After a loss in the 1st ODI in Sydney, Indian batsmen took the lead by winning the second One Day International (ODI) in Adelaide on Tuesday and brought them to a thrilling last-over win defeating Australia by six wickets to level the three-match series 1-1. Credit must be given to MS Dhoni, who delivered 55 runs out of 54 balls not out and has given his critics the perfect answer. It was also another Kohli’s masterpiece performance; He slammed his 39th ODI ton and India’s second most successful run-chase in Adelaide Oval.
India chased a target of 299. The openers Shikhar Dhawan (32) and Rohit Sharma (43) contributed 47 runs for the first wicket. Then Rohit contributed to a crucial 54-run partnership with Kohli and kept India on track. After Rohit’s departure, Kohli established a 59-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu for the 3rd wicket. Rayudu looked in good touch, but after playing a bad shot against Glenn Maxwell, he got out for 24. But Kohli held the Indian downhill together with balance. He added 82 runs for the fourth wicket together with the former captain MS Dhoni, bringing India closer to the goal.
The finisher is back! Previously, in the first ODI against Australia, Dhoni was criticized for his sluggish innings with a score of 51 runs out of 96 balls. However, in this recent match, Dhoni (55 not out) and Dinesh Karthik (25 not out) led India to victory with four balls left to spare. MS Dhoni, one of the best finisher of all time smashed a whopping 6 in the final overtaking India over the line. The Australian bowlers had a poor outcome because none of them could really make a difference. Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell respectively managed in taking a wicket each.
Australia 298/9, 50 overs
(Shaun Marsh 131, Maxwell 48; Bhuvneshwar 4-45, Shami 3-58)
India 299/4, 49.2 overs
(Kohli 104, Dhoni 55*; Maxwell 1-16)
India overhauled the target with four balls to spare, pursuing a challenge of 299 to win. The final match which decides the outcome of the series, the 3rd ODI will be played on January 18, Friday in Melbourne Cricket Ground.