After having failed to chase a score of 304 in the first ODI of the series, no one expected India to better Australia when they posted a mammoth score of 360 in the second ODI of the series at Jaipur on October 16, 2013.
However, Indian top orders really came to the party on Wednesday when they hammered out 362 runs to better Australia’s score with 39 balls remaining. The staggering run feast included blazing knock from Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
When the Indian openers came to the crease at the beginning of their innings, they were faced with the task of producing runs at a rate of 7.50 per over.
However, Dhawan and Sharma made sure that run rate wasn’t a problem for the rest of the innings. Dhawan got India off to a great start by knocking 95 runs off just 86 balls.
The duo scored fifty runs off the first fifty balls of the innings. The next fifty runs came off just 48 balls though the blaze rally hit the Aussies with the next fifty runs that were scored in just 36 balls.
Dhawan was dropped by Haddin when he was on 18 which proved to be a costly mistake for Australia as the pair went on to put 176 runs for the opening stand.
However, when Dhawan’s wicket was lost, it appeared for a moment like Australia might be able to crawl their way back into the game.
But Virat Kohli made sure that didn’t happen. With Sharma hammering out a massive 141 from 123 balls on the other end, Kohli could have played it safe though he decided against and came up with a 100 runs in just 52 balls.
That happened to be the fastest 100 by an Indian cricketer ever and it was the seventh fastest century in ODIs to date too.