India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur

Kohli, Dhawan gun down 350 again

The Report by Sidharth Monga

October 30, 2013

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50 overs India 351 for 4 (Kohli 115*, Dhawan 100, Rohit 79) beat Australia 350 for 6 (Bailey 156, Watson 102) by six wickets
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Virat Kohli brought up his hundred off 61 balls, India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur, October 30, 2013
Champion of the chase: Virat Kohli now has 11 hundreds in 64 chases © BCCI
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Push the boundaries, shift the goalposts, change vocabularies. Three hundred and fifty no longer inspires awe. Not when Indian batsmen are batting on flat Indian pitches surrounded by quick outfields with only four fielders outside the circle and two new balls to kill any chance of reverse swing. With Shikhar Dhawan's assured century at the top, and Virat Kohli's 61-ball one at No. 3 - the third-fastest by an Indian, challenging his own record of 52 balls - India became the first team to have chased down 350 or more twice, both of them in this series, and both without much frenzy.

The belief and the absolute absence of any slogging was remarkable once again, but India did face some nerves this time around. The match was doing a pretty fine job of retelling the Jaipur ODI story - Dhawan was dropped early, there was a big opening partnership, and Kohli was bursting through the target - when Dhawan played a rare low-percentage shot and exposed Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. Mitchell Johnson duly removed them, and 62 off 48 required became 35 off 18 at one point.

Kohli, though, pulled out some of the most incredible shots of his innings, driving chest-high balls for fours wide of long-off, to take India through with three balls to spare. With this result the series remained alive, and George Bailey, who might have had reason to believe he had booked his Ashes spot with a 114-ball 156, will have to put in the drawer possible plans of going home early for Ashes preparation.

Alongside Bailey, adding 168 for the third wicket, was another Ashes candidate, Shane Watson, who scored a century. The two did seem to be struggling against spin, with Australia 89 for 2 after 22 overs, but Watson did enjoy some luck as Ravindra Jadeja overstepped when he edged a slog-sweep to point. Once Bailey started taking on the spinners, the wheels came off, India began to bowl poorly, and a colossal 261 runs came in the last 28 overs.

As the hitherto respectable figures of all the bowlers took a beating, Bailey reached a host of landmarks. He beat the records for most runs in a bilateral series by an Australian or a captain, becoming the second-fastest man to 1,500 runs, and overtaking Misbah-ul-Haq as the leading run-getter this year. In the end, he was left with a rueful smile, half marvelling at the quality of the batting, half resigned to the playing conditions and the pitch and the outfield.

MS Dhoni, although he won, shared the views about the lopsided nature of the contest, but at one level you can't take away from the composure Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit showed for a majority of the massive chase. It was as if they didn't acknowledge the enormity of the task of maintaining a run rate of seven an over for 50 overs. There was no anxiety, no need to hit out, even if Rohit - for example - struggled to find the gaps early in the innings.

Glenn Maxwell, who later took a diving catch at point off a free hit, will rue dropping an easy offering from Dhawan when the batsman was 19 off 22. Crisp shots and lovely placement remained the feature of the rest of the 178-run partnership as Rohit made up for a slow start with two sixes off Glenn Maxwell in the 29th over. He picked out deep midwicket off a long hop, but that only hastened the chase with Kohli's entry.

From the moment Kohli drove the fifth ball he faced for four through extra cover, he knew he was good for an encore of Jaipur. A few blinks later, the partnership for the second wicket was worth 50 runs, out of which Dhawan had scored just nine runs. Kohli was 40 off 26 then. Dhawan, who was cramping by the time he reached his hundred, walked across next ball, and was bowled, giving Australia an opening.

Before Australia could enter that opening, though, Kohli brought up his fifth consecutive score of fifty or more. He would soon make it a third consecutive year with 1000 runs or more. There would be a hiccup before the win, though. Johnson, who had been kept back for the middler order, was brought back on, and he accounted for Raina and Yuvraj in the same over.

Out came Dhoni, and India suddenly slowed down. James Faulkner and Johnson both began to get the ball to move away from the right-hand batsmen, and slowly the asking rate began to climb. Dhoni told Kohli to wait for Johnson to finish off, and that the big over can come in the last four. Johnson finished off with three overs to go and 35 to get.

Kohli had seen enough. His proximity to the hundred - his 11th in 64 chases, behind only Sachin Tendulkar's 17 in 242 attempts - didn't matter. He would charge down the wicket, the bowler would drop short, and he would still manage to drive him to wide long-off. When Australia plugged that gap, he began going wide long-on with similar success. Eventually the asking rate came down to a run a ball in the last over, and India were through with three balls to spare.

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Posted by Harmony111 on (October 31, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

@Biggus:

First of all, why did you not answer my 1st point. Shall we erase Ponting's 140*? What about the 434 match? You don't owe it to me but are you unable to reply or what?

To paraphrase you, ---"Any time Oz fans see a wicket with no grass, they call it a dustbowl"---.

You think greentop wickets are some new kind of wicket just like spinning, fast, flat etc??? You don't know that any wicket can be turned into a green top in 6-8 week. Of course I am being pedantic about the term greentop but so are you. You can have a broken dustbowl greentop wicket too but such a wicket would be unfit cos it would be doubly dangerous for batsmen.

Another related problem with your argument is that you don't know the difference between a flat wicket, a spinning wicket & a dustbowl. This lack of knowledge is quite widespread among the so called True-Cricket-Lovers who label any Ind wicket as dustbowl when Aus lose and as flat/slow when India score runs/win as in Perth 08.

Posted by mzm149 on (October 31, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

@NP_NY: You will agree that conditions in Champions Trophy resembled Asian conditions and there was no swing at that time of the year which is usually not the case with English conditions. But the same Indian team was whitewashed badly in tests and ODIs in bilateral series in England In 2011. They were whitewashed in Australia the same year. The same Indian team lost test series at home against England and one day series against Pakistan in 2012.

India has never won a series in South Africa. Believe me this South African lineup is the best in their entire history. They are a tough nut to crack. They haven't lost a single series in seven good years. India is a good one day side. There is no doubt about that. But they are not that good to beat South Africa at home. Indian test team is weaker than their test side and South African test side is divine.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Every no.1 team has to face this unnecessary and totally illogical criticism just bcz they are no.1 and the others who are criticising them are not.. Australia went thru this phase and now It's India's turn.. It shows how scared they are of us.. Flat track or any track, You have to bat and score runs and win for ur country.. I am so happy people are criticising India, It only shows how good we are playing and how frustrated they are of our achievement.. Frustration is the main reason for this illogical bashing.. We will chase down much bigger targets than this in future.. We will frustrate you to the limit of swearing us.. Kohli will churn out more match winning thrashing innings like this in future.. and he will score a hundred again on 2nd nov in bengaluru.. his 18th odi century.. We will win the upcoming tour of SA..Both ODIs and test series.. It will be the judgment day for these very same bashers when India wins that last test match in SA.. #Bleedblueforlife

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 31, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

@Albert_cambell:

These are early days for Bailey. D you what a low denominator can do to the result? He has batted well for sure and I am a big fan of his right from the CT13 days but probably a no of batsmen have had even higher avgs after the first 35-40 matches. Some of them managed to sustain it while most couldn't. Bailey has scored plenty of runs here but let's see if he can sustain it. Good performance in mere 5-6 matches is no guarantee of being able to do that over a longer period of time.

Posted by sidh78 on (October 31, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Dear indian team basher who call india flat track bullies please note the record of india on fast bouncy seaming tracks out side SC 1.india won 2 WC in 1983(ODI)&2007(T20)in eng & SA respe. 2.finalist in 2003 WC in SA 3.won CT this year 2013 in eng without loosing a single match(including warm upatches) 4.won CB series in aus defeating strong aus team having hayden ponting symond in 2008 in straigjt 2 finals 5.won Nest West trophy in eng in 2001 6.won U-19 WC in aus in 2013. 7.won test series in eng,NZ,WI 8.Draw test series in SA in 2011(1-1).nearly won that series but kallis inning save SA from defeat but india totally dominate that draw test match 9.nearly draw the test series in aus 2-2 in 2008 if umpiring in that series was not poor. 10.won tri series in WI in 2013. 11.india A team played very well in SA in 2013. Also india won many series & tour in SL Ban. So if india is flat track bullies how can india have such good records on fast bouncy seaming pitches.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (October 31, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Any team can chase 350 anyday with this 2nd string aussie balling line up. Mckay,faulkner, doherty, watson all are below average . Only johnson is there as a wicket taking bowler.

Posted by bandhababbloo on (October 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

With pitches like these, maybe they should legalize ball tampering to have equilibrium between the bat and the ball!

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@Albert_Campbell- Record books doesn't care abt how a batter got his/her runs or where he/she got his/her runs.. It only cares abt the pure number.. Number of runs, Strike-rates, Batting averages and et cetera.. Dhoni's batting average is much better than Bevan no matter where he got it.. Record books are not asking for that.. Dhoni is the current best finisher in the world and even Bevan won't deny that.. Have a good day mate..

Posted by Ragav999 on (October 31, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Introduce only a single rule to take care of all the injustices against the bowler. Only the runs scored off the middle of the bat should be counted. The runs of the edge of the bat is the worst feeling one can experience as a bowler. The bats are so powerful that even leading edges might clear these boundaries which is not in any part due to the skill of the batsman.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 31, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@Biggus: You have a problem understanding...I agree with you somewhat about the pitches in Aus...Like in Australia that is how the pitches are in India, naturally the pitches has low bounce, some has natural spin because of the soil difference in various part of India.....are you asking us to change the pitch according to your team's comfort??why should we, If you travel to the subcontinent you know the pitches are batting paradise and with the new rules it makes very difficult for the bowlers...then y whining????do we talk about the pitch when we get beaten in Aus or Eng???accept the fact and move on....

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 31, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

@Harmony111 Bailey got his average up from 46 to 56 after playing just only 5 games in flat tracks. I wonder what his average if he had to play all his games in India. No surprises if Dhoni and Kohli average 50+. Look at Dhoni, he did nothing special with the bat in Overseas wickets. Thats why he cannot be considered as the best finisher in the world. Hussey and Beven are the best finishers in the world as they had performed all over the world.

Posted by NP_NY on (October 31, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

@mzm149: "All these Indian batsmen will be thoroughly exposed when they leave India". That's what they said when India went to England. Guess who won the Champions Trophy...against the home side in the final after losing a crucial toss. Can't argue with facts my friend.

Posted by Nampally on (October 31, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Despite this magnificient chase & a great victory, Dhoni is once again moaning about the "new Rules', in existence for 12 months now. The OZ spinners Maxwell, Doherty & even Finch bowled very well & economically. OZ part time spinners gave 100 runs in 16 overs whilst the Indian Regular spinners- Ashwin, Jadeja & Mishra- gave 210 runs in 30 overs. Before Kohli's on slaught, the OZ spinners were bowling at 4.5 runs/over. The Indian Seamers were more economical than the OZ seamers. Dhoni did not use Shami & Kumar beyond 8 overs each. In a close chase, these stats count. Kohli is the Indian trump card & fortunately he came up Huge like a superman in both the chases- Ton in 51 & 61 balls respectively. Without Kohli's Herculean effort, India would failed in both the chases.So Indian batting masked their poor bowling. It is not the "new rules" that is causing such huge scoring but also the quality of bowling/batting. Dhoni shd. focus on a XI with bowlers bowling economically to their field

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

@ Brenton1 : Its clearly understandable why ur comment has been selected as a featured one which has been mentioned by many in the reports and previews of previous ODIs, in one way or the other but a few people here just wont accept the fact..

Those trying to term Virat Kohli a fluke or flat track bully or whtever need to understand that consecutive 50 and 60 balls hundreds is not a cakewalk against any team, anywhere in the world.

More than the tracks, I'd give credit to the recent changes in the rules made by ICC for these high scores because the pitches have always been the same but i dont remember 300 being scored so consistently in any series.

Posted by Chak-De-India-Deux on (October 31, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

@Biggus - the response to you and et al, would be that any time India wins including the CT in England (BCCI has a fractured relationship with ECB), you have people on these boards say that BCCI had ECB changed the wickets (how absurd is that) so that India could win the CT. Just as it is criminal to generalize all Aus / Eng / SA wickets as greentops it is criminal to just generalize all Indian batsmen as flat track bullies when they have proved themselves all over the world. Why haven't Ponting / Lara / Kallis all scored 400+ on Indian wickets? God knows they have had the opportunity to bat in these conditions multiple times and that too against a weak Indian bowling attack - imagine playing against Prasad, Arun, Ishant (can't even remember some of the 'premier fast' Indian blowers), Praveen on a flat wicket and still not able to win a test series for the longest time. BTW India returned the favor to Aus 4-0, so India lost on non-greentop in Aus and won in familiar conditions.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

@mzm149- India will win SA series..just wait n watch..

Posted by Biggus on (October 31, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@Arun Bose:-Quite to the contrary, I don't hate India. India and her cricket bores me.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

India is the best chasing team in the world, India holds the world record for most number of consecutive chases(16).. Chasing requires character and pure batting skill which India has.. Hate will make India even stronger! Hate us and we will chase down 400+ next time..

Posted by mzm149 on (October 31, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

All these Kohlis, Dhawans and Dhonis will be thoroughly exposed by pace trio of South Africa. 3 tests and 7 ODIs would have been more entertaining. But a whitewash is a whitewash.

Posted by Biggus on (October 31, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

@Harmony111:-As it so happens I don't rate wickets taken on greentops all that highly, but then I've seen cricket played on them, and I doubt you have. I refer you to my comment on the Indian proclivity to call any pitch with the slightest amount of grass on it a greentop. This is completely erroneous. I repeat what I said in my previous comment:-"India did not play on anything remotely resembling a greentop on their most recent tour of Australia". If you think they did then you're either delusional of your use of cricketing nomclemature is just wrong.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 31, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@trueanalyst:

Superb analysis by you, true to your name. Great observations.

@Blade-Runner:

The avg of Jayasuriya is 33 & that of Afridi is 24. Sanath has made a lot of impact on ODI cricket but Afridi's impact & legacy is negligible. Few if any ppl want to be the next Afridi. But lots of ppl say they want to be the next Jayasuriya/Sachin/Ponting/Lara/Gilchrist.

In fact even Gilchrist has a very low ODI avg of ~35.

I know what you'll say, you will say that Gilchrist (& other guys you talked of) did not play on the flat tracks on which Ind batsmen play so their avgs are low. Fair point at face value but guys like Kohli avg 52 after playing all over the world where they have played many matches on the supposedly flat tracks of India.

Sanath, Gilchrist etc should have avgd at least in the 40s to be used as the basis to deny that Indian batsmen esp Kohli are not special.

Flat track or not, you can't routinely chase 300+ targets unless the batting unit was special.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

those who say indian batsmen need to prove themselves by playing well in bouncy/seaming wickets, please acknowledge that their pacers need to prove by playing in subcontinent where u really need to work hard to get wickets.

Posted by Biggus on (October 31, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@Iceman29:-See, here's the problem. Any time the Indians see a pitch with even the slightest grass on it they call it a 'Greentop'. The last time India toured Australia we heard the term again and again, but none of the wickets they played on were even remotely close to being a greentop. You guys haven't a clue about real greentops. Pitches in Australia offer a variety of surfaces:-Bouncy and fast in Perth, a batsman's deck in Adelaide, a bit of spin in Sydney, a neutral deck at the MCG etc, as befits good cricket and a balanced contest. About the only place you might find a greentop here is at Bellerive if there's been a lot of rain about and problems with pitch preparation. Simply put, you haven't seen India play on a greentop in Australia any time in the last 20 years

Posted by Chak-De-India-Deux on (October 31, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Those who say 'flat track billies' - so be it, life is unfair - deal with it. We are the current WC, CT and #1 in ODI - fact. I know people talk about the Pak team that came here - it was in the winter different conditions, right now it is hot and dry. If no skill is required on flat tracks then there is no skill required on seaming / bouncy tracks as well, just run and pitch the ball - Big deal. And if that is the criteria then Kapil Dev is the greatest fast bowler of all time because he reached 435 wickets (plus no bowling partner on the other end to keep the pressure) by mostly bowling on dead Indian pitches. However I am sure people people now say - The Indian pitches were blower friendly during Kapil's time but have flattened out. If a kid grows up in Eng / Aus he will be a better player in those conditions but the real talent is playing in alien conditions. One needs as much skill playing in sub-continent as they do in SA/Eng/Aus. One doesn't trump the other - fact

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Don't give a life to S Dhawan and the captain should not make the highest score for his country. Dhoni made the highest score and India lost and yesterday Baily made the highest score for Australia against India and they lost. Both times when India was chasing more than 350 Dhawan had two lifes and India went on win.

