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WATCH: Virat Kohli Subjected To "Call MS Dhoni" Chants By Mohali Crowd Amid Rishabh Pant's Errors

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The 21-year-old looked really good during his stay at the crease, as he scored 36 of 24 balls to help India post 358 for 9 in their 50 overs
  • But his performance with the gloves was ordinary, to say the least

One of India's most promising players, Rishabh Pant - who is an automatic starter in Tests - suffered a mediocre day as India lost the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali on Sunday.

The 21-year-old looked really good during his stay at the crease, as he scored 36 of 24 balls to help India post 358 for 9 in their 50 overs. But his performance with the gloves was ordinary, to say the least.

He missed a clear cut chance to stump Ashton Turner, tried to be cheeky as he wasted a chance to run-out Alex Carey, and even forced his skipper Virat Kohli to use DRS for a catch, which turned out to be not out.

His miserable outing with the gloves did not go down well with a few Indian fans. When Kohli was standing near the boundary line, some fans shouted "Virat bhai, Dhoni ko bulao" and Mahi repeatedly to let the Indian skipper know what they wanted.

Pant was brought in for the final two ODIs against Australia after the selectors decided to rest Dhoni, who had played the previous three matches.

Despite having amassed 358 for 9 batting first, the Indian team succumbed to a shocking defeat against Australia in the fourth ODI in Mohali on Sunday. It was the first ever time that the Men in Blue failed to defend a score in excess of 350.

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Batting first, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma laid the platform for a gigantic score with a sensational 193-run stand. Despite Rohit's dismissal just 5 short of his century, India continued getting runs in quick fashion with KL Rahul joining Dhawan at the crease.

During the second wicket partnership, which brought about 61 runs, Dhawan went past his century mark and looked set for a big one. But the left-hander's untimely dismissal resulted in wickets falling quick succession, meaning India could only post 358 for 9.

In reply, Aussies were rocked early on as they lost two quick wickets. But Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb steadied the ship with a sensational third-wicket stand. The two players laid the foundation, and the batsmen who followed - Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, and Alex Carey - made sure that the Aussies chased down their highest-ever total.

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