India beat Australia to level one-day series

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Shikhar Dhawan

RAJKOT, India — Steve Smith hit a swashbuckling 98 but Australia could not stop India powering to a 36 run victory to level their one-day series on Friday.

Thrashed by 10 wickets in the first of the three-match series, Shikhar Dhawan made 96, KL Rahul 80 and captain Virat Kohli 78 as India made 340 for six in their 50 overs and Australia soon fell behind in the run chase.

India completely turned the tables on Australian captain Aaron Finch, who won the toss and put India in to bat. India were a totally different proposition to the side that was never in the Mumbai contest while Finch's bowlers struggled.

Despite Smith's 102-ball innings with a six and nine fours and Marnus Labuschagne's battling 46, Mohammed Shami came close to a hat-trick as India's pace attack took control and Australia were bowled out for 304 with five balls of the innings left.

Shami bowled Ashton Turner and Pat Cummins with successive yorkers and had an appeal for the third wicket turned down on review. He finished with three for 77.

"It was good to see that we came back so strongly," said Dhawan. "We had a good discussion, we knew we had to target specific bowlers and we showed more intent. Once we were set, we put the pressure on them."

The series, a key preparation for both sides ahead of this year's Twenty20 World Cup, will now be decided in Bangalore on Sunday. — AFP

Scoreboard

India

R. Sharma lbw b Zampa 42

S. Dhawan c Starc b Richardson 96

V. Kohli c Starc b Zampa 78

S. Iyer b Zampa 7

K.L. Rahul run out 80

M. Pandey c Agar b Richardson 2

R. Jadeja not out 20

M. Shami not out 1

Extras (b5, lb4, w5) 14

Total (six wickets - 50 overs) 340

Did not bat: K. Yadav, N. Saini, J. Bumrah

Fall of wickets: 1-81 (Sharma, 13.3 overs), 2-184 (Dhawan, 28.4), 3-198 (Iyer, 32.4), 4-276 (Kohli, 43.1), 5-280 (Pandey, 44.1), 6-338 (Rahul, 49.4)

Bowling: Cummins 10 1 53 0, Starc 10 0 78 0, Richardson 10 0 73 2, Zampa 10 0 50 3, Agar 8 0 63 0, Labuschagne 2 0 14 0

Australia

D. Warner c Pandey b Shami 15

A. Finch st Rahul b Jadeja 33

S. Smith b Yadav 98

M. Labuschagne c Shami b Jadeja 46

A. Carey c Kohli b Yadav 18

A. Turner b Shami 13

A. Agar lbw b Saini 25

P. Cummins b Shami 0

M. Starc c Rahul b Saini 6

K. Richardson not out 24

A. Zampa c Rahul b Bumrah 6

Extras (lb 10, w 10) 20

Total (49.1 overs - all out) 304

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Warner, 3.2 ov), 2-82 (Finch, 15.1), 3-178 (Labuschagne 30.5), 4-220 (Carey 37.2), 5-221 (Smith, 37.5), 6-259 (Turner 43.1 ov), 7-259 (Cummins 43.2), 8-274 (Agar, 46.1), 9-275 (Starc, 46.3)

Bowling: Bumrah 9.1 2 32 1, Shami 10 0 77 3, Saini 10 0 62 2, Jadeja 10 0 58 2, Yadav 10 0 65 2

Australia won the toss and put India in to bat

India win by 36 runs

Three match series level 1-1

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Virender Sharma (IND)

TV umpire: Michael Gough (ENG)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)


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