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Australia vs India, 1st ODI LIVE: Rohit hits 171* powers India to 309/3

Perth, Jan 12: Rohit Sharma blasted one of the all-time greatest ODI knocks against Australia as India posted a formidable 309/3 in the opening match of the series at the WACA Ground.

He has also reached over 1,000 career runs against Australia and has brought up the mark in just his 19th innings. That breaks the record for the quickest batsman to achieve that milestone against the Australians. He has surpassed the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara in terms of innings taken in achieving the significant landmark.

Sharma carried his bat en route to a dazzling 171no off 163 balls which included seven sixes and plenty of audacious strokes, delighting the significant Indian portion of the Perth crowd.

Sharma now owns two of the highest four ODI scores against Australia following his 209 in Bangalore in 2009.

On the otherhand, Virat Kohli (91) proved the perfect foil for Sharma during a 207-run partnership for the second wicket before finally holing out to long-on from the bowling of James Faulkner (2-60).

While MS Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja played small late cameos, the innings was all about Sharma, who came within seven runs of breaking David Warner's record for highest ODI score at the venue.

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