Peter Handscomb: Mohali ODI win a big moment for Australia

Australia looked unlikely to reach 359 when Glenn Maxwell was dismissed with the score on 229 in the 37th over, but Ashton Turner's brilliance took the visitor home with ease.

Peter Handscomb plays one of his most productive shots (the sweep) en route to 117 in the fourth ODI.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Australia batsman Peter Handscomb scored his maiden One-Day International century to help his team claim a thrilling four-wicket win over India on Sunday. Having featured in a 192-run third wicket partnership alongside Usman Khawaja, Handscomb laid the platform for fireworks from Ashton Turner at the end.

Australia got home with ease in the 48th over, completing the highest run-chase by any team against India.

Hailing the win, Handscomb said, “It’s definitely up there, to chase down 350-360 against India in India. The boys are going to take so much confidence to [the ODI] series against Pakistan and then the [World Cup]. This is a big moment for us and we are really enjoying it.”

Handscomb praised Turner’s attacking knock that took the contest away from India. “That was awesome. No was moving around, with all those superstitions coming into play. That's incredible. We have seen him do this in Big Bash and couple of times now and now to see him come in at international stage and play an innings of this kind is phenomenal and he will take a lot of confidence from this,” Handscomb said.

Commenting on his partnership with Usman Khawaja, who continued his good form in the series with a knock of 91, Handscomb said, “We didn’t talk much and tried doing our own thing, but essentially the whole process was to take it as deep as possible and anything can happen then. We knew the wicket was good and [that it was] getting better with dew coming in later, hopefully back end of the innings. [It] worked beautifully. And Turner [did] his job.”

On his own enterprising knock of 117, he said, “I am happy. I did not know [whether] I was going to play ODIs again and it’s funny how things change. It’s nice to get the opportunity to play for Australia, and I take it. It was nice to get [the century] today. [It was] pretty special.”

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