Five memorable ODI hundreds from Indians in unsuccessful run chases
Cricket is a team game that demands a collective effort to emerge as victorious in it. Individual brilliance can hold the chances for a team to some extent but eventually fails to see through the finishing line, more often than not.
The latest example of the above-mentioned phrase occurs in the first ODI of three-match series, being played between India and Australia.
Chasing the target of 289, set by Australia, Rohit Sharma found no ally in the pursuit of the total, and India fell short by 34 runs. Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 133 runs that was more than 50% of the total runs scored in Indian innings.
As of now, Indian batsmen have scored 19 hundreds in losing cause when they were chasing any target in ODI cricket.
Let's have a look at the five most memorable hundreds by Indians when victory eluded the team in the want of back up from other batsmen.
#5 Rohit Sharma: 150 vs South Africa, 2015
When South Africa toured India in 2015, they had won the opening T20I series by 2-0. It was first match of the five-match ODI series. At Kanpur, Winning the toss, South Africa opted to bat first and posted 303 runs on the board. Head contributors being AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis with 104* and 62 runs respectively.
Chasing the target, India was cruising through at on point of time. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane added 149 for the second wicket, but brittle middle order failed to avail of the opportunity.
When Rohit Sharma got out after scoring a brilliant 150, India needed just 35 runs off 23 balls with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina on the crease. Kagiso Rabada saved 11 runs against Dhoni in the final over and India fell short by 5 runs. An excellent hundred by Rohit went in vain.