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March 9, 2019

India vs Australia | Rohit and Kohli Lead Fond Mohali Memories

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Rohit Sharma has not been in the best of form so far in the five-match One-Day International series against Australia. But if there is one ground where he will certainly harbour hopes of getting his touch back is PCA IS Bindra Stadium, in Mohali – the venue for the fourth ODI.

The last time he was at this ground he blasted a belligerent 153-ball 208* against Sri Lanka, his third ODI double ton. Virat Kohli too has fond memories of this stadium having slammed a 154* the last time he played here back in 2016 against New Zealand.

India have won 10 out of their 15 ODIs in Mohali and have been victorious in four out of the last five games that have been played at the venue. But Australia have had the wood over India in the last few years in Mohali. They have won three and lost just one ODI against India the venue.

Here, we take a look at the last five ODIs that took place at the IS Bindra Stadium.

It was all Rohit Sharma on the day as the opener slammed his third ODI double ton to power India to a gigantic 392/4 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka could only muster 251/8 largely on the back of an Angelo Matthews 111*, to fall short by 141 runs.

It was an important game in the context of the series. Sri Lanka had taken the opening game in Dharamsala and a win in Mohali would have given them the series. Without the services of Virat Kohli who was rested for the three ODIs, stand-in captain Rohit decided to step up. It was a trademark Rohit ODI innings – watchful in the first 10 overs, strike rotation in the next 30 odd overs, and an all-out assault in the last 10.

In all, he smacked 13 fours and 12 sixes in a 158-ball effort plundering a hapless Sri Lankan bowling unit to all corners of the park. He was well supported by Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Shreyas Iyer (88) as India posted their 10th 300 plus total in ODI cricket.

The chase was always going to be tough and consistent wickets at the start of the Sri Lankan innings did not help matters. Matthews tried his best to delay the inevitable but found minimal support from the rest of the batsmen.

 

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