India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 16th October 2013, India beat Australia in in the second ODI to get back on level terms in the series.
Man of the Match – Rohit Sharma: It was very important to get a big innings. It came after a long time. I feel my hardwork is paying off, I am happy it came in a winning cause. I wanted to bat throughout the innings, I had played some stupid shots to get out previously. It was a much needed knock for me. Kohli deserved all the accolades, his knock was out of the world. He just changed the course of the game. Shikhar was excellent as well, it was a combined batting effort.
MS Dhoni: Simply a great chase, however flat the pitch was, it was simply outstanding. I just told them to go out with a clear mind, Shikhar (Dhawan) was terrific. Rohit and Kohli were brilliant. Our guys don’t have the kind of experience, only Yuvraj (Singh) has played some 250 ODIs. The shot selection was simply superb, we did not lose our head at any time during the chase. We need to improve our bowling. Our batting is good, but it is unfair to ask our batsmen to score 350 everytime. They are working hard, and I believe they will improve. It is now a 5-match series, we will take each match as it comes.
George Bailey: What was happening? You should tell me (to Ravi Shastri). It was some pretty awesome batting performance by the Indians. Everything we tried, the ball simply disappeared to all parts of the ground. Well played to India. Our performance was good, but they were exceptional.
Virat Kohli: Wanted to go out there and play my part. Did not plan to get it in 52 balls. Went in and told Rohit to convert the start as he had got a lot of 60s and 70s in the recent past. Did not practice yesterday, just had throw ins. Was not worried about the short stuff. It is not about how many balls you get it but if the team wins or not. Once Rohit gets in it is difficult to stop him, he was the best batsman in the Indian Premier League.
Shikhar Dhawan: It was great feeling. We started off well and once we were in, we started playing more freely. We both decide who has to attack and who has to hang back. We always plan as to how to go about it. Very happy for Rohit (Sharma), he got a hundred after a long time and he got good support from Virat (Kohli).
20:59 (IST): That’s that! India hammer Australia by 9 wickets to put series on level terms. Chasing 260 for a win, India reached the target in 43.3 overs with Rohit Sharma (141*) and Virat Kohli (100*) scoring a century each. The duo were involved in 186-run stand for the second wicket. Kohli scored the fastest hundred by an Indian, off 52 deliveries. Shikhar Dhawan fell short of hundred – he scored 95. This was also the highest run-chase by India and second highest overall.
India Squad: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Shami/Jaydev Unadkat.
Australia Squad: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey, 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.
Australia tour of India 2013, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India October 16, 2013 – Australia won the toss, and elected to bat first