Rohit Sharma on Sunday smashed a brilliant century to help India score a daunting total in the third match of the ODI series against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. The right-handed batsman, who scored his maiden ton against Kiwis, was due for a big score after making 7 and 20 in his previous two innings and was seen in his elements against the visitors. The 30-year-old, who scored his hundred in 106 balls, looked aggressive right from the start of the innings and kept the scoreboard ticking. His compatriot Shikhar Dhawan got out early in the seventh over but Rohit along with skipper Virat Kohli rebuild the innings to put India on top. Rohit's power-packed innings was studded with 11 fours and two sixes.
The Indian opener has been in sublime form in the calendar year and has scored over 1000 runs at an average of almost 70, which also includes five hundreds. In 19 innings this year, Rohit has made 1146 runs with a solid average of 67.41.
The Indian skipper also notched up his 32nd One-Day International (ODI) century. During his innings, Kohli also became the fastest cricketer to reach 9000 ODI runs in fewest innings, 194 innings and also the sixth Indian to achieve the landmark. He is trailed by AB de Villiers at 205 and former India captain Sourav Ganguly at 228 innings.
The Men In Blue beat New Zealand by six runs in a thrilling third and final One-Day International at the in Kanpur. India, thus, clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1. Chasing a mammoth 338-run target, New Zealand fell agonisingly short after managing 331 for seven in their allotted 50 overs