Vintage Dhoni, plucky Karthik take India to win after Kohli masterclass

Kohli's 39th ODI century, Dhoni and Karthik's partnership take India to victory in the second ODI against Australia in Adelaide.

Virat Kohli plays a shot in the 2nd ODI against Australia.   -  AP

India level the series 1-1 with a win in the second game at Adelaide Oval. This is the second highest successful run chase at Adelaide Oval.

Dhoni finished it off with a six and a single as India chased down 299. Kohli (104) and Dhoni (55) were the architects of the chase, supported by Dinesh Karthik's plucky 25 off 14 deliveries.

 

 

 

 

Intriguing!

 

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4:52 pm: This is the second highest successful run chase at Adelaide Oval.

4:45 pm: Dhoni finishes it of with a six and a risky single. India  chases down 299 to level the series! Kohli (104) and Dhoni (55) the architects of the chase. Dhoni started slowly with his first boundary coming only of his 39th delivery he faced. But, as we have seen multiple times over the years, Dhoni remained till the end to see off the target. Karthik, too, chipped in with a quick 14-ball 25. 

4:43 pm: Nine of the 49th over. Behrendorff has only seven runs to bowl with in the final over. Karthik and Dhoni doing it with singles and twos.

4:34 pm: Karthik and Dhoni sneak nine runs of the Behrendorff over with some quick runnings between the wickets. Minimal risk cricket from the pair. 16 of 12...

4:25 pm: India is currently the favourite in this chase with Dhoni having found his groove. He is batting on 39 of 44 balls. His wicket holds key in this contest. 34 runs from four overs now.

4:16 pm: Dhoni smashes his first boundary of the innings after 38 deliveries! He clears Lyon over the mid-wicket boundary. 

4:12 pm: WICKET! Kohli perishes for 104! He is frustrated after he lofts it straight to the mid-wicket to Maxwell. Richardson gets him out yet again. Dinesh Karthik, India's designated finisher in LOIs, joins Dhoni. India needs 57 of 38 balls.

4:00 pm: King Kohli at it again in ODIs! 39th hundred and 24th in a chase! Stunning numbers.  Muted celebrations from the skipper, he knows the job isn't done. Kohli and Dhoni are keeping the required rate under nine runs per over with singles and twos.

3:48 pm: India needs 83 of the last 10 overs. Kohli is going strong on 95. Can he pull it off for his team yet again?

3:33 pm: India crosses the 200-run mark after 36.3 overs. Kohli is batting at 83 off 87, Dhoni is at 8 of 16.

2:55 pm: Virat Kohli doing what he does best: anchoring the innings with Ambati Rayudu at the other end. India needs 155 more to win.

2:20 pm: GONE! Stoinis strikes and it's the big wicket of Rohit Sharma. Handscomb completes an easy catch in the deep as Rohit departs for a well-made 43; a mistimed pull resulting in his downfall. India 101/2 in 17.5 overs

2:04 pm: Rohit's off to yet another promising start in the company of India skipper Virat Kohli, who presented the full-face of his bat to a pitched up delivery and watched as the ball rocketed to the fence. India 79/1 after 14 overs.

1:35 pm: And Dhawan throws it away. His entertaining 28-ball 32 comes to an end thanks to Behrendorff who has the southpaw caught by Khawaja at mid-off. India 47/1 after 7.4 overs.

Will he walk in next?

 

1:28 pm: Dhawan and Rohit have got India off to a solid start. Dhawan's looked in solid touch thus far, a cover-drive off Behrendorff being the highlight of the first five overs. India 27/0 in 5 overs.

Australia lost both its openers cheaply before Shaun Marsh got stuck into the bowlers and notched up his seventh ODI hundred. Buoyed by Maxwell's pyrotechnics at the death and some ordinary bowling, Australia has posted 298 on the board. India needs 299 to draw level in the three-ODI series.We'll be back with the chase after lunch.

12:24 am: One brings two, and it's Shaun Marsh who has to depart after a brilliant hundred. Kumar gets two in two. Australia 283/7 in 47.5 overs. Some reprieve for India as Maxwell departs, trying to up the ante. Australia 283/6 with 15 balls left to play.

12:02 am: Siraj traps Maxwell in front with a full delivery. Maxwell reviews it. Replays show the ball missing the leg-stump by some margin. Maxi celebrates with a boundary towards deep backward point! That kind of day for the debutant. Australia 247/5 after 44 overs.

11:45 am: There it is. 100 No. Seven for Shaun Marsh and this is as good an innings as you'll see. Marsh has dominated the Indian bowlers throughout his knock. Great timing and placement. Australia now ramping up to a big total! Australia 214/5 after 40 overs.

11:29 am: Mohammed Shami provides a much-needed breakthrough. Stoinis clobbers two back-to-back boundaries off the Indian seamer before getting an under edge through to the keeper. Australia 189/5 in 36.4 overs.

11:20 am: Shaun Marsh inching closer to a century. His twinkle-toed footwork against Kuldeep Yadav has enabled him to score freely all around the park. He has the hard-hitting Marcus Stoinis for company. Australia 172/4 after 35 overs.

10:49 am: Blink and you'll miss it! M.S. Dhoni, with his lightning-quick hands behind the stumps, dislodges the bails to catch Peter Handscomb short of his crease. Australia loses its fourth wicket, it is 134/4 after 27.2 overs.

10:33 am: Shaun Marsh brings up his second fifty in as many games. Change in format brings change in fortunes for Marsh. The host side would want him to continue in the same vein. Australia 116/3 after 24 overs.

10:12 am: A moment of brilliance from Ravindra Jadeja as he picks up the ball on half-volley and catches Khawaja short with a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Australia losing a wicket against the run of play. Australia 83/3 after 19 overs

9:52 am: Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have set about repairing the early damage caused by Shami and Kumar. The duo scored fifties in the previous match in Sydney and would be eyeing a big score on a flat track. For India, Kuldeep Yadav and debutant Mohammed Siraj are operating in tandem.  Australia 61/2 after 15 overs

9:21 am: And another one bites the dust! It's Alex Carey, who has thrown away yet another good start. Shami hurrying the Aussie opener for pace and bounce; the top edge settling in Dhawan's hands comfortably. Australia 26/2 in 7.4 overs.

9:17 am: Finch and Carey were off to a steady start before Bhuvneshwar Kumar went a fraction fuller and the ball nipped back in to disturb Finch's woodwork. The Australian skipper's poor run with the bat continues. Australia 20/1 after 7 overs

Virat Kohli: We would have batted first as well, it looks a great wicket to play on. The conditions are going to be a big factor for us as it's hot and humid. We were a bit scratchy in Sydney. We can't take Australia lightly in Australia. We like to be in these situations where we get to bounce back as a team.

Aaron Finch: It looks like a good wicket to bat, don't think it'll change much throughout. We played a really good game the other day. I think it's a good chance to put some pressure on with a good score.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami

Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff

Meanwhile

 

That should get India's tail up!

 

TOSS UPDATE: Australia has won the toss and opted to bat

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inability to set the pace during middle overs will remain a major cause of concern as India takes on Australia in a do-or-die second ODI in a bid to keep the three-match series alive.

Hardik Pandya’s sudden suspension on disciplinary grounds has badly affected the balance of the batting order, which was apparent during team’s 34-run defeat in the opening match despite vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s 22nd hundred in 50-over format.

Can Kohli's men turn things around in Adelaide?

Teams:

Teams:India (From):Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed

Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake