India vs Australia 4th ODI: Turner, Handscomb level series at 2-2

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Ashton Turner struck a career-best 84 not out to lead Australia to an incredible win over India

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Ashton Turner and Peter Handscomb smashed an unbeaten 84 and 117 respectively as Australia stunned India by four wickets to level the series at 2-2.

Turner and Handscomb were brilliantly supported by Usman Khawaja, who scored 91, and Pat Cummins, who took a five-wicket haul.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan deserves a lot of credit as well as he silenced his critics with a superb knock of 143.

Opting to bat first, India got off to an incredible start as Dhawan and Rohit Sharma amassed a 193-run partnership, during which both batsmen were within touching distance of bringing up their hundreds.

However, Rohit didn’t get there as he was caught by Handscomb at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jhye Richardson for 95, which came off 92 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul kept the runs flowing with a 61-run stand before Dhawan was clean bowled by Cummins for a 115-ball 143, which included 18 boundaries and three sixes.

Once Dhawan was gone, Cummins and Richardson carved through India’s middle and lower order.

However, with Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar scoring a quickfire 36 and 26 respectively, India finished on 358/9.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Richardson snapped up three and Adam Zampa chipped in with one.

Chasing 359 to win, Australia were dealt a big blow on the fourth ball as captain Aaron Finch was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck.

Shaun Marsh only made six runs before he was cleaned up by Jasprit Bumrah.

Khawaja and Handscomb stabilised the innings with a 192-run partnership, during which both batsmen cruised past their fifties, before Khawaja was dismissed by Bumrah for 91, which came off 99 balls and included seven boundaries.

Glenn Maxwell fell soon after, while Handscomb went on to score a career-best 117, which came off 105 deliveries and included eight boundaries and three sixes, before he was sent packing by Yuzvendra Chahal.

Turner took over from that point as he dominated the 86-run stand he put together with Alex Carey.

Even though Carey ended up falling for 21, Turner carried Australia across the finish line with his career-best knock of 84, which came off 43 balls and included five boundaries and six sixes.

Bumrah was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Kumar, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav claimed one wicket each.

Turner was named Man of the Match.

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