It was a run fest for India in the first innings of the fourth ODI against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday, finishing with 358/9 in their stipulated 50 overs. It was the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan which set the tone for hosts at the top order. Rohit missed out on a well deserved hundred by just 5 runs but Dhawan’s 115 ball 143 ensured that India never looked back during the innings despite the visitors pulling things back by just a bit in the last 7 overs.
It was however not Dhawan’s 16th ODI hundred but number 11 batsman Jasprit Bumrah’s last ball six off the bowling of Pat Cummins which turned out to the biggest highlight of the Indian innings. Cummins had been Australia’s best bowler on the day with figures of 5/70 in his 10 overs. Cummins bowled a length delivery angling into the batsman and Bumrah, not so much known for his batting abilities, cleared his front leg and swung hard across the line.
The connection was good enough to take the ball over the long on boundary and Bumrah was all smiles as he himself couldn’t believe that he had manged to hit the opposition’s best bowler of the day for a six over long on. Virat Kohli, who was in the dugout when Bumrah hit the six, jumped out of his seat applauding the hit from India’s number 11 as India went on to register 358/9 in their stipulated 50 overs.
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