Chandigarh: Ashton Turner produced a remarkable turnaround, powering Australia to their highest ever successful run-chase in ODI history to draw level at 2-2 against India in the ongoing five-match series on Sunday.
Chasing a record 359 to keep the series alive, Australia needed 98 to win off the final 10 overs. And then lost well-set centurion Handscomb putting the tourists under more pressure.
However, Turner, playing in just his second ODI, blasted an unbeaten 83 off 43 with five fours and six sixes to silence the capacity crowd gathered at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium with Australia making 359/6 in 47.5 overs to push the series to a decider.
Turner came at the fall of Glenn Maxwell and after getting a measure of the conditions, began unfurling his shots. Kuldeep Yadav was his first victim whom he thrashed for two consecutive fours.
Batting first, India amassed a challenging total of 358/9. Shikhar Dhawan scored a stroke-filled 143. He was well supported by Rohit Sharma.
In reply, Australia scripted their chase perfectly. Peter Handscomb slammed a ton to lay the foundation as Ashton Turner ripped apart the Indian bowlers at the death.
Dhawan eclipses Sehwag's record. HeShikhar Dhawan amassed his 16th career ODI century. The southpaw went past Virender Sehwag (15) in terms of ODI tons.
Dhawan's 143-run knock was also his highest ODI score. He smashed 18 fours and three sixes.
Dhawan notched his third career ODI hundred against Australia. He now has 846 runs against the Aussies and went past the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly.
Dhawan and Rohit amassed 193 runs for the opening wicket. This was their highest opening stand against Australia. It was also their 15th century-plus partnership in ODIs.
They equalled former West Indian greats Gordon Greenidge/Desmond Haynes and Sri Lankan stars Mahela Jayawardene/Kumar Sangakkara in terms of ODI century-plus partnerships (15).
Dhawan and Rohit have 4,571 partnership runs as a pair in ODI cricket.
It was Rohit and Dhawan's sixth 150-plus opening stand in ODIs. They equalled the likes of South Africa's Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar hold the record for most 150-plus opening stands (10).
Rohit eclipsed MS Dhoni's 217 sixes for India in ODI cricket.
The senior cricketer, who hit two sixes in his 95-run knock, now has 218 maximums in ODIs.
He also amassed his 40th fifty in ODIs and his sixth against the Aussies.
Rohit now has 1,924 runs against Australia in ODis.
Rohit now has 7,954 in ODIs as he went past Amla (7,910 runs).
Pat Cummins (5/70) notched his best figures in ODI cricket. Cummins also scripted the fifth best ODI bowling figures by an Australian in India. He now has 77 ODI wickets to his name. Cummins went past former Aussie great Allan Border (73 wickets).
Adam Zampa (1/57) now has 50 career ODI wickets to his name.
Stats: Finch registers 10th career ODI duck and other stats
Aaron Finch (0) notched his 10th career ODI duck. He equalled former Aussie cricketers Damien Martyn and Michael Clarke (both 10). It was also his second against India.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar now has 115 ODI wickets for India. He equalled Ishant Sharma. The last time Virat Kohli got out for single digit score in ODIs was against Australia in 2017.
Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb shared a 192-run stand for the third wicket. Khawaja (91) scored his seventh career ODI fifty. He needs 134 runs more to get past 1,000-run mark in ODI cricket (866). Handscomb (117) amassed his maiden ODI ton.