Wednesday, October 30, 2013

India successfully chased Australia's 350 runs in sixth ODI at Nagpur

The sixth ODI between India and Australia here at Nagpur became history as in one match as many as there were four centuries. While Australian Watson and Bailey made centuries to bring the visitor’s score to 350 runs, then it was the time for the Indian boys to pay it back in same coin. It was Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan whose 100s went towards a winning cause as they helped India win by 6 wickets and level the series 2-2.

Rain washing out two matches in the series meant that the series that was seen as a fight for the No1 ODI ranking ended with India managing to cling on to the top spot as Australia would be unable to win the series 6-1.

Shane Watson scored 102 as George Bailey hammered 156 off 114 balls to power Australia to 350. The run chase for India seemed identical to the Rajasthan huge score chase as the Indian batsmen came good yet again.

Virat Kohli added to his great record as he has scored 11 centuries while chasing and India has won all 11 matches. The Delhi lad was handed the man of the match cheque for his blistering performance by Indian boxing Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom.

Kohli added the record of becoming the first batsman to hit five or more consecutive 50s twice in ODIs to his laurels which helped him lead India one step away from a series win.

Rohit Sharma scored a handy 79 as MS Dhoni chipped in towards the end with a clinical 25 not out. 

All eyes will be on the seventh and final ODI in Bangalore with the series squared as India look like they are back with a bang in the series.

Australia 350/6 (50.0 ov)
India 351/4 (49.3 ov)
India beat Australia by 6 wickets

Match Ended
India RR 7.09
Last 5 ovs 45/4 RR 10
Australia RR 7

India Batting
Rohit Sharmac James Faulkner b Aaron Finch79897388.76
Shikhar Dhawanb James Faulkner10010211098.04
Virat Kohlinot out11566181174.24
Suresh Rainac Brad Haddin b Mitchell Johnson161520106.67
Yuvraj Singhb Mitchell Johnson03000.00
MS Dhoni (C) (W)not out252320108.70
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin
Amit Mishra
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Shami Ahmed
Extras(b 0, lb 8, w 7, nb 1, p 0)16
Total: 351/4(49.3 ov)
Power Play 1: 1-10, 2: 34-38 overs;
Fall of wickets1-178 (Rohit Sharma, 29.3), 2-234 (Shikhar Dhawan, 36), 3-290 (Suresh Raina, 42.2), 4-290 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.5)
Australia Bowling
Mitchell Johnson100722057
Clint McKay70470017
James Faulkner9.30731008
Xavier Doherty60400007
Shane Watson60510109
Glenn Maxwell70400006
Aaron Finch40201015

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