Congrats to Virat for yet another impeccable innings while chasing and maintaining his 100% record of winning centuries while chasing. He has been incredible in four of the chases, the last two centuries and the one in Dhaka against Pakistan and in Australia against Srilanka where India had to reach the target in less than 40 overs.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

@Aashish Srivastav-There is a difference between 304 and 350+.. Australia chased down 304 but with so much difficulty but India chased down 350+ twice with ease. Yes, Records stays for 100 years too.. Has anyone broken Bradman's record yet? Average of 99.94? I know the technicalities of the game.. Please don't preach..

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 31, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

These flat tracks are killing this game. Its sucking the fun right outta this game. There is no contest between batsmen and bowlers anymore. Cricketers like Jayasuriya, Afridi , Gilly , Hayden and so on didn't become legends by playing on flat decks. They were special coz they played on pitches where the bowlers could pose a real threat and they came out top. Today, even a tailender can take the best bowlers in the world to the cleaners thanks to these disgraceful flat decks.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 31, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

If India keep playing on the fattest decks in the world, their batsmen can definitely boost their averages as they do right now. But what's the point? The whole world knows that these flat track tons aren't worth a penny. With the players like UV and Raina in their outfit, I'd be very surprise if they make it to the 2nd round in the WC 2015. This is also the reason why India have away Test record of 8-0. It might be too late when Indian officials realize this harsh truth.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

In all the excitement of the rollicking performances of the top 3 plus Dhoni, the failures of Raina and Yuvraj have gone almost unnoticed. If these two batsmen cannot face and deal with quality pace on flat Indian wickets, there is no hope for them elsewhere in the cricket world! Its time they were dropped!!

Posted by shinewindies on (October 31, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Ok 1 question for all my friends here, which teams in the world do you think would have chased this total on this so called flat track, lets start with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe no chance at all, Pakistan and NewZealand no chance atall, England and Westindies i dont think so(although i believe they would have crossed 300 chasing), South Africa and Srilanka hmmmm again cant say with confidence right.

Guys please give credit to an awesome batting unit in chasing down 350 twice in 10 days whatever the conditions were, any of the above mentioned teams could not have done it even in their wildest dreams.

Posted by shinewindies on (October 31, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Ok 1 question for all my friends here, which teams in the world do you think would have chased this total on this so called flat track, lets start with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe no chance at all, Pakistan and NewZealand no chance atall, England and Westindies i dont think so(although i believe they would have crossed 300 chasing), South Africa and Srilanka hmmmm again cant say with confidence right.

Guys please give credit to an awesome batting unit in chasing down 350 twice in 10 days whatever the conditions were, any of the above mentioned teams could not have done it even in their wildest dreams.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 31, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

@hhillbumper: Ind will create flat tracks in Ind...and Aus will create green top in Aus..notings gonna change..so live with it...dont whing abt it....this is not anything new...

Posted by mzm149 on (October 31, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

On these same tracks, Pakistan won series against India and bowled them out under 200 twice and under 250 once. My respect for Pakistan bowling has increased.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

If Indians are flat track bullies, Australian Bowlers are Fast Track bullies who can perform only on seaming, bouncy pitches and nowhere else on the planet. RIGHT?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Well it will not be perfidious to say our bowling unit is leaking runs like as if they are bowling in deep sleep...but how about MJ & Co. firing at 150+km and yet not been able to contain mammoth totals...may be this time strips have been made in such a fashion to accumulate 700s+ in an ODI :)

Posted by Blue_eagel on (October 31, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@hillbumber.. What you really mean.. then it seems Australia won't even qualified for the next world cup.. As they can't even win at the flat and no bounce tracks.. so pitty.. and their bowlers fails miserably to defend 350+ scores not once but twice :P .. So according to you, India won't survive for first round , if so Aus won't even qualified to play the next world.. then who going to win the cup.. Ireland !!..lol

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 31, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

continuing from the previous post.Only the strong people make others Jealous.So its ok for us.The more the jealous posts the merrier it is.

Posted by SajMc on (October 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

After watching yesterdays match. The new rules combined with the utter dead pitches are killing cricket. It is not watchable any more. There is lack of contest between bat and ball, which was the soul of watching cricket. If same conditions continue, i am sorry but at least i won't be watching matches played in India.

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

People who criticize about Indians being flat track bullies miss a very significant fact.India's record in recent times is better in overseas than at home.Last 1 year India won 13 out 15 matches in overseas while the record in India is 6-6 in 13 matches.It is a simple logic.Indian bowlers become potent in overseas condition ala Bhuvnesh kumar et all and they dismiss the opposition batsmen easily.The batting which is of real quality shows it difference while in India it is a slug-fest.Unfortunate that BCCI is preparing such wickets and decreasing the aura of Indian team which was seen at its best in champions trophy.Remember the same time which skittled out Australia for a paltry 60 runs in the practice match. Ranchi had some juice in it and what happened ?Australia was reduced virtually to 30 for 4 if u include Kohli's dropped catch.If India has to perform well in India ,I t had to produce slow wickets with some turn else these pitches are ruining India's record.Waiting for away series

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@Arun Bos: who says after so many years these records will exists. now because of these rules i dont think aus or south africa cant chase these targets. remember one thing aus also chased 304 which was looking impossible one time. you guys just dont know the technicality of the game & starts commenting

Posted by AltafPatel on (October 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

From where comes new fielding rules when batsmen hit sixes ...! with 2 balls from 2 ends, fasters or seamers should get help, but thats not as well. at-lease be logical. why dont ask curator to prepare sporting pitches.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 31, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Raina was unlucky. He was no way near the ball.

Bailey was lucky. He was plumb lbw to Ashwin.

Yuvi lost confidence in batting. His fielding is also not to his usual standards.

Hope Ashwin v Mishra debate is put to rest.

Fielders have a habbit of dropping Dhawan frequently. May be, the way he hits, the ball travel faster and the top edges go higher, makes it difficult to catch.

When ICC sets the field, what is the use of the captains?

In the end It was a thrilling close match. Kohli's innings was breath taking.

Posted by AltafPatel on (October 31, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

This match, and in fact whole series, not more than HongKong super sixes...! series for kids

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

after the match Harsha bhogle tried to compare Virats last 2 tons to SRT's desert storm V/s Aus but SRT does not had any help such as two 150 + run partnership from openers..Dhawan and Rohit really doing the job as openers..On these flat pitches nothing less than 100 run partnership is not good

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 31, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@Biggus:

Dear uncle, I feel like putting it to you that should the WC03 win of Aus & Ponting's 140* and the 434 match not be counted, as per you own logic?

Also tell me if the wickets a fast bowler takes on a bouncy wicket or the wickets a seamer takes on a green top should be counted or not?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

u guys are just jealous because what INDIA has done twice in a series your team can't do, appreciate the talent and enjoy the run feast.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Nomatter what India bashers say abt flat tracks and easy scoring and blah blah, All these scores are still going in record books and it will stay there unless It's broken.. It doesn't matter what you say, Only the record books matter cz after 100 years, only these record books will tell us how great this or jaipur chase was.. Record books won't say it was scored on a flat track.. So this debate abt flat tracks and fast tracks is worthless and useless.. I challenge these so called fast track teams to chase this 350+ score on these same wickets against Indian bowlers, They will say It's not easy.. cz chasing is never easy nomatter what track or conditions.. It is as simple as that.. Srilanka can't chase this nor Pakistan or SA or even Australia..Chasing is lot harder than setting a score.. Chasing require cool mind and pure batting skills.. Try to give credit where it deserves and Indian batsmen deserve an applause to do this twice in a single bilateral series.. #Bleedblue

Posted by ravikini on (October 31, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

I don't agree with people when they say Cricket is a batsman's game. The reason is like Sunny Gavaskar said, its you , the batsman against 11 on the field. Also look at the strike rates of the batsmen, most average a poor 120 ++, the highest may be Gayle @ 168 in T20's. I daresay that as long as the average strike rates of the batsmen is not in excess of 150++, it still remains a bowlers game too. The strike rate of the batsmen says it all.

Posted by Real_AB on (October 31, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@Jezinho

Yes mate India are so hopeless overseas that they failed to win even a single game in the Champions Trophy 2013 held in England in July. Oh wait.... It was not the case, was it?

@Donsshaddow

The beauty of cricket is that it changes from one country to another. I am sure when India tours South Africa the scores won't be the same, it might be a low scoring contest with bowlers coming on top but it would be equal fun.

Some of the posters here need to get over their jealousy of Indian Team and give some credit where it's due. I read someone posting Austrian Scores in the 4 completed innings and making fun of Indian bowling, yes Indian bowling is not as good as their batting but what about Australian bowlers? They conceded 360 in 43 odd overs, 350 yesterday and more than 300 in a previous game. 2 of those scores were made by Indian when they were chasing which is always more difficult then setting a target, so where does this leaves Australian bowling?

Think about it.....

Posted by stormy16 on (October 31, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Don't understand what the fuss about the wickets is or the lack of life for the bowlers. It was a great game of cricket and what a chase by India. There was an equally exciting game SA V Pak but that is the beauty of the game - different playing conditions. You can play all the games on seaming wickets or flat tracks and thankfully we play cricket around the world to test the different conditions. These are the conditions in India and have been so for ever just like Eng play on green fields and Aus play on bouncy tracks. Who would come to India and expect seaming wickets?

A while back when India had Sewag, Gambir, Sachin, Yuvraj the batting looked scary but now the next generation looks even more scarier and they have only got started!

Posted by ozzief1 on (October 31, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I agree with most commentators above, that it is ICC which is to blame for these type of games, for making rules that favour western countries, by elliminating the "reverse swing" and the impact of spinner on the game. Something similar was done in Hockey too in which the south asian teams were dominating, in hockey they put in the "no OFF side rule" "aerial ball" etc etc. Then they have the audacity to blame BCCI for the mess. It is a credit to Dhoni and his team that they have adapted better to these "rules manipulation" by ICC than the Australians.I regret the bias in my coments but that is the sad fact.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 31, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Why not Tambe for a change? why not add him as a short term plan and see how he is performing? R

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

It proves Test of Nerves, Patience, Skill, Calibre, Determinations, Endurances & Self-Belief if you chased mammoth total of 350+. Remember the pride & reputations were at the stake when you are 2-1 behind in ongoing series & almost on the brink of series defeat from whom you have whitewashed them few months back. Virat is a special against those extra-ordinary bowlers who didn't find any lethal yorkers, bouncers or good length deliveries against same particularly. He could dispatched same Johnson at will who was troubling other IND batsmen consistently. If someone chased 350+ score, then it is quiet natural bowlers get hammered. Why critics on rules, pitches?? Fans should applaud the winners rather making post mortems on pitches & rules. Rules & pitches are same in UAE & Bangladesh series now but with different set of playing characters. Haven't heard since ages that cricket game is decided by the target of number of wickets claimed rather than scoring runs. Truly the champion stuff!!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 31, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

People who are whining about the pitch. Well it is what it is. Its very simple you don't like it don't watch it. Why are people getting so frustrated? Just read the comments during first innings. People are bashing Indian bowling like anything. Labelling them as mediocre and during second innings comments are only about the pitch. Not a single comment regarding Aus bowling. Why so much biasness towards India. I respect haters comments. Solution is very simple if you think India doesn't offer you a good match, there is no contest and its very boring then please don't watch it. How hard is it? People are talking about switching off their TV but they have no problem in commenting 5 times on this forum.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 31, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

Good to see some of the people here now realising that it has to do with rules by ICC and I am an Indian fan but I accept that pitches are flat as well. But we offered turning wickets during test series and it was 4-0 India, with these flat wickets at least there is an even contest. And people who are saying these records should not be counted becoz these are on flat tracks then bowling records should also not be considered in England and NZ.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Once again, an emphatic victory by our great batsmen, who have shown that they can chase any score. Congrats to them! However, India's bowling was totally 3RD CLASS & so was Australia's, thanks to "THE GREAT INDIAN FLAT PITCHES" I may sound like a critic of Indian Team, but frankly speaking,such victories don't make any sense(my personal opinion). I've got tired nowadays seeing bowlers being murdered on flat pitches everywhere(specially in India). Cricket has changed a lot: from the glorious days of 90s(when teams used to play with 5 bowlers; sporting pitches & even contest between bat & ball; less cricket matches per year; more cricket, less money) to the current era(No cricket,only money leagues like IPL;

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 31, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

@hhillbumper - I was waiting for your comment. Yesterday morning before the match you were boasting about "how Indians unable to face bouncers/short" For INFO our U19 under CHAND WON the U19 WC in OZ not so long ago. India might get knocked out of the next WC because of poor bowlers for the conditions,BUT our batsman will always give it their best shot.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

All astralians are blaming the pitch and conditions.but as we all know India has a poor bowling attack.and its easy to score against them.but Australians are keeping their best bowlers like peter siddle,Mitch starc,James pattinson,Harris and all fresh for the Ashes and wants their b grade bowling to win matches against this great no 1 Indian team.thats ambitious.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (October 31, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

This is sort of getting boring. Bowlers getting punished and only 5-6 batsmen from both sides scoring runs. This act is repeated match after match. Shami was put on the moon by everybody the other day and now he landed on the earth with a thud. Bhuvi's poor form continues and he almost dropped that catch of Maxwell by again wandering too much inside the boundary. The experiment of Raina & Yuvraj looks likely to continue till it succeeds! Siddharth Monga prefixed 'Profligate' to Vinay Kumar's name in 2 successive articles and I am left wondering which bowler from both sides is not profligate! Abhishek Purohit said 'Yuvraj got his swagger back' and Yuvi replied with 7,0,0 from 7,1,3 balls. Raina continues to look like a fish out of water. Watson continues getting out playing those big drives (even in T20 at Rajkot, he was LBW playing same shot). Ashwin seems to be going through the motions. Jadeja is more of a bowler now. I hope at Bengaluru, something different will be at store.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (October 31, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

I think experts know best. If Dhoni says the new ICC rules are pro-batsman and anti-bowler, I guess that must be it. If bowlers go for plenty and don't take wickets, it is normal unless they are hit for 30 runs an over. Bowlers take a few wickets, they deserve to be patted on the back. Most of us were crying for Mishra instead of Ashwin. Who next instead of Mishra now?

Posted by anupkeni on (October 31, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Australia got to 350 because of a no-ball wicket of Shane Watson off the bowling of 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja. India chased down 351 because of Glenn Maxwell dropping a dolly of 'Gabbar' Shikhar Dhawan. In the end things evened out.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

What a terrible game of cricket. Setting a 350 score not enough for Australia.Australia now think what will be the save score against India.If Australia will 300 runs on final game,may be it also not save score for India.Virat kholi is a tremendous batsman in all forms of cricket also Rohit sharma & Shekhor Dhawan. They are master for ran chase.really wonderful ,great to watch.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Why not alter the 2 ball rule and make it 1 ball or 2 ball. The bowling side needs to decide on its bowling strategy at the start of innings (based on its strength and conditions). That way it will insert an element of 'team strategy' into the game...

Posted by veerang on (October 31, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

quality pace attack of aus is no better then ishant.can anyone dis-agree?

Posted by Jezinho on (October 31, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

What a terrible game of cricket. Setting a 350 score should be a rarity. Chasing it down (with ease) even more so. No wonder the Indian team is hopeless overseas if their batsmen are brought up on these flat tracks. What is the point? Where is the contest? At no point in this game did you doubt whether India would reach their target. There was nothing in the pitch for the bowlers. Surely you want to have a game which is a true contest between bat and ball? I know that the BCCI's mission appears to be to run the world game their way, but they can keep these turkey games for themselves whilst the rest of us will play cricket the way it is meant to be played. All very disappointing.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (October 31, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

Australia have now gifted two chances to Dhawan and probably lost the games because of this. Firstly Haddin in game 2 who should be dropped after dropping that catch and then Maxwell a dolly in this game. These are not mistakes that the AUssies usually make but, on these wickets you cant afford to spill these easy catches.

Posted by NP_NY on (October 31, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

A lot of people commenting here that the SA-Pak match is a good advertisement for cricket because it was a low scoring thriller, great bowling etc.. Losing 6 wickets for 17 runs is not good cricket, it's just poor batting and to say it in one word - "choking". In fact, it was a batting wicket, otherwise why would SA win the toss and elect to bat?! I would rather watch the top 2 one day sides battle it out on ANY kind of wicket.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 31, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Relax haters...look at BD match where they scored one of the highest total in their ODI matches..normally they endup 50 runs short of that...so its clear that the new rule let them score that much...and SA case, a hot and humid condition which is not easy for a visiting team...no wonder SA unable to cross 200...and Pak do not have anyone to hold the bat...thats a truth... I just wonder when they have crossed 250 at least in recent times...So, its a contest of two chokers...analyze the facts before commenting against Dhoni.

Posted by p77gin on (October 31, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

there are no kohli haters here. yes he is batting brilliantly and out of his skin. i don't think anyone is denying that. the fact of the matter is, the game has become a lopsided slug fest between batsmen. you want to see an entertaining game, let the bowlers lose too. allow them to bowl as many bouncers as they want. why all the restriction for the bowlers? you make a batting friend, you have 2 new balls, you restrict the number of fielders outside the circle. what kind of messed setup is this? do you tell a restrict a batsman that he can only hit 2 sixes in an over? NO right...? then why the step sisterly treatment towards the bowlers?

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (October 31, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

The most staggerring part of it all is that the batting line up had to "shield" its middle order from Johnson and yet keep the run rate. Its a pity that its seen as Dhawan "exposed" Raina and Yuvraj when got out at 100. If they were not to be in the middle batting, why are they in the playing eleven as batsmen? Why would anyone want to shield the batsmen from batting? Its as if AUS wont bowl Johnson until these two show up to bat and when they show up he can come in get them both and then finish his quota of overs.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (October 31, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

What a great talent Virat Kohli is! A team like Srilanka would love to have a player of even 10% of Virat Kohli's ability. On the other note, ICC is doing a magnificent job in taking spinners out of the game. Just take out this stupid rule of 2 new balls. New rules are masking the non-sub-continental teams' frailty in playing spin. I hope for a rank turner in Bangalore, lets see Baileys, Watsons and Finchs of all the world fare!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (October 31, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

Once again India proved that they can chase any total with any kind of attack. Their batting is the most strongest unit compared to any other. Every one complaining about pitch which leading to 300+ runs in every match. But I can see several points here, 1. ICC has to change the 2 new balls rule. Reverse swing which is India and Pakistan's art is vanishing and spinners are having a big trouble with 2 new balls. 2. 4 fielders outside the circle runes is also a making big difference to the total. Already we have bowling power play where 2 fielders outside, batting power play where only 3 fielders are allowed outside the circle. and now only 4 fielders outside means it has became far too easy for the bats men to score boundaries. Easily batting unit is hitting at least 10 boundaries/2-3 sixes extra, and that is becoming difference between 300 and 350.

Posted by India2014 on (October 31, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

The new rule is not doing any good, Dhoni too mentioned. ICCI please change the rule. So that cricket be a bat/ball contest.

Posted by Biso on (October 31, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Under the new rules the contest between the two sides has become a contest between batsmen. Whereas India had Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni and Ashwin( on one occasion) scoring the runs required while the others hardly contributed/ failed the Oz have had a wider range of scorers with Bailey and Finch standing out though. To the Indian batsmen, even if you bowl on livelier wickets, these stupid rules will ensure that they will outscore their opponents. Off course their bowlers will fare better in conditions that acknowledge existence of bowlers. Shami and Bhuvi are really good. We need Rahul Shukla and Mohit for WC. I guess Ishant will sort out his problems by the time WC arrives. Off course Yuvi and Raina have to show better skills or be replaced soon. I dont mind Pujara being selected for WC as he is a good player of all kinds of horizontal shots.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Kohli was brilliant. But the Bowlers just trudge in and bowl predictable deliveries.... if yorkers are so difficult to score off- why are the bowlers not using it? Some good sense during bowling is essential. Give them a Fair sporting Wicket- one that does not make the toss crucial and a Good Outfield. We need to see a contest between Bat and Ball. We have had enough of Bat Murdering the Ball

Posted by Sheela on (October 31, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Time is ripe to have wickets in India which give some semblance of a chance to bowlers. In the just concluded ODI, twice batsmen were recalled after being given out, after referral to third umpire. On field umpires should be relieved of this core and third umpire shouldl delare no-balls for overstepping.

Posted by Cedric.Godwin on (October 31, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

I agree that Shikhar Dhawan is a wonderful talent, but i really feel that he's a bit jealous of Kohli... In both run chases of 360 and 350, he had no words of praise about Kohlis performance... All he did was say that he played well, and that they are a good opening partnership... He didnt mention a word about Kohli...

Posted by srikanths on (October 31, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

To be honest, and may be at this stage a bit onerous and dangerous for Kohli, the fact is , in ODI s in India so far, he looks far more dangerous than even the great Sachin Tendulkar. Of course he has to travel a lot to catch up both in tests and ODI s on World Cup stage etc .He has cut out weakness against the short ball and terrific in use of hands and wrists. Bats very close to the body but genberates terrfic power from wrists. This is where he is quite different from hi peers like Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma plays definitely farther from the body than Kohli does especially when he has to score. I have seen only the great SRT play close to the body and still managing to find gaps in the filed and generate power. Kohli so far has been doing it even better. He looks secure in stroke play also. The real test however would be in Tests on swinging and/or bouncing pitches. Feel he may do okay on bouncy pitches ,he did prove against OZ. You never know what is to unfold

Posted by JustIPL on (October 31, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

That is why India are world champions as no team in the history of ODIs has been so consistent finisher and chaser. The unique ability of team india to see their bowlers concede anything and then chase agaisnt any bowling lineup makes them a class above which is very truly represented by their ICC ranking.

Posted by sumit1982 on (October 31, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

I Think Australian spinners are more more disciplined than Indian.I think rather playing two quality spinner in a match rather go for one either ashwin or amit mishra .Becoz India got yuvraj and raina can share the fifth blowing option. It better in bengalure india play B.Kumar,Shami and Ishant Sharma.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 31, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

What a surprise! The team batting second won for the fifth straight time (incl. the T20). Glad I went to bed after 12 overs of the second innings. The game was already over. With these flat pitches and the new T20 rules, the team batting first has almost no chance of winning.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

India is master of ODI we've got by far the best Batting Best fielding and reasonable bowling attack and a master Captain. We won champions trophy easily without losing a single match in fact we thrashed every one in England and the won tri series in West Indies in Grand Style. We have butchered every ODI team from past eight years or so. We have also one even under 19 world cup last year in Australia so we are world best without a doubt bow down to Indian team cause we're that good at cricket

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Absolutely rubbish bowling from both sides. Actually, credit to Australia able to compete well with full strength India team. Banglore is going to be another run feast.

Posted by rajatha on (October 31, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

So finally it back to Batting paradise bangalore...hope we will get 350+ min.target here and its a Home Ground for RCB captain.....lets welcome him to sillicon valley.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (October 31, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Great batting by both teams. as far as flat pitches its a trademark of subcontinent. No need to cry for that.

@Ahtasham Bajwa on (October 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT) : with your logic PAK needs 11 bowlers because they can score below 200 anyways lol :)

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

All said and done. It was a team effort.If Indian bowlers were pelted,Australian bowlers were also hammered.Few small's made it large.Keep it Going Team India.

Posted by JD04 on (October 31, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Too much of T20 stuff. As bowlers from both teams have been taken for a deluge of runs, it seems it would be unfair to blame Indian bowlers only. Though our batsmen have truly come of age! Wonderful, sublime & consistent hitting. Another important aspect is that our batting strength has gained that confidence to do that well in pressure.

Think tank needs to sit down with bowlers with a plan to plug in the middle & slog overs run flow. Easier said that done though! Best wishes to our team in blue for the final game.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 31, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

@Sumit Dalal. Great point. None of these bowlers can both yorkers, except Lasith Malinga. They're all trained on line and length and they get blasted when there is no movement. You bowl yorkers to take the pitch out of the equation. Currently limited over pace bowling is very limited to say the least. Nowadays you see a lot of spinners dominating limited over cricket.

Posted by dimittisnunc on (October 31, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Kholi = apartment (in marathi / mumbai hindi) Kohli = Indian Cricketer

All you so called Indian cricket supporters who can't spell a name right - pls note.

Posted by Philippe on (October 31, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

India is playing like world champions... its no doubt that they will win next WC also under the sharp captaincy of MSD. Players like Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli can change any match if they play strategically like this... rohit is taking initial pressure, dhawan scoring quickly & then brutal kohli is taking game away from the opposition. MSD is always good at 5/6. I hope Yuvraj also comes in form for next WC. He is also a match winner.

Posted by popcorn on (October 31, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Yesterday's match should have been won by Australia. Brilliant centuries by Shane Watson and George Bailey went in vain. The reasons for the loss? Glenn Maxwell's dropped catch,a sitter off Shikar Dhawan who went on to score a century, Phil Hughes poor throw which could have easily run out Suresh Raina. The SAME James Faulkner,who won Australia the match with his blazing bat in the earlier ODI, gave away 15 runs in the 48th over. I could not understand why George Bailey did not give Clint Mckay a bowl instead of Faulkner.To make matters worse, Bailey gave him the last over too!

Posted by striker_force on (October 31, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

f a b u l o u s knock by dhawan and KOHLI! you guys make me proud of being a delhite !

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Now its time for yuvi to prove himself before getting a place in playing 11. Same goes with Ishant Sharma. Both of them was the under performer throughout the series.

Posted by Capt_Nachos on (October 31, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@Donshadow: Did you look at the score of Pakistan vs South Africa. All the spinners in the match demolished the batsmen. You take a look at Tahir, Ajmal and Afridi

Posted by cricketsubh on (October 31, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

i think india should make pitches for their spinners in this series team bat 2nd have won the matches i think these pitches are ultra flat u canot need any talent to score in those pitches .if they make these pitches i think india canot praduce any fast bowlers and canot devlop them and i think scoreing 100 in those pitches is not a huge thing ind need to find some fast bowlers if they want to win 2015 world cup making these kind of pitches dose not help them .and spinners can not win india in australia .in ct2013 in england pitches are dry and spining england prepare dry pitches becoz of ashes and for swan that thing help india .

Posted by team_india_no1 on (October 31, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

The comments don't feel like india has won. MSD and Indian board is right when they say the new ODI rules have made a mockery of bat-ball contest especially in the subcontinent conditions. ICC i can see can you see.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Where are all the good bowlers? It looks like i was watching a video game.These scores are making mockery of cricket.Full tosses are taking places of yorkers. Brillinat batting by Kohli agreed but no one can chase 350 twice without pathetic bowling. Where are yorkers of waqar younis?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Mishra, Raina, Yuvraj, Jadeja, Ashwin and Shami all disappointed. That makes half the team. How long can you go on winning with 4 batsmen and 1 bowler. The law of averages is bound to catch with its normal frequency and if it does at some of the crucial stages such as a semi final or final of the World Cup, all past heroics of these fantastic 5 will be of no use and forgotten. It is, therefore, imperative that a set of new bowlers and batsmen is found to replace the non performing ones.The rotation policy followed by Australia and to some extent by England and new Zealand is not that bad after all.

Posted by jacksmirkingrevenge on (October 31, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

As an Indian supporter, I am happy that India won, but at the same time, I am concerned that we are yet to address our problem that has been plaguing us since the time we learned cricket: Our bowling unit. While we have decent spin bowling options, the pace bowling unit is still empty of even state-level quality bowlers. If only there was atleast one bowler who could bowl at 150+ and have a controlled line and length, we would be set. Otherwise our No.1 Ranking will be challenged at any pitch that is not a road roller as we see here nowadays and any team which has a better pace attack than India.

Posted by scarab666 on (October 31, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Donsshadow is right on the money with his comments. India is destroying the game of cricket for the sake of big bucks with these tiny grounds and concrete pitches. It is a known fact that the Indians love batting, hate fielding and only tolerate bowling because somebody has to bowl to the batsman.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (October 31, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

India are unbeatable by any team at the current form. I wonder what is the maximum score that India could chase considering they achieved 350 very comprehensively.Any guesses 400? 450? It is interesting to see a match in Durban against SA and in perth against Aus.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Indian bowling is as good as pakistan batting......

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

looks lie its time for Bodyline.... Allows any field and any number of bouncers ...

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

in this era of T20 no score is a big score so that u can sleep under your blanket in the pavillion and when the top two teams of ODI rankings are playing you are expected to see these kind of matches so without arguing much sit back relax and enjoy good cricket forgetting which ever team wins!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (October 31, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Kohli is the BEST BATSMAN in the world today - without doubt. No one comes close - not Clarke, not KP, not Kallis or Amla. However, Kohli needs to keep focus and win the series for India.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (October 31, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

Great work Kohli, Dhawan and team India. Time to forget about the game, nature if the pitch and change in rules - These would be better contemplated after the series. There is a series to be win, here and India really needs to focus on the NEXT GAME. History will show you that whenever Aussies are gunned down in this fashion, they come out with tremendous determination to win!! Whereas other team lose confidence and get demoralized in this situation, it has the opposite effect on the Aussies! Their pride is hurt but they know they can win - WATCH OUT TEAM INDIA...The camel's back is not broken but it just got a bit stronger!! Indian bowlers need to improve - regardless of pitch, game rules etc 350 is way too much to give away in ODI's.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 31, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

It clearly show bailey is not good captain and can not defend with big scores. Even his batting good because of flat pitch and leaky indian bowlers. Bailey just got lucked out. Aussies should invest on youngster not oldies. I think aussie selectors should be fired and along with their CEO and performance director. Whole gang in CA should be removed immediately.

Posted by class9ryan on (October 31, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

The truth is the bowlers cannot survive on this flatbeds - either some legislation or a good pitch can help bowlers. In subcontinent you will have to score at least 400 to feel you are safe.

Posted by smudgeon on (October 31, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Well, say what you like about the ease of scoring 350 on a flat deck with the rules we have now, but this is more or less what the general public want to see in limited overs cricket: big hitting and lots of runs, not a balanced contest between bat and ball. I pity bowlers in all this. ODIs, as much as they are a unique animal, are being forced into becoming a slightly longer T20 because this is what puts bums on seats. In fact, I'd almost go as far to say that the average T20 is slightly more balanced than we've seen here. Take nothing away from the batsmen in this, though: Kholi, Dhawan, Bailey, Watson, Finch, Dhoni, etc. have taken advantage of their advantage and done so with skill and style. Kind of makes you wonder what people like Viv and Barry Richards would have made of ODIs under these conditions, huh?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

very very disappointed with Bailey's captaincy. Never looked in charge of the situation. And how can a captain looked so gloomy and tensed after that great knock and posting 350. His usage of watto was worst. Although he handled mj well but he minimize oz attack by misusing watto,Doherty,McKay Australia need Clarke for captaincy. By the way well played India,congratulations. and another thing- umpiring was terrible

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 31, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

Not enough words to praise Kohli. Just respect and nothing else for the guy. God bless u.

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 31, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

Now we all know why Bailey is scoring runs in tons. He is good flat track player. This is pathetic. Seriously. Using two ball is bad for the game. Too much runs...Just not good for the game.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (October 31, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Australian batsman are getting practise against the friendliest bowling 'attack' and the deadest of pitches in this world. This might not be the best preparation for Ashes ah reackon

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

India created sensational history in cricket world

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

In dec 2009, Australia made 350 in the 5th ODI. Tendulkar made 175 out of 140 balls. Unfortunately, there's no one to support him. India was all out with 3 balls remaining and 3 runs to win. Virat Kohli is good. But if you look at the shots of Tendulkar on that day, virat kohli is no where near the GOD. Check that match on youtube.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Why the rule of third umpire checking for 'No Ball' only when the batsman is out and not for every ball. The Australians bowled many no balls and the third umpire didn't say anything?

Posted by bhushanB on (October 31, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

I would like to see how Virat bats against McGrath... He is one who is effective even on the flattest of the pitches.... (for me hes even better than Steyn in that matter)

Once again I think its in his ability with his stock ball... the one outside off at the perfect length, the batmen even when they knew where the ball is going to pitch could hardly dare to attach, as 8 out of 10 times they would nick it to the slips....

Always worried that even the great sachin was batting against him.... always felt the nick to the slip is around the corner...

Posted by bhushanB on (October 31, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

A leg spinner by nature is an attacking spinner and needs attacking fields to get wickets.... ofcorse he needs to be able to bowl his stock ball to perfection 99% of the time... Mishra should look back at the first three overs that he bowled......and should analyze ...what he did wrong in the next few... If you cannot handle pressure, then sorry.....

He should not compete in showcasing the no.of variations he's got.. we all knew where all those that banked on variations ended up (baring Sunil Narine.. that guy is sheer enigma in the short formats.. mainly due to his high arm action.. which stays the same all the time)

But he sure deserves more chances and with Dhoni's cool captaincy should be given a chance to set his own fields and bowl accordingly... Even the great Warne was hit around the park many times.

Doherty for that matter bowled with a lot of heart.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

flat pitches agreed... but what happened in England? in ct2013...every team was struggling to make runs and India was constantly nearing 300 mark...have your say on this bashers...

Posted by bhushanB on (October 31, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

The bats have evolved tremendously in the last two decades... 90% of all mishits end up over the rope nowadays...

when was the last time the cherries changed to aid the bowlers a little bit....

Posted by bhushanB on (October 31, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Modern day bowlers especially in short format have very little/no margin of error.. but still IND bowlers and especially spinners bowling short pitched deliveries...

The way Kohli batted is truly amazing.. irrespective of the pitch/ rules... He dominated it from the word go, where as Bailey took a little time and then launched the attack... He's changed many of his shots in the last second.... will be interesting to see how he maintains the tempo when the ball is doing a bit more

Seems like teams are slowly decoding Dhawan's game, bowling into the body, not giving width outside off.. etc..

Really looking forward to seeing Pujara, Kohli, Dhawan play in SA.

