India vs Australia: 'Still pinching myself,' Ashton Turner talks about his sensational knock in Mohali - Times Now

Ashton Turner

Ashton Turner hits a six against India in Mohali.  |  Photo Credit: AP

On Sunday, 26-year-old Australian batsmen Ashton Turner played the innings of his career. He came on when Australia were teetering at 229/4 after 36.1 overs and needed a quick-fire innings from someone to save the series for them. And that is exactly what Turner did against India in Mohali. He came on and blasted the Indian bowlers all around the park. Such was the pace of his innings that Australia chased down India’s target of 359 runs with more than two overs to go.

Turner remained unbeaten on 84 runs off 43 balls as he smashed the Indian bowlers for five sixes and six boundaries. In just the second ODI of his career, Turner produced a memorable innings despite being outscored by India's Shikhar Dhawan. Turner admitted after the match that he is still pinching himself about the innings while labelling it as an amazing night.

"I haven't got a lot of sleep, I feel like I still have some of the adrenaline and tingles running through my body. It is always great to get support when you are away from home. My phone's been going non-stop, it's been quite unusual for me," said Turner after landing in Delhi for the fifth and final ODI. "It was an amazing night, I am still pinching myself really."

When Turner came to the pitch, Australia needed someone who could score runs at a brisk rate. He first combined with centurion Peter Handscomb but continued his assault on the bowlers even after the latter's dismissal. Turner admitted that not knowing anything about the conditions helped him hit the ball with a clear mind.

"Seems like a bit of a blur now. It was always going to be an exciting game of cricket from the start and we knew it was going to suit the batters," he said.

"Towards the end, especially me having not played a lot of cricket in India we weren't really sure what the conditions would be like. We have seen in a few games that the ball has gotten really soft and scoring has been really tough in the backend.

"I think for me, coming into the situation from ball one I knew it was going to get harder and harder to bat so I decided to get a few away early. As it turned out, the ball didn't reverse swing like we thought it would because of the dew."

Now Turner would focus his attention towards the crucial fifth ODI at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. With the series tied at 2-2, a win for either India and Australia on Wednesday would see them bag the five-match series. 

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