Wednesday, 30 October 2013

6th ODI: Dhawan, Kohli hit tons as India chase down 350

India won by 6 wickets with 3 balls remaining against Australia in the 6th ODI Cricket Match played at Nagpur on 30th October 2013. Kohli slammed his 17th ODI ton while Dhawan cracked his fourth as India chased down chased down Australia's 350 to win by six wickets. The series is now level 2-2 with one game to go. Click here for the Full Scorecard.

Excellent run chase and once again the top three batsmen set it up for the Indians. Dhawan started well, he was once again lucky tonight, dropped twice on 19 and 56, as he scored his 4th ODI hundred. He was well supported by Rohit Sharma as the pair added 178 runs for the 1st wicket. Rohit missed out on his ton, dismissed by a rank half-tracker from Finch. The stage was set for Virat Kohli. He continued with the form he showed in Rajasthan as the target came down with every over, Dhawan was dismissed shortly after his hundred and India suffered a minor hiccup when the two out of form batsmen, Yuvraj Singh and Raina were dismissed in a Johnson over.

Earlier India have won the toss and chose to field. Another pitch where the bowlers were like lambs ready for slaughter, at least at the end of the Australian innings. India brought in three spinners, and the third one went for 78 without taking a wicket. Australia started slowly and lost both their openers with just 45 runs on the board. With the bowlers asserting themselves, it finally looked like a pitch where they would have a say in the things. Not so for long, Watson was reprieved after he was caught off a no-ball on 25, he then opened up and along with George Bailey took each and every bowler to the cleaners. He scored his 9th ODI ton, Bailey was even more impressive as he top-scored with a career best 156.

Kohli is the Man of the Match for his 66-ball 115 which is also the third fastest ton by an Indian.


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