Man of the Match Richardson hails Hastings heroics


Kane Richardson drew the plaudits for his five-for in Australia's dramatic victory in the fourth one-day international over India, but he says fellow seamer John Hastings was the match winner.

Centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli had seemingly put India on course for a consolation victory at the Manuka Oval, with the tourists having headed into the match trailing by an unassailable 3-0 deficit in the five-match series.

However, Richardson (5-68) picked up his maiden ODI five-wicket haul as India suffered a remarkable collapse from 277-1 to 323 all out, leaving Australia to celebrate a memorable 25-run victory.

Richardson scooped man of the match for his exploits, but he was quick to credit Hastings (2-50) - who took the crucial wicket of Dhawan (126) before claiming India skipper MS Dhoni for a duck. 

"For John to get Shikhar and then MS within two or three balls I think that changed the momentum," Richardson said.

"I think that was a key moment in the game. Taking 2-50 on that wicket when they're chasing 340 is a hell of an effort.

"The past two matches he's led the attack really well."

Hastings missed out on the squad for the first match, but was drafted into an attack shorn of the likes of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

"We're missing a lot of quality bowlers but the fact is it's an opportunity for myself and John and Scott Boland, Joel Paris as well," Richardson added.

"We're still finding our way in the game and John Hastings in the past two games, I can't talk highly enough about the way he's going.

"He was stiff to miss out on the squad in the first game but to come in the way he has and really lead the attack, a young attack, to take 2-50 on that ground, he's a match-winner.

"It's up to us to keep riding his wave because he's showing us how it's done. He's not the quickest bloke going around but he's got a big heart and he just finds a way to get the job done."