NEW DELHI: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought up his 5th ODI ton as he led the Indian charge to help his team score a mammoth total of 354/7 against Australia in the second ODI at Nagpur.
Earlier Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to field first. The Australians got Sachin Tendulkar out quickly but Virender Sehwag was in his elements and took the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners early on.
Sehwag though would leave after scoring 40 off 31 balls with the Indian score at 67. Yuvraj Singh who was making a comeback after injury looked good for his 23 but didnot last long. This brought together Gautam Gambhir (76) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who then shared an almost run a ball century stand to give the Indian innings the platform to go for the big hits late in the innings.
After Gambhir's fall, Suresh Raina and Dhoni kept the momentum going, scoring heavily in the batting powerplay.
Dhoni brought up his century with a towering six off Shane Watson and followed that with another. Nothing seemed to go right for the Aussies as skipper Ricky Ponting dropped one of Dhoni's skiers.
Suresh Raina (62) too hit some lofty shots to increase the agony of the Aussie bowlers. Both Dhoni and Raina departed in the last over of the innings but not before guiding India to its highest ODI score against Australia.