Preview: Skipper Virat Kohli will aim to surpass predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record winning run as captain when India take on Australia in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. David Warner scored a memorable 124 on his hundredth ODI appearance as Australia ran up a towering 334 for five in 50 overs. The result denied India from securing a 10th straight ODI win.
Chasing a challenging target, India were off to a good start with Sharma and Rahane putting up an opening stand of 106 runs. Rohit Sharma was the next to depart, after scoring 65. India had never won 10 successive ODIs – by comparison Australia has done it six times – and its bid was only just thwarted.
Meanwhile, Australian opener David Warner is all set to play his 100th ODI and his teammates would be rearing to give him a fitting tribute. When Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya were handed over the baton, India still needed 188 from 154 balls – the ideal equation range to put a relative untested middle-order under the microscope.
Finch after his 127-run innings at Indore, fell six runs short of his second consecutive century as he miscued a slow delivery by Umesh and was caught at mid-on by Hardik Pandya on 94 (96 balls, 4×10, 6×3). Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took a wicket each.
Warner’s century, which reduced the series deficit to 3-1, was a historic one as he became just the eighth batsman in ODI history to score a century in his 100th match. The lone Aussie win came in 14 years ago in 2003. Earlier today, Australia won the toss and chose to BAT first.
India lost its first wicket in the 19th over when Rahane was dismissed by Kane Richardson. This one and upcoming match will be a formal match for both teams, but Australian team will try to conquer these games so as to gladden the audience in their country.
Warner smashed 12 fours and four sixes to propel Australia into a commanding position in Thursday’s dead rubber.
However, Peter Handscomb (43) saw them past 300 before being bowled by Umesh.
Whatever the changes may be, the Indians are determined not to relax the ruthless intensity with which they have played the series so far.