For the hitters on both sides, the 2013 series between Australia and India was a cause for joy. Played on some of India’s most serene pitches, the teams displayed outstanding strokeplay and massive sixes to the crows.
Australia shocked the hosts by 72 runs in the first One-Day International before the Indians leveled the series in Jaipur with a 360-run chase. Australia took a 2-1 lead in the series after a last-over miracle at Mohali thanks to late-game heroics from James Faulkner.
It was the second ODI of a seven-match series against Australia in Jaipur when India was set an improbable target of 360. Following their loss in the opening encounter, the Men in Blue were starring down the barrel of a 0-2 deficit when the batsmen took matters into their own hands.
An incredible opening partnership saw Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan propel India to 176/0 in 26 overs. Australia finally broke through, removing Dhawan for 95 to make way for Virat Kohli’s entry. Carnage of the highest order followed as the champion batter smashed a century off 52 deliveries with eight fours and an incredible seven maximums. On the other side, Rohit played second-fiddle, notching up a sublime century off 102 deliveries and eventually finished on 141 from 123 balls.
The pair stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 186 from 104 deliveries to motor India to a nine-wicket victory in a mere 43.3 overs. Here is a video of the game that saw India chase 360 and level the series at one apiece.
The 360 runs is still the team’s greatest successful run chase in the 50-over format, while Virat Kohli’s 52-ball century is still the fastest century by an Indian batsman in an ODI.
In one-day internationals, the pair has been incredibly successful against the Australians, averaging over 50 with a strike rate in the nineties and amassing 16 centuries between them.