Did not understand why Bhuvi did not complete his quota of overs.. He is one who is bowling well, with in his own limitations..

Mishra started off well, but then tried too many variations... as if to show-off that he too got some up his sleeve.... then lost control over his stock ball and started to pitch it short...

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Fantastic match. Once again they achieved what looked like unachieveable. They did it, because they thought they can do it. keep it up. And hats off to the great effort. Jai Ho

Posted by bhushanB on (October 31, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

A full blown IND-SA series in SA would have been a dream come true... to test the true caliber of the new generation IND batsmen... do not understand the FTP, why Ind play at home for more than a year continuous.. and then off to abroad for back to back series - Like ENG and AUS last year...

It would greatly help if there an away series at least every two Home series

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (October 31, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

Why would anyone criticize Raina today? He scored at about a run a ball, was getting into the groove, and was given out when he was not out. Yuvraj is another matter though. Plus Raina has had limited options and has scored more than Yuvraj in each and every ODI this series.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

Why the rule of third umpire checking for 'No Ball' only when the batsman is out and not for every ball. Most of the time, the Australians were bowling no balls and the third umpire didn't butt in.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

I hate to say but kohli is a gift for India...as long he is there... No target is unachievable. Wish we have someone sensible who can nurture our kohli (Umar akmal) to become the next tendulkar.

Posted by MinusZero on (October 31, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

While Bailey may go ok in tests. I am still struggling to understand how ODI form is remotely comparable to test cricket. If Bailey did get selected, went for a slog and got out early, he would be dumped. ODI players generally dont make good test players. Example: Watson

Posted by avmd on (October 30, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

This was like playing on cemented wicket, where you can hit every ball for 4 and six. I enjoyed SA-Pakistan game more which was low scoring and was a good contest between ball and bat.

Posted by Number_5 on (October 30, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

Even the Indian skip is questioning the validity of these (odi) games. Its just a slogfest. Pity the bowlers. Whilst i understand the paying public are there for entertainment, there needs to be some balance. if this is the way the game is going, there is no need for T20, just play the odi's on roads and we can see 300+ every game. There is a big difference between a batsman making a ton with grace, balance and skilled stroke play and batsman hitting through the line of the ball, every ball with no fear of any sideways movement. Some of us cricket fans appreciate the skill of good bowling, its not just 6's and 4's we want to see.

Posted by Nampally on (October 30, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

It was a "Must Win" match for India to keep the series alive. A chase of 350 runs would have sent best of the teams' spirits into a tail spin. But not India's. They had chased 360 in an earlier ODI. By God they chased 350 down with 3 balls to spare- What a batting & chase carried to perfection!.This made the ODI 7 meaningful for both the teams to plan & win it ALL. On Nagpur's batting paradise, India retain 3-0 record vs. the Aussies. India emphatically won against odds by stating Not in my Kitchen. Rain had robbed India of a victory at Ranchi on a another batting wicket where they got the OZ team out for <300. It looks like on these pitches any score<400 is unsafe. Aussies got 2 centuries via Watson & Bailey. India replied with 2 of its own via Superman Kohli & consistent Dhawan. Unfortunately Rohit missed his. These 3 guys had scant respect for 150 KPH Johnson or for accurate Faulkner, grilling them for over 70 runs each! A great thrilling finish awaits @ Bangaluru- Well Done India!

Posted by bilal_mahmood on (October 30, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

India is a true world champion.. no doubt. Show me one team in the world that could win with the Junkiest bowling like india has. Much respect from Atlanta.. Go india!! Grapers are sour for those who are talking about slow pitches and flat tracks. Both teams have equal chances, sorry!

Posted by bhadra on (October 30, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

Bring Pujara instead of Raina. We wont survive Australian pitches.

Posted by DingDong420 on (October 30, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

everybody blaming the bowlers.....bowlers from both sides are getting smashed....these are pretty much the same bowlers that one the Champions trophy in UK.

Everybody blames Indian bowlers but give them helpful conditions like the UK and they did well. The Aussies aren't doing too well bowling either

Posted by Shaggy076 on (October 30, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Well done to India, with so many high scores this series we probably should take all bowling figures with a grain of salt. Somehow bowlers need to adapt again. I didn't see the Indian innings due to the time over here, or the last 350 chase but it seems that the team chasing is at a big advantage as they know at what rate they need to score. The opposition puts 350 on you know you have to take risks from ball one and if you don't lose wickets its very achievable to chase. But take nothing away from the batting it was an excellent effort but think we are going to see more and more successful chases at these totals. However, when the total is round the 300 mark, the chase is more conservative and more likely for the fielding team to defend.

Posted by reb1 on (October 30, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

As long as 100 million people watch the games on tv, the BCCI have a superbowl on hand every few days. As we can see from the comments, those 100 million people are convinced that this product is good. However, this is not competitive cricket, and not the game that lovers of cricket would like to see. Sorry. I could tell Tendulkar and Lara were great because they dug deep and played on pitches that others couldn't figure out. Same for Amla and De Villiers today.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Words cannot describe how overrated James Faulkner is. He has an inflated view of himself.

Posted by FrazeQL on (October 30, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

The thing some people seem to not realise (indians) is that this is not our best bowling attack or even close to it, add in harris pattinson or even starc and remove useless players like mckay (i could bowl faster than him lol) and faulkener and aus would have won this series easily, where as this is actually unfortunately for india, their actual full strength attack (not a good word for it :P)

Posted by SL-USA-Lions on (October 30, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Virat is a Gem... He does have some arrogance about him...

But when you know that "You're that good" YOURSELF, it can make anyone Cocky...

But I admire his fighting Spirit... Hope he continues well in the future...

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (October 30, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

I didn't watch the second half of the game, but looking at the scorecard I am wondering why Finch, Maxwell & Doherty did not bowl more overs? Surely Bailey understands that as the pitch slows down batsmen find it more difficult to hit boundaries with less pace on the ball. Another heist by Kohli - Indian tally in this series would look pretty bleak without him.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

This is one of the greatest knocks ever in odi cricket from virat kohli in this series bailey should also gets alot of credit the way he fight for australia in this series.. respect from Pakistan...

Posted by jb633 on (October 30, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

@half_blood_prince, we shall wait and see when you boys go to face SA soon. I expect it will be the same sorry tale of fans bemoaning playing on pasturized cow fields etc. You are drawing a home series with your best side out and the Aussies are missing arguably the best batsmen in the world and 3 or 4 or their bowlers. I wouldn't be so cocky about India's chances on seaming tops. You won the CT 2013 on dust bowls, it wont be the same at Perth.

Posted by derpherp on (October 30, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

It really is a batsman's game, well in India at least...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

with the worst bowling attack in odis at present , aus are in for dark days in world cup 2015. they cud not defend 350 , no matter the pitch.aus too have flat tracks with some bounce. expect more big run chases in aus soon.

Posted by landl47 on (October 30, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

I'm extremely tired of seeing huge scores on dead flat pitches with boundaries halfway to the pitch, no close fielders and bowlers trying only to restrict runs. How anybody can think this is worthwhile cricket I don't know. You might as well put a bowling machine at each end and just see how fast each side's batsmen can score.

If a pitch seams and bounces, fine. If it takes turn, fine. If it does both, perfect. Just don't make cricket a hitting exhibition rather than a contest between bat and ball.

Having said that, well played India for using the conditions better and well played George Bailey for a valiant effort in defeat. The real loser today was cricket.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

I must say kohli is the master of all :-)

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 30, 2013, 21:46 GMT)

Great chase by India, but I do feel for the bowlers for both sides, the wickets are just slow paced concrete.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

I ve seen Mumbai Indian spinner TAMBE I guess . he was too good surprisingly didn't seen him in the main stream yet ...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

hats of guys kohli is truly a champion . congrats from Pakistan ...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Feel sorry future of cricket. Flat tracks should be banned by ICC

Posted by cricket-crazee on (October 30, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

2 great games with high contrast! First: 700 runs, 7.0 rpo, 10 wkts, 70.0 avg; Other: 365 runs, 3.75 rpo, 20 wkts, 18.25 avg! ODI is still ALIVE!

Posted by Crick_Chater on (October 30, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

From Pakistan to India: Partition was a great injustice to us, you didn't give us a fair share of batsmen in the final distribution. Give us a few batsmen or we will drag you in the UN.....(lol) Well done team India. Congrats from a Pakistani

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

It shows Australia will run away with the trophy. looks like ...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Cricket was interesting even at the time 240 - 260 was average score and 270 was tough ask. The rules should be consistent. This cricket is boring for me :) I loved earlier 15 over field restriction and so on the game.

Posted by VipinGangwar on (October 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

To all the Indian pitch bashers.. I agree that Indian pitches are more batsman freindly...

But It looks like that every one has forgotten the game in Hobart, India vs Sri Lanka, where India chased down the total of 320 in less than 37 overs. What will you all say of that pitch?

Common men.. Its Indian batting which is at its best.. and the guys who are able to soak any pressure of chasing.. So give them a word of praise.. rather than cursing ICC and pitches..

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

700+ runs in total, four centuries, plus it happened second time in this series. It very rare in cricket that 350 runs in limited over match is chased successfully not once, but twice in this series. It is always difficult to chase 300+ runs, and when it happened twice in the series, there are some difficult questions to answers. Despite electrifying slogging, dead pitches, fielding restrictions and quick outfield, I think it is preplanned result, when last two overs concede only 15 runs with one boundary (aus inning) and poor fielding by aussies to in last three overs. ICC should investigate.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Yes we won the game magnificently, but at the same time it might be constructive not to forget that in each of the ODIs in this series we conceded at lease 295 or more...... and in the only T20 we conceded more than 200.... the bowlers are also part of the playing eleven, right?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

WOW CONGRATES INDIA you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Improve the blowing then we will be good

Posted by BigINDFan on (October 30, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Great chase again led by the trio of Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli!! Dhoni again complained about the new ODI rules rightly so because he has nonsense bowlers in his team. There is no reason to give 350 runs even if you have the best chasers in your team. Of course Aussies apart from Johnson make Ind bowlers look better :-)

One of Yuvi or Raina should go out of the team and replaced by Rahane or Rayudu. The middle order is weak right now and the only reason why Ind is winning is becoz of 3 batsmen in prime form.

Bowling dept - find a real leg spinner and bring him into the team. Leggies can take wickets even if they are expensive and those couple of wickets can prove to be decisive.

Posted by senator333 on (October 30, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Is it lasith malinga the bowling coach of Australia.

Posted by Buggsy on (October 30, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Still don't understand why Dhoni is captain of this team. Tests, fine; ODI, give to Kholi.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

I hope the ICC does enough to ensure that the game of cricket is easy to distinguish from baseball. With bowlers not standing any chance on these pitches and in these conditions, they resemble the pitcher from baseball. People who love cricket, love the contest as a whole between bat and ball, not just the butchering of bowlers by batsmen.

Posted by arif_cric on (October 30, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

i seen sachun scored his 18th century in 1998. n became leading century maker.. this guy came just now n he scored his 17th ton today....i cant beleive.....world record of 49 ton will be broken soon ......

Posted by Gaswell on (October 30, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

This is boring stuff. Congrats to India for a fine win but it was like watching paint dry. There was no contest between bat and ball and that is the magic of cricket. Having pitches and copious rules to favour batsmen is not the way to go. I don`t care if a team gets rolled for 100. If the batting isn`t good enough then so be it. I just want to see a fair contest between bat and ball. Cricket on the sub continent has always had a tendency to be dull with flat lifeless pitches. Domestic cricket in Australia has started to get interesting again as greener pitches mean batsmen have to learn some skills. Most have been caught out in the last few years because we have bred a generation of over rated and over paid flat track bullies. Must we cater exclusively for the "Big Brother" generation. It is no coincidence that since the BCCI rose to be the prominent power in cricket, that the standard and substance of the game has been in sad decline. This needs fixing. BCCI won`t. Others must.

Posted by millsy24 on (October 30, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

I agree with Dhoni that the rules need to be tweaked. The pitches are made for batsmen and now you have the bowlers being hammered because you can only have 4 outside the circle in the non power play overs. Wonder how long it will be before they all get together and revolt.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

The Indian motto these days seems to be 'Anything you can do we can do better!' Wonderful match, congrats to India!

Posted by Riz000 on (October 30, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

Being a pakistani supporter I hear lot of people are saying Kohli has more tons in sub -continent and scores more runs on flat pitches let me remind you people its there same guy who scored a 100 in Australia in perth when players like sachin dravid were struggling i would rate kohli as a best Asian batsman remember my word guys kholi will finish sky high one day may beat sachins record the way he is going when sachin was playing he faced Wasim waqar shoaib mcgrath ext now days there aint many gr8 bowlers left look at Asutrallia bowing batting going downhill day by day so i believe kohli will go on long from here...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Kholi has his own style... His superb effort led India square the series.. Need to look for yuvi and raina replacement.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Quality batting from Kohli. But these slogfests are quickly becoming borfests. When will we get to have a quality ODI game on a quality wicket in India?

Posted by Adoh on (October 30, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Well played by India. The last game is looking like a washout so I think Australia will take the trophy. A hard fought series with great batting performances from both sides. We expect this from India, and these are good signs from Australia.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (October 30, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

This new rule of 2 new balls may be helpful for the bowlers in Eng or Aus but it is killing the bowlers in the sub continent. The pitches in India hardly offer any swing or bounce, so, no advantage to be had with the hard new. If anything, it comes off the bat better. Besides, 2 new balls means no reverse swing and hardly any turn for the spinners. One of main reasons this series has turned into a lopsided run fest. Add to that the 5 fielders inside the circle rule and I don't see why anyone would fancy a bowl here. Dhoni is right, in long term, this will kill the ODIs.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

really hats off to Indian batting....they had done It twice and in such a crucial match......Pakistani

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 30, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

say what you like and I do frequently but indian batsmen are world class.On flat pitches with no bounce or pace. Shame the next world cup is in Aus so first round loss for them then.

Posted by punter11 on (October 30, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

India need to start producing sporting wickets. Bowlers (not trying to defend them) need some fighting chance. It almost seems that a bowling machine with limited capabilities is set up and just the competition is between the batsman. Who ever scores more wins. Knowledgeable cricket fans will lose interest in ODI's. Having said that Indian bowling is really below par. I am not sure what cna be done about it since the bench strength is mediocre. People dont realize that losing ZAK had much much bigger impact on team than losing SRT(had no impact at all on subcontinent). Bringing bak ZAK will help immensly provided he last beyond the WC 2015. Other than that I can only think of Bhajji, Yadav Aaron and company.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Well played kohli, dhawan and the aussies bailey n watson.I think India won only because of the batting blitzkrieg kohli. Raina yuvraj rohit and dhoni were struggling to find gaps.115 in 62 balls is simply incredible.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

This is how it goes.....well played India...Hard Luck Australia nice try !!! A few noted pointers !!! a) Flat pitch b) Bad bowling from both sides c) Brilliant batting from all the batsmen The better team won on the day which was India :) This is how it should have been but what we have now is a whole bunch of blame game. Since I see a lot of Australians , SAF, English people blaming a whole lot of things for the win , I would love to draw the attention to a few things....

AUS-Frankly speaking lets just put it straight they are a shadow of what they used to be... gone downhill completely.

ENG - They simply don't have any idea about ODI/T20 cricket pls no excuses of pitches or conditions , you just need to be better in this forms...dnt even remember last time seeing you people win a championship

SAF- They simply cannot handle the pressure of limited overs cricket.

In a sport played in 8 nations if 3 are struggling, then for sure one will standout which in this case is INDIA !!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Dare to say it but i see Viv Richards in Kohli..the arrogance...

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (October 30, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Congrat India for this beautiful win...love it...Love from Bangladeshi Fan

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

To start off, bowl was reversing in this match and Australians were bowling much better, even slower bouncers were difficult to get away...this pitch was slow and dry. I dont think Australia would have chased more than 290 on this track.4 fielders rule is a killer, it gives the quality batsmen a confidence they can hit out any time. Max number of overs for each bowler should be made 12, if they want equal playing field.

Posted by amitdashore on (October 30, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

@ose Puliampatta may be u r right n 'colts' should have more exposure.. but may be u dont follow cricket outside the International matches! though not in SA/AUS, but India A played more than few matches against NZ n WI n U-19 played a qudrangular series with AUS+SA+ZIM, in which Indians won the final beating SA by 201 runs with SA allout for mere 66! so everyone's getting to play against quality opposition, no need to complain about that!

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (October 30, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Kudos Kohli !! I am now eagerly looking forward to upcoming tests...would want Kohli to be there at no#3 and play some awesome innings....and also see how he faces the new WI line-up, and mighty SA line-up...

India has to improve on their bowling...may it be a defensive setup by Dhoni, but still giving away 250+ in the 2nd half of the innings is too much...

Of course AUS also had a poor bowling phase, but it was just because of the quality of batting that India did...not because of AUS bowling attack...I feel AUS had far better bowling attack than India..

