India vs Australia 4th ODI Match Live Score 23 October 2013
India's bowlers are usually a much scrutinised lot. As the ODI series moves east to their captain's hometown, Ranchi, the spotlight will shine ever brighter on them. They have conceded more than 300 every time they have bowled in this series. MS Dhoni has warned that one cannot expect his batsmen, powerful as they are, to score that many in every match.
The cricketing world has been conspiring against ODI bowlers for years now, but lamenting about one less deep fielder won't help India. Even nine fielders on the leg-side boundary would not have helped them in Mohali during Ishant Sharma's 30-run over, because James Faulkner's sixes would have cleared them easily. Will the India bowlers be able to keep their cool at the death? Even in Pune, Australia were 264 for 7 in the 47th over before Faulkner took them to 304.
It seems an age ago, going by their current form, but in January, India's bowlers dismissed England for 155 in 42.2 overs in Ranchi's first international match. The fast bowlers found some movement, and the spinners some turn. Dhoni got the chance to hit the winning runs, making it a "perfect script" for him in his hometown. As long as India manage to square the series, he won't care about ideal endings this time. Falling 1-2 behind means India have to win three of four games to take the series.