About the Match
Winning the series against India hands down, Australia continued to humiliate the visitors by handing them a 25-run defeat in the fourth one-day; India has only one more chance to earn redemption when they take on the hosts in the 5th ODI at Sydney on 23rd January. Coming close to chasing down 349 runs, India started the innings well but lost quick wickets after the 38th over and could manage only 323 runs in the end. Australia’s triumphs have been scripted by sheer talent and determination to succeed and they will definitely try to register a 5-0 whitewash on Saturday.
Kane Richardson had a terrible start with the ball but he came back in the second spell to claim 4 wickets giving away only 6 runs to annihilate the star-studded Indian batting line-up; he claimed 5-68 in total to get the team to their fourth consecutive win against the men in blue. Hastings and Mitchell Marsh took 2 wickets each while Lyon and Faulkner stifled the opposition. Although the young bowling squad lacks experience, they have managed to dominate the Indian batsmen thoroughly till now and look well placed to continue with their match-winning performances.
David Warner is back in the top-order and he returned in style with a fantastic 93; Finch posted a brilliant run-a-ball 107 runs to steer Australia to a strong foundation. Smith, Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh contributed to keep the scoreboard ticking and built a 349-run target for the opponents, which set them up for another handsome win.
Maxwell, Bailey, Smith and Marsh make up a strong middle order while Finch and Warner provide stability as openers; they are a strong contingent with in-form batsmen and bowlers, who display the fireworks at will and have the ability to demolish the hopes of the opposition.
From being in control of the chase at 277-1, India lost the plot after the 38th over, losing 9 wickets in a humiliating collapse for just 46 runs. Although Dhawan and Sharma started the chase well with a brilliant 126 off 113 and 41 off 25 deliveries respectively and Kohli continued the good work by posting a well-made 106, the others in the middle-order failed to step to their responsibilities and gave up without a fight.
Earlier, the pacers did not do very well to make in-roads into the Aussie batting line-up; while Ishant Sharma came back to form by picking up 4-77, Umesh Yadav claimed 3 wickets to give them hope. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Gurkeerat Singh Mann failed to impress and gave away too many easy runs. Jadeja controlled the run-flow with the ball but his run a ball 24-run contribution with the bat when India needed him the most caused huge disappointment in the Indian camp.
The batsmen have tried to build partnerships as we saw in the brilliant centuries scored by Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan till now but Dhoni and other middle-order batsmen like Rahane, Mann and Jadeja need to fire from all cylinders if they want to earn back some respect here.
India has suffered great loss in this series but they definitely have the resources and experience to score a face-saving win on Saturday; Australia on the other hand have proven yet again why they are a tough nut to crack. Rahane's injury is a major setback as far as Indian batting line-up is concerned and therefore, the middle-order looks a little inexperienced. The hosts are desperate to make it a clean whitewash and with India failing to up their ante, the upcoming match could again go in favour of the hosts