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PHOTOS: Ton-up Rohit guides India to 7-wicket win over Australia in Nagpur

Last updated on: October 01, 2017 21:24 IST

Images from the 5th ODI between India and Australia, played in Nagpur on Sunday

India's Rohit Sharma celebrates after completing his 14th ODI century at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, in Nagpur, on Sunday

IMAGE: India's Rohit Sharma celebrates after completing his 14th ODI century at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, in Nagpur, on Sunday. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

Rohit Sharma achieved a memorable milestone with his classy century as India outplayed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth ODI to seal the series 4-1 and reclaim the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

 

Rohit (125) and Ajinkya Rahane (61) set up the comprehensive win with a 124-run stand, their third century stand in a row, before the former shared a 99-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli (39) to take the team on the cusp of a big victory.

Chasing a modest 243, India eventually got home in 42.5 overs with Manish Pandey hitting the winning four.

Rohit not only completed his 14 ODI ton over the course of his masterful knock, he also became the ninth Indian to reach the 6000-run mark in ODIs.

The comfortable chase complemented the good work done by the bowlers, who were able to restrict Australia to a below par 242 despite a promising  start by David Warner (53) and

Aaron Finch (32).

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel stood out among the Indian bowlers with figures of three for 38 in 10 overs.

India captain Virat Kohli en route his valuable 39 during the 99-run stand with Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli en route his valuable 39 during the 99-run stand with Rohit Sharma. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

With the emphatic series win, India also avenged the 1-4 series defeat the last time they played in Australia.

India got home rather comfortably but batting was not easy on the newly laid surface which became slower as the day progressed.

Rohit and Rahane dished out an exhibition of sublime stroke-making. On display were the delightful straight drives, crispy cuts and powerful punches off the back foot.

It was Rahane who pierced the field early on as Rohit took 15 balls to get off the mark. But after his first two scoring shots, which were straight boundaries, there was no stopping him.

He mostly played with the straight bat and his special effort was laced with 10 fours and three sixes including the one he hit to get to his hundred.

Rahane was deeply disappointed to get out in the 23rd over despite his fourth successive fifty. He knew there was a hundred for the taking after all the hard work he put in early on. He got to play all five games in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

After Rahane’s dismissal, Rohit and Kohli took the team closer to the finishing line but both perished while trying to clear the fence.

Indian bowler Axar Patel celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's David Warner at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur on Sunday

IMAGE: Indian bowler Axar Patel celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's David Warner at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur on Sunday. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

Earlier, Australia once again failed to build on a promising start provided by David Warner (53) and Aaron Finch (32) to end up with a below par total.

Patel (3/38) bowled a tidy spell and managed to register his second best bowling figures in ODIs.

Jasprit  Bumrah (2/51) bounced back  brilliantly in the death overs to finish with much improved figures after getting a tonking early on.

India, who gave match practice to their reserve pacers -- Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami -- in the previous game, today opted for a full strength squad.

In the spin department, spinner Axar Patel took the field alongside Kuldeep Yadav as Yuzvendra Chahal is unwell.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was fairly accurate in his first spell but Bumrah paid the price for being erratic.

After starting with a maiden, Bumrah was guilty of bowling either too full or too short as the dangerous duo of Warner and Finch took him to the cleaners.

David Warner bats during his innings of 61 

IMAGE: David Warner bats during his innings of 61. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

Bumrah ended up leaking 34 runs in his opening spell of four overs and was hit for as many seven boundaries. Finch particularly punished the usually accurate pacer, hitting him for five fours, including three in a row in the eighth over.         He pulled Bumrah towards mid-wicket and square leg when he was short and was equally quick to flick him when bowled into the pads.

The Australian's entertaining effort also included a sublime straight drive past the mid-on fielder. Such was Finch's onslaught that Australia reached 60 for no loss in 10 overs after they had scored just 21 in the first five.

The two big-hitters were once again successful in providing their team a good start after Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat for the third game in a row.

Finch and Warner's 66-run opening stand came after their monumental 231-run effort in Bengaluru.

Kohli had to do something to change the momentum of the game and he brought in Hardik Pandya as first change.

The lanky all-rounder struck in his second over with Finch mistiming a full ball to Bumrah at mid-off.

Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis run between the wickets

IMAGE: Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis run between the wickets. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

The spin trio of Patel, Kuldeep Yadav (0/48) and Kedar Jadhav (1/48) them came into play and were able to stem the flow of runs.

Part-timer Jadhav was impressive and besides keeping things tight, took the prized wicket of Smith, who missed a sweep shot to be plumb in front, leaving Australia at 100 for two in the 20th over.

Two quick wickets, Warner and Peter Handscomb, followed Smith's dismissal triggering a middle-order collapse and undoing the good work of the openers.

Warner, who was caught at long-on off Patel, played a rather uncharacteristic innings. He was happy to take his time rather than attack from the word go. He ended up collecting only five fours en route to his 17th ODI fifty, which came after a memorable hundred in his 100th ODI.

Handscomb's failed sweep attempt put more pressure on Australia, who were now 118 for four in the 25th over.

Travis Head (42) and Marcus Stoinis (46) steadied the ship with an 87-run stand off 112 balls but got out just when they looked set to push the scoring rate.

Australia were unable to break free at the death, scoring just 32 in the last six overs. 

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