India beat Australia in 5th ODI to end series on winning note

Oct 01, 2017, 21:05 IST | IANS

Rohit Sharma struck a century as India beat Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground on Sunday to end the five-match series on a winning note

Rohit Sharma struck a century as India beat Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Sunday to end the five-match series on a winning note.

India have thus won the series 4-1. The victory also helped India regain the top spot in the ODI rankings, pushing South Africa to the second position. Australia remain third.

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the fifth one-day international cricket match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. AFP Photo
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the fifth one-day international cricket match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. AFP Photo

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Chasing a modest target of 243 runs, India crossed the line with 43 balls still to go.

Sharma and fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane put on a 124-run partnership in 22.3 overs which virtually sealed the match in India's favour.

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Sharma plundered 125 runs off 109 balls with hios knock featuring 11 impressive boundaries and five hits over the fence.

Rahane played a steady knock of 61 runs off 74 balls which included seven boundaries.

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Earlier, the Indian bowlers put in a disciplined performance to restrict the visitors to 242/9.

In-form opener David Warner was the highest scorer for Australia with 53 runs off 62 balls.


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