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India pulled off what was the second highest ever run chase in ODI history during the Second ODI at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Australia were at the receiving end again in this record as they lost the match comprehensively despite putting on 359 on the board! It can be recalled that the World Record of Highest Run Chases in ODI history saw Australia losing against South Africa at Johannesburg after giving them a monstrous target of 438 in 2006.
Seven years after the Johannesburg humdinger of a match, Australia were in for another shock in their face. The young and super talented Indian batting line-up made a complete mockery of the huge target of 360 by chasing down the runs in just 43.3 overs! Worst was that India had not even consumed half of its batting resources as it lost just the one wicket in the run chase! Just the trio of Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli were enough for Team India to run down the target of 360.
Australia batting first after winning the toss, had the match in their pockets with its top five batsmen scoring half centuries, which itself was a new world record. Aaron Finch provided yet another good start scoring 50 from 53 balls, his partner Phil Hughes was slow in getting his 83 from 103 balls (with 8 fours and a six). Shane Watson provided the momentum with 59 from 53 balls. The Aussie innings was taken to new heights by the pair of Skipper George Bailey (92* from 50 balls with 8 fours and 5 sixes) and Glenn Maxwell (53 from 32 balls with 7 fours and a six).
India were superbly set up in the run chase by Shikhar Dhawan, who stroked the ball freely for an 86-ball 95 with 14 fours. The opening stand had put on 176 runs in 26.1 overs. Rohit Sharma, who was content in playing second fiddle to Dhawan, paced himself well with the odd big shot to come up with a much needed 3rd ODI century. Virat Kohli, who joined him with half of the target to chase down, scored what was the fastest Indian ODI century in just 52 balls.
Rohit Sharma scored a career best of 141 not out from 123 balls with 17 fours and 4 sixes to get the Man of the Match. Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 100 from 52 balls with 8 fours and 7 sixes, which is already his 16th ODI ton.
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