Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century (Photo: Getty Images)

In Mohali, Australia chased down a mammoth total of 358 runs put on the board by the hosts to level the series 2-2 making the Delhi ODI, a must win for both the sides. Peter Handscomb’s maiden century, Usman Khawaja’s 91 and Ashton Turner’s unbeaten 84 overpowered Shikhar Dhawan’s 143 and Rohit Sharma’s 95 to win the match for the visitors.

The Indian openers, Dhawan and Sharma put on a phenomenal 193 run stand to help the hosts reach a score of 358 runs. While, Dhawan scored his 16th One-Day International century, Sharma failed to hit a century as he fell on 95 to Jhye Richardson.

The Delhi-born batsman crossed his best ever score of 137 in ODIs and made his personal best of 143 runs off just 115 balls at a strike-rate of almost 125. Shikhar Dhawan used the saying ‘stand and deliver’to proper use as his innings included 18 boundaries and 3 maximums.

The 33-year old left handed batsman reached another personal milestone of 10,000 runs in List A cricket becoming the 11th Indian to do so. Shikhar Dhawan joined an elite list of players that includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli and more.

Virat Kohli has been in fine touch of late but got out at just 7 runs off a Richardson delivery. KL Rahul, on his return to ODI cricket, failed to capitalize on the chance as he was scalped by an Adam Zampa delivery at a score of 26 runs.

Rishabh Pant’s quick-fire innings of 36 runs from 21 balls and Vijay Shankar’s 26 runs off 15 balls helped the Men in Blue reach a 350+ total. Apart from Dhawan, Pant also registered his best score in the ODI format before getting out to Pat Cummins.

Cummins took a 5-wicket haul and Richardson ended with 3 wickets. While, Zampa managed to bag a solitary wicket, Jason Behrendorff, Glen Maxwell and Aaron Finch ended the evening wicket-less.

The Australians had a massive task of chasing down 359 runs as they had to win to stand a chance of winning the 5-match ODI series.

Australian captain Finch failed to open his account as the returning Bhuvnneshwar Kumar bowled him out. Shaun Marsh got out on 6 as Jasprit Bumrah scalped his first wicket of the day.

Khawaja and Handscomb steadied the visitors’innings from there with a 192-run partnership before Khawaja got out to Bumrah failing to score two successive centuries in two matches.

Handscomb on the other hand, scored his maiden international century and gave away his wicket as he misjudged a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery and got caught at long off.

Turner’s phenomenal knock of 84 runs at a strike rate of 195 helped the visitors cross the line and stay in the series.


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