India beat Oz in epic chase
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)
Jaipur - India have beaten Australia by nine wickets in the second ODI in Jaipur to record the second highest ever successful ODI run chase on Wednesday.
According to ESPN cricinfo's website
, Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made a mockery of the 360 target set to win by the visitors.
India achieved the target with nine wickets in hand and 39 deliveries to spare.
Kohli registered the fastest ODI century by an Indian, in 52 balls.
Rohit, accommodated by the team management and scrutinised by the media and fans for years, made his third hundred in 104 games, and his first since 2010.
But it was Shikhar Dhawan, the golden boy of 2013, who set up the chase with a bludgeoned 95.
According to supersport.com's website, it was a day to forget for the bowlers as only six wickets fell and 721 runs were conceded, in 93.3 overs at a economy rate of 7.7, at the Sawai Mansingh stadium.
The hosts were made to dig deep if they were to have any hope of turning the tide, chasing a record total made by Australia against India, and the highest total at Jaipur in ODI history.
They could not have asked for a better start however as openers Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on 176 for the first wicket in 26.1 overs at over a run-a-ball.
The partnership was broken up by James Faulkner who induced Shikar Dhawan to drive at a good length ball outside offstump and the result was an easy catch for veteran wicket keeper Brad Haddin.
Dhawan fell just five runs short of what would have been his fourth ODI hundred.
There was to be no further celebrations for the tourists however as Sharma then partnered Kohli in another colossal partnership.
The pair went on to add 186 runs unbeaten for the second wicket.
Sharma hit 17 fours and 4 sixes in his 123 balls.
His unbeaten 141 is now his highest ODI score.
Virat Kohli was in belligerent mood for his innings as his 100 not out came from just 52 deliveries, which included 8 fours and no fewer than 7 sixes.
Earlier, George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat first as the visitors posted 359 for five from their 50 overs.
Bailey and Glenn Maxwell took advantage of a great platform setup by the openers.
The pair put on 96 runs at a run-rate of 11.29 before Maxwell (52 from 37 balls) was run out when Bailey declined to return for the second. Bailey finished unbeaten on 92 from just 50 balls.
Phil Hughes had played the role of the anchor admirably and lasted over 37 overs.
He was the other half in two significant partnerships at the top of the order, 74 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch and 108 with Shane Watson for the second.
The seven match series currently stands at 1-1, with the third match to be played in Mohali on Saturday.Brief scores:Australia
: 359-5 (Bailey 92*, Hughes 83)India
: 362-1 (Rohit 141*, Kohli 100*, Dhawan 95)
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, SK Raina, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, I Sharma.Australia:
AJ Finch, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, GJ Bailey (captain), AC Voges, GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wicketkeeper), JP Faulkner, MG Johnson, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty