Mohali, Mar 10: Riding on Shikar Dhawan’s 143 and Rohit Sharma’s 93 runs innings, India posted a mammoth total of 358 runs against Australia in the fourth One-Day international of the five-match series here on Sunday.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. India got off to a flying start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on 193 runs off 186 balls for the opening stand.
During their 193 runs stand, Sharma and Dhawan became the second highest scoring Indian duo as they surpassed Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 4,384 runs in the format. However, Sharma-Dhawan still too far from the highest scoring duo of Sachin Tendulakar and Sourav Ganguly, who had scored together 8,227, runs in the ODIs.
However, Sharma missed on his hundred as he was dismiseed for 95 runs (92 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes). Peter Handscomb took Sharma his catch off Jhye Richardson at mid-wicket reason.
But, Dhawan looked unfazed and kept hitting the ball out of the park, registerig his best ODI individual score of 143 runs off 115 balls. The left-handed Dhawan hit 18 fours and three sixes. He was clean bowled by Pat Cummins.
Skipper Virat Kohli dismissed cheaply for seven runs. Kohli followed a wide ball and wicket-keeper Alex Carey made no mistake. This was the fourth occasion when Richardson took Kohli’s wicket in ODI.
Risabh Pant got good start but failed to convert it in big score as he was departed for 36 runs. He got out in the form of fifth wicket.
Towards the end of the inning, Vijay Shankar helped India to get past 350 runs mark, scoring a quick fire 26 off just 15 balls in which he hit one four and two sixes.
Jasprit Bumrah played the last ball of the innings and hit it for a six. Pat Cummins bagged five wickets haul, while Richarsdon got three wickets.UNI