Rohit Sharma played some exciting shots to headline India's innings © Getty Images (File Photo)
Rohit Sharma played some exciting shots to headline India’s innings © Getty Images (File Photo)

India have reached an imposing total of 308-8 against Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Brisbane and major credit goes to Rohit Sharma for his measured hundred. India’s innings did not have the ideal start with Shikhar Dhawan getting out cheaply for six. But, Rohit was undisturbed by the wicket at the other end. He played his natural game and cashed in on anything full or poorly short. He was then accompanied by Virat Kohli and they forged another great partnership. Their partnership produced more than 100 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd ODI at Brisbane

Just when the possibility of another 200-plus partnership was starting to look likely, Kohli was run out against the flow of play. He pulled one behind square and immediately set his mind on a couple taking on the arm of Kane Richardson in the deep. Richardson swooped on the ball and with an accurate, brisk throw flung it at the batsman’s end. Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade whipped the bails of with Kohli short. He departed for a well-compiled 59. LIVE UPDATES: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd ODI at Brisbane

Ajinkya Rahane, the next batsman in, initially played in the shadow of Rohit just contending with the singles and letting his partner do the job but he opened up as the innings progressed and started playing some gorgeous shots. Meanwhile, Rohit got to his hundred. ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma becomes 3rd Indian to score ton at Brisbane, during India vs Australia 2015-16 2nd ODI

Rohit had a few close shaves through the course of the innings including a loud edge to the wicket-keeper in his nineties which the umpire failed to detect. Apart from that, he had a few thick, flashy edges that mostly went for boundaries. But, for most part his innings was nicely composed.

His dismissal came soon after his hundred though in a very unusual fashion. Ajinkya Rahane hit the ball straight back towards bowler James Faulkner who stuck his hand out with intention to catch it. While he could not hold on, the ball ricocheted of his palm onto the non-striker stumps and Rohit was caught out of his crease. Rohit’s innings ended at 124 of 127 deliveries.

MS Dhoni came at a period of play where most of his famous exploits have come from, but he did not have his mojo today. He tried to capitalise on the base but just was not getting his shots right. Ultimately, pressure got the better of him and he holed out to long on. From India’s point of view this was a bad blow. The potential run-scoring at the death overs was badly impeded.

Rahane continued to play some great shots but India would have liked a bit more explosive hitting in those final overs. Rahane scored a nice 80-ball 89 before falling in the penultimate over to Faulkner.  Ultimately, India have finished with a score very similar to the one they achieved at WACA in the first ODI.

The inexperienced Australian bowlers did quite well but lacked the penetration to cause damage in the middle overs. They were able to contain batsmen in phases but wickets were hard to come by. Their death overs performance was much better than in the first game but there is still scope for improvement. Faulkner was particularly guileful in the death overs bowling a wide variety of deliveries with mixed pace and different lines and lengths.

Brief scores:

India 308-8 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 124, Ajinkya Rahane 89; James Faulkner 2 for 64) vs Australia.