David Warner celebrated his 100th ODI in style as he hit a ton (124 off 119 balls) to lead Australia to a 25-run win over India in the fourth of the ongoing five-match series in Bengaluru on Thursday, September 28.
Kane Richardson starred with the ball -- with figures of 58 for 3 -- as the visitors registered their first win of the ongoing series to make it 1-3. Australia, thereby, also ended their woeful 11-match losing streak in ODIs away from home.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli failed to help India stitch a historic 10-match winning streak, therby finished on level with MS Dhoni with nine consecutive wins.
Chasing 335, India started on a high as Rohit Sharma (65 off 55) and Ajinkya Rahane (53 off 66 balls) gave the hosts a good start by stitching their second straight century stand of the series. However, the latter fell right after the first drinks break off the innings, once again failing to convert a good start into a big one.
Kohli-Rohit mix-up hands Australia the momentum
Rohit continued until disaster struck when he was involved in a terrible-mix up with captain Virat Kohli in the 23rd over. Both the batsmen were heading towards the same side of the wicket after a brilliant work from Smith at point. The vice-captain then decided to sacrifice his wicket for his captain.
However, Kohli (21 off 21) could not make good use of his opportunity as he dragged one from Nathan Coulter Nile. Hardik Pandya (41 off 40), Kedar Jadhav (67 off 69) and Manish Pandey (33 off 25) all chipped in with valuable knocks, but it was not enough to prevent Australia from winning the match.
Brilliant death bowling as Dhoni struggles
Pat Cummins and Richardson bowled unplayable lines and lengths in the end overs as India lost their way after Jadhav and Pandey exited in quick succession after adding 61-run run together.
MS Dhoni came in when the platform was perfectly set up for Dhoni special -- 48 off 26 balls. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman was not able to produce the innings that the Bengaluru crowd expected off him as he managed only 13 from 10 balls.
Earlier in the day, the visitors, who have already lost the series after conceding a 3-0 unassailable lead, raced to a solid start as Warner along with his opening partner Aaron Finch attacked Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who had replaced in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
Record opening stand
The two kept going on as Indian bowlers had no answers to the brutal onslaught from the two openers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on a cloudy afternoon. The duo stitched 231 runs for the opening stand, which is also the highest opening stand in ODIs at the iconic venue in Bengaluru.
While the five main bowlers failed to do the job for India, part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav struck in the 35th over of the innings to end Warner's (119-ball 124) stay at the crease. Finch (96-ball 94) followed his partner soon after failing to clear the infield off Umesh Yadav's slower ball in the next over. The Indian fast bowler also reached a milestone by picking up his 100th ODI wicket.
Umesh, who was taken to the cleaners by Finch and Warner, struck soon after, removing big fish Steve Smith for just three. With two new batsmen at the crease towards the 40th over, skipper Virat Kohli kept the pressure on the visitors by having an attacking field.
Most runs in career's first 100 ODIs:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 28, 2017
100 in 100th ODI:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 28, 2017
Most 100s in first 100 ODI matches:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 28, 2017
Kohli also continued with Jadhav, who conceded only 38 runs from his quota of seven overs. Umesh struck once again in the 47th over when he removed Travis Head, who struggled during his stay in the middle.
On the other hand, a late flourish (30-ball 43) from Peter Handscomb helped inject pace into the Australian innings, that had slowed down after the dismissal of Smith.
The visitors finished with a flourish, taking 15 runs off the final over off Shami.