Team India bounced back in style from the defeat in the first ODI to beat Australia by 36 runs in the second ODI on Friday and draw level in the three-match series. The hosts needed to win the game at all cost to keep the series alive and they rose to the occasion. After piling up a mammoth total of 340 for 6, India bowled out the visitors for 304.
Virat Kohli once again lost the toss and India were invited to bat first. But unlike the last match, the batsmen put up a good show this time around. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 81 runs before the latter and Kohli added 103 runs. Dhawan was out for 96 while Kohli departed for 78. KL Rahul then finished the innings strongly by blasting 80 from just 52 balls.
In reply, Australia lost their in-form opener David Warner cheaply before Aaron Finch and Steve Smith shared a fifty-plus stand. At 220 for 3 in the 38th over with Smith well set in the middle, the match was heading towards a thrilling finish before Kuldeep dismissed Alex Carey and the former Australia captain to put India on top. Australia were eventually all out for 304.
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Virat Kohli on Rohit Sharma’s injury:
India’s impressive win over Australia turned a bit sour towards the end of the match when their star man Rohit Sharma clutched his shoulder in agony. The incident happened in the 43rd over when the opening batsman made a diving effort in the deep to stop a shot hit by Ashton Agar.
Rohit Sharma came running across from sweeper cover before diving during which he jammed his hand. As soon as he stood up, he started grimacing while holding his left arm. The Indian physio soon walked out and Rohit Sharma decided to leave the field with him. After the game ended, India skipper Virat Kohli gave an update on his deputy, saying that the opener’s shoulder popped out a number of times. He also said that Rohit is more than likely to be fit for the crucial series-decider.
“Rohit’s left shoulder has popped out of few times, and he should be good to go in the next game,” said Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The third and final ODI will take place at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday and India will be hoping that their batting mainstay recovers in time for the game. With the challenging tour of New Zealand not very far away, India are unlikely to take any risk if Rohit Sharma does not recover fully.
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