First Rohit, Now Virat Ton also included in Win-less Oz Series


Melbourne: After two consecutive centuries in first two games by Rohit Sharma went in vain, Virat Kohli’s century in the third ODI was also ended up in loosing side as the hosts registered third successive win over India here on Sunday.

Australia comprehensively defeated the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Team India by three wickets in the third ODI at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and sealed the series. The hosts are leading the 5-match ODI series 3-0 with two more games to go.

After chasing 300-plus target, Australia chased down 296-run target in just 49 overs.

After coming down to 167/4 in 30 overs, Glenn Maxwell played a sensational knock to guide his side in clinching the series. Maxwell scored 96 off just 83 deliveries including eight boundaries and three maximums. Keeping his century in mind, he had tried to finish the game with a maximum when the score was level. But failed to do so and lost his wicket.

Virat Kohli

He added 80 runs with James Faulkner for the seventh wicket. Faulkner played well supportive knock of 21 off just 25 deliveries and finished the game for the hosts.

Previously, India managed to score 295 by batting first. The century-maker in first two games Rohit Sharma departed early but out of form Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli played superbly and added 119 run for the second wicket. They started off slowly but after got set at the crease, Dhawan tried to increase the run-rate but lost his wicket in crucial time.

Dhawan’s departure hadn’t affected Kohli’s approach and he completed his 24th ton and became the fastest to score 24 centuries in 50-over format history.

He also completed 7000 run in ODIs during his 117-run knock.

Skipper Dhoni also played a vital role in the slog overs by playing a short cameo knock as he scored 9-ball-23 including two boundaries and two maximums.

All-rounders Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Rishi Dhawan had made their debut but failed to make it a memorable one.