Warner, Australia halt Indian juggernaut

Warner, Australia halt Indian juggernaut

Warner, Australia halt Indian juggernaut

The openers Warner and Finch shared mammoth 231-run stand for the first wicket.

The lines were erratic, and the constant switch to variations weren't effective either as David Warner and Aaron Finch made the most of India's complete lack of control at the start.

The hosts looked well set in their reply after Ajinkya Rahane (53) and Rohit Sharma put on 106 for the first wicket in the 19th over.

The visitors, who won the toss and chose to bat, were given a fantastic start by Warner and Aaron Finch, the pair putting on a record 231 for the first wicket with the left-handed Warner notching up his 14th ODI ton.

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. "But we only lost by 20-odd runs in the end", said the Indian skipper.

Manish Pandey (33) and Kedar Jadhav (65) added 61 runs for the fifth wicket but both paid for their indiscretion as their dismissals in quick succession brought Australia back in the match. The ball just stood up to be hit and Warner and Finch are not the type to let such opportunities go. If Men In Blue win the last match, they will have 120 points and reclaim the number 1 ODI team position.

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Australia were able to earn a consolation victory over India in the Fourth ODI at the Chinnaswamy stadium by 21 runs. The ever consistent Virat Kohli has been their Mr dependable in the middle order anchoring the innings most of the times. We didn't play so badly, but they were better on the day. "Umesh even picked up four wickets and it would have been a bit more than what he would have expected himself".

Leading 3-0, India have dominated the series, with someone always bailing them out of trouble when needed.

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.

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On his part, Warner who will be playing his 100 ODI here said that the side, in spite of losing the ODI series would like to leave a mark in the remaining games as that will be a huge confidence-booster before the Ashes series starting November.

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