India powerless to stop second record chase

Australia completed a record run chase for the second time in three days to go 2-0 ahead in their one-day international series against India.

India had seen Australia track down 310 in the series opener at Perth – a record for the WACA Ground – and they were similarly powerless as the hosts broke the record chase in Brisbane today.

George Bailey was again the key to Australia’s pursuit, completed with six balls and seven wickets in hand, as the in-form right-hander hit an unbeaten 76 from 58 balls to go with his century on the west coast.

In-form right-hander George Bailey steered Australia to their second successive record chase against India

Rohit Sharma also backed up his WACA Ground ton, crashing 124 from the top of the order, as the tone was set for a contest that was eerily similar to what played out in the first game.

India posted just one run less than they managed in Perth, with Ajinkya Rahane’s 89 the other major contribution to 308 for eight, before Australia again peeled off the pursuit with a minimum of fuss.

Openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh laid the foundations in a 145-run stand before Bailey expertly steered Australia home alongside Glenn Maxwell.

Australia can wrap up the five-game series in Melbourne on Sunday.

Source: ECB

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