Australia loses a nail biter as Captain Kholi’s ton and a fightback from the Indian Bowlers at the death make it 2 out of 2 for the hosts in India vs Australia 2nd ODI of the series.
1st Innings: Kholi’s 40th ton
Looking to make it 2 out of 2, India were sent in to bat first by Australia and they got a fantastic start. Cummins struck early as Sharma (0) chased a wide ball that bounced more and he top-edged it to Zampa at 3rd man. Kholi came in at one down and he started off pretty well. Dhawan looked very good early on but he soon fell, as Maxwell caught him in front of the stumps for 21. Kohli oozed class but he soon lost another partner in Raydu (18) who too was trapped plumb in front by Lyon.
Kohli was joined by Shankar and the pair put on a very solid partnership of 81 as they steadied the ship.
The skipper brought up his half-century as Shankar kept on hitting boundaries at the other end. The partnership was finally broken when Shankar got run-out for 46 from 41, Zampa with the throw. Jadhav (11) was not much of a success as he gave a soft dismissal to Zampa. Zampa got a big one when he got Dhoni for naught on the very next ball, caught at slip by Khawaja.
Kohli and Jadeja put up a 67 run stand as the captain brought up his 40th ton before being dismissed for a 116, caught at deep square leg, Cummins getting his man. Jadeja soon faltered as the tail was cleaned up very quickly and India finished with 250 on the board all out. Pat Cummins was the best bowler with figures of 4 for 29 in 9 overs.
2nd Innings: A solid start
In response, Australia got off to a very solid start. Both Finch and Ussy Khawaja got good starts as Australia raced on. The pair put up an 83 run stand before Finch was dismissed by Yadav for 37, trapped in front. India got another one after Jadhav got Ussy (38) in the very next over, leading edge caught at cover.
Handscomb and Marsh steadied the ship as the pair put up a 39 run stand before Marsh was dismissed. Shaun edged a sharp turning delivery down to the leg side, Dhoni picking up a very sharp catch and Jadeja getting his first of the night. India built up pressure very nicely and it showed as Maxwell (4), the hero of the T20Is, played a reckless shot and get bowled giving Yadav another one for the night.
Handscomb (48) then got into another partnership with Stoinis before he got run-out with some brilliant bit of fielding from Jadeja, who threw a very powerful, no bounce, throw that crashed into the stumps and the batsman had no chance.
With Australia in a bit of a stalemate, Stoinis got involved in a partnership of 47 runs with Carey as the two led Australia within touching distance of victory.
India fights back
Australia got themselves in pole position but India fought their way back into the match when they broke the ongoing partnership. Yadav got another one as Carey (22) dragged a wrong one onto his stumps. Bumrah added to the cause when he got 2 in the next over, bowling out Coulter-Nile for 4 and getting Patty to edge one to Dhoni for naught.
Stoinis kept on fighting as he brought up his half-century. With 11 runs needed from the last over, Stoinis got trapped in front of the stumps, a delivery that was no way near to be pulled. He took the review but it was umpire’s call as Shankar picked up a very important wicket, his first in ODI cricket. He wrapped up proceedings as he clean bowled Zampa allowing India to claim an 8 run victory.
What a nail biting game this has been.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019
What a knock by Kholi:
Virat Kohli back in business!
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 5, 2019
The next match of the series between the two teams will be played on Friday, 8th March.
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