Bailey outgunned by 'awesome' Rohit and Kohli

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Skipper George Bailey conceded Australia were floored by centurions Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli's "awesome batting", after India won Wednesday's second ODI at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur by nine wickets.

Skipper George Bailey conceded Australia were floored by centurions Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli's "awesome batting", after India won Wednesday's second ODI at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur by nine wickets.

The Australians had romped to a huge total of 359 for five on the back of quickfire half-centuries from Bailey, openers Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch and all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson.

The home side, however, cherished a triumphant reply – thanks largely to 141 not out from Rohit, an unbeaten 100 from Kolhi and a complementary 95 from the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan. Sharma was consequently named Man of the Match, while Kohli appreciated the fastest ODI ton by an Indian off a mere 52 deliveries.

"I don't know, I am not sure what to feel at the moment. Obviously, it was some awesome batting. They did it pretty comfortably in the end. Everything we tried the ball seemed to go further and harder. There are always things you can do differently, but there are no second chances," said Bailey.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted India put in a stronger bowling performance in the third ODI, which will get underway at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Seamer Vinay Kumar was the pick of an otherwise inadequate attack, clinching figures of two for 73 in nine overs.

"Bowling, we need to improve. The reason is that if you attempt a yorker and it becomes a low full toss, it's fine, but if it becomes a waist-high full toss, then the margin is too much. It's one area we are looking to improve," concluded Dhoni.

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