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.
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. (Read the full preview here)
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said Asthon’s innings was the game-changer.
The Indian skipper also credited the opponents for being perfect in every department of the game. “They played better cricket, they deserved to win,” he said.
The 30-year-old also said dew played a crucial part in the game as it got difficult to bowl in the final moments of the contest.
“We had to get the fifth bowler out of the way and we wanted to get done with it first. It became too wet to bowl. It was difficult to bowl in the right areas. Crucial, we were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances.”
“It’s going to be cracker of a game, we’ve had two eye-openers in two games. We have to work hard and we got to come up with more intensity and passion in the next game,” he said.
Turner, who was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for his ferocious knock in the dying moments, said: “I’m lost for words. I had a lot of confidence. I thought India played really well and it was a great game of cricket.”
“Batting is lot of fun. There were a few close calls and I knew I didn’t nick that one. Very fortunate,” he remarked.
(With IANS Inputs)