AUS v IND 2018-19: “Tonight was an MS classic” says Virat Kohli, as India wins 2nd ODI by 6 wickets

Kohli made 104 runs and was named Man of the match, while Dhoni made 55* in the chase.

Kohli scored his 39th ODI century | GettyTeam India defeated Australia in the second ODI of the series by 6 wickets to come level in the series. Australia had scored 298/9 in 50 overs thanks to a Shaun Marsh century and contribution from Glenn Maxwell.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami picked four and three wickets respectively.

During the chase, India managed to avoid the mistakes of the first ODI, Rohit and Dhawan added over 40 runs for the first wicket. Then Virat Kohli, along with Ambati Rayudu steadied the ship, before MS Dhoni joined Kohli and the two chase masters slowly but surely took India towards the win.

Kohli made 104 before getting out, leaving it to Dhoni to finish the match with Dinesh Karthik for the company and the duo finished it in the last over, with Dhoni hitting Behrendorff for a six off the first ball and then taking a single to win the match. Dhoni made 55* and earned praise from his captain during the post-match presentation.

Kohli, who won the Man of the match said that, “Very pleased. We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. To get them (Maxi and Marsh) in two balls was outstanding for us. Those breakthroughs were crucial. That meant we were not chasing 330. Bhuvi was outstanding with the ball, he came back and brought us in the game towards the end. Vijay Shankar is in, so that's gives us couple of options to play around with. Backing 5 bowlers and getting job done is always a pleasing thing for a captain. The way Australians were batting, we really pulled things back. You look for little moments to pump you up, I try and get into that zone. Every time we have a target on board, I try to stay as aware as possible in recognizing when to strike. When it comes off it looks nice. I try and keep things simple. You have to take calculated risks. Hopefully, I can keep helping the team.

MS Dhoni came in for some special praise form Kohli, who said, “It was a really tough day, you saw MS in the end, he was tired as well. You need a good day's rest. There is no doubt that he shouldn't be a part of this team. Tonight, was an MS classic. Only he knows what's going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well. He came in and showed the right kind of intent. MS was as composed as ever. We try and help each other (MS and himself). Tonight, was special for us.

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By Jatin Sharma - 15 Jan, 2019

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