Shikhar Dhawan scored his 16th ODI hundred as India reached 358-5 after opting to bat on the best pitch in this series. Rohit Sharma also scored 95 runs and the duo put on 193 runs for the opening wicket to set the stage for a challenging score.
Earlier, opting to bat, Dhawan and Sharma made good use of the batting track on offer as they provided a rollicking start to the Indian innings.
Dhawan in particular was harsh on the Australia bowlers as the duo brought up 50 off just 56 balls. India’s 100 came up in 104 balls.
After a slow start, Sharma scored his 40th ODI half-century off 54 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes overall.
Dhawan reached his first hundred since September off 97 balls.
Sharma fell with his hundred in sight, holing to the deep off Jhye Richardson (3-85). Dhawan took over the reins as he continued attacking, hitting 18 fours and three sixes overall.
“First of all, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t take information which I don’t want to. So I don’t know what’s happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going,” said the 33-year-old after the match.
“I perform best when I am calm. There’s no point in cribbing or being sad,” said Dhawan.
“When I feel hurt, I move on quickly. And I don’t really know what people are writing. I make sure that I am in a positive frame of mind and keep doing my process,” he added.
“I accept the reality and move on. I don’t resist something that’s happening. If it’s going good, then it’s good.”
“If I am doing all my skill work, taking care of my fitness and having the right mindset, then I just sit back and enjoy,” said Dhawan, who has been India’s key player in all the recent multi-nation tournaments.