Rohit Sharma's love affair with Australia continues, slams 14th ODI century

Virat Kohli shares a light moment with Kuldeep Yadav during practice ahead of the fifth ODI at VCA Stadium | PTI

Virat Kohli shares a light moment with Kuldeep Yadav during practice ahead of the fifth ODI at VCA Stadium | PTI

India captain Virat Kohli feels man- of-the-series Hardik Pandya has emerged as the "biggest asset" for the team after their convincing 4-1 win in the five-match series against Australia.

Rohit further hailed the bowling performance of the team in the match, and for bouncing back regularly from tough situations throughout the series. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are unlikely to bin their efforts so they will be ideal in the ODI bowling unit.

In reply, Sharma and Rahane made batting look easy on a two-paced track and extended the teams' dominance in the match and the series.

Ajinkya Rahane, following Shikhar Dhawan's withdrawal from the squad due to a family emergency, grabbed the opportunity with both hands, scoring his fourth consecutive fifty at the top. The sun is out and the conditions look fine for a good game of cricket. With this clinical win, India takes the 5-match series by a margin of 4-1. "I've got to score runs whenever I go out to bat".

"Obviously our results haven't been good enough and we want guys to perform consistently".

"The top four need to stand up and really take control", he added.

India Opening Batsman Rohit Sharma needs 92 runs to reach 6000 runs and India captain Virat Kohli needs one more century break the record of Ricky Pointing. Rohit Sharma's excellent handling of a slow, grippy pitch to score 125 at a strike-rate of 114.87 - when everyone that faced at least 20 balls had to settle for 88 runs per 100 balls or less - deserves praise.

He made 53 runs with the help of five fours in 62 balls.

Finch misses out on a close half century as Hardik Pandya gets India their first breakthrough.

Part-time bowler Kedar Jadhav trapped skipper Steven Smith lbw for 16 and Patel struck twice, including Warner, with his left-arm spin to reduce the visitors to 118-4.

Clearly, Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers among the Indians as he clinched 3 wickets in his spell of 10 overs and gave away only 38 runs at a wonderful economy of 3.8.

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. James Faulkner comes in to take his place and will play his second match of the series after Chennai.

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