India produced a clinical performance to beat Australia by 36 runs and level the series 1-1 in the second ODI at Rajkot. Put in to bat first, India scored a mammoth 340/6 courtesy a brilliant 96 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and an excellent finish by KL Rahul, who hit 80 runs off 52 balls.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli held the innings together as he scored 78 runs and was involved in crucial partnerships with Dhawan and Rahul.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa picked 3/50 in his 10 overs, including the prized wicket of captain Kohli.
In reply, India had opener David Warner early before Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 96 runs for the third wicket.
Labuschagne playing his first ODI innings looked in good touch but could not convert his start as he was caught at long-off for 46 runs.
After his dismissal, Australia kept losing wickets at regular interval. Steve Smith. who was phenomenal was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav as he reached 100 ODI wickets in the match.
Mohammed Shami claimed three wickets but was expensive as he gave away 77 runs from his 10 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja, Yadav and pacer Navdeep Saini chipped in with two wickets apiece, while Jasprit Bumrah was the most economical bowler giving away just 32 runs in 9.1 over to bowl Australia out for 304 runs.
With the win the series goes into a decider at Bengaluru on Sunday.
Here are some stats from the second ODI:
- Kuldeep Yadav (58 innings) became the fastest Indian spinner to the 100 wicket mark
- Kuldeep Yadav is the third quickest Indian to reach the mark behind Mohammed Shami (56 innings) and Jasprit Bumrah (57 innings)
- Adam Zampa has now claimed Virat Kohli’s wicket five times in ODI cricket, the most by any spinner
- KL Rahul has scored four consecutive 40+ scores for the first time in ODIs (102 & 77 against West Indies, 47 & 80 against Australia)
- The total runs scored in the match was 644, which is most in an ODI without an individual hundred
- This was India’s first ODI win at SCA Stadium, Rajkot having lost the previous two matches to England (2013) and South Africa (2015)