India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur October 16, 2013

India blaze down target of 360

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India 362 for 1 (Rohit 141*, Kohli 100*, Dhawan 95) beat Australia 359 for 5 (Bailey 92*, Hughes 83) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

"Now this is another fine mess you've got us into," goes the constant refrain from India's batsmen to their bowlers. At times, the mess is so huge the batsmen fail to clear it up, despite their best efforts. At times, the batsmen do such a thorough job, their refrain to the bowlers changes to, "So that's all you've got?" It was the latter occasion tonight. India's bowlers leaked 359, the same score they had in the 2003 World Cup final. Only once had a bigger target been chased in ODI history, the famous Wanderers 438 game. Leave alone 359, India had never chased even 300 successfully against Australia.

All that changed, as Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made a mockery of the target, if a mockery can indeed be made of a target of 360. India got there with nine wickets and 39 deliveries to spare. Kohli registered the fastest ODI century by an Indian, in 52 balls. Rohit, accommodated by the team management and scrutinised by the media and fans for years, made his third hundred in 104 games, and his first since 2010. But it was Shikhar Dhawan, the golden boy of 2013, who set up the chase with a bludgeoned 95.

Dhawan and Rohit racked up 176 for the opening wicket in 26.1 overs, and Rohit and Kohli 186 for the second in only 17.2 overs. India began solidly against the fast bowlers and went through a short lull against the spinners before Dhawan hit 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 against Xavier Doherty. 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 at the time but that did not take away from his contribution to the stand. He was strong through and over the covers against the quicks. He ended the fallow period of five overs for 18 runs against the spinners by stepping out and lifting Glenn Maxwell for six. Barring that insignificant sequence, Australia were never able to build any pressure, conceding boundaries regularly.

The only challenge in front of India now was whether the rest would be able to keep up with the frenetic pace the openers had set. Kohli came in and stepped up the tempo so emphatically, the conclusion was foregone long before India arrived home.

The openers had ensured India stayed in sight of an asking-rate of over seven; Kohli made it drop rapidly. As soon as he arrived, he started stepping out and muscling sixes, against seam and spin alike. Kohli hit seven sixes in all, and on the whole, the match descended into a Twenty20-style innings where one boundary merged into each successive one with the collective impact of deflating the bowlers and rendering them almost irrelevant.

Rohit played second fiddle in both partnerships, but was always in control of the situation. As he pulled a six to move to 75, he collapsed in pain from a cramp in his leg. He's been accused of being soft, of lacking temperament, but he took treatment and nearly doubled his score. He hared back for twos as the non-striker, and celebrated an emotional and long overdue century with screams and invectives.

It was improbable to even imagine Australia losing after making 359. Their first three batsmen delivered the platform with three half-centuries and George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell savaged an already clueless India attack. Roughed up by Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson, India's bowlers leaked 96 in 8.3 overs against the fourth-wicket duo of Bailey and Maxwell, and 122 in the last ten overs. It was the first time the first five batsmen had made fifties in an ODI. But it was also to be the night India executed their highest successful chase.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KishoreMalladi on October 17, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    This is what the young guns can do. And this is not a flash in the pan from the famed batting line up. Hobart and Jaipur shows that the Indian batting has got the mettle to be one of the best in the world. Rohit would love to take this as a foundation and build on from here. Shikhar Dhawan just continued his class touch and the young legs could do nothing wrong. Bowling though still looks a worry and as Dhoni aptly said, it would be unfair to ask the batsmen to score 300+ every time. It is now just a matter of time before the bowlers too can take inspiration and pull up their socks. In all, some splendid cricket by the Men in Blue, or do we put it, Boys in Blue. 2015 might just look a reality if this continues. Kudos!!!

  • Nampally on October 16, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    In a fantastic battle of Power hitting, India showed they were a better team today. But what a match with over 700 runs scored for the loss of just 6 wkts. in <94 overs. It is tough to fight back after the huge loss in the first ODI & this time facing even higher total of 360. Kudos to India for a great victory Vs. the same bowlers who beat them. The Aussies batted with great gusto to go after the Indian bowlers & scored a record 359 for 5 aided by great knocks of Bailey, Hughes & Maxwell. Ishant & Vinay were again the 2 guys who leaked 173 runs in 18 0vers. On Jaipur's spinning wkt. Mishra would have been the most effective bowler but again excluded. India responded magnificiently thru' Dhawan & Rohit keeping up about 6.5 runs/over right from the start till Dhawan was out for fine 95. The opening stand of 175 @ 7 runs/over sealed the deal. Kohli finished the chase with the fastest 100 in 52 balls by an Indian. It was a memorable Indian win, as the 2 teams go to ODI #3, tied at 1-1.

  • class9ryan on October 16, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Twice now Virat Kohli has produced an whirlwind innings - one today at Jaipur and other one vs Sri Lanka at Hobart. I'm growing in as a greater fan of Virat Kohli every innings. Rohit looks such a complete player. Has almost got every shot in the book and is flamboyant as anything. Shikhar Dhawan might be late starting his international career but looks absolutely set to play another 7-8 years in this blue jersey. Great news for Indian cricket.

  • sss_m19 on October 18, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @anshu.S, well said! When Indian themselves join in bashing there is no wonder from outsiders...when india scored 413, it was batsmen quality against SL, when bowlers allowed SL to reach 411, it was pathetic india bowling that they where not able to content SL to much less score, if Aus scores 300+, it's pathetic iindia bowling, if india chases then flat track..it's not the inability of Aus bowlers..many where waiting to bash india that they are not able to score even in flat tracks(had inndia lost), but as india chased they had restructured the lines..few like Haloes & others intention is to always bash ashwin irrespective of his performance..when so much hatred(regional bias) within fellow country man..no wonder in bashings from other countries..

  • M@sK_Lanka on October 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    kholi already has more match winings innings compared to Tendulkar!

  • anshu.s on October 18, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @mark2011,Smash-em-Bang-em , well for haters like you no amount of reasoning and logic works , so biased and bigoted are you guys , now you even resorted to conspiracy theories that SA,Eng,Aus will prepare flat tracks no to displease BCCI , this is the most absurd,outrageous thing i have heard in a long long time, well haters logic is if India loses then then they can't play on certain type of pitches but if they win it must have been a flat track...

    Seriously how long can BCCI and Indian fans can put up with this much amount of hate,BCCI should seriously think about going American pro sports way,India should withdraw from ICC and conduct tests and 50 over tournaments on lines of IPL,they should remove the restriction on having only 4 international players and pay them the top dollars, then i will see how international cricket survives when every one of them would prefer to play in India.

  • hnlns on October 18, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    This is why the oldies like SRT had to make way for the young guns. If anybody still does not believe, they have to look at what transformation Rohit Sharma has undergone since being asked to open with Shikhar Dhawan. Great run chase indeed. Worthy of being the second greatest ODI run chase of all times, but it was nothing less electrifying than that 435 run chase at the Wanderers. Well done team India. Keep up the good work.

  • mark2011 on October 18, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    if cricket is going to be a bashing game of batsmen, then why d u need bowlers? just replace bowlling mechines . whats the meaning of hitting 4s n 6s for every ball and even miss hit are ging for six in small ground. India is totally destroying cricket.. I dont think neither Kholi nor Rohit is so great here scoring 100s on such bullish flat wicket... 700+ runes in less than 100 ovrs speaks volums about the condition of pitch and the size of ground looking at the no.of 4s and 6s and strike rate of batsmen... Its sad people dont realise this and jump over their players individual performance... this carnival cricket is being shwon too much thry IPL,CL and al other PL series of different countries... so too much fun games , but no matches of real contest between bat n ball .... cricket is being buried on live by India

  • Pavinasen on October 18, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    This is the second time that the Aussies been on the receiving end after chasing an almost impossible target,lest say 1 in a 1000 chance. Sa & Now India.I think the credit must go to Royith & Dhawan ,they set the platform for the very dangerous kholi.I have seen Kholi being india's savour in many a huge chase.

  • on October 18, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    wickets and grounds like these kill the game of cricket totally. soon, we might be seeing cricket as a game of only batsmen with the bowling being replaced by bowling machines.

    What is the point in having smaller grounds. even mis-hits are going in for a six. with the two new balls rule, the balls would be harder throughout the match.

    cricket is lovely to watch only when there is an even contest between bat and the ball. If all the remaining matches are going to be like this, then GOD save cricket.

  • KishoreMalladi on October 17, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    This is what the young guns can do. And this is not a flash in the pan from the famed batting line up. Hobart and Jaipur shows that the Indian batting has got the mettle to be one of the best in the world. Rohit would love to take this as a foundation and build on from here. Shikhar Dhawan just continued his class touch and the young legs could do nothing wrong. Bowling though still looks a worry and as Dhoni aptly said, it would be unfair to ask the batsmen to score 300+ every time. It is now just a matter of time before the bowlers too can take inspiration and pull up their socks. In all, some splendid cricket by the Men in Blue, or do we put it, Boys in Blue. 2015 might just look a reality if this continues. Kudos!!!

  • Nampally on October 16, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    In a fantastic battle of Power hitting, India showed they were a better team today. But what a match with over 700 runs scored for the loss of just 6 wkts. in <94 overs. It is tough to fight back after the huge loss in the first ODI & this time facing even higher total of 360. Kudos to India for a great victory Vs. the same bowlers who beat them. The Aussies batted with great gusto to go after the Indian bowlers & scored a record 359 for 5 aided by great knocks of Bailey, Hughes & Maxwell. Ishant & Vinay were again the 2 guys who leaked 173 runs in 18 0vers. On Jaipur's spinning wkt. Mishra would have been the most effective bowler but again excluded. India responded magnificiently thru' Dhawan & Rohit keeping up about 6.5 runs/over right from the start till Dhawan was out for fine 95. The opening stand of 175 @ 7 runs/over sealed the deal. Kohli finished the chase with the fastest 100 in 52 balls by an Indian. It was a memorable Indian win, as the 2 teams go to ODI #3, tied at 1-1.

  • class9ryan on October 16, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Twice now Virat Kohli has produced an whirlwind innings - one today at Jaipur and other one vs Sri Lanka at Hobart. I'm growing in as a greater fan of Virat Kohli every innings. Rohit looks such a complete player. Has almost got every shot in the book and is flamboyant as anything. Shikhar Dhawan might be late starting his international career but looks absolutely set to play another 7-8 years in this blue jersey. Great news for Indian cricket.

  • sss_m19 on October 18, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @anshu.S, well said! When Indian themselves join in bashing there is no wonder from outsiders...when india scored 413, it was batsmen quality against SL, when bowlers allowed SL to reach 411, it was pathetic india bowling that they where not able to content SL to much less score, if Aus scores 300+, it's pathetic iindia bowling, if india chases then flat track..it's not the inability of Aus bowlers..many where waiting to bash india that they are not able to score even in flat tracks(had inndia lost), but as india chased they had restructured the lines..few like Haloes & others intention is to always bash ashwin irrespective of his performance..when so much hatred(regional bias) within fellow country man..no wonder in bashings from other countries..

  • M@sK_Lanka on October 18, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    kholi already has more match winings innings compared to Tendulkar!

  • anshu.s on October 18, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @mark2011,Smash-em-Bang-em , well for haters like you no amount of reasoning and logic works , so biased and bigoted are you guys , now you even resorted to conspiracy theories that SA,Eng,Aus will prepare flat tracks no to displease BCCI , this is the most absurd,outrageous thing i have heard in a long long time, well haters logic is if India loses then then they can't play on certain type of pitches but if they win it must have been a flat track...

    Seriously how long can BCCI and Indian fans can put up with this much amount of hate,BCCI should seriously think about going American pro sports way,India should withdraw from ICC and conduct tests and 50 over tournaments on lines of IPL,they should remove the restriction on having only 4 international players and pay them the top dollars, then i will see how international cricket survives when every one of them would prefer to play in India.

  • hnlns on October 18, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    This is why the oldies like SRT had to make way for the young guns. If anybody still does not believe, they have to look at what transformation Rohit Sharma has undergone since being asked to open with Shikhar Dhawan. Great run chase indeed. Worthy of being the second greatest ODI run chase of all times, but it was nothing less electrifying than that 435 run chase at the Wanderers. Well done team India. Keep up the good work.

  • mark2011 on October 18, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    if cricket is going to be a bashing game of batsmen, then why d u need bowlers? just replace bowlling mechines . whats the meaning of hitting 4s n 6s for every ball and even miss hit are ging for six in small ground. India is totally destroying cricket.. I dont think neither Kholi nor Rohit is so great here scoring 100s on such bullish flat wicket... 700+ runes in less than 100 ovrs speaks volums about the condition of pitch and the size of ground looking at the no.of 4s and 6s and strike rate of batsmen... Its sad people dont realise this and jump over their players individual performance... this carnival cricket is being shwon too much thry IPL,CL and al other PL series of different countries... so too much fun games , but no matches of real contest between bat n ball .... cricket is being buried on live by India

  • Pavinasen on October 18, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    This is the second time that the Aussies been on the receiving end after chasing an almost impossible target,lest say 1 in a 1000 chance. Sa & Now India.I think the credit must go to Royith & Dhawan ,they set the platform for the very dangerous kholi.I have seen Kholi being india's savour in many a huge chase.

  • on October 18, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    wickets and grounds like these kill the game of cricket totally. soon, we might be seeing cricket as a game of only batsmen with the bowling being replaced by bowling machines.

    What is the point in having smaller grounds. even mis-hits are going in for a six. with the two new balls rule, the balls would be harder throughout the match.

    cricket is lovely to watch only when there is an even contest between bat and the ball. If all the remaining matches are going to be like this, then GOD save cricket.

  • BULTY on October 18, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    It was a great win. Congrats to Team India batters for achieving this in great style having lost the previous one in pursuit of a total less than this one. This ground, now famously short named "SMS" has once again proved ideal for the home team just as it proved to Rajasthan Royans in IPL 6 and CLT20 matches. The team performance barring the bowling attack was such that never in future the one liner "we were missing Sachin" should come. He has been forgotten in such a short time. GREAT!!!!!!!! Kepp performing like this in the rest of the matches, get quality bowlers to bowl with their minds also rather with their skills only. Once again congrats to Team India

  • mark2011 on October 18, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I dont think this is ODI game.. now India destroying ODI format also making 350+ pitches ....this is another T20 style game extended for 50 overs... what's the meaning of this type of flat batting track... hitting 100 runs in 30-50 balls have become pretty normal due one sided flat track bully concept of India...with IPL T20 carnival they already destroyed test matches and put whole cricketing nations into a one gambling ground.. now they are doing the same thing for ODI also...cricket is a game of bat and ball...there should be a even ground for batsmen/bowlers.. They should not make this type of IPL carnival pitches and destroy the real spirit of the game ....damn the India unfortunately start playing cricket and finally destroying everything for money.... Cricket RIP!!!!.....

  • on October 18, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Haters will remain haters even If India win 2015 wc in Australia cz they so jealous Indian supremacy in cricket and also cz those haters don't have batters like we have in our team and bcz their batters can nvr even in dream chase this total on a flat track against so called weak bowling attack of India..You special set of skills and character to be a chasing team on any pitch.. Nomatter how much India achieve, Haters will criticize.. India will win wc 2015 in OZ too.. Be prepared to face utter humiliation haters! Cz This Indian team is here to stay for a long long time.. Please publish

  • krazzymed007 on October 18, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Kudos!Exhilarating!Vengeance! These can be certain words that describes the euphoria of chasing a mammoth toll of 359 runs piled by bailey & co-their first in as many matches since 2012. More importantly Dhoni & Co have notched up an improbable chase and leveled the 7 match series 1-1. I'm also happy that likes of Virat's, Dhawan's and Sharma's have largely matured to the core under the magic wand of captain cool-Dhoni himself. What if there's no aggression off from the captain or teammates from the balcony??. Yep referring here to Sourav's act from famous series win over England in Lord's a few years ago. However lessons not yet learned by Indian bowlers specially the pace of Ishant's and Vinay Kumar except Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who leaked a bit less runs. Otherwise total would have been in excess of 400 plus!. When would India have a league of bowlers who can curtail the opposition both with pace and spin is definitely a debatable one. All in all splendid work by MIB (Men in Blue!)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 18, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @ Smash-em-Bang-em . Those SA, Eng and Aus need 'Fast tracks' to win home and abroad, isn't it?. So they are Fast track bullies. Check what happened to SA in Dubai and England earlier there. What happened to SA in SL and Aus in India. lolz. Prepare more green pitches and send any school level player to bounce the ball to batsman's head. thats what they are doing now. Think of it just before commenting about 'flat' pitches.lol.

  • Sunman81 on October 18, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Flat track or bad bowling... it takes some skill to chase down such a huge total with ease... Well played India...

  • on October 18, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Mr.Bailey asked to Ravi " is the pitch is a beauty" then how they made 359 runs in 50 overs, don't criticize the pitch when you loss the match, criticize your "world class" bowlers

  • BangbangKohli on October 18, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Sabash India, congrats men in Blue. Kohli, Dhawan, and Rohit were awesome, bring any total, they will beat it. India proved why they are the world champs

  • on October 18, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Kudos to the Indian batsmen for an amazing run chase! The key difference from the failed chase in WC 2003 final was the self-belief. Then, India looked a beaten side even before Tendulkar's first-over dismissal. Not saying that the current line-up would have succeeded against McGrath & Co but the match would have held interest for longer than the 51 overs that it did. The other aspect that is encouraging about these youngsters is their collective strength in the field. As they showed during the Champions Trophy, even when the conditions and the quality of the opposition do not allow them to rake up 300+ scores, they can help win matches with their fielding. That's why I would back the current top six (Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina & Dhone) even against a lineup of India's ODI batting greats, such as Tendulkar, Sehwag, Ganguly, Azharuddin, Dravid (wk) and Ajay Jadeja.

  • TheBigBoodha on October 18, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    The problem is that the Indian team is massively imbalanced. The bowling is so bad, that no target will be safe when bowling second. I predict the team will fluctuate between big wins and big losses, game to game. The pacers are very poor, while the spinners are average -ish, and require rank dry turners to be effective - and those are next to impossible to create on an ODI track. It can be done of course. When India played AUS in the quarter-final of the last World Cup, there was a huge spray of dust as the third ball of the game pitched on the wicket. I'll never forget it. It was all downhill from there.

  • popcorn on October 17, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    I am not as dismayed that we lost.If we had scored 250 and India had chased it down, that would have been ok. We set them 360 to win and they chased it down eith 9 wickets to spare. Compare this with the World Cup Final of Jo'burg 2003, when we scored 2 for 360, and WON. We bowled India out for a low score.It shows that our bowling was not up to the mark and the pitch was pathetic.What can our fielders do when our bowlers could not extract anything from a lifeless pitch? Lastly, how can ICC appoint such poor Umpires for an international match? There should have been neutral umpires. Virat Kohli was clearly out nicking to the keeper. The whole world heard the nick except Kulkarni standing 22 yards away. No DRS either.And the TV umpire Shamsuddin should have given Shikar Dhawan out stumped. His foot was on the line, not inside. That's out.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 17, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Nice to read the comments of haters and naysayers. After the first innings, haters never commented on the pitch. It was all about how great the Aussies batted and how pathetic and over-rated this Indian team is. But when India chased it down with an even better batting display, all of a sudden it is now about how flat the pitch is and how Indian batsmen are flat track bullies. hahaha....I'm enjoying this. Point is India has the best batting line-up in the world. Add Pujara in the mix and it will be just unreal. Haters, naysayers and sour-grapers can't stomach these facts. Next point is, find another two bowlers and India will be a very big force to reckon with. Take care haters. Your jealousy will burn you guys from inside. tsk tsk tsk....hahahaha. I'm enjoying this.

  • on October 17, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Amazing performance by the team India. Looking forward to the next few matches.

    @Blade-Runner/Smash-em-Bang-em : Hope Indian batsmen made it worth for u get up at 4 too see match.

  • Harmony111 on October 17, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @class9ryan: You forgot his knock of 183 vs Pak chasing 330. That was equally sensational. Had it been a player from Eng or Aus they would have hailed him as GOAT already. Do you not know how loud they sing for Butler & Root? You should have seen the comments of FFL & other usual suspects when Luke Wright played a nice knock vs NZ in one T20 earlier this year. You would have thought Luke Wright was some combination of Bradman+Sachin+Richards going by the praise he got from his countrymen that day.

    Anyways, talking about Kohli, many modern day batsman would not have such a glittering record like Kohli & he is just starting. Incredible. This man is truly Virat. He has already made it big and now he is gonna make it COLOSSAL.

  • fguy on October 17, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    so if you go by logic of india bashers : if Indian batsman score runs it's a flat pitch or poor bowling attack but if the opposition makes those runs then pitch is fine & it's only due to brilliant batting. people using that logic arent in danger of being given Mensa membership that's for sure.

    also, surprised that George Bailey isnt rated by Aussie fans. before this series i thought he was a ok batsman but really he seems to have plenty of gears & a real talent. he definitely seems alot better than likes of Khwaja/Hughes. you shouldnt go just by domestic performance. some players do better at the int'l level than they do at lower levels. i think he should be inducted in test side immediately.

  • Brahams on October 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Very interesting to see the condescending remarks on the flatness of the pitch after India chased down almost 360 and that too by losing only one wicket. There were hardly any comments on the pitch just after the Aussie innings - everyone seemed to enjoy the brutal batting and the pathetic bowling performance of Indians, particularly, from Ishant.

    It takes skill, courage, concentration, and nerves of steel - frequently touted as 'character' by the players these days - to chase 350+ in a one-dayer - Is this really hard to comprehend? It was only a few days back the media was going hyper on Aussie strategy of using fast, short-pitched bowling to Indians to keep them 'honest'.

    As several educated readers have reminded, the pitch is the same, for most part, to both the teams. And India has done exceedingly well all over the word; Word cup in England (1983), B&H cup (Australia,1985), T20 world cup (South Africa), and Champions trophy (England) to name a few trophies.

  • SRV_india on October 17, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    One more interesting note.. The top 4 highest successful run chases have come against australia

  • on October 17, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    whatever the state of wicket a 300-320 is chasable. But if the team scores and the rivals chase it down, it is pure bad bowling. The batting look too strong when the bowling gets poor.

