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Dhawan along with Kohli and Rohit have set the tone to increase India's totals

A day before the second ODI at Bay Oval, Trent Boult was asked whether India are too dependent on their top trio of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

"If we can get (these) three wickets in the first 10 overs, we know, what is the pressure that brings to the rest of your team in the shed," he replied. That was the closest to an affirmative answer, which you can get on this question. Generally, it solves a diplomatic answer, which is the ability of India, the Mediterranean, and how they can be dangerous on their day'.

It's not really a secret, the trio is arguably the best performance of the top order in ODI cricket at the moment. Time and again, the Indian skipper has shown how it is the duty of each innings, on the top trio to bat as deep as possible: get the quick start in the first powerplay, settle down for a long innings, and then create a base for the latter batsmen cut loose. "It is our task to create the momentum for the team, which could then benefit the rest of the batting," said Dhawan, before the second ODI at Bay Oval.

In Melbourne for the Australia ODIs, Dhawan, his opening defined partnership with Rohit as "automatic". There is a clear understanding of what you want to do - Dhawan-attacks in the first ten overs, Rohit anchored, and then the situation takes over. "I need to times slow you down some," explains Dhawan, with his usual toothy smile. "But if I'm in the groove, I continue to attack."

On Saturday then, this plan worked again as a duo, they put on their 14th century stand in ODIs. Only there was one crucial difference. Rohit was the attack to the bowling early of the 20th over, he had carted three sixes and a change behind Dhawan left. In fact, it was the first time in its 150-plus stands in ODIs that Rohit had against Dhawan. Normally it is Vice versa.

"We didn't know how the pitch would behave. The last time Sri Lanka and new Zealand have played, it's a high-scoring game. If we 324, we thought it was a par score, and not a great score," said Rohit, after India won by runs of 90. In the end, this score will have to prove enough. Exactly, it was not quite what the Indian think-tank was aiming for.

This was.a small Problem is that the Indian batting line-up shows an increasing sharpness of address in the age of 350-plus scores, which have triggered of England, the bar

In spite of the form-top fires by a in-order India tend to fall short in the middle-overs of consolidation and often 20-30 lighter runs by an intimidating score. Kohli posted this fact before you began to lead the 13-ODI before the world Cup in Australia.

"The extra 25-30 runs, question a lot. We have the question of the middle overs and from 25-40 overs, we have tried our batting style," had addressed, he said in Sydney. It didn't quite work out today.

On Saturday afternoon at the Bay Oval, when Rohit and Dhawan brought up 150 in over 25, India were primed for a 350-plus total. Even if the latter was dismissed, then you were eyeing 350. It is normal for the run-rate to skip a beat or two, if there is a breakthrough.

The understanding between India's top trio is not fine-tuned to such a degree that come the proverbial slow-down. In the fall of Dhawan wicket, India's run rate is a healthy 6.11 in the 26 over. When Rohit got out soon after in the 30 over, dipped a bit, 5.87. But Kohli and Ambati Rayudu ensured that India is ready for a final attack.

If the skipper got out, as the over 40 began in India, scoring is on again at 6.03/.

"I made a conscious effort after the second drinks break, take some risks. (But) as soon As I get myself out, the new batsman had to take the time to. We want to score those runs 15-20 extra. We will consider (it) with the World Cup in the vicinity," said Kohli later.

This was on par to India plan 2.0.

With Kohli at the other end, Rayudu struck with the freedom to unseen in the three ODIs he has played before. Hard and picking the odd boundary, he caressed his way to 31 from 27 balls in Kohli's company.

It was after this wicket, however, to dive to the run-rate began. Rayudu managed only 16 of the next 22 balls with a single boundary. During her 39-ball partnership, MS Dhoni and Rayudu hit only two fours. At one point, midway through the 42nd over to Rayudu dismissal in the 46th, there were no boundaries hit for 24 balls. The 350-plus overall, today was a dream.

The cut of Dhoni (48* off (off), 33 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (22* off 10 balls), it managed to push the score beyond 320. These additional runs, spoken by the skipper that never came. The acceleration did not happen quite as consistently as India, with the aim of.

But the positive could be that India may be more options in the coming games, where you can situation this acceleration. The mix of the likes of Kedar Jadhav, and the comeback-man Hardik Pandya are options. Alternatively, you can even opt for Dinesh Karthik at some point.

India have traditionally been confident and steadfast, to approach with their batting, but they have now identified an area of importance, in order to get level up in the world Cup. The sound has been sent, loud and clear, and not surprisingly, the initiative has taken the ranking to the top again. The burden of proof is on the medium to be up to pace now.

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