2nd ODI: India beat Australia by 6 wickets to level series 1-1

India defeat Australia by 6 wickets, after being handed a target of 299 in a must-win clash following a century by skipper Virat Kohli, unbeaten 55 by wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

2nd ODI: India beat Australia by 6 wickets to level series 1-1
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India defeat Australia by 6 wickets, after being handed a target of 299 in a must-win clash following a century by skipper Virat Kohli, unbeaten 55 by wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 

Here are the live-match updates: 

# India have drawn level in the three-match series with the final clash all set to be battled out in Melbourne! 

# India have achieved the target off the second delivery as Dhoni remains unbeaten on 55, with India emerging victorious by 6 wickets!   

# A six off the first delivery as the equation comes down to 1 run off the remaining 5 deliveries! 

# Jason Behendroff will bowl the final over! 

# India need 7 runs from 6 deliveries! 

# India need 8 runs off 7 deliveries following some excellent running between the wickets! 

#The equation is down to 12 runs from 9 deliveries! 

# Marcus Stoinis has been handed the responsibility of bowling the penultimate over! 

# However, Australia manage to keep things under control as India bring the target down to 16 runs off 12 deliveries!   

# India need 22 runs off 15 balls as Karthik takes strike! 

# India need 25 runs off 18 deliveries as Jason Behendroff gets set to bowl this crucial over!   

# 9 runs off the over. India 274/4 (47 overs)

# Marcus Stoinis has been handed the ball in this tense scenario! 

# India need 34 runs off 24 deliveries! 

# India 265/4 (46 overs)

# India 255/4 (45 overs)

# India 244/4 (44 overs)

# Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Virat Kohli dismissed by Jhye Richardson after attempting a big shot off a tempting delivery by Jhye Richardson, handing a catch to Glenn Maxwell who celebrates wildly. India 242/4 (43.4 overs)      

# India need 61 runs off 42 balls! 

# India 238/3 (43 overs)

# 100 for Virat Kohli who has scored his 39th ODI century, 24th ODI ton while chasing! 

# Peter Siddle continues for Australia with India needing 65 runs at this stage!  

# A century continues to elude Kohli, who ends the over bowled by by Jhye Richardson on 99. India manage to score just 4 runs off the over. India 228/3 (42 overs)  

# Kohli finishes the over on 97, with India scoring 8 runs overall. India 224/3 (41 overs) 

# Peter Siddle is back into the attack as the clash nears the death overs! 

# Just a single off the 40th over bowled by Marcus Stoinis, as India reach 216/3 at the end of 40 overs. India 216/3 (40 overs)    

# Jhye Richardson, who has gone wicketless in the clash so far, after picking four wickets in the opening match, gives away just six runs. India 215/3 (39 overs)   

# India 209/3 (38 overs) 

# Lyon continues to bowl at the other end, with 11 runs conceeded off the over as Kohli led India dominate the clash. India 203/3 (37 overs)

# Stoinis concedes just five runs off the over, deceiving the batsmen with his slower deliveries and off-cutters. India 192/3 (36 overs) 

# Marcus Stoinis is back into the attack.   

# However, even the experienced off-spinner is hit for a boundary by Kohli, who is inching closer to a century. 7 runs off the over. India 187/3 (35 overs) 

# Nathan Lyon is brought back into the attack, as Australia look to grab control of the clash.  

# Virat Kohli takes on Jason Behendroff, smashing a six and a four respectively as India score 14 runs off the over. India 180/3 (34 overs)  

# Glenn Maxwell continues to bowl, conceeding only 1 run off the 33rd over. India 166/3 (33 overs)   

# The fast-bowler concedes only four runs off the 32nd over as Dhoni and Kohli indulge in only singles against the paceman! India 165/3 (32 overs) 

# Jason Behendroff is brought back into the attack!  

# India 161/3 (31 overs)

# MS Dhoni is the next batsman to the crease! 

# Wicket! Ambati Rayadu brings an end to his stuttering knock, handing a catch to Marcus Stoinis off a slow delivery by Glenn Maxwell. India 160/3 (30.4 overs)  

# Jhye Richardson continues to bowl at the other end, as India score 6 runs off the over. India 155/2 (30 overs)   

# Maxwell concedes just 4 runs off his opening over, as India inch closer to the 150 run mark! India 149/2 (29 overs)  

# Glenn Maxwell has been introduced into the attack! 

# India 145/2 (28 overs)

# India 142/2 (27 overs) 

# India 137/2 (26 overs)

# Lyon is brought into the attack, as Australia look to choke the flow of runs, in a developing partnership between Rayadu and Kohli. The off-spinner gives away only six runs, making it 30 runs conceeded in 7 overs. India 132/2 (25 overs)     

# Stoinis continues in the attack, conceeding five runs off the over, as Rayadu is nearly dismissed following a miscued shot. India 126/2 (24 overs)   

# 7 runs off the 23rd over bowled by Peter Siddle as Rayadu and Kohli look to negotiate the middle overs. However, the former is looking extremely uncomfortable on the crease. India 121/2 (23 overs)  

# India 114/2 (22 overs)

# India reach a score of 111/2 after 21 overs following 3 runs off the 21st over bowled by Nathan Lyon. India 111/2 (21 overs)

# Rayadu kicks off his innings with a boundary off Stoinis, reading the off-cutter and timing it well. 5 runs off the over as India look to steadily rebuild following Sharma's dismissal. India 108/2 (20 overs)   

# India 103/2 (19 overs)

# India 102/2 (18 overs)

# Ambati Rayadu is the new batsman to the crease! 

# Wicket! Stoinis has dismissed Rohit Sharma, having deceived him with a slower delivery as the opener mistimes the pull shot, handing a catch to Handscomb at deep mid-wicket. India 101/2 (17.5 overs)   

# 10 runs off the over as Rohit Sharma smashes a six off Lyon, releasing some of the pressure generated following a few quiet overs. India 97/1 (17 overs)

# Siddle continues to choke the flow of runs, unnerving the batsmen with variations in pace and bounce. India add 5 runs to the tally off the over. India 87/1 (16 overs)    

# Lyon continues in the attack, delivers a disciplined performance with the ball, conceeding just 3 runs in an over where he generated some quality turn, bounce off the surface. India 82/1 (15 overs)  

# Siddle leaks 13 runs off the over, after being smashed for a six and a boundary by Sharma and Kohli. However, there was a moment of concern following some hesitation in the running betwen the wickets. India 79/1 (14 overs)  

# Peter Siddle is back into the attack! 

# India 66/1 (13 overs)

# India 62/1 (12 overs)

# Four runs off the over as Lyon looks to deceive the batsmen with his flight, variations! India 57/1 (11 overs)

# Nathan Lyon has been introduced into the attack! 

# Jason Behendroff continues at the other end for Australia, conceeding just two runs and bowling five consecutive dots on the trot. India 53/1 (10 overs)  

# Peter Siddle bowls an economical over, conceeding just three runs as the run-rate decreases following Dhawan's dismissal. India 51/1 (9 overs)

# India 48/1 (8 overs)

# Skipper Virat Kohli makes his way down at No 3! 

# Wicket! Dhawan perishes in search of another big hit, as he attempts to smash a slower delivery by Jason Behendroff, but fails to land anything but a catch to Usman Khawaja. India 47/1 (7.4 overs)

# Dhawan continues to dominate the Australian attack, making it almost a boundary per over for the batsman, as India score seven runs off Siddle's opening over. India 41/0 (7 overs)      

# Peter Siddle has been brought into the attack, as skipper Aaron Finch looks to add variation into the attack!  

# Jhye Richardson continues to leak runs, conceding seven runs off his third over as Dhawan continues to go for his shots. India 34/0 (6 overs) 

# 12 runs off Behendroff's third over as Dhawan smashes two boundaries off the fast-bowler. India 27/0 (5 overs) 

# Richardson makes a comeback in the second over, with a comparatively disciplined performance, conceeding just five runs. India 15/0 (4 overs)   

# Behendroff continues to bowl effectively, conceeding only a single run in his second over as the Indian openers struggle to score runs off the bowler. India 10/0 (3 overs)  

# Right-arm fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who was sublime in the opening clash with four wickets, has been smashed for two boundaries by Rohit Sharma who has been in great form recently. India 9/0 (2 overs) 

# Behendroff kicks off with a maiden as Sharma and Dhawan target a cautious start early on! India 0/0 (1 over) 

# Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have made their way down to the crease with fast-bowler Jason Behendroff kicking off proceedings for Australia! 

# India need 299 runs to win this must-win clash!  

# Australia 298/9 (50 overs)

# Wicket! Peter Siddle is the 9th wicket to fall in the Australian innings, as he attempts to slice a slower ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar without much success. Australia 286/9 (49.1 overs)  

# Australia 286/8 (49 overs)

# Wicket! Shami picks his third wicket of the innings, dismissing Jhye Richardson who attempts to go for a big hit, but fails. Australia 286/8 (48.6 overs)    

# Australia 284/7 (48 overs)

# Jhye Richardson is the next batsman for Australia! 

# Wicket! Shaun Marsh departs in similar fashion, attempting to whack a slower delivery by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six, without any proper connect, handing a catch to Jadeja. Australia 283/7 (47.5 overs)   

# Jhye Richardson is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! Glenn Maxwell perishes for 48 off 37 deliveries, after attempting a shot too many against Bhuvneshwar Kumar, handing a catch to Dinesh Karthik who makes no mistakes. Australia 283/6 (47.3 overs)  

# Australia 281/5 (47 overs)

# Shaun Marsh smashes a six off a slower delivery by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to reach his highest score in ODI cricket. Kumar concedes 12 runs off the over as the hosts reach 272/5 (46 overs) 

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back to the attack!  

# Shami concedes 13 runs in the 9th over of his bowling spell, as Maxwell and Marsh smash runs at will in the death overs. Australia 260/5 (45 overs) 

# Mohammed Siraj nearly dismisses Glenn Maxwell for his debut ODI wicket, before the decision is oveturned following a DRS referral. Siraj has conceded 8 runs off the over, as he steadily inches closer to capping off an expensive spell. Australia 247/5 (44 overs)    

# Kuldeep Yadav leaks 16 runs off the 43rd over of the Australian innings, as Marsh and Maxwell smash a six apiece. Yadav has finished his spell of 10 overs, conceding 66 runs overall. Australia 234/5 (43 overs)    

# Four runs off the 42nd over bowled by Mohammed Siraj as Australia steadily reach a promising position. Australia 218/5 (42 overs)    

# Shaun Marsh has scored his seventh ODI century off 109 deliveries, as Australia slowly gain control over the clash. Nine runs scored off Kuldeep Yadav's penultimate over! Australia 214/5 (41 overs)    

# An excellent finishing over by Ravindra Jadeja, conceding just 2 runs who has only given away 47 runs in his 10 over spell, and picked a wicket as well. Australia 205/5 (40 overs)   

# 200 up for Australia as Marsh ends the over unbeaten on 93. The run rate has steadily increased to 5.22 as Maxwell goes for his strokes against Mohammed Shami. Australia 203/5 (39 overs)     

# Australia 195/5 (38 overs) 

# Australia 189/5 (37 overs)

# Glenn Maxwell is the next batsman in! 

# Wicket! A dangerous 50-run partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh finally crumbles, as the former edges on a bouncing delivery by Mohammed Shami to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Australia 189/5 (36.4 overs)  

# Shaun Marsh finishes the over, 14 short of his century after scoring an elegant boundary off a late-cut, with 8 runs conceded off the over. Australia 180/4 (36 overs) 

# Shaun Marsh nearly drags a slow delivery by Bhuvneshwar Kumar onto the stumps, as Kumar who has conceded just 18 runs in seven overs so far, ensures another quiet over! Australia 172/4 (35 overs)

# Shaun Marsh is steadily inching closer to a century, and seems to be growing in confidence as evident from his elegant boundary against Kuldeep Yadav, after coming down the track. Australia 167/4 (34 overs)    

# Quiet over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar who concedes four runs from the over as the Australian batsmen look to play it safe against the paceman! Australia 158/4 (33 overs) 

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar [5.0-0-9-1] is back into the attack! 

# 7 runs off the over as Marsh and Stoinis look to avoid taking risks against the spinner, indulging in singles and doubles! Australia 154/4 (32 overs)  

# Kuldeep Yadav is back in the attack! 

# Mohammed Siraj continues to bowl, as Stoinis and Marsh score six runs off the over, to make it 147/4 (31) overs!     

# Ravindra Jadeja continues after bowling a wicket maiden, to concede five runs in the 30th over, getting the ball to drift and spin away from the batsmen. Australia 141/4 (30 overs) 

# Siraj concedes just 2 runs in the 29th over, nearly picking a wicket after being expensive in his bowling spell so far. Australia 136/4 (29 overs)  

# Mohammed Siraj is back in the attack! 

# Wicket maiden for Ravindra Jadeja who has bowled an excellent over! Australia 134/4 (28 overs) 

# Marcus Stoinis is the next batsman for Australia! 

# Wicket! Peter Handscomb has been dismissed following an excellent stumping by veteran MS Dhoni who dislodges the bails swiftly, as the batsman steps outside to attempt a big hit! Australia 134/4 (27.2 overs) 

# Siraj continues to be expensive in his bowling spell, as 9 runs come off the over. 50-run partnership between Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh! Australia 134/3 (27 overs) 

# Australia 125/3 (26 overs) 

# Australia 120/3 (25 overs)

# Australia 116/3 (24 overs)

# Mohamed Shami brought into the attack, and instantly attempts to unnerve the batsmen with quick, short deliveries. However, no wicket Shami as Australia reach 109/3 (23 overs)   

# Australia reach a score of 104 runs for the loss of 3 wickets as Jadeja tosses them up, to induce an edge to the fielder placed at slip. Australia 104/3 (22 overs)

Kuldeep Yadav nearly breaches Shaun Marsh's defence with a quicker ball which exposed his stumps, in an otherwise productive over for Australia. Australia 97/3 (21 overs) 

# Jadeja continues to bowl from the other end, with his round-arm, fast paced deliveries as Marsh nearly hands a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar following a thick outside edge! Australia 88/3 (20 overs) 

# Usman Khawaja's dismissal has certainly been the highlight of the over with just 2 runs conceeded as well! Australia 83/3 (19 overs)

# Peter Handscomb is the next batsman in! 

# Wicket! Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed Usman Khawaja following a brilliant throw which hits the stumps directly at the bowler's end, leaving him short of the crease. Australia 82/3 (18.3 overs)  

# Jadeja brought into the attack as Australia score 4 runs off the over to make it 81/2 after 18 overs. Australia 81/2 (18 overs) 

# 3 runs off the over as Kuldeep continues to unnerve the hosts, inducing 2 edges off Marsh, which nearly resulted in a wicket. 50-run partnership between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh. Australia 77/2 (17 overs)    

# Siraj continues to leak runs during his bowling spell, conceding 13 runs off the 16th over as the hosts look to score heavily against him. Australia 74/2 (16 overs)  

# Kuldeep brings some balance following Siraj's expensive over, with just four runs off his over as Australia steadily rebuild following the two early dismissals. Australia 61/2 (15 overs)  

# Australia finally score a boundary after 25 deliveries, as Siraj concedes 11 runs off his third over. Australia 57/2 (14 overs)  

# 4 runs off Kuldeep's second over as Marsh and Khawaja struggle to score freely, having last scored a boundary 20 deliveries ago. Australia 46/2 (13 overs)

# Siraj makes amends for his expensive debut over, conceding only a single run in his second over! Australia 42/2 (12 overs) 

# 3 runs off Kuldeep's first over as Australia struggle to negotiate the spin and turn generated by the chinaman! Australia 41/2 (11 overs)     

# Kuldeep Yadav into the attack! 

# 9 runs off Mohammed Siraj's first over in ODI cricket for India as the youngster registers an expensive debut! Australia 38/2 (10 overs)  

# Just a run off the 9th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India slowly gainly control over the clash! Australia 27/2 (9 overs)

# Australia 26/2 (8 overs)

# Shaun Marsh makes his way down to the middle!

# Wicket! Opener Alex Carey has been dismissed by Mohammed Shami after attempting to go for a big shot, but failing to land anything but a catch to Shikhar Dhawan at short mid-wicket! Australia 26/2 (7.4 overs) 

# Australia 20/1 (7 overs)

# Usman Khawaja is the new man in! 

# Wicket! Aaron Finch continues to struggle against Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the bowler dismissing him in similar fashion to the previous clash. Finch failed to generate any proper footwork resulting in an early dismissal! Australia 20/1 (6.6 overs) 

# Four runs off Shami's over as Dinesh Karthik pulls off a stunning dive to save a certain boundary. India have been extremely agile on the field so far! Australia 18/0 (6 overs)    

# Bhuvneshwar continues to bowl in tandem, with 3 runs off the over as the openers struggle to score freely in the initial overs! Australia 14/0 (5 overs)    

# Shami maintains the pressure from the other end, with a tight line and length, as Finch gets off the mark off a length delivery to make it 2 runs from the over! Australia 11/0 (4 overs)    

# Just a single off Bhuvneshwar's second over as the fast-bowler keeps it tight, without much room for the openers! Australia 9/0 (3 overs)  

# Five runs off the second over with the first boundary of the innings as Alex Carey smashes a boundary through square leg! Australia 8/0 (2 overs) 

# Mohammed Shami will be bowling from the other end!  

# 3 runs off the first over as Australia look to ensure a steady start early on! Australia 3/0 (1 over) 

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar is all set to kick off proceedings for India with Australian openers Alex Carey and Aaron Finch on the pitch as well!  

Glenn Maxwell donning the floppy yellow with the temperature expected to reach 40C at the Adelaide Oval!

# Australia will be looking to register their first ODI series win in two years, with a clinical performance at the Adelaide Oval!

# The visitors have added Mohammed Siraj into the side at the expense of Khaleel Ahmed who failed to make his presence felt in the opening clash! 

# Here are the lineups for both the sides: 

# The hosts have retained the same lineup from the opening clash! 

# Australia have won the toss and opted to bat first! 

# Kuldeep Yadav is warming up in the heat. Extra drinks break have been scheduled for each session of today’s ODI due to extreme conditions! 

# Toss is all set to take place shortly as the sides warm up before the clash!

# The Adelaide Oval has traditionally been a batting track with this clash also expected to be a high-scoring one! 

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar has backed veteran MS Dhoni who was criticised for his poor performance in the opening ODI, to come good at the Adelaide Oval!  

# India is all set to take on Australia in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval soon. At the same time, there are certain factors which they need to pay heed to as evident from the match preview!     

India take on Australia in a must-win clash at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, having recorded a 34-run defeat in the opening ODI of the three-match series between the two nations. 

The visitors certainly missed out on the presence of big hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya who was suspended on disciplinary grounds, as apparent from the impact on the balance of the batting order. 

However, India will be boosted by the form of vice-captain Rohit Sharma who scored an excellent 133 to bring the side close to victory.

At the same time, the visitors have an area of concern with veteran MS Dhoni struggling to make his presence felt under pressure at the No 5 position. Dhoni failed to rotate the strike effectively, scoring 51 runs off 96 deliveries in a knock comprising of three boundaries and a six, at a strike rate of 53.13.

While vice-captain Sharma has expressed his desire to see the veteran bat at the No 4 position, early indications from the training sessions have made it apparent that the visistors are unlikely to tinker with their combinations. 

Dhoni averages 52.95 while batting at number four, which is higher than his current career-average of 50.11 over 333 games. It is even higher than his favoured batting positions of number five (50.70) and six (46.33) but batting lower down the order, strike-rate becomes paramount. 

Yet, Dhoni's career strike-rate at number four is 94.21 and it is higher than his overall career strike-rate of 87.60, or at number five (86.08) and number six (83.23).

When India last played ODIs in Australia in January 2016, Dhoni batted at number four in two matches but only scored 18 runs. 

In fact, since that series, Dhoni has batted at number four in only eight ODIs, with the last instance in the 2018 Asia Cup. He averages 24.75 in this interim, with a strike-rate of 77.34 and a highest of 80 against New Zealand in October 2016.

Another area of concern will be a rare failure for the top-order batsmen with opener Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Virat Kohli dismissed cheaply in Sydney.  

Kohli averages 73.44 at the Adelaide Oval across all formats, while in ODIs alone, he still averages an impressive 46.66. While he would definitely strive to score runs again at his favourite venue, Dhawan's form will be in the limelight.

The opener will be looking to prove that his first-ball duck in Sydney was simply a slight blip, following recent criticism after the cricketer spent spent his time holidaying in Melbourne instead of playing in the 2018-19 Ranji season. 

Ambati Rayadu who played a key role in the home series against West Indies, is expected to be persisted with by the team management, despite a poor show in the opening clash.

Despite being reported for a suspect bowling action, the part time off-spinner is free to continue bowling in international cricket. However, it is doubtful whether the management will encourage him to do so. 

In such a scenario, Kedar Jadhav has emerged as an effective option, with reports suggesting his addition to the lineup at Dinesh Karthik's expense. 

There is every chance that the same bowling composition will be persisted with despite fast-bowler Khaleel Ahmed's poor performance in Sydney. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be looking to make his presence felt in the Adelaide clash, having conceded 66 runs during his bowling spell in the opening clash.

Australia are expected to field the same lineup as in the first match.  

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar.

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.