India vs Australia 2019 4th ODI: Australia showed glimpses of their old-self as they gunned down a mammoth target of 359 in the fourth ODI versus India on Sunday to complete a historic victory. Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Ashton Turner played sublime knocks and made a substantial contribution with the bat to chase down the 359-run mountain in Mohali to level the five-match series 2-2. This is Australia’s highest ever successful in ODI format and also highest successful run-chase against India by any team. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS – IND vs AUS 4th)
Chasing 359 to win, the visitors got off to a horror start when skipper Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh were removed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah inside the first 4 overs to left Aussies at 12/2. The hosts looked in command but Handscomb and Khawaja steadied the ship for the third wicket. The duo played themselves in by knocking it around to keep the scorecard moving. Both batsmen compiled fifties and struck a 192-run stand, driving Australia into the ascendancy. (SCORECARD)
India came back into the game strongly by removing Khawaja first and Maxwell in quick succession. Kuldeep Yadav snared Khawaja for 91 to deny the Aussie his second ton in the series. In walked Ashton Turner, who played a game-changing knock of 84* off just 43 balls to script a memorable turnaround. The lanky batsman took even India’s best bowlers – Bumrah and Bhuvi – apart in the end. Turner smoked five boundaries and six huge maximums during his knock.
Australia were 271 for 5 in the 42nd over and they had a mountain to climb against the guile of Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep. But Turner joined forces with Alex Carey and the two shocked the Indian bowling attack with some audacious shot-selection. Playing only his second ODI, Turner showed no nerves and hit a flurry of sixes to take Australia home.
Earlier, the hosts looked a completely different side with opening duo putting on 193 runs on arguably the flattest track on offer during the ongoing series. While Dhawan got his 16th hundred in ODIs, vice-captain Rohit (95 off 92 balls) missed out on what could have been a very well-deserved 23rd hundred with Australian bowlers looking like lambs for slaughter.
Pat Cummins (5/70 in 10 overs) and Jhye Richardson (3/85 in 9 overs) shared the spoils but were taken to task by the Indian openers for their wayward bowling.
Dhawan, who last reached a three-figure mark against Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in September 2018, was in fluent touch from the onset, hitting 18 fours and three sixes. It released the pressure on Rohit, who initially was watchful even as Dhawan went after the bowling.
With another opening slot hopeful KL Rahul inducted into the playing XI, the 33-year-old Dhawan finally looked to have been shaken out of his comfort zone and played like only he can.
On a ground where it all started with a dream Test debut back in 2013 against the same opposition, the southpaw decided to ease any worries that the team management had with regards to his form going into the World Cup
Both India and Australia will now fight it out in the decider in Delhi on Wednesday.