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Australia vs India, 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni lead India to a thrilling win

Pavan Suresh
340   //    15 Jan 2019, 23:30 IST

Virat Kohli's brilliant 39th ODI century
Virat Kohli's brilliant 39th ODI century

India beat Australia by six wickets in the 2nd ODI at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss again and decided to bat first. Thanks to a brilliant century from Shaun Marsh, Australia posted a competitive total of 298. Chasing the target, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni helped Team India chase down the target with four balls to spare.

Aaron Finch and Alex Carey got off to a cautious start adding 20 runs for the first wicket. India got the breakthrough as Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Aaron Finch for six runs. Mohammed Shami then got the wicket of Alex Carey for 18 runs to put Australia under pressure at 26 for 2. At the end of 10 overs, Australia were 38 for 2.

After the power play overs, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh continued to milk Indian bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant run out to dismiss Khawaja. Marsh continued his brilliant form and reached his half-century in 62 balls. Marsh and Peter Handscomb put on 52 runs for the fourth wicket. Jadeja made a vital breakthrough as he dismissed Peter Handscomb for 20 runs.

Marsh played with positive intent and took on the Indian bowlers. Marsh and Marcus Stoinis added 55 runs for the fifth wicket. Shami then dismissed Stoinis for 29 runs. Glenn Maxwell came to crease and put the Indian bowlers under pressure. Marsh reached his seventh ODI century off 108 balls.

It was an amazing batting display by both Marsh and Maxwell. After the wicket of Maxwell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami took four quick wickets to restrict the run flow. Marsh was dismissed for 131 off 123 balls as Australia posted 298/9.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got the team off to a flying start but Dhawan was dismissed for 32. Virat Kohli looked positive right from word go while Rohit Sharma made the batting look easy. At the end of 10 overs, India were 53 for 1. After the power play overs, Kohli and Rohit played with positive intent and put pressure on Australian bowlers. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis for 43.

Kohli reached his half-century off 66 balls. Ambati Rayudu was dismissed for 24 and Dhoni walked in to bat. The duo put together a valuable partnership. Kohli reached his 39th ODI century off 108 balls. After reaching his century, Virat Kohli was dismissed for 104 runs.

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli added 82 runs for the 4th wicket. Karthik joined Dhoni and the duo took the attack to Australian bowlers. With seven runs required off six balls, MS Dhoni smashed a six to level scorer and then eked out a single in the next ball to helped Team India win the match by six wickets with four balls to spare. Dinesh Karthik remained not out on 25 while MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls.

Brief scores: India 299 for 4 in 49.2 overs (Virat Kohli 104, MS Dhoni 55*, Rohit Sharma 43, Marcus Stoinis 1/46, Richardson 1/59) beat Australia 298 for 9 in 50 overs (Shaun Marsh 131, Glenn Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/45, Mohammad Shami 3/58) by 6 wickets.