket, Manish Pandey too didn’t stay long as he would have liked to. Manish scored 33 runs and Kedar scored 67 runs respectively.
MS Dhoni was sent at number 7 this time; he needed to attack from the ball one. After getting some lose balls Dhoni was out to Richarson, he managed only 13 runs.
Axar Patel failed to stick around, he scored only 5 runs. As India managed only 313 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. The hosts eventually ended 21 runs short of the target.
Australia finally won a match after 12 ODIs away from home.
This was because of their great and disciplined bowling.
For India, it is the first loss at Chinnaswamy Stadium since 2003. They lost to the same opposition at the same venue in 2003.
India’s 9 successive wins were ended, it has joint the most wins.
Man of the match was awarded to David Warner for 124 run knock.
Next Match is on Sunday 1st October 2017 at Nagpur’s Vidharbha Cricket Association Ground.