David Warner celebrates his ton at Bangalore.
David Warner celebrates his ton at Bangalore.

Milestone man Warner sets up win for Australia

AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith has paid tribute to David Warner after the star opener blasted a match-winning hundred in his 100th one-day international

After three straight defeats, the Aussies finally got a win on the board in their five-match ODI series against India winning by 21 runs in Bangalore.

Warner scored a blazing 124 following a 231-run opening stand with Aaron Finch (94), to guide the visitors to 5-334. The hosts came up short in their chase, scoring 8-313-8.

"Nice to sit up there and watch Warner do his thing. His ODI form in the last two years has been unbelievable. He continues to grow and get better as a player which is what we're after," Smith said.

Fast bowlers Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed five wickets between them to end India's total ODI winning streak at nine.

"I thought we were a little bit too wide with the new ball, could have been straighter, but the bowlers pulled it back nicely towards the back end," said skipper Steve Smith.

Warner struck 12 fours and four sixes in his 14th ODI century since making his debut at Hobart in 2009.

He reached his milestone with a boundary off part-time off-spinner Jadhav, and followed it with his trademark jumping for joy. He later fell to Jadhav and walked off to a standing ovation.

Finch, who narrowly missed notching his second successive century, followed soon after after being caught at mid-on off paceman Umesh Yadav.

"Warner and Finch were spectacular. Really paced the innings nicely. Set us up to get 330. 300 wouldn't have been enough. Nice to defend and get a win," said Smith.

Travis Head and Peter Handscomb combined for a 63-run fourth-wicket partnership to help Australia along in the dying stages of its innings.

"Australia were really good today. With the bat, their intent was really good. They pulled things back nicely in the field. We didn't play so bad, but they were better on the day," Indian skipper Virat Kohli said.

The final match is scheduled for Sunday in Nagpur before the action shifts to the three-match Twenty20 series starting October 7.

News Corp Australia


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