Rohit double ton hands India the series

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India opener Rohit Sharma's record-breaking double century in Bangalore in Saturday saw the hosts win the seventh and final ODI against Australia by 57 runs, as India posted 383 for five, before the Aussies were all out for 326.

India opener Rohit Sharma's record-breaking double century in Bangalore in Saturday saw the hosts win the seventh and final ODI against Australia by 57 runs, as India posted 383 for five, before the Aussies were all out for 326.

With the series level at two all, India needed a huge score after being put in to bat, and Rohit did not disappoint. His 209 was the second-highest ODI score in history, and only the third double ton. He also hit the most sixes in an ODI knock (16).

Australia number seven James Faulkner then scored a century in response, as Australia made a good go of the chase an actually looked to be well on track with 62 runs off 40-odd balls to go. But two quick wickets, Faulkner's included, ended the game.

Rohit opened the batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan, and the pair once again got off to a flyer, putting on 112 runs in 19 overs. Dhawan was the first Xavier Doherty victim, trapped LBW for 60 off 57 balls.

The only blight on Rohit's innings was the fact that he ran crowd favourite Virat Kohli out for a duck, but he made sure to rectify his mistake as he and Suresh Raina then added 72 runs together in under 10 overs.

Raina was sent packing by Doherty too, and in the same way Dhawan was, for 28, leaving MS Dhoni to come in and continue alongside Rohit. They then really ramped up the scoring, with the final five overs seeing 100 runs scored.

Dhoni and Rohit put on 167 runs together in under 11 overs, with Dhoni's half century coming off 37 balls. Rohit, meanwhile reached his 200 off just 156 deliveries, before making his way to 209 before departing, 10 runs short of Virender Sehwag's record.

Dhoni was the final wicket to fall, having struck seven fours and two sixes, one of which went out the ground via a helicopter shot that saw the ball needing to be replaced. He was run out off the final ball, trying to get a second run.

Australia's chase got off to a poor start as Aaron Finch departed for five in the second over. Phil Hughes and Brad Haddin, batting in place of an injured Shane Watson, then pushed the score to 64 in the 13th over before Hughes fell for 23.

Haddin ended up making 40 off 49 balls before being captured by Ravi Ashwin, who had also dismissed Hughes. George Bailey and Adam Voges then both made only four each before going out. Bailey was run out while looking backwards at Haddin instead of trying to make his ground.

This brought Glenn Maxwell to the middle and after five deliveries he already had 28 runs. He looked well on track to make the fastest ODI 50, beating 17 balls by Sanath Jayasuriya, but in the end made it off 18. He was out for 60 off 22 balls, which included seven sixes.

Watson came in to bat at number eight, hamstring injury notwithstanding, and took the attack to the bowlers from the crease. He stood still and hit six sixes and two fours before falling for 49, leaving the Aussies in a strong position.

Faulkner then showed his batting credentials yet again, bringing up his century off just 57 balls, and went on to make the third highest score by a number seven in ODIs (116). He struck six sixes and 11 fours, before becoming the final wicket.

In the match, there were 38 sixes, the most in an ODI ever, beating the previous best of 32. R Vinay Kumar was the most expensive bowler, going for 102 runs in nine overs.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Ravi Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami

Australia: Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty

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