Rohit, Kohli delight in twin tons

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Batsman Rohit Sharma delighted in a thrilling Man of the Match performance, after India beat Australia by nine wickets in Wednesday's second ODI at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Batsman Rohit Sharma delighted in a thrilling Man of the Match performance, after India beat Australia by nine wickets in Wednesday's second ODI at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

The Aussies choice to bat first amounted to a hefty total of 359 for five on the back of brisk half-centuries from openers Aaron Finch and Phil Hughes, captain George Bailey and all-rounders Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell.

India's repsonse, however, was hardly troubled – thanks largely to Rohit's 141 not out, an unbeaten 100 from the hard-hitting Virat Kohli and a complementary 95 from opener Shikhar Dhawan.

The hosts triumphed with all of 39 deliveries to spare, leaving the seven-match series level at one win apiece – and the third ODI in Mohali on Saturday promising another high-scoring affair.

"It was very important for me to play a big innings. I knew it was a long time. I would like to say again that the hard work never stopped. I have kept preparing the same way as this," insisted Sharma.

"It was a much-needed knock, and I am happy it came in a winning cause. I wanted to bat through the innings. I completely agree that I have played some stupid shots in the past to get out. That's my natural game. I would like to play my shots."

Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli collected an impressive 39 fours and 11 sixes between them. The latter was particularly aggressive en route to the fastest ODI century by an Indian – and seventh overall. The tourists, however, were left to lament plenty of expensive figures. Spinner Xavier Doherty was the best of a bad bunch, conceding 70 runs in 10 overs.

"I kept telling Rohit that it was his day, but I kept hitting the ball very well. I didn't bat in the nets the other day, just had a few throw downs. I wasn't worried about the short-pitched stuff. I pulled a few of them early, and then they started bowling half-volleys," concluded Kohli.

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