Bye for now. With those comments, Iâll leave it there. Weâll be back for the series-deciding fifth ODI from Delhi on Wednesday. What a victory for this Australian team and what a moment for Ashton Turner. Thanks for your company!
Ashton Turner, Man of the Match, speaks. âIâm lost for words. I turned up today and Marcus Stoinis was doing a fitness test and heâs a pretty tough bloke so I thought Iâd be running drinks. Iâve had a chance to hit lots of balls and had a lot of confidence I was ready to go. I thought India played really well; it was a great game of cricket. Batting is a lot of fun so if you get a chance to stay out there you enjoy it. I was very fortunate, it doesnât always happen like that. Haydos has been great to me. I was very lucky to get my cap presented to me by him. Iâm nervous standing with him. Heâs been brilliant helping me in the nets. Heâs a legend who Iâve always looked up to him so it is nice to hear he is saying nice things.â
Aaron Finch speaks. âI thought that partnership with Usman and Pete Handscomb was crucial. To get his first hundred was outstanding. When we chase 300 in Australia it was about going in that same process. It wasnât a panic, even if it gets to 10 an over. Itâs about taking it as deep as you can. I think it about guys taking their opportunities, Ashton playing his second game and playing a matchwinning knock. Pete has played 17 games too. Usman back into form and was crucial. Everyone who is getting an opportunity is taking it. Weâve all seen (Turner) do that in the Big Bash, it was a world-class knock and to see him take on two world-class bowlers was amazing.â
Virat Kohli speaks. âIt was very difficult to bowl at the end. The guys tried their best. Ashton played a helluva knock. It was a game changer. They just played better in the second innings. It is a record chase for them and they deserved to win. We wanted to bat first anyway; had we won the toss we would have batted. It was always going to be tough with the bowlers (in the dew). But in the end, just the last three or four overs was difficult for everyone. When they were going hard it was crucial to bowl in the right areas. We were sloppy in the field. We should have made it more. The DRS was a surprise it is not consistent at all and becoming a talking point. Itâs going to be a cracker of a game (on Wednesday). We need to be at our best to beat this Australian side. All the guys are gearing up for it. It is going to hurt the right way and weâll come out with more intensity in the next game.â
Okay, letâs put this into perspective. When Glenn Maxwell fell, this was done. Yes, it was ten and over to win with 14 overs to go, and that happens in the T20 era. But this Australian team? This brittle Australian 50-over team? Surely not, even with Handscomb beyond 100 for the first time in ODIs. India, with 358, after having Australia 11/2 early on, surely just walk it in from there. They have to.
Ashton Turner walks out, only really in the team because Marcus Stoinis was unavailable with injury. He would be mindful, as we all are, that two blokes return on 29 March and are both going to the World Cup. Of all the players over there at the moment, he was more than likely the lowest on the depth chart, his chances of a World Cup berth not strong. Unless he did something just like this.
The striking down the ground kept the visitors within touching distance, even after Handscomb departed. When Carey came out, he became the senior man at the crease and only got better. In four overs when they got going, they added 64 runs to break the back of the chase. It was the stuff dreams are made of. It was the stuff that makes a career. It was the stuff that will lock away a trip to the UK.
Sure, Handscomb (117 from 105) came to the crease with Australia in so much strike. If not for the massive 192-run stand between he and Khawaja (91), nothing Turner does later is possible. But its the West Australianâs cricketing life that is changed tonight. Welcome to the big time, young man. Donât change a thing.
And the cherry on top: this levels the series at 2-2 heading into what becomes a decider on Wedensday in Delhi! These bilaterial series often donât mean an awful lot, but a quasi-final in a World Cup year? This has plenty riding on it. Magnificent.
Weâll hear from the skippers in a moment and then the Man of the Match.
AUSTRALIA WINS BY FOUR WICKETS with 13 balls to spare! (359/6: Turner 84* off 43 balls)
Australiaâs highest successful run chase, the fifth highest in all ODIs ever played. Turner, quite rightly, strikes the winning runs with a couple down the ground. How to make sense of that? Iâll try! Stick with me for the post-game.
WICKET! Carey c Dhawan b Bumrah 21 (Australia 357-6)
Well, thatâs not fair. Carey deserved to be there at the end. Instead, with two to win, he top edges an attempted flick, landing in the hands of Dhawan. The opener is able to smile, a nod to the dropped catch in the previous over.
