Rohit Sharma Shines With A Brilliant Century
Nagpur: Oct 1, 2017
Showing tremendous performance of bowling by the spinners and great skills of batting by openers, India outshined Australia in its final of 5 ODI series played in Nagpur. India crush Australia by 7 wickets to win the series 4-1,with this win India clinches the number one spot in ODI ranking.
Chasing a total of 243 to win, Rohit and Rehane stand for a brilliant 124 partnership that help India to achieve the target easily. Notably, it is their third century partnership in a row. Ajinka Rehane before his dismissal scored a brilliant half century scoring 64 runs out 74 balls, but after Rehane dismissal, Rohit and Kohli showed some outstanding performance taking India to close the winning mark. Unfortunately both could not remain till the last but before they perish, it was all done.
Earlier India restricted Australia to a comfortable 242 for 9 as it has conceded only 52 runs in the last 10 over, despite a good start from Australia, Indian spinners did not make any mistake to restrict Australia to 242, rest was done by Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. Patel took 3 for 38 and Jadhav 1 for 48.
Australia once again failed to utilize a promising start by David Warner (53) and Aaron Finch (32), Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) tried their best as both contributed a 87 run partnership out of 112 balls, but last ten over were crucial for Australia as India conceded only 52 runs with 5 wickets.
Though it was a low score but batting was not easy on that surface because it gets slower as the day progressed. But Rohit and Rehane showed outstanding performance hitting some great drives, cuts and powerful punches off the backfoot.
No doubt it was Rohit’s day as he scored his 14th century; he scored 125 off 109, he was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
(With Inputs From PTI)