Posted by alihassanbhatti on (October 30, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Such a beautiful display of batting. V.Kohli should be world's number one.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (October 30, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Just watched a more thrilling but low scoring match between Pak and SA. I would pay my last dollar to watch those kind of matches rather than these ridiculous slog-fests currently happening in India!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

it proved that Indian team is only real hero of cricket

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

shikhar dhawan rocks ..aussie's shocked ...lol

virat kohli is a gud player in Indian team ...(y)

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Kohli will sureley get pass Sachin's 50 ODI hundreds at this speed ..... cant even predict the number that's how good he is batting specially in chase !!! GO GO GONE

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Good win by India. Now is a good time to get rid of non-performers - Raina and Yuvraj. Ishant Hopefully we will never see Ishant Sharma again. Raina has been playing for 8 years, but is still a fringe player. It's time to remove him from the fringe altogether. Yuvraj was a hero of World Cup 2011, but he is not in the same form anymore. Let him play Ranji Trophy. We have a bunch of youngsters waiting - Rahane, Rayudu, Parvez Rasool, Mandeep Singh, Manprit Juneja, etc.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 30, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

The 4th one day game should have been ours...we could have easily chased down 300 and now we should have had the series....Aus were lucky that game was washed away...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

On a day when India score over 350 to win, Pakistan fail to score 183...enough said!!!

Posted by _Cover_Drive on (October 30, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Indian and Aussie bowlers (rest of the world) should try to hear Wasim Akram's commentaries. He is among the most generous commentators when it comes giving tips to bowlers.

ICC needs rework on power plays to save fast-bowling.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

What is the run rate of dhavan?

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 30, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

@Brendan Schmidtke, probably we should consider new ODI rules too. These new rules are making spinners ineffective and that is the main reason for AUS scoring these high scores. I agree India bowling is not great but in this series India has dominated in both batting and bowling (except one over of Ishant Sharma).

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Unbelievable!! What an incredible effort!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

As rightly mentioned by M.S. Dhoni at the end of the innings in the presentation ceremony, that with the change of rules which includes two new balls and no more than 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle, its only going to get worse from here. Good news for the spectators though, but they don't get anything to see other than 4s and 6s being hammered off every bowler. Nothing is left for the fast bowlers in such conditions even if they are bowling at 140+ speeds. This will only discourage youngsters to take up bowling as no bowler would like to get smashed in such a manner throughout the course of the game. High time ICC takes notice of what the people are saying, who actually play under the new scheme of things. Cricket, and not just International Cricket, has never been about batting alone. Its about bowling too. Fair chance should be given to both the batters and the bowlers to compete equally. The new set of rules clearly show that the batsmen rule the game.

Posted by Agila on (October 30, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@FAB_ALI, Neither Pak nor SA, Neither BD and NZ rank #1 and #2. Those contests are not of the same quality as that of the current AUS/Ind Series. Its two of the best ODI teams playing to their strengths. So much of hype around the Indian pitches and curators huh?

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (October 30, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

If Nagpur produces 350 runs in each innings, chances are the 400 barrier will be broken in Banglore.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

nothing about rohit this is really surprising , he and dhawan were equally good in that opening partenership , and Kohli he is the master of chases avereging 60+ while chasing is not easy

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Blaster Kholi

Posted by Nair_saab on (October 30, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

poor bowling.....pathetic bowling by the spinners. you have to find the best length& best pace to bowl ....none of the Indian spinners are capable of that. at least don't give them loose balls...pathetic

Posted by Arjun_CB on (October 30, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Its always amazing to see comments like " flat pitch, indian bowling , flat track bullies " ...

if indian bowling is poor ?? what do we call AUS bowling then ?? couldnt able to defend 350 twice in 3 game ??

Another interesting fact is, the highest chases of all time in ODI came against Australia !!! 438 (SA), 359,351 (Ind), 341, 340 (NZ) out of these 5 only 2 were in indian pitches...

Still wanted to point against india ? Accept the FACT that we ARE the WORLD champions !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Bring some fresh blood there are many dummies in the current team, Abhishek Nayar, Zol, IC Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Shukla, Rishi Dhawan...so on

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

I remember one interesting stat I saw sometime back on cricino about Rahul Dravid. He scored 150+ runs 3 times in ODIs and he wasn't the man of the match in those games. Bailey is trying to catch up with Dravid on this record I think ;-)

Posted by AjeeshJohn on (October 30, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Why many Kohli haters here??? If you cant accept the records, please look at the way he scores and compare it with the current or past batsmen.. and if you are playing most of your matches in sub continent you will score most of your centuries in sub continent.. NB: You will never loose 20 balls to get the 5 he he need to complete his century if it is kohli on the crease

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

I think chasing 350 is a tough task against club level bowling,whereas its against australian attack,well done team India.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Congrats India, what a knock by Kohli and Dhawan, feeling pity for poor bailey and watto......#respect for Indians from Pakistan

Posted by anilrajan22 on (October 30, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

We have to understand that rule equally benefit bowlers, with two new balls upfront on a pitch like perth will have different results.. People on ground are coming for entertainment, and they deserve to see fireworks either from bat or ball.. Captains(including Dhoni) around the world are known to set up defensive field making the play boring & predictable.. I don't mind if they get to think more may be at the cost of losing early wickets in perth or at the cost their bowler being banged at 8 an over in Nagpur/Jaipur…

Posted by borninthetimeofSRT on (October 30, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

The short-comings of this new format in ODI will be exposed in an uneven competition. Ind-Aus series are making a meal of these new rules, but that's only because it is an evenly balanced contest between No.1 and 2. One can't expect the same intensity in a contest between a top ranked team and a lower ranked team. I think ODI is heading towards a team when we will have 11 specialist batsmen who can bowl part time.

Posted by jb633 on (October 30, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

The Aussie fans must surely realise where they are losing these games. It is evident that 350 is not enough and maybe 375 is par. Phil Hughes at the top of the order is wasting too many balls and the Aussies should open up with Watson and bring in another hitter. Obviously when Clarke comes back then they can make this switch and Clarke can bat 3. That will be a serious side all of a sudden. I would make them as favourites to win the WC 2015 particularly as they are on home soil.

Posted by NareshPodi on (October 30, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

If Gavaskar is the Master and Sachin is lil master, then Kohli must be 'THE YOUNG MASTER'.....

Posted by DaGameChanger on (October 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

@Kahn..If Kohli does it against Aus..then you say its in subcontinent..if he does it in Aus..its again Srilanka..its very hard to please you..isn't it..? I know why because he is not from your fav country..

Posted by Natesan333 on (October 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Man these Indian batsmen are like Bahasuran, absolutely insatiable appetite. I don't think any score is safe from them.

Posted by GowthamSrivatsava on (October 30, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Once again India with a bang.... Whenever Aus drops catch of Dhawan .he makes a huge score. Jaipur it was Haddin, & in Nagpur it was Maxwell. Match was an absolute stunner and bowlers could do notin due to the field restrictions and A class batting performance by both teams. hoping a record for the highest successful finish in Banglore & keepin fingers crossed .IND-3 & AUS-2.

Posted by NareshPodi on (October 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Well played Kohli.

For all those who don't accept Kohli's talent, Everyone says that Kohli didn't played against the great bowlers like Walsh, Ambrose, McGrath and many others.

But I say one thing, try to think in another way, the batsmen who played against the great bowlers were/are also played/playing against these not so great bowlers, did they make any difference just like Kohli did? absolutely the answer is a big 'NO'. Before Kohli, if India was batting second means India lost. Simply people used to throw on the toss, we lost the toss and lost the match. what an excuse...I spent lots of sleepless nights by thinking when will India get out of this kind excuse... But from last 5 years, I have been enjoy watching Cricket when Kohli chasing the targets...

If Gavaskar is the Master and Sachin is lil master, then Kohli must be 'THE YOUNG MASTER'.....

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

india gunning down 350in grand style,but still juicy tracks provide better balance between bat and ball...anyway...well played India.

Posted by Fuzzybarebut on (October 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

I think that despite the pitch being a batsman's paradise, these scores are coming from the change in the rules on fielding restrictions. I think unless this is changed, it will happen frequently in the next WC. What we see now, in the attempt to try and boost ODI cricket is a destruction of bowlers and making the game easy for batsmen. Having an average of 40 odd won't be considered that great anymore and a bowling economy of under 6 will be considered top quality. The skill of ODI cricket has fallen for batsmen and personally I'd much rather what a tight game where the fast bowlers are attacking on green wickets and players have no choice but to try and slog spinners. Finally, what are is the ICC showing the world? A batsman's game, it will be rare to see any more great bowlers because there will just be no aspiration to be one.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Ind should replace Yuvraj, Ashwin and Jadeja for series decider. Rahane, Unadkat and Rayudu should come in.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

congrats india kohli dhawn for this great win.....................

But yuvraj and raina,s form a bit of concern.........we should play raydu in the place of raina/yuvraj for the final and vital game......

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

I think that India should go in with 11 batsmen in the coming matches....If you even give KOHLI and ROHIT and DHAWAN the ball surely they will not surpass 350..So whats he point to play 3 to 4 ballers just go in with 11 batters and chase every score..

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Not sure what it takes to get 4 bowlers for India who can bowl to a plan. They need not be express pace, they need not spin it a mile but just bowl to their field and within their limitations. Dhoni however seems to have infinite patience with anybody who provides additional options. He has always loved Jaddu and Ashwin because the batting in both cases and fielding in the former's case make them more attractive. Bhuvi and Shami with their poor fielding and lack of batting ability are always going to be vulnerable no matter how potent their bowling remains.

Posted by indicricket on (October 30, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Who said 50 overs cricket is dead? I really think Australia should ask Pup to take a walk and promote Bailey. More than just being in great form he has brought the team together, comes across as a very good leader of men ( which Pup is clearly not) and thorough Gentleman.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

India is lucky that Aussie bowling is the weakest it's ever been. This proves that Indian bowling is very very poor because they can't even take home conditions advantage and are getting slaughtered nearly every match by a Newish Aussie batting. Aussie team is very inexperienced compared with India but they are giving them a run for their money!!

Posted by ANAND_CRIC on (October 30, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

If Australia had a bowler like McGrath, score will 4-0 in favour of australia

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

@khan....kohli scored 3 hundreds against australia while chasing though in india..but u casnt take it awway from him..he scored one against pakistan..which has the variety of bowling..to show ..he scored centuries against englad and aus abroad.....kohli is match winner thats all....

Posted by AjitDJ on (October 30, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

I think ICC should make the 20-yard circle as the boundary. Then they can get a sixer every ball! And what is the need of bowlers also? A bowling machine will do the job too!!

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (October 30, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

With current failures of Indian bowlers, & Harbhajan Singh just took 9 wickets, i think HS & Zaheer khan coming back for tests against WI, next month,

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (October 30, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Indians are killing the game :@ feeing so sorry for the bowlers

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

why india is not trying mohit sharma or jayadev unadkat ,mohit is a good seamer while unadkat is inexperienced but he will have advantage og left hand pacer,shami is not reliable as he put full ball every time ,he can sucessfull some time but cant go long ,prefer mohit and unadkat and retain bhuvi as he is classs piece youngster ,im not saying india has poor bowling any one can go for runs but what ishant bowl previously was very ordinary as i have sen faulkner so many times he is not a type of player who can smash 30 runs an over ,18 -20 runs fine ,due to new rules but when ball fly over stadium not even eleven can stop that where you bowl poor.

Posted by danrockerXI on (October 30, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

I feel sorry for the bowlers. They are endangered species now. Just for the sake of entertainment, BCCI is blindly creating batting frenzy surfaces. Lets just keep them for the IPL circus and keep other formats an equal contest between bat and ball.

Posted by NP_NY on (October 30, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Geez, every time India wins, everyone (who is not an Indian fan) starts questioning the pitch, curator, unfair rules, etc..If India had lost this match, everyone would have just said it is because of India's poor bowling. LOL.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Well Cmon guys... we should not speak about pitch and all... Its like saying " the stage is small so i didnt dance " ... when aussies scored 350, we chased it with ease... so every one has to accept, India are still world champs... we never told aussies not to score above 350??? if its a flat track, let them score 500 tooo... we are one step ahead, scoring 351...lol ... learn to accept things...flat track or medium track or bend track or stereo track at the end of the day, if one team plays well they will WIN...its India now and better luck Aussies next time....!!!

Posted by TAcricfan on (October 30, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Dead Pitches, No chance for the bowlers, over 700 runs scored, unbalanced game. High school stuff. very disappointing. It's Pathetic.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

ashes candidate players, india chased 350 on flat pitch etc ..no need to use a brain to know editor belonging from england or aus

Posted by Kahn_N on (October 30, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

No doubt Virat Kohli is a talented player BUT out of his 17 tons 13 came in subcontinent where pitches are much better for batting than in South Africa or Australia. About "Champion of the chase", out of his 11 tons 6 came against SriLanka (his favourite opponent), Bangladesh, Zimbabwe & West Indies.

Posted by pull_shot on (October 30, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

I think icc rules must be after initial 25 overs let d captain decide to go with 2 balls or 1 ball and immediately increase fielders outside 30 yard circle to 5 or atleast increase size of circle to 40 yards because mishits r eluding d fielders with d kind of bats

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 30, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

We don't need enemies when we have some really twisted Ind fans amongst us. Come on guys, why are we so poor at analyzing the situation?

#1: Aus have been batting well, esp 1st.

#2: Indian bowling is poor, esp when bowling 1st.

#3: In spite of #2, we almost defended 304 at Mohali when the genius Ishant Sharma decided to bowl one of the worst over of all times.

#4: Aus bowling is better than India's. They have bowled well, at least better than us.

#5: In spite of #4, India have such batting might that they have now chased 204, 359 & 350. Each of these are stunning wins. Note again, India are chasing even though Aus are bowling well.

#6 Good news is that Indian bowling can hope to improve while Aus are already bowling at their best.

#7: New ODI rules have had a profound effect on Scoring Rates. Most imp is the 2 New Balls rule. It adds some 25-30 runs to the total. The floating Batting Powerplay also adds to some 15-20 runs to it.

#8 Virat Kohli is MINDBLOWING, the best in ODIs.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

why there is no single comment about ashwin today...???????? his eco is less than mishra today.... I will not say that ashwin is better than mishra... but I can say dhoni is a great leader after hearing his comments in post match presentation...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Mr.Uzair u must provide the bowlers like wasim, waqar for virat, we all know they are great legends,but even though virat will bat brilliantely, try to accept his latent.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

well I think it would be harsh on the Indian batting if people degrade the pitch ! more importantly kohli needs to stay grounded and maintain the same consistency against the likes of steyn morkel philander Anderson broad and swann when India embark on a long overseas journey over the next year ...I'm sure he has the requisite talent and temperament but he needs to keep it up and not take this series as a measure... as far as our bowling is concerned I think it will be wise to make ashwin sit out of the next match and try to rejuvinate him ahead of the next series...play the same attack in the next game-they need to be backed after a mediocre outing...for the south African tour please bring back zaheer (the guy is looking as fit and focussed as he s ever been) ...bring in bhajji as the reserve spinner ahead of ojha and don't pick ishant! the attack should be zaheer bhuvi umesh/shami ashwin/bhajji...the WI series will not be of any cricketing interest in India so no point in talking :)

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (October 30, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

@biggus so wickets on bouncy and swinging pitches dont count as records for fast bowler, huh?

Posted by aditya.pidaparthy on (October 30, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

I have a deeper concern. How are we going to convince a 13 year old to aspire to become a bowler? This is verging on the farcical.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (October 30, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

There are two more ODI series going on and both in Asia/subcontinent. BD made 265 and restricted NZ easily and today Pakistan bowled out SA for 183. They are not playing with different rules, are they?? Then what's the reason for these high scores in India??? Puppet bowlers?? Superhuman batsmen?? or Indian curators have just forgot how to prepare a slow turning wicket which can provide contest between bat and ball....Must think on it......

Posted by ball_boy on (October 30, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

The only time i started to like watching the match was when the ball was reverse swinging and at that time te batsman had it hard.Then on you could understand Kohli's touch.Seriously BCCI stop churning out pitches like these.And ICC if u think of making it more balanced then keep 2 new balls for first 26 or 30 overs based on the captains choice and 2 old balls kept on the armoury for the next 24 overs or a choice of changing one of the balls to an old ball after the 20th over

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Only two more changes have to be done- Indian bowlers should pull up their socks as it is definitely going to be a belter in Bangalore and the next thing- Dhoni please try to finish the match ASAP without any room for huss and fuss...... cricinfo pls publish...........

Posted by p77gin on (October 30, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

this is dumb cricket! i don't know how can one enjoy this kind of a game, who has ever played even a single ball himself??? might as well replace bowlers with a bowling machine. why harass them, make them feel small and insignificant? not that ICC ever had any sense, but now they are really losing it. cricket should be a contest between bat and ball alike, not just between the batsmen of the 2 sides!

