Ashton Turner’s 43-ball 84 masterminded Australia’s highest ever chase of 359 runs in the One Day Cricket. Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb’s 192 run partnership gave a solid platform initially, on which Turner delivered a match-winning performance in just his second One Day International.
Indian Bowlers Struggled
Earlier Khawaja missed his second century of the series but Handscomb got his maiden One Day century and scored 117 before getting out to Chahal who conceded 80 runs in his 10 overs. Even a required run rate above 9 did not distract Turner who hit five boundaries and six sixes in his innings and helped Australia to win it easily with more than two overs to spare.
Turner was lucky as Rishabh Pant missed a leg-side stumping when he was 38. Among Indian bowlers, none looked effective including Jashprit Bumrah, who took three wickets but lacked his usual penetration. Also, the quick outfield and the evening dew played a significant role in Australia’s chase the fifth highest chase in ODI’s ever.
Dhawan Back In Form
Earlier in the day India won the toss and opted to bat. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant came into the playing eleven in place of Ambati Rayadu and MS Dhoni. After missing out in the last few matches, both the openers Rohit and Shikhar looked in good touch. Shikhar took the early initiative and raced to 30 when Rohit was just on 3. As usual, Rohit raised the tempo once he was set and for some time the openers were in a race to reach their hundred. Rohit missed his century by just five runs as his leg-side heave was caught by Handscomb. Dhawan played wonderfully well to score his 16th One Day century. The 143 he scored is his highest score in One Day international.
There were contributions from Rahul, Pant and Vijay Shankar which helped India cross 350. The final ball of the Indian innings was hit for a massive six by Bumrah with a great cheer from his teammates and the crowd. For Australia, Pattrick Cummins continued his good form and finished with 5 wickets despite going for 7 runs per over. Jhey Richardson also took 3 wickets for Australia.
With this win, Australia came back from a 0-2 deficit to a 2-2 scoreline and the final One Day in Delhi will be the decider.