David Warner century inspires Australia ODI victory over India


David Warner century inspires Australia ODI victory over India

If they lost their upcoming two matches, then it will be India's second consecutive whitewash series.

David Warner hit a century as Australia beat India by 21 runs in Bangalore to avoided facing a whitewash in their one-day global series.

Even the spinners, Axar and Yuzvendra Chahal, were not spared from the Warner-Finch assault.

The left-handed Warner hit 12 fours and four sixes.

The swashbuckling opener combined with Aaron Finch to gave the visitors a 231-run first wicket start in the fourth match of the five-game series after they elected to bat. Total: (for 5 wkts, in 50 overs) 334.

Ajinkya Rahane (53) and Rohit Sharma (65) began the chase in a blistering fashion, with both batsmen getting to their fifties with aggressive intent and powerful stroke play. Kane Richardson took 3/58 accounting for Rahane.

Things went from bad to worse for India when Kohli was clean bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 21. The stand was worth 78 runs, but came at the cost of 88 deliveries which nudged the required rate to 10 when Hardik holed out looking for a six. We lost a few wickets again (in the middle).

Team India speedster Jasprit Bumrah is unarguably one of the most lethal bowlers when it comes to death bowling in the shorter format of the game.

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. The side will also expect skipper Steven Smith to play a vital role in adding to the teams score tally. Got a pretty good opening partnership, but we needed one big partnership, chasing 330, which we didn't get. That can happen. People have off days. I'm not someone who sits and thinks maybe I shouldn't have done this. So it was a question of taking the pace off the ball and trying to put the onus on the batsmen to force the issue, which Yadav did later to pick up four wickets.

"Nice to defend and get a win", said Smith. Earlier, Austalia rattled up 334 for five with a record opening partnership betwen indomitable David Warner (124) and Aaron Finch (94) eclipsing teh 31 year old record of 212 runs scored by openers G Marsh and David Boon way back in 1986. They were in a good position for the longest time before they succumbed to the pressure and couldn't get over the line. From that point of view, it wasn't a great batting performance from us.

However, he clarified that to the Indians, it is David Warner who is more of a threat. Winning this game tonight has put a great smile on our face.



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