Smith fine with batting despite tough ODIs

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

02 October, 2017

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.

Rohit praised the bowlers for bouncing back regularly from tough situations.

He dismissed the well set David Warner after the left-hander chipped the ball straight down to Manish Pandey at long-off. Then Kedar Jadhav (1-48) provided the second breakthrough as he trapped Smith lbw shortly thereafter with the Australian skipper out sweeping.

Two overs earlier, Rohit had taken a single to become the ninth Indian to cross 6,000 runs. 12 runs of Bumrah's 3rd over.

Rohit, India's vice- captain, praised this ability of his bowlers to bounce back when the team needed it most.

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Matthew Wade was also dropped in India only to be reinstated as wicketkeeper in Bangalore and Nagpur, with Peter Handscomb playing as a specialist batsman. You've seen it throughout the tournament, whoever has gotten an opportunity they have come and grabbed it and it only shows that we've got guys who can come up at any given point, take up the challenge, perform and just go out and do their job. The wristspinners took 5 for 63, bowling nine out of the 21 overs in a rain-shortened game.

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. India defended 252 with Kuldeep taking a hat-trick.

The visitors suffered from a lack of partnerships despite a fluent 53 from opener David Warner after they elected to bat first. They added 124 runs for the opening wicket, their third-successive century stand in this series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have not done much wrong but Finch and Warner have been solid.

With his innings of 61 off 74 balls, he picked up his fourth consecutive half-century in the series as he denied any chances of an Australian sniff into the Indian middle order up front. However, with 20 runs to win, Rohit played exhausted pull off an Adam Zampa (2/59) delivery to be caught at the deep midwicket.

"We will have a good look at the one day competition back home and hopefully a few guys can jump out of the pack and score big runs and bowl really well as well".

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