India vs Australia 7th ODI Highlights 02 November 2013
Rohit Sharma might have felt the need to compensate his team and the crowd for running out Virat Kohli, the hottest batting talent in India at the moment, for a duck. He did so by hitting 16 sixes, a world record for an ODI innings, powering to a double-century, the third in one-day cricket and all by Indian batsmen, and setting Australia a target of 383 to win the seven-match series in Bangalore.
Rohit and MS Dhoni plundered 167 runs off 94 balls for the fifth wicket. India scored 151 runs in the last ten overs, of which 101 came in the last five. Rohit had gone past 100 off 114 balls. He had been dropped on 120. And then he went past 200 off 156 deliveries. The easy-paced pitch, the shortness of the Chinnaswamy Stadium's boundaries, the waywardness of Australia's seamers and the injury to Shane Watson were factors that gave Rohit the perfect stage, and he played the perfect innings, resplendent because of the grace and smoothness of his strokes.
As ball after ball sped off Rohit's bat to and over the boundary, it was difficult to recall that he had been the slower partner during his sixth century stand in 19 innings with Shikhar Dhawan, their third such opening partnership of this series. And that he had to overcome a testing period, when Dhawan was trapped lbw in the 19th over and Kohli run out in the 20th.
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Before those wickets, Rohit had got going by cutting wide balls from James Faulkner, both shots dripping with elegance, the second bringing up the fifty stand in 6.2 overs. He also hit the innings' first six, driving a full offering from Faulkner over the wide long-off boundary. It was Dhawan, however, who had infused the innings with momentum, punishing Clint McKay and Nathan Coulter-Nile for bowling on both sides of the wicket by flicking and cover-driving for three boundaries in an over. He reached his half-century off 43 balls and then took India past 100 in 15.1 overs.