47th over: Australia 351-5 (Turner 81, Carey 20) OH! ASHTON TURNER! This is GAME OVER at Mohali, the young man climbing into Bhuviâs slower one to begin, popping him INTO THE CROWD at long on. Next? Dropped! Jadhav may have put down Indiaâs final chance, at square leg, Turner gets his life. And uses it too, standing up tall to pull past square leg for yet another boundary – his strike rate is 197. Now dropped again! Oh dear, itâs probably game over anyway but at mid-off on the circle Dhawan, so magnificant earlier, has put down one of the easiest chances you will see at this level. Yes, the ball is slippery under the lights but that is really something. Careyâs turn… and he clips a four as well! Donât forget The King in all this; he has 20 from 12 balls in this partnership of 80 in 35 deliveries, if you donât mind! 18 off the over, Australia need eight in three overs. Astonishing. Theyâve hit 64 in the last four overs.
46th over: Australia 333-5 (Turner 68, Carey 15) King Carey is into it too now! After adding a couple of twos the South Australian leans into an outstanding cut shot, into the gap and far away for four more. Turnerâs turn now and heâs SCOOPED BUMRAH FOR SIX! What are you doing in June, Ashton? I RECKON YOU MIGHT BE REQUIRED IN ENGLAND. 16 from the over, leaving just 26 from 24 balls. Unbelievable performance this from the young West Australian.
45th over: Australia 317-5 (Turner 61, Carey 7) Dear me, Australia should probably win this from here! And if they do, itâll be on the back of some superb Ashton Turner striking. This time around, heâs picked up a Bhuvi full toss and popped it over the rope at midwicket, next ball adjusting in the crease to pull him for four more into the gap at square leg to raise his first international half-century! 33 balls to get there, with three sixes and four fours. AND HE GOES AGAIN! What a shot! A flick off the pads, waaaaay into the crowd! 20 off the over! How about this performance, the Big Bash finisher is on the cusp of pulling off one of Australiaâs most famous ODI wins. Make no mistake, this is exactly what it would be. Matt Hayden says it is because he has âa West Australian muscle group.â Strike lambs!
44th over: Australia 297-5 (Turner 42, Carey 7) Matthew Hayden has said âleversâ approximately 14 times since Turner came to the crease. Is this a dare? Performance art? Are we being punkâd? Meanwhile in the middle, Pant misses a legside stumping that would have been the end of Turner. Once again the crowd start chanting Dhoniâs name. Then, another Chahal wide gives Australia two runs before a ball is bowled. Pant is involved again trying to execute a reverse flick onto Careyâs stumps but it doesnât hit, so they take an overthrow, prompting more Dhoni chanting. Bit grim. The TV umpire is called upon to look at another chance for Pant. It isnât stumped but he likes it for caught behind too, convincing Kohli to review it. Phew. Take a breath. Right, there is a mark on the snicko but the third ump – much the annoyance of the aforementioned agitated crowd – has assessed that the movement is after the ball went by the bat. After all of that, three wides and a couple of chances later, ten runs come from the ramshakle over, which means Australia are still, broadly, on track for victory. Right??
43rd over: Australia 287-5 (Turner 38, Carey 4) Bumrah to Carey to start the fresh over with Australia needing 78 from 48, he takes the one to long-on, right to give the strike back to Turner. However, the Indian No1 has so many tricks and uses them to him quiet for three balls on the bounce. However, in keeping with the theme of his innings so far, he responds with a gorgeously timed steer behind point for four. One ball to go – can he go big from it again? Nup. An edge to third man, but he does keep the strike with it. 72 off 42 is the updated equation.
42nd over: Australia 281-5 (Turner 33, Carey 3) Turner is really looking the part tonight. He had one ball to turn a bad over into a good one and smashed Chahal over wide mid-on for his second SIX! He only had the chance to do so after Carey picked up three from the penultimate delivery as a result of an overthrow.
WICKET! Handscomb c Rahul b Chahal 117 (Australia 271-5)
Nicely bowled Chahal, holding the pace back a bit on that so that Handscomb did not get much of his attempted lofted drive, holing out to Rahul running in from long-off. The end of a fine innings; 117 in 105 giving Australia hope they never looked destined to have after losing two wickets in the first two overs chasing 359.
