Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli star as India win series against Australia


Bengaluru: India’s most senior batting duo of skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma guided India to register a seven-wicket and also a 2-1 series win against Australia on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma (119) once again showed his elegance scoring his 29th ODI century which included eight fours and six massive sixes. It was rare to see Virat Kohli missing a hundred while chasing as he got out in the 46th over while trying to slog Josh Hazlewood. He added 89 which included a lot of singles and doubles accompanied by eight glorious boundaries.

Young Shreyas Iyer gave the finishing touch, playing a quickfire 44 off 35 balls to help India chase down a total of 287 with 15 balls left. For Australia Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood bowled economically and picked up a wicket each but the pace battery of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins leaked boundaries at regular intervals.

Earlier, Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat. David Warner got out cheaply early in the innings whereas Finch went for a high-risk single which resulted in a run-out. Steve Smith along with Marnus Labuschagne restored the innings adding 127 runs for the third wicket.

Smith (131 runs off 132 balls) scored his 9th ODI hundred, while Labuschagne smashed his maiden ODI fifty. Indian bowlers restricted them under 300 which was on the cards when wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey was looking good. He played a cameo of 35 which included six fours.

The highest ODI-wicket taker Mohammad Shami had the great outing with the ball claiming four for 63. Ravindra Jadeja bowled economically, picking two for 36 in his quota of ten overs.

Few records were also achieved during the course of the game as the player of the match, Rohit Sharma reached another landmark by becoming the third quickest in ODI cricket to reach 9000 runs. Player of the series Virat Kohli also became the first Indian to make 5000 runs as captain in ODI.

It must be noted that India lost the first match in Mumbai but came back stronger in the second ODI at Rajkot.