Shami capitalises on conducive conditions

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Fast bowler Mohammad Shami was pleased to justify selection ahead of ousted seamer Ishant Sharma, after India's fourth ODI against Australia in Ranchi ended in a washout.

Fast bowler Mohammad Shami was pleased to justify selection ahead of ousted seamer Ishant Sharma, after India's fourth ODI against Australia in Ranchi ended in a washout.

Shami marked his return to the Xi with an impressive haul of three for 42, before near centuries from captain George Bailey and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell powered the tourists to a formidable total of 295 for eight.

The hosts' reply, however, reached a mere 27 without loss in 4.1 overs before inclement weather had the final say. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were left stranded on 14 not out and nine not out respectively.

"We were bowling first and there will be something for the fast bowlers when the wicket is fresh. There was not much bounce or carry. It was a little better before the rain but once it rained, the pitch slowed down a lot," said Shami.

"The plan was not to give any room to the batsmen and make them play at the ball. The pitch in the beginning was assisting fast bowlers and we bowled accordingly. How fast we bowl mostly depends on the conditions available. If there is some assistance, you get inspired to bowl quicker. As we saw today, if there is some swing, some movement, you put in the extra effort."

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni welcomed a successful change to the team, with left-armer Jaydev Unadkat also enjoying a solid return in the wake of the under-performing Bhuvneshwar Kumar's omission.

"Shami is deceptive. He bowls quicker than you would think. What was important was he bowled full and the wickets he got, he was hitting the bails. That shows he was bowling the right length on this pitch. And at the death he was getting the yorkers in pretty consistently," added Dhoni.

The visitors lead the seven-match series two-one. The fifth ODI will get underway at the Barabati Stadium on Saturday. Nagpur and Bangalore will host fixtures six and seven respectively.

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