Australia vs India 2018-19: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni Help Visitors to Keep ODI Series Alive
Following the wicket of centurion Virat Kohli, India roared back in ongoing Australia vs India 2018-19 three-match One-day International (ODI) series following an exceptional cameo from MS Dhoni. He brought up his fifty in style with a maximum. The experienced campaigner remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 deliveries. On the other side, Dinesh Karthik stepped up equally well to smash 25* off 14 balls. Eventually, it helped India to keep ODI series alive by clinch a game by six wickets at Adelaide. India pulls off the second-highest chase at Adelaide by overhauling the target in 49.2 overs.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch used six bowlers but they didn’t look much effective on this track.
Indian National Cricket Team skipper Kohli played a brilliant knock to slam his 39th overall ODI hundred. It was his fifth One-day hundred in Australia to tie the spot with legendary Kumar Sangakkara and his teammate Rohit Sharma. Overall, Kohli smashed 24th hundred in a run chase and second on the list is little master Sachin Tendulkar (17).
Kohli perished on the bowling of promising paceman Jhye Richardson after scoring 104 off 112 balls.
In response to the target of 299 runs, India started well. It further saw the opening pair in the form of Rohit and Shikar Dhawan racking up 47 runs for the first wicket in 7.4 overs. However, Jason Behrendroff, who bowled exceptionally well in Sydney continued paying rich dividends by picking the prized scalp of Dhawan. The left-handed batsman scored 28-ball 32.
However, Rohit knitted the partnership of 54 for the second wicket alongside Kohli. Peter Handscomb caught the first-match centurion Rohit on the bowling of Marcus Stoinis. Rohit smashed two sixes and as many fours in his knock of 52-ball 43.
Also, Ambati Rayudu was struggling on a slowish pitch. However, he scored 24 off 36 deliveries and returned to the pavilion after registering 59 runs for the third wicket alongside captain Kohli.
First innings – Australia won the toss:
Earlier, batting first Australia had put up a competitive total while riding on the back of Shaun Marsh who smashed seventh One-day International ton to propel Australia to 289 for nine in the 50 allotted overs. The left-handed batsman Marsh who is in red-hot form smashed 123-ball 131 runs. He recorded 11 fours and three sixes to his name.
At one stage, Australia looked to score well beyond 300, but Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly by picking four wickets after giving away just three runs. For the Kangaroos, Nathan Lyon remained not out on 12 off five balls alongside Jason Behrendroff.
On the other side, Glenn Maxwell, who has been struggling with his form chipped in with vital 37-ball 48. He laced his innings with five fours and a six.
Marcus Stoinis, who came to bat ahead of Maxwell played a cameo off 36-ball 29 which included three fours.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of bowlers with four for 54 in 10 overs. Pertinently, Bhuvneshwar, who bagged the wickets of Maxwell and Marsh, conceded just 18 runs in his first seven overs. However, he returns to final burst to give away 27 runs from his last three overs.
Moreover, Mohammed Shami bowled brilliantly to bag three wickets after giving away 45 runs in 10 overs. He bowled with excellent control by stemming the run flow.
Bhuvneshwar drops the first blood in the form of Australian skipper Aaron Finch (6) at the score of 20. Shami followed it by dismissing wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (18) who top-edged the ball only to see Shikhar Dhawan completing a good catch.
Besides, Mohammed Siraj donned the debut ODI cap for the Men in Blue. However, Siraj was all over the place and walked out as most expensive among the five bowlers skipper Kohli has used. He conceded 76 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja picked a solitary wicket of Peter Handscomb, who was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 20 off 22 balls. Jadeja was further involved in a run-out dismissal of Usman Khawaja (21).
Interestingly, Aussie kept on ticking the scoreboard which further saw four fifty-plus partnerships in the innings, for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth wicket.
Brief Scores: Australia 298 for nine in 50 overs (Marsh 131, Maxwell 48; Bhuvneshwar 4-45, Shami 3-58)
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