Warner, Finch fire as Australia bring an end to India's winning streak
Australia 334-5 (Warner 124) beat
India 313-8 (Jadhav 67) by 31 runs
Fourth One-Day International in Bangalore
After Aaron Finch and David Warner powered Australia to 334 for five in their 50 overs, the bowlers led by Kane Richardson held their nerve to restrict India to 313 for eight in the fourth One-Day International between the two teams in Bangalore.
Changed new ball combination did not work for India
With the series already won, India decided to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav as they were replaced by Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Axar Patel respectively. The move backfired as Warner (124) and Finch (94) smashed 63 runs in the first powerplay without losing a wicket. The introduction of Patel (0-66) too did not work as Warner struck a six and a four in the 15th over to reach his half-century on what is his 100th ODI and soon the 100-run stand came between the two.
Indian bowlers left clueless against Aussie openers
The spinners proved ineffective in the middle overs as the Australian openers dominated the innings and the 200-run stand came off just 188 deliveries. Warner also completed his century off 103 deliveries and in the 34th over, he struck a six and two boundaries to bring the highest opening stand for Australia in ODIs. The 231-run stand finally ended when Kedar Jadhav (1-38) accounted for Warner but Australia looked dominant at 231 for one in 35 overs.
India pull back things a bit at the end overs
With Warner gone, India soon capitalised on the advantage as Umesh (4-71) removed Finch and Steven Smith (3) in successive overs. The wicket of the Australian captain was also the 100th wicket for Umesh. Travis Head (29) and Peter Handscomb (43) played valiant knocks at the end while Marcus Stoinis (15 not out) played a nine-ball cameo to take the total to 334 for five in the 50 overs.
Openers give India solid start but Australia bounce back
Ajinkya Rahane (53) and Rohit Sharma (65) continued their good form in the series as they helped India reach 65 for naught in the first powerplay. In the 12th over, Marcus Stoinis (0-34) had to leave the field with a strain in the groin. Rahane soon completed his hat-trick of fities and in the next over, Rohit hit two more sixes to reach his half-century. Richardson (3-58 ) provided the first breakthrough when he removed Rahane and soon an indecision in running costed the wicket of Rohit. Australia capitalised on the advantage and soon Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-56) castled Virat Kohli (21). India slipped to 147 for three.
Pandya-Jadhav keep India in hunt but missed out on late flourish
Hardik Pandya (41) and Jadhav (67) helped India arrest the slide with their 78 run stand that came off 77 deliveries but the required run rate was on a high despite the duo managed the odd boundaries. Adam Zampa (1-63) provided the key breakthrough for Australia with the wicket of Pandya and soon rain arrived with India two runs behind the DLS total. On resumption, Jadhav was removed by Richardson while Manish Pandey (33) was castled by Pat Cummins (1-59) and soon MS Dhoni (13) too departed as India fell 22 runs short off the target.
Record winning streak comes to an end
The defeat also brought an end to India's joint record winning streak of nine games while Australia finally managed to get off the mark in the series. Warner was awarded the man of the match for his blistering century.
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