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1st ODI: Rohit Sharma smashes century, equals Sourav Ganguly's record of 22 ODI tons

This was Rohit Sharma's seventh ODI century against Australia and fourth Down Under.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 12, 2019 15:57 IST
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Rohit Sharma smashed his 22nd ODI hundred on Saturday at the SCG

Rohit Sharma smashed his 22nd ODI hundred on Saturday as India chased 289 in the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rohit now equalled former India captain Sourav Ganguly's record of 22 centuries in ODI cricket and is now currently tied with him in the third spot for most hundreds by Indians in the 50-over format. Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (38) have more ODI tons than the Mumbaikar.

Overall, Rohit is 11th in the list of most centuries scored in the ODI cricket. Along with Ganguly, he is also tied with Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also has 22 centuries to his name in ODIs.

Rohit, who returned to India for the birth of his daughter Samaira, came back to Australia along with the ODI specialists and showed why is so dangerous in the coloured clothing.

Chasing 289, India lost three quick wickets and were in a spot of bother when he was joined by former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The pair took their time to settle in and then the former cut loose while Dhoni continued to take his time and settle in. 

The 30-year-old Mumbaikar played sensibly and put the bad balls away as India rebuilt their innings at the SCG. He brought up his half-century off 62 balls in the 24th over off Glenn Maxwell with a boundary through backward point.

Following that, it has been a typical Rohit innings as he upped the ante as Australia looked for wickets. The breakthrough finally came in the 33rd over from Jason Behrendorff, when he trapped Dhoni right in front for a 96-ball 51 and the 137-run stand for the fourth wicket came to an end.

However, that didn't affect Rohit as he went on attack mode and completed his century in the40 th over off 110 balls with a double off Jhye Richardson

This was his fourth century in Australia and seventh against the Aussies. His highest score against the Kangaroos is a humongous 209 in Bengaluru in 2013 while his highest Down Under is 171 not out in Perth in 2016.

In his -ball innings so far, he has slammed seven fours and four sixes.

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