4th ODI: Cricket is a great leveller and we got a glimpse of that when Shikhar Dhawan dropped a sitter of Ashton Turner during the 4th ODI at Mohali. It was Ashton Turner playing his first game in India who came good as he smashed an unbeaten 84* off 43 balls to help Australia square the series 2-2. The incident happened in the 48th over when Turner looked to clobber an overpitched ball from Bhuvneshwar down the ground. Unfortunately, it did not come off the sweet part of the bat as it went straight to Dhawan who was stationed at mid-off.
Here is the video of the drop:
What was surprising was Turner was just playing his second international ODI. The young cricketer showed belief in himself as he kept playing his shots. His innings was laced with six sixes and five boundaries.
Turner walked into bat in the 36th over when Maxwell departed and India felt the game was in the bag. That is what makes Turner’s ‘knock of a lifetime’ even more special.
Earlier in the day, Dhawan slammed his 16th ODI ton as India put on a mammoth 358/9. Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he scalped a five-wicket haul.
The Australian win sets up for a mouthwatering decider at Delhi on March 13.
“The wicket remained good throughout the game. It was very difficult to bowl in the end, Asthon’s innings was the game-changer. Last game, we were told there would be dew and we were at the wrong end. They played better cricket, they deserved to win. We had to get the fifth bowler out of the way, so we wanted to get done with it first. It became too wet to bowl, it was very difficult to bowl in the right areas. Crucial, we were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances. The opportunities slipped away and so was the game. 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,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.