Ind vs Aus 6th ODI: Unbeaten Kohli steers India to victory
Scoring his 17th ODI hundred and 11th while chasing, Virat Kohli once again came to the party with the third fastest century by an Indian to help India gun down a target of 351 in the 6th ODI against Australia at Nagpur.
MS Dhoni won an important toss and elected to bowl, putting a huge responsibility on the Indian batsmen to chase a target. The Aussie openers struggled to get going and the side lost 2 wickets in a jiffy. But Australia picked up from 45-2, as Shane Watson (103) and George Bailey (156) went berserk with a 168-run partnership for the 3rd wicket, making the most of a toothless bowling attack. Skipper Bailey broke a host of records: from making the most runs in a bilateral series by an Australian or captain, to becoming the 2nd fastest man to reach 1,500 runs and surpassing Misbah-ul-Haq as the leading run-getter this year. Post the duo's dismissals, Adam Voges (44*) added the final few runs and Australia crossed the 350-run mark for the 2nd time in this series.
The Indian innings almost looked like a repeat of the Jaipur ODI with the same approach adapted by the openers. Shikhar Dhawan (100) and Rohit Sharma (79) put up a 100-run stand for the 5th time this year, setting up an interesting chase in what looked like a lopsided affair. Their partnership of 178 runs was broken by Aaron Finch, who dismissed Sharma just when he found his rhythm. However, Virat Kohli (115) presented an array of unbelievable shot-making yet again, as he marched his way to another hundred with controlled aggression and extreme composure. India did face a slight scare when they lost Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in quick succession, but it was the Dhoni-Kohli duo that helped the side get through a massive run chase with 3 balls to spare.
With this win, India became the first team to have successfully chased down a target of 350 plus twice, both in the current series. The 7-match series now stands 2-2, with the decider to be held at Bangalore on November 2.