On Wed, 20th Jan 2016, despite the brilliant performances by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, Aussies once again bounced back from a position of defeat to beat Indian team comfortably by 25 runs in the thrilling 4th ODI at Canberra.
Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson struck a fiery 5-wicket haul to help Aussies to victory after India were amazingly cruising at 277 for 1 at one stage in their pursuit of Australia’s total of 348 runs in the 4th ODI.
Earlier, after winning the toss, the hosts elected to bat first and their openers yet again gave Aussies an brilliant start as David Warner (93) and Aaron Finch (107) added 187-run stand for the first wicket in 30 overs. Moreover, blazing knocks by Steven Smith (51 off 37 balls) and Maxwell (41 off 29 balls) rocketed Australia to put a mammoth total of 348 runs.
In response, India also started with a bang as opening duo, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 65-runs within first eight overs. But even after losing Sharma’s wicket, Kohli and Dhawan went on to stitch a 212-runs partnership for the 2nd wicket and took India to 277 in 37th over. Both batsmen went on to score centuries and put India in position for their first victory.
However, the table turned for Aussies when John Hastings picked up the priced wicket of Dhawan when he was at 126 and from there on the Indian side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out without even reaching the 50th over.
Kane Richardson splattered the Indian batting order as the rookie speedster finished off with a sounding spell of 5/68 in his ten overs.
With their fourth consecutive defeat in the series, team India is now trailing 4-0 in the series and are on the verge of facing a white wash.
Source: ESPN cricinfo