January 21, 2016 8:14:49 pm
Having lost the series in Melbourne, India were playing for their pride in the fourth ODI at Canberra and they did save it until Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket while chasing a target of 349. Earlier, India lost the toss and were asked to field first by the Australia skipper Steve Smith. The hosts went on to post a mammoth 348 runs on the board and lost eight wickets in the process. In reply, India were cruising towards the target but eventually failed to cross the line after a dramatic collapse which saw them lose their last nine wickets for 46 runs.
Here are some of the moments that went wrong for India:
Australia’s opening stand between David Warner and Aaron Finch laid a perfect platform for other batsmen to come and play the aggressive game. While Warner fell after scoring run-a-ball 93, that ended the 187-run stand, the T20I skipper Aaron Finch scored his 7th ODI hundred. Finch went back to the pavillion on a personal score of 107.
Smith, Maxwell run riots
Since the run-rate was already above the six-run mark, Steve Smith wasted no time and began to play his shots from the word go. The Aussie captain along with the power hitter Glenn Maxwell took on the India bowlers and scored 51 runs and 41 runs respectively. Smith used 29 balls to pick his 9th ODI fifty but Maxwell needed only 20 balls for his knock.
The Indian pacers led by Bhuvneswar Kumar and Ishant Sharma failed to deliver once again. While Bhuvi leaked runs at an economy of 8.62, Ishant proved another costly customer. Though, he picked up a 4-wicket haul but had a disastrous economy of 7.70. Umesh Yadav and Gurkeerat Mann also failed to contain the Australian batters who thrashed the bowlers.
Dhawan and Kohli dismissals
Chasing a target of 349 runs, India lost Rohit Sharma when the scoreboard read 65. Virat Kohli then joined Shikhar Dhawan at the crease and the Delhi pair showed brilliant temperament to keep India in the game. The duo put up a stand of 212 runs for the second wicket and both players went on to score individual tons. But, once Dhawan fell after scoring 126-odd runs, India lost wickets in a heap. Kohli kept the hope alive until gave a dolly to Smith at mid-off.
Failing to finish
MS Dhoni promoted himself to number four after Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket when India’s score read 277/2. But the ODI captain failed to finish it for India as he was out caught behind for a duck. The situation became worse when the Indian middle and lower order batsmen gave up with the willow. Gurkeerat and Rishi Dhawan’s inexperience with the bat was a sorry sight for the India camp and if that was not enough, Ravindra Jadeja gave up the fight even before it was over. In the end, India manged to snatch defeat out of victory’d jaw.
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