Posted by IAS2009 on (October 30, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

it is easy to bat first and score big, the chase is difficult anything above 320 is good score, full credit to Kohli. both team play under same rules, ICC has screwed up ODI, bowlers have too much disadvantage, the new rules favor India though, they bowling is so bad they might play 11 batsmen and still win by outscoring other team, that is what they did in WC. different ball game outside India though.

Posted by Hanumall on (October 30, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Another brilliant chase by India. Yet again Kohli dazzled as he took India to victory, for the umpteenth time, chasing down another extremely stiff and daunting target. What a spirited youngster! But I thought Bailey deserved the man of the match award today equally, if not more. He came in in the 12th over with his team at 45 for 2 and with the Indian spinners all set to spin a web around it. He did not have the advantage of a solid foundation laid by the opening batsmen. But in the 38 overs that he was at the wicket his team piled up 300 runs. He himself smashed 156 of them in just 114 balls with 13 fours and six sixes. Can't the MOM be from the losing team?

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (October 30, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Suresh Rain and Yuvraj Singh failing yet again!! High time to look at alternatives. We cannot afford to live on past glories and carry passengers before 2015 world cup.

Posted by subratachakrabarty on (October 30, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

That was yet another chase but nothing like Jaipur ODI. In the present case, India did loose nerve in between. I think the new rule is not only killing the bowlers but also killing the captains as well. I guess, the think tank of either teams will have to decide and make some strategy so that they can tackle the situation in decider that will be played in bengaluru. Taking the T20 experience, we have seen that 180+ is also a achievable total in bengaluru. So, in my opinion, the team batting first should aim at nothing less than close to 400. I am happy to see SD and VK getting runs but equally disappointed with RS. He got to get hold of his nerve in order to capitalize on the great starts. This time he missed century by 21 runs to be precise. Raina also need to improve but the main issue is bowling department. I hope best team wins the bengaluru decider.

Posted by Temuzin on (October 30, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

We talk a lot about Aussie bowling being great and India bowling being pathetic. I agree Indian fast bowling is pathetic but lets talk about Australian bowling. They have been unable to defend 438 runs against SA and over 350 runs twice against India in this series. How pathetic that can be. Are they any good everywhere or just home track bullies?

Posted by RaghavendraMaiya on (October 30, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Virat Kohli is the CLASSICAL POWER. He has got the classical touch like Rahul Dravid as well as power in his shots like Sehwag. The combination of these two is too rare, Virat is one among them and therefore he is "classical power"

Posted by srikanths on (October 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Greater field restrictions, better bats , benign pitches etc , may be have made batting a lot easier , bowlers as someone pointed a sideshow but one has to admit the brilliance of Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma et al did struggle to keep the score Board on consistently. Kohli is in suhc great touch and form , backed by a huge talent, that he was able to get going , find the field gaps, connect almost everything regularly. You can see the difference in class , the way batting looked easy the moment Kohli walked in. He is definitely on his way to becoming the next "great class". In ODI s ,his class is almost a given. Point he needs to prove is in Tetsts abroad, SA, England and OZ. When one sees him, it does appear that , he should be able to cross that barrier also. He could well be the next in the line of Indian greats. He clearly possesses talent, whether he can adapt and shape up abroad will decide his place in the list of pantheons.

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (October 30, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

ICC really need to regroup and rethink on the rules of ODI. All cricket lovers would like to see a good contest between ball and bat rather than just seeing bowlers being hit all over the ground for scores over 350 runs. Allow one more fielder out side the circle and keep only one ball from both ends. Current rules will really kill beauty of the game. No matter how good a bowler is he will still be smashed for boundaries and sixes. I am sure none of the bowlers from from both these sides doesn't want see their bowling analysis. For sure some changes really required to keep the game equal for both batsmen and bowlers otherwise beauty of the game will be lost.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Dear Sidharth Monga,

During Indian Innings,In 48th over, when Mitchel Johnson bowled, there was a clear no ball. I think it happened when there was a direct hit when dhoni was on Bowlers End and there was a over through and india made 2 out of 1 ball.

You did not mention this. Clearly Mitchel leg was on front foot.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (October 30, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

What happens when Khoi, Dhawan and R Sharma fail?, Yuvraj and Raina dont seem to be adding anything. It is a serious concern, we cannot be dependent on 3-4 players all the time. The middle order needs a serious re think, considering Yuiv's form. DK should be back, no Doubts!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

At all who cry that India have poor bowling. It is due to New ODI rule and Pitch. Aus have Mitch, Faulkner, Watson and Co . They gave more runs than Indian Bowler. Same Indian bowling lineup has won the CT. Are you aware it. New rule is killing the bowler and all are started saying that india has poor bowling dept. Think before commenting.

Posted by MASpak on (October 30, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

This is insane. Is this street cricket or an ODI? Need quality cricket, not records!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

How long before Bhuvnnesh Kumar's work is given at least passing admiration? They gave 350, one bowler gave a touch over 5 an over, it's the story in every match. Mention it at least.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (October 30, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@Posted by Biggus on (October 30, 2013, 16:47 GMT): Biased, one-eyed, unreasonable opinions also don't matter much here. So excuse us if we don't take you seriously.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Deepu: Another great innings from kohli, it looks very easy to chase any total with the rules ICC implemented. My humble request to ICC to change the rules. Lets come back to the chase. As every one missing one basic point is the foundation which has made the chase easy. My final point & interesting to see kohli making 50 ODI hundred and become first one to reach............I am big fan of SRK still i want kohli to cross the GOD in centuries............All the Best India for final

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

BOO AUSSIES.You should have defended the total in the end.There is not much time left when bottom placed teams will be chasing 400+ against world class teams.Well done to India.We are proud of u.

Posted by half_blood-prince on (October 30, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

dont blame pitches. with the same pitch in pak v eng. pak would score 220 and eventually defend it. this is a run fest because india's toothless bowling and 350+ is chased because india has superb and honestly best batting line-up. and for this reason i think india are fav. for 2015 wc, because in aus. like in ct 2013 their toothless bowling will be above avg and batting also one of the best..cheers guys india has wc in 2015 pocket.

Posted by HumungousFungus on (October 30, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

I am looking forward to seeing how the batsmen of each of these two teams, gorged on the absolutely meaningless stand-and-deliver, hit-through-the-line-on-the-up, cheapest of cheap runs provided by these appalling pitches in what has to all intents and purposes become a video game series, adapt in the coming weeks to having to play proper cricket on proper pitches against proper bowling. I suspect that Messrs Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Anderson, Broad, and Rankin will be similarly looking foward to this...

Posted by avinash400 on (October 30, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Bring Nathan Coulter Nile in XI. Like Mitch, he also generate speed. Mckay does not looks threatening. India Batsman struggling against high speed (above 140Kmh) and Nathan also hit sixes if required.

Posted by WaqarIMC on (October 30, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

I dont think such pitches will help the great game of cricket any way. Shorter boundaries, fielding restrictions, Power plays, Free hits, flat and dead pitches nothing for the bowlers. Millions of people seen fours sixes for 7 hours. Cricket become like base ball hitting hitting......... This will shadow the beauty of fantastic game. ICC should take some necessary action to save the beauty of this marvelous game so that bowlers like Wasim Waqar Ambrose Walsh Mcgragh Amir born.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 30, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Well, all you Indian team critics continue to enjoy your SOUR grapes and keep whining about ICC rules, 2 new balls, flat pitches etc. In the meantime, this magnificent Indian batting line up will continue to smash records and win tough run chases in STYLE. Hahaha !

Posted by drpramit on (October 30, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

it is difficult to understand what viewers like to watch. Whatever be the rules or pitch, its same for both the teams. The thing is one need to adapt according to conditions. Its not that easy for Indian bowling to save even 400 on these conditions, so its always better for them to chase. Time to drop Yuvi/ Raina bring in Raydu. No point in changing bowler they all are same.

Posted by Fogu on (October 30, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

I wouldn't blame ICC for rule changes. These are poor pitches prepared in IN. Before we crown these batsmen as great, we should see how they perofrm in not so friendly pitches. Great matches are being played everywhere else with bowlers having some support from the pitch. Rules are the same, pitch is the issue.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 30, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

so the whinin continues here in this forum...India won the match and hence "Flat Track" will be spoken more and not the brilliance of Bailey, Kohli, Watson and Dhawan...wat a shame...

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 30, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

If India lost this match then everyone would have started bashing Indian bowlers (of course I agree India bowling is not good ). But why hasn't AUS been able to defend 350+ scores? How can we call AUS's is a good bowling attack? Though Indian bowling is not good I would say better than AUS bowling. I didn't see a single AUS bowling in this series who is better than or equal to Bhuvi. AUS's best bowler Mitchel Johnson at most can target Yuvi (not on Yuvi's day) and Raina but we have Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni who targets all the bowlers equally. If AUS fans talk about one or two catch drops then they are trying to be complacent because had already gifted matches to AUS with it's worst fielding ever in this series.

Posted by K_Srini on (October 30, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

I don't know how many times Kohli would go on to prove as a genuine match winner. Amazing run chase. But, not to forget the wonderful contribution from Shikhar Dhawan. well played India......

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 30, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@jb633: If Australia had won chasing down this score, I am not sure you would have said the same thing. Jeez, I really feel sorry for Ishant Sharma. It was NOT his fault was it ? Blame the ICC rules and pitches now come on ! Dhoni is obviously worried. India are the MOST affected of all teams given their average bowling. It's a no brainer for MSD to be so "worried".

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (October 30, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

People who wanted Mishra in place of Ashwin please raise your hand...........

Posted by jimwhatever on (October 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

dhoni is right. new rules are killing the game.

but at present the problem is that aus' batting. they should add callum ferguson in the place of phil hughes. adam voges should bat at no.3 and watson at no.5

Posted by Charlie101 on (October 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

The ICC have to look at this series as the balance is out of kilter between bat and ball . Play 5 specialist bowlers rather than any allrounders , hope to limit to 300 and pray for wickets

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Good cricket should be unpredictable and exciting. When curators are talioring every pitch to suit the strength of the host nation, it can become boring and take the flair out of the game. Before the first ball was bowled in this game, most of us could guess that Australia would post a big total (as they had done all series), Bailey would play well (as he had done all series), Aussie bowlers would lack penetration on flat Indian decks (as they had done all series), India would chase whatever target was set and Kohli and Dhoni would be there at the end (as they had done virtually all series).

I agree with King Owl, it's much more interesting to see batsmen struggle, no COMPETE with bowlers, rather than scoring easy runs. There is an element of 'competition' missing. It would be akin to see the rules of basketball changed to whoever can score the most in the allotted time with a ball each. Boring.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

So much for the Auss bowling...its been a massacre...India retains the number 1 team tag but Aus got number 1 worst bowling attack next...so there is a team which has the worst bowling attack that us...lol.....if Raina and Yuvraj is replaced by DK and Rayudu this batting unit will be perfect...no need to change the bowling combination.....two time failed to defend 350+ totals.....thats pathetic...

Posted by cvenka on (October 30, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

I request all India bashers to atleast give some respect to the batsmenship of young indian turks, especially Kohli which is of the highest order. Whatever may be the pitch condition, you have to go there & perform. If others can't do that & Indians do that regularly, then accept that atleast there must be some talent with this team which is superior to other teams!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

There is no big difference between two sides, both teams's strength is their batting and weak link is bowling, under these flat pitches,with new rules it would be harsh to criticize bowlers, just like MSD said in post match presentation, Bangalore is known for high scoring games, no scores are safe, if you give flat pitches and F1 racer outfield, give them tracks like MUMBAI AND UP played where batsman and bowlers both has advantage, then we can decide which team is better, else the comparison is just waste of time

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

my last night's comment was that ausies have to pick kohli early if they want to win.

Posted by Smahuta on (October 30, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Great job india on another big chase! Makes me wonder how this team would have coped with the best chase in history which is of course SA's famous 438 against aus at the wanderers. I think they would have gotten it too!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

The indomitable spirit again scripted victory. Virat is trurly big and successor to Sachin.Both Raina and Yuvraj should practice short pitched barrage to overcome their very obvious weakness.Last ODI and series India has to win .

Posted by hayagriva on (October 30, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Kohli is now 10th among the list of most century makers in ODI...only two more current players are on par with him with 17 hundreds.. The great Jacques Kallis, and Tilakaratne Dilshan!!! And Kohli has done it in only 118 games!!!

If he can maintain his discipline, he is on the way to becoming yet another legend of this wonderful game.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 30, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

@Joe-car, don't cry too much on single drop in a match. You know Bailey, Faulkner were dropped many times. Talk about all drops and wrong umpiring decisions on both sides neutrally then you will come to know if AUS would have at least won a single match. This ODI rules are not helping spinners alot so AUS should be happy because they are not seeing real spin effect completely.

Posted by Biggus on (October 30, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Batting records don't count for much on pitches like this one.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

India would have had the series in the bag if it wasn't for Ishant's over..

Can't remember the last time India chased and lost.. I'm sure India has some sort of a record going in chasing n winning consecutively

Posted by rohan8579 on (October 30, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

India always had flat pitches (read subcontinent)....the game has evolved (especially on batsmen side, they are more aggressive than ever), and bowlers can only do what they can with these new rules...and thats why Dhoni is so vocal in media about this from day 1... even on flattest pitches batsmen needs to have skill to execute the shots like pull, hook, late cut, upper cut, cover drive, straight drive etc quite often to chase down 350 score...and at the moment Indian young guns are better at it than any other batsmen in the world...as simple as that...give the credit where its due...Indians have proved it that they are better than other teams, recently in CT, WI...so there your proof that Indian batsmen are way better at the moment...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I would like the current national teams playing a best of three ODIs with an "Indian Colts Team", to be played in England or Australia.

Here is my Colts Team:

1. Unmukt Chand, 2. Manpreet Singh, 3. Manpreet Juneja, 4.Vijay Zol , 5. Baba Aparajit, 6. Sanju Samson, 7. Smit Patel, 8. Hanuma Vihari, 9. Rush Kalaria,, 10.Jaspreet Bumrah 11. Sandeep Sharma.

Criteria for selecting the Colts team. (1) Their age should be around 20. Under no circumstances the age limit should not exceed 23. (2) Should have shown not only promise but also delivery over a reasonable period.

If a match-up with the national team is not possible, send the colts to play a series of matches in England, Australia, South Africa & New Zealand, against their local teams..

In that case we need a contingent of 15. Need suggestions for 5 more names. Would love to see Sachin as thier Manager-cum-mentor!

Posted by sweetspot on (October 30, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

It is a shame to see bowlers slowly dying out of entire series. Ridiculously tilted in favour of batsmen this game is today. Why two new balls? Just to keep spinners out? All the new batsmen are looking better than they are because of all the new rules. We can expect 300 minimum from now on. 7 economy is looking good on bowlers. Terrible. Umpiring looked pretty terrible today too. Bailey clearly LBW to Ashwin given not out, and Raina nowhere near the ball, out! Very small crimes in comparison to how bowlers are being systematically murdered.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

congrats to india... for their admirable run chase. specially given the quality of aus. attack. kohli is unbeleivble really. india very lucky to hav him. I wud rate him as the best odi batter at the moment.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

I have LOST my faith in some of my fellow commentators here who are simply bringing useless arguments about ICC rules, flat pitches etc., when they should be appreciating a MAGNIFICENT knock by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. If India had lost this match, they would be pointing their fingers at Indian bowlers. When India chase down a target, they point their fingers on flat pitches, fast outfields, ICC rules etc. GIVE ME A BREAK ! The Aussies batted on the same pitch and they made 350. Oh now wait, they did a SUPERB job to score 350. Our batters simply prospered cause of a highway of a pitch. Spare me the irony guys. We are not children here.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

When Australia made those 350 runs everybody says it was poor bowling but when India chase those run successfully the pitch become flat..................come on ya the pitch is helpful but bowling was also not up to the standard from both sides and I must say both sides batted well................

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

I completely understand people complaining about the pitch and to top it, all the new rules that make it harder for the bowlers but don't run down Indian batmen's effort here - they have done it abroad as well; in one-dayers. Remember the recent Champions Trophy?? India won every single match there, including the warm up matches. So please show respect where it's due! Bowling on these pitches is difficult and for most of our bowlers, it's quite a nightmare looking at their lack of talent, pace and accuracy...but doesn't make the batsmen any less spectacular! They still have to maintain composure; play up to their potential and believe in themselves besides all the incredible talent that they obviously possess - so once again, a word of appreciation is not too much to ask!

Posted by hayagriva on (October 30, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

There were four hundreds scored in this game... and yet the game will be remembered for Kohli!!! What a player

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

India's unbelievable record of chasing down 300+ scores against Aussies continues...

