Australia registered their first win of the series in the fourth match at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Australia batted first and started off in a specular fashion with David Warner and Aaron Finch. Both the openers displayed top quality batting and smashed Indian bowlers all around the stadium.
Both, Warner and Finch, are very powerful hitters of the cricket ball and they made India’s bowling attack look ordinary in the middle. Finch, who scored a hundred on his comeback in the third ODI, carried on his good form but he was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved hundred.
However, David Warner didn’t miss the opportunity and scored a brilliant hundred in his 100th ODI for Australia. On the back of the opening partnership, Australia posted a big total of 334 runs and looked in a strong position for the first time in the series. They would have loved to score runs but Indian bowlers pulled back well after the fall of Warner and Finch. Umesh Yadav bowled a good spell and became the 18th Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI cricket.
India, in reply, couldn’t chase the target and lost the match by 21 runs. Once again, Hardik Pandya was sent at number 4 and he batted well. He cored 41 runs but couldn’t take India to victory. He fell off Adam Zampa’s bowling and this put the lower middle order under a lot of pressure.
India lost the match and the decision to send MS Dhoni at number 7 was criticised by fans on social media. Fans argued that Dhoni needs to bat at 4 or 5 in the batting order. Many fans believe that Pandya must do the fishing job because he has got the big hits and Dhoni should bat a little up in the batting order. We have embedded some of the tweets for you here:
dhoni is not a superman he need sometime in the crease to accelerate .ravi shastri the bullshit. poor team mangement cost india win
— Raman 2.0 (@DRRAMAN07) September 28, 2017
I never understand why Dhoni doesn’t get permanent no 4 position, there is no one better at no 4 other than him. @BCCI #INDvAUS #INDvsAUS
— Jitbahan Samanta ?? (@Jitbahan) September 28, 2017
Definitely.. #Dhoni can do far better at no 3 or 4. https://t.co/G3iXJf45pU
— Niharika Singh (@insanely_paglo) September 28, 2017
Dhoni was the turning point – I mean sending him so late. No 7 belongs to Hardik Pandya, and not @msdhoni #IndvAus
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 28, 2017
The change in batting order was a good experiment but it meant Dhoni was batting out of position. It is something to think about
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 28, 2017
Pandya kind of match this was. Exchange Pandya and Dhoni’s batting position in this match and see India winning this easily. FO now
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 28, 2017
RT If You Feel MS Dhoni Should Bat At No. 4, Ahead Of Hardik Pandya And Manish Pandey.#INDvAUS #INDvsAUS #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/7vpG36GztO
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) September 28, 2017
Is Kohli out of his mind, what’s the need of holding back the in-form batsman Dhoni, to deprive him of accolades ?
— ALOK SINHA (@AlokSinha04) September 28, 2017
Dhoni should come in to bat ahead of Manish Pandey. It’s difficult for any batsman to start hitting from ball one in a chase like this.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 28, 2017
Moral of the story: Pandya is NOT no. 4 batsman. Dhoni is NOT no. 7 batsman. #INDvAUS
— Drink water. (@NotAfangirll_) September 28, 2017
A few batsmen in this line-up can take India to 40 needed off 20 including Dhoni. At present only Pandya can finish off from there. #IndvAus
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 28, 2017
So the Top 5, chasing 334 score around 100 SR and we expect #Dhoni to come in all guns blazing at 200 SR and do this for India. #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/Hh2s9k2fk9
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) September 28, 2017