India vs Australia 4th ODI Highlights: Australia Win High-Scoring Thriller To Level Series 2-2

Updated: 10 March 2019 22:08 IST

India vs Australia 4th ODI Highlights: Peter Handscomb top-scored for Australia with 117 runs.

India vs Australia 4th ODI Highlights: Australia Win High-Scoring Thriller To Level Series 2-2
Highlights: Ind vs Aus 4th ODI: India bowlers failed to defend a huge total. © Facebook/BCCI

Unheralded Ashton Turner took an experienced Indian attack to the cleaners with some unbelievable hitting, helping Australia chase down a record breaking target of 359 runs and level the five-match series in Mohali on Sunday. It was the highest ever total that Indian team failed to defend in its ODI history, losing the game by four wickets. Playing only his second ODI, Turner hit an unbeaten 84 off 43 balls with five boundaries and as many six sixes to help Australia win in only 47.5 overs. Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a career-best 143 to guide India to 358 for nine. The hosts rode on a 193-run opening stand between Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who made 95, to put up a challenging total after electing to bat in Mohali. Fast bowler Pat Cummins returned his best-ever ODI figures of 5-70 in 10 overs. Dhawan, who has been struggling to get big scores in recent times, struck form as he reached his fifty in 44 deliveries to take the attack to the opposition. The right-left batting combination of Sharma and Dhawan mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to lay the foundation for India's big total. Sharma registered his 40th ODI fifty but missed out on a hundred after falling to Jhye Richardson, who took three wickets. Dhawan went on to register his 16th ODI ton and his first in 18 innings amid crowd cheers and a standing ovation from the Indian dressing room. He surpassed his previous best of 137 in ODIs before being bowled by Cummins, striking 18 fours and three sixes in his 115-ball knock. (SCORECARD)

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That is it from this nail-biter of a contest. We now move to Delhi for the fifth and final ODI of this 5-match series with both teams level. The decider will be played on Wednesday, 13th March. That game will begin at 1330 local (0800 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

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Man of the Match, Ashton Turner, says he is lost for words. Admits he was not expecting to play till the time he came to the ground but Stoinis' injury provided him with the opportunity. Further adds he was mentally ready to play whenever he had a chance to and wanted to make most of it. On the life he got, he said he was lucky enough and he wanted to make most of it. Praises Hayden for the advice he gave him which helped him play spin better. Giggles and says he tries to watch the ball till the end when playing spin.

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Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says that the partnership between Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb was important as they took it deep. On the run chase, he opines that he wanted the players to hang in there. On the World Cup, he says that it is all about the boys making the most of it and taking their chances. Credits Turner as it was just his second game. Adds saying he took on the two best bowlers and him them clean.

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Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says the wicket remained good and feels that the dew made it even difficult. States that bowling in the end was not easy. Credits, Turner, Khawaja and Handscomb for their innings. On why he opted to bat first, Kohli says that the wicket was good to bat on and the dew was expected in the last game also but didn't come and hence, he thought, it would not play a part in this game as well. On why he introduced Chahal so late in the game. Virat explains they had to bowl the 5th bowler out and he backed Chahal to bowl with the dew. Admits that they were sloppy in the field and they should have taken their opportunities. Reckons they let the opportunity and the game slip away from them. Feels that the last game would be a cracker and says they will need to be at their best if they want to win the series.

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Murali Kartik is down with centurion, Peter Handscomb. On his maiden ODI century, Handscomb says that it is a lovely feeling. Admits they (him and Khawaja) did not talk much out in the middle and just played their own game. Explains that once the dew came on, he felt like there was no spin and they just played their natural game. Credits Maxwell for his innings. Praises Turner and says he is an amazing player and the innings he played here in just his second ODI was completely special.

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Earlier in the day, the Indians elected to bat after winning the toss and posted a massive score courtesy Dhawan's ton and Rohit's 95. However, a ton from Handscomb, a 91 from Khawaja and an 84 from Turner turned the game on its head and they ensured the series is leveled.

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The Indians started off in the best possible manner with the ball. Kumar and Bumrah got a couple of early wickets and also kept it nice and tight. However, once the dew set in, it kept getting tough for them. The spinners struggled to grip the ball and there were too many poor balls bowled. As the game progressed the pressure started showing on the Indian fielders too. Especially Pant, as he missed a stumping chance before Turner passed his half ton. Also, a couple of dropped catches, one by Jadhav and the other by Dhawan did not help their cause. Towards the end, the pacers also struggled to hit the right lines and lengths with the wet ball and hence, the hosts ended up on the losing side.

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All the credit has to be given to the newbies! Usman Khawaja, who is only 25 ODIs old. Peter Handscomb, who has only 15 ODIs under his belt and Turner, probably Australia's new finisher has played a gem of a knock in his second one-day international game. It was Khawaja and Handscomb to start with. The two played themselves in, steadied the ship but always moved along at a good rate. The two added a massive 192-run stand with the former missing out on a ton and the latter scoring one. The two brought the Aussies back into the game and set the platform for the big hitters like Maxwell and Turner to do their bit. The Big Show failed but Ashton proved his mettle. A 43-ball 84 by him. He ensured he stayed there till the end and was well-supported by Carey as the two blasted an 86-run stand. The wicket-keeper got dismissed but Turner ensured he took them over the finishing line.

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WE HAVE A DECIDER! What a game and what a chase this is! Who would have thought at 12 for 2 with the Aussie skipper, Finch and Australia's best batsman in ODIs in the last year or so, Marsh, back in the hut, the Aussies, let alone win it but would even come close. If you did so, you should buy yourself a lottery ticket.

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Jasprit Bumrah to Ashton Turner

That is the victory. What a great win for the Aussies! Turner hits this towards mid on and comes back for the second. The throw was at the striker's end but Ashton made it in time. They celebrate and so does the Aussie camp. They get in a group huddle and sink in the victory. AUSTRALIA BEAT INDIA BY 4 WICKETS.

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