Rohit Sharma's Ton Goes in Vain, Australia Achieve Record Chase in Brisbane
For the second consecutive time, Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent century but India failed to defend a total of 300. Australia achieved a record run chase at the Gabba after they chased down 308 to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
India won the toss and chose to bat in the second ODI at Brisbane. Shikhar Dhawan's poor form continued as he edged a short and wide delivery from Joel Paris to the keeper to gift the bowler his first ODI wicket. (All pictures from AFP and AP)
However, Rohit Sharma continued from where he left off in Perth as he confidently took the attack to the bowlers. He top-edged a six off Kane Richardson to take his tally of sixes against Australia to 38, the most by a player against them.
Rohit shared a magnificent partnership with Virat Kohli as India eyed a big score. Kohli notched up his 36th fifty.
The 125-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit ended when Richardson fired a throw from long leg with Kohli hesitating to take the second.
For Kohli, this was the second time in the series that he had failed to convert a start into a big score, having fallen for 91 in the first ODI in Perth.
Following Kohli's dismissal, Australia struggled to contain the flow of runs as Ajinkya Rahane joined Rohit and the pair continued to score freely.
Rohit Sharma notched up his century off 111 balls to continue his love affair with Australia. It was his 10th century overall and fifth against Australia.
For Rohit, this was his third hundred in Australia and his appetite for runs continued. His average in Australia shot up to 60.
Rahane notched up his fifty and his 121-run stand put India on course for a big total. In the process, Rahane went past 2000 runs in his 63rd innings, the same as Rahul Dravid.
However, Australia fought back towards the end as James Faulkner chipped away at regular intervals. Following the dismissal of Rohit thanks to Faulkner's run-out, India lost momentum.
India managed just 75 runs in the last 10 overs as they lost six wickets to finish up on 308/8. Australia once again required a record chase at the Gabba, with the previous best being 301/9 against England in 2014.
Aaron Finch provided a solid platform with Shaun Marsh as the Australian openers laid a solid platform in pursuit of the big total.
Shaun Marsh also chipped in with an important fifty as the Indian bowlers struggled with their line and length.
Ishant Sharma, who was playing his first ODI in nearly a year, struggled to cope up with the wind as he failed to control the flow of runs.
India broke the 145-run stand when Ravindra Jadeja got Finch to mistime a lofted shot to long-off where Rahane took a splendid catch diving forward. However, Finch's 71 and the stand had given Australia a nice platform.
Steven Smith scored freely as Australia kept pace with the run-rate. However, he was bowled for 46 as he made room and missed a straight ball.
George Bailey, who has a phenomenal record against India, ensured that there were no hiccups as he guided Australia home by seven wickets with one over to spare. His unbeaten 76 off 58 balls made all the difference as Australia surged to a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.