4th ODI: Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner script highest successful chase for Australia; series against India levelled 1-1
New Delhi : Australia on Sunday chased down a mammoth total of 359 runs in the fourth ODI against India. Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Ashton Turner together scripted a historic win for their side as they made a substantial contribution with the bat to chase down the 359-run mountain in Mohali to level the five-match series 2-2.
With this Australia also chased down highest ever successful target in ODI format and also highest successful run-chase against India by any team.
Despite early breakthroughs with India taking charge in first 4 overs and striking Aussies to 12/2, Handscomb and Khawaja steadied the ship for the third wicket. Both batsmen compiled fifties and struck a 192-run stand, driving Australia into the ascendancy.
Australia pull off their biggest ODI chase to level the series in Mohali!— ICC (@ICC) March 10, 2019
Ashton Turner finishes it superbly with 84 off 43 balls after Handscomb (117) and Khawaja (91) set up a fantastic pursuit. Australia win by four wickets! #INDvAUS scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/X4QGtIjbn2 pic.twitter.com/OnUn4p3DZD
Team then again took quick wickets to return in the game, Australia were 271 for 5 in the 42nd over and they had a mountain to climb against the guile of Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep. But Turner joined forces with Alex Carey and the two shocked the Indian bowling attack with some audacious shot-selection. Playing only his second ODI, Turner showed no nerves and hit a flurry of sixes to take Australia home.
Earlier, India won the toss and played a brilliant inning to score a mammoth total. While Dhawan got his 16th hundred in ODIs, vice-captain Rohit (95 off 92 balls) missed out on what could have been a very well-deserved 23rd hundred with Australian bowlers looking like lambs for slaughter.
Both India and Australia will now fight it out in the decider in Delhi on Wednesday.