41st over: Australia 271-4 (Handscomb 117, Turner 26) HAVE THAT! Turner sizes up Kuldeepâs first delivery and lofts him right back over his head FOR SIX! Itâs a beautiful shot too – hold that pose. Ahead in the count, so to speak, they are happy to take singles to the sweepers for the rest of the over, ten the damage for India.
âKuldeep Yadavâs bowling average of 20.84 is frankly as ridiculous as Kohliâs batting average of 59.80,â emails Abhijato Sensarma. Be careful making comparisons with Virat or Tendulkar! In my experience, it never ends well. Alas, please continue. âWe need to take an unbelieving bow for the young man. Itâs been one elongated purple patch for the leggie (which means it has translated into something more indicative of his skills), and I think the degree of his success at this World Cup will decide Kuldeepâs position amidst the all-time ODI greats!â
40th over: Australia 261-4 (Handscomb 114, Turner 19) Cleeeever from Handscomb, getting his bat down to a quick yorker from Bhuvi, through the legs fine leg for four. They are making out on TV as if that wasnât intentional but I reckon he shifted his back foot a touch there at the perfect moment, suggesting that he had a vague idea of what he was doing, per Nat Sciverâs skills during the 2017 Womenâs World Cup. Theyâve now put on 32 in 23 balls with Turner looking good too, striking the ball hard into the gaps both sides of the wicket. Weâre into the final ten overs now with Australia needing 98 for the win. Buckle up.
39th over: Australia 252-4 (Handscomb 109, Turner 15) Nice batting young man! Turner gets himself consecutive boundaries off Kuldeep via a blistering straight drive then a punishing sweep. Mitch Johnson, on TV, is a big fan of his former teammateâs long arms and they are doing the trick. Handscomb should be donefor later in the over, dancing and missing, but the small deflection off his pad deceives Pant, who canât get his gloves down in town to what would have been an otherwise certain stumping. Of course, the DHONI chant goes around the stadium; RIP Rishabhâs twitter mentions over the next 24 hours. Handscomb makes India pay for the missed cjance, slapping the next ball, a half-tracker, to midwicket for four more. 13 off that over, then. Theyâre alive.
38th over: Australia 239-4 (Handscomb 105, Turner 6) Chahal does what heâs good at here: a couple of wrongâuns, a couple of flat toppies and a couple of big-turning leggies to keep the batsmen honest. They canât get hold of him.
37th over: Australia 233-4 (Handscomb 103, Turner 2) Ashton Turner has shown in T20 cricket that he very much tick along at 10 an over, which is roughly what Australia need now. Heâs off the mark down the ground, exchanging four singles with Handscomb to end the successful Kuldeep over. The good news for the Australians is that the man with three figures to his name keeps the strike.
WICKET! Maxwell lbw b Kuldeep 23 (Australia 229-4)
In the space of a moment, that should be game over. Maxwell missed his reverse sweep and was given out lbw on the field, DRS confirming where the ball was heading: middle stump. Kuldeep, so consistent against Australia since his debut, is into the book with the first delivery of his vital second spell.
36th over: Australia 229-3 (Handscomb 101, Maxwell 23) Chahal has four overs to go as well, back into the attack with Maxwell up the business end, who sweeps two into the gap to begin then takes the single on offer to long-off. Thatâs good bowling from Chahal. Handscomb then gives the strike back to Maxwell, who has two balls to go big… AND HE DOES! He didnât absolutely time that slap over midwicket but heâs done enough to clear the rope. âIt was pure muscle,â is the assessment of Harsha Bhogle on TV. Maxwell goes in that direction again from the final ball, picking the gap well enough to get the pair back for a third run, which means he also keeps the strike. 13 from the over all told, leaving 130 from 84 balls at 9.3 for Australia to pull off something fairly ridiculous.
35th over: Australia 216-3 (Handscomb 100, Maxwell 11) Bhuviâs back now too, with five overs up his sleeve. Maxwell pushes him to mid-off for one, giving the strike to Handscomb on 99, who absorbs three dots trying to find the one run that would mean so much to him and for his World Cup chances. And he gets it! Not the most conventional way, missing a short slower ball and racing through. The commentators believe that he said to Maxwell that he didnât actually hit it, but it matters little when raising the bat. The replay confirms that it actually hit him on the elbow on the blade. Anyway, back to Maxwell who has one final chance to make a dent this over and is happy enough keeping the strike with a single. Handscombâs ton, his first in ODIs, was raised in 92 balls with three sixes and six fours. Having arrived with Australia 11/2, he has given them a chance. Well batted.
34th over: Australia 213-3 (Handscomb 99, Maxwell 9) WHAT A SHOT from Maxwell to get off the mark first ball, somehow placing a crossbat prod past mid-on and to the rope. Bumrah, of course, bounces back with a gorgeous delivery that hits the seam and beats the Victorian outside the off-stump. Maxwell makes room next up but picks out point who either had to stop the ball or have his face broken by it. Now four more! Maxwell gets inside the bumper, helping it on its way to the fine leg rope; lovely placement. He keeps the strike with a hack to midwicket, ending a most eventful – and successful – Bumrah set. This is compelling viewing.
WICKET! Khawaja c Kuldeep b Bumrah 91 (Australia 204-3)
First ball after the drinks break, Khawaja takes on Bumrahâs bouncer but doesnât get anywhere near enough of it, the top edge well taken by Kuldeep down at long leg, who did well to keep his cool with the ball high in the night sky.
33rd over: Australia 204-2 (Khawaja 91, Handscomb 99) Important over for Australia against Jadhav, the final of the ten required from Indiaâs fifth bowler, and Handscomb responds accordingly with back to back sixes! On both occasions he came down the track before flat-batting the spinner over his head; two fine strikes. Khawaja comes close to nailing another boundary with a reverse sweep, Handscomb making up for it with a beautifully placed slap past point to make 19 off the over as they gather their thoughts at the drinks break. That was precisely what Australian needed, at the perfect time. The rate from here is 9.1 an over but they have, crucially, got it down to a conventional enough T20 equation: 155 from 102. Oh, and Handscomb is one run away from his maiden ODI ton. Neeeearly game on.
32nd over: Australia 185-2 (Khawaja 89, Handscomb 82) It is Bumrah, who bowled four overs in his earlier spell, picking up Shaun Marsh with a yorker. There are reports of dew now on the field too, which should complicate matters for the fielding team if the ball can start pinging around. It doesnât here though, Indiaâs second good over in a row with only five singles coming. Australia need 174 from 108 deliveries. India, on the other hand, might be happy enough with these two staying there if they canât get consistently above 9/10 RPO. They must do so now.
31st over: Australia 180-2 (Khawaja 86, Handscomb 80) What a fantastic over from Jadhav, who is doing a lot more than your usual sixth bowler. The maths for Kohli are helped considerably, having to now get just one more out of the sidearm spinner or Shankar. Australia are going to have to pull the trigger with Bhuvi and Bumrah racing in with 11 overs left between them – a high degree of difficulty.
NOT OUT! Wow! That looked very, very out! Jadhav going around the wicket, hitting Khawaja who was sweeping, leg stump visible. But no, the tracker shows the delivery sliding down leg. The Indian fielders cannot believe it.
30th over: Australia 177-2 (Khawaja 84, Handscomb 79) Hiyooooo! Pete Handscomb hits Australiaâs first SIX, lifting Chahal straight over his head and into the giant sight screen. Thatâs a handsome shot indeed. Along with five other singles, that gives Australia 11 from it. The required rate is 9.1 but it is worth keeping in perspective that theyâre not yet half way to the total. In short: these two probably need to collect 90-100 off the next ten. Something like that.
29th over: Australia 166-2 (Khawaja 81, Handscomb 71) Well bowled, Kuldeep. Heâs backed in Chahalâs best over of the night with an accurate one of his own, four singles all that is on offer for the Australians, who have put on 154 from 153 balls. âAustralia have backed themselves into a corner,â continues Hayden.
28th over: Australia 162-2 (Khawaja 79, Handscomb 69) This is the 11th over of wrist spin on the bounce from India. Chahal again locates Handscombâs inside edge early in the over but it gets him down the other end. Itâs the start of a fine set from the leggie bringing just three singles for the Australians, the last two deliveries to Khawaja right on the money, forcing him to carefully defend. India were 161-0 at this stage, TV tells me, for what very little that is worth. Matthew Hayden is still arguing that they arenât going hard enough, though (I think?).