Australia rode on David Warner’s 124 and a good show from bowlers to defeat India by 21 runs in the fourth ODI at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. With this, Steve Smith’s men snapped India’s 9-match (ODI) winning streak. The visitors, who now trail the series 3-1.
The main highlight of the Aussie innings was the 231-run first-wicket partnership between David Warner and Aaron Finch, who scored 124 and 94 respectively. For India, Umesh Yadav was the main star with the ball, picking up four of the five wickets, whereas Kedar Jadhav picked up the other lone wicket.
Chasing 335 for victory, the hosts faltered to end on 313/8 despite three half-centuries including a gritty 67 from Kedar Jadhav.
It was always a steep chase but such is the strength of the Indian batting lineup at home that they looked down and out only after MS Dhoni’s wicket fell in the third to last over. This ends a 11-match losing run for Australia in ODIs away from home. This also means that India cannot get a second consecutive ODI whitewash. India have hence managed to equal their longest unbeaten run but not surpassed it.
During India’s reply, openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane got off to a promising start, building a 106-run partnership before Rahane collapsed at 53. Rohit Sharma was the next to depart, after scoring 65. Despite Virat Kohli failing to play a good innings, a well-played knock of 67 by Kedar Jadhav gave the hosts some hope of winning the match.
However, that was not enough as MS Dhoni (13) also failed to produce runs, and take India home. In the end, it was a memorable night for Aussies, who finally secured a win after a long losing streak.