India win against Australia at Vizag | Ind vs Aus 2nd ODI | India vs Australia
India Win Against Australia, Virat Kohli hit his highest ODI score to lead India to a five-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international at Visakhapatnam.
Kohli smashed 118, despite being hampered by a leg injury, to guide the hosts past Australia’s 289 for three with seven balls to spare.
Stand-in Australia captain Michael Clarke had earlier returned to form as he hit his fifth ODI century, although his knock was overshadowed by a blazing late innings from Cameron White.
White smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 49 balls as the tourists took 114 from the final 10 overs to set a testing chase.
But even that was not enough as the 21-year-old Kohli displayed maturity beyond his years, with the aid of half-centuries from Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, to guide India to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, which saw the opening game ruined by rain.
With both teams opting to rest most of their star names, there were two new faces in each team.
Left-handers Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwary made their India debuts while Australia fielded an inexperienced bowling attack after bringing in untried duo Mitchell Starc and John Hastings.
That meant Nathan Hauritz, who has come in for criticism for his performances so far on tour, was easily the tourists’ most experience recognised bowler with 55 ODI caps.
It was the hosts’ inexperience, however, that was exposed early in India’s chase as Dhawan was bowled by Clint McKay from the second ball of the innings without scoring.
McKay then induced an edge from Murali Vijay to leave India in trouble at 35 for two, before Kohli set about his task.
The right-hander was struck down by a leg injury, which left him needing a runner, but he anchored the innings, first in a stand of 137 with Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj had added 58 before he became McKay’s third victim, bowled by a slower ball, but Kohli was unmoved as he and new man Raina picked off Australia’s young attack.
The pair combined in an 84-run stand in quick time to ensure the hosts could afford a minor slip when Kohli’s memorable knock did end 34 runs short of the target.
The right-hander thrashed Hastings to James Hopes at deep mid-on before skipper MS Dhoni was bowled first ball by the young Victorian.
Raina reigned in his earlier aggression to make sure he guided his side home with an unbeaten 71 from 47 balls.
Clarke had earlier returned to form after a terrible Test series when he managed just 35 runs at an average of less than nine.
The right-hander, saddled with the extra responsibility of the captaincy in the absence of Ricky Ponting, anchored the innings with a masterful 111 before White stole the show.
It meant the Australians set a testing target of 289 for three – a total that looked beyond them even when Clarke and Michael Hussey (69) built a steadying 144-run stand in the middle overs.
The pair had come together with the score on 16 for two, after openers Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine fell cheaply to Ashish Nehra.
They built their recovering stand around patience before Hussey fell on 69 when he was trapped in front by a quicker Ravichandran Ashwin delivery.
That looked a crucial wicket for the Indians as batting was beginning to become easier, but in the end it only allowed White to significantly accelerate the scoring.
The Victorian smashed a couple of straight sixes off Vinay Kumar as he dominated his stand with the already-set Clarke.
They took 49 from their five powerplay overs, with Clarke hitting back-to-back boundaries in the last of those before turning a single to bring up his fifth ODI century.
And while White completed his impressive hitting with back-to-back sixes to take 22 off Vinay’s final over, it was not enough.
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