India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma's century, Virat Kohli's 89 hand India clinical win
Chennai : A well-played century by Rohit Sharma and equally supported game from Virat Kohli (89) helped India in fetching a clinical win over Australia in the third and final ODI game of the series, handing India 2-1 win in the series.
Chasing 287 runs that came on the back of a Steve Smith century and a maiden ODI fifty from Marnus Labuschagne, India finished the game with 15 balls to spare.
Amid Shikhar Dhawan's absence in the playing eleven, KL Rahul opened the game with Rohit Sharma for India. The duo scored 69 runs for first wicket partnership before Rahul got trapped into a DRS review and was sent back to the pavilion in the 13th over.
Rohit and captain Kohli then took matters in their own hand as the duo forged a massive 137-run partnership for the second wicket that took the game away from the tourists.
Rohit, who became the third fastest to score 9000 ODI runs, reached his 29th ODI hundred, but soon departed after he mistimed one off Adam Zampa in the 37th over that saw Mitchell Starc pick it up a long-on. Rohit’s 128-ball 119 was studded with 8 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Shreyas Iyer then smashed six boundaries and a solitary six in his unbeaten 35-ball 44 to take India to a dominating win.
Earlier, Indian bowlers dominated the early overs and took crucial wickets in first 10 overs to keep the visiting team on the backfoot.
For India, Shami was the pick of the bowlers while Jadeja added two for 44 in his 10 overs. Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini picked one wicket apiece.