A stellar inning from Virat Kohli and a half-century from MS Dhoni ensured India win the second ODI by six wickets against Australia on Tuesday. India are back in the contest as the victory helped Kohli and Co. to level the series 1-1, with one match left to be played in Melbourne.
Here’s look at some of the positives from the second ODI win against the Aussies:
1. MS Dhoni- The Finisher Is Still Alive
Of late, MS Dhoni-the batsman has been asked a lot of questions over his poor run of form for the last one year. The 37-year old batsman had managed to score only 275 runs in 20 innings he played in 2018, averaging just over 25 and a strike rate of only 71.43. With age not on his side and critics after him, the captain cool still refuses to give up, hitting two back-to-back half-centuries in the first two ODI’s against Australia.
MS Dhoni put on a wonderful 88-run stand with Kohli to guide India to victory in the second ODI in Adelaide. His unbeaten 55 off 54 balls and 51 in the first ODI tell you that there is still a lot left in the tank For Dhoni to contribute ahead of the World Cup starting in a few months in England.
2. Bhuvi At His Best:
Along with MS Dhoni, India’s one of the most potent bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar hadn’t had the best of 2018, claiming just 11 wickets in 14 matches with an economy rate of 5.31. Also, the 28-year-old fast bowler has been surrounded with injury concerns, having not been a hundred percent fit in any of the tests against Australia in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar series.
Post a poor show in the first ODI in Adelaide as well, Bhuvneshwar Kumar finally looked at his best who bowled a superb spell in Adelaide on Tuesday with figures of 4 for 45 in 10 overs. Australia at one point could have reached 330, however, Bhuvi put the brakes to their innings, claiming two important wickets of Marsh and Maxwell in a single over, restricting Australia to 298 runs in the end.
3. The Unstoppable Virat Kohli
Indian Captain Virat Kohli struck yet another half-century, guiding his side home in the second ODI against Australia in Adelaide. It was Kohli’s 23rd century while chasing a total, of which twenty of them have come in a winning cause. Unarguably, Virat Kohli’s contribution becomes even more important for the Indian side when chasing a total. Kohli was adjudged man of the match for his wonderful knock of 104 off 112 deliveries.