Virat Kohli covered Shaun Marsh and leveled the five-match ODI series to 1-1. Winning on the target of 299 runs India become the second highest target down in Adelaide after 1983. Leading from the front Captain Virat Kohli won the man of the match title.
Winning the toss on Adelaide Australia opted to bat first. Opener Aron Finch failed in this match too. Another opener Alex Carey surrendered to Mohammad Shami. Losing two openers by 26 runs Australia was in a trouble. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh made a partnership of 56 runs, Khawaja got run out at 82 on the scoreboard.
Peter Handscomb tried to make a partnership but he also went back to the pavilion at 134 on the scoreboard. Marcus Stoinis scored 29 runs and another partnership with Marsh but Mohammad Shami trapped him caught behind.
Then Glenn Maxwell came to the wicket, as the scoreboard was in 189 runs. Before beaten to Bhubaneswar Maxwell made a 94 runs partnership with Marsh and picked 48 runs from 37 deliveries with five fours and a six.
Shaun Marsh picked his seventh ODI century today. His 131 runs inning came from 123 deliveries with eleven boundaries and three sixes. When he was dreaming for touching the satisfying 300 then Bhubaneswar picked him as the same over of Maxwell and Australia lost last four matches of Shaun Marsh Century.
From the 50 overs, Australia made a score of 298 runs for 9 wickets. Nathan Layon scored 12 runs from 5 balls with a four and a six.
Bhubaneswar Kumar got three wickets for 45 runs and was the main headache of Aussie batsmen. Picking there wickets for 58 runs Mohammad Shami troubled the hosts also.
To target of around 6 asking rate India started well. Shikhar Dhawan scored 32 from 26 with five boundaries before Behrendoff sent him back to the pavilion. Then Captain Virat Kohli made a wonderful partnership of 54 runs with another opener Rohit Sharma.
Though Rohit went back for Stoinis at 43 runs of 52 balls with two fours and two sixes. Then Ambati Rayudu scored 24 runs before Maxwell picked him off.
But Captain Kohli led from the front again. His 38th ODI century made the way easier to the rest batsmen. Virat Kohli decorated his 104 runs inning off 112 balls with five fours and two sixes. Jhaye Richardson picked Virat Kohli just after celebrating the Century.
Then two experienced Wicket keeper MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik made no mistake to reach the port of victory. Dhoni scored 55 from 54 balls with two sixes and Karthik picked 25 from14 deliveries.
India won the match with 4 balls and 6 wickets in hand. Then Virat Kohli covered Shaun Marsh and leveled the five-match ODI series to 1-1. Winning on the target of 299 runs India become the second highest target down in Adelaide after 1983.
Man of the match Virat Kohli
“Very pleased. We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. To get them (Maxi and Marsh) in two balls was outstanding for us. Those breakthroughs were crucial. That meant we were not chasing 330. Bhuvi was outstanding with the ball, he came back and brought us in the game towards the end.
Vijay Shankar is in, so that gives us couple of options to play around with. Backing 5 bowlers and getting the job done is always a pleasing thing for a captain. The way Australians were batting, we really pulled things back. You look for little moments to pump you up, I try and get into that zone. Every time we have a target on board. I try to stay as aware as possible in recognizing when to strike.”
Finally, Virat Kohli covered Shaun Marsh in Adelaide and leveled the five-match ODI series to 1-1. Hope the hosts will come back to the game in Melbourne on the 18th of January, Friday.