Mohali ODI: India win toss, decide to bat first

Mohali ODI: India win toss, decide to bat first

Mohali ODI: India win toss, decide to bat first

Australia chased down their biggest ever total which was also the fifth largest target in ODI history to level this wonderful series and give themselves a chance of an unlikely series win heading into the final match.

Meanwhile, Australian batsmen have bounced back in the series which has been crucial for them in their turnaround.

The Indian skipper also credited the opponents for being ideal in every department of the game.

While some pundits have been critical of Chahal's showing in the fourth ODI in the ongoing five-match series against Australia, former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan feels Chahal is a champion performer who is only human and not a robot.

The all-rounder remained unbeaten on a breezy 84 with five boundaries and six hits into the stands studding his 43-ball stay at the crease. We knew the wicket was going to be good, getting better with dew coming in later, so we just worked on trying to go a run a ball and then hopefully back-end the innings, which worked out beautifully with Ash Turner doing his job. The form of Pat Cummins will be a massive boost for Aaron Finch & Co ahead of the showpiece event. Man of the Tournament in 2011 World Cup - Yuvraj Singh - has 153 ODI sixes.

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"We were sloppy in the field and should've grabbed our chances", Kohli said of his team's fielding lapses. He is a champion bowler and has been bowling really well in the last two years.

On a ground where it all started with a dream Test debut back in 2013 against the same opposition, the southpaw made a decision to ease any worries that the team management had with regards to his form going into the World Cup. But they will still think about the no four spot as Ambati Rayudu is yet to showcase his consistency to seal the debate.

However, Pakistan's foreign and information ministers took exception to the gesture and criticised the Indian team and also urged the PCB to take up the issue with ICC to take punitive action against the Indian players. The final match is in Delhi on Wednesday. The temperature will hover around 22 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius making it ideal for a cricket match.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th ODI hundred as India reached 358-5 after opting to bat on the best pitch in this series.

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