Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 10:47 PM


Australia has finally received some relief in their ODI series in India, getting off the mark with a 21-run win in the fourth encounter at Bengaluru.

A blistering 231-run opening stand between Aaron Finch and David Warner laid the platform for the tourists.

Warner broke a run of six ODIs without a half-century – his longest since the 2012-13 summer – by blasting 124 off 119 balls, including 12 fours and four sixes. Finch was only slightly less devastating, plundering 10 boundaries and three sixes in his 94 off 96.

The duo were both dismissed in the space of one over and Steve Smith last just five balls as the positive work threatened to unravel at 3/236 at the start of the 38th over, but Travis Head (29 off 38), Peter Handscomb (43 off 30) and Marcus Stoinis (15 not out off 9) saw Australia through to a formidable 5/334.

Umesh Yadav picked up four wickets, but was also India’s most expensive bowler, leaking 71 runs in 10 overs.

India’s chase started strongly, Anjinkya Rahane (53) and Rohit Sharma (65) producing a 106-run opening partnership before Kane Richardson removed Rahane in the 19th over.

Virat Kohli (21) and Hardik Pandya (41) got starts, while Kedar Jadhav (67) top-scored for the hosts but couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking over quickly enough.

Quick-fire knocks from Manish Pandey (33 off 25) and MS Dhoni (13 off 10) kept India in the hunt, but when Dhoni became Richardson’s third victim with 34 runs required and just 13 balls remaining, the result was effectively wrapped up.

India finished on 8/313 from their 50 overs.

Australian fast-bowling trio Richardson (3/58), Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/56) and Pat Cummins (1/59) all finished with economy rates under six in a fine collective display.

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