India Routs Australia With Record Chase to Tie Cricket SeriesChristopher Elser
India produced the second-highest run chase in one-day international cricket to rout Australia by nine wickets and tie their seven-match series at 1-1.
Virat Kohli smashed the fastest one-day century by an Indian player off 52 deliveries as the home team surged past the target of 360 with 39 balls to spare in Jaipur yesterday. Rohit Sharma struck the winning runs to finish 141 not out after Shikhar Dhawan made 95.
India’s total of 362-1 trails only South Africa’s 438-9 against Australia in 2006 as the highest successful run chase in elite one-day cricket. Australia has now conceded the four highest one-day chases of all time.
“That was some pretty awesome batting,” Australia captain George Bailey said at the post-match presentation. “It felt like everything we tried with the ball just seemed to go harder and further.”
A total of 23 sixes and 75 fours were hit during the match. Australia amassed 359-5 after winning the toss as its top-five batsmen all passed 50 -- the first such instance in one-day internationals. Bailey top scored with 92 not out and Phillip Hughes hit 83.
Australia won the series opener by 72 runs. The third match is in two days in Mohali.