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India hope to keep momentum going against deflated Australia

PTI  Mohali, October 18, 2013
First Published: 13:25 IST(18/10/2013) | Last Updated: 13:28 IST(18/10/2013)

On a high after a sensational performance in Jaipur, a supremely confident India will look to keep the momentum going with another dominating display when they they take on a shell-shocked Australian team in the third cricket ODI here tomorrow.

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Having made a mockery of the second highest run-chase in the history of limited overs cricket, the Indian team would not like to settle for anything less than an overwhelming win at the PCA Stadium tomorrow.

As for George Bailey and his bunch of committed warriors, the quicker they get over the disappointment of that defeat, better it will be as this Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stewardship can decisively seize the momentum from the visitors.

To chase a target of 360 inside 44 overs requires a Herculean effort, and the trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have now proved that no target in the world is safe when they come out all guns blazing at the opposition.

Three immensely talented batsmen have completely different areas of strength but what binds the troika together is their ability to give it back to the opposition as good as they get.

Dhawan's 95 in Jaipur was all about brute power and taking the opponents by the scruff of their neck. Rohit's 141 had the silken grace that has always been associated with this wristy Mumbaikar.

Kohli's innings was all intimidation as he showed that why he is turning out to be one of the premier batsmen in limited overs format.

His 52-ball-100 had everything. Skill, power and artistry, all of which goes into the making of a brilliant cricketer.

As rival skipper Bailey had aptly pointed out at the post-match press conference in Jaipur, the Indian batting's top seven is wonderful to have in ODI format.

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