The second ODI between India and Australia was played at Adelaide on 15 January 2019, and it turned out to be another closely fought match extending to the last over.

Former India skipper MS Dhoni came in with the equation reading 139 off 118 deliveries. He took it to the last over. He hit the first ball for a six and made sure India won the game.

Australi win toss

Aron Finch won the toss in the second match of the Gilette ODI series. The first casualty was Aron Finch who was castled by Bhuvaneswar Kumar in what was a beauty of a fastball delivery.

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Things turned worse when Carey mistimed a pull and gave a catch to Shikhar Dhawan off Shami. Khwaja and Marsh steadied the innings, and in the 15th over, Australia were 61 for the fall of 2 wickets.

Disasters struck when the Kangaroos were 82 when Kwaja was run out by Jadeja in a brilliant pick and throw which seemed so smooth and natural. Handscombe and Marsh steadied the inning and Marsh completed his fifty.

Handscombe was stumped by MS Dhoni who has got back his quicksilver reflexes back and looked in great form.

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Marsh played the sheet anchor, but wickets fell at regular intervals from the other end. Australia lost its fifth wicket in the way of Stonis who edged a catch to the Wicket Keeper. The Aussies were 189 for the loss of 5 wickets.

It was left to Marsh and Maxwell to steady the tottering Australian batting and both with some intelligent batting and calculated risky shots took the score to 283 before Maxwell fell to Bhuwaneswar Kumar, caught by Kartik. Wickets fell in quick succession, and the Australian innings ended at 298 for 9.

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India chase 299 runs

The Indian run chase was steady, and the openers continued to chip off the seemingly mammoth target. The first casualty was in the form of Shikhar Dhawan when India was 47. Rohit and Indian skipper Virat Kohli took the score to 101 when Rohit miscued a pull shot and was caught brilliantly by Handscombe.

Virat Kohli scored yet another match-winning century before getting out at 131 runs.

Ambati Raydu’s patch of bad luck continues, and he fell when the visitors were 160. It was up to the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli to do the major job, and by the time Kohli fell after scoring a century, the task was almost done.

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It was up to Dhoni and Dinesh Kartik to do the final flourish with the bat and take the match. India is now 1-1 in the three-match series.

The 3rd and final ODI will be played on Friday, January 18, 2019. It will be a day/night match and starts at 7:50 AM IST.

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