Wednesday 20 October 2010 

Kohli, Yuvraj And Raina Lead India To Impressive Win

Kohli, Yuvraj And Raina Lead India To Impressive Win
Kohli, Yuvraj And Raina Lead India To Impressive Win
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India 292-5 (Kohli 118, Raina 71no) beat
Australia 289-3 (Clarke 111no, White 89no) by five wickets
Second One-Day International, Visakhapatnam

Excellent innings from Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh led India to an impressive five-wicket win over Australia in the second One-Day International in Visakhapatnam.

Michael Clarke's unbeaten century, allied with half-centuries from Michael Hussey and Cameron White, saw Australia post 289 for three but it wasn't enough as Kohli hit 118, Raina an unbeaