Australia won by 24 runs from India in 4th Odi

In 4th one day international Australia won by 24 runs from India .

Australia level series 2-2

Australia managed to level the series 2-2 after registering a 24-run victory over India in the fourth ODI.

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Chasing a modest target of 251, India got off to a flying start, riding on a breezy knock of Virender Sehwag.

Firing all cylinders, Sehwag raced to 30 in 13 balls, inclusing seven hits to the fence before getting out.

Sehwag departed after a sizzling knock that helped put India on course of achieving the target comfortably.

Sachin Tendulkar, however, carried on the momentum as he kept the run-rate going.

But the new batsman in Virat Kohli (10) could not give the Master Blaster a good support and he fell cheaply.

Tendulkar then fell for 40 as India lost third wicket.

A direct hit from Ricky Ponting resulted in the departure of Yuvraj Singh as India find themselves in a bit of bother.

India slipped into deep trouble after they lost fifth wicket in the form of their captain MS Dhoni, with more than 100 runs needed for victory.

Australia then tightened the screws as they claimed India’s sixth wicket in the form of Suresh Raina with more than 90 runs needed for victory.

And despite some good batting from the tail-enders, especially Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar, Australia never looked out odf contention as they kept taking wickets at regular intervals.

Earlier, Cameron White and Ricky Ponting hit half-centuries but India struck back to restrict Australia to a modest total.

Australia’s top-order batsmen all managed useful runs – with Ponting leading the way with a chanceless 52, his third half-century in the series, and White contributing a steady 62 in the fourth one-day international in Mohali.

Ashish Nehra claimed three wickets and four Aussie batsmen were run out as India bowled the visitors out for 250 on a good batting surface.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni had invited Australia to bat first and India’s new-ball bowlers, Praveen Kumar and Nehra, kept Australia’s openers on a tight leash with a testing line.

Shaun Marsh, who was dropped for the previous game in Delhi, returned to partner Shane Watson (49) at the top of the order but the Kings XI Punjab player failed to impress on the home ground of his Indian Premier League team.

Marsh was trapped right in front by Nehra, a dismissal that brought Ponting to the crease early, and the Australia captain was immediately on the front foot, pulling Nehra for a boundary off the first ball he faced.

Watson, who had survived a confident shout for lbw off the first ball of the innings, had struggled at the start but thereafter settled down to match his captain.

The opener was only a run away from a half-century when he was snared by Harbhajan Singh, the off-spinner striking with his very first delivery to sever a burgeoning second-wicket stand.

Ponting, who smashed Ishant Sharma for a six and a four off the bowler’s first over, raised his 73rd half-century with a boundary off Harbhajan but his innings ended when he was run out almost immediately after.

Ponting had turned Harbhajan on the on side and attempted a second run when Ravindra Jadeja, running in from deep square leg, ended his stay with a direct hit.

Australia were 123 for three at that stage and White and Michael Hussey (40) rebuilt with a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket.

India’s spinners, however, hit back, with Yuvraj Singh sending back Hussey and Harbhajan claiming his replacement, Moises Henriques, in fairly quick succession.

White, who reached his fourth ODI half-century with a single off Harbhajan, was then run out and Australia thereafter lost their way.

Nehra returned to claim two more wickets as Australia were eventually bowled out inside their 50 overs.


India: SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, V Kohli, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, A Nehra, P Kumar, I Sharma.

Australia: SR Watson, SE Marsh, RT Ponting*, CL White, MEK Hussey, MC Henriques, MG Johnson, GA Manou†, NM Hauritz, PM Siddle, DE Bollinger.

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