Saturday, 2 November 2013

7th ODI: India beat Australia and Won the Series by 3-2

India won by 57 runs against Australia in the 7th ODI Cricket Match Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on November 2nd 2013. By this win India have won the 7 ODI Match Series as 3-2. Rohit Sharma's record breaking 209 helped India to a 57-run victory en route to their first bilateral ODI series win against Australia since 1986. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update.

India just about managed to hold their nerves at the end, and perhaps on the basis of their better batting right through the series deserve the 3-2 series win. This is their first bilateral triumph over the Aussies in India, if we do not count the 1-0 win (in 2010). What a match it has been, a double century by a batsman, a century for the unlucky bowler, some real crazy hitting, a remarkable rearguard action and so nearly, Australia clinched a stunning win.

The bowlers will be mighty relieved that the series is over, this has been a hiding for nothing, the batsmen feasted and the bowlers were slaughtered. Australia came out with the intention to attack, they went after everything that the Indians hurled at them, got a bit lucky at times but mostly found the middle of the blade. Maxwell was imperious, Watson, batting at No. 8 seemed to be batting in an all together different planet, but at 211/8, people might have been excused if they thought that India will cruise to an easy win. James Faulkner had different ideas though, he smashed the fastest ODI hundred by an Australian batsman in ODI cricket. Clint McKay supported him well, as they added 115 for the 9th wicket, a record on a day of records.

Well it was a match where many records were broken. Mostly with the bat, the bowlers would like to forget this day very quickly. Out of all the bowlers only Ashwin looked to have got decent figures as he picked up 2 for 51 in his 10 overs. The ball that got rid of Haddin was a pure off-spinners delight.

Previously Australia have won the toss and chose to field. India lost the out of form duo of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh cheaply, and looked to be settling towards a middling score at best when Dhoni joined Rohit in the middle. Rohit first brought up his 4th ODI century and then changed gears drastically. He was to go on to pulverise the Australian bowlers as he proceeded to become only the third player (all Indians) to go past 200. Dhoni chipped in with his bit and India ended up with a massive 383 runs on the board.


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