Rohit Sharma shows why he is called The Hit-Man
The series opener has been quite a start atleast for the Indian batsmen.
In the 1st of the 5 ODI series against Australia, played at the WACA ground, Perth, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss earlier in the day and elected to bat and his team proved his decision just right.
The men in blue scored a massive 309 in the stipulated 50 overs with more than half of the runs coming off the blade of Opener Rohit Sharma, who scored 171* off 163 balls with 13 fours and 7 sixes.
He became the first Indian to score an ODI century in Perth.
After opting to bat, India lost their first wicket in the face of Dhawan (9) when he was sent packing in the 7th over. Kohli came in at number 3 and joined Rohit Sharma and both played freely to bring India’s 100 in the 22nd over. The pair put on 207 runs for the second wicket to set up India with some classy stroke play. Kohli departed after scoring 91 off 97 deliveries (9 fours & 1 six) in the 45th over. Skipper Dhoni (18) & Jadeja (10) chipped in with quick runs to get the total to 309/3.
Rohit Sharma stayed on course to provide the innings an aggressive finish. He ended unbeaten 171, the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia, beating the previous record of Viv Richards of 159 in 1979.
Sharma who recently got married to his childhood sweatheart Ritika, must know that the Lady Luck is surely by his side!
Do you think this score is enough for Indian bowlers to defend and bring in the 1st victory of the series?