Thursday, 14 December, 2017

India vs Australia: Fifth ODI Squads, Preview, and Predictions

"Obviously it's disappointing to lose the series but we've got to look at what to play for.- Warner
Vera Richards | 01 October, 2017, 01:48

"I think they lost the first four one-dayers and Virat spoke about winning the last one-dayer and then the three T20s to make it four-all".

Batting first, thanks to David Warner's 124 and Aaron Finch's 94 Australia posted a huge total of 334/5 on board. Got a pretty good opening partnership, but we needed one big partnership, chasing 330, which we didn't get.

Kohli's decision to rest his key bowlers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav seemed to have taken a toll on their bowling, as Warner with steady hands managed Mohammed Shami, Umesh and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Having said that, a 3-2 score at the end of the series would hardly do justice to their efforts, and they will want to end with 4-1.

Australia have been outgunned by Hardik Pandya in the series so far, with the all-rounder smearing two rapid half-centuries to help India - who have won their previous nine ODIs - into a 3-0 lead.

Warner, who have had a poor series till date, hit 12 boundaries and four sixes while Finch, who hit 10 boundaries and three sixes off 96 balls, missed out on a well-deserved hundred.

Soon after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli was sent back at the individual score of 21 runs.

Both are very good runners individually between the wickets but when it comes to understanding between these two, it looks like it is the most important factor certainly doesn't exist between the two. Spinners won't always have good days.

India should have won this match. "Unless you play the ideal game it's tough to win", Richardson said.

The pace trio of Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson bowled with pace and precision in the death overs to take the game away from the Indians.

He was backed up by Aaron Finch in a 231-stand which was a record at the M Chinnaswamy.

Watch the fourth ODI between India and Australia, live from 8.50am on Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404).

"Nice to defend and get a win", said Smith. That was one of the odd balls which lay low and Warner, attempting a pull towards deep mid-wicket on the back-foot, was caught by Patel. David Warner and Steve Smith rushed from point and cover to pick up the ball, and perhaps to give Kedar a sense of situation he had just walked into.

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