It was a wonderful 2nd ODI between Australia and India after !st ODi has been washed out.
India was able to chase the scores successfully, and statistically its been "This is highest run chase by India against Australia in ODIs, Previous Best was 275/4 at Sharjah in 1998"
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Chasing a huge target of 290 runs for victory, India got off to disastrous start by loosing the debutant opener Shikhar Dhawan in the very first over and then M.Vijay who looked solid during his stay of 15 runs off 18 balls with just 35 runs on the board. However a superb partnership between Virat Kohli (118 runs off 121 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (58 runs off 87 balls) of 137 runs for the third wicket put India right back on track and then brilliant quick-fire 84 runs partnership between Suresh Raina (71 runs off 47 balls) and Kohli for the fourth wicket made sure that India will be the winner when game is over.
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Brief scores for the 2nd ODI - Cricket Australia (3 wkts, 50 ovs) -289 RR:5.78
M Clarke 111*(139)
M Hussey 69(77)
Cameron White 89(49)
Nehara 57/2(10 Overs)
India successfully chased - Cricket India ((5 wkts, 48.5 ovs)-292 RR:5.98)
Murali Vijay 15
Virat Kohli - 110
Yuvraj Singh -58
Suresh raina - 71
Clint McKay - 55/3
John Hastings - 44/2
Post Commentary Session
Kohli: I was really struggling when I was in the 70s and the 80s. I wanted to bat with Suresh Raina and be there till the end. I was trying to hit the ball too hard at the start, but thanks to Vijay for calming me down and telling me to focus on timing. Someone like Yuvraj batting at the other hand is a welcome sight as he can help with his experience. We just decided to build a long partnership and capitalize on the Batting Powerplay. I have been given a fair chance at number three, the captain has shown immense faith in me and I would love to bat at that number. The dew allowed the ball to come easily onto the bat.
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Virat Kohli is the MoM for his outstanding 118 which guided India to victory.
Dhoni: We wanted to get a decent start. Although Dhawan got out, Yuvraj and Kohli shared a decent partnership. During the break in the Aus innings, we wanted to know how much dew was there. I thought that the spinners would get turn, but the wicket was flatter than expected. Cameron White tore us apart at the end, but our batsmen stepped up to the plate. When Yuvi is batting, he is a free scoring stroke maker. Virat has been criticized for not converting his starts into big scores, but he capitalized on this opportunity today. What is important is we have to go out and win the last game on Sunday. We have tried some things today and it has worked out well.
Michael Clarke: I thought we had enough on the board. Cameron White played the best ODI innings that I have seen. The Indians scored freely in the first 15 overs, Kohli scored a century and the Indians were just too good today. Hastings and McKay were good with the ball. We have to rebuild, the boys are excited about the next game and we have some improvements to make in some areas.
- The last seven highest scores of Kohli in ODIs have all resulted in a victory for India.
- 50th ODI win for Dhoni as skipper, India have maintained their perfect record at this stadium at Vizag - played 3 and won 3
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