An electrifying hundred by Rohit Sharma and an impressive bowling performance powered India to a series-clinching win over Australia in the third ODI at Bangalore.
Sharma scored 119 and compiled a 137-run stand with Virat Kohli, who just fell 11 runs short of his 44th ODI hundred. The job was mainly done by the duo and as India hunted down 287 in 47.3 overs.
The hosts, who had lost the first ODI comprehensively by 10 wickets, roared back to win the series.
Mohammed Shami continued his impressive run of form, claiming four wickets to restrict the opposition to under 300.
In return, Rohit Sharma’s genius came to the fore after he struck eight fours and six maximums to complete his eight hundred against Australia.
He was finally dismissed on 119 when he top-edged off Adam Zampa to get caught at long-on.
India didn’t take their foot off the pedal as the chase was kept on track by Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Iyer remained unbeaten on 44 while Kohli was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.
The hosts had to open with KL Rahul after Shikhar Dhawan had picked up a shoulder injury in an attempt to dive in the fifth over of Australia’s innings.
Smith carried his form and confidence from the second ODI in this game, notching up a ninth ODI hundred.
Smith and Labuschagne dominated India’s bowling by milking them around to different parts of the ground. The pair put on a 127-run stand for the third wicket.
Earlier, Shami struck right up front, angling across a length ball to David Warner who couldn’t resist having a crack at it. The result was a caught behind as he walked back to the pavilion for three.
Finch and Smith were looking confident but there was a mix up between the two which resulted in the skipper falling well short of his ground.
Smith and Labuschagne rotated along nicely as the latter scored his maiden half-century.
Ravindra Jadeja then struck at the right time, removing Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc, which caught a few people by surprise. The role of a pinch hitter couldn’t be accomplished this time by Starc as he holed out at the boundary.
Smith then resisted hard before Shami played havoc on the rest of the batting line-up.