Shikhar Dhawan led India’s charge in the second ODI against Australia at Rajkot. He missed out on a well-deserved ton but not before he laid out a solid platform for skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to take India to a commanding total.
Currently in form, Dhawan continued from where he left in the first ODI scoring a 90-ball-96 while Kohli, batting at his usual number three position, kept the middle-order intact with a well-made 78 off 76 balls.
KL Rahul (80 off 52 balls) provided the final flourish and put on 58 runs in 39 ball for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.
Shreyas Iyer (7) and Manish Pandey (2) failed to make a mark but a solid performance from other batsmen meant India went past the 300-run mark easily.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of Australian bowlers, claiming 3/50 in his 10 overs. He got the wicket of Kohli for the second time in the series and fifth time in his career.
Paceman Pat Cummins impressed with his economy giving away 53 runs in 10 overs but could not get a breathrough. Kane Richardson got two wickets but went for 73 runs in his quota of 10 overs as Indian batsmen looked to avenge the loss in the first ODI.
Brief Scores: India (Shikhar Dhawan 96, KL Rahul 80, Virat Kohli 78, Adam Zampa 3/50)