Posted by jb633 on (October 30, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Mr respect for Dhoni has just increased hugely after that interview. He has finally voiced what has been worrying so many cricket fans across the world. We all want a contest between bat and ball not cricket matches like these

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Congrats virat kohli and shikhar dhavan!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Congrats virat kohli and shikhar dhavan!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

so much for much vaunted Aussie bowling attack!! They need the help of a higher power in the Ashes.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Just a few months back, in Pakistan India series India's same team managed 227, 165 and 167. What is happening now?? Fours and sixes are raining down like monsoon and 300 is an ordinary score.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

kohli is grait fast inning

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 30, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

fabulous knock kohli !! best batsman at present . congrats! indian cricket team . indians are the best chasers in world cricket

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

plzzz icc....what you have done with rules in odi, lost all thrill of one dayers as no fielder to stop ball out side the ring....so please go back with older rules...

Posted by Fan1969 on (October 30, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Virat has played two innings similar to what Tendulkar played in 1998 against the same opponents, Australia in Sharjah.

Many fans will probably scoff at this since it coincides with GOD's retirement but believe me- WE - cricket fans- will recollect these two innings by VIRAT in a few years as probably amongst the best ever in large chases.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

This is ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL for BATTERS to CHASE 350+ all the time.Its time the ODI rules are changed before ODI cricket Looses its CHARM.people are talking about pitches,But its gonna be same everywhere,that India goes due to their weak link in Bowling.Its time to look beyond Ashwin,He is no more a mystery bowler now,Ojha is a far better than him(well not allrounder obvious).Its time to Rest Yuvi or Raina now for the last ODI at Banglore, else its gonna be a massive mistake again by MSD,to marhsal his troops. Virat/shikar cant play like this every time.However for now,go with the same time MINUS YUVI/RAINA and plus Rayudu.Ind will win. RCB Cheer for your leader!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RCB RCB RCB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TRAM on (October 30, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

With all the batting paradise etc, I should say Mishra bowled several deliveries beautifully, especially those he flighted well. Aussies had absolutely no clue. Their shots were going in sky, getting beaten very close to stumps, etc..

It is unfortunate India has a captain who does not understand what is spin bowling. Dhoni as usual went defensive immediately when Mishra gave away a few boundaries. Instead, he should have attacked more. That is how Mishra takes wickets in IPLs. Aussies are nothing team once they lose 4-5 wickets.

Dhoni should talk to L.Shiva to learn about how to attack using a traditional right arm leggie.

Posted by KingOwl on (October 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

There was a time when I loved to watch a very high scoring One day match. But those were the days when they were rare and chasing down 350 looked incredible. These days, with these useless flat tracks (especially in India), the run-fests have turned the game really boring. A rank turner is FAR BETTER than these highways that give no bowlers of any kind, any chance whatsoever.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

I don't know if I should be happy for India's batting prowess or lament about the state of their bowling

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

I think, What India needs is TEN batsmen & a bowling machine (with a clever machine operator!) That's all. India will certainly win most of the matches, with the existing young talents and the emerging new ones!

Posted by Joe-car on (October 30, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Help me out here guysz, has an Indian game ever ended without Dhawan being dropped at least once?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

wid such dead n flat pitches....they can chase 500.....lolz

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Entertaining match. Seems Batsmen can make more mockery of bowlers thanks to new rules..

Posted by mzm149 on (October 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

What's the use of such useless pitches which have nothing in them for the bowlers. They should start playing with bowling machines. India will prepare another batting heaven next time where toss will decide the outcome.

Posted by Prakmca on (October 30, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

@DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement -- Everyone cannot play at 150% strike rate. Some has to hold one end, which Rohit done today....

Posted by xylo on (October 30, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Bailey might not have booked his Ashes spot, but Clarke's ODI spot will surely and rightly come under the scanner now. And, this will be very good for Australian cricket.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

i think evry one has to mind about the dhoni's words at the presentation after the match.its more of a batsman's game more often.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

WOW ! Kohli and Dhawan - you beauties ! Awesome batting. All I can say is WELL DONE boys, well done. Superb demonstration of a tough run chase by the BEST batting line up in the world. Bangalore, here we come.

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

@INDSlider: with our mediocre bowling lineup we somehow managed to contain the Aussies in the 3rd game where we score just 300 until the Faulkner burst....Now what will you call Aus bowling lineup...cant defend more than 350+ targets that too twice....probably the worst.....the number 1 team tag stays with India but the number 1 worst bowling stays with Aus though...

Posted by runout49 on (October 30, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

If Australia has a bowling coach he should tell his left arm quicks they aren't Wasim Akram so don't bowl around the wicket... go over the wicket and put it outside off withe the appropriate field. Its a simple game.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 30, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Kohli, the wonder kid!!!!!!!!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (October 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Whoever is crying on single dropped catches in each match pls remember that if India had not dropped catches AUS wouldn't have won at least one match. And also I don't think any other country would have chased 350+ that too as easy as Indians chased. At the same time I would support the pitch which helps both batsmen and bowlers.

Posted by Brahams on (October 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Hear the Indian Capt - blame, partly on the rules for the runfest - not the tiresome 'flat pitch' conspiracies!

See where the highest run chases have come recently, except for these two recent matches, most came outside of the subcontinent!

Great match, great teams 2-2. Wow!

Posted by bbnn on (October 30, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Australia are very lucky because the Ranchi Game washout , otherwise it would have been 3-2 INDIA

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 30, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

I think that the Cricket matches in India should be organized in such way that each team has got 11 specialist batsmen. The bowlers should be replaced by a single bowling machine, operated by the umpire. That way, the responsibilities of the umpire will also be significantly reduced as there will be no wides, no-balls, dead ball n blah blah. I mean..why do we have to make bowlers suffer in India for nothing. Having said that, today's game read as 700+ runs, 4*100's, 1*50 within 100 overs of game play. A very sad day for the game of Cricket !

Posted by ScottStevo on (October 30, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Faulkner wins one, Faulkner loses one. That third last over of his was rubbish. Kholi, arrogant as hell - with that talent, so he should be! Amazing knock once again. We just don't have any answers to his aggressive stroke play when he gets on a roll and he just took everyone apart. Too good!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

after the top(shikhar)class inning...it was the time for a giant(virat) inning....

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

I am speechless, awesome performance by the Indian (batting) team. 350+ chased down twice in a series it has to be a new record, and India could have done that. Hats off to Dhawan, Rohit, Dhoni and especially to the poster and wonder boy of cricket Kohli. Now even 350 are not safe in India of course. So it will a great finale in Bangalore, and by what i have seen today India Should win. We have the strongest batting line up in the world at the moment and the worst bowling line up as well, a very unique achievement.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

@Dinesh Venkatasethuganesan - People commenting on Mishra and supporting Ashwin need to know that Mishra has got his first game while Ashwin has been listless since Australia tour in 2012..

Posted by Iceman29 on (October 30, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

So like i said win the toss and bat second..that pretty much sums up the match result...Whatever Aus can do we can do better...Raina and Yuvi failed the Johnson test again...the thing is not they are getting out but the way they are getting out, they are going into their shells when he bowls we can clearly see from their body language....its time Dhoni realises that Rain and Yuvi cant bat in Aus...its time we give chances to DK and Rayudu in the middle order...that will be a solid middle order...the bowling combination is good though...no change need as of now...

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (October 30, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

I am getting tired of these 350 Games, i really feel bad for the bowlers.

Posted by jaggernot on (October 30, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Kohli is as good as ponting in his prime,(talking abt odi's).

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (October 30, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Why did the team management DK so soon?, He is much much better than Yuvaraj in present form and his issues against short pitch bowling. Hard done I would say.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

This series has been rather exciting, despite it being an absolute graveyard for bowlers. Wish I was there!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

And Team India breaks more records again. Most awsome team in the world. Jai Hind!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Could there be any disaster more than this congratulations on winning Nagpaur ODI

Posted by thunda.masala on (October 30, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

What a stupid "what if..." comment. How can a no-ball catch turn out to be 'costly'?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

lmao, IDK if anyone has already posted this but before the game they've talked about Johnson bowling to yuvraj and raina. its funny cause they said he's the only one who's gonna give them a hard time and so look at the scoreboard

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

great played kohli .indians have shown that they are the best chasers in world cricket.congrats especially kohli.

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

great played kohli .indians have shown that they are the best chasers in world cricket.congrats especially kohli.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

People who are whining about the pitch. Well it is what it is. Its very simple you don't like it don't watch it. Why are people getting so frustrating? Just read the comments during first innings. People are bashing Indian bowling like anything. Labelling them as mediocre and during second innings comments are only about the pitch. Not a single comment regarding Aus bowling. Why so much biasness towards India. I respect haters comments. Solution is very simple if you think India doesn't offer you a good match, there is no contest and its very boring then please don't watch it. How hard is it? People are talking about switching off their TV but they have no problem in commenting 5 times on this forum.

Posted by nazish_altaf on (October 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

great played kohli .indians have shown that they are the best chasers in world cricket.congrats especially kohli.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Did u notice one more thing? Four Centuries in a single ODI!!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

its time for bashers to rise...target pitches and all other stuff forget about masterclass by Virat

Posted by Advanced_Donkeys on (October 30, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Just run fests....no interest at all....

Posted by Brahams on (October 30, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

The great Imran Khan said, according to Ian Chappel, that the only batsman who could put fear of God (or something similar) into him was Viv Richards. The bowlers everywhere are feeling the same when the see Kholi!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 30, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@ INDSlider. nice to see some honest comments from you. george bailey got his average up from 46 to 56 after this tour. That too after playing only 5 ODIs in India. I wonder what his average would be, if he had to play all his games in India.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

idk y dhoni wants to bring raina in no4..where yuvraj was doing excellent job there...not happay at all

Posted by vacas_shafik on (October 30, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

This series shoud have been Only a batting contest! play with 11 batters and use a Sngle bowling machine to throw balls. Even Umpires can operate them!

Posted by Brahams on (October 30, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Kohli is the new Viv Richards! Seriously.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

The sham Australian fielding on show yet again. Kinda awkward for a team that prides itself as "one of the best fielding units" in the world. Dropping the most easiest catches, a convenient way of dropping matches. Haddin dropping Dhawan in the 2nd match cost them that game, Bailey dropping Dhoni almost (and should've) cost them the 3rd game and now Dhawan's catch will cost them this game. The Aussies need every catch to stick to have any chance of beating this mighty Indian batting but they're in an unusually generous mood this series.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 30, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

II love this Virat Kohli kid, even as an Aussie what a player. Best young player in the world by a loooong shot. I like good young players and we havn't seen a lot of them these days...England talk up Joe Root and Bairstow, but those guys arn't like Ricky Ponting or Tendulkar or Lara, the indians are the only ones with good young batters,

Posted by Akshita29 on (October 30, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

350 is too low on these pitches . Australia if they want to win the last match they have to remove the slow batsmen like Vogues , Hughes etc and bring some more big hitters . It would be unfair to them but they are too slow for these pitches .. Kohli is absolutely unstoppable in these kind of chases ..

Posted by srinideva on (October 30, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

We all can switch off our TV and rewind the Jaipur match for the result and etc.,

Posted by Brahams on (October 30, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@Jayzuz, India can chase 350 - Not everyone!

Posted by srinideva on (October 30, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

We better have some bowling machines next time for these kind of pitches.. The context would be which team hits most sixes and fours...We don`t need any bowlers for cricket anymore.most of the fans are enjoying this jingalala cricket..thanks curator for your hard work to prepare this pitch, i mean Road..ODI cricket will die soon if it continues..

Posted by MichaelBurton on (October 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

hari singh: "india properly has the worst bowling line up in cricket. even zimbabwe would take more wickets than us. rubbish"

Posted by MichaelBurton on (October 30, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

We are the only country that offers flat highways to score bucketful of runs for our giants to keep their averages high. This should be the series that scored most runs, most 300+ scores, most 350+ scores, most centuries, what else?????

Posted by JustIPL on (October 30, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Dhoni should have come as raina might slow it down and then rate will be out of control further. Even now it is 80/20 aussies.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

yoo hoo...its india all the way.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Aussie ploy worked as they brought finch and rohit taken him for granted. Rohit became greedier and greedier and paid the price. Anyway, kohli should take over no worries.

Posted by I_amMirza on (October 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

India Looking in a mood of Big chase. It's a T20 now

Posted by srinideva on (October 30, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Is it cricket? I`m not interested to watch this match. fours and sixes in every over..pathetic pitch..

Posted by Jayzuz on (October 30, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

Rexton87, 350 is no great score on this track and ground. I'd say it is slightly above par, but pretty much impossible to defend with the outfield and pitch the way it is. Whoever bats second here was always going to win, as they have for the entire series.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (October 30, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

india chasing 360, rohit strike rate is 80, he is playing for his place

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (October 30, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Another flat pitch and no excitement in this game.

Posted by Temuzin on (October 30, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

So what all Ashwin/CSK/Dhoni bashers have to say now? Following is the reason Dhoni prefers Jadeja and Ashwin over Mishra. Look at their bowling figures. And Mishra is an awful fielder too. He is only good against Minnows like Jimbabwe and Kenya.

RA Jadeja10 0 68 2 6.80 R Ashwin 10 0 64 2 6.40 A Mishra 10 0 78 0 7.80

Posted by Rexton87 on (October 30, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

You Indians are blessed with such cracking openers. They have hunted down 350 plus only recently and now chasing this once again in style. To raise 100 in 20 overs without loosing a wicket is not an ordinary task. Your selectors have the guts to give chance to this pair in place of established stars like Sewag and Ghambir.If any team can chase such a target this team can, hats off and respect from Pakistan.

Posted by venky91 on (October 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Why no one is blaming R.Sharma. He scored 33 runs in 50 balls. Ashwin is the leading wkt taker and in all the ODI's India conceded well over 300 and ashwin's economy rate is just over 6.He has done a tremendous job.No point in blaming ashwin.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Ashwin is ajentha mendis of india, he has been decoded in 2 years, Harbhajan was better spinner than BEDI, PAESANA, CHANDER SHEKHAR, Ashwin because look at batsmans averages at their times and Harbhajan's and Kumble's period is called batsmen's golden period. Harbhajan is still better than any indian spinner right now.

Posted by JustIPL on (October 30, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

India will win this game easily from now on.

Posted by kshan1 on (October 30, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

i admit that match is getting interesting but i regret i couldn't attend match at stadium (college reasons)

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 30, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Bailey was plumb LBW to Ashwin on 84. Umpire must have blinked. Ashwin was unlucky not to end up with 3 wickets.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 30, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Off to bed. I'd say an easy Indian win here, even after 12 overs. Basically whoever bats second wins on these tracks. Australia had to get wickets early to stay in the contest. The dropped Dhawan catch pretty much cost them the game.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (October 30, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

India is going to chase this target. Kohli, Raina and Dhoni all are good batsman while chasing. It will be last over win for India

Posted by Rajeshj on (October 30, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

After all the Ashwin-bashing for bowling at an economy rate of 5.5 on flat tracks, finally there was little bashing today.. I do feel sorry for Mishra after a woeful day, but one must understand that he can flourish only on spinning pitches.. whereas Ashwin can at least tie the batsmen a bit even on flat tracks.. the problem with we Indians is that we don't appreciate the talent that we have and instead praise other country bowlers like Ajmal and Swann.. One must remember that even on a spinning track in the 2nd test in the recent SA vs. Pak match, Ajmal went wicketless for more than 50 overs..

Posted by bouncer709 on (October 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Today Dhoni used 7 players to complete 50 overs, but non of them was bowler, pathetic bowling attack in the world. Better they remove bowlers, and include few more specialist batsman, and let Kohli and Yuvi, raina, to complete 10 overs quota.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Ashwin bashers take a look at mishra's figures!! Ashwin is the best spinner India got its just aussies who are picking him right this time around. He will be back with a bang pretty soon.

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (October 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Some excellent cricket in this series from the world's top two ODI sides and this match is another cracker in prospect at this stage. If only all ODIs were this good!

Posted by dunger.bob on (October 30, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

We have to take wickets regularly to defend 350. Partnerships can't be allowed to flourish or they'll run it down on this pitch.

I think it's time to see if there is any pace in this pitch. .. If not, we'll have to use guile. At least our attack has got some natural variety so they have a chance of finding anything that might be in the deck and Bailey can rotate the bowlers in short spells to make it harder for the Indians to get a bead on anyone in particular. .. Still, looks like a nice place to bat, doesn't it.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

So boring. The Haryana mumbai Ranji match was better. Need pitches and rules that help bowlers. That makes matches better.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Yawn! Yawn! This has been the most boring series ever!!!! Both teams are vying for the title of the worst bowling unit. One tries to out do another. The captains! Oh dear feel so sorry for them. High scoring matches isnt bad but when the bowlers are in a no contest with the batters, it makes one wonder why not replace them with a bowling machine instead? Atleast that would make it a little more competitive. And whats with these new rules? Dear ICC you already have T20 for slam bam cricket, you have killed the 50 over format with such lame rules. The teams look stupid while bowling.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

I m not afraid of admitting that its just the one man has been the reason for destruction of indian bowlers

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

its not impossible as we have already chased down 359 in Jaipur. its different pitch different game, but can we expect that our batmen will chase 300+ any day. 7.02 rrr is quite a tough ask. i don't understand what has happened to our bowlers, in this series they have given 1612 runs @ 6.44rpo. dhoni has tried each and every combinations that he can use at the moment. lets hope we win this kile jaipur because we as a fan don't want the last odi to be a dead rubber more than that we have to win the series. i wish our team all the best and hope they will win.

