Ashton Turner turns series in favor of Australia with astonishing win
Ashton Turner’s unbelievable unbeaten innings of 84 from 43 balls helps Australia to level the five match ODI series at Chandigarh with a comprehensive 5 wickets win against India in the fourth ODI between them.
Winning the toss, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a profession best 143 to direct India to 358 for nine in their offer to secure the series in the fourth one-day international against Australia on Sunday.
The blue armies, who lead the five match series 2-1, rode on a 193-run opening stand among Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who made 95, to set up a testing aggregate in the wake of choosing to bat in Mohali.
Dhawan proceeded to enroll his sixteenth ODI ton and his first in 18 innings in the midst of group cheers and an overwhelming applause from the Indian changing area. He outperformed his past best of 137 in ODIs before being bowled by Cummins, striking 18 fours and three sixes in his 115-ball innings.
Quick bowler Pat Cummins restored his best-ever ODI figures of 5-70 of every 10 overs. Dhawan, who has been fighting with his off-form lately, struck form as he achieved his fifty of just 44 balls conveyances to take the assault to the restriction.
The right-left batting blend of Sharma and Dhawan blended the correct portion of alert and hostility to establish the framework for India’s enormous aggregate. Sharma enrolled his 40th ODI fifty however passed up a hundred in the wake of tumbling to Jhye Richardson, who took three wickets.
After the wicket of Rohit, KL Rahul made a little innings of 26 from 31 balls who batted at no. 3 in replace of Kohli. Kohli, came at no.4 and fell for only his second single-figure score in his last 31 innings, but, coming into bat in the 38th over, he was expected to throw his bat at everything.
Australia, however, kept getting wickets to ensure India didn’t go much further despite the fact that Jasprit Bumrah, who turned out to bat for one ball, ended up with a strike rate of 600. Chasing the big target of 359, the Aussies lost their captain Aaron Finch’s wicket early in the innings who was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at 0 run.
Shaun Marsh also followed him, and at one stage Australia was trembling at 12-2. But then, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb made a big and fruitful partnership of 192 runs. Though Khawaja missed his century by 9 runs only who was caught out by Kuldeep Yadav in the bouncer of Bumrah, but Handscomb scored his maiden hundred by 92 balls and finished at 117 runs whose wicket was taken by Yuzvendra Chahal.
After that, when Glenn Maxwell just started his show and looked promising he was gone by Kuldeep Yadav by LBW at just 23 runs from 13 balls. It was hard for Australia to win the match from there as the required run rate was increasing and increasing.
Once it went beyond 10.00 runs per over. But at that time, Ashton Turner came as a blessing and smashed fours and sixes all over the ground to ensure the victory for the Aussies.
Alex Carey helped him and rotated the strike continuously, made a nice little innings of 21 runs of 15 balls. Whereas, Turner finished his innings at unbeaten 84 runs of 43 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 6 sixes which ensured the Australians 4 wickets victory and to level the series and made it 2-2.
The last and series decider ODI will take place on 13th March at Delhi.
S Dhawan 143(115), RG Sharma 95(92), RR Pant 36(24)
PJ Cummins 5/70, JA Richardson 3/85
PSP Handscomb 117(105), UT Khawaja 91(99), AJ Turner 84*(43)
JJ Bumrah 3/63, Kuldeep Yadav 1/64
Result: Australia won by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Ashton Turner
Khan Mutasim Billah Life (Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)