India smashes through second-highest run chase in history

AUSTRALIA'S bowling attack was put to the sword yesterday as India pulled off the second-highest run chase in one-day international history in Jaipur.

The No.1 ranked ODI team in the world, India levelled the seven-match series at 1-1 when it reached its target of 360 with 39 balls to spare.

Virat Kohli smashed the fastest ODI century by an Indian, from just 52 balls.

Rohit Sharma struck the winning runs to finish on 141 not out after fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan weighed in with 95.

The highest run chase was South Africa's 9-438 against Australia in 2006, and India's previous highest successful pursuit was 4-330 to beat Pakistan in Dhaka in 2012.

Batting first, Australia piled on 5-359, with all of the top five passing 50 and captain George Bailey top-scoring with 92 not out off 50 balls.

India made a blistering start in reply as Dhawan and Sharma put on 176 for the first wicket in only 26.1 overs.

Kohli (pictured) upped the ante, hammering seven sixes and eight fours as he finished unbeaten on 100.

His innings eclipsed Virender Sehwag's 60-ball record for India and was the ninth-fastest one-day hundred of all time. It was also the fastest scored against Australia.

India's powerful batting performance shocked Bailey.

"Everything we tried, the ball seemed to go further and harder," he said.

The third match takes place in Mohali tomorrow.


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