Both Captain Virat Kohli and former captian MS Dhoni led the Team India to claim a dramatic six-wicket victory over Australia at a sweltering Adelaide Oval and levelled up the three-match series at 1-1.
Virat Kohli smashed his 39th one-day international century while MS Dhoni hit his second successive half-century. Kohli contributed of 104 of his side’s runs as they successfully chased down their victory target of 299 for the loss of four wickets to send the series into a decider on Friday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
MS Dhoni, clearly suffering in the heat, smashed a huge six to bring the scores level and reach his half century before scoring the winning run with four balls to spare.
In all, Kohli hit five fours and two sixes in his 112-ball innings but left disappointed after smacking a Jhye Richardson delivery straight to Glenn Maxwell on the deep midwicket boundary in the 44th over.
Dhoni (55 not out) had played within himself as he kept Kohli company in a partnership of 82 but hit a six for his first boundary soon after his captain departed and added 57 with Dinesh Karthik (25 not out) to get the tourists over the line.
That Australia reached 298/9 was down to a fabulous seventh ODI ton by Shaun Marsh who silenced his critics with a breathtaking array of strokes. However, Kohli responded in kind to produce one of his better ODI innings with the visitors chasing down the target in 49.2 overs.