With Rohit Sharma’s classy century, Team India registered their fourth win in the five-match ODI series against Australia on Sunday, October 1 and regained the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI ranking. With their 124-run stand, India’s opening pair Rohit and Rahane registered their third century stand in the series.
Winning the toss, visiting team Australia decided to bat first and managed to post a modest total of 242 runs that India chased down in 42.5 overs. Rohit did not only completed his 14 ODI century on that day, he also became the ninth Indian player to score 6000 runs in the ODIs. However, it was India’s bowling department that shone in that day well and restricted visitors to a nominal total. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel took three wickets by conceding 38 runs in 10 overs.
It was not an easy surface to chase down even a moderate total, as the newly laid surface became slower during the second innings. While chasing, India’s opening pair worked hard to move the scoreboard at the beginning, as Rohit took 14 balls to score its first run in the match. However, it was Rahane, who faced the odds and managed to pierce the Aussie defence. Rohit got his rhythm after his first two scoring shots.
In comparison, Australia had an impressive start as their Warner-Finch opening pair gave the visitors a perfect start with 60 runs with no loss within 10 overs. Seeing Bumrah turning too expensive, Kohli brought Hardik Pandya into the attack, who managed to pick up Finch in his second over. Australia failed to capitalize on a solid start again and managed to put 242 on the board.