This team has a bright future, says Rohit

Rohit Sharma shares a light moment with Ajinkya Rahane in Nagpur on Saturday. Pic  PTI

Rohit Sharma shares a light moment with Ajinkya Rahane in Nagpur on Saturday. Pic PTI

Rohit Sharma struck his 14th one-day worldwide century as India thumped Australia by seven wickets in Nagpur to complete a 4-1 series victory and reclaim top spot in the ICC rankings.

After Bhuvneshwar's brilliant 1st over, Bumrah adds more to the Aussie openers trouble with a strict maiden over.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was fairly accurate in his first spell but Bumrah paid the price for being erratic.

The fast-bowling numbers weren't too different from each other. Finch thrashes Bumrah for 3 boundaries of the 8th over to pile up 13 runs of the over.

However, Sunil Gavaskar, who presented the pitch report on Sunday, promises a better wicket.

After Smith won the toss and chose to bat first, Australia made 242 which looked like it could be defended on the slowest pitch of the series.

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India won the final ODI to clinch the series 4-1.

Chasing a modest target of 243 runs, Rohit and Ajinkya Sharma provided yet another century opening stand.

Earlier, pacer Hardik Pandya earned the breakthrough for India after he dismissed Aaron Finch for 32 runs.

Rahane missed a straight ball from Coulter-Nile to fall lbw in the 23rd over, yet India remained in command and Rohit reached three figures in style by pulling the same bowler for six. "To restrict Australia to 242 on this particular wicket wasn't easy, because they are a solid batting line-up and especially with the opening partnership they got", he said. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-59 off eight over) copped the most severe punishment before claiming the wickets of Sharma and Kohli when the result was all but decided. The former was caught at deep midwicket, while the latter holed out to long off. He was happy to take his time rather than attack from the word go. He came close once here, with a 92 in the second ODI at Eden Gardens.

Travis Head (42, 59b, 4×4) and Marcus Stoinis (46, 63b, 4×4, 1×6) steadied the ship with an 87-run stand off 112 balls but got out just when they looked set to push the scoring rate. Coming in to bat at the death, the left-hander was unable to provide the momentum in the final overs as his mini cameo of an 18-ball 20 was not enough to get Australia over the 250-run mark.

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