Rohit Sharma's entry to the crease coincided with the introduction of spin, and it was presumed that the slow bowlers would have a role to play during India's chase. But Rohit handled spin well, choosing his shots well and not rushing into anything. Having negotiated the slow men, he opened up with a stunning flat pulled six off left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc and followed up then cut Daniel Christian’s medium pace for a lovely boundary.
As purists purred about the style in those shots, something happened to Rohit. Something very familiar. He got carried away. Those two boundaries apparently pumped him up too much for he fell trying to be the hero again, which has been frustrating in his career. Australia's third quick bowler, Ryan Harris, was called back into the attack and Rohit tried to hit him early.
He failed to time the shot well on a big ground and his lofted shot through the line to a length ball ended up spooning down to long-on where Starc took the catch. Rohit’s hero attitude once again meant he was left with an average score that promised so much more.