Warner-Finch save Aussie blushes

Sakal Times
Thursday, 28 September 2017

Earlier, David Warner hit a splendid century in his 100th ODI as Australia put up a commanding total of 334 for 5 against India in the penultimate encounter of the five-match series, here on Thursday.

BENGALURU: Chasing the stiff target of 335, India missed an oppportunity to make it 4-0 as they fell short by 21 runs. 

Kedar Jadhav (67), Rohit Sharma (65) and Ajinkya Rahane (53) made good contributions with the bat, but the hosts lost a flurry of wickets in the middle overs, which ultimately cost them vital momentum.

Earlier, David Warner hit a splendid century in his 100th ODI as Australia put up a commanding total of 334 for 5 against India in the penultimate encounter of the five-match series, here on Thursday.

Warner (124 off 119 balls), who struck his 14th ODI hundred in his milestone match adding 231 for the opening stand with Aaron Finch (94). 

Australia were looking good for a total close to 400 but the Indian bowlers pulled back in the final 15 overs in which the visitors could manage 103 runs. 

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers despite being expensive as he had figures of 4 for 71 in 10 overs to show for his efforts. 

Kedar Jadhav (1/38 in 7 overs) also did his bit to put brakes on the scoring after the openers raised visions of a mammoth total. 

Warner, who have had a poor series till date, hit 12 boundaries and four sixes while Finch, who hit 10 boundaries and three sixes off 96 balls, missed out on a well-deserved hundred. 

Their dismissals in quick succession did put a halt in scoring rate before Peter Handscomb’s 43 off 30 balls and Marcus Stoinis’s cameo (15 no off 9 balls) enabled them to cross the 330-run mark. PTI

Brief Scores: Australia 334/5 (D Warmer 124. A Finch 94) beat India 313/8 (K Jadhav 67, R Sharma 65) 

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