India defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the second One-Day International played at the Adelaide Oval and leveled the 3-match ODI series with 1-1. It was an outstanding performance by the Indian team outclassing Australia in all the three departments of the game. Virat Kohli, the captain led from the front and scored a century to keep India in the run chase. MS Dhoni was there, in the end, to finish the match and help the team to chase the target along with a little cameo from Dinesh Karthik.
Shaun Marsh’s century goes in vain
Batting first Australia posted 298 for nine on the board. They could have easily crossed the 300 mark but thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s exceptional bowling at the end. He picked up the two crucial wickets of Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell in the same over and restricted Australia to 298. Australia lost wickets in quick succession in the death overs and hence, they couldn’t reach 300. Marsh scored a brilliant century carrying on his prolific form from Sydney where he missed to score a hundred. He got out by going for a big one and gave a simple catch to Ravindra Jadeja. Maxwell played a good knock of 48 off just 37 balls. The Australian openers failed yet again as Aaron Finch, the skipper was once again clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Alex Carey couldn’t score big too and was dismissed on 18 by Shami.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up four wickets and gave just 45 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were expensive giving 76 and 66 runs in their 10 overs respectively. Shami bowled fine as he picked up 3 wickets and the fielding of the team was looking better than from the Sydney ODI.
Dhoni back as the finisher
It is great news for the Indian fans as MSD is back as a finisher. Dhoni is popular for his finishing style around the world and in the past few matches, he has been unable to finish the game but he did it this time. After Kohli got out, Dhoni took the responsibility and played a magnificent inning of 55 runs and finished the match. Kohli, the run machine scored his 39th ODI hundred and once again was the reason behind India’s another successful run-chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both played fine innings of 43 and 32 respectively but couldn’t convert it into a big one. Dinesh Karthik played a good little cameo of 25 along with MSD to guide the team through victory.
The third ODI in Melbourne will be the decider as the series is now leveled at 1-1. It will surely be a thriller to watch.