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Bailey left stunned by India's 'awesome batting'
7:42am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
FORMER Hampshire batsman George Bailey paid tribute to India’s “awesome” batting after Australia lost a remarkable one day international.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put on a batting masterclass as they chased down a huge target of 360 to win a run-laden second one-day international by nine wickets.
Australia had looked well set to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series after compiling 359 for five batting first at Jaipur, with all of their top five contributing half-centuries.
Skipper Bailey led the from the front with 92 off just 50 balls, including five sixes and eight fours, while three other ex-Hampshire man – Phil Hughes (83), Shane Watson (59) and Glenn Maxwell (53) – also joined in the spree alongside Aaron Finch (50).
However, those knocks were all overshadowed by India's top three as Sharma (141 not out), Kohli (100 not out) and Dhawan (95) put Australia's bowling attack to the sword in brutal fashion as the host nation romped home with over six overs to spare.
Bailey said: “I'm not sure what to feel at the moment, that was some pretty awesome batting.
“Obviously there's things you do differently with the ball, but I think to be fair and to be reasonable to India, it was just awesome batting.”
Kohli's 52-ball knock, which included seven sixes and eight fours, was the fastest ODI century by an Indian and seventh fastest ever, while Sharma was similarly destructive as he clubbed 17 fours and four maximums in his 123-ball innings.
Dhawan was no slouch either as he collected 14 boundaries before falling just short of his ton when he edged the 86th ball he faced, bowled by James Faulkner, behind to Brad Haddin, who had earlier dropped the opener off a steepling leading edge when he was on 18, That wicket brought an end to an opening stand of 176 in 26 overs but was the only success Australia's bowlers enjoyed on what was undoubtedly a batsman's day.
Earlier, it was the India attack who found themselves on the receiving end of some brutal batting as Australia, who won the first ODI by 72 runs after running up 304, set what had appeared to be a tough target.
It was the second-highest successful run chase in ODI history, with only South Africa's famous one-wicket win over Australia in 2006 when the Proteas reached a target of 435 topping it.
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