Australia pulled off their highest ever successful chase in Mohali to level the five-match one-day series against India. The visitors were able to chase a mammoth score courtesy of splendid batting performances from Usman Khuwaja, Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner.
Chasing 359 runs to win, Australia got off to a worse possible start as they lost Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh inside four overs. Usman Khuwaja and Peter Handscomb came together and added 192 runs in space of 30 overs to keep Australia in the hunt to win the game.
Khuwaja continued his rich vein of form in this game as well. Left-hander scored 91 off 99 balls with the help of seven boundaries. He proved to ideal support for Handscomb, who was the aggressor in the partnership.
Handscomb certainly used his feet against the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The right-handed batsman shifted gears when he smashed part-time spinner Kedhar Jadhav for 19 runs in the 33rd over of the innings.
Khuwaja was dismissed while trying to pull a short-pitch delivery off the bowling of Jaspreet Bumrah. Glenn Maxwell came to the crease and went on the onslaught from the start. He produced a brisk 23 runs off 13 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
Handscomb notched up his maiden century in limited-overs cricket for Australia. He scored 117 off 105 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. It was due to his spectacular innings that Australia took the game down to the wire.
All-rounder Ashton Turner, who came in place of injured Marcus Stoinis, started positively in his innings and smashed two boundaries off the bowling off Kuldeep Yadav. The turning point came in the game when Turner fours and sixes to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar concede 20 runs from the 45th over of the innings. The asking rate came down in a big way as Australia needed 42 runs off 30 balls.
Alex Carey provided support to Turner at the other end. Turner remained till the end and completed the chase in the 48th over of the innings. All-rounder smashed unbeaten 84 runs off 43 balls with the help of five fours and six sixes.
For India, Jaspreet Bumrah conceded 63 runs and picked up three wickets from nine overs. The spinners failed to make an impact in this game. Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 80 runs from his 10 overs.
Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb smashed maiden century to help the visitors level the five-match one-day series in Mohali on Sunday.
Earlier in the game, Virat Kohli won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a perfect start. Dhawan looked in aggressive mood and smashed regular boundaries to put pressure on Australia bowlers. Left-hander Dhawan notched up his 16th century in limited-overs cricket.
He was well supported by Rohit Sharma, who scored 95 off 92 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. Pacer Jhye Richardson dismissed Sharma to see India lose their first wicket with 193 runs on the board.
Dhawan added 61 runs with Lokesh Rahul to see India placed in a comfortable position to post a mammoth score on the board. Left-hander smashed his highest-score in one-day internationals in Mohali. He scored 143 off 115 balls with the help of eighteen fours and three sixes.
Kohli perished for a low score after chasing a wide delivery off the bowling of Richardson. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar produced quick-fire cameos to help India post a mammoth 358 for 9 in 50 overs.
For Australia, Pace bowler Pat Cummins was standout bowler on display in this game. He picked up five wickets and conceded 70 runs from his ten overs. Left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff and Leg-spinner Adam Zampa produced tidy performances for Australia.
All-rounder Ashton Turner was named player of the match for his blitzkrieg with the bat. The fifth and final game of the one-day series will be played in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday.