Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brilliant Kohli, Dhoni Steer India To Series-Levelling Win | Read

Brilliant Kohli, Dhoni Steer India To Series-Levelling Win | Read

However, a blistering 104 (off 112 balls) from the Indian skipper put Kohli's side in the box seat, before Dhoni did what he does best.

However, 37-year-old Dhoni reminded everyone why he is regarded as one of the greatest limited overs finishers the game has ever seen.

One of those maximums came in the final over - effectively sealing the match and sending fans into raptures on social media. The pairing of current and former Indian captains scored an 82-run stand until the fourth wicket to chase a tough target of 299 runs.

India started their reply quickly through Rohit Sharma (42) and Shikhar Dhawan (32) and although neither opener were able to kick on, Kohli came in and was ticking over nicely to ensure the required rate remained manageable.

India's skipper is now 10 tons shy of compatriot Sachin Tendulkar's world record for most ODI centuries - Tendulkar made 49 in 463 ODIs while Kohli has played 218. But unlike the first ODI, Australia never looked in command while defending the total as Kohli kept India well on top throughout.

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World's No. 1 batsman with 25 Test hundreds warned that youngsters will have mental problems if they don't embrace the pristine form of five-day cricket.

Kohli had earlier posted a picture with Anushka after the first ODI.

Since making a century against England in a one-dayer in June a year ago, Finch has recorded scores of 22, five, 41, 11, six and six in ODI cricket. The left-hander did so admirably, sharing partnerships of 56, 52 and 55 with Usman Khawaja (21), Peter Handscomb (20) and Marcus Stonis (29), respectively.

Finch aimed a big drive at a fullish Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery but managed only an inside edge onto his stumps. Nostalgia hit hard as it was in 2012 when India had won in Adelaide stadium with Dhoni finishing the match and in 2019, the history repeated. I run twos and threes and pushed him.

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