  • ScottStevo on October 17, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK, I disagree, in part. I think it's perfectly acceptable to recognise a talented player and have them begin their int'l career in ODIs. It's a good testing ground to see if they can hack it with the big names and perform in pressure situations. Picking players from T20 is an issue though as it's different again. Also, there is absolutely no way that McKay should be near our test team. In fact, he bothers me in the ODI side - but he just keeps taking wickets!Possibly because he's the bowler 'to go after'. Again, I can't see him, or Faulkner, being very good outside of limited overs stuff. Also, not sure how long you can persisit with someone like Rogers, he's already 35+! Fortunately, he didn't do too badly in Eng, but he's only a stop gap measure for the next Ashes/summer and he'll be gone and we'll have to choose from Hughes, Khawaja, etc. - which would be fine if we actually give them a fair go rather than a test or 2 here and there. Same with Starc...

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Appu Dasa on (October 17, 2013, 14:30 GMT):

    Why did you UNILATERALLY reduce 7 ODIs to just 5 ODIs?

  • immi2711 on October 17, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    WOW!!! I was flipping between PAK vs SA and INDIA vs AUS. When I saw AUS post 359, I thought, India cant chase 359. Went back to watching PAK match. Fell asleep, woke up and saw the post "India mow down 359" and my jaw dropped, I refreshed about 3 times to make sure, it was not a typo.

    Being a PAK fan, now I wish I had seen the INDIA/AUS match. I can only imagine the shots by Dhawan and Kholi. Congrats my Inidan amigos....coming from Pakistan. We should meet sometime... Why the cricket gods dont let us play, or should I say the BCCI dont arrange something....even in Dubai.

  • Nandhu101 on October 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    ashwin bashers ...see the figure he has ..8-50-1-0, ER= 6.25 he has the wicket ...he has second best economy ...whats is wrong there ...he did well ...but he is trying something new i agree ...as a bowler you need to try something new ..sometimes it will click ...sometimes backfire ....we have to give support at their bad situation also ...hope he will come good ...(Note: Australia is always in attacking mood with ashwin .. bcuz they knows if he settle he will be danger )...

    good luck india...

  • kreeketer on October 17, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Standard Pitches / sporting pitches / substandard pitches, common guys...relax....Enjoy this "batting evolution" from a 'different Orbit' style by India.... This shows, where Indian Cricket and World cricket stands...especially the first class cricket comparison between India and Australia...top 5 from them score 50s and for India, out of three, 2 scored scintillating 100s and Shikhar missed out on a well deserved 100....Well done India....You are proving that Why we are world champions...Thrash them 6-1 and win the series...

  • Smash-em-Bang-em on October 17, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    So they win 1 game on a dead, flat-track and you all forget the 72 run drubbing handed out couple of days back...lol ..flat-track bullies. True test is playing on the pitches of Australia, England and SA. Oh wait !!! the administrators from those countries are not making any seaming pitches to avoid the Indian team get a 4-0 drubbing again and make the gold-rich BCCI unhappy again..All the fracas just worth laughing at...lol

  • TAcricfan on October 17, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    This comes from Pakistan>>> Way to Go INDIA. What a historical run chase. I tel you what?? Given the Indian Batting strength, the day India produces a few great bowlers like Kapil Dev , its will become hard to beat them. I see a future Sachin in Kohli

  • on October 17, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Only india can play this type of cricket. The way virat, rohit and dhawan played australian should have been salute to these three young bullet guns from indian team. Hats off guys. Keep it up.

  • malepas on October 17, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    These are the pitches where teams and batsman create wrong impressions of themselves. People want to see good cricket and that's between bat and ball. These sort of pitches are killing the true sprit of cricket and should make for T20 cricket only which meant to be killing of the bowlers.

  • sachinisawesome on October 17, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    To all talking about flat pitch and how it isn't a big deal to chase 360. This wasn't the first time a match was played on a flat pitch. But how many times this kind of score has been achieved on flat tracks.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Isanth Sarma still expensive and also he is not an all rounder. Why they cannot think an all rounder in that place? Rishi Dhawan, Abhishek Nair or like that so many option.

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    when australia wins on a flat pitch in india then india cant play but when india wins then its a flat pitch

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Do not be too confident, still three more matches and Aussies are bound to get back. The pitch was a concrete one and hardly any ball movement and the bounce predictable. Hope curators do not make such pitches for the next three games. Or else India will be a force at home but nobody outside just like the South Africans are a force at home only

  • on October 17, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Sub standard and dead pitches...700 plus runs. Although, it was a great game to watch

  • vishal_pintoo on October 17, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    No dear all, that was not so special. Was a completely flat wicket. The moment Australia gave us the target i told my coligue that we will win this game easily. He laughed. There was nothing in the track for the bolwers. India A could also havwon the last game.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Need to prove they are the best.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 17, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Mary_786: Test cricketers should seldom be picked on the basis of short-formats, full stop! - be those runs in India, Australia or Timbuktu...

    The problem with Australian test cricket is that you keep picking players like Warner who are not test-standard at all and only perform consistently in the shorter formats. How well did that go in the last Ashes? I agree with you - players like Smith, Khawaja, Rogers etc. should be persisted with and given much more help instead of criticism from past greats. Short format players: leave them to it! Absolutely nothing wrong with specialising in only one or two formats these days. The only player I harp on about that COULD deliver in tests, but is labelled as a short-format-specialist is Clint McKay (before certain people point this out...).

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    The Jaipur pitch was definitely a belter still scoring 360 runs with nine wickets in hand and 7 overs to spare is a tremendous team effort. Hats off to Kohli , Dhawan and Rohit

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    india played like they were chasing dow 250 ! man great batting by kohli and rohit

  • Naresh28 on October 17, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Both teams had batsman scoring big and I would say India came out on top. For the bowlers it was an absolute nightmare out there. I would not write this Oz team out. They batted first not knowing a safe score and may have had a dew factor against them. It was a SHEER PLEASURE to watch Rohit at his best. Timing, grace, power meeting the ball at the right time and bisecting the field.Dhawan was quick out of the blocks and Kohli - well what can I say - fans might not miss SACHIN. In fact I am sure Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman, Sachin and Shewag would have been watching somewhere and said Indian cricket is in capable hands and memories might have floated back to them. However our bowling is streets behind and needs some injection.

  • SauShar on October 17, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    ...contd I strongly believe that the captain can change the result of the game in his favour at any point of time by making strategies against every player of the opposition. And, while fielding there are 300 balls i.e 300 chances to prove yourself because batsman needs only one ball to get out. So, wake up MSD unless it is too late!!! This is Australia, the earlier champions for almost a decade.

    Thank You!!! Wishing India Wins..

  • ScottStevo on October 17, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    @hycIass & Mary_786, so you're effectively rewarding players currently doing well in the ryobi tournament, but not those who did so well last season they were selected to play for their country and then do well internationally? But you're right, I mean playing ryobi cup cricket in NSW is definitely harder than playing int'l cricket in close to the harshest of enviroments to play cricket as a visitor... Cameron White - really? He's done - was a decent player, well, a decent limited overs player, but if you're seriously considering he's a shot for test selection over guys like Hughes or Bailey, you must be on seriously good drugs! To be honest, I couldn't really care less about who does what in this ryobi tournament and it should have 0 impact on test selection. The shield games are a different matter as those couple of games could decide a few players, but it's not as if we're going to select a whole team based on averages after 3 matches!

  • SauShar on October 17, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I think MS Dhoni's captaincy is under scrutiny in the ongoing series against Australia. We have just witnessed Bailey's brilliance in the first match as a captain. I think there was lot to learn as captain like how he uses his bowlers, how he put some close-in fielders to create pressure on the batsman, how he shuffles his bowlers around, how strategically he identified and blocked some areas which is favorite for Indian batsmans, and every fielder was spot on to grab the ball. In the second ODI, we all have witnessed shear class of India's three top order batsmans among four (Fourth is MS Dhoni). Though, we won the game comprehensively but the weakness again highlighted as we allow them to score 359 runs. Bailey again impressed with his captaincy and did apply all the strategies again in this game but remains unsuccessful and knelt down against the pure class of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. But from India, MS Dhoni was as usual as ever while fielding in both the games

  • on October 17, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    if pitches in india are graveyards for bollowes why Aus lost 4-0 ? if track is slow and turning and india wins then also pitches are culprit? but if match ends in 3 days on a green top then its good bollowing or india cant bat abroad....its a shame that some people cant tolerate good cricket that India plays and always finding some foolish reasons to criticise India

  • hycIass on October 17, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Mary i share your worry and even though i wanted us to win last night, in a way its good we lost because we won't talk up our ODI batsman like they are the next ashes heroes, getting 50s against Sharma and the other Indian fast bowlers on a lifeless pitch does not compare to facing Anderson, Broad and Bresnan in our pacy pitches and which is why its key that Shield and Ryobi scores take precedence and guys such as Smith, Khawaja and White who have scored heavily so far this season be rewarded.

  • brusselslion on October 17, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Sounds like both sets of batsmen had fun!

    In the context of the more important matter of the Ashes, it might give the Aussie batters a bit more belief. On the bowling front, that's Mitch's series finished before it starts, as it will take him ages to get over this mauling.

  • Mary_786 on October 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    My worry is that our ODI batsman will get runs on these easy tracks and think they are ready for the ashes, i can only hope the selectors pick on shield and Ryobi form and not on the basis of these flat pitches where every single player got above 50 and where 350 was chased with 7 overs to spare. Smith, Khawaja and Klinger continue to impress domestically.

  • on October 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Well Lakshmi there is no where else to go from a number one ranking but down - and Australia are currently second ??!!

  • waheeb013 on October 17, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    being a supporter of pak & india. i would like to see a team combination of Indian batsmen and Pakistani bowlers than i can bet make world 11 and play match against us...i love to see kohli as i was to Akhter...

  • Ms.Cricket on October 17, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Cricket Australia should stop their ridiculous policy of not playing Siddle and Lyon in the ODIs. Australia is the only team in the world that cotton-balls its best bowlers even though the policy has failed miserably. Australia has fallen down the ODI rankings over the years. Never did they rest McGrath, Warne or other front-line bowlers during their days of dominition.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Indian cricket well atleast modern day Indian cricket is most dependent on batsman .. Only in every few occasions does bowlers come into the picture. I am happy that India is constantly producing these talented Batsman who are able cover for the lack of good blowers or wicket taking blowers. Thought Bhuvaneswar Kumar could be a new chapter but he too needs support from others and which is lacking a big time. Kohli is proving to be the most dangerous when challenged , he seems to enjoy and excel in those moments. Now Rohit Sharma needs show that this is not a one time lucky in five years innings but a constant development. Shikhar seems to say I waited long enough it's my time now.. Hope India can get bowlers like him.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Flat bed.....belter....nightmare for bowlers.......flat track bully......should have been supportive for both batsmen & bowlers........

    How many times such a chase had been happened? What is their frequency?

    Since 1 Jan 2005, it happened 11 times (either for successful chase or tied). The criteria is chasing 325 & more runs. The final results were won 9 tied 2. It happened thrice in IND. Out of which IND won 1 and tied 1 (the famous WC 2011 match against ENG at Bangalore & ENG were chasing). The third team was Irish who chased 329 against ENG in same WC 2011.

    Remaining 8 matches were played all over the world.

    But if it happens once in a year, why don't we acknowledge it? Why can't we enjoy? Why just bash over pitch?

    If we do still remember Proteas chase of 438 in Johannesburg even after 7 years, then why can't this???????

    Still bashers have a common agenda to criticize IND...on pitch issue....so called graveyard for bowlers. It is mere to excuse to hide inability to perform.

  • tcherian on October 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    I was checking up on stats and virat with 16 hundreds has already joined the list of one day greats. He is up there among the best who have played the game with half the number of games it took others to reach the landmark Best of luck I think with his ambition and drive he surely could eclipse Sachin on one day land marks...

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Simply stunning , This team showed why its world no 1 and world champions . Glad that Rohit finally got a century ,I hope now poeple understand why India trusted in him for so long .He has been doing well as opener and this century may now remove the mental block and hope to see many more from him . Dhawan ,gave a great start ,amazing innings by him . Kohli ,these big succesful chases ,he is always the man who does it . he is surely the best ODI batsman currently on form . People can say all the stuff they want to about the flat pitch and on but the fact is chasing 360 by 9 wickets with 40 balls left is tough and rare no matter what ptich. Its an incredible achievement by Team India . People with any cricketing sense would know how good India were. This Indian team has math winners all over . The world should be scared ,very SCARED . And the baseless comment ,Indian haters make every time (win or lose) wont change the fact that at the moment in ODIs this Indian team is the best.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Ishant Sharma needs to cut his hair. In the heat of India having such long hair raises the body heat and also blocks his vision. It is common sense. If Ii were a slector unless he keeps his hair short, I would drop him

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Aussies deflated ! What a run carnage! Truely marvellous.

  • mayuresh11 on October 17, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    pls pls pls now change the bowling line up......instead of ashwin vinay and sharma give chance to mishra sami and unkand

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    From an Indian point of view, congrats to the batsmen. You were simply unbelievable . Each of the three should have got the Mom !!! However the bowling is pathetic. It is ok when you are hit for boundaries from good or ok balls. But showering the batsmen with pathetic stuff is what was visible except for Bhuvi and to an extent Jadega. Ishant (with his mop stick hair) and Aswin (the old woman pace of running) are worse than Zahir Khan on the filed. Saurav Ganguly during his match commentary was critical about Aswin, other Indians were just "Aakhon deke haal" . For heaven's sake Harsha , stop being the nice guy . Can't buy your comments on the "best shot so far"!!! Seems like giving advice on swimming, having learnt it online . L Siva Ram Krishnan's commentary is like a concert without its conductor . The tempo of his words shoots up immediately without any relevance to what he speaks. Ravi Shastri is too much of repetition !

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Great work done by the Indian Batsmen, the way they toyed with so called "Pace Attack" was fun to watch..absolute entertainment, most important part of this run chase was the fearless play by the young guns which shows the Indian Team Batting is way ahead than any other cricketing nation across the globe..however the questions raised by our bowling should not be forgotten, with Umesh this bowling attack looks pretty ordinary and one dimensional, even Bhuvi who usually performs better with Umesh is not picking up wickets in the begining...Ishant n Vinay are unfortunately one-trick pony with not of much class...I hope that after 3rd ODI team shud be changed, Umesh and Zak/Ishwar Pandey must come in place of Vinay and Ishant...Mishra shud find a place in 11 replacing Ashwin who's clearly struggling with his bowling.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    no score is safe against this indian team if they gets 500 runs, these were also be chased, and one more facts is virat contribution.

  • on October 17, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Must congratulate the Indian top order batsman on making what looked like a daunting target look nowhere near enough. At the half way stage I thought the Aussies had it won, but yet another example of when not to judge a pitch until both sides have batted on it, and it was obviously a belter. I thought the keeper missed a trick not standing up to Watson as the Indians were walking up the track and belting him. Unfortunately yet another poor third umpire decision didn't help the Aussies but with unused batsman of the quality of Dhoni it wouldn't have changed the result.

  • Flemo_Gilly on October 17, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Kohli is perhaps the best young batsman in the world right now. I think we need to establish that Bailey is a good ODI player but he is not a test player. He averaged 18 in shield last year and didn't do well in county as well. Some guys handle the white ball well but can't handle the red ball and Bailey is a good example of that. Until he gets shield runs he can't be considered for higher honours.And given India chased 360 with 7 overs to spare the pitch wasn't anything we will have ready for the POMs in brisbane. I am more inclined to watch guys such as Smith, KHawaja who are doing well for their states in Ryobi with solid performances on pitches we will get against England.

  • beyondanything on October 17, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    The more and more negative, useless, baseless and unrealistic (mostly double standard) comments from my fellow neighbouring fans, means that India is performing better and better day by day. Indian cricket is shaping well for a bright future (Although the bowling department needs concern). WC 2011, CT 2013, Tri-nation series and an emphatic run chase (only the second highest run chase after SA) are just few examples.

    Our neighbouring fans could not digest such a big show from India, and that too consistently.

    After being totally out played in the first ODI, to come up and chase a mammoth total with such ease and elegance needs courage and determination.

    Well done India. We have justified our WC, CT 2013 triumphs again and again. We rightly deserve to be No.1.

    No wonder my neighbours feel the pain. It is another "thorn in their flesh."

    India dominates once again. Well done India.

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    The modern day cricket is murdering the guile and shrewdness of bowlers. The pitches are so dead that there is no encouragement for the bowlers to try out new initiatives. Their only focus is containment which is also not possible in such pitches. Why have human bowlers at all if the game is to be played in such pitches. Let the bowling machines bowl and the batsmen can take a whack !!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    ishant should be kicked out

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 17, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    A superb performance by the Indian batsmen who approached the situation with a lot of calmness and confidence. The Australians couldn't have done much, but were certainly superb with the bat. The series is poised evenly at 1-1 heading to Mohali, where a green tinge is expected. Australia have proven that they are here to win and can't be taken lightly despite having a third string bowling attack no Michael Clarke in the side. I expect this to go down to the wire, maybe a 4-3 to either team if all matches are completed. India will be hungry to stamp their authority over the Aussies whom they haven't beaten in a bilateral ODI series (in which more than one match has been played) since 30 years. This is a meaningless series, with a lot of meaningful cricket being played and at this point can go either way!

  • India-Do-Well on October 17, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    To all asking why is AUS in India playing ODI.. simple generating revenues for CA. Just so we are all clear the marquee test series 'THE ASHES' is so commercially viable that the broadcaster doesn't want to pay for the best thing since sliced bread 'HOT (we remove all howlers and BCCI against us)' SPOT'. They think its not worth $250K for the entire series. This is not to gloat but for all the BCCI bashing that goes on re: Hot Spot & DRS, I find it really funny that if we all agree that technology makes the game better & is a must and Hot Spot (say 90% accurate) is better for the game then why is it not being used in the Ashes when clearly both ECB and CA (unlike BCCI against) are all for it - It boils down to money. If BCCI is about money - 'oh they are destroying the game'. When ECB and CA do not use technology which they both like and their players like (see Anderson and other interviews) because it costs money then suddenly they get a free pass. I think that is Hypocritical

  • Int.Curator on October 17, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Pitch doctoring happens we know this.

    India have a weak bowling team we know this.

    It's the extent Indian curators go to prepare unfair contests between bat and ball to favour and strengthen their team. Way beyond the extent other countries will slump.

    This is not a fair and reasonable playing surface and they do so without an ethical compass to guage from.

    This is what leaves the rest of the worlds cricketing community gobsmacked and views results in India nul, void, invalid and a waste of time.

  • screamingeagle on October 17, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 0-54 from 10 is my MOM. Why did an Indian bowler get away with those figures in this match? Maybe the Aussies did not want to spoil his figures? Must be anything but good bowling from what I see posted here.

  • India-Do-Well on October 17, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @ Mirza Salman ALi Baig - very conveniently you to forgot mention that after the test dubbing, India pretty much changed their team and then won the CT in England and in WI and ZIM (we saw the fight ZIM gave Pakistan). The reality is that the test team that lost in ENG and AUS was a bad, jaded and old team. Every often there is a fine line between a Wily Veteran Team and a Veteran Team past is prime and often you realize that after the fact. This is exactly what happened. No excuses, India got hammered in two test series... so what!!! We don't have to be apologetic about it for the rest of our lives. ENG got hammered by Pak after being #1, you would think that the newly crowned #1 side would have some quality against a #5/6 side no matter where you play. The fact is India has won one global ODI championship in India but three outside of the sub-continent WC-83, AUS-85 and CT-13.

  • mjrvasu on October 17, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Get Amit Mishra and the Kashmiri spinner, knock out Ishant (how is he still finding a place in the team? this is a wonder) and Ashwin who seems now to be incapable of controlling the batsman or his own bowling.

  • Sumeet_Crazy on October 17, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    If Australia makes 359 and India is not able to chase it, then it is not a flat pitch. But, if India is able chase it easily then everyone comes with a conclusion that this is a flat pitch. How bised is this ? No one termed 2003 final pitch as "flat pitch" because only Australia was able to make 359, India was not able to chase that..And now everyone is screaming like anything ...

  • DingDong420 on October 17, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    WHY is it that whenever the bowlers give away runs its bad bowling but when the batsmen score runs against the opposition the batsmen are great. The UK commentators are the same....

    Aus 359.....bad Indian bowlers Ind 362/1 40 balls to spare...great Indian batsmen

    How about the bowlers did a great job, keeping the AUS batsmen to only 359 as we later found out that the score was a poor one???

  • JK71 on October 17, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    This win has to be seen in two different contexts. One of Sachin Tendulkar retiring from cricket in a month's time and the second is of Sehwag and Gambhir's desperate attempts to find their way back to India team. Sachin Tendulkar and his esteemed batting partners (Jadeja, Ganduly, Sehwag and Gambhir) with all their dashing dazzling batting displays have never been part of such phenomenal victory. If the current crop of India one day team batsmen (lives upto their potential like Sachin Tendulkar) India will not miss Sachin Tendulkar from the team. As he is nearing the end of his playing days, Sachin Tendulkar would be at peace about the future of India One day team. Coming back to the Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's desire to get back to India team, yesterday's victory has made the task very difficult for them. Captain Dhoni would pleased with the overall scenario in batting. He has to focus on the bowlers to improve.

  • on October 17, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Two ODI's 300+ runs. Feel very sad for bowlers. Though its a great performance by the batsman. I felt the entire game was bit boring as batsman after batsman came and hitting boundaries with ease. Nowadays in the game of cricket, the difficulty mode for batsman is low and for bowler its high.

  • vsroc on October 17, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (October 17,2013) After a true professional performance by Australia against Team India in the first ODI at Pune,it was a record breaking performance by India against the same opponent in the second one at Jaipur.Shikar Dhawan played well in association with Rohit Sharma who scored a brilliant century. Virat Kohli,not only scored an amazing century but also the fastest one by an Indian.Indeed,it was a memorable match.

  • coppyshoppy on October 17, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    This is youngsters team... But need consistency.. The same score at 2003 worldcup... But that time our mind set is that match lost before batting started. Now the mindset is we can win more than this score...well done team india! The black spot is ishant and vinay... try new fast blowers.. sur they will not give more than this run in 10 overs....

  • bbnn on October 17, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Whoever blaming Ishant and Vinay look the match stat of James Faulkner, Shane watson and cilint Mackey indian bowlers are better than the Aussie bowlers! stil i want to see Mohith partnering Bhuvaneswar in the fourt ODI and let Dhawal Kulkarni oru Rishi Dhawan be the third bowler, Rahul Shukla is another bowler india can opt but i know that will be unreal becuase Shukla not getting opportunity in first class matches

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Well india is a graveyard for the bowlers...last night i came to know that why indians having being produceing the good bowlers bcz they dont allow to be...i mean how as a young cricketer u can end ur career before even being started...With flat pitches u will be completely bamboozled by them...nd when their batters went abroad their "Avgs" being drop...I mean how can u forget the world champions getting beaten 4-0 nd 5-0 straight after the World Cups..

