Australia chased down a huge total of 359, their highest successful chase, against India to level the 5 match series 2-2 on Sunday, March 10, at Mohali. The last match at Delhi will thus be an engaging decider.
Australia gun down 359 vs India to complete their highest successful chase in ODIs pic.twitter.com/3i5mWxwz6H— Prafulla Chowdhury (@PrafullaChowdh5) March 10, 2019
This is the first time since December 2012-January 2013 that India has lost two consecutive ODI matches at home. The last time they lost in such a fashion was at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan.
Chasing a mountain of a total in the form of 359, Peter Handscomb scored a brilliant century supported by Usman Khawaja, who missed his own ton by just 9 runs. However, it was Aston Turners’ blitzkrieg knock of 84 runs from 43 balls that turned the match in Australia’s favour.
As it happened
Indian Captain Virat Kohli made a total of 4 changes to the squad before the match. MS Dhoni had already made way for Rishabh Pant. KL Rahul was given an opportunity after a string of disappointments by Ambati Rayudu. Bhuvneshwar Kumar stepped up for Mohammad Shami while Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja.
Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got off a brilliant start, one that we haven’t seen for a long time now. The duo added an unbelievable 193 for the first wicket in 30 overs.
Right-handed Rohit Sharma missed his century by a mere 5 runs. He made 95 off 92 balls which included 7 fours and 2 sixes. His partner, Shikhar Dhawan brought up his century, he scored 143 off 115 balls. Dhawan’s innings was laced with 18 boundaries and 3 sixes. KL Rahul came into bat at number 3 ahead of captain Virat Kohli. Unfortunately, he was caught behind on 26. Kohli too wasn’t able to build upon his century in the last match. He could only make only 7.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was spectacular in his innings of 36 off 24 balls which included 4 fours and a six. Vijay Shankar who has impressed one and all over the series was impressive once again. He scored 26 off 15 balls with four and two sixes. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end as India reached to 358/9 in 50 overs.
For Australia, spearhead Pat Cummins picked up a five-wicket haul while Jhye Richardson claimed three wickets and Adam Zampa picked up a wicket.
Chasing 359, Australia had a miserable start. They lost captain Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh in no time. Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb joined hands for an amazing 192 run third wicket stand.
Khawaja missed a century by 9 runs. He made 91 off 99 balls which included 7 fours. Handscomb made a brilliant century of 117 off 105 balls which was stuffed with 8 fours and three sixes. But it was Aston Turners’ late blitzkrieg that turned the match in Australia’s favour. He smashed 84* off just 43 balls which included 5 fours and 6 sixes. Australia chased down a mammoth 359, their biggest chase ever in 47.5 overs with 4 wickets in hand.
Jasprit Bumrah took the most,3, wickets for India while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up a wicket each. With the series level at 2-2, the final ODI at Delhi will decide who picks up the trophy.