India vs Australia 4th ODI: Warner’s special hundred ends Australia’s losing streak

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David Warner hit his 14th ODI century

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Australia opener David Warner thumped a sensational 124 to lead his side to a 21-run consolation win over India in the fourth ODI in Bangalore.

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.

Furthermore, Australia finally snapped their 11-game losing streak away from home and ended India’s nine-game winning streak in ODIs.

Australia captain Steve Smith would have been delighted with his decision to bat first as Warner and Aaron Finch amassed a spectacular 231-run partnership, which is the highest stand in ODI history at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Warner brought up his hundred during the epic partnership, while Finch was on the verge of reaching the triple figure mark himself.

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Aaron Finch fell six runs short of his ninth ODI hundred

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Warner looked on track for a massive score, but his innings came to an end when he was caught by Axar Patel at wide long-on off the bowling of Kedar Jadhav for 124, which came off 119 balls and included 12 boundaries and four sixes.

Finch didn’t add a single run to his score after Warner’s dismissal as he ended up being caught by Hardik Pandya at mid-on off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for 94, which came off 96 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Yadav struck again in his next over as he removed Australia captain Steve Smith for three runs.

Peter Handscomb and Travis Head steadied the innings with a 63-run partnership before Head was dismissed by Yadav for 29.

Handscomb went on to make a 30-ball 43 before he was clean bowled by Yadav.

Thanks to Handscomb’s late blitz, Australia ended up finishing on 334/5 off their 50 overs.

Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Jadhav chipped in with one.

Chasing 335 to win, India made a strong start to their innings as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane amassed a 106-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

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Ajinkya Rahane made his 22nd ODI fifty

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However, Rahane was dismissed shortly after as he was caught by Aaron Finch at long-on off the bowling of Kane Richardson for 53, which came off 66 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Rohit went on to score 65 off 55 deliveries, which included a boundary and five sixes, before a horrible mix-up with captain Virat Kohli saw him get run out.

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Rohit Sharma struck his 34th half-century in ODI cricket

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Things went from bad to worse for India when Kohli was clean bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 21.

Pandya and Jadhav stabilised the innings with a 78-run partnership before Pandya was caught by Warner at long-off off the bowling of Adam Zampa for 41.

Not long after Pandya’s dismissal, there was a short rain delay before play resumed.

Jadhav and Manish Pandey kept the scoreboard ticking with a 61-run partnership, but once Jadhav was dismissed for 67, which came off 69 balls and included seven boundaries and a six, India began to lose wickets at regular intervals.

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Kedar Jadhav scored his third ODI fifty

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As a result, India ended up finishing on 313/8, which left them well short of their target.

Richardson was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Coulter-Nile snapped up two, and Zampa and Pat Cummins claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was gutted to have lost, and said: “At the 30-over mark they were going pretty strong, I thought it would be a great effort to restrict them to under 350, and we did that. We were pretty optimistic. Got a pretty good opening partnership, but we needed one big partnership, chasing 330, which we didn’t get.

“People have off days. Umesh and Shami bowled well, they were getting the ball to reverse in their second spells. The spinners won’t always have good days. Sometimes you have to sit back and say the opposition played well. The only respite for the fast bowlers was taking the pace off the ball – it was pretty close to the old Bangalore wicket.”

Smith was delighted to have finally won a game, and said: “Nice to get a win in. Thought Aaron Finch and David Warner were spectacular up top. They hit the boundaries when they wanted to, and set us up to get 330. Thought we were having one of our little collapses, but Peter Handscomb batted well to get us up to 330.

“I thought we were a little bit too wide with the new ball, could have been straighter, but the bowlers pulled it back nicely towards the back end.”

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: “Feels fantastic. Put a great smile on our face, winning this game tonight. It’s been tough for us on the road lately. A few misdemeanors back in the day, so didn’t get my chance [on the previous tour]. Getting to play in India, and play my 100th ODI, is pretty special. Winning, you gain some momentum, and the way the guys played with the bat today was fantastic.”

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