  • vivkr on October 17, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I don't really know what Cricket Australia are thinking, if they are that is. They are supposed to be preparing for an Ashes Test tour Down Under by playing T20 and one-dayers in India, obviously a good way of getting used to the conditions at home and boosting morale, right?

    Honestly, this reminds me more of the kind of "tour preparation" that our Indian teams usually have when they travel to Oz or SA: maximum of 1 tour match before the Test series begins, no preparations or conditioning other than playing useless one-day tri-series with some minnow team at home or in some desert.

    It's about time we scrapped these sort of meaningless bilateral one-day series. One-dayers are thrilling, exciting but make sense either at the end of a Test series or better still, as part of the World Cup or Champions Trophy. And T20: well we have the IPL, right? Need I say more?

    I am sure the ECB are laughing themselves silly at the sight.

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    If AUS wants to win the series then bat 2nd in day night game. also inculde one more genuine sppiner. as because in india chase run is very easy in flood pitch. hard luck for rest of the series.

  • PadMarley on October 17, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Kholi might end up doing this several times. Some players had such a great influence on the ODI game. Have a look at statistics. There had been 80 times in the past a batsmen has scored a century in less than 80 ballsin ODIs. And this has been achieved by 47 batsmen. 10% of these 80 occurances belong to Jayasuriya [Amazing!! and he didnt learn this by playing T20]. Jayasuriya has done it 8 times, and Sehwag has done it 7 times. Gilchrist and Afrid 4 times each. These four players alone have accounted for nearly 30% of the most entertaining centuries in the history of ODIs from a scoring rate point of view.Lets see if any of the new generation's T20 groomed players will be able to go past Jayasuriya or Sehwag. Time will tell....

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @Shan156, @jb633, point accepted about the bowling. Even we know that our bowling is pathetic. And as both of you mentioned, if we can find someone who can fill up this void, we will be in strong reckoning for 2015. We are not looking for guys like Anderson, Steyn, Harris, Pattinson etc, but even if we get half decent attack, it will be icing on the cake. Bhuvi is doing just fine, he was good in little helpful conditions in Eng as well as WI. So I do not see any reason that why he can not come good in Aus. Ashwin is going through a bad patch, but he though is no Swann or Ajmal, he fits in alright in my half decent theory. Umesh, though expensive but has the ability to get wickets (unlike Ishant who does nothing). So we have 2 spots vacant. Probably if Zak can stay fit till 2015. Then will need a fast (oops medium) bowler allrounder for Jadeja in Aus conditions. To make it simple, right now target is to find bowlers who can stop teams under 300, blasting them off is asking way too much

  • harishk19812007 on October 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    **********All you people calling Indian cricketers flat track bullies...... can you see only one side of the coin are you blind not to see the other side????? doesn't the other teams have the same opportunities as does the Indian team???? if the other teams are so great on so called "DIFFICULT TRACKS" shouldn't it be a walk in the park on so called "FLAT TRACKS" why this double standards when it comes to India????? the bashing of an Indian team win or an achievement of an Indian cricketer is really getting disgusting!!!!!************

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Indian batsmen proved they are superhumans from this effort ..... they are all SHER-E-HINDHS....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    When India unable to defend a 300+ score against England, it was Indian bowlers inability... and when Aus bowlers not able to do it, it is just pitch! Chasing a very big score is not easy even on flat pitches...just ask SA how they did it against Aus few years back.

  • IndianCoolGuy on October 17, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    @Blade-Runner : Thank you very much for watching the entire match waking up early 4 am being a SL fan. Probably you would want to find out what Indian batsmen have and SL players are missing and watching matches like this you would understand better. Coming to Jadeja's bowling figures, first watch Aus bowlers figures and then check Jadeja's bowling figures. I hope you watch cricket regularly and i expect a little more cricket knowledge from you. A spinner would not be much effective on a fast pitch or batting pitch and similarly a fast bowler would not be effective in a slow pitch and may be effective on a cloudy weather. we all know that you do not have a broad head to appreciate a good knocks like Dhawan, Rohit or Kohli.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 17, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Congrats to India. Johannesburg, Jaipur, Hamilton, Aukland - Top four run chases shows the innability of Aus to defend a hign score. It is a shame for a team like Aus as they normally considered as better fielders and bowlers than opposition.

  • Mary_786 on October 17, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    India totally outclassed us in this game. Runs on the pitches in India shouldn't really count towards test selection for the ashes, India chased down 350 with 7 overs to do, what does that tell you. It should be about Ryobie and shield form as the pitches reflect what we will face in the ashes and guys such as Smith and Khawaja are making solid runs for their states so far.

  • Thyagu5432 on October 17, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Once Haddin dropped Dhawan and after the openers scored almost half of 360 without getting separated, then it became a T25 match with 5 powerplay overs in between. To get another 185 in a T25 match seemed so much possible especially after India had chased down 200 in a T20 match just a few days back against the same opposition. However, a few wickets at that juncture could still have got Aussies back in the game but, oh Man! what did Kohli eat for Lunch? Not only he didn't give any chance to get out, not only he kept the tempo, he, in fact, upped the tempo to dismiss any thought of an Aussie come back. Super!

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Good Knock by top three guys.... Keep going

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Pitches (or rather tar roads) are not going to provide an equal contest between bat and ball. Subcontinental pitches for ODIs are way too in favour of batsmen. Wish the remaining ODIs have something in it for the bowlers.

  • paapam on October 17, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    ,A great win. B.Kumar, Vinay, Ashwin and Sharma need to be rested. Karan Sharma, Karan Shukla, Abhishek Nayar, Rajat Bhatia, Binny and Amit Misra need a look in. The bowling looks clueless. We need fresh spinners and all-rounders who can bat at 7 and bowl dibbly-dobbly medium pace.

  • Pathiyal on October 17, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    while i was happy with the way the batsmen played (they are really capable of putting such performances on indian pitches), the indian medium pace attack was looking the worst once again.

  • jb633 on October 17, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @Shan156, yeah fair point about the Hobart win and I agree India are the best side at the moment. I do still stand by my point though that unless you get an attack to do the business you wont win a WC in Australia. On greentops where 320 is not attainable then you would back sides like Aus/ ENG/SA to win because they have the bowling attack to exploit the conditions. IMO Australia are not a particularly good batting side and the bowling in the last 3 games has been nothing short of dreadful. The batting has been phenomenal of that there is no question. Only time will tell of course and hopefully by then there will be some seamers showing at least some promise.

  • Int.Curator on October 17, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Victory lost in contest between bat and bat!

    This is another fine example of Indian pitch doctoring.

    Why bother to train to be one of the few bowlers in the world to achieve deliveries at 150 plus when pitches are designed to negate this.

    I predicted this and posted in a previously article.

    Please roll out the ball machine, that way we won't waste the bowlers time.

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    This game was an instruction in deconstructing a bowling strategy thats all. India lost the first match because they couldnt score of the just short of length and short deliveries. In this match Inda attacked the same deliveries that proved to be their bane in the previous match. Dhawan and Kohli dancing down the pitch was not aggression but a ploy to force the Australians to not bowl just short of length, and it worked. The pitch was no factor since Johnson and Faulkner are impervious to the pitch because of both their pace and IPL experience. If you watch McKay he showed his full bowling range, slow balls, slow just short of length, very smart bowler. The only element that can undo all strategy is shot selection and execution and India got it scarily right. All the shots connected 100% across the bowling variety. If I was Bailey I would bring in a conventional right arm fast bowler who can produce outswing. Australia's only remaining weapon is doubt, India will now feel invincible...

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    This is great achievement, and the previous i seen was wehn india batted with new zealand for two and half days or 3 days more when jessie rider made 260 and more and india drew the match, the opening paternship was remarkable and cant belive, and this is once again yesterday.. it is a miracles or they are miracles i hoope inida shine in all aspects of life and indian lives in inida and loves his or her courntry and inidans just now are not looked on with respect in gulf at least and many places

  • NareshPodi on October 17, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Virat Kohli likes pressure. He likes crisis situations. 10 out of 16 ODI tons have come in the cauldron of a high-voltage chase. His batting blooms whenever there is an air of fatality to India's chances. He sniffs opportunity in disaster and that's what makes him so special. Yesterday, while watching Kohli, I remembered that "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going".

    Good to see Rohit played really good. he kept his cool under the pressure. Dhawan is excellent, he prepared the platform...

  • Biso on October 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    The pitch did not offer lateral movement like many OD pitches. However, it had more pace and bounce than the one at Pune and certainly by no means a track where you could hammer 360 in rapid fire without loosing wickets. Johnson bowled fast and tried intimidating with short stuff , but the Indians flayed him and he gave up mentally. Kohli did say after the match that the Aussie bowlers tried bowling short to him and after he pulled them they started bowling half volleys. That sums up the mental breakdown of the Aussie bowlers. The top three of this team and Dhoni cannot be intimidated by short pitch bowling, no matter what the conditions. The only team whose top three can put up a chase of 360 on that pitch is India. I doubt the Aussies or Saffers team of today could have pulled it off under the same conditions. The performance of the same team in Champions Trophy in England clearly showed that the top batsmen are not intimidated by short stuff..

  • SP68 on October 17, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    So it just takes some sensible batting and some pure, crisp and clean hitting to take the wheels off the 2nd best ODI team in the world and who better to dish it out to them: The No1. Champion Indian Cricket Team. Hip Hop and Jump how much you want and/or can you Kangaroos, It just takes 3 of our top order young champs to flatten the fizz of your challenge. Kudos Men in Blue. Comments courtesy my friend Hemant from US

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    i would have loved to see team batting scoring 200-225 and team batting second chase it down till 50th over,,,You come to see contest and not one sided performance. Both team had batting practice and some improvement in their personal run score,, nothing else.,,,,, Remember final between India and SL where India was suppose to score 200 in 50 overs and Dhoni finished in 50th over,, we need that kind of matches,,,,, Days are not far when every team will have 11 batsman when they come to India,,,,, Real test will be on bouncy pitches,,, How many runs did Kohli scored on Aus and Eng pitches???

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 17, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Funny how some SL fans suddenly change their comments after second innings attributing India's success to flat tracks. I did not know that some SL fans like Blade-Runner wake up at 4 AM to watch India's defeat. Well get a good sleep my friend till the next match.

  • NareshPodi on October 17, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Virat Kohli likes pressure. He likes crisis situations. 10 out of 16 ODI tons have come in the cauldron of a high-voltage chase. His batting blooms whenever there is an air of fatality to India's chances. He sniffs opportunity in disaster and that's what makes him so special. Yesterday, while watching Kohli, I remembered that "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going".

    Good to see Rohit played really good. he kept his cool under the pressure. Dhawan is excellent, he prepared the platform...

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    team india should play on some grassy pitches in order to prepare for next wc in Aus.

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    India young boys did a great job. I feel future India Team for batting line up is ready. We need improve the Bowling side.. Try to pick the good Pace bowlers and In swing bowlers are better... Kholi Awesome perfect shot forall timein batting style... Rohit had supported lot.... Specially Dhawan doing good job in openers....

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    What is ranking? Is it a short summary of statistics? What is the point of being no.1 out 10 members? Cricket Rankings don't display the real picture like ATP rankings. It may be because of drawbacks or flaws in whole system. Otherwise the Test no.1 & ODI no.1 don't struggle together in tandem right now. We had and are witnessing these facts since long time that every team excels with each series. It will go on with every tour. Most beautiful thing is that most teams have a narrow gap in between them now and that's good sign of development of cricket. The different conditions of pitch & atmosphere add challenges for performers to prove them. 2 different places, one at Abu Dhabi & one at Jaipur, the most criticism by fans being flat beds; one saw run feast of batting skills while other being struggle between bat & ball. The common thing is that both Indo-Pak have shown greater adaptability.

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    I still can't believe what I saw yesterday. It was an absolute carnage out there by Virat, Rohit and Dhawan. Also, great batting aside, the question is till how long the Great Indian batting line-up will mask our frail bowling line-up? It was not able to mask the in the 1st match. One cannot believe that in a country of a billion people, the best we have are Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma who are at best club level bowlers for the foreign teams who play better bowlers most of the time. Also where have Irfan Pathan, R.P. Singh, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron, Sudeep Tyagi, V.R.V Singh, L. Balaji disappeared? Wow!! That's a lot of promising fast bowlers that have been mishandled by the BCCI. What is MRF pace academy doing? There are a lots of questions which need to be answered. Batting is not going to bail you out all the time. R.Ashwin is hopelessly out of form. The way he pauses in his run-up and gets hit out of the park is infuriating. Get Mishra in the side for taking wickets.

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    No short pitch bowling except for one from watson that went over the wicketkeepe's head. No fielders in the deep on the off-side throughout the Indian innings. Looks like both teams were playing for one result.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 17, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @saisridhar99 But then are you not reminded that that WC happened in SA against the best AUS team that consisted of Mcgrath. Besides it was also because of our 'great batsman' we reached finals (you conveniently forget the game against Pak) and then i remind you it was our 'great batsman' who was the player of the series.

  • Rajeshj on October 17, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    The problem with Indian cricket is that we play too much cricket on flat, dead pitches such as these, where many of the mishits went to boundaries/sixes.. Players are hyped beyond imagination... So, when these guys go and play on pitches with little bit of seam or bounce or even spin, they are badly exposed.. these guys struggled even in the Zimbabwe pitches recently.. but now they are heroes again.. Why don't we play cricket on good pitches in which the true merit/character of the batsmen/bowler are tested.. we require competitive games.. not this type of mindless stereo-typed games..

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Some of the comments that it was flat pitch is very untrue. These r the true wickets like the wanderer's in joh'burg[SA], Bangalore, hobart, perth where the pitch has bounce for the bowlers to exploit & at he sametime, batsmen can trust the bounce & play shots. I think yesterday, the aussie bowlers buckled under the presuure from intelligent indian top order who never lost control of the runrate. the aussie bowlers though started well suddenly strayed from the game plan & kept pitching up for the batsmen to hit through line. Also they dint have the rub of green. All in all, the cricket won more than the teams. so no complaints !

  • sreehk on October 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Can there be a Cricinfo article on the Political Transformation of MS Dhoni, his team preferences, and selection board. On paper no one can question as India has been winning titles. But a lot of selections look unduly protective in nature and leave much to be desired. Cases of Rohit, Raina, Ashwin are well documented now. It occurs a very nicely played tactic to say that Raina should be get practice at number 4. But should it come at the cost of a place in the Indian team? Should it not be that he should practice in first class and be ready for international level?? In any case it looks a nice strategy card to shuffle places for players like these and give another 50 matches and say that "hey he has just been promoted to a new position so lets wait". Is it not strange that both Rohit and Raina have enjoyed this? Also one may take note of how Dhoni has treated far bigger talents like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Pathan brothers, Pujara, Mishra who are 10 times better than Rohit, Raina, Ashwin!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    wow--- what a match. chasing 360 in second innings will be always a tough ask. but the world cup champions had shown how it can be done. the same bowling attack got pulverized and they have learnt a lesson. short pitch stuff can win them matches. The trio shown their class. shane warne while commenting suggested this trick. shane it wont work .wonderful match. to see again and again on bowling front , its time to rest aswin and jadeja and get in amit, ojha .umesh to stop aussies.

  • Mirzawaseem on October 17, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Congrats young Team India... very good batting by the openers and explosive stuff by Kohli, but very ordinary and poor show by the bowlers, its time the Indian selectors dump Ishant and Vinay and look for other bowlers such as Mohit Sharma who is economic and adds variety to his bowling. If Indian team has a vision for 2015 worldcup then certainly this group of bowlers do not fit in that fray.

  • srinideva on October 17, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Seriously, this kind of pitches are not good for any type of cricket match leave alone international. In this series, Rajkot and Jaipur are made for only batsman...I mean, even Rohit sharma scored century. You have to put something in it for the bowlers to bowl with some confidence. I hope mohali is better for the bowlers than this flat deck...I am happy that india Won. But the match has no entertainment to see something spectacular.There wasn`t any battle b/w bat and ball.

  • Srivatsava8421 on October 17, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Firstly I would like to congratulate the Team India for beating Australia by chasing the huge target of 360.This is the kind of talent India is having these days. Keep doing your good work boys. But team India need consistency. India batting is good but need to improve in blowing. Ishant Sharma who badly need training and the kind of maturity he is lacking, not using his height advantage. Raina who should eye on a big scores but falling for just 30's and 40's. Overall its good but if you overcome these small mistakes. India would become a complete team. All the best and keep rocking guys.

  • spades-a-shovel on October 17, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    This is crazy. India has made a mockery of cricket. This is not cricket. cricket is a game between bat and ball. not a flat dead track no turn, no swing, no bounce. boundary ropes brought in. bats made like Flintstones clubs. The Sri Lankan game of "Elle" is actually more realistic. Where the bowler just tosses the ball up to the batter who is free to club it out of the ground for which he is profited and is out only if he misses 3 consecutive swings. and no..the bowler cannot throw the ball fast. This is the type of cricket that India wants and loves to play. actually fielders are not necessary. If the ICC was not already in the hands of India, they should seriously consider calling this sport practised by India and in the IPL etc under some other name and allowing 'Cricket' to regain its lost image and status as a gentlemens game where a battle is waged between bat and ball and the bowler is also allowed a fair shot.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I m a Pakistani and ive got to say Ibdua performed very well. Dhawan Sharma and Kohli all of em were awesome. The guys in India must have had a heck of a tine watching their batsmen blasting away tge aussies.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    humungous entertainment ! Exactly 10 yrs ago in 2003 WC final, Aussies set india a total of 360 to chase at joh'sburg & with sachin in rampaging form & true batting wicket, what was expected to be a blockbuster final turned out to b a damp squib with meek india surrender. Not this time with young india willing to match blow to blow. This match was a cocktail of true pitch, poor bowling & superlative batting from both sides, esp indian top order with rohit sharma in particular. With such huge target, any batsman would b tempted 2 slog but rohit showed that conventional shots can do the job too. The silken drives, the crispy flicks & feather-lite lofts over the ground was truly poetry in motion. Not to forget dhawan & virat's whirlwind knock which actually eased pressure on rohit. Mind u the aussies nearly batted the indians out of the match. But the indian top order intelligently targeted the opposition bowlers & forced bailey to make changes to their liking.' calculated chase' indeed !

  • Captain_Crick on October 17, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Well played World cup champions and Champions Trophy Champions! This is a phenomenal batting exhibition. The best part is any of these top batsmen (Dhawan, Rohit, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni) could still beat Kohli's fastest Indian century record in the days to come. Such is the batting talent available! However on the flip side, we do have good bowling resoures in the country but we just don't pick them in our playing eleven!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 17, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The thought that crossed my mind was, "What if this Indian batting line-up faces Indian bowlers? 500 on cards?" Not unrealistic to predict such a mammoth total. It is indeed hard to believe that Ishant and Vinay are two of the best fast bowlers we have in our country. The selectors and Dhoni are kidding us. Shame! Congrats to our batsmen. Tough luck Aussies! 6.3 overs left. Nothing much you guys could have done on a day like this. Series evenly poised.

  • Cricdew on October 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @J_Lo ......But we have just won the Champions Trophy in England.....Get your facts right...Don't worry we know how to thrash other so called super power countries(OZ)

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Amazing chase by the Indian trio...the fluency of Rohit,the exuberance of Shikhar and the mastery of Virat ppulled of an Amazing win for the Indians . .Indian cricket is in safe hands...khudos a ton Buddies...

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @jb633, It was at Hobart that they chased 340 against SL in ... 36 overs. Virat was the hero again. Sure, they will lose the odd game here and there but they are shaping up to be a very strong team. Bowlers are important, definitely, and I did acknowledge that in my first message in this article. Imagine if they find some real bowlers for Ishant and Vinay (I think they already have P.Kumar, M.Patel, and U.Yadav who will all do a way better job). They will be one of the best ODI teams ever. But, bowlers are not *as* important to win ODIs as they are to win tests. As I mentioned earlier, if you have a batting line-up that can chase any total, the bowlers will feel less pressure. That said, Duncan has some work to do in that department.

    You also have to remember that other teams have so many weaknesses and they will not be able to exploit India's. India are also well led by Dhoni.He has instilled this fearless approach in the team.Any of the Indian batsmen can accelerate or play anchor.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @mysay cant u just apllaude the great knock played by virat? how it is relevant his character and behaviour off the field ...whatever it may be...his innings are of masterclass....and while giving examples its strange that you dont remember of Rahul Dravid? its just biased and nothing but reluctance to accept greatness of indian cricket

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    A team having bowlers of the caliber of ishant and Vijay doesn't deserve to win any game of cricket.....simply not fair

  • Philippe on October 17, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Its exemplary & memorable. Good luck guys for the rest of the games.

  • Fijicricket on October 17, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @Hussain Mehdi- Clearly English is not your main language.When a lowly ranked team beats a world champion, than it is an upset. or example lowly ranked Pakistan beating SAfrica in tests or beating world champions India in ODI

  • Shan156 on October 17, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @wellrounded87, I was only referring to ODIs. While the Aussie line-up was awesome, I doubt if even they would chase 359 this easily. These new Indian batsmen know no fear and feel less or no pressure at all.

    Re: Eng's ODI team, I was referring to young Eng. batsmen. Also, KP is playing a lot less ODIs these days and Morgan has been more inconsistent of late. Bell is a very good test batsman and I would, technically, rate him above any young Indian batsman in tests but as far as ODIs are concerned, I doubt if he can play as aggressively as any of the Indian batsmen. I like Root too but again he is not as aggressive.

    The only batsman who can challenge SRT's ODIs records is Kohli.

  • Stateside_Steve on October 17, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    The Indian ODI team in the recent years have been very methodical to the point of being very scary. Nothing fazes these group of young men who are adored across the length and breadth of the country and are paid very handsomely that puts players from first world countries in awe. For any opposition just looking at the list of millionaires in the squad will inflict an psychological setback. For the Indian players the same fact gives them more confidence. They may go out of the National team but their financial feature will be superbly secured with 9 IPL teams looking for top local talent. That gives them enormous relief when playing high pressure games like these and they play their natural games. This in turn motivates the upcoming generation and the cycle continues.

    I have said this several times, the Indian test team is going to figure out the bouncy tracks and are going to come up with their own upgraded bowling unit. At that point expect them to establish a long running dominance

  • sony_sr on October 17, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    What a waste of a cricket match. This kind of pitches will kill cricket.