Posted by franciscan_educated on (October 30, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

GR8 job Aus. Indian bowlers again clueless at home..... I can understand that a home team would love pitches tailored to suit their advantage, however lets look deep into the Indian side makeup. Their advantage in England was their top order and for the better part their spinners. If a team can score around 300 in pretty much every outing on home turf (known to assist spinners) then that makes their bowlers irrelevant. Full marks to the Aussies. Zero to the Indian bowlers. And pleeeeeassse ! Indian medium pacers stop using the short ball. You will get butchered. Now lets take a look at the Indian batting. Apart from the top 3 and Dhoni, the batting only looks great on paper. I think the Aussies have done their homework on the others. Indian batsmen have been known be vulnerable against the short ball and I can assure you the Aussies as well as all other teams will target this weakness every single time. I am not sure I have seen a home team struggle as much as this one.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (October 30, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

This is the worst bowling line up I have ever seen in International Cricket.Zaheer and bhajji were better than this.The worst part was no bowler could produce any threat. If this is the bowling line-up India is trying to develop for the future then forget the world cup,India cannot beat even Canada.India as a nation is Batsmen fanatic and cannot produce any decent bowlers.The most disheartening fact today was the way spinners bowled.At least India had quality spinners in the past like Kumble and Bhajji.Ashwin is only good for IPL and Mishra is only good against Zimbawe. Sir Jadeja's oversteps,Oh my god!!!Shami is not an international standard bowler either.The bowling department was never so pathetic,even in times of Agarkar. Even he would show some fight. What really hurt me today was, the way India gave it up once they started getting some thrashing from Watson and bailey.Other teams would try new things and try to get these batsmen out.But India just continued getting thrashed.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

two centuries on the card for indian team for the chasing,i will go for virat,shikhar,raina,yuvi.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

if umpire did his job properly then Bailey was plumb lbw on about 80, that blunder cost India another 70 runs. could have been chasing around 305, now has sky rocketed.

Posted by Vg008 on (October 30, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Hi Arun basker, pls note Mishra got a chance to play today only where ashwin played all matches (Pls look at his figures in all matches). Yes you may be right that Aswin is the best spinner currently in India.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

i wish bcci should step up and prepare sportive wickets if they wish to be a dominant side in the world.if they prepare wickets like this in coming days we just need to have 11 batters who can role their arms a bit,any how score will be 350+.i feel pity for amit mishra.i just feel he must be fitter and bowl at right areas.too many loose balls. shami too leaked too many runs at this level u cant relax. ashwin seems settling but he needs to bowl offbreaks more than the variations.any how we cant ignore the fact that it was excellent innings played by both watto and bailey.bailey should be in the playing eleven for the ashes.cool head always smiling i think he is gonna be the next mr.cricket for aus.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

George Bailey for Ashes. The bloke knows to put a price on his wickets. Story of success from T20 to test migration. Youngsters should learn about temperament from him

Posted by HDG1978 on (October 30, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

I am an Indian cricket fan. With Tendulkar's impending retirement, with the Golden era of Indian cricket coming to an end, I want this Indian team to get a much needed hiding in this ODI so that Dhoni and the BCCI currently ruled by a coterie that panders to a group's interest rather than that of Indian cricket fans get a lesson that they so really deserve. More humiliation is awaited in SA later in December this year. Somehow, if all this results in a change at the top in the BCCI, and a swift and much needed, though premature, end to MSD's career at the helm and in general, nothing can be more appropriate in the long-term interest of Indian cricket.

Posted by PrasPunter on (October 30, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha , real poor stuff from Voges. Hey this guy can't score freely and wonder why he is in the team. Matter of time before he gets replaced. Cam White will do better than Voges.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (October 30, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Why is that Watson always scores when the series is about to be over?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Meanwhile this man Bailey is a run machine, playing captains innings after innings. Never been a fan of any Aussie so far, but this man is a GEM. All hail George Bailey

Posted by Vishal63 on (October 30, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

Majority of the chase now rely on Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. If Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina can manage to come to the party it would be a great asset to the team. Not much expected from Ravindra Jadeja though. I feel that maybe MS Dhoni should promote himself if the situation is getting tough and the team start to lose wickets. After the openers are dispatched, one of Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni has to be at one end of the crease at all times and preferably both should not have to bat together until the end when all we need to do is finish it off.

Posted by Vg008 on (October 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

India is blessed with lot of Batsmen. Even in Ranji trophy also youngsters playing well. But we are still in a search of bowler.. We don't have any world class bowler still.Seeing Indian bowling I felt the club bowlers bowling is really well. Lack of variety's in bowling. India should do anything urgently in bowling department..

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

India will complete this target within 45 overs

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Would be nice to hear some comments from the huge set of people who wanted Mishy in for Ashwin!! The fact is Dhoni knows his players better than anyone else. Period.

Posted by danicricketlover on (October 30, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

India will easily win this Game Coz they setup the pitch according to their requirement & they were already looking to chase 300+ scores, they tried their best to restrict them to as low score as much possible but THE GAME IS IN INDIA'S HAND EVEN THEY ARE CHASING TO SOMEONE BELOW 400 ON SUCH A FLAT PICTH. Dhoni is a fighter and he always looks to use his available options & always try to make something different & mostly he succeed. Dhoni should try Youvraj for couple of overs, he can bowl a bit well.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (October 30, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

stop bickering about dhoni's captaincy. he is one of the most successful captains in the world ever. PERRIOD.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (October 30, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Good performance. Very getable if India conserve wickets. Yet another ground wherein is very difficult to defend any score. But if India lose wickets they will struggle.

I reckon Australia lost 25 runs at the end with some average batting. Voges did well to get the strike to Bailey, but he is a liability in these big scoring venues because he can't hit boundaries. He couldn't even hit that Jadeja free hit full toss for more than one run. Why send Johnson in when you have Faulkner? Crazy. His duck was all too predictable, although at least he only used up one ball. Great knock again by Bailey - the new Hussey!

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (October 30, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

351 is definitely not a daunting total on this surface, which is a batsmen's paradise. Australia have a slight advantage, but nothing more.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (October 30, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Australia vs India ODI BASEBALL Series

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Stop whining fellow Indians... Sir has taken his 100th wicket... rejoice...

Posted by Pritt32 on (October 30, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

India's bowling is a major concern. It cannot be a hidden under the carpet any longer. Australia are consistently scoring 300 runs plus. Indian cricket needs to find bowlers of the callibre of Steyn, Broad, Anderson and Gul. These are top quality pace bowlers India lack. Even India's spin bowlers are below standard. Jadeja and Ashwin are no good either. Ajmal and Swann are two of the best spin bowlers in the world. They are no class compared to these bowlers.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Bailey 156. watson 102 . Aus 351.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Sometimes Dhoni captaincy looks very stupid, why he does not show confidence in the best bowler bhuvi. At least he should be used completely in the beginning of the innings and why does he give bowling to virat, Kohli himself will not bowl if he is captain of the team.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Hayyayo. Indian Bowlers proved their mettle again which they lack big time. Someone please say to Kohli that the score is 450+ .

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Shame Bhuvi did not finish his spell.... what kind of confidence are you showing in the only consistent bowler oflate within his own limitations...

Let him get thrashed for a few, he did better with his 8 in the 49th compared to the 12,12,13 in the previous 3....

Posted by mikkkk on (October 30, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I sometimes wonder whether Indians know the difference between cricket and batting. They consistently produce these ridiculous pitches that totally remove the bowlers from the equation. It is supposed to be a contest between bat and ball. Why not remove the bowlers from the game altogether and just stick a bowling machine at one end and let the batsmen plant their feet and swing. You are murdering the game yet seem totally oblivious of the fact. If whacking the ball is all you're interested in then go and play baseball.

Posted by Criticalthinking on (October 30, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Where are the people who were asking for Mishra, 10 overs 78 runs. great performance.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

really don't understand what is wrong with the indian bowlers! Can't they restrict the opposition to less than 300?! If this is the trend, then we can be assured of exiting the WC 2015 in the first round itself... no wonder BCCI doesn't want a full tour of SA !! We'll get humiliated and whitewashed for sure! If Bailey and co. can score like Bradman against this attack, the batsmen need to prepare for 350+ totals everytime we play SA or Eng next! Who knows, even Pakistan may score 350 against us!

Posted by 12kris on (October 30, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

It is alright to win or lose. But when complacency creeps in and you under-estimate opponents, you look silly when you lose. What did Dhoni say before the series? "I don't expect 7-0". Well I will enjoy one on his greying chin for once.

Posted by Criticalthinking on (October 30, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

People who were questioning the position of R Ashwin. If those 2 wickets were not taken today score would have been around 400. Ashwin is not in his best of his form, but surely the best bowler in our current side. In almost all the matches he takes 1 or 2 wickets regularly. That is more important. Not line Bhajii without wickets for more than 2 years. Look at the best bowler Mishra :)

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Get Bhuvi to finish his spell...If you think you are not going to use him at death, at least use him at the beginning.. when he is very effective.. get those 10 overs from him

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Good to see Shami bowl some yorkers.....that will ensure you never will have a 30-run over horror..

Posted by Vivfan on (October 30, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Seeing 300+ scores are not special anymore. Seeing a batsman make a landmark of 100 is not special anymore. As much as I praise the brilliance, power, talent of Australian batsman, I'd rather see some real action and contest. Its sad to see the state of cricket these days. Please fire these Indian curators for the good of cricket

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I wont be pleased with Dhoni, if he does not get Bhuvi & Shami finish their quota of 10 overs....

they are definitely bowling better than the part timers.... and do not think will repeat the 30-run horror

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner How many times I have told you that this is a match between no. 1 and no. 2 team. A series between men where they give each other a good fight.

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 30, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

@andrew-schultz, Amla, Smith, Kohli, Ajmal, Bailey, Dhoni, Clarke, Kallis and even Dhawan are all superior ODI players to Watson. But OK... My post was half made by the time it was called a no ball, but because I've always hated Watson I decided to post it anyway :)

Bailey's a gun. Can't wait to see him at Brisbane - he's by far the best option. Leadership, temperament and a great influence on the players around him. Oh and people saying he's a flat track bully, well not only does he average 53 in Aus in ODIs with a brilliant fight-back century in Perth against the WI on a green seamer, but if he is a flat track bully expect him to prosper on the Gabba which has been a batting paradise in tests for a long time now.

Oh and the non paid LBW decision to Bailey off Ashwin was absolutely plumb. See what happens Ashwin when you ball with less variations - the umpires turn against you! Middle of middle stump!

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Give the ball to Bhuvi now.... its time he gets some experience to bowl in the power play... he wont do any worse, as every one is getting hammered any way...

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

great shot by Maxwell to counter Ashwin's negative line

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

There is one ball that invariably works irrespective of the conditions, pitch, outfield, bastman, fielders, dew, rain.....and it is called YORKER...

Well a good length delivery at stumps works as well.... like the one that got Watson

Posted by fr600 on (October 30, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

...and Australia wins the series today.

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Some very nice posting and predictions right at the start of the game --

Avasarala: "Indian team is like a hero in bollywood movies of 80s and 90s. They would get banged initially and hit back hard in the end winning the battle !!"

Gareth: "Aussies just need to bat smart here. Keep wickets in hand, and slog the spinners when the field is up. Two down after 15-20 overs should allow them to make their push later

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Logged on a tad late to cricinfo... time to go back and read the ball-by-ball commentary...

Try explaining it when you are already watching the match Live

Posted by JustIPL on (October 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Long boundaries have made look indian bowlers good in the opening overs. The pitch is flat and good for batting. Buvi & Shavi have been their usual selves with shami crumbling. India can chase anything but long boundaries and more spinners will keep indian fielders busy as ball will not clear the rope very often.This might get fatigue factor in play while india bat. However, in the first 25 overs indian bowlers are getting hit easily. Finch took ashwin lightly keeping in view his recent form but was unfortunate. Lets see Bhuvi in death overs today. If aussies cross 300 despite long boundaries then indians will be under psychological pressure.

Posted by andrew-schulz on (October 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

So, Mitty 2, you've never seen a batsman have a bit of luck on the way to a big score before? Tactically, it was important to get on top of the Indian spinners, and it's been a brilliant attack. You are talking about the best short version cricketer in the world, and if you think he shouldn't be in Austealia's side in any form of the game, there is no hope for you. You've probably got some reason why his 143 in he final match in England which won Australia that series wasn't any good. Why don't you just sit back and enjoy a magnificent display of hitting in spin-friendly conditions. (Which does entail a fair amount of risk.)

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Indian bowlers trying to test AUS batsmen with a barrage of SHORT balls...... only difference is they are a tad short on pace :)

come on guys, you do not have to bowl a short one every over

Posted by jb633 on (October 30, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Absolute highway yet again with no contest between bat and ball. These tracks are killing the art of bowling, and I want Aus to win before people say I am biased.

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Dhoni should get couple of overs from Shami or Bhuvi at this time... Just like how Jaheer use to bowl (or Srinath before him)... they will need to learn the knack of bowling when batsmen are going after the bowlers....

now Mishra returning to his old folly of bowling short

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

One must definitely appreciate the way AUS batsmen were careful in the beginning and having a good look at the pitch and bowlers.. now cutting loose.. and making the most....

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Kohli... again.... May be he will be third time lucky.... but really no need with 5 specialist bowlers... or so they/some think

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Mishra having bowled three quiet overs with good control, showing his old straits of straying short and erring in line as well as soon as the batsmen look to go after him....

he should a leaf out of Kumble's bowling... He used to sense a wicket or two as soon as the batsmen try to out of him, you can see more determination in his eyes than before.......not the helpless look from the modern great spinners...

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Finally I think India got the bowling combination right for Home conditions... still would like to see a pace bowling alrounder in place of ashwin/jadeja

Posted by Vivfan on (October 30, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

This was supposed to be the "perfect Ind XI" Shami in for Ishant, Mishra, B. Kumar for Vinay but still India getting hammered in their own back yard. Come on Aus boys, if the rain had not come in, Aus would've won 6-1.

Posted by bhushanB on (October 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Okay, up at midnight to watch the master steer Mumbai to a win... a quick three hour sleep and now the must-win ODI after two washouts...

Took leave from work tomorrow...

Posted by Pindia on (October 30, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Mishra is the best Indian spinner period. It can only be due to politics that he is not a regular. He can bat a bit too.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Yes will be good voice in flat pitch and Midhra can change the game tempo.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Australia has done unexpectedly well in this series, this could be another great contest, india need to sort out their death bowling issues, despite the changes they still dont have death bowler. Wondering where Zaheer is!! But i would say india still have an upper hand playing at home with batsmen in blue in great form.

Posted by Mitty2 on (October 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Words cannot describe how bad that shot is from watson, when he's going alright when everyone else is struggling, when the last few overs the run rate had been fine, and when the pitch is obviously not as easy to play on, for him to play that shot is testament to his ability. When the pressure's on... He'll fail 10 times out of 10. He's lucky that was a no ball, and he was lucky that in his last test he was facing a spud bowling line up in a dead rubber to score a meaningless century that will keep him in the test team. He'll probably score a century now, but that doesn't change the stupidity of that shot. Likewise with Finch - even worse that it was on Ashwin's first ball. But the difference is, watson is experienced and has made that mistake a thousand times and will never learn, you can expect Finch to actually learn with his inexperience.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (October 30, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

As usual scoring easy runs on a flat deck. India are overrated.

Posted by Kulaputra on (October 30, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Got to feel sorry for Vinay

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

The problem is that India don't have a genuine fast-bowling all rounder. Also Raina and Yuvraj have been in poor nick - so maybe a right hander like Rahane/Raydu/Dinesh Karthik should have been given a chance.

Jadeja is not that consistent at 7.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

India win

Posted by pmbasu on (October 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Dhoni's luck with toss is remarkable! Amit Mishra should have been given a chance long before.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

a new Zealand cricket supporter -supports two teams. 1. New Zealand. 2. any team playing against Australia. so go India.!! nz is right behind you. we are receiving coverage here via sky. loving it.

Posted by Haleos on (October 30, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Bhuvi was rested after playing 2 ODIs on the trot. Wow.....Dhoni seems to be loosing it now along with his black hair.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Virat show some magic!!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

India making changes hope its not panic.

Posted by 777aditya on (October 30, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

This team selection makes sense as our strength lies in spin bowling and Mishra's leg spin surely deserves more chances. Got to feel bad for Undakat, though, he needn't lose heart. If he remains consistent, more chances will come his way. He needs to build more muscle to add pace. His action is decent for a left arm medium pacer. Interesting match in store today, pata pitch as usual, both Finch, Bailey, Voges, Watson, etc all play spinners pretty well, and India chasing. Virat Kohli has another chance of scoring a century in his favorite format!

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