Rohit Sharma on his way to a century against Australia.
Rohit Sharma on his way to a century against Australia. Rajanish Kakade

India completes ODI series rout with win in Nagpur

INDIAN batting star Rohit Sharma rubbed salt in the wounds of an already beaten Australian side, smashing a century as the home team won by seven wickets in Nagpur.

India was already 3-1 up in the five match one-day series but showed no mercy, keeping Australians to 9-242 in its 50 overs before easily chasing the total down with 43 balls to spare.

Sharma's ton was the first by a home player in the series. His 125 off 109 balls featured his trademark powerful hitting - he smashed 11 fours fours and five sixes - and rarely looked in trouble.

He brought up his 14th ODI ton by smashing Nathan Coulter-Nile for six over midwicket.

Fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with a half century, while skipper Virat Kohli made 39 as India eased home.

Coulter-Nile was again Australia's best bowler, with his 1-42 confirming his place as the series' leading wicket taker with 10 scalps.

Australia's innings was once more hit by a batting collapse as the tourists lost 3-18 in less than five overs to slump to 4-118.

Marcus Stoinis (46) and Travis Head (42) staged a revival but both neither could go on and make a much-needed big score.

David Warner was the only Australian to make a half-century, but was out caught on the boundary when trying to accelerate the innings on 53.

The first of three T20 internationals between the two sides is in Ranchi on Saturday.

News Corp Australia


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