Mohali ODI: Handscomb, Turner help Australia level series against India
Scintillating knocks by Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, and Ashton Turner helped Australia level the five-match series against India here on Sunday.
Chasing a massive target of 359, Australia was able to defeat India by four wickets in the fourth ODI at Mohali.
Australia got off to a bad start as they lost their captain Aaron Finch in the very first over. Buvneshwar Kumar rattled his stumps and dismissed him for a duck.
Shaun Marsh who came to bat at number three was also dismissed cheaply for six runs as Jasprit Bumrah bowled him through the gate reducing Australia to 17 for two.
Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb helped in stabilising the innings for Australia as they both stitched together a partnership of 192 runs.
Both Khawaja and Handscomb piled up the misery on the men in blue as they both kept chipping away at runs, striking boundaries at regular intervals.
India was looking desperate for wickets and once again Jasprit Bumrah came to India’s rescue as he dismissed Khawaja for 91 runs in the 34th over.
But, Handscomb kept on going on his merry way bringing up his first ODI century off just 92 deliveries.
Glenn Maxwell scored a quick fire 20 but he was trapped in front by Kuldeep Yadav to make the task a lot more challenging for the Aussies.
Handscomb was dismissed by Chahal after scoring magnificent innings of 117 runs.
But, Ashton Turner along with Alex Carrey stitched together a partnership of 86 runs to help ease Australia’s nerves and they reduced the target within Australia’s grasp. Carrey was dismissed for 21 runs but Turner ensured Australia’s victory by four wickets.
Earlier India won the toss and they opted to bat first.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave the team an outstanding opening stand as they both stitched together a partnership of 193 runs smashing the Aussies all around the park.
Sharma was dismissed for 95 runs by Jhye Richardson but Dhawan went on to score his 16th ODI ton and the opener was finally dismissed for 143 runs by Pat Cummins.
After Dhawan’s dismissal, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals as Cummins allowed the Aussies to come back in the match as he took another five-wicket haul in the series.
Rishabh Pant (36) and Vijay Shankar (26) played quickfire cameos, in the end, ensuring that the team is able to post 358 runs on the board.
Australia have levelled the five-match ODI series against India at 2-2 and there is everything to play for both the teams in the final ODI.
India will take on Australia in the fifth match of five-match series on Wednesday, March 13 at FerozShah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi.
Brief scores: Australia 359/6 (P Handscomb 117, U Khawaja 95, JJ Bumrah 3-63, Kuldeep Yadav 1-60) defeated India 358/9 (S Dhawan 143, R Sharma 95, PJ Cummins 5-70, JA Richardson 3-85) by four wickets. ANI