India had already won the 5 match ODI series heading into the 4th ODI which took place on 28th September in Bangalore. Captain Virat Kohli had earlier announced that the Indian team would experiment in the remaining 2 matches and give fresh players an opportunity to prove themselves.
India Rest Three Bowlers
The Indians decided to rest three of their key bowlers in B Kumar, J Bumrah and K Yadav and brought in M Shami, U Yadav and A Patel as replacements. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first on a flat track at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. They got off to a terrific start as experienced openers David Warner and Aaron Finch toyed with the Indian bowlers and put on a 231 opening partnership in just 34 overs.
The Aussies were well on their way to reach a total in excess of 350 but the Indians managed to tie them down for a bit. U Yadav picked up 4 wickets in his 10 overs but also turned out to be the most expensive Indian bowler. P Handscomb played a cameo hitting 43 of just 30 balls to take Australia to a total of 334.
The Indians needed a good start from their openers and both R Sharma and A Rahane delivered. They put together a century partnership in just 18 overs and India looked like they were going to chase down the runs easily. However they lost Rahane, Sharma and Kohli in quick succession and started to fall behind the run rate. Sharma was run-out due to a brilliant bit of fielding by captain Steven Smith and Kohli was bowled Coulter-Nile.
India Had Too Chase Too Many Runs
H Pandya (41) and K Jadhav (67) tried to take the fight to the Australians but both lost their wickets going for the big shot. MS Dhoni had a difficult task cut out as he came in at No 7 and did not have a lot of time to settle in. Once the Aussies picked up Dhoni’s wicket, they knew they had the match and ended up winning by 21 runs.
In a statement, Smith said “Nice to get a win in. Thought Aaron Finch and David Warner were spectacular up top. They hit the boundaries when they wanted to, and set us up to get 330. Thought we were having one of our little collapses, but Peter Handscomb batted well to get us up to 330.”
The two teams will play the 5th and final ODI on 1st October in Nagpur.