Virat Kohli (100) slammed the fastest ODI ton by an Indian, while Rohit Sharma (141) slammed his third century as India chased down Australia’s record target of 360 with 39 balls to spare.
Chasing second highest run-chase in ODI history, India got off to a flying start as both Shikhar Dhawan (95 off 86) and Rohit came out all guns blazing to put on 176 runs off 157 balls for the opening wicket to set the tone.
It was after Dhawan’s departure, when Kohli joined Rohit and the duo forged an unbeaten 186-run stand to thrash Australia by nine wickets in the second ODI at a jam-packed Sawai Man Singh here tonight.
Dhawan and Rohit started off sedately finding it uncomfortable handling the scorching pace of Mitchell Johnson.
Dhawan was the first to break the shackles and came down to awkwardly hit a short ball from Johnson over mid-wicket for a boundary. His defiance was an early indication that he was hungry to go after the mammoth target.
The jittery start could have soon turned into a casualty as Dhawan got two reprieves. While on 18 in the eighth over, he was dropped by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Clint McKay. In the 14th over too, he survived a close stumping call which put the umpire in a spot of bother ruling it in favour of the batsman.
The Delhi southpaw made the Kangaroos pay for the lapses as he struck three consecutive boundaries off Shane Watson in the following over.
Rohit Sharma was the first to complete his half-century only to slow down later while Dhawan took time to reach his fifty.
Within quicktime the opening partnership had surged past 150 with Dhawan doing most of the scoring while Rohit ensured his partner utilises the momentum more effectively by staying at the non-striker’s end. In just 21 innings, Dhawan was on the verge of his fourth ODI ton. However, he was caught by Haddin off James Faulkner for 95.
Dhawan’s knock was studded with 14 boundaries while Rohit’s ton comprised of 17 fours and four sixes.
After Dhawan’s dismissal, Team India vice captain Virat went into bat with the team needing another 184 runs off 23.5 overs.
The right-hander did not show any mercy from the very first ball as he smashed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground to keep pace of the rising run-rate. He raced to a half-century in only 27 balls with four huge sixes
Kohli brought up the fastest ever ODI century by an Indian and seventh fastest in the world, scored in only 52 balls. This is his 16th ODI century in 115 matches. His innings had eight fours and seven sixes. Earlier,
Australia skipper George Bailey (92 off 50) led from the front with another blistering half-century to set India a stiff target of 360 runs in the second ODI.
Australia started on a promising note as both the openers – Aaron Finch (50) and Phillip Hughes (83)- set the tone with a brilliant 74-run stand after winning the toss and electing to bat. Finch hit seven fours and a six while Hughes’ knock comprised of eight boundaries and a six.
The flow of runs continued as all the top five Kangaroo batters got superb half centuries. Bailey, who has now passed 80 in four of his last five ODI innings, once again played a brilliant knock to top score with 92 unbeaten runs. His innings included eight fours and five scintillating sixes.