Friday, October 18, 2013

ODI Series Finely Poised after India's Stunning Chase

India's brilliant run-chase in the second one-day international against Australia has lit the blue touch paper for the seven-match series that is now level at 1-1.  And, if the first two games are anything to go by, it is set to be a very entertaining few weeks between the two sides. Australia had won the first ODI in Pune by 72 runs after smashing 304 and they looked odds-on to make it 2-0 overall when they set India the daunting target of 360 to win the second clash in Jaipur.

However, few cricket betting punters expected what came next. India set about their task in breathtaking fashion as they attempted to secure the second highest chase in one-day international history.

The fact they did it with six overs to spare for the loss of just one-wicket underlines just what a sensational batting display it was.

Ruthless hitting from Virat Kohli - who struck an unbeaten 100 from just 52 balls - the quickest ton ever by an Indian batsman, was backed up by equally-impressive batting from Rohit Sharma (141no) and Shikhar Dhawan (95) to leave the Aussies shaking their heads in disbelief.

Dhawan was the only player out, caught behind by Brad Haddin, as the rest tore the tourists' attack to pieces in front of an exuberant home crowd, enjoying every minute of the devastating batting.

Sharma's career-best knock, which included 17 fours and four sixes, was complemented first by Dhawan, as the pair shared a first-wicket stand of 176, before an unbeaten partnership of 186 with Kohli followed.

It really was stunning stuff and the manner in which they knocked off the runs with plenty of balls to spare shows confidence is still high in the India camp as they look to condemn Australia to a ODI series defeat to add to the 4-0 Test win they managed earlier in 2013.

With five matches still to go, the latest cricket betting odds suggest that it may be difficult to replicate the drama of Jaipur but the sides look fairly evenly-matched so more close battles are expected. 

Alex Jackson for DieHard Cricket Fans

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