IND vs AUS 2017, 4th ODI: It Wasn’t One of our Great Performances – David Saker
Australia secured their first win of the series after they defeated India in a high-scoring contest at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
The win came as a huge relief for the visitors who had already given away an unassailable 3-0 lead to India and were looking to gain some motivation to keep their morale high.
Lead by solid knocks from Aaron Finch, who hit a half-century and David Warner, who smashed a century on the occasion of his 100th ODI, Australia managed to set a challenging 335 runs target for India to chase.
In response, India got off to a healthy start and looked in the right direction to complete the chase before a combined bowling effort saw Australia make winning comeback into the game and eventually register a 21 runs victory.
Despite having lost the series already, the victory will play a great role charging up the Australians. But, chief coach David Saker was still not too happy with the team’s performance.
“It wasn’t one of our great performances. I thought we batted well up to the 43rd over. We did not end well as we thought,” he told reporters after Australia overcame India in the fourth ODI here late night.
“We did not bowl well at the start. But we ended up winning which is a relief. The boys are really happy as well that they’ve got something out of it.”
Australia made a wonderful comeback after Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane put up 106 for the opening wicket. There was a brief slump which saw Rahane, Sharma and Kohli depart in short succession, but Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav took the responsibility and kept the chase alive.
The game later seemed to be slipping away from Australia’s hold, but they took wickets at crucial times to choke the Indian chase.
“We took wickets at the really important time which was crucial. The game at times was slipping away from us but when it was we took a wicket which put the pressure back on the Indian team. I thought our last ten overs were particularly good,” he said.
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