Virat Kohli smashes unbeaten hundred to level series at 2-2, Bailey ton goes in vain
Indian batsmen batting on flat Indian pitches surrounded by quick outfields with only four fielders in the circle and two new balls to kill any chance of reverse swing adding to the little dew that was present at the ground, 350 or 360 nothing seems like a impossible total to defend.
After a good start for the Indian bowlers in the afternoon getting both the Australian openers out cheaply and restricting at 45-2 in 11 overs, it was time for Shane Watson and captain Bailey to have their field day against a very ordinary Indian bowling attack. Things though could have been different had Ravindra Jadeja not over-stepped and conceded a no-ball in the 17th over off which Shane Watson got out playing a poor shot. Instead, it was a free-hit for the Aussie and a life gift wrapped for Shane Watson.
They never looked back after that and Shane Watson got himself a century off scoring over a run a ball and captain Bailey too managed to cross the 3-digit mark with a century off his own. Though Watson eventually got out, Bailey made sure that his bowlers had a huge target to defend against a Indian batting lineup which is arguably the best in the world at present.
The Australians set a daunting target of 351 for the hosts to chase down in their 50 overs. The Indians needed a good start to their innings if they wanted to chase down such a mammoth target and openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma did not disappoint as they scored a record breaking 178 for the opening partnership. Sharma got out to a very loose delivery holding out to deep mid-wicket off Aaron Finch.
But his dismissal meant the entry of a certain Virat Kohli. And from the very first over Virat Kohli made his intentions crystal clear hitting a glorious cover-drive to get off the ball rolling. Shikhar Dhawan got to his century in as many balls and after a very animated celebration was clean bowled by James Faulkner in the same score. Suresh Raina did make a small contribution but was once again dismissed by a short pitch delivery by Mitchell Johnson. Yuvraj Singh didn’t trouble to the scorers and was clean bowled in the same over as Raina was.
Enter captain cool, M.S Dhoni. It was Dhoni and Virat Kohli who took the team home and though the asking rate was never under 9 or 10 per over, with Virat Kohli completing his century in such style and hitting boundaries for fun, it was never a doubt that as long as these two are at the crease that India would have any trouble chasing this score down.
Virat Kohli milked the Australian bowlers for runs at will and it was another master class performance by the man who now has already scored 17 ODI centuries and 11 of which was come during chases and all 11 have resulted in a victory.
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