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INDvAUS : Warner’s 124 helps Australia beat India by 21 runs in 4th ODI

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Australia finally tasted success by beating India in the 4th ODI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru just a few moments ago. Steve Smith again won an important toss and batted first. The Australian openers added 231 runs for the first wicket before India made a good comeback. While chasing Indian openers had a great start from openers but lost wickets at regular intervals to lose the match by 22 runs.

Australian captain Steve Smith again won a good toss and elected to bat first earlier today. David Warner and Aaron Finch got the visitors to a quick-fire start scoring 63 runs in the first 10 overs. Both of them continued to put pressure on Indian bowlers. Playing his 100th ODI match, Warner completed his half-century off 45 balls. Aaron Finch, who scored 124 runs in the last match at Indore, scored his fifty in 65 balls. Both the batsmen looked in great touch. Warner completed his century in 103 balls.

David Warner was dismissed by part-time bowler Kedar Jadhav for 124 ending a 231 runs partnership for the first wicket. Australia lost 3 quick wickets which allowed India to come back into the game. Travis Head and Peter Handscomb added 63 runs for the fourth wicket. Handscomb played a quickfire knock of 43 in 30 balls. Stoinis also contributed 15 in 9 balls which helped Australia to post 334 for 5.

Chasing a massive total of 335, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Rahane got the team off to a flying start scoring 65 runs in the first 10 overs. Both of them smashed Australian bowlers with Sharma in the great hitting mood. Rohit Sharma completed his fifty in 42 balls while Rahane too completed his 50 in 58 balls. Rahane was dismissed for 53 ending a brilliant 106 runs stand for the 1st wicket. India lost 2 more big wickets of Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli. Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav steadied the innings with good positive strokeplay from both batsmen. Both of them added 78 runs for the fourth wicket before Pandya was dismissed for 41.

Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey also played with positive intent. Jadhav completed his half-century off 54 balls. Rain arrived at the score of 251 for 4. After the rain break, Australian bowlers did a great job picking wickets at regular intervals. Dhoni also could not finish the match for team India. India scored 313 for 8 in 50 overs.

Australia 334 for 5 in 50 overs (David Warner 124, Aaron 94, Peter Handscomb 43, Umesh Yadav 4/71) beat India 313 for 8 in 50 overs ( Rohit Sharma 65, Kedar Jadhav 67, Rahane 53) by 22 runs.

Captain Virat Kohli said: At the end of 30 overs, Australia were going strong to get 350, but did well to restrict them below 350. To get 330, we needed one big partnership but could get it. The spinners did not have a great day.

Man of the match David Warner: It feels nice to win the game. Winning helps the team to get momentum and the way Australia played with the bat was great. To play 100th ODI game for Australia is very special.

India leads the series 3-1. The fifth ODI will be played at Nagpur on 1st October.

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