India vs Australia 2nd ODI Adelaide: India captain Virat Kohli has once again perfectly lived up to his reputation as world’s best ‘chase master’ with a special hundred against Australia in the second ODI at the beautiful Adelaide Oval. Hailed as one of the world’s greatest batsman in modern-day cricket, Kohli slammed his record-breaking 39 hundred to lead India’s chase versus a spirited Australian side. This is also Kohli’s 24th ODI hundred in run-chases, he is ahead by a mile in the coveted list. He is followed by Sachin Tendulkar (17), Chris Gayle (11) and T Dilshan (11) in the lists of hundreds scored in run chases.
Coming in to bat at No.3, Kohli knitted crucial stands with vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu to keep India ticking in the crucial encounter. Chasing a stiff target of 299 to stay alive in the series, the visitors needed a special effort from their captain to go over the line. During his knock, the 30-year old also becomes the 11th highest run-getter in ODI cricket history. Kohli had a quiet series against Australia by his own standards but he has again proved his worth in the most crucial of times for the men in blue.
Here’s some Twitterati applauding Indian captain’s herculean effort at Adelaide Oval:
Earlier, Shaun Marsh smashed his seventh hundred before India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a brilliant spell in the death overs to limit Australia to 298/9. At the Adelaide Oval, Marsh arrived at the crease at 26/2 and scored 131 runs, inclusive of 11 fours and three sixes, adding 94 runs off 65 balls runs with Glenn Maxwell (48 off 37 balls). This was after Australia won the toss and opted to bat in searing heat. The hosts were unchanged from the previous game, while India brought in debutant Mohammed Siraj in place of Khaleel Ahmed. Bhuvneshwar (4/45) and Mohammed Shami (3/58) exerted themselves on proceedings with the new ball, and didn’t let the Australian openers get away quickly.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.