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Sharma hits 29th ODI century, India clinch series against Australia

It was meanwhile the first bilateral series loss of Australia since last January.

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Sharma hits 29th ODI century, India clinch series against Australia
Sharma and Kohli put 137 runs for the second wicket. Photo: AFP

Flamboyant opener Rohit Sharma scored his 29th limited over ton as India beat Australia by seven wickets with 15 balls remaining to win the three-match series in a margin of 2-1 on Sunday.

With eight shots to the boundary and six hits for the maximum, Sharma scored 119 runs off 128 balls and anchored India’s run-chase in the third and final one-day international. It was, however, Rohit Sharma’s eighth ODI hundred against Australia.

Skipper Virat Kohli contributed a vibrant 89 off 91 balls as the hosts reached into 289-3 in 47.3 overs ending Aussie’s venture to win back to back ODI series.

Sharma and Kohli put 137 runs for the second wicket took the game away from Australia completely.

The earlier phase of the game saw Australia scoring 286 for 9 with Steve Smith hammered his first ODI hundred within three years after the visiting side won the toss and opted to bat first.

Smith scored 131 but the team suffered most as no other batsman could go with him eventually. Smith together with Marnus Labuschagne, stood for 127 runs where the later contributed 54 from 64. Alex Carey also hit 35 from 36.

Among Indian bowlers, Mohammed Shami led the attack with a four-fer conceding 63 runs.

“We were probably a few short. Just as we started to build a platform we lost a wicket and then rebuild again and lose one,” Aussie captain Aaron Finch said.

“That middle order in particular haven’t played a hue amount of one-day cricket. They’re still learning,” he added.

Australia won the first ODI in Mumbai by 10 wickets while India won the second ODI in Rajkot by 36 runs. It was meanwhile the first bilateral series loss of Australia since last January.

 

 

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