Australia Cricket team pulled one back to keep themselves alive in the series despite valiant efforts from Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli to beat the host by 32 runs at the JSCA International Stadium Complex at Ranchi. With the series tied at 2-1, the visiting side will have to keep their winning run going to level the series when they face India at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on March 10 (Sunday).
Aaron Finch & Co ticked all the boxes at Ranchi, and their main aim will be to continue doing that when they look forward to the next game. The return of form for Finch will be a massive boost for the side and himself as well. The middle-order has also fired, and the bowling has been performing well in this series.
Meanwhile, Australia will look to keep their winning combination intact and aim for the same result at Mohali.
Date and Venue: March 10 (Sunday) at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Here is the predicted XI of Australia for the fourth ODI against Indian National Cricket team at Mohali:
After a string of poor outing, skipper Aaron Finch finally got some runs to give Australia an excellent start. It was an innings of sheer dominance smashing the balls at will. Although he missed his century by seven runs, this knock will give Aaron Finch a lot of confidence.
Usman Khawaja, who was getting starts finally registered his maiden ODI hundred during the score. It was a knock of pure class as he drove and cut the ball with ease. Although his World Cup spot still uncertain, Khawaja intimated that he would focus on scoring runs and this is precisely what he is concentrating at.
Shaun Marsh has been striving to score some runs after he made a comeback from injury. The southpaw has tons of experience behind his back and will look to put some score behind his back at Mohali.
Promoted up the order, Glenn Maxwell made a merry of the opportunity hammering the Indian National Cricket team bowlers. He is in good form as he smacked the ball to score some quick runs. An outstanding combination of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni got him out, but he has already done the damage by them scoring 47 runs off 31 deliveries.
Peter Handscomb failed to use the flat wicket; however; he had no option other than playing big shots. Meanwhile, there are no signs of worry for the batsman as he has time and again proved that he is a good player of spin and a big score is on the cards.
Marcus Stoinis has been batting well for Australia which will be a massive boost for the side. After his valiant efforts in Nagpur – which ended in the losing cause, Stoinis played a crucial hand in the last game holding one end tight at the end of the innings. Moreover, he also did an excellent job with the ball bowling a good line and length.
Alex Carey played a handy knock coming in at the fag end of the game. He remained unbeaten on 21 runs from 17 balls to finish the innings on a high. This will be a confidence booster for him who will aim to play some more good knocks for his side.
Pat Cummins has bowled with good pace and has been accurate in the ongoing series and once again he led the charge at Ranchi. His two quick wickets at the top broke the backbone of the Indian team from which they couldn’t recover despite a century from Virat Kohli.
Jhye Richardson did an outstanding job with the new coming in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who went back to Australia due to the birth of his child. Richardson bowled with great zeal to pose questions to the Indian National Cricket team batters. The right-arm pacer returned with three for 37 in his nine overs and will look to continue his excellent form.
Nathan Lyon is yet to fire in this series against Indian National Cricket team as he once again had an average game at Ranchi. The off-spinner needs to fire at all level to keep his option floating for the upcoming ICC World Cup.
Adam Zampa was more on the expensive side, but he did the job picking three wickets including MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to keep Australia in the hunt. However, the leg-spinner will have to be more economical and keep the run-rate in check in the middle overs.