Kohli and Dhawan delight in Nagpur demolition

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Centurions Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan basked in a very successful pursuit, as India beat Australia by six wickets in Wednesday's sixth ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

Centurions Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan basked in a very successful pursuit, as India beat Australia by six wickets in Wednesday's sixth ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

The Australians posted a formidable total of 350 for six on the back of all-rounder Shane Watson's 102 and captain George Bailey's 156. The tally, however, was not enough – as Kohli's 115 and Dhawan's 100 ensured triumph with three deliveries to spare.

"It was nice to win. Shikhar ave us a good start. I got going with couple of drives and the slog sweep. I told Shikhar to play through and I would attack as he was suffering with cramps. I always like to analyse when a target is given," said Kohli.

The hard-hitting Dhawan shared a prolific 178-run alliance inside 30 overs alongside fellow opener Rohit Sharma, who scored 79 before falling to part-time bowler Aaron Finch. Dhawan's knock featured 11 boundaries and afforded Kohli an outstanding foundation.

The right-handed Kohli was named Man of the Match – thanks to a superb vigil that spanned a mere 66 deliveries, lined with all of 18 boundaries and a solitary six. The seventh and final ODI will get underway at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

"We batted really well. It was a big target. But the wicket was good and we kept rotating the strike. The plan was to keep playing our shots and do our job. I should have stayed and finished the match for my team. It was a really bad shot selection on my part when I got out. Hopefully I will be able to do it next time," concluded Dhawan.

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