India leveled the series against Australia in Rajkot on Friday after beating the visitors by 36 runs. Batting first, the home side posted a total of 340/6 in 50 overs and later bowled out the Aussies for 304.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave a steady start to the side after scoring 81 for the first wicket before Sharma was sent back for 42 by Adam Zampa. Captain Virat Kohli came out to bat at number three after a failed attempt to bat lower down the order in the previous game.
Kohli struck a 76-ball 78 while Dhawan missed out on a ton by just 4 runs. But the wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul made the headlines after he hammered the Australian bowlers for 80 runs off just 52 deliveries that included three maximums and four boundaries.
KL Rahul, batting at No.5, scored 80 off 52 balls at SR of 153.84.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 17, 2020
Before this, the last time an India batsman scored 50+ at SR of 150+ batting at No. 5 or lower when batting first was in 2013 – Dhoni 62 (38) v Aus at Bengaluru.
Top innings from KL down the order! #IndvAus
In reply, Australia lost David Warner earlier while a brilliant work from Rahul behind the stumps helped India scalped a priced wicket of Aaron Finch off Ravindra Jadeja. Australia lost wickets at regular intervals but Steve Smith stood strong and scored 98 before Kuldeep Yadav cleaned him up.