Kohli, Dhoni execute India’s win in second ODI against Australia
Virat Kohli’s 39th ODI hundred and MS Dhoni’s second successive fifty guided India gun down 299 in the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Crafting the record of second successful run chase at the Adelaide Oval, India defeated Australia by 6 wickets thus level the three match limited over series 1-1.
Chasing a steep target of 298, the visitors propelled at ease in guard of skipper Virat Kohli and of late veteran wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Kohli’s 104 was followed by traditionally ice cool 55 unbeaten by Dhoni.
India left needing 55 runs from the last six overs in post Kohli dismissal during 44th over of the innings. Then the former captain as nerveless as he is always, reached his personal half century along with completing the team’s victory target.
India required seven to win from the final over from Jason Behrendorff and Dhoni smacked the first ball for six over long-on and then pinched a single off the next.
Earlier, Australians Marsh and Maxwell — again batting at number seven and arriving at the crease in the 38th over — put on 94 runs from 65 balls.
The present Indian skipper is now 10 tons shy of compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s world record for most ODI centuries — Tendulkar made 49 in 463 ODIs while Kohli has played 218.
In the previous half of the match, hosts Australia posted 298 runs on the board powered a superlative century from Shaun Marsh and aided by Glenn Maxwell’s stormy 48 off 37. Marsh and Maxwell put on 94 runs from 65 balls.
Watch the video of MS Dhoni’s match winning knock here-
Australia 298/9 (50 overs)
Shaun Marsh 131, Glenn Maxwell 48, Marcus Stoinis 29
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/45, Mohammed Shami 3/58, Ravindra Jadeja 1/49
India 299/4 (49.2 overs)
Glenn Maxwell 1/16, Marcus Stoinis 1/46, Jason Behrendorff 1/52
Result: India won by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli