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December 16 2017, 04:55 | Sammy Rose
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are opening the batting for India in the ongoing ODI series against Australia
Ahead of the five match ODI series against India, Australia had the chance to reclaim top spot on the International Cricket Council's One-Day International team rankings. However, with 20 runs to win, Rohit played exhausted pull off an Adam Zampa (2/59) delivery to be caught at the deep midwicket.
India chased down a target of 243 runs with 43 balls to spare to clinch the series 4-1, in the fifth and final ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground here. Well, they did compete very well in nearly all games, but failed to seize key moments in every game and as a result ended up losing the series 4-1. Later when he reached 92, the 30-year-old became the only 9th Indian and 3rd quickest to complete 6000 runs in ODI cricket. After the match Twitter joined in the fun to toast Rohit's brilliant knock.
Once he lost Rahane, who missed a flick off Coulter-Nile and was rapped in front of the wickets in the 23rd over, with captain Kohli playing the second fiddle, Sharma changed the gears swiftly.
In a match which has summed up the one-day global series, India have thrashed Australia by seven wickets in Nagpur. Though at one stage, Australia were 100-2, they kept on losing wickets and manged to put only 242/9 in 50 overs.
Australia could have been in deeper trouble still but an 87-run partnership between Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) for the fifth wicket saved them.
Slowly they began to open their shoulders with Rohit particularly severe on leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
David Warner was the only Australian to make a half-century, but was out caught on the boundary when trying to accelerate the innings on 53.
Kohli further acknowledged the contribution of Kuldeep and Chahal and once again, termed Hardik Pandya as the biggest takeaway of the series.
We've been outplayed and deserve to lose 4-1. It looks pretty dry, hopefully it would slow on as the game goes by and we can post a good total. A lot of our players have played a lot of cricket in India and we can not use that as an excuse ...
Meanwhile, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra and Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik have been recalled to India's T20 side for the three-match series against Australia, which starts on October 7.