Sydney, Nov 3: An astonishing double century by Indian batting star Rohit Sharma, which is the second-highest individual ODI score of all time, boosted India to win the final ODI against Australia by 57 runs and secure a 3-2 series win.
Less than three weeks out from the opening Test of the winter Ashes series at the Gabba, a hamstring tweak to Shane Watson added injury to insult as Australia was swept away by Sharma’s impressive 209 and an huge 6-383 by Indian bowlers in the series-deciding ODI in Bangalore, despite a gallant run-chase by the tourists.
According to News.com.au, the incredible 158-ball innings of Man of the Match Sharma, who put on 112 for the opening wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (60) and a further 167 with MS Dhoni (62 off 38), included a record 16 sixes and a dozen fours.
The report mentioned that Sharma, who was the beneficiary of a very costly drop by replacement fielder Moises Henriques when on 120, helped India along with Dhoni to pile on a staggering 151 runs in the final 10 overs as their total went from being simply imposing to match-winning.
The report also said that Dhoni, who hit one six out of the stadium, was also dropped by Maxwell when on 29, while Australia’s gallant run chase was sparked by the most unlikely of centuries to James Faulkner and a 115-run 10th wicket partnership with Clint McKay (18). (ANI)