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India amass 9-358 in ODI against Aussies

Australia will need to make history if they're to level the five-match series against India, who have posted a massive 9-358 in the fourth ODI.

India amass 9-358 in ODI against Aussies

Australia will need to make history if they're to level the five-match series against India, who have posted a massive 9-358 in the fourth ODI.

India batsman VIRAT KOHLI picks up some runs during the 4th Specsavers Test match between England and India in Southampton, England.
India batsman VIRAT KOHLI picks up some runs during the 4th Specsavers Test match between England and India in Southampton, England. Picture:Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

India have delivered a World Cup wake-up call to Australia in Chandigarh, asking the visitors to complete a record chase after amassing a massive total of 9-358 in the fourth ODI.

Virat Kohli described the pitch in Chandigarh as a belter after winning Sunday's toss and he was proven true by a brutal 193-run opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.


Dhawan (143) and Sharma (95) hammered the bowlers all over the pint-sized park in an astonishing 125-minute onslaught that put the game on India's terms.

The tourists fought back relatively well after dismissing both openers, inflicting a collapse of 6-56.

Pat Cummins, who spearheaded the comeback by clean bowling Dhawan, logged career-best ODI figures of 5-70 from 10 overs.

But hard-hitting cameos from Rishabh Pant, recalled as MS Dhoni was rested as one of India's four changes, and Vijay Shankar left Australia needing to make history to send the five-match series to a decider in Delhi.

Australia's highest successful chase in ODIs came in 2011 at the SCG, where they finished on 8-334 in 49.2 overs to defeat England.

Australia, down 2-1 in this series and without the services of allrounder Marcus Stoinis because of a thumb injury, simply had no answers to the opening blitz until Sharma was caught in the deep attempting to reach three figures.

Jhye Richardson, who dismissed Sharma, copped the worst treatment to finish with 3-85 from nine overs.

Sharma's dismissal did not stop the carnage, which was made all the more overwhelming by a lightning-fast outfield.

Dhawan, who was badly out of form to a point where speculation had started as to whether he'd make India's World Cup squad, brought up his 16th ODI ton in the following over.

The opener continued to score with remarkable ease, reaching three figures with a deft deflection to fine leg as he continued to use a a mix of powerful, well-placed and unorthodox strokes.

Dhawan's 115-ball knock ended when he attempted to clatter a 22nd boundary.

The veteran's dismissal brought Kohli, the world's best batsman coming off back-to-back centuries, to the crease.

Kohli demoted himself down the order, wanting to give recalled batsman KL Rahul a chance to show why he should be part of India's World Cup squad.

The captain logged a rare single-figure score, out for seven when he chased a wide delivery from Richardson and was caught behind.

Australia haven't won a ODI series since beating Pakistan 4-1 at home in January 2017, while they haven't travelled to India and beaten the hosts in a one-day series since October 2009.

BIG ASK FOR AUSSIES:

* Highest successful ODI chase in India is 1-362

* Highest successful ODI chase by Australia is 8-334

* Highest successful ODI chase in Chandigarh is 6-322.

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