  • saisridhar99 on October 17, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I am just reminded of a similar situation during WC final 2003. Our Great batman came out scoring just 4. Standing up to the pressure is the mark of a true player - not just scoring hundred and let the team lose.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    My dream is not to see India winning World Cup but to beat Australia in a target chase like this and it came true at Jaipur yesterday.

  • MichaelBurton on October 17, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Congratulations India! you are currently the best ODI team in the world. Hard luck Ausies. That wasn't your day. Ind fans are the worst in the world, until the end of Aus innings, they were bashing Ind players including Doni like hell. At the end of the match, suddenly they praise them like gods. These people are too quick to response. Its not hard to believe these people used to set fire on the players houses in the past.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    yuvraj make 50 run next match yuvaraj is my fauvarat player

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Great cricket by India,chasing 350+ is not easy even on flat wicket.Looking at the result and the condition of the pitch,Australia too could have chased down 360.So no team is safe when defending even a huge target on a flat pitch.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    India won because of a phenomenal batting performance but they may not deliver every time. This bowling has no tooth.The bowling attack must be changed immediately.I have no idea why bowlers like Unadkat and Mohit Sharma are no given chances in the team.Ishatn Sharma is the most hitable bowler in the world. Yet he is given chance again and again. And why is Vinay Kumar their.Among the bowlers sent to Zimbabwe Mohit and Unadkat performed admirably while Vinay Kumar failed.Also Iswhar Pandey is bowling good in recent times. I hope the bowling squad will be changed immediately otherwise Indian team will suffer sooner than later. I also am in the favour of including Mishra in place of Ashwin who has been ordinary lately.

  • Immortal_Indians on October 17, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    When Aussies scores big Indian bowlers are bad when India scores big India has a strong batting line up waw waw Well Indian inexperienced bowlers give away 359 runs in 50 overs and took 5 wickets at least & what about Australia's world class bowlers

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    What? Some people saying India can't play outside India?? Are you kidding me?????????? We just won ICC world's championship in England few months back, do you remember??))) Stop jealous guys, have some self respect!! India on its day is the best team around in the world and no doubt no.1!!!!! Take a bow Virat!!!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    The outfield was lighting fast, the fielders were mere spectators for the most part. Barring few deliveries, the Aus bowling was all over the place. If the missed chance was held, the pressure would have got to the hosts. For some reason, Kohli was getting only half volleys. Some of the shots he played was right across the line and got away with that.

  • TSJ07 on October 17, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    wow....I saw the whole match live and really enjoyed the batting by Indian batters. Indian bowlers bowled more wayward then Aussie and they took full advantage of hapless Indian bowling. In the 2nd inning Aussie bowled much better but the Indian batting was awesome as expected. And when Kohli started hitting them they just surrendered very unlike Aussies.BTW India haters are calling us flat track bullies but these flat tracks are helping them more than India in way that their very average players like Maxwel,Voges,Baily are scoring heavily otherwise in more helping conditions whether for fast bowlers or spinners, these players wont score much but highly talented Indian players can.Example is practice match of CT13 when Aussie were bundled out for 65 y these Indian bowlers.

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    just giving a thought abt Kohli's gr8 career. if he keep scoring like this as well maintaining is fitness to play almost same ODIs as "SACHIN" thy def he will have scored more runs,100's,50's by then. I know it's a long shot but the way he's going looks achievable. And really gr8 knock by trio. looking forward for rest of the series.

  • mysay on October 17, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Virat maybe a great player, but an Honorable Sportsmen and a Quality Person off and on the field.. NEVER. edged a stayed stuck. Maybe Indians don't fancy walking due to the $$$. Then that's what separates players such as Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Mahela Jayawardane, AB Deviliers to name a few.

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    If you follwing last seven Years of cricket and especially Kohli u would not give such statement..... Kohli Played well in England and Australiatoo in all the formats of the game.... Even in southAfrica and New Zealand he played some splendid innings During his U-19 tournaments. I think personally he deserves to be in that category and more over he wins most matches for india through his batting and also through his fielding.

    Generally its a superb match yesterday but pitch should be competitive. Dhawan and Rohit put a platform excellently. As dhoni said Indian bowlers dint put low full toss to say its a yorker Try. but they put waist level full tosses. Due was heavy in the later part but no full tosses from Australians. That is the discipline where we lack. Usage of Bhuvaneshwar should need to parse everywer.

  • Iceman29 on October 17, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    When will dhoni learn that Ishant and Vinay are not fit for international standards...why Vinay is getting chances ahead of Mohit, Pandey and unandkadt...for godsake pls rotatate the bowlers...it is very painful watching we get hammered like this...we are winning matches only because of our batting strength...

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    India chase down mammoth total in no time....Aussies can go for lemon hunting now

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    I am watching sikhar since he was playing under 19 and i become fan of him but after under 19 his performance went down for 2-3 years but again now he has back on track with bang... he plays for team that his key features. His focuses mainly on team score not his individual .... And again virat has shown his class with 100 just out of 52 balls when his team actually needed such kind of .. What i love about his batting is that he one of those player who plays well in under pressure, mostly in second innings batting against such total is not always easy but virat does quit simply..and rohit also played a good innings i hope he just shows some consistent performance there is no doubt about his talent but what team needs is consistency from him..

    Great match from team india's point of view and great batting from young brigade. I just wish our bowling department become better ...

  • Sandt on October 17, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    People who is complaining about flat pitch should look at Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's economy. In this pitch he has bowled well.So it not all about batting.If you bowl well you can contain batsmen.And when Aus batted and scored 360 all Aus and English men said brilliant batting.But when india scored the same they are telling it is flat wicket etc.Stop this double standard and enjoy cricket.What these 3 players have done is extrodinary batting display.appreciate it.

  • V.Jammy on October 17, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Good batting Aussies. Your top five batsmen scored amazing fifties. But in the end, India's lowest scorer (Dhawan- 95) happened to score more runs than your highest scorer (Bailey- 92). All in all, I feel that Aussies were atleast 80-100 runs short.

  • SICHO on October 17, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    This is exactly what happens when cricket is played on dead pitches

  • amitdashore on October 17, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    many people talking about virat nick against watson.. has anyone seen the replay? there was definitely a sound but no deviation or change of rotations on the ball.. ball didnt hit the bat, it was toe of bat hitting top of his pad! people just dont appreciate good batting at all! whether be them Indian or Australian, or any other in the world!

  • on October 17, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Now thats what you call an upset!

  • Cricdew on October 17, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @sandip Manjrekar......Well said bro

  • Avi56 on October 17, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    What a Day of Cricket..Thats why Jaipur is such an entertaining pitch..First of All both the teams batted well and good cricketing shots played. But the Indian batting was totally awesome. The Top 3 is finally coming into place...the kind we were missing from a long time... and now its in for a big time..Dhawan and Rohit make a good combo where dhawan starts the innings firing and on the other side Rohit playing a calm game in the beginning and then unleashing once india in a comfortable position.. Virat Kohli is such a great talent and is now the new anchor of the indian team taking away the game from the opposition.

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    To Albert_Campbell, Kahn, et al - Some thing that I never understand. If the Indian bowling is a joke and the pitches are flat, We'd generally expect the visiting teams to make merry, score heavily and then restrict India to smaller totals with their "GREAT" bowling line ups. But Alas, Why is it always the other way round? Does it mean that the batsmen of visiting teams are not as good or the bowlers are pathetic? In any case blaming the pitches shows how invalid your arguments are :D @Yajiv - Your comment is one of the best comments I have ever seen on Cricinfo

  • Emancipator007 on October 17, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    India's ODI batting talent riches are just INCREDIBLE. You have Sehwag, Gambhir, SRT (forced out unfairly from ODIs),Pujara (world class bat with superb List A records not getting chances cos of Dhoni's "theories"),Rahane,Tiwary sitting out. In the next tier, you have Karthik,Vijay,Mandeep, Unmukt (expected to be India's next best hard/bouncy wicket player in future),Pandey,Rayudu,Utthapa who will NEVER get a look in unless all 6 of the current line-up are horribly out of form. Only one in current line-up who does not deserve so MANY chances & not world class at all is Raina with 10 straight ODI innings failures in 2 tours of SA in '06/'10 & average performance in last ODI tri-series in Aus. Pujara (who I expect to be India's Miandad for OZ World Cup) needs to be slotted in for World Cup 2015 as Raina,Jadeja,ageing Yuvraj would be sitting ducks in OZ/NZ & Dhawan is untested there. So-called "Project Raina" should be shelved immediately.

  • sweetspot on October 17, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    @HDG1978 - Nice summing up. Trust you did it after the game was done with!

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Hats off to the young trio.with you I, rains, Dhoniand Jadeja to follow, this must certainly be the most murderous batting line up in the world

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Must have been a sure treat to watch the chase!!!

  • CricIndia208 on October 17, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Greatest run chase EVER! India has proved that it is the best team in the world.

  • lazyone on October 17, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Love to see virat' batting. The best batsman around

  • landl47 on October 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    As an exhibition of batsmanship this was excellent; all the batsmen, and Kohli in particular, played beautifully. India's chase was timed perfectly- in fact, Australia were at least 60 runs short in the end.

    As a game of cricket, this was everything that is wrong with the shorter-format games. Of the 10 batsmen who came to the crease, only Voges was out for less than 50 and he came in with 4.1 overs to go and had to have a thrash. The wicket was dead flat, even bounce, no spin, no seam, easy pace. Anyone could and everyone did make runs on it.

    Cricket is meant to be a contest between bat and ball. There was no such contest here. The bowlers were left to toil away with spread fields, short boundaries and a lightning fast outfield. As a result, it was like watching batting practice, with the only contest being to see who could hit the ball hardest, a contest which India won.

    Well as the batsmen played, I'd rather watch a game where batsmen and bowlers had an even chance.

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Some good worlds about Virat Kohli - He is currently the BEST ODI Batsman in the world. Again funny to see comments about his attitude, swearing and what not ... come on people, live with it - He is a class batsman, loads of talent and admit a simple fact that your high profile bowlers have failed to decode this guy

  • vinodkumargb on October 17, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    It was a character demonstration than batting. These young bloods are tearing opposition apart with their batting. Awesome! Congrats, war has just begun.....!! Like wise any relief for the bowling department? I don't remember even a descent bowling unit after Srinath,Venktesh,Kumble and Bajji!! Whats happening to our bowling dept? Why cant some one put basic common sense in our bowlers? Why every single time Dhoni says we missed yorkers?? You can always win matches with just batting! God only knows when our bowlers will get common sense!!

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    What a great match!! Rohit, Dhawan and Virat - Take a bow. Reading the comments bottom up is absolutely hilarious.The bashers (mostly the Indian neighbours),were saying how the poor the Indian bowling unit is and how great the Aus batting is .. a couple of hours later the banter about the flat track bullies ..LOL. Again, just want to remind every one that the same Indian team has WON the Champions trophy in seaming conditions.Just admit that the teams you support cant bat out on in good batting and spinning tracks.Your bowlers are not good as our Indian bowlers.TAKE THAT

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    now we are having a fantastic top 3 with dhawan,rohit and kohli.......i think this top3 is one of the most dangerous in world cricket right now.....then raina,yuvraj and dhoni in middle order.........what a team right now we are having.....allof them are great finishers also....then jadeja as an allrounder.,....only problem is in the bowling department,i think we desperately need zaheer back in the team,we are lacking a leader in bowling department...ashwin's time may be over,he is not an effective spinner,mishra would be a far better choice than ashwin in the current situation......overall indian cricket's future is bright looking....

  • on October 17, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    oh my god. Virat Kohli. The run machine for India in oneday run chases. He just equalled odi century tally with the greats lke jayawardane, sangakkara, Astle and Gilchrist. he is just 24 years old. But real worry for India is their bowling. please Dhoni, try with some new bowlers except this vinay ishant

  • naudurivsm on October 17, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    The one thing that is now cemented and what is most remarkable is that Australia seem to have no luck at all in winning a high scoring matches. Recall this : South Africa 438/9b won v Australia at Johannesburg 12 Mar 2006 AND NOW : India 362/1 in 43.3 overs v Australia at Jaipur 16 Oct 2013. I think it has something to do with complacency, that with a big score opposition would collapse. and it is evident from the above two matches. let alone the superb batting in both the cases by the opposition. Well Done India. Well done Ro(HIT), Kohli and Shikhar !!!

  • cricdick on October 17, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    I have a strong request to cricinfo to curtail certain comment makers who deliberately target to demean Sachin and Dhoni....due to political differences. I dont think cricinfo is so naive as to not knowing the trend, unless the moderators there are accomplices in this unsportsman like attitude.

  • J_Lo on October 17, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    India has the flattest tracks in the world. No wonder their batsmen keep accumulating runs and bowlers get pummeled. I'm not surprised that they have a poor record in Aussie, England and South Africa, probably the worst out of the Asian cricket playing nations. BCCI should think smart and invest more in developing bouncier tracks if they are to dream on defending the world cup in Aussie.

  • on October 17, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    The best part of this chase was the coming of age of Rohit. Virat once again proved his caliber and Shikhar played another blinder. But as Hayden said in the post match, the defining moment was of Rohit not giving up on what he set up. Rohit built on his start and completed his innings. I don't know if other fans agree but ever since Rohit became captain of Mumbai Indians I see a vastly improved cricketer. I now believe that Rohit is ready to bat at No. 5 for India in Tests. With the Big Man retiring Kohli moves to 4 and Rohit comes in at 5.

  • sujan1077 on October 17, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Not a kind of pitch india should be preparing to develop its already weakened bowling attack..neverthless liked kohli's batting...

  • on October 17, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Remarkable batting from india. They did it before many times. feircing bowling attack and these blaster knocks attacked that bowling. Its result when india do not possess 150+ speedy bowlers to practice on. They easily managed to get over pace of Johnson and tidy lenghts of McKay. Spin? jolly balls for these guys. Superb. They got a bright career as they really very young. I am sorry to say but Sachin played too many games for his 20000 + runs. But these specially virat Kohli can make it very easily if this boy manages to play 350+ matches. He is a real match winner. Now message to all over the world Guys you are really not safe if you score even 500 runs. These guys are strong enough. These are not gudies like Dravid,Ganguly who may give respect to the great Bowlers. They know how to Whack every ball out of the park. Good jobs to the IPL as well. They reached 360 in 43 odd overs. Fire late 7 overs yet to come.And even they were relaxed in last 5 overs. Hats off boys

  • on October 17, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    what an upset this match was

  • GRVJPR on October 17, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Lot being said about India's bowlong, but what about aussie bowling? Indina bowlers keep bowling match after match on these wickets. Other teams come and play only few matches in India. If they had to play 30 games in a row, most of the bowlers would be considering early retirement.

  • on October 17, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    truly awesome.poor Aussies, they really can feel cheated! The youngsters to day were in murderous mood. What a way to repay the 2003 defeat against the same guys at Jo bourg in the WC finals. Well Done MSD & Co Truly Jai Ho !

  • on October 17, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    We did it again and with pride.. and will keep doing it for rest of the game ...

  • Desihungama on October 17, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    Man O' Man. I mean there is reason you guys are World Champs. Hearty congrats to all Indian friends from across.

  • bijendrasinha on October 17, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    if we look at the stats of highest successful chases...Australlia features in top 7 times...5 times they hv bn at receivng ends while twice they had the last laugh..

  • on October 17, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    i can only feel pity for the bowlers,there days have gone.

  • on October 17, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Well, that Dhawan stumping and Kohli nick, if happened to Oz batters, would have drawn too many comments here. Now please spare DRS; the third umpire can be pretty awful even without it. And Haddin's keeping beautifully complemented the pitch, too.

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 17, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    This is not a cricket match that I watched, though as a India fan, I was happy with the outcome. The only positive was the Indian batsmen stayed in the game and did not panic. The pitch was playing more than true with no lateral movement at all. With the 'goldilocks' dew, the ball was coming on nicely to the 'missile launchers'. All that the batsman need to do is play through the ball, hold the shape and ensure at least 20-30% of the bat meets the ball. This could be summed up with the ball 32.6, McKay bowled a slower one. Rohit Sharma missed it but held the shape and the edge (10%) kissed the ball to a six over point. You can not blame the bowlers for trying the variations. When the bowler tried to play carom, the batsmen responded with Golf. Sometimes (when the ball did not land) both played the same game- baseball. This is not cricket.

  • Mail4kar on October 17, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Fantasic win India:-) Winning or losing never matters if we fought hard and give 100%. Well done guys.. From the beginning, MSD backing Ravindra jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma even after many critics.. Now after Ravindra jadeja, Rohit sharma also proves his worth... When can we expect Ishant will do that??????

  • on October 17, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Quite a few complained that it looked like an extended T-20. The root-cause is Indian Bowling unit. First it allowed opposition to pile up runs like an extended T-20. Then, what do we expect Indian batsmen to do. If they have to win, and overhaul such massive target, have to bat as if it is T-20.

    When we have so many borderline bowlers (none, in the 'great' category), why stuck with the same combo game after game? Loyalty? Or, sheer obstinacy? Or, personal biases?

    Since we have 7 matches, by the time we finish the series,we would have a better idea as to which is the best bowling combination, IF we try out different bowlers -- all of them are more or less of the same level! At least, trying out against the SAME opposition will give us a better comparison.

  • Mushtanda on October 17, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    @classy9ryan- The Hobart innings was followed up by the one in Dhaka against Pakistan. So, it's thrice, not twice. And yet cricinfo has your comment as the featured one? LOL

  • on October 17, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    This is what cricket should be like entertainment and no total is too big.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on October 17, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Haters learn to respect! India is #1 and for a reason. Like they say bowlers win you test matches. On a similar vein, batsmen win you ODIs. You don't really care for 10 wickets in an ODI. It's all about those 50 overs. For this monstrous batting line-up that is a lot of overs. World Champions, ICC Champions trophy winners (in ENGLAND). India has NOTHING to prove. We are #1 and rightly so. Stop cribbing because the opponents also acknowledge that India is the best in ODIs. We have the most BRUTAL batting line-up, and that by a long distance. These guys are not afraid of bounce and pace. That suits their game. They are young and fearless and will give it back to sledgers with interest. The age of gentlemen Indian batsmen is over!! SO glad Rohit Sharma is starting to show consistency.

  • on October 17, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    @ Albert Dominique Thomas - Well said man. Glad you pointed that out. In fact now there will be Indians whose new fav player would be Kohli. That booing incident was a shame for the so-called knowledgeable Wankhede crowd and Indians.

  • msnsrinivas on October 17, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    This Indian team can do it on the slow, low tracks as well as on flat tracks like we saw today. As for the swinging, seaming green tops? They don't make them these days, not for ODI cricket anyway. So be afraid, be very afraid.

  • Little.Master.10 on October 17, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Well done boys! great chase. Though it is too early to asses, india has players in their lineup who resemble (both temperament and technique) some of the finest world cricketers Dhawan better technique and same temperament as SEHWAG Pujara in the mold of AMLA and DRAVID Kohli Combination of PONTING and LARA Rohit Sharma similar to KEVIN PIETERSEN(similar technique conidering IPL and champions league as well) Dhoni is in a leaque of his own Yuvraj - in mold of THE GREAT VIVIAN RICHARDS in ODIs especially when dominating the opposition. also got good bowling skills we are privileged to see these players in action though we miss our legends of the past who are idols for our current crop cricketers. Hope

  • D-Ascendant on October 17, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Yes, Kohli, Dhawan and even Rohit were pretty fantastic. At the same time, the Aussie bowling also devolved into utter crap. Instead of sticking to the gameplan of banging it in, Johnson & Co started pitching it up. And the results were terrible.

  • on October 16, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    India got lucky with Dhawan and Kohli .. got "not out" where they were "Out"

  • Rowayton on October 16, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    Great run chase but Indians shouldn't forget that the reason that they had a big run chase was that the side batting first scored lots of runs themselves. The Indian side could certainly be improved further. Still, I reckon there's a case that Dhawan is the most dangerous batsman in world cricket at the moment. When he gets runs, he is so dominant that he makes the bowlers doubt their own ability.

  • chechong0114 on October 16, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    What an absolutely beautiful game of cricket, "one for the ages" and greeted by a very respectable size crowd. The cricket GODS are definitely smiling down from the heavens, patiently anticipating game three.

  • wellrounded87 on October 16, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    @Shan156

    I'd wager that Gilchrist, Hayden, Ponting, Waugh, Martyn, Bevan would have been far more intimidating, probably the Invincibles would have been up there as well.

    Also you (ENG) already have at least 2 ODI batsmen that good in KP and Eoin Morgan, Ian Bell is no slouch either.

    All that being said these guys are something else. Dhawan looks the goods and Kohli is extremely talented, this is the second time i've seen him completely dismantle an attack. I love his feisty attitude too, it's really good seeing him giving it as good as he gets. If India had some decent fast bowlers they'd be a force to be reckoned with for sure.

  • on October 16, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Spot on Coolbanker1234. I too prefer to see a game with a score around 250 with both teams having an equal chance of winning. This game reminded me of a lengthy T20 game.

  • Patchmaster on October 16, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Usual India, terrible pitches (super flat and placid) and it's a boring run fest. Yawn.

  • dmat on October 16, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    6 wickets for 720 runs off 93 overs - that's not cricket!

  • on October 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    @Coolbanker1234 That Jaipur pitch has produced those sort of games all season where seam bowlers have done well and batsmen have thrived if they well. This was an exception.

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Hats off to you Indian fans.Your modesty and perspective shines through.Does it take more than one innings to be an all time great in your world or shall we just define this team as all time great now.Sunday's match never happened.What we learnt here is that India are great when flat pitch and no threat.But put this into perspective.Even Aus scored on this pitch and they are avowedly crap. But well done and let us see how you go in next world cup.

  • on October 16, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    The best no.1 batsman is Kohli After Ponting. Without Kohli India can't chase these kind of Big Target kohli Got class Aggression n passion and Attitude. India's Next legend Kohli.

  • SimonTHFC on October 16, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Isn't a game of cricket supposed to be a contest between bat and ball???? As for those saying what a great game of cricket, please, seriously?? And Indian fans, pipe down. You have won one game and you are saying you have the best batting line up in the world? Lets judge when they are brave enough to play abroad shall we!! And for those comparing Kohli to Sir Viv just stop it now!! Isn't and never will be!!! Good player no doubt but wind it in!!

  • OneEyedAussie on October 16, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    What a heist by India! I didn't watch the second innings, but I went to bed thinking India had no chance and they did it easily. Looks like Dhoni would have been vindicated in his chasing strategy. Well done India.

    Didn't see Australia bowl, but I am shocked they couldn't defend this total. Sure, it was a 300+ surface, with the docile pitch and the fast outfield, but 360 should have been very defendable.

  • krishna_IND on October 16, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    @all haters- Do you think scoring 360 is easy on the so called flat tracks. can you assure that your team can do this feat by losing 1 wicket with 6.3 overs to go,so convincingly. For your kind information out of last 23 matches we won 19 matches including with CT in ENG and a tri-series in WI. Do you have any right to comment us as flat-track bullies. SO admit that IND is the NO.1 team, and we have the best batting lineup in the world. All these wins are happened even though we have an avg bowling unit. If we can find 2 good pacers then there will be no one to stop this team for next 8 to 10 years.

  • on October 16, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I can think of one equally or more intimidating: Greenidge, Haynes, Richardson, Richards, et al.

  • on October 16, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    chase feels like cricket 2007 PC game and kohli came with full confidence

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on October 16, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @ raveen menon please teach the indian team, how to play on green belters,,, they'll be blessed by u'r knowledge

  • dilscoop_uk on October 16, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Salute to the curator for creating a bowlers grave . :D. R.I.P bowlers

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Well a win like this but hid the middle order's shortcomings against the short ball. Raina, yuvraj, dhoni, jadeja all 4 are ordinary against short ball, Really Australia only need 2-3 wickets to bowl India out. This was evident in the first game where kholi was left stranded watching his partners struggle. Australia should probably take advantage of India's weakness by bringing bowlers with raw pace: likes of pattinson, cummins, stark, harris, even siddle maybe. One of those bowlers should be used to support johnson. One plus sign for India: for once rohit sharma didn't waste his 30-40's and got a big score.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 16, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @JG2704/Shan156: I was pretty much the same - saw the Aus. score and thought that's never going to be topped! If we could just get one of those guys in our short-formats teams we'd be laughing. Scary stuff indeed...

  • heathrf1974 on October 16, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Great batting by India on a great wicket. I find Dhawan more scary than Sehwag or Tendulkar.

  • liaqet on October 16, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Big upset after heavy defeat against Australia in first ODI

  • KapilsDevils1983 on October 16, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    More than the pitch, somebody needs to do something about the size of the bats, not only are they thicker, they are far far far more dense!

    I think only perfectly timed, shots with decent power behind them should go for sixes, not only do medicore timed shots go for sixes, even edges seem to with bats now days. This is shocking. I know the boudaries werent brought in today, but it is criminal when they are for t20s!! The six, even in t20s is precious, let us keep it like that! Im not saying there should be few sixes, but they ought to be deserved!

    And 6 fielders need to be allowed outside the ring. And such batting tracks need to be strongly discouraged! These big innings nowadays cannot be compared with innings of ViV, Sachin, Ganguly, Jayasuria etc.

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    india chased in 36 overs in australia 320+. chasing in india in 43.3 states that aus produce more flat tracks than india

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Great batting display but please let's focus on the problems rather than bask in the glory of our strong batting lineup... India always produced good batting lineups which in form could murder any bowling attack in the world but we have seen in the past that not all the times our batsmen can save the lackluster performance of the bowlers... I mean seriously why leave umesh yadav out and have two trundlers specifically vinay kumar and ishant sharma in the lineup who could get carted around on any given pitch in the world. Please bring Umesh, Varun Aaron and maybe Mohit Sharma back in the squad... Also make use of Unadkat instead of making him warm the benches... Selectors open your eyes and get a bunch of bowlers who can bowl at a decent pace!!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    no body is bigger than the game. sachin retired, not a big deal. the youngsters now will rate kohli ahead of sachin in few years time

  • jb633 on October 16, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @shan156, i am not trying to dig on India here, but to win a world cup you need more than a good batting line up. I agree that it is the best in ODI cricket by a mile. However to win a WC you need a bowling attack that can do the job too. India has absolutely no quality in this area. All it would take is for one collapse (which can happen to the best of teams) and with no attack your out of the tournament. India won the champions trophy on raging turners in England (don't kid yourself that they were typical English conditions), but in Oz no track will turn and there may be more green tops. In these conditions 250 may be par and so you will need an attack capable of defending scores on these wickets. For me unless India either improve the guys they have or find some new talent, they will not retain the WC in Oz. Obviously there is plenty of time for them to improve their attack but on today's showing something must change.

  • sgd120 on October 16, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    This was great batting by the 3 Indians who got a chance to bat! It was reminiscent of a certain Ganguly-Tendulkar opening partnership, with the left hander repeatedly charging the fast bowlers to hit them into the off side, and the other being more technically correct. Kohli was special, though; he had come determined to avenge the first game, and avenge he did. The faces of the Australian bowlers said it all!!!!

  • swarzi on October 16, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    I felt really sorry for Shikkar Dhawan, that he too did not get a hundred. I am on record saying how much I love to see this kid bat. He reminds me of the Great Brian Lara, the greatest batsman of All Time, though not as elegant, Shikkar is as effective as the great man! The way that this guy bats is what we associate with 'great' batting - every bowler must feel it when you are in the middle - no timid pushing and prodding, to come NOT OUT and say you're preserving average. Entertain the spectators - that's what they paid their money for - Shikkar has the confidence and temperament, just like the T&T left handed genius, never afraid of anything - everyone was afraid of him ; that's what batting is all about. And now I predict: "the only batsman within the next 50 years, who may be able to score 400+ in a single innings is Shikkar Dahwan! Keep it up son!

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    This was a bizarre game. But one thing stood out. Virat Kohli! Never have I seen an Indian batsman with as serious a swagger as that of Virat. I know Sehwag has played some blinders, so has Yuvi and Sachin. But none of them carried that aggro in their body language at the playing field. Off the field, he does not present himself with a false modesty in interviews, but at the same he does not show unnecessary pride. Very impressive young man!

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 16, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Quite a few times, Dhoni and his youngsters have won from situations where SRT would have simply given up. All the technique and personal records don't mean anything if you don't have the heart and the desire to win.

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Somehow, i still feel that Virat Kohli deserved to be the man of the match. His knock was crucial as he came when none of the batsmen had time to settle down and his strike rate made the target look small. He hit more sixers than both the other batsmen. Rohit Sharma took a lot of time to settle down. Why does Ishant Sharma get a chance to be in the side. The guy is effective on foreign wickets only. Mohit Sharma would be an ideal replacement. He has the pace, line, length and bounce.

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @Blade-Runner on (October 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

    "This is way way better than YOU imagined. Its Australian men vs Indian boys.. LOL World's no. 1 bowler who possesses a self proclaimed knighthood has gone for 72 runs in 10 overs and no wickets. SWEET !!! LOL And the best spinner of the world, Ashwin is getting owned by Aussies in this very moment. This is YOUR kinda cricket match. No regret at all for waking up at 4 in the morning to watch the match. Lovin' it ..LOL"

    Have you seen such wonderful cricket? Old reminisces about HOBART. SURELY, You have no regret for waking up at 4 in the morning to watch this match. Clean hitting & scoring higher percentage in Vee position(mid-off to mid-on).

    Today's Jadeja/Ashwin figures were not upto IND standards. We weren't fancy of their today's show. But compared to Oz attack figures, their stats looked minimal.

    Just 3 boys were enough for the day!! Thanks for watching full cricket match. You are definitely our best friend & neighbour!!!!!

  • Shan156 on October 16, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Seriously, has there ever been a more intimidating batting order than the one India possess now? Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, and Dhoni! Now, just reading that line-up on paper alone is enough to put the fear of God into the opposition. Wish we, England, find at least 2 or 3 ODI batsmen as good as the Indian top 6. And, the scary thing is more of these guys are very young. Kohli is not even 25 yet. With this line-up, no score is safe for the opposition if India bats second. I know the next world cup is a long way away but it looks like WC 2015 will be India's and the #1 title will be theirs too for a long time to come.

  • Topgun10 on October 16, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Batting derby it is... like twenty20 cricket. What happened to decent bowling? Is U.Yadav available for the remaining matches?

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    With this kind of batting display In the remaining matches India should bat first and score 400 in 40 overs and declare the innings and do short work of these Australians, :-)

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Having lost first game miserably and then chase down 359 in 43 overs against Australia is not something out of ordinary. Well played youngsters. #BleedBlue

  • Coolbanker1234 on October 16, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    I am not sure if I like this type of cricket? Give me a game with a score of 220-230 where there is a equal chance for both bowlers and batsmen. Well done India, great batting display. If this continues, it will become just another T 20 game. Instead of 4 teams playing two games back to back, think of it like two teams playing two t20 games. By the way, I am an ex batsmen

  • Adityahms on October 16, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    This was a murder of bowlers of sorts. This match created and broke most of the records. All in all it was a terrific game of cricket.

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Why peoples talk so much and start to compare legend batsman's with a career starter good inings. yes rohit,virat & sikhar played well but also it was a track where aus could have chased this total. gibbs also made over 150 in the chase against aus of 434 but he was not a great batsman of all times. so keep them playing around the world & if they score everywhere then kohli deserves to be in the category of sachin,ponting.

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    One of the match that could be remembered for long while and one of the INDIAS best chasing knock.

  • Umms on October 16, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Great innings. Virat is the best, I mean he is new Viv. Love his batting from Pakistan.

  • on October 16, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Guys like Sehwag,Ghambhir,and even new kids would be very doubtful after this match. India still needs to improve in the death. Pacers also would be helpful if they could bowl and take wickets at a steady pace. To batting, India are covered. But they still need to work on bowling.

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Difference between 1st & 2nd ODI was the approach adapted by IND batsmen. Every IND batsmen has every kind of shots in their bags but somehow they were defensive at the start in 1st ODI. Aus bowlers put good pressure but IND batsmen allow Doherty to be dominant on them. They should have use their feet against him which they didn't. It was corrected in this match. No doubt IND bowlers bowled badly in both matches. But I appreciate IND batsmen that they had earned every run in both ODIs. I still believe IND could have won 1st ODI comprehensively. Back to back wickets of Raina & Yuvi did all the damage in previous ODI.

    And we have 50-50 results. Series is level now. We can't afford such a bad show by bowlers. In the end, IND has to struggle out for each run against quality bowling. Single match did cost IND in last T20 WC in SL. Vinay & Ishant have put big question marks for IND.

  • Sudhir65 on October 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Indians should not get too high or low on this ODI series. The real prize is the World Cup in 2015. India needs to prepare for that. I think allowing Indian players into Big Bash by BCCI would be a good start so Indians get some practice on Australian pitches.

  • DD_f0rever on October 16, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Virat Kohli will go down as one one of the most feared batsmen of all time. . Virat Kohli will go down as one one of the most feared batsmen of all time. . Virat Kohli will go down as one one of the most feared batsmen of all time. . Virat Kohli will go down as one one of the most feared batsmen of all time..

  • DD_f0rever on October 16, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Wow.

    Kohli - Easily World's No.1 batsman right now (on current form) and he is just 24 ! Way to go, boy.

    Sehwag vanished. Dhawan replaced him and didn't let anyone miss Sehwag.

    .

    SRT retired (almost !), and Kohli already announced his arrival (3 years back !) and has been delivering for Team India so consistently ( *touch wood*). Really a specialist in chasing tht too with big 100s. Lol Already 16 hundreds in ODIs. .

    Rohit Sharma at last justifying his talent with performance ever since he was made to open in Champions trophy. . Raina - Always a dangerous batsman down the order. "Project Raina" will only take him to new level. . Yuvraj and Dhoni - 2 Veterans any team would love/die to have.

    God ! How come India produce such World Batsmen in no time. Except Raina all batsmen have literally destroyed opposition bowling attacks all over the World. Be it MSD thrashing Pak bowlrs, Yuvi hitting Broad, Dhawan shining in CT in Eng, or Kohli ripping SL bowlers apaaart. India Rocks !

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Difference between 1st & 2nd ODI was the approach adapted by IND batsmen. Every IND batsmen has every kind of shots in their bags but some how they were defensive at the start in 1st ODI. Aus bowlers put good pressure but IND batsmen allow Doherty to be dominant on them. They should have use their feet against him which they didn't. It was corrected in this match. No doubt IND bowlers bowled badly in both matches. But I appreciate IND batsmen that they had earned every run in both ODIs. I still believe IND could have won 1st ODI comprehensively. Back to back wickets of Raina & Yuvi did all the damage in previous ODI.

    And we have 50-50 results. Series is level now. We can't afford such a bad show by bowlers. In the end, IND has to struggle out for each run against quality bowling. Single match did cost IND in last T20 WC in SL. Vinay & Ishant have put big question marks for IND.

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Congratzzz to Dhoni Boysss

    .. . Hw superbly played U guys specially my fav. Virat it was a great innings.Thanks to Shikar and Rohiith i thought u will break Sachin and Gangooly Recard How ever super match and thanks for. entertain us

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Most impressive of all was Rohit. Let us not forget that he was under tremendous pressure of not having scored a ton in 3 years. And in todays Jaipur heat he was the man who took field for the entire match of 94 overs. Hats off to this Indian performance

  • Pritt32 on October 16, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    We praise the Indian team when they play superb. On the other hand, we harshly criticise the team when they play poor. Today, the Indian team silent the critics with a top notch batting performance chasing an imposing total. Sharma, Dhawan and Kholi are the future stars of Indian cricket. Sehwag and Gambhir are a distant memory. The sub standard bowling cannot be hidden under the carpet, as it put pressure on the Indian batmen. I hope this is a reality check for Indian selectors and the stubborn Dhoni. Well done on excellent batting display, but please address the bowling weakness. This series should become a close contest, as many of us feared the worst for the India team. Australian team should not be never be taken lightly. Please avoid complacency.

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Virat nick to watson but he shake his head & said to umpire not nick ! DO YOU ALL AGREE IT ????????

  • anupkeni on October 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    This is the third time Australia has scored 359 in an ODI vs India, the previous two occasions being World Cup Final at Johannesburg on 23-3-2003, which Australia won by 125 runs and the second final of the VB series at Sydney on 8-2-2004 which Australia won by 208 runs. However this time around India chased 360 runs and won by 9 wickets with 39 balls to spare!

  • srisri on October 16, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    After Aussies amassed 359, decided to take longdrive to the office. I guess, team India made me pay the price ;) Congrats young guns!

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Commendable performance by all with Shikhar laying the foundation. The seeds were sown during Ganguly's time, which now is yielding fruits - a new born India with muscle and attitude.

    I'm sure things will change further and more rapidly in our favor post May 2014.

  • reddyrad on October 16, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    As usual on Home turf - if Team India wanted to prove as NO.1 need to win AWAY SA,AUS and ENG Series. Bowling is weak need 3-4 backup fast bowlers and give chances to players who performed well in u-19.

  • Raj12345 on October 16, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Congrats India.

    Joke - Complete U turn from India from last ODI. Rohit already secured spot for next 20 ODIs irrespective of what he will score. Well strategy, rubber pitch, poor bowlers. Raina already booked a spot in 2015 Squad. Hmm, I don't know why other form of cricket should happen in India till 2015. Since no one can get into team if current form and media statement goes like this.

    All, we want India to win, not worried about who is in team or not.

  • HDG1978 on October 16, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Let's face it. This is a once-in a lifetime chase. Congrats to Team India.Happy for my team. However, let us not ignore India's continuing bowling worries in this series pasted all over the park in 3 matches so far by Finch, Hughes, Maxwell and Bailey, who are relative to ODI cricket exposes the frailties of our bolwing department headed by the evergreen Ishant Sharma. Relieved that Raina and Dhoni had no contribution in this India win otherwise we would have our skipper praising Raina at No.4 to the skies.

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    India chased down a stiff target... wel n gud... With al due respect to the young brigades (as sme of u wer telling) .. lemme ask u smthng mre. 1. Is dis d kind f Cricket u wanna c? Lets prepare 4 sme even battle between bat n bowl... atleast bowling is still an important part of cricket... 2. Ws dis indian team able to pull of a target 304 in las game?? May be it had sme pace n bounce in it... smthng 4 bowlers to extract... 3. is dis current aussie attack as gud as dey wer?? atleast comparable wit wat dey had during d las tour of india for odi's?? 4. Some ppl wer telling lyk virat is betr dan srt n al.. hw d hell can dey juz booz lyk dat... Juz compare dos diff era's... d quality of bowlers.. kind of tracks v had (both at hme n abroad)..D outfields... size f grnd.... P.play rules 5.Hope u ppl remember d series played agnst pak @ hme...

    Unless u witness these kind of belters in Australia n NZ, dis same Indian team is gonna struggle in nex WC...

    We r juz flat track bullie

  • JG2704 on October 16, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I saw some of the Aus innings and got back just after the Indian innings had finished.

    Basically you have to say that the Indian batsmen are scarily talented.

    To chase that target on any sort of pitch is awesome , but to do it with the loss of just one wicket and with over 6 overs to go is mindblowing.

    My fear for Australia is (if they bat first) that they may try and go too hard in the next game and come unstuck that way but they have to also remember that they successfully defended a smaller total in the last game

  • soumyas on October 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Out of all biggest run chases list, Top 4 chases are against Australia 5th biggest chase was against England and 6th is again Australia.

  • RahulHariharan on October 16, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    With all credits to Indian team... this track was just for making runs and it happened . Also some dew made it more towards batting in the second inns. This never seemed to be the pacy or bouncy pitch which we saw during ipl but a total flat batting wicket..

  • ball_boy on October 16, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Let us not get carried away by this win.Of it is time to rejoice ver such a win but the win should not overshadow the gaping weakness of our batting and bowling viz 1)Few batsman are capable of playing against short pitch stuff one which will be frequently seen in the World cup and whose speed will be greater than those in India 2)The death overs showed the mental weakness in our bowlers -eg Ishant whose over started with a four a good ball hit by Maxwell then next ball strike rotated on 4th ball when Maxwell faced Sharma out of pressure Sharma bowled 2 wides down leg side and then 3 full tosses all of which raced to the boundary,this being the performance of India's current most experienced fast bowler.

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    A virat inning by Virat takes Inidia home...probably the best knock by Indian openers after World Cup 2003 India- Nairobi match..had Shikhar completed the century, all the top-order batsmen had registered a ton this day to their names..Mission Accomplished , Aussies we have completed the 2003 revenge!!! Learn the name of new Champions baby...

  • BigINDFan on October 16, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Ishant to Aus bowlers - what are you guys doing playing like this is Aus. This is Ind and you should bowl wides and help the batsmen score a lot of runs. Kudos coach!

    Haddin - What in the world was that? I should have shut up and not provoked Dhawan

    Great win India, I loved the manner of the chase more than winning the chase of course that matters :-)

  • 2nd_Slip on October 16, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    If you didn't know by now, this is exactly why even mediocre Indian batsman have high averages. Lot of cricket in subcontinent pancakes=high averages making batsmen look good. How pathetic that an international game is played on an IPL like deck!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Even though this pitch is not a 'challenging' one for the batsmen, it CANNOT be classified as a flat road. The simple fact is that the bowlers from both the teams sucked - Indians bowled full tosses , long hops , short and wide deliveries again and again ; the Aussies also lacked discipline - atleast 4 4wides if i remember correctly and half volleys and good length freebies outside offstump to Rohit and Kohli. Mckay was especially poor. The Jaipur pitch usually offers some assistance for fast bowlers and today a couple of balls from Jaddu spun appreciably - none of this will work if you bowl crap ; as simple as that. Hoping for a better performance from the bowlers in the next match!

  • Raginggbull on October 16, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    First of all, Not to take any credit out of Aussies. They batted like they were playing "B" rated bowlers. Indian bowlers should learn and adjust to new ODI rules. Instead of Ishant looking for wickets, atleast he has to reduce the number of runs he concede and build up the pressure. With this experience he can do. As we see the greatest power-display of Indian batting, three relatively newbies made mockery os target not by slogging, by playing proper shots. Virat will hold the mantle of Indian cricket for years. Dhawan is such a explosive batsmen. Rohit should justify his talent by these type of scores. What everyone will say now about Australian bowlers? Last match they intimidated Indians, now they were absolutely pummeled. This is the Ind vs Aus game we want to see. After the 1st innings there were people asking 7-0 for Aus, where are they now? Game of cricket has always a great contradiction/surprise. HATS-OFF India - a die hard Indian cricket fan.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: I can grasp the sarcasm in your comment. Irrespective of which team you support, you cannot deny the brilliance of India in this batting performance. ONLY they could have pulled this off. No other team even comes close to the quality of Indian batsmen, especially Dhawan and Kohli. Chasing 360 on ANY pitch is difficult. If you are a genuine cricket lover, you will learn to appreciate this special batting display. This is not the first time India have done something similar. Hobart 2012 was a fine reminder of just how powerful India's batting is in ODI cricket; especially Virat Kohli's batting - some serious player that guy.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @Albert_Campbell Well,, the number of people that do care about u'r opinions are unfortunately,, Equal to the no. of WORLD CUPS bagged by Your Team,,, i.e. South Africa

    #PEACE

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    cant imagine india pulled off 359 with 39 balls to spare.....!!! with such batting prowess,had india batted first australia would have lost the match by 359 runs...!! an absolute ferocious batting performance.....hats off to team India. ...!!!

  • blthndr on October 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    first of all congratzzz to india and hardluck for aussies after posting a huge total with top prfomances of their top 5 batsmen.....what can u do rather watching a fearless dhawan,an elagance of rohit and ablasting knock of kohli with which india cook the winning recipe today....even though many say that pitch is flat or whatever bt chasing 360 in 43.3 over is not a easy one as they made it look like.....this indian team has somthing is self belief and fearless cricket to face any kind of challenge....

  • RajeshNaik on October 16, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Superlative performance from our batsmen. But there was something very easy about batting on this pitch. Still it is a commendable job from our top 3 to hunt down 360. Some shots played were unbelievable. Regarding bowling, one can not really blame any of Indian bowlers, as the Australians too went for plenty. Bhuvaneshwar's figures look best of the lot. But it is because he bowled 8 overs on the trot when Aussies batsmen were focusing more on not losing wicket. In his last 2 overs he too went for runs, 22 of them. Bowlers will be back with a bang.

  • BMDeep on October 16, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Aus not playing wid their 1st choice bowlers.well, these r d ones who bowled out Ind for 230. Flat track bullies.well,we have won CT not very long in ur PERFECT SEAM BOWING backyard. Dhawan's controversial stumping.well, is there any conclusive evidence dat it was out? I guess not. Kohli's nick.well, What has dat to do wid ill spirit? If u c d replays, even haddin was not sure. He appealed only after shane watson did, dat too unconvincingly. Dew was too much to contain. well, there isnt any evidence of extravagant dew. Even if it is, toss was won by bailey and he cud hav opted to bowl.

    So,Is there any excuse left? I can only say one thing to all Ind haters,jealousy is the tribute mediocre pays to d genius.

    D same ppl who hav d mouths to talk abt d stupid Indian bowlin doesnt have d hearts to compliment good Ind batting.

    For all d Ind haters : Beat me, hate me,You can never break me.Will me,thrill me,You can never kill me. All I wanna say is that .They don't really care about us .

  • Rockhopper on October 16, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Australia is a really good team but India has many legends in it. Count them if you can (Sikhar Dhawan,Virat Kohli,MS Dhoni,Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh) If this performance is deserved to be in a #1 side like INDIA.

    NO DOUBT INDIA IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    4 fielders outside the circle is not a new rule. It was there ever since kerry packer introduced it. One day cricket was too boring before world series cricket, when it was simply played as a shortened version of test cricket. I simply dont understand why people are so pessimistic and that too most of them Indians when India wins. The same rules were applied 2 days back in pune and it was a different match total and different result. If India wins a test match within 4 days by bowling out the opponent using spin power, people start whining about turning tracks. If you start whining there is no end to things and there is no golden set of rules which can please everyone.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 16, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Marvellous performance on a bouncy Jaipur track! And they say that Indians cant play pace and bounce. In fact india, despite brought up on slow tracks, play it better than others i feel. Remember Pontings struggles against Ishant in 2008? And also vs Roach in 2009? And what about Kallis dismissal in 2010 to sreesanth?

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I think the return of old players like Sehwag and Gambhir will be very doubtful after this match...

  • rajfromoz on October 16, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @sweetspot. Kohli is aggressive and likes to win at any cost.. deal with it! I'd rather have an aggressive batsman like him to get us across and win matches when it matters. Ricky Pointing had exact same traits.. no one would care about how he won.. bottom line is he won matches. Cursewords are his trademark.. again deal with it :)

  • GrindAR on October 16, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    it would've been nice, if Dhawan scored 5 more... after-all he setup the scoring rate matching the asking rate for 26 overs.... But good to see, the ruthlessness in the batsmen to look up the tall chases and smile liberally at the start and at the end of the chase as well.

  • ADARSH100 on October 16, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Conrgratulations to team India for displaying an amazing match. Credit goes to all the players including the bowlers without whom India couldnt get a chance to chase down a steep target. :p Special Congrats to Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli . I felt India could chase it down when the first wicket partnership of 176 in 27 overs emerged. As normal, Iam very disappointed with the bowling effort. Bhuvi deserves appreciation as his economy was 5.40 I feel Ishanth should be dropped for Shami Ahmed. Amith Mishra also shoud be in action for Vinay if Vinay is not economical in next match. Fast bowling dept. has been very weak in t20 and 2 ODIs. So try to bring in Mishra.

  • blthndr on October 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    just look at the top 10 highest successful chase venue.....7 out of 10 are from outside sub continent.....http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;innings_number=2;orderby=team_score;result=1;template=results;type=team;view=innings

  • class9ryan on October 16, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Awesome cricketers around the globe at the moment. I believe Alastair Cook, Virat Kohli, Hashim Amla will go down as one of the most feared batsmen of all time. Indian cricket will be touching greater heights in the near future.

    Ya, it might be a flat-bed but the pressure of 30 is enough to make a flatbed look an greentop. Hats off to Indian batsmen to be that positive. On this ground MSD had scored 183* and may this ground become goodluck charms for the top 3 as well.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    All dhoni haters and rohit bashers talk now.. now u can understand why dhoni gave long run to rohit. . he produced a life time perfomance of his life.. and all aussie supporters whis said they will win so easly.. we need only 45 overs and 3 batsmen to do it. this is why we are world champs. .losers will learn it.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    shikar maintained his peak...No hit sharma became well hit sharma....virat as usual maintained his magnitude...team India take a bow...!!!!! just loving it

  • gnanzcupid on October 16, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    People call a batsman talented when he even scores a fifty in extremely seaming and bouncy tracks. Those who get out early in such pitches are blamed for lack of technique. Why don people blame the bowlers in such flat pitches if they are expensive? Also Those who manage to take even a single wicket should be praised. Why is this not happening?

  • anilkp on October 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    @Kahn_N and similar others: The definition of a "batting paradise" has to be universal, for a "definition" is always universal. That means, a "batting paradise" has to be as much a paradise to the Indian batters as it is to non-Indian visiting batters. Then, why do your batters falter on "batting paradises"? Besides, Indian bowlers are perennially ridiculed for their dumb and dull throwing of the ball (somewhat rightly so) as compared to the bowlers from Aus, Eng, Pak, Saf etc. That means, the paradise-ness of a "batting paradise" should be less for the Indian batters and "more" for the visitors. Still, how do your batters falter? Moreover, of all the all-time-high-chases, why the most wins have been against the Aussies? Is that because your bowlers do not have the right stuff in themselves? Remember that the highest chase of all happened not on an Indian "batting paradise" but in Johannesburg, SAf. I want to see your response to this post.

  • Nanda1988 on October 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Kahn_N let me firsty guess that your a Paskistan Fan. You might have forgot a tournament called ICC Champions Trophy that this current Indian Side won less than 6 months ago in rainy overcast conditions in bowling paradise called England.

    Thanks for the Stats about 'Both 200s in ODI scored in India by Indian batsmen. Four 400+ scores scored in India (3 by Indian team).' They are pretty awesome.

    You should be more concerned about your teams perfermance because the way they played in the Champions trophy now that was ridiculous.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Wow, you guys must really hate India! I mean with BCCI I completely understand but aren't the Indian batsmen truly a delight to watch and also some of them, really likable characters; for instance Shikhar Dhawan.

    All that aside, I feel sorry for the bowlers who must bowl on such wickets but that doesn't make the batting performances any less impressive...if anything, it's more because of the pressure they are put under...chasing is mind play more than anything else.

    And why are we forgetting India's dream run at the Champion's Trophy recently?! That wasn't India...yes they were the usual fast bouncy wickets that you'd see in England but some of them were still difficult conditions and difficult weather to play in...India won every single match!

    Give credit where it's due guys! Hate BCCI as much as you like. Heck I do too! Indian bowling was terrible. Let's all passionately deride that. But Indian batsmen deserves an applause...at least today! :)

  • DylanBrah on October 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Xavier Doherty needs to go. I know he wasn't the only bad performance today, but he has been under par for a long time now. Watching him bowls darts and taking no wickets pisses me off. He's averaging 37 with the ball now and will be 40 by the end of the series if he keeps going. Get Lyon or Holland in the team!

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    India has to look at Zaheer, IC Pandey and Varun Aaron. In terms of not pace but body types and strength, IC Pandey as is strong as Kapil. There are 3 body types: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. Based on body classification these body types are inherited thru birth. mesomorph is a stronger body like kapil who has strength and not pace only.

  • Cricdew on October 16, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @Kahn_N.......Mate Its not like on that given day only INDIANS were doing batting..Opposition also had their chances but they didn't do had that class to score 200 in an innings (talking about players not team)..So please don't blame it for pitch ////And leave this double standard and enjoy the Champion-side play

  • Srini_Indian on October 16, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    PACE test? What a joke! Apart from Johnson, rest are dibbly-dobbly medium pacers. Absolutely wonderful performance from Indian batsmen to chase down a monumental score. This sets the series nicely. I hope the wickets for the rest of the series have some spin.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Let's appreciate this victory and all you humans that have posted negative comments here please go and post a negative comment somewhere else if you really feel the urge to be a villain. Quite honestly, too many ill thinking people blah blah blahing. If you can't say something nice then don't say anything.

  • MANEESHROY on October 16, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Inspite of India winning, Indian bowlers did very badly on ground. There is no other cricket team in the world at present, that has a better batting lineup than Indians. With a useless cricket coach,Indian skipper should thank GOD, for things going his way.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    for some one who call india chased the target on flat track...this is the team that chased 300 runs in just 36 overs in CB series...the mighty target became too small becoz of tremendous batting by #rohitsharma #viratkohli #shikardhawan...salute TEAM INDIA......

  • BEST.TEAM.XI on October 16, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    well Played Indian Team great batting by their batman .... But i have a doubt i simply didnt see any bouncers that could have troubled the Indian batsman all the short bowling was half tracker not genuine bouncers and what happened to Mitchell Johnson pace today's pitch was more pacer friendly than the Pune pitch and suddenly what happened to those fast bouncers ??????

  • samp1988 on October 16, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    what a mind-blowing batting from India. This remembered me the hammering we(SL) got feb 2012 in Australia. kohli is an exceptional talent. there is no doubt abt that although it is very painful to remember his 133* in hobart. we have to accept that he is a best young batter in the world. I personally want to see india winning this series although lot of SL fans hates india. hwever their bowling is pretty average. to be honest india deserve for no.1 ODI ranking. congratulations from Sri Lanka...

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    one of the great innings by indian cric team.. revenge on 2003 world cup.. credit goes to 3 stars india once again proved dat dey deserve no1 rank

  • mathewjohn2176 on October 16, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Posted by jb633 on (October 16, 2013, 10:59 GMT), you are spot on.Indian fans are so funny that by one loss,they will make the captain villain.When matches won,they call their captain lucky and when he loses,they dont call him unlucky ,rather question his skills.Dhoni persisted with rohit sharma and he is really repaying the faith showed on him. India has the worst bowling unit among the test playing nation and still they achieved odi trophies under dhoni captaincy.They say its a team win when matches won and credits only dhoni for the losses like away test matches.The main problem is indian fans know better cricket than their players,staff and coaches.They don't know selectors do the selection of players ,all they know is dhoni responsible for everything related in cricket matters.captain do the most job in field setting and bowler rotation.Dhoni do wicket keeping and captains the team,yet some say he dint do anything in those victories.@ blade runner ,hope you enjoyed this match .

  • gsingh7 on October 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    what a lovely chase from best odi team and world champions - INDIA. no target is big enough for indian batsmen . even 438 runs wud have been chased by rampant rohit and virat. i heard that aus had pre game winning song in dressing room when they realised that ishant , vinay and ashwin were all playing today. nohit did something good for country for once, hope he does not go back to his nohit self again. feeling sorry for dhawan, he deserved century. i will join english fans regarding johnson-" he bowls to left, he bowls to right , he bowls utter s,,,"

  • Hanumall on October 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Great match! With nine wickets in hand and 40 balls to play, this Indian team could have today chased down a target of even 440-450! Our brave young cricketers have once again done us proud. At the beginning of the Indian innings one thought they would show their class today after the relatively lacklustre Pune showing, but would go down fighting, coming creditably close to the imposing- almost impossible- target. But our young heroes went out notched a heroic and memorable win. This awesome match is going to be much talked about for years.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Now that;s the best chase I have seen tremodous performance by dhawan, rohit and kohli

  • Fan1969 on October 16, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    For all those who call India flat track bullies a gentle reminder India won the ICC Champions trophy in England just 6 months ago with a NEW team, no Yuvraj, Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar around!

    Yes the Indian bowling is ordinary but how come the great Australians have lost the 4 highest chases ever?

  • ritearmover on October 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Must be tough to be Australia in this case - the two highest run chases in ODI history have been against them.

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I am very happy to see Rohit's game. He played really very good anchor role. Today both Shikar and Kohili are luck. Kohli was out around his 30's, but lucky that empire didn't declare hit out. Again Shikar has two lives. Rohit as cool as he can and Kohli rightly mentioned he is more dangerous batsman than Kohli and Shikar as he is ice cool. Well down Rohit. I feel you will make two more centuries in this series itself. A real replacement for Tendu in Oneday's as well as in Tests.

  • Bub10 on October 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I think that we will get to see many more no of games like today's game because of the new odi rules. Bowlers are looking like puppets.They are just unable to stop the run flow. These rules are really hampering the game..I strongly oppose these rules..I am afraid to say but ODI cricket is dying...

  • NP_NY on October 16, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    First half - All non-Indian fans commeting that India is getting badly beaten at home bcos of poor bowling. Second half - All non-Indian fans whining about how these flat tracks are not fair for the bowlers. LOL, why these double-standards?

  • jimwhatever on October 16, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    one more record highest average per wicket now with india

  • class9ryan on October 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    I just love the cricketers of this era - so happy that flamboyance has crept into cricketing world like other sports like tennis, football, baseball. I'm pretty sure after 20 years cricketers like Virat will be legends. Some serious cricketers in the world currently playing - Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Saeed Ajmal, Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen. I don't want to hurt the ex-generation but I think the earlier lacked the star quality on the field or off the field like these guys.

  • kahvas on October 16, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Fact is that teams like SL cant even win in their backyard, whether the pitch is flat or seaming. So even if assuming that we are flat track bullies, at least we are bullies at something. SL cant save face at home, look at how we've insulted them in the own backyard repeatedly as well as in other places.

  • sunilvaidya on October 16, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    so in 30 odis since srt retired india winning 22 and losing 8. (around 10 of those in india rest away matches) and the person who replaced srt (SD) has played 21 odis (3 in india and 18 away) and we have won 17 of them and lost 4....like i have been saying for so many years now it is our youngistan brigade which is really responsible for us being no 1 ranked in all formats at some point of time...i have been saying for so long that virat is better player than sachin and unlike him does not get nervous in big chases and difficult situations...

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Am I the only one who don't want to praise Indian batsmen and rather curse the woeful Oz bowling attack like how the non-Indians bash Indian bowling unit...

  • bilal_mahmood on October 16, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Unbelievable performance by indian batting.. its only India that could pull this out. See the top 3 biggest run chased, ALL against Australians hehehe. Never discount india in ANY game! Go india!!

  • Rohit_Nene on October 16, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    New ODI rules killing the bowlers. With such kind of rules even 425+ score also possible. Bowlers need some protection from rules(specially only 4 fielders outside circle is worst rule).

    No wonder with that kind of Cricket some one score 50+ centuries in ODI & people will declare him greater than Sachin Tendulkar(Who scored 49 centuries against world's best bowling attacks like Aus,RSA,PAK & ENG with old rules when 300+ is a winning total on board).

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @Kahn_N: Absolute nonsense !! My friend, cricket is a game played by 2 teams. I agree that India has flat pitches. BUT, the opportunity to play on those pitches is presented to BOTH teams. Australia played on the same pitch as India and they made 359. India were simply the BETTER team and chased the total down in a canter. Why don't some people like you accept that simple fact and move on ? India are the best when it comes to sheer batting power. It's simple as that. Flat track or not, chasing 360 is NOT easy. I think you can go figure that one out. You don't need a Phd for that.

  • pitch_curator on October 16, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I think ICC needs to do away with the two new balls for sub-continental conditions. More than the four fielders outside the circle, the fact that the old ball is not reversing and the semi new is not spinning enough, the ball is hard enough in the slog overs to fly over the boundaries is hurting the bowlers in sub-continental conditions. ICC needs to address this quickly to avoid 300 being a par score in Indian conditions.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Irrespective of what happened ishant and jadeja needs to be dropped ASAP. Jadeja is an over rated cricketer. He does stuff only on fluke he is not a big match player, speaking of Ishant is just a waste of time, i don't get it why he is still in the team

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Virat Kohli was good but I did not like the spirit of game shown by Kohli.. He had nicked the ball of Watson but knowling nodded his headed as if he had not nicked...

  • samincolumbia on October 16, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Was Hobart a flat pitch too? India chased down 340+ in 36 overs. Granted, it was against minnow team, Sri Lanka. How come Pakistani batsmen can't even manage a total of even 100 runs while chasing down 300+ runs?

  • SandeepBhatti on October 16, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Flat track or not both the teams play on the same pitch. So please grow up and accept that the winner is the team which performs better. Awesome match..A crushing defeat for Australia...

  • thelapal on October 16, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    This is a Huge confidence booster for Rohit sharma ..scoring first 100 against Australia any batsmen after scoring such a big score against tougher teams will have their confidence sky high and this will take off the pressure of him for the rest of the series and play his natural game. Both teams have serious concerns about bowling now but if we just compare batting its indian batting lineup now that will be threatening to aussies. now they will be seriously thinking what total they should post on these kind of pitches if they bat first and how to defend it. Good luck for both the teams and let hope its going to be one of the best ODI series of this year. Spin is india's main strength they should include amit mishra or harbajan in place of ishanth sharma/vinay kumar. either of these two bowlers should be given exit immediately for india to make it 6-1.

  • Shan156 on October 16, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Awesome India. Awesome batsmen. People can say all they want about flat tracks but to chase 359 so easily is special. If there was one team that could chase this score this easily, it was India. It is scary what they can do if they could find bowlers to replace Ishant and Vinay.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    If Kohli is going at this rate, then he will be the Greatest Player in the history of ODI cricket ! My little analysis: {Present status : age:24,played 5 years,ODIs -115,Runs-4736 ,100's-16,50's-25} {If he plays minimum 15years more (min 115matches per 5 years), then he will ends up with a marvelous ODI record like the following: age:39, matches 460, Runs:19200, 100's:64, 50's:100)

  • GrindAR on October 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    This shows Ind are still batting beasts. This would be the best chase of the whole ODIs in terms of statistics and their previous loss of fail chasing 302.

    The match was won with just 1wk loss and at 1.14 run-rate difference for an asking rate over 7.2. If we project the score till 50 overs, it would have been more than 440 run scored.

    Btw, it is very familiar result for them anyways, and gone few inches more into the drubbing than their lost against SA defending 434 ( as it was a very close match).

  • timtom on October 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Oh Flat track !!! Really.. Check the ground of 10 top chases!! Even I was surpised..

  • rexwoods on October 16, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Congratulations to India from a Pakistani fan. Absolutely terrific batting. I am only sorry that Dhawan did not get a century. He really set up the platform. However, with his talent, there will be other opportunities.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Bowling still sucks. Vinay and Ishant both should be dropped. Time to try other people who need to be given a chance

  • KrikIndFan on October 16, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    The top 4 highest run chases in ODI, the losing team for all is Aus...

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    o! what a amazing chase and a tremendous batting from Virat & Dhawan and a solid and an control batting from Rohit Sharma, a little sadness that Dhwan could n't complete his century but bowling is not good.

  • jackiethepen on October 16, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    It was a very good batting wicket according to all the commentators - I watched the game on Sky - and surely according to the scoreline! Kohli played a fantastic knock in the context of the game but it was butchery of the bowlers. Not sure this is the way we want ODIs to go. They could become too similar to t20. Hope the next game is played on a track to give the bowlers a chance. Cricket is always more interesting when batsmen are tested by tougher conditions and good bowling.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Haters can keep hating. Jealousy just eats you up inside. Go team India. Jai Hind...

  • harishk19812007 on October 16, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    All you people calling Indian cricketers flat track bullies...... can you see only one side of the coin are you blind not to see the other side????? doesn't the other teams have the same opportunities as does the Indian team???? if the other teams are so great on so called "DIFFICULT TRACKS" shouldn't it be a walk in the park on so called "FLAT TRACKS" why this double standards when it comes to India????? the bashing of an Indian team win or an achievement of an Indian cricketer is really getting disgusting!!!!!

  • sweetspot on October 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    As breathtaking as Kohli's batting was, he squashed any chance at all Australia had of coming back to this game by not walking when he clearly nicked Watson to Haddin without too much to his name. He even shook his head as if to impress that he didn't nick. Some would call this professionalism, but we know for a fact now that not all set high ethical standards. Sure enough, even the Kohli brand of curse words came out after getting to 100. On a day like this, why?

  • perl57 on October 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Really unfotunate. So unfortunate. What more can you say? For project Raina was kept away with known intentions. Seriously! some problem with these guys.

  • vish2020 on October 16, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    India "flat track bullies, pitch was like a road, tennis ball pitch, loves to bat on batters paradise..." okay all those are things we indians accept it but we have one question, How bad are your batsmen that they can't play flat track, tennis ball pitches, batting paradise??? lol if you send your team to india, first, teach them how to bat! #bleedblue

  • ThilankaK on October 16, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Those day Indian team usually all out for low scores like I can remember @ sajaha they all out for 55, sachin ,sarav & dravid was there ( they call big 3) look , all teams going to have purple & now It's Indian time so we have to sit & watch but It will remain short period ! that's how cricket is all about ! It's funny & balance game !

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    many spoke too soon. dhoni is the luckiest of all Indian captains. I still remember the NatWest 326 chase.yuvraj is the only one left behind from that match. and I should say Ashwin is the bravest spinner dhoni has got. Mishra can't sustain pressure. all spinners will get hammered someday. warns and murali is no exception. remember 373 set by India in a 2000 WC match. there is no pace bowler in India is as effective as bhuvi. ishanth should work harder. go bald ishanth and see the difference. your hair us your downfall. umesh yadav should play more. give him chance.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Mr Sandip Manjrekar pointed out in one of his comments after the 1st ODI, that India lost the 1st one, mainly because, they just turned up without any preparation and planning; unlike the Australians

    I concede Sandip, you proved to be right. Only one thing I will still repeat; our bowling unit is our problem; not the batting unit.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Top 5 batsmen made 50+ for Australia, a record. India did one level more, Top 3 made 100+ and won. Hats off to India on the performans.

  • sandy_bangalore on October 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Marvellous performance on a bouncy Jaipur track! And they say that Indians cant play pace and bounce. In fact india, despite brought up on slow tracks, play it better than others i feel. Remember Pontings struggles against Ishant in 2008? And also vs Roach in 2009? And what about Kallis dismissal in 2010 to sreesanth?

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    India on top. We proved the critics were wrong when everything goes against us. This is one hell of an example. Kudos!

  • Sheela on October 16, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    In 2nd ODI at Jaipur, Indian bowlers bowled too many loose balls compared to Australian bowlers. Indian batsmen took their chances and they were successful. Both sides dropped a catch at vital stage. Indian team management should bring changes in bowling dept. even for the 3rd ODI onwards and should not wait till the next team is announced.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Nothing wrong with Australians effort , except they are just short of 61 runs to neutralize an 8.32 RR Chase. Well-done India. :)

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    At some time after seeing a so good match we just feel CLARKE experience was missing........... Then result might b other.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Dhoni the master conjurer who made Rohit Open.

  • ad2810 on October 16, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I think Mishra would be added advantage instead of a waste critical thinking, he has an attacking bowler who looks for wickets and bowls with confidence by sticking to his variations and turning the ball

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    India lost to Australia 10 years back in the world cup finals 2003...surprisingly the score was 359...At that time Aussies were number one in the ranking and India number two...

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I still feel our bowling attack needs a complete overhauling.`Drop Ishant, Vinay kumar and ashwin and bring shami, unadkat and mishra to replace them. It seems the aussies have mastered the present attack and a change is necessary. Also, after the third ODI Abhishek Nayar and Parvez Rasool be given a chance.

  • Nampally on October 16, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    What an unbelievable chase of 360 runs by India! Dhawan, Rohit Sharma & V.Kohli need to be congratulated for outstanding display of power hitting over such a long chase. What is more they did it with > 6 overs to spare. I am sure the Aussie bowlers were stunned at being torn to shreds. No comparison of bowling figures of the Aussie bowlers in this match & the ones in Pune. Johnson's 153 KPH held no problems to the Indian openers who put on 175 for the first wicket at nearly 7 runs/over. That was one of the best starts by any Indian openers reminiscent of Sehwag & Tendulkar partnerships in the ODI's. So dominant was the Indian openers that the Aussies hardly noticed how they accelerated with the arrival of Kohli who plundered the bowling with 7 sixers & 8 fours to reach the fastest century in 52 balls. Amazingly the listless & lack lustre Indian bowling was totally masked by outstanding Indian batting Trio. Hats off to this Trio for Royal thrashing of Aussies to level the series 1-1!

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    It is ridiculously funny how some cynics quickly point towards the 2 new balls and less fielders rule whenever India's brilliant batsmen overwhelm a target. I also find it funny how those very same people fail to point out how the Aussies have been on the receiving end every single time. So guys you see, high run chases have been achieved across the WORLD and not just in INDIA. The Aussies smashed the Indian bowlers - point accepted. But the Indian batsmen BLITZED the Aussie bowlers. Goes to show the quality in batsmanship India have and the quality of Aussie bowling when conditions don't act in their favour.

  • spiritwithin on October 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Hypocrates all around,when Aus were scoring at high pace everybody praised Aus and started mocking India,the moment india won the match the pitch was being blamed,is it so difficult to appreciate such a display quality batting?it seems everybody just needs reason to target india negatively.There is a reason why this chase is only the second highest successful chase because irrespective of the pitch its never easy to chase 360..some started calling india a flat track bully,well this very team won the champions trophy and the tri-series in Eng and WI 3months back,this very team also chased 337 in Hobart in only 37overs against far better SL attack which proves that this indian team is capable of chasing big scores..some are also giving excuse that the Champions Trophy was played in turning track,well u can check the scorecard again and u will find batsman were finding it difficult to score against seamers,infact Bhuveneshwar was the best seamers on display then..show some sportmanship

  • ramli on October 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    For Ashwin bashers ... you cannot be changing the team based on every match performance ... we have to give any bowler some time to judge ... on this count Ashwin always has bounced back after mediocre performance ... even in this match, he was above most of the bowlers from both sides ... Mishra and others have been given sufficient time in the past to perform ... they had failed ... Ashwin did not get his place by lottery ... he performed at all levels to get there ... So, wait until he is poor for an entire series and then let us ask for a change

  • sweetspot on October 16, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    How lovely to see all the pessimists and the quitter fans dug deep into the grave in the comments tonight! Hilarious stuff from some of them!

    This is one unfair ground and pitch combination on the bowlers. Even the Aussie attack that isn't so bad got plastered all over the place. Australia now become the side that has been unable to defend scores over 300 the most, and thrice unable to defend more than 350. Such is the nature of where this game is headed, and it is suicide for bowlers.

    Of course Indian batsmen applied themselves beautifully, but there was absolutely nothing to surprise them from the bowlers or from the conditions. One would expect such a talented side to succeed, especially in a ground where 11 out of 14 times, the team chasing has won.

  • swarzi on October 16, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I warned you all about MS 'The Finisher' Dhoni and his band of young gunners! India always had replacements for every old non performing 'has-been'. The selectors were only fooling themselves and trying to fool the Indian people, who have never seen batting of this class - at no time in their entire life! It is a pity that this kind of confidence was not being shown to these young batting talents in India before! The poor young guys thought that only one person in India could bat - but finding out now, that this is far from the truth! Congrats Dhoni and your young gunners! I like how, for the first time in the history of Indian cricket, the batsmen are showing that they fear no kind of bowling in the world - not even Shoaib in his hey day can run any of them from their crease now!

  • Raveey_ on October 16, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Well the game was dead after the 30 overs or so ..i really didnt enjoy the game after that .. I have supported Indian Cricket all my life but this was just criminal. It was so not interesting. Poor guy Bailey chuckled when Ravi called the pitch a beauty.This was a crushing run chase , with such ease. Such domination is just not interesting at all. I remember India chasing another such huge score when tendulkar made those 175 runs in vain , that match was so interesting. I was left heartbroken in the end, but it was cricket that had won that day. Today, I dont know whether to be happy that my team won or be sad for Australia to go down so BADLY.But then I remember the 2003 world cup final and be satisfied with today's chase. Dont understand why people criticize the pitch so much , chasing 360 even on a road with such ease is not possible if you dont have such class in batting.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Australian bowling cupboard is bare when they cannot defend 360. they didn't even made a match out of it.they might need to score 450 in next game to have a competitive match.why they recall erratic and inconsistent Johnson? is there no young bowlers in aus to play instead?

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    A good game to watch but not a good game for cricket.bowlers need to have more say in the proceedings.today just looked like an extended T20 match(My eyes arent complainin but the mind sure is)

  • mridulDeka on October 16, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    What a match.Every shot bastmen hit goes for four.Aussie didnt bowl badly.Guys this is same jaipur pitch which offer help to seamers but was made total flat deck to negate aussie bowling.Being an indian,i still dont hail this victory.Our bowlers bowling at 120 and bastmen winning matches at 200% flat track.We cant win 2015 with this attitude. Aus is more balanced even they lose this match.I am a fan of cricket and being proper fan i support aus.As they hav fast bowlers and bastmen playing well in alien conditions.Still they can drop haddin as huges is fine keeper and include another specialist depending on conditions.For india you could win some matches in flat tracks but your cricket dont seem pleasing to watch unlike previous era of dravid,tend,lax,zak even though they didnt won cups to ind as dhoni did.

  • chotteguru on October 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Well done, Indian batsmen and much for them to rejoice on but the Indian bowlers have leaked 300+ in both matches. This needs serious attention and cannot be glossed over.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on October 16, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    By the way, didn't India chase down 336 in 36 overs against Sri Lanka in Australia in 2011? Virat Kohli was the hero of that match as well. And also 325 against England in the Natwest series held in England in 2002.

  • SamRoy on October 16, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    On these sort of days I wonder (like the other day aginst SL when India chased 320 in 38+ overs) what will happen if India's batting faces India's bowling on a flat track and a smallish ground!! Murder she wrote.............. I guess 700-800 is not impossible.

  • on October 16, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I am Pakistani but I am great fan of Indian batting Specially the class of Kohli, three of them played the best cricket but the class Kolhi has its just treat to watch, I even like him to bat long with Pak team as well so that I can enjoy his classy batting just Wowww great great win India u Rock

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    WOW what a game !!! Congrats INDIA. Well played boys. Once again proving we are the BEST team in the world when it comes to ODIs and with an AWESOME batting line up. Australia batted incredibly on a good pitch. But in the end it is funny how our bowlers ended up ONLY giving away 359 odd hahahahahaha. If India batted first, we would have made 400 against this Aussie bowling attack. George Bailey's smile at the presentation was priceless. Incredible stuff. Bring on game 3.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on October 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Some of these anti-India posters are amazing in their logic. When Australia posts 300+ (in the last match) and defends it then everything is fine with them. And when Aus makes 359 (in this match), then also everything is fine them. The problems arise for these people when India manages to chase this total! That's the main reason behind their displeasure. If it was a flat track, it was so for both the teams. BTW, in which continent did that match take place where 438 was made by one team, and chased down by the other? And where did this happen that 350 was made by one team, and chased down by the other? The former one was a Aus-SA contenst, while the latter was an Aus-NZ contest. And neither of them took place in the subcontinent.

  • CricketChat on October 16, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    First of all, great win by Ind helped in no small measure by sloppy bowling from Aus bowlers as well. Having said that, I wouldn't like ODIs turned into T20s poor cousins. Cricket as a sport will die eventually without a good contest between ball and bat. I don't really think much of this win at all.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Fastest century. 2nd highest run chase. 1st century after 2010 by R.Sharma. We had it all in one match...

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Absolute smashing victory and INDIA was the only team in the world who wud have achieved this target in 44 overs anyway..

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I think shikar dhawan deservs the man of the match award

  • Kahn_N on October 16, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    There's no greatness if you make flat pitches and make huge scores. Such a ridiculous game! Most of the game both teams kept their fielders in the circle and batsmen continuously hit in same areas.

    India has batting paradise for their batsmen. Both 200s in ODI scored in India by Indian batsmen. Four 400+ scores scored in India (3 by Indian team).

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Is this new rule of only 4 fielders outside the 30yard circle killing bowlers especially on batting beauties like Jaipur.

  • bbnn on October 16, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    So the best bowling figures/economy Rate in the match is Bhuvi 5.4,aswin 6.25,dhorothy 7.0 and Jaddu 7.2 all others are above the asking rate

  • Criticalthinking on October 16, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Hello Guys, Batsmen started to be more cautious about Ashwin's bowling. So he is not getting that many wickets in the game. But he atleast takes 1 or 2 wickets in most of the matches. He is creating more pressure from one end that's why Jadeja was most successful in champions trophy.

    For Ashwin bashers,look at the below stats. Considering this, Ashwin did a great job (50/1) in 8 overs. Over M Runs W RR MG Johnson 9 1 68 0 7.55 (5w) CJ McKay 7 0 64 0 9.14 SR Watson 5 0 47 0 9.40 (2w) XJ Doherty 10 0 70 0 7.00 GJ Maxwell 5.3 0 48 0 8.72 (1w) JP Faulkner 7 0 60 1 8.57 (1w)

    People who say Mishra, he will also get the same treatment. Only thing if he comes to the team, he might get some wickets at the initial matches played. After then, he is of no use and will be just leaking runs.

  • yogesh.gg on October 16, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    This is some battering not just to AUS but to all critiques of India who don't let go any opportunity to bash India. Now that we have won, they will say it was flat track. Quite amusing it is.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @ albert cambell do u forget that all top four run chases are against Australia.. rest I dont need any clarifications regarding indian batting...its self explanatory..

  • SevereCritic on October 16, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - the top 6 ODI run chases are in J'berg, Jaipur (this match), Hamilton, Auckland, Sydney, Christchurch. Besides Jaipur, none of these venues are in India. So get your facts straight.

  • JoshFromJamRock on October 16, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    GREAT MATCH!!!! My only disappointment was Dhawan not getting his century. Rohit has now finally understood his game. Kohli will be the greatest ODI player in history. Credit to him for not getting bogged down when Dhawan got out. He will have 45 to 50 ODI centuries before his 350th match for sure. I take pleasure in seeing guys like Alma, DeVilliers, Kohli, Pujara, Philander, Steyn and Narine performing at a level second to none...These guys will be legends of the game before they retire as they all have 8-10 great years ahead them.

  • Eagle_farhan on October 16, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Great victory and a great gift on Eid. Creating history by chasing down 359 with 6.3 overs to spare is really awesome. So pleased to see that this Indian side has the heart of a lion. Go India Go!!!

  • Bamarolls on October 16, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Pace Bowling: Has meaning only when delivered with proper control. Aus has always had one of the better pace units yet they occupy the top four of the wrong chart: Unsuccessful in defense of highest totals in ODI.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Worst bowling attack by India....... Poor ishant, ashwin& vinay...

  • cooljack_143 on October 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    wel well well, the title has to be like--INDIA MAKE MOCKERY OF AUS PACE & SHORT PITCH BOWLING!!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    With 39 balls 2 spare india won by 9 wickets. .chased down 359 ?? WAS IS A CRICKET MATCH HERE IN JAIPUR..OR VIDEO GAME WITH CHEAT CODES ON??? anyway...great batting by indian batsmen !!

  • ScottStevo on October 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Wow! Awesome batting from both sides - terrible bowling. Gotta say, Haddin's dropped catch was the turning point of this match. The third umpire didn't help either - but by then India were slaughtering Aus. Great spectacle and the series is alive!

  • SevereCritic on October 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - the top 6 ODI run chases are in J'berg, Jaipur (this match), Hamilton, Auckland, Sydney, Christchurch. Besides Jaipur, none of these venues are in India. So get your facts straight.

  • anoop3301 on October 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Of the ten highest successful run chases in ODI history, only 2 have been scored in India. Don't know why people always criticize India. It is almost as if it is a sin when India wins cricket matches. There are other cricket teams going around which win only in seaming tracks.

  • pakstarr on October 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    This was a good game if you were an India or Australia supporter maybe. As a neutral, it lacked any competitive edge. Nothing in it for the bowlers. Just a 20/20 on steroids! There should be fines imposed for road they call a pitch. What a joke. Oh well some people broke records and made some money no doubt. There is no satisfaction in games like these.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Well played both teams. One thing is very sure that INDIA will make more worse pitches like that where records making will be easier.........what a match.........................it was like a tennis ball cricket match

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    No Indian is booing Kohli now are they. Best Indian batsman right now.

  • AltafPatel on October 16, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    The pitch was so much flat and dead that you require to just swing the bat blindly, and the ball will chase boundary...! That's absolutely murder of cricket. India lost just 1 wicket. Aus lost 2 of top batsmen by run-out and few in tale-enders or else they too would have 1-2 loss of wicket in the inning. ICC must set standard of the pitch for the international match.

  • kahvas on October 16, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    India all the way! Whether seaming conditions of England or flat tracks of India.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Gosh! This is just ridiculous stuff!! Chasing 360 with more than 6 overs to spare is just unbelievable no matter how good the pitch is and how bad the bowlers are... take a bow Rohit and Virat! So that really settles talk about Rohit's spot(atleast for the time being)... I really hope Dhoni doesn't use this one off match as an excuse to keep Ishant in the line up!!! That would be nothing short of criminal! For heaven sake, bring back Zaheer or Mohit Sharma ...or at the very least, give Unadkat a chance; he has been quite impressive in the A games so far... Shami is not really international material yet and allow him a few more A tours to get to that level... PLZ drop Ishant!

  • AltafPatel on October 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    A bad side of the match was, a pitch prepared for IPL T20 match was given to an ODI ...! Killing of cricket...

  • Assasinator_007 on October 16, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    hmmmmm....just sitting and wondering was Indian Bowling attack (Vinay,Ashwin,Jadeja & Ishant) really weak.

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    if we can keep batting like that... even if i bowl... India will win !! Yes.. we have the best batting lineup but our bowling needs to step up... fire some cylinders!

  • sathishan.k on October 16, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    best economy rate in this math is buvi with is 10over

  • bigdhonifan on October 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @Albert_cambell both teams scored 400+ , please let me know where it happened.

  • Criticalthinking on October 16, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    For Ashwin Bashers, they will come to know that, Ashwin is one of the most economical bowler in this match. That's why he is the best bowler. Look at the Australian bowler all of them above 7.5 per over. Don't consider bhajji, he was living under the shelter of Kumble.

  • bigdhonifan on October 16, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell Yes we have seen what South Africa doing in Spinning tracks struggling to Score 300 in both Innings..

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Our batsmen really killed the entertainment from the moment they got their pads on. I think we should drop a few batsmen for the series to be a bit competitve.

  • Army_rangers on October 16, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Well well well...i will eat my words now,or just change my words untill kohli is in the team u cant loose a match..for the jealous guys who are bashing india who have rare opportunity, well please talk now..where is the so called strong pace bowling unit.?all are hammered by vk, rohith and dhawan...

  • on October 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I think after the 90s and 00s , many of us are tired of batting records. The cycle keeps on changing as I've heard seniors n uncles talk about being tired about bowling feats in the 80s...hence the change in trends happen with each time-period (encouraged through man-made pitches and rules favouring either the batsmen/bowler). Have a feeling very soon its going to be the 80s again (for bowlers I mean). Mind you, its not easy to bat like this even on a bat friendly wicket...its takes a lot of skills. I've always maintained that when it comes to pitches like these, doesnt matter which team/country it is...India is far better and explosive. England/SA comes close..earlier i remember pak/sl being close. Nothing to undermine India's talent in that aspect, anyone who does is either greeneyed or doesnt know much about the variations in cricket!

  • reghuh on October 16, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    things are pretty clear- Indian batting is strong enough to face any kind of bowling/challenge anywhere- why dont we strengthen what is strong- instead of useless third class club level bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar, we can add two more batsmen to the lineup and strengthen batting to overtake any total maybe yousuf pathan/rayudu/pujara/s.tiwari/uthappa - any 2 of these would fill the gap and bowling can be done by raina/yuvraj/kohli etc - they will not be worser than Ishant and Vinay

  • Albert_cambell on October 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @Jitesh Krishnan. Most of the hight scoring(300+ scores) ODI games are played in India only. Check the matches played in India.Manytimes both teams ended up scoring 300+(Sometimes even 400+). Now we can see who are the real flat track bullies here.

  • Bota on October 16, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    poor poor bowling on a road like pitch....

  • Bota on October 16, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Poor poor bowling by ausies but boy that man was cought-behind out and never moved .... shame

  • jb633 on October 16, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Indias batsmen have bailed them out again. What a classy chase this has been. Despite their woeful bowling attack you can't help but admire the talent of their batsmen. No country in world cricket has close to the batting ability of these guys. The only thing that constantly holds them back is the bowling attack. Australia, unlike India, haven't actually bowled that badly but their good balls keep sailing for six. Hats off to this chase, it's one of the best I have seen.

  • on October 16, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    @ Tariqul Islam Jony: Check the score dude. Game's over for Aussies.

  • EnglishCricket on October 16, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    What an absolute highway. These kind of pitches just inflate these batsman averages.

  • on October 16, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    To all the criticis who are criticizing wickets.. the highest score in ODI's is in South Africa.. yawn.. and it was chased. what hypocrites.. One day India fails and they get called flat pitch bullies. When they bully they get chastised.. yawn..And Indian neighbors are really adept at criticizing the Indian team.. They need to relax..

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 16, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Aus should have score 400+ in this dire pitch

  • on October 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    What a quality batting by dhawan !! Brilliant absolutely brilliant

  • on October 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Currently almost all Australian players played in IPL against each bowler of india. So they analyzed each indian bowlerbowling skills. That is the main reason no indian bowler including Aswin (Spinners) not showing much effect on Australia batting lineup. India also should have separate team for india especially in bowling. Instead of concetrating on Adds more practice is needed for so many players.When u defeat anybody with in home and abroad then only that team will be called as NO1. So reatain more practice is needed.

  • chechong0114 on October 16, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Excellent one day tornament going on between the Aussies and India wish I could have been one of those lucky indian fans in the stands GOD knows I would pay the highest price to see this great contest. Great to see how the aussies came back after losing the T20 game, I do wish that the Indians win this game and keep the series as close and tight as possible throughout. Would love too see the series tied at 3 games a piece going into game 7 that will make for a great final.

  • Sharath_Rocker on October 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Thank God , B Kumar was there ,else Aus will have made new record

  • kahvas on October 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Is Ishant Sharma related to Dhoni. Forget about the Indian squad, Sharma should retire for good. Maybe play him the last match with Tendulkar and send him home.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Aussies not too bad at hit-n-giggle on a flat track against medium pace...

  • BustIPL on October 16, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    India will chase it or reach very close to it. Pitch is easy to score at and india have enough hitters in their ranks. Pitch has been rolled to keep pace out of equation.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    no chance to win this match for india..Aussie hats Off..

  • IndianEagle on October 16, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @sachin_paul gud comedy, pujara failed miserably against minnows zim

  • Pritt32 on October 16, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    The Australian team are back to their best. 360 is an imposing total for the Indian team to chase. A new coach and fresh players has lifted the confidence and morale of the team. They are on the rise. Another heavy defeat on the cards seem inevitable for the Indian team. A strong message should be signaled after another appalling display from the Indian team. Do not persist with mediocre bowlers like Sharma, Kumar and even Ashwin, as he is out of sort.Change the bowling attack completely, otherwise it could potentially be a 7-0 whitewash. Dhoni is a very stubborn person. He needs to rectify the situation swiftly, otherwise Indian team heading to another bad patch which fans do not want.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Fastest balls bowled by Indians today: Vinay: 82.8 mph Ishant: 87.3 mph Bhuvi: 84.2 mph Mitchell Johnson's slowest ball: 89.5 mph ENOUGH SAID!

  • Aaranya on October 16, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Ashwin still has the second best average of the day, like in the first ODI.....if we need to change, can any team will change the entire bowling squad?....I think, Ishant and probably Vinay to be rested for next match. But, let us not discount the fact that Vinay is a decent bat down the order.

  • Sudu_putha on October 16, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Poor India only good in IPL... Go Aussies... go and beat this big talking INDIA 7-0

  • Barnesy4444 on October 16, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Hughes: 130 runs at an average of 65 so far. Apparently he can't play in India. If he keeps this up will people get off his back? Will he open in the first Ashes test?

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    India has to change its strategy, the so called no 1 team is getting hammered at its home ground. Where has all the talent gone..? Why vinay, ishant again..? Ashwin and jadeja for god sake play in IPL only.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Superb from Australia. George Bailey really leading from the front although I think he should have run when Maxwell called. Australia could do worse than consider Maxwell and Bailey for middle order slots in Brisbane. The former although a one-day specialist would be worth the risk as although he would probably make quite a few low scores as won't come off every time, when he does he could take the game away from England. Ishant looks shot of all confidence and really should be given an extented rest. I'd want to see more from the Indians against pace as already next year's tour to England is looking as though it may be as one- sided as the last time they where there, as I'm pretty certain the pitches won't be as accommodating as in the Champions trophy.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    We need to focus on a steady start to chase this total, cheers to #TEAMINDIA

  • Sheela on October 16, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Those people who supported Indian bowlers for their performance should hang their heads in shame. For second successive ODI now, the Indian bowlers have been hauled over the coals. First of all everyone - cricket administrators, selection committee, captain, coach etc. - should accept their responisibility and amend their thinking totally.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Its time Raina showed what he's worth......

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Mr.Sunil Gavaskar who always praise Indian cricket unnecessarily said that Indian team is one of the best fielding sides in the world. how ludicrous is that? look at their fielding. They can't even take catches properly. I am not interested in Indian cricket at all. It is funny that they call themselves the best team in the world. What they have done is they have made overseas players comfortable on indian pitches by letting them play for IPL teams. Indian hasn't been able to find good enough 11 players out of one billion people. Players of different states don't seem to like each other. There is no unity in the team , what they all have in abundance is arrogance. I am not a well wisher of indian cricket and therefore i enjoy watching india being hammered by australia.

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    The team is young but spirit is still the same, that's why Aussies are always on the top. Top 3 reminded the great trio of Gilly, Hayden and Ponting.

  • sss15 on October 16, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    During the Commentary i saw many people raising issue regarding ashwin's place in the team...If ishant, jadeja and vinay kumar deserves a place ashwin is far better than these three...and ashwin needs a support which jadeja is not able to provide...bring in mishra with ashwin...u will see a different ashwin...this is wat kumble and harbhajan in combo were doing in odis and tests in the past...ashwin and ojha did the same in tests....hope india can bring in mishra and give good support to ashwin....double spin attack is always india's weapon and never i can consider jaddu as a genuine spinner and india needs desperately a good spinner in ojha or mishra....go india go...

  • on October 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    why dhoni not droping aswin and ishan and gave chace to mishra and unakat who who did good job in past in Zimbabwe and and he should apply rotating policy like he did before

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Dhoni for god's sake open your eyes.You can buy Vinay Kumar in d upcoming auction and make him play for your CSK,you can include your favourites like ashwin,murali vijay nd vinay kumar there nd play.Indian cap should be reserved to those who deserve nd not to ur favourites. What is the logic of including Vinay Kumar in 15 member squad? He was dropped for Zim tour nd at last moment got into the team as replacement fr irfan when he got injured. Why you need Ashwin to play every match even though he is not at all effective and very poor in the field. You have got Mishra who deserves to play for India.He is much much better than Ashwin as a bowler.Vinay Kumar, Ashwin nd Ishant should be dropped. Give chance to Unadkat Mohit Sharma Umesh Yadav nd Amit Mishra. Zaheer should be recalled. On any day anywhere Zaheer is an asset to Team India if he is fully fit.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    so Australian top five batters made 50's and so did top five Indian Bowlers !! Kict out Ishant Please !! All the best to India to Chase a huge total.. A Cricket Fan from Pakistan

  • stonecoldb4u on October 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    lucky indians.......if finch n maxwell was not run out score should be around 390......watson missed out otherwise it would be 400+..............

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Just simple words i will use here,Hard Work Does Pay Off, But Australia Should be focus till the series ends. GOOD PLAYED MATES,Very Well Played.Hats Off.

  • Cyril_Knight on October 16, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    The make up and balance of the attack is poor. To play three seam bowlers in India they have to have an genuine fast bowler, otherwise the batsmen gets set against the medium pacers. Even if the balls do swing it is slow, not like Anderson or Steyn.

    I think that Indian selectors do not trust the real fast bowlers to control the two white balls. But they perhaps could have learnt more from the Champions Trophy when they bowled superbly on slow, dry pitches that offered lots of spin. The current pitches are designed for big hitting batsmen. But when they are this flat any batter can succeed, the classier Indian batters are neutralised.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    after the three hammerings (one t20 and 2 odis), are we looking at a Zaheer return sooner than we had thought. (Shami was even worse in champions trophy).

    What about Mishra, does he not even deserve a chance?

  • whippingBails on October 16, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    aha Captain Bailey.. has finally brought back the Aussie team we all love to fear. He is a fantastic leader, he pulls his men together, street smart, knows his Indian pitches and bowlers very well, above all knows how to bring his team together for a well defined purpose. He works well with seniors like Watson, Johnson and juniors like Hughes and Maxwell. Yes Aussie cricket needs Captain Bailey, Yes cricket needs Captain Bailey.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Not only top five batsmen, first five bowlers also have scored fifties...

  • xtrafalgarx on October 16, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Absolutely outclassed, not just beaten....OUTCLASSED, and at home too! The batting is good but the bowling is nowhere near the pace they need to be at for international cricket. Even the spinners are not bowling well, just not playing well enough india. They do have the bastman but they will need to play and AND the Aussies need to bowl badly, but i don't think we will bowl badly.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Time to smile again me thinks.

  • dunger.bob on October 16, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    George Bailey reminds me of a butler out of one of those 1950's movies. The type of movie where every one takes him for granted until he saves the day by showing them all how it's done. .. go Geeve's, sorry, George.

    On the cricket, it's half time and Aus. have 359 on the board. .. scoring @ 7 rpo for 50 overs sounds like a tall order, but India can bat a bit, so it should be a very exciting 2nd half. Let's go !!

  • AnshulP on October 16, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Theoretically not impossible.. One four every over for 50 overs => 200 runs off 50 halls That leaves 160 runs to get from 250 halls.. No, I did not think of this first, this was Sachin speaking to the team in the 2003 World cup final !

  • sachin_paul on October 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    'Project Raina'......lets see what Raina does today batting at number four. What is required of him is to either accelerate (if no early wickets fall) or stabilise (if early wickets fall) and am pretty sure Pujara would have done a better job at both

  • VinodGupte on October 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    i'll repeat what i said two days ago. raina, jadeja and dhawan will be exposed in this series. ashwin may also be exposed if it is possible to expose his mediocre skills any more.

  • HDG1978 on October 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Agree with you jb633. But just to add, if Dhoni gets all the credit when Team India does well, it is he who should get all the brickbats when Team India fares poorly. That's poetic justice I feel. In any case, I, as an Indian fan have lost interest in MSD individually. And this is not a knee-jerk reaction. He is plain lucky at times and nothing great at all. Want Team India to do well with or without Dhoni.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Has any side won an ODI series 7-0 ?

  • xtrafalgarx on October 16, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Flashback, the Aussies played like the Aussies of old it made me feel good! This is what Australia is all about!

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Where are my fellow indian friends who were saying india will bounce back Ashwin is great and all other blah blah Ashwin went for 8 overs 50 runs that too coz dhoni shielded him against big hitters and got him when odd wicket fell time to say goodbye Ashwin go play IPL and live your life.Dhoni as adamant as always didnt change this bowling line and our generous bowled short ball at 130 and fed Oz and every player from top 5 scored 50+ runs and off the 5 wickets that fell Oz gifted almost all wickets. One sincere appeal to ACB kindly ask Clarke to be injured and out of the side this team is playing well and as a team in his absence so Clarke please stay out

  • DilluT on October 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    It's what expected from Dhoni. Stick to his favourite's no matter whether they perform or not. India playing with 8-9 players only as we all knows Ishant and Rohit is of no use. No matter how well you perform in domestic and other places you will not get chance. Really frustrating. Dhoni is a good captain, but still a good captain needs to learn and act smartly. Very poor decision and Team India will have to pay for this.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Dhoni is repeating the same mistake which led to the 0-8 drubbing overseas in 2011-12...In the name of God, what is Ishant doing in the team?!! Firstly drop both Vinay and Ishant.... Bring in Zaheer; that guy is the only DEATH bowler that we can talk of! Also, why on earth was Mohit Sharma dropped after the Zim tour??!! That guy hardly gave away more than 7 runs an over in the entire IPL season and barring 2-3 indifferent spells, he did a fantastic job holding up one end and snaring the odd wicket... Let Bhuvi and Zak open the bowling; let Mohit come in first change(practically the ball will still be new)...and please rotate Mishra/Ojha, Ashwin and Jadeja to bear the spinner's duty... if the bowlers leak 300+ in each match, I don't see the team winning even 1 or 2 matches! Dhoni needs to be more flexible :(

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    fans... please encourage indian batsman.... we can definitely fight back..... india........get well soon

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    really nice start for the aussies and later on the gem of a knock from george bailey 92 off just 50 balls

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Indian bowling is a disgrace!

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Never any Indian Captain has succeeded on Indian Pitches by playing 3 Fast Bowlers...Dhoni seems to be relying more on his instinct than cricketing sense...His past decisions on Ishant Sharma , Joginder singh, ravindra jadeja & like through favored him and India very much but doesnt seems to be working good now.........He needs to change his strategy to save the series.....

  • Mitty2 on October 16, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Ridiculously good from Bailey. He's just constantly improving, he's very versatile (has played rearguard innings under pressure and as seen can easily push up the total) and he's extremely consistent. Fyi his best innings to date was his 130 odd against WI which single handedly won us the game after a massive early collapse. His average is now 51 - which is at ridiculous odds with his 35 average in domestic OD's. It shows he's calm, has the necessary temperament and rises to the occasion on the big stage. This joined with his excellent leadership. I'm not a fan - I hate it when it's done - of selecting from limited overs performances, but Bailey simply has to be playing in the Ashes.

    Great to see Hughes' innings - he's progressing really well after that Indian series. He was a leading run score in the Ashes tour (including tour games) at a stage and he was in good form and unfairly dropped. He is the future with Khawaja (who's doing well in the Ryobi) and must be persisted with.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    good score..fighting total

  • reghuh on October 16, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    why dont we include 2 more solid batsmen in the playing XI like Uthappa/Rayudu in the place of third class useless backyard bowlers like Ishant and Vinay kumar - i dont think the scores will be differrent...hehe....someone like raina/kohli can bowl giving away same amount of runs.....what say

  • reghuh on October 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Ishant sharma and vinay kumar should not even be described as useless- the word will get a shame-they are far worst than what the word dignifies........Beginning stages, indian bowlers are delivering nothing other than short balls at school boyish level speeds and in the end overs, full tosses and overpitched deliveries-cakewalk- no change in field - we could see that the boundaries were going in same areas whereas no field change was seen....Even raina / kohli would have bowled better than Ishant or vinay kumar .........or maybe india could have brought in 3 more solid batsmen to chase the total avoiding such useless so called bowlers

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Game is still going on, lets see the power of best batting line up in world ...

  • TheBigBoodha on October 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Oh dear. If the evil eye really exists, Ishant's heart would be obliterated by several million daggers by now.

    Whatever happened to the dust bowls we saw in the tests? Is this the rainy season in India? If I am not mistaken, I can hear the sound of distant hair dryers being blasted across five cricket wickets in India, even as weed killer stocks mysteriously disappear from the local plant nurseries.

  • Army_rangers on October 16, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Really its frustrating to see indian bowling.untill today i believed that vinay is a limited over specialist bowler,but no today i am convinced that he is not even a international level bowler..he is just a club level cricketer,for god's sake y selectors are picking him again and again along with ishanth..untill these two gets out of the team,their is no chance for india to win a single match..

  • 2nd_Slip on October 16, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Wow the so called best ODI team in the world looking good for another hammering in their home conditions. Ashwin and Janjenja are so overrated!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    39th over of AUS batting….Jadeja….9 runs

    40th Over……Ishant…..10 runs

    41st ……..Jadeja …..7 runs

    42nd……..vinay….12 runs

    43rd……..Jadeja….14 runs.

    44th ……….vinay…….15 runs

    45th ……….Ishant…..17

    46th…….Finally Bhuvi……. 7runs…1 runout

    47th …….Ashwin back……13

    Aus 48 overs.....337/4

    Enough is enough.

  • MrCricket0099 on October 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Before series even began, India were boasting about winning 7-0. Now getting the treatment they deserve. Indian fans were being overtly bashing towards Ishant, but todays match shows how poor quality Indian bowlers are.

    #Indiaflattrackbullies

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    this what we should to learn from kangaroo....and this is the new definition of one day game..it is beyond imagination that why dhoni did the same mistake in this match too....aussies has bagan the game from where they had stopped in pune....

  • jb633 on October 16, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    There is no chance in hell India will retain their world cup trophy. They won the champions trophy on raging turners in England. In Oz there will be no spinning decks and therefore India will have no chance.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    What to do about the Indian side's fielding ? Pathetic is not the word. Deplorable and disgusting : to beat it all Ishant. The guy is worse than useless. Dhoni has his favourites hence no point in asking why not this guy and why not that guy. His own performance is the pits. With the kind of body language we are seeing right now seems India would be lucky to even win a single match in this series. All these guys can do is endorsements and we forget and forgive very soon. They should be booted out of the Indian team now as all they are good for is the IPL.

  • on October 16, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @sukhendra reddy.... bhajji survived because there were no other good spinners around... ishant and vinay are crap... we have much better fasters available. shami.. yadav...unadkat...mohit sharma...awana...to name few... even irfan pathan is much better than ishant

  • jb633 on October 16, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Indian fans are so fuuny, Dhoni is constantly glorified as the hero or villified as the criminal. There is no middle ground. Please try and get some perspective. India do not have any good seamers in the country, period. Yadav would get smashed as would Undakat, they are cannon fodder to sides like Aus, SA who are used to facing proper seam bowling on seaming tops. Dhoni is a good captain but he cannot work miracles. He needs his bowlers to put the ball in the right areas because no captain can set fields for bad bowling. India have a very good batting side no questions. In home conditions they are particularly spectacular and can chase almost anything set. However on the bouncy decks of Oz they will be found wanting with no seamers in their game. IMO the sheer volume of T20 cricket is not conducive to producing good young seam bowlers. They will get some tap on early in their career and will try and start bowling too many variatons rather than having a solid stock ball.

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    bring back zak & try some new blood

  • FairCricket_indinaus on October 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Why do v we have vinay kumar, firstly he have no pace, he cant bowl anything , he is useless. Where is Umesh Yadav who can rattle some helmets. He has pace. Get rid ishant too, such a massive tall fellow, pace in 120s. Disgraceful. They shud get a sack. We need bowlers who can over 140ks avg and touch 150. In a population of 1.3 billion people cant we find 5 bowlers who can just smash anything which comes in between a ball and a wicket

  • Blade-Runner on October 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    This is way way better than I imagined. Its Australian men vs Indian boys.. LOL World's no. 1 bowler who possesses a self proclaimed knighthood has gone for 72 runs in 10 overs and no wickets. SWEET !!! LOL And the best spinner of the world, Ashwin is getting owned by Aussies in this very moment. This is my kinda cricket match. No regret at all for waking up at 4 in the morning to watch the match. Lovin' it ..LOL

  • HDG1978 on October 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Tired of MSD to say the least. Indian cricket needs to get rid of this man and his favs in the Indian team to progress. I was banking on MSD for India to do well at the 2015 WC in Aus/NZ. If this is how they perform against a not so poweful Aus team in their own backyard, a repeat of 2007 is certainly on the cards. Even after looking the Aussies performance over 2 matches and comments from Aussie fans, one can judge that players like Bailey and Maxwell do not at the least look Test class to me. As for India's CT2013 win in England, Dhoni did nothing spectacular for India to win. India as a team played well and to hit the nail on the head, England choked yet again in a ICC tournament final to hand MSD and his team the trophy. To sum it up, down with MSD

  • Vivfan on October 16, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Just watching the game and cannot believe Indian fans still watching the game. Minnow Bashing at best. Aus showing why they rightfully are No. 1.

  • venky91 on October 16, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I wonder why cricinfo is harsh on Ashwin. He just conceded 38 in 7 overs and 2-55 in 1st ODI. still finding fault with ashwin???? Even dhoni drops catches, yuvraj misfields, rohit sharma being is casual in field is not rare. . .why ASHWIN alone????????

  • Jimi01 on October 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Aus looking good for 310+. Johnson, Clint, McKay would be able to defend even 250, India are ultimate flat track bullies, kohli being the only capable batsman.

  • sammysam on October 16, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    I totally agree with Sandip. Hats off to the selectors (for once) for making decisions to drop sehwag, gambhir and bring in young batsmen in form but when are they going to do something about the bowling. My grandmother can take 30 runs of a vinay kumar over. My blind grandfather would loot Ishant. Wake up selectors and drop them both including ashwin and bring in some young bowlers. I'm sure they couldn't do any worse. Indian bowling is a joke.

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    why india give chance to vinay ? why not for unadkat who is in a great form as well as why ashwin why no chances for amit mishra

    any way finch give a good opening for aussies

    Dhoni is a great captain, arguably India's best captain of all time. I have only one angst against the great man, its his stubbornness to play the same players again and again no matter what the result. In this match shamii ahmed and Unadakat could have easily been selected against Ishant and Vinay. India lost 8 test matches in a row yet there was no change in the team . I cant understand the thinking.

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Ishant is like bowling machine ... Same spot same pace same line same length same worst figures every match , he doesnt deserve to be in india A but somehow is is in indian team .. India is playing with 10 not 11 what shame @ ishant

  • on October 16, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    India is currently having problem with pace attack. We must bring in Unadkat and shami in place of Ishant and Vinay. The spin attack also needs change. Team selection should be result oriented not relation oriented.5

  • Haleos on October 16, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    The way the aussies are going India's no 1 rank is on the line. If Dhoni keeps selecting the players he is so fond of, 7-0 is definitely on. Still surprised what kept Yadav out? Only genuine fast bowler we have. In the country of spinners we are relying an average opener turned best spinner

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Watso's 50 today seems more like a monument built from Long Hops and Lolly Half Volleys. A gift this Eid-with love from India.

  • indi_flat_track_bully on October 16, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Aus are the real No. 1 Odi Team. Even without the great Clarke this team is taking apart India. Taking advantage of Indian club bowlers in a pitch that is turning. Will Indian flat track bullies hop & prance around the crease against Australian bowlers again? Have to wait and see. Ind batsman are the ultimate flat-track bullies, pitch would have to be flat for them to chase down Aus

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Vinay Kumar......Permanent member of Indian Cricket Team bowling unit's security council....... Whether some one like or not....whether he performs or not.....whether he put on another 20 kg weight or not...The place is guaranteed for him....As usual, he offering same service. 3 overs 23 runs......Raina ran out Flinch...even though he offered 4 to Watto on very first delivery.

    And guys like Yuvi had to prove for come back....had to go for fitness training at france....had to loose 15 kg...still had to go with A team to prove his form.

    MS...never seen such arrogance before....Unadkat.....was with A team in SA....showed his glimpses in that tour with same Flinch..same Maxwell...but still on bench.

    Every Indian ask...... why Ishant??

    Why Vinay??

    Why Ashwin??

    Why not Mishra??

    Why not Unadkat??

    Why not Shami??

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    I wonder why there is so much bashing against Ishant. Looking at his statistics in ODIs, He averages 30 at an Economy rate of 5.30, not particularly bad for modern day cricket. Especially if Harbhajan Singh could survive in the team for over 200 matches with an average of 33 and an Economy rate of 4.60, most of his cricket coming when the par score was 250 and not 300 like these days!

  • Haleos on October 16, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @kancnaic- forgot another below average cricketer in the team? Someone who leads the spin department? Dont look at his overall records look at his last 15-20 matches. Jadeja is way better than him. Even raina would have bowled better

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Dhoni is a great captain, arguably India's best captain of all time. I have only one angst against the great man, its his stubbornness to play the same players again and again no matter what the result. In this match shamii ahmed and Unadakat could have easily been selected against Ishant and Vinay. India lost 8 test matches in a row yet there was no change in the team . I cant understand the thinking.

  • Haleos on October 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Ridiculous to continue with Ashwin. He may prove me wrong and I wish he does but if not he needs to be rested for a good while. Mishra can not do worse. Ashwin is loosing it and lacks any sort of creativity. That pause before delivery is ridiculous. Trying to copy Ajmal. But ajmal is class ashwin is just an opener who has been hailed as a lead spinner.

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    how would someone justify ishants plsce sgain after such s pathetic performance over the last 5 yrs in the tesm. there had to be something for this mediocre guy yo play so long for the team

  • kancnaic on October 16, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Eventhough a lot of criticism from all sides Dhoni has included Ishant Sharma in the team.He thinks he is the King of Indian cricket.Let us pray the God not to Ishant Sharma to click.If he clicks once he will be in the team for one more year.

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    bhuvi and ishant bowling back of a length to finch and hughes with the new ball. Eventhough both finch and hughes are not comfortable off the front foot. Seeing the lightning fast outfield, looks like India is chasing 300+ again.

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    finch did well on his ipl home ground. .. what Watson and Faulkner will do on their IPL home ground. ...

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Ishant Sharma seemingly will get picked no matter what he does or how badly he bowls.At what point does he go from being promising to a wily old performer? Most people have to do the middle bit where they actually perform

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Ishant Sharma seemingly will get picked no matter what he does or how badly he bowls.At what point does he go from being promising to a wily old performer? Most people have to do the middle bit where they actually perform

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    finch did well on his ipl home ground. .. what Watson and Faulkner will do on their IPL home ground. ...

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    bhuvi and ishant bowling back of a length to finch and hughes with the new ball. Eventhough both finch and hughes are not comfortable off the front foot. Seeing the lightning fast outfield, looks like India is chasing 300+ again.

  • kancnaic on October 16, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Eventhough a lot of criticism from all sides Dhoni has included Ishant Sharma in the team.He thinks he is the King of Indian cricket.Let us pray the God not to Ishant Sharma to click.If he clicks once he will be in the team for one more year.

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    how would someone justify ishants plsce sgain after such s pathetic performance over the last 5 yrs in the tesm. there had to be something for this mediocre guy yo play so long for the team

  • Haleos on October 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Ridiculous to continue with Ashwin. He may prove me wrong and I wish he does but if not he needs to be rested for a good while. Mishra can not do worse. Ashwin is loosing it and lacks any sort of creativity. That pause before delivery is ridiculous. Trying to copy Ajmal. But ajmal is class ashwin is just an opener who has been hailed as a lead spinner.

  • on October 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Dhoni is a great captain, arguably India's best captain of all time. I have only one angst against the great man, its his stubbornness to play the same players again and again no matter what the result. In this match shamii ahmed and Unadakat could have easily been selected against Ishant and Vinay. India lost 8 test matches in a row yet there was no change in the team . I cant understand the thinking.

  • Haleos on October 16, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @kancnaic- forgot another below average cricketer in the team? Someone who leads the spin department? Dont look at his overall records look at his last 15-20 matches. Jadeja is way better than him. Even raina would have bowled better

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    I wonder why there is so much bashing against Ishant. Looking at his statistics in ODIs, He averages 30 at an Economy rate of 5.30, not particularly bad for modern day cricket. Especially if Harbhajan Singh could survive in the team for over 200 matches with an average of 33 and an Economy rate of 4.60, most of his cricket coming when the par score was 250 and not 300 like these days!

  • on October 16, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Vinay Kumar......Permanent member of Indian Cricket Team bowling unit's security council....... Whether some one like or not....whether he performs or not.....whether he put on another 20 kg weight or not...The place is guaranteed for him....As usual, he offering same service. 3 overs 23 runs......Raina ran out Flinch...even though he offered 4 to Watto on very first delivery.

    And guys like Yuvi had to prove for come back....had to go for fitness training at france....had to loose 15 kg...still had to go with A team to prove his form.

    MS...never seen such arrogance before....Unadkat.....was with A team in SA....showed his glimpses in that tour with same Flinch..same Maxwell...but still on bench.

    Every Indian ask...... why Ishant??

    Why Vinay??

    Why Ashwin??

    Why not Mishra??

    Why not Unadkat??

    Why not Shami??