Sharma's 209 floors Aussies
Rohit Sharma (Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma became only the third man to
reach 200 in an ODI as India beat Australia by 57 runs to clinch the series in
the seventh and final one-day international on Saturday, reports the supersport.com website
In pursuit of a daunting target of 384, the
tourists lost big-hitting Aaron Finch with the second ball of the second over
when a Mohammed Shami delivery struck him in front of leg stump for just five.
Things would not get any better for the
Australians as they lost Phil Hughes (23), George Bailey (4) and Brad Haddin
(40) in the space of less than five overs.
It looked like it was all over for
Australia when Nathan Coulter-Nile (3) was caught by Kohli off the bowling of
Ravindra Jadeja, with the scoreboard reading 211 for eight.
However James Faulkner had other ideas as
he bludgeoned his way to the fastest century by an Australian, 100 from 57
Faulkner and Clint McKay put on 115 runs
for the ninth wicket at a rate of 7.75 per over before McKay was bowled by
Jadeja for 18 runs.
In search of an improbable victory the
inevitable happened when Faulkner skied a Shami delivery and was caught for 116
from 73 balls which included 11 fours and 6 sixes.
Shami and Jadeja finished with three
Earlier, 26-year-old Sharma's ferocious
double ton launched India to 383 for six.
His innings of 209 came from a mere 158
balls, and included 12 fours and 16 sixes – the most sixes ever in an ODI
Sharma's historic innings came to an end in
the last over when he flicked a ball to substitute fielder Moises Henriques,
who took a great catch diving forward at fine leg.
MS Dhoni and Sharma put on a mammoth 167
runs for the sixth wicket, which included 101 runs in the last five overs.
India won the ODI series 3-2 with the
fourth and fifth matches ending without a result due to bad weather.
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, SK Raina, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain/ wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami
AJ Finch, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, GJ Bailey (captain), AC Voges, GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wk), JP Faulkner, NM Coulter-Nile, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty