Bengaluru ODI: Ruthless India aim for record winning streak

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

India finished at 313 for eight, with Kane Richardson returning three wickets for 58 runs.

After a 30-ball 43 cameo, he became Yadav's fourth victim being clean bowled after missing his big slog in the penultimate over of the innings. There will be no let-up in intensity as a ruthless India look to inch closer to yet another series whitewash when they take on a beleaguered Australia in the fourth One-day worldwide in Bengaluru today.

India had stormed out of the traps, the openers batting with delightful ease under the lights during their stand of 106.

Rohit Sharma was not far behind, effortlessly clearing the ropes. Sometimes you have to sit back and say the opposition played well. While the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rahane and Virat Kohli have been able to consistently put on massive partnerships, the "Men in Blue" have struggled to connect the top-order with the lower-order. He turned around but was never going to make his ground. I tend to bowl outside the off-stump and I vary my pace.

Hardik Pandya is rapidly evolving into a game-changing batsman for IndiaWhat's the story? The stand was worth 78 runs, but came at the cost of 88 deliveries which nudged the required rate to 10 when Hardik holed out looking for a six.

Australia stand-in coach David Saker said his side must improve their dire record overseas after breaking through for their first one-day worldwide win away from home in more than a year.

"Welcome to the 1st T20I between India and Australia #INDvAUS #TeamIndia", the first post read.

India clearly lacked control in the absence of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, and things scarcely improved after the first 10 overs. Axar Patel's inclusion had no effect either. A short delivery was thumped over mid-wicket and a couple of wide offerings were gratefully squeezed to the point boundary.

David Warner, who was playing his 100th ODI, scored a phenomenal century and ended up scoring 124 off 119 runs including 4 sixes and 12 boundaries. In the end, it was a memorable night for Aussies, who finally secured a win after a long losing streak.

Steve Smith's side head into the fourth of five ODIs with the series lost, having succumbed in Chennai, Kolkata and Indore - the last of those defeats coming despite a century for Aaron Finch. Star bowler from the Indian squad was Umesh Yadav with a figure of 4/71, which also included his 100th ODI wicket.

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