Australia vs India 2nd ODI: Kohli outshines Marsh to level series at 1-1

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Virat Kohli scored his 39th ODI hundred

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Virat Kohli’s 104 outshone Shaun Marsh’s 131 as the Indian skipper led his side to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second ODI in Adelaide.

Choosing to bat first, Australia got off to a poor start as captain Aaron Finch was clean bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six runs.

Alex Carey, who opened the batting with Finch, mustered 18 runs before he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at midwicket off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja steadied things with a 56-run partnership before Khawaja was run out by Ravindra Jadeja for 21.

Marsh and Peter Handscomb kept the scoreboard ticking with a 52-run stand before Handscomb was stumped by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Jadeja for 20.

Marsh and Marcus Stoinis added 55 runs to the score before Stoinis was caught behind off the bowling of Shami for 29.

The runs continued to flow for Australia as Marsh and Glenn Maxwell amassed a 94-run partnership before Maxwell was dismissed by Kumar for a 37-ball 48.

Marsh was on his way back to the pavilion two balls later as he was caught by Jadeja at long-off off the bowling of Kumar for 131, which came off 123 balls and included 11 boundaries and three sixes.

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Shaun Marsh celebrates after bringing up his seventh ODI century

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Jhye Richardson and Peter Siddle fell shortly after, but thanks to Marsh’s knock, Australia finished on 298/9 off their 50 overs.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Shami snapped up three and Jadeja chipped in with one.

Chasing 299 to win, India got off to a solid start before Dhawan was caught by Khawaja near mid-off off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff.

Rohit Sharma and Kohli made up for the loss of Rohit with a 54-run partnership before Rohit was dismissed by Stoinis for 43.

Kohli and Ambati Rayudu added 59 runs to the score before Rayudu was sent packing by Maxwell for 24.

India’s domination with the bat continued as Kohli and Dhoni put together an 82-run stand before Kohli was caught by Maxwell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jhye Richardson for 104, which came off 112 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

That was to be Australia’s last taste of success as Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik finished things off with an unbeaten 57-run partnership.

Dhoni ended up making a 54-ball 55, which included two sixes, while Karthik remained undefeated on a 14-ball 25, which included two boundaries.

Behrendorff, Richardson, Stoinis and Maxwell claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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