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Aus vs Ind 2nd ODI: Kohli, 'finisher' Dhoni star in India's thrilling win

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: January 15, 2019 | Updated on: January 15, 2019

Score after 49.2 overs, India 299-4, Dhoni 55*, Karthik 25*; Behrendorff 1/52, Stoinis 1/46, Maxwell 1/16.

Kohli scored his 49th ODI fifty. (Photo: AP)

Kohli scored his 49th ODI fifty. (Photo: AP)

Adelaide: A fine century by Virat Kohli (104) and finishing touches by MS Dhoni along with Dinesh Karthik guided India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second ODI here on Tuesday.

The series is level 1-1 with the decider to be played in Melbourne on Friday.

Earlier, the Men in Blue got off to a strong start, but Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for 32 runs just before the team touched the 50-run mark.

Rohit Sharma too played confidently, but was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis for 43 runs.

In fact, Kohli and Dhoni put up an 82-run stand before the skipper departed.

India 242-4 after 43.4 overs

WICKET! A huge moment in India's run-chase as Virat Kohli departs for 104. Jhye Richardson strikes for the hosts.

India 230-3 after 42.1 overs

100! Virat Kohli reaches ODI century No 39!

India 160-3 after 30.4 overs

WICKET! Glenn Maxwell strikes as Marcus Stoinis takes a catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Ambati Rayudu for 24 runs.

India 157-2 after 30.1 overs

FIFTY! Virat Kohli gets to his 49th ODI fifty, what a comeback after that disappointing show in Sydney a few days back!

India 101-2 after 17.5 overs

WICKET! Rohit Sharma was looking in fine touch, but Marcus Stoinis spoils his party by dismissing him for 43.

India 47-1 after 7.4 overs

WICKET! Good start by Dhawan, but Behrendorff strikes to remove him for 32 runs courtesy a catch by Khawaj

Australia innings

Australia posted a total of 298-9 thanks to Shaun Marsh's knock of 131 with wickets collapsing right at the end.

Glenn Maxwell fell short of his half-century as he was dismissed for 48 runs by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Bhuvneshwar finished with a spell of 4/45, whereas Mohammed Shami had figures of 3/58.

Australia 286-9 after 49.1 overs

WICKET! Bhuvneshwar sees off Siddle for a duck, Aussies 9 down

Australia 286-8 after 49 overs

WICKET! Shami gets the wicket of Jhye Richardson as Dhawan completes the catch at deep point

Australia 283-7 after 47.5 overs

WICKET! Shaun Marsh departs after a fine knock of 131 as Bhuvneshwar finishes the over with two wickets

Australia 283-6 after 47.3 overs

WICKET! Maxwell departs for 48 runs as Dinesh Karthik takes a comfortable catch at deep long off with Bhuvneshwar getting the wicket

Australia 213-5 after 40.4 overs

CENTURY! Shaun Marsh scores his seventh ODI ton. Will he stay till the end of innings?

Australia 189-5 after 36.4 overs

WICKET! Shami removes Stoinis as he is caught behind by Dhoni.

Australia 134-4 after 27.2 overs

WICKET! Peter Handscomb is stumped by MS Dhoni as Jadeja sees him off for 20 runs

Australia 82-3 after 18.3 overs

WICKET! Jadeja does no mistake in running out Usman Khawaja for 21 runs.

Australia 26-2 after 7.4 overs

WICKET! A bouncer from Mohammed Shami as Dhawan completes the catch to dismiss Alex Carey.

Australia 20-1 after 7 overs

BOWLED 'EM! A fullish delivery by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the bails fly off to dismiss Aaron Finch.

Toss update

Australia have won the toss and opted to bat. The hosts remain unchanged.


Virat Kohli-led India will look to bounce back when they take on Australia in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval here on Tuesday.

Despite Rohit Sharma fighting hard with a knock of 133 in the first match at Sydney, the Men in Blue went down to hosts by 34 runs with Aaron Finch and co taking a 1-0 lead.

India's batting order did come under the spotlight at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The top three (Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli) have enjoyed a fairly consistent run since 2016.

But it was a rare occasion when Dhoni had to come out in the fourth over of the innings. Dhoni averages 52.95 while batting at number four, which is higher than his current career-average of 50.11 over 333 games.

It is even higher than his favoured batting positions of number five (50.70) and six (46.33) but batting lower down the order, strike-rate becomes paramount. Yet, Dhoni's career strike-rate at number four is 94.21 is higher than his overall career strike-rate of 87.60, or at number five (86.08) and number six (83.23).

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya's sudden suspension on disciplinary grounds has badly affected the balance of the batting order, which was apparent during team's defeat in the opening match despite vice-captain Rohit Sharma's 22nd hundred in 50-over format.



India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar.

Australia: Aron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

Where to watch the matches live?

Live telecast: The matches can be seen live on Sony Six (English commentary) and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi commentary).

Live streaming: It can also be streamed live on Sony LIV, the digital platform on the internet.

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