India lead 5-ODI series 3-1    AFP
India lead 5-ODI series 3-1 AFP

Australia beat India by 21 runs in the fourth ODI at M. Chinnswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. David Warner was awarded Man of the Match for his stunning 124. His first century on Indian soil also made him the first Australian and eighth overall to score a hundred in his 100th ODI. Adding more to the saga of milestones, Virat Kohli became the fastest player to score 2,000 runs as an ODI captain, surpassing AB de Villiers.

Australia put up a colossal 334 for 5, reducing the Indian bowlers to rubble. Along with Aaron Finch, Warner added 231 for the first wicket. Warner was the wrecker-in-chief, while Finch ensured that Warner gets most strike. However, Finch failed to score his consecutive hundred, falling painfully short by 6 runs. In the death overs, Peter Handscomb and Travis Head used the long handle to blasting effect and propelled Australia to a prodigious target. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 71.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane provided the start they had planned, scoring a 106-run stand. Both fell after scoring fifties. Kohli, master of run-chases, was knocked over by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 21.

India sent Hardik Pandya at No. 4 to keep the momentum. He blasted 40-ball 41. The onus then fell on Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey to take India home. Jadhav especially fired on all cylinder but fell when India needed him the most. He, however, was India’s highest run-scorer tonight. Pandey (33 off 25) soon joined him the pavilion.

MS Dhoni came to bat when the asking rate mounted over 10. He hit a four and a flat six, but soon fell for Kane Richardson’s wily slower one. India ended at 313 for 8.

Brief scores:

Australia 334 for 5 (Aaron Finch 94, David Warner 124; Umesh Yadav 4 for 71) beat India 313 for 8 (Rohit Sharma 65, Kedar Jadhav 67; Kane Richardson 3 for 58) by 21 runs.

Player of the Match: David Warner

Brief scorecard