MS Dhoni’s heroics help India level ODI series against Australia

India produced a splendid effort with the bat to beat Australia in the second game of the one-day series played at Adelaide. Indian Captain Virat Kohli led from the front and notched up his 39th ton in limited-overs cricket. Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni produced a brisk innings and remained unbeaten till the end to see India chase down a score of 298 posted by Australia.

In pursuit of 299 runs, Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got the side off to a great start and put on 47 runs in the space of seven overs. Dhawan failed to capitalize on a good start and perished after scoring 32 off 28 balls with the help of five boundaries. Rohit Sharma took a cautious approach in the early part of his innings. He played well once again and scored 43 off 52 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli came to the crease and added 54 runs with Rohit Sharma to put India back on track in the chase. Once Sharma was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis, Ambati Rayudu also chipped in with crucial runs and added 59 runs with Kohli to see India comfortably placed in the game after 30 overs.

Rayudu played an indifferent innings and was dismissed by off-spinner Glenn Maxwell to see India lose their third wicket. With the asking rate to well over 7 runs an over, Kohli shifted gears to produce a flurry of boundaries.

Australian bowlers failed to contain Kohli as he scored a brisk rate. He was immediately dismissed after scoring his 39th ton in one-day internationals. Jhye Richardson once again was the bowler who dismissed Kohli to see India needing another 57 runs off 38 balls to win the game.

MS Dhoni looked pro-active at the crease and put on a unbeaten 57-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik to see India complete the chase in the final over of the innings. Dhoni scored unbeaten 55 runs off 54 balls with the help of two sixes. Befittingly, Dhoni struck the winning runs to see India level the three-match one-day series.

Virat Kohli produced a splendid century to help India beat Australia by 6 wickets in Adelaide

Earlier, Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket perfect for batting. Finch was the first to depart as Bhuvneshwar Kumar cleaned up him with an incoming delivery. Alex Carey was also dismissed as Mohammad Shami bowled a quick bouncer to see Shikhar Dhawan take a clean catch.

Debutant pace bowler Mohammad Siraj leaked a lot of runs in his opening spell as Usman Khuwaja and Shaun Marsh came together to rebuild the innings. Shaun Marsh looked in splendid form and picked up boundaries at regular intervals. He brought up his half-century off 61 balls and kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely. He was well supported by the likes of Usman Khuwaja, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis.

Shaun Marsh notched up his seventh ton in limited-overs cricket. He scored 131 runs off 123 balls with the help of 11 fours and 3 sixes. Glenn Maxwell also produced a brisk knock of 48 runs off 37 balls to help Australia post 298 runs from their 50 overs.

For India, pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar pegged things back for India in the last five over of the innings. He picked up four wickets and conceded less than five runs an over from full quota o overs. Mohammad Shami also chipped in with crucial wickets for India in this game.

The third and final game of the one-day series will be played on Friday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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