Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Australian team once again gave Indian side a target of above 350 to chase in the seven-match series on Wednesday. Though, even after setting up a mammoth total, Australian skipper George Bailey would have been in doubt since the memories of the successful run-chase of 360 by the Indian side against them at Jaipur few days back would have been fresh in his mind.
In Nagpur on Wednesday, strong Indian batting line up chased down 351 runs to seal the match. The target was huge and on top of it pressure was immense on Team India as losing the game meant losing the series. But once again two West Delhi boys – Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan – came to the rescue of Indian team.
First, the in-form Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan along with Rohit Sharma gave the team a perfect platform by scoring 178 runs in 29.3 overs for their opening partnership and then went on to score his century in 102 balls, laced with 11 boundaries – his fourth international hundred in ODIs.
But after he had laid the perfect foundation while chasing a massive total, Dhawan lost his wicket. Though foundation was more than perfect but India still required 117 more runs in 14 overs with at 8.35 rpo. Virat who came to bat at number three was still on the crease playing on 40 in 26 balls. And ‘cheku’ took the responsibility on his shoulders and made sure that his team would seal match in style.
Kohli first completed his 17th century in 47th over by gliding Faulkner for four towards the third man region. And even after scoring his hundred he hung in there till the very end to remain unbeaten on 115 in 66 balls in which he scored 18 boundaries and a six. Aided by the two centuries that came from the bats of Dhawan and Kohli, India sealed the game by six wickets with three balls to spare.
Less than a fortnight ago Dhawan and Kholi had played match-winning knocks 95 and 100 (n.o.) respectively, when India successfully chased down the target of 359 runs set by the Aussies.
In Nagpur, the West Delhi boys did it once again for Team India, to level the series 2-2, before they lock horns for the last time in Bangalore.