Khawaja, Handscomb and Turner snatch 4-wkt win for Australia

March 11, 2019 03:10 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
MOHALI: Despite India posting an impressive total of 358 for 9, Australia, two down for 12 runs in the early stage of their innings, fought back with their all might to score a thrilling win by four wickets and 13 balls to spare in the fourth day/night match at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium here on Sunday. With this win India leveled the series 2-2 and the Delhi match on March 13 will be a do-or-die affair for both teams.
Chasing 359 for victory was a difficult task but not an impossible one and the Kangaroos proved it with authority. They displayed fighting qualities specially through opener Usman Khawaja (91) and Peter Handscomb (117) and and later Ashton Turner who remained not out with a solid innings of 84 from just 43 balls. He hit five fours and half a dozen sixes..
With Turner and Alex Carey at the wicket, this pair scored 20 runs in the 45th over, taking their total to 317-5 and needing 42 runs from 30 balls. In the next over they took 16 runs (335-5, needing 26 runs from 24 balls). The 47th over yielded 18 runs, taking their total to 351 for 5 and requiring just eight runs from 18 balls.
Opener Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb steered Australia to 204 for 3 in 33.1 overs. They were associated in a 192 runs third wicket valuable stand. Khawaja played a strokeful innings of 91 while Handscomb registered his maiden ODI century by hitting 117 (105 balls, 8x4s, 3x6s).
Playing his 15th ODI, Peter Handscomb displayed his dazzling form by loating Kedar Yadav for two successive sixes. He first hit Jadhav's second ball of his fifth over (team's 32.2 over) for a straight six and the next ball Handscomb dispatched Jadhav over long-on. In the last ball of this over, Handscomb drove Jadhav to cover for a boundary and reach his individual score of 99, his highest in ODI. His earlier highest was 82.
Peter Handscomb went on to complete his maiden ODI century as he got one run from Bhuvneshwar Kumar's delivery in the 35th over.
Called to bowl in his second spell, right arm fast bowler Jaspreet Bumrah got rid of dangerous Usman Khawaja who was playing his 25th match. While trying to pull Bumrah's delivery, Khawaja got a top edge. Running from fine leg Kuldeep Yadav dived forward to make a superb catch. This broke the third wicket partnership which yielded 192 runs. Khawaja contributed 91 runs from 99 balls and hit seven boundaries. Khawaja, however, missed the ton by nine. His earlier highest score was 104.
Indian missed a chance of stumping Handscomb in the 39th over. As Handscomb missed a Kuldeep Yadav's delivery as he steps out, Rishab Pant failed to collect the ball cleanly to stump out Handscomb.
Leg break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Handscomb. The Australilan player while trying to hit Chahal over long-off Lokesh Rahul took a good catch. His wicket fell at 271 for 5 in 41.1 overs. Handscomb made 105 with the help of eight boundaries and three sixes. His strike rate was 111.42.
Despite suffering two early jolts as India dismissed opener Aaron Finch (0) and Shaun Marsh (6), Australian opener left hander Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb held the fort. Both completed their half centuries. At the half way stage, Australia were 145 for 2 in 25 overs. India were 148 without any loss at completion of 25 overs in their innings
Earlier, Australia suffered an early jot as their captain and opener Aaron Finch was bowled by Bhuvnesh Kumar. The Aussie captain could not even open his account.
Jasprit Bumrah struck at the other end by bowling Shaun Marsh for 6 and Australia were struggling at 12-2 in 3.3 overs.
Ashton James Turner was adjudged the Man of the Match and he richly deserved it.
AUSTRALIA: Aaron Flinch b Bhubneshwar Kumar 0, Usman Khawaja c Kuldeep Yadav b Jaspreet Bumrah 91
Shaun Marsh b Bumrah 6, Peter Handscomb c Lokesh Rahul b Yazuvendra Chahal 117, Glenn Maxwell lbw Kuldeep Yadav 23, Ashton Turner not out 84, Alex Carvey c Shikhar Dhawan b Jaspreet Bumrah 21
JA Richardson not out 0.
Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 5) 17.
Total (for six wickets in 46.5 overs) 359.
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-12, 3-204, 4-229, 5-271, 6-357.
Bowling: Bhubneshwar Kumar 9-0-67-1, Jasprit Bumrah 8.5-0-63-3, Vijay Shankar 5-0-29-0
Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-64-1, KM Jadhav 5-0-44-0, Yazvendra Chahal 10-0-80-0.

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