Once upon a time, those three were the key for Team India in batting. If these three players are present in the top order, it is as if the team has won the match.
Once upon a time, those three were the key for Team India in batting. If these three players are present in the top order, it is as if the team has won the match. And they are not. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. In the 7-ODI bilateral series between Australia and India between 2013-14, these three batsmen played Shivatandavam against the opposing bowlers. In the 6th match of that series, Australia scored 350 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
In this match, Australia lost the toss and chose to bat first. However, due to the Indian bowlers, both the openers reached the pavilion for 45 runs. Then Shane Watson (102) and George Bailey (156) who came into the ring, were impressed with their wonderful innings. Together they added 168 runs for the third wicket. Aussie captain Bailey, who was at the crease till the last over of the innings, scored 156 runs with the help of 13 fours and 6 sixes while facing 114 balls. Also, with Adam Vogues scoring 44 runs off 38 balls, the Australian team achieved a huge score of 350 runs in the allotted overs.
Openers Rohit Sharma (79) and Dhawan (100) gave an excellent start to Team India, who came into the ring with a target of 351 runs. A huge partnership of 178 runs for the first wicket was established. Virat Kohli (115) came in one down and scored a brilliant century. He scored an unbeaten 115 off 66 balls with 18 fours and 1 six. In the end, Dhoni (25) played a cameo innings and India hit the target with 3 balls to spare. India’s top order batters crushed the Aussie bowlers. Senior bowlers such as Johnson, Faulkner and McKay contributed at the rate of 7 runs per over. And Virat Kohli, who entertained with a stunning century, got the player of the match award.
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