India vs Australia 2nd ODI Highlights 16 October 2013
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25 overs India 173 for 0 (Dhawan 93*, Rohit 62*) need another 187 runs to beat Australia 359 for 5 (Bailey 92*, Hughes 83)
Only once has a target of 350-plus been chased successfully in an ODI, but India could not have asked for a better response from their openers as they looked to become the second side to do so. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma racked up 173 by the halfway mark, keeping up comfortably with an asking-rate of above seven an over.
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The duo began solidly against the fast bowlers, went through a short lull against the spinners before Dhawan responded with a flurry of boundaries that more than made up for the brief let-up. During his brief career, Dhawan has made sure he makes let-offs and good fortune count. He was put down on 18 off Clint McKay and survived a very close stumping appeal on 42. After both reprieves, he let loose a volley of imperious strokes.
He charged the fast bowlers, especially Shane Watson repeatedly, to power them through the covers. He pulled with confidence, and even the extra pace of Mitchell Johnson could not rein him in.
Rohit wasn't as free-flowing but that did not take away from his contribution to the stand. He was strong through and over the covers against the quicks. It was he who broke who ended the fallow period of five overs for 18 runs against the spinners by stepping out and lifting Glenn Maxwell for six. Barring that sequence, Australia were never able to build any pressure, conceding boundaries regularly.