Ind vs Aus 7th ODI: India maul Australia to clinch series win
With the series evenly poised at 2-2, an edge-of-the seat decider was surely on the cards. On Saturday, Indian spectators were in for a Diwali treat. The Men in Blue thumped Australia by 57 runs to win the 7th ODI at Bangalore on their way to a deserving series victory.
George Bailey won the toss and decided to bowl, asking the Indian batsmen to make merry on a flat track. Rohit Sharma cashed in on the opportunity and slammed his way to a sensational 209 that included a world record of 16 sixes. Shikhar Dhawan (60) got off to his usual start, but it was Rohit who compensated for Virat Kohli’s run-out on a duck, tearing the Aussie bowlers apart. He inflicted carnage on the spinners, repeatedly launching sixes into the stands. The duo was involved in a 100-plus run stand for the fifth time this year.
The middle-order weakness once again came to the fore, but it was hardly noticeable thanks to Rohit’s fantastic hitting. In the end, MS Dhoni (62) anchored the Indian innings, taking his side to a staggering total of 383/6 in 50 overs after adding 167 runs for the 5th wicket. The visitors were clearly missing the services of Mitchell Johnson and were hampered by Shane Watson’s hamstring midway through the innings.
Australia’s reply was boosted by Glenn Maxwell’s incredible 22-ball 60 after a top-order collapse, as he kept the sixes count going. Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja struck at regular intervals, picking 3 wickets each. However, James Faulkner offered some late resistance with his 116 off 73 balls, the fastest ODI hundred by an Australian; along with a Shane Watson cameo of 49. But Australia’s hopes were soon diminished as Faulkner ran out of partners towards the end, narrowing the gap of what could have been a major defeat.