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Dhoni, Kohli steer India to second ODI win over Australia

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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ADELAIDE Australia (AFP) — Veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered India to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the second o ne- d ay i nternational to level the series in Adelaide yesterday.

Former skipper Dhoni, playing in his 334th ODI, cooly guided India across the line with four balls to spare to back up a dazzling century from captain Virat Kohli.

India successfully chased down a target of 299 runs set by Australia who scored 298 for nine, with Shaun Marsh scoring 131 off 123 balls.

The three-match series now goes to a decider in Melbourne on Friday after Australia won the opening game in Sydney by 34 runs.

When Kohli holed out to Glenn Maxwell at deep midwicket to end his stellar knock of 104 off 112 balls, it was 37-year-old Dhoni who took charge to pilot his side home with support from Karthik with an unbeaten 25.

Dhoni was physically struggling in the hot conditions and needed treatment from the team physio to finish his match-winning knock and keep India alive in the series.

India lost four wickets in their chase after Australia's total.

Shikhar Dhawan hit out before he was snapped up by Usman Khawaja at midwicket off Jason Behrendorff for 32 from 28 balls, in the eighth over.

India were sailing along before Sydney centurion Rohit Sharma, on 43, top-edged Marcus Stoinis to deep forward square where Peter Handscomb, looking into the setting sun, took a safe catch to break up a dangerous 54-run partnership with Kohli.

Ambati Rayudu was the third wicket to fall, caught at deep midwicket by Stonis off Maxwell for 24.

Kohli was annoyed to get out with the job unfinished and six overs left, but Dhoni used his vast experience to get his team safely home.

Marsh hammered 11 fours and three sixes, claiming his seventh ODI century and second against India as Australia made the tourists sweat in the field in temperatures hovering around 40 Celsius (104F).

India could have been chasing an even higher total if not for the last three overs from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

They took a combined four for 17 in the last 18 balls, with Kumar claiming the big wickets of Marsh and Glenn Maxwell.

Maxwell had kicked along Australia's scoring rate with a typically rumbustious knock of 48 off 37 balls coming into bat at number7.

Finch earlier struggled for runs before he was bowled by Kumar off an inside edge for six in the seventh over and Usman Khawaja put on 56 runs for the third wicket with Marsh before he was brilliantly run out by Ravindra Jadeja with a direct throw from cover point for 21.

Handscomb threw away his wicket when he rashly tried to sweep Jadeja, but was well beaten and smartly stumped by Dhoni on 20.

Stoinis was caught behind off a short ball from Shami for 29, and Maxwell produced a lively cameo with Marsh before he was caught at long-off by Karthik.

Marsh followed in similar fashion two balls later when he lofted Kumar to Jadeja at long-off.

The wickets kept tumbling late in the innings, with Jhye Richardson caught at deep point by Dhawan off Shami for two and Peter Siddle out for a first-ball duck caught by Kohli at deep backward point off Kumar.

The Australians lost four wickets for three off 11 balls before Nathan Lyon blasted a six off the final ball.

Kumar finished with four for 45 and Shami three for 58.

Scoreboard
Australia
A Carey c Dhawan b Shami 18
A Finch b Kumar 6
U Khawaja run out (Jadeja) 21
S Marsh c Jadeja b Kumar 131
P Handscomb st Dhoni b Jadeja 20
M Stoinis c Dhoni b Shami 29
G Maxwell c Karthik b Kumar 48
J Richardson c Dhawan b Shami 2
N Lyon not out 12
P Siddle c Kohli b Kumar 0
J Behrendorff not out 1
Extras (lb4, w6) 10
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 298
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Finch), 2-26 (Carey),
3-82 (Khawaja), 4-134 (Handscomb), 5-189
(Stoinis), 6-283 (Maxwell), 7-283 (Marsh),
8-286 (Richardson), 9-286 (Siddle)
Bowling: Kumar 10-0-45-4 (2w), Shami 10-0-
58-3, Siraj 10-0-76-0 (3w), Kuldeep 10-0-66-0,
Jadeja 10-1-49-1 (1w)
India
R Sharma c Handscomb b Stoinis 43
S Dhawan c Khawaja b Behrendorff 32
V Kohli c Maxwell b Richardson 104
A Rayudu c Stoinis b Maxwell 24
MS Dhoni not out 55
D Karthik not out 25
Extras (lb9, w7) 16
Total (4 wickets; 49.2 overs) 299
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Dhawan), 2-101
(Sharma), 3-160 (Rayudu), 4-242 (Kohli)
Did not bat: R Jadeja, K Yadav, B Kumar, M
Shami, M Siraj
Bowling: Behrendorff 8.2-1-52-1, Richardson
10-0-59-1 (2w), Siddle 8-0-58-0 (3w), Lyon
10-0-59-0 (1w), Stoinis 9-0-46-1, Maxwell
4-0-16-1
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Series: 1-1
Toss: Australia
Umpires: Sam Nogajski (AUS), Richard
Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)


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