India denied a 10th successive ODI victory

Australia innings (toss: Australia, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Finch caught Pandya, bowled Umesh 94 (96) 10 3 97.91
D Warner caught Axar, bowled Jadhav 124 (119) 12 4 104.20
T Head caught Rahane, bowled Umesh 29 (38) 1 1 76.31
S Smith caught Kohli, bowled Umesh 3 (5) 0 0 60.00
P Handscomb bowled Umesh 43 (30) 3 1 143.33
M Stoinis not out 15 (9) 1 1 166.66
M Wade (wk) not out 3 (3) 0 0 100.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa
Extras: 23 (12 wides, 7 leg byes and 4 byes)
AUS’s total: 334/5 in 50 overs, at 6.68 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 231/1 (Warner, 34.6), 231/2 (Finch, 35.5), 236/3 (Smith, 37.1), 299/4 (Head, 46.5), 319/5 (Handscomb, 48.5)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
M Shami 10 1 62 0 6.20
U Yadav 10 0 71 4 7.10
A Patel 10 0 66 0 6.60
H Pandya 5 0 32 0 6.40
Y Chahal 8 0 54 0 6.75
K Jadhav 7 0 38 1 5.42
India innings (target: 335 runs in 50 overs, at 6.70 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Rahane caught Finch, bowled Richardson 53 (66) 6 1 80.30
R Sharma run out by Smith/Handscomb/Richardson 65 (55) 1 5 118.18
V Kohli bowled Coulter-Nile 21 (21) 3 0 100.00
H Pandya caught Warner, bowled Zampa 41 (40) 1 3 102.50
K Jadhav caught Finch, bowled Richardson 67 (69) 7 1 97.10
M Pandey bowled Cummins 33 (25) 3 1 132.00
MS Dhoni (wk) bowled Richardson 13 (10) 1 1 130.00
A Patel caught Maxwell (sub), bowled Coulter-Nile 5 (6) 0 0 83.33
M Shami not out 6 (6) 1 0 100.00
U Yadav not out 2 (2) 0 0 100.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras: 7 (3 wides and 4 leg byes)
India’s total: 313/5 in 50 overs, at 6.26 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 106/1 (Rahane, 18.2), 135/2 (Rohit, 22.6), 147/3 (Kohli, 24.2), 225/4 (Pandya, 37.1), 286/5 (Jadhav, 45.4), 289/6 (Pandey, 46.1), 301/7 (Dhoni, 47.5), and 306/8 (Axar, 49.1)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
P Cummins 10 0 59 1 5.90
N Coulter-Nile 10 0 56 2 5.60
K Richardson 10 0 58 3 5.80
M Stoinis 4.5 0 34 0 7.03
A Finch 0.1 0 1 0 6.00
A Zampa 9 0 63 1 7.00
T Head 6 0 38 0 6.33

Match summary: India vs Australia 4th ODI

Steve Smith and co. finally got on board in this five-ODI series against India, who were beaten by 21 runs. Team India were denied what will have been a record 10th successive ODI victory and Australia brought their 11-match losing run in away ODIs to an end, too. David Warner was awarded the man-of-the-match.

Australia had won their second consecutive toss and chosen to bat first again. Through Aaron Finch and David Warner, they not only made a fantastic start but also set themselves a superb platform on which to tee off late in the innings. Not until the last ball of the 35th over did the visitors lose a wicket and 231 runs had been put on for the first wicket by the openers. Playing his 100th One-Day International, Warner scored his 14th hundred and first on Indian soil, bringing up the landmark in 102 balls. Finch, at the other end, continued from where he left off in Indore, scoring his 18th ODI half-century and making the difference for his team at the top of the order. Who knows what might have transpired had this Victorian right-hander played the first two ODIs?

India made three changes to their playing XI and all three were in the bowling department, with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and Kuldeep Yadav making way for the fit-again Axar Patel. And the Indian bowlers had been expensive for a majority of the innings. The Bangalore pitch was good to bat on and the size of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium is small, too, but the discipline was also missing from the Indian bowlers.

With the frontline bowlers hemorrhaging runs, and Hardik Pandya too unable to work his magic, Virat Kohli had to bring Kedar Jadhav into the attack. Jadhav was brought into the attack in the 31st over and his round-arm off-spinner that has an inherent low bounce gave India the vital breakthrough of Warner, who was dismissed for a 119-ball 124 (12×4 and 4×6). Finch followed his opening partner to the dressing room on the first ball of the 36th over, toe-ending a slower-un from Umesh Yadav to mid-on and being out for a 96-ball 94. One had brought two for India!

Eight balls and five runs after, Steve Smith was also back in the pavilion, lobbing a length delivery to the man at short mid-wicket. He became Umesh Yadav’s 100th ODI wicket. At 236/3, Australia might have feared of a repeat of the collapse in Indore. But this time, with Peter Handscomb and Travis Head batting sensibly, they reached the sort of total they were obliged to after having been 222/0 at the start of the 35th over. Handscomb made a vital 43 off 30 balls and helped Australia reach 334/5.

From India’s perspective, they will have believed that they restricted the visitors, after a poor start to proceedings. India’s ability to restrict Australia to under 350 was thanks largely to the economical spell from Kedar Jadhav, who was the only bowler to concede less than six runs per over (1/38 in seven overs), and Umesh Yadav’s knack of taking wickets. Though expensive, he took four wickets on his return to the ODI side, finishing with 4/71 in 10 overs.

Chasing 335, India fell short by 21 runs, as half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (53), Rohit Sharma (65) and Kedar Jadhav (67) proved insufficient for the hosts to reach the target and register their 10th successive ODI victory, which will have been a new record for them.

The Indian openers put together a hundred-run partnership (106, to be precise) and put their team in control of the chase by providing a relatively quick start, too. But after a good start, India lost their way by losing 3/41 between overs 19 and 25, in which period Rahane, Rohit and crucially, Kohli were dismissed.

Hardik Pandya, who was once again promoted to No. 4, and Kedar Jadhav then forged a 78-run partnership for the fifth wicket and took India to 110 runs of the target with 13 overs to play. The 4th ODI was in the balance and Adam Zampa, who had replaced Ashton Agar in the Australian playing XI, had a pivotal role to play in the match. He had been expensive, having conceded 43 runs in six overs, and had to bowl at least three more overs to complete the fourth and fifth-bowler quota of 20 overs. Hardik Pandya was at the crease and he had been holding himself back and waiting precisely for Zampa’s overs.

Zampa got the better of the Indian all-rounder for the second time this series, this time with a leg-spinner that was short on length and outside the right-hander’s off-stump. Pandya went back to flat bat the ball over long-off; he, however, sliced the ball in trying to hit it hard and was caught at long-off, for 41. Pandya’s dismissal didn’t entirely diminish India’s hopes of chasing 335, but Kedar Jadhav had to play a big role if they had to score the 110 remaining runs after Pandya’s dismissal.

Joined by Manish Pandey, Jadhav continued to bat sensibly and appropriately. Pandey, too, didn’t burden Jadhav by playing dot deliveries and he more than timed the ball well from the word go. This pair didn’t score runs in a heap but they made sure that the required run-rate didn’t get out of control. India went into the final ten overs, needing 95 runs for victory. The sort of target which is no longer imposing and when you consider the smaller boundaries at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, it’s perfectly doable, though, again, Jadhav had to probably bat right through and play true to his ability.

The 41st over produced seven runs and Pandey hit Zampa for an inside-out four on the first ball of the 42nd over, bringing the equation down to 84 runs off 53 balls. India, who were 251/4 at this stage, were two runs behind the DLS par score. And seconds after Pandey had struck this boundary, drizzle intervened and the umpires asked the groundsman to cover the pitch. Australia were happy to walk off the field, being two runs ahead of the DLS par score, but the Indian duo of Jadhav and Pandey remained on the ground for a couple of minutes and had to be told to leave the field.

The drizzle stopped in a few moments and after a 23-minute delay, play resumed. Eight more runs were scored in the 42nd over and Pandey and Jadhav were going along well in pursuit of 335. The 43rd over, which was bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, was to India’s liking as well, with Pandey playing a helicopter shot to collect a six over mid-wicket and contributing the majority of the 10 runs scored. With 66 runs required off 42 balls, India were more than in with a shout. But they simply couldn’t afford to lose a wicket, particularly with Dhoni not being the player he was a couple of years ago.

Kane Richardson bowled a superb 44th over, conceding just five runs and pushing the required run-rate to beyond 10 for the first time in this run chase. Pat Cummins followed this up by bowling another economical over, the 45th over only costing eight runs. And then, in the 46th over, by when India needed at least one six or a couple of fours every over to get close to the target, Jadhav slogged a slower delivery from Richardson down long-off’s throat. He had played well but the previous two tight overs and the mounting required run-rate got the better of Jadhav, who was out for 67 off 69 balls.

Pandey was bowled by Cummins on the first ball of the 47th over, to take the match beyond India. Dhoni hit a four and six, but he just didn’t connect enough deliveries to score the 12s and the 15s that were required from the 47th over onwards.

The Australian fast bowlers played the crucial role in their team getting on board in this series and denying India that record victory: Richardson took 3/58, while Coulter-Nile (2/56) and Cummins (1/59) bowled equally effective spells. Zampa took the vital wicket of Pandya to mount the pressure on India.

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