Indian Top Order chases another Mammoth Target to level series at 2-2


Once again,The huge target of  351 set up by Australia in the  6th ODI wasnt enough for the Indian batsmen as they defeated the visitors by six wickets with centuries by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. While Dhawan (100) made his fourth ODI hundred, Kohli (115*) smashed his 17th ton in ODIs. Its interesting to see that Virat Kohli has sprang into the list of  TOP 10 cricketers with highest number ODI hundreds. With age on his side, Kohli can dream of chasing the 1st position.

India had also created a record in the 2nd ODI of the ongoing series in Jaipur when they got to Australia’s 359 within 44 overs – their biggest chase in ODIs and the second best chased down ever in ODI cricket.

Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (79) and Kohli were the main pillars of India’s victory in the yet again high-scoring match which has restored the balance of the series after the Ranchi and Cuttack ODIs were washed out.The game looked at the edge of the hill even after the great start given by Dhawan and Rohit – who shared a partnership of 178 runs from 29.3 overs for the opening wicket, but Kohli tore into the visitors’ bowling attack to swing the game in India’s favour. Dhoni (25*) hit the winning runs as India reached 351 for 4. The match also marked the completion of 100 ODI wickets for Jadeja.

George Bailey (156) and Shane Watson (102) smashed scintillating centuries as Australia put the wayward Indian bowling attack to pieces to post an imposing 350 for 6 after being brought in to bat first. Watson struck 13 fours and 3 sixes in his innings while the in-form Captain, Bailey was equally impressive in scoring a career-best 156, his second ODI ton, in 115 balls. These two batsmen also compiled the second-highest third wicket stand of 168 in ODIs against India to help the visitors record their 4th 300-plus total in the series. The home team started off well by sending back openers Phil Hughes (13) and Aaron Finch (20) before the score had crossed 50 but were pushed into the backseat as Watson and Bailey launched a superb counter-attack. The duo simply tore apart the clueless Indian bowling attack that fielded three frontline spinners for the first time in the seven-match series after the hosts decided to go in with Amit Mishra to partner R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

With the scores locked 2-2, the seventh ODI in Bangalore on Saturday will serve as the final showdown of the series which has already seen a phenomenal 2565 runs scored so far (excluding the 295 scored by Australia in the abandoned fourth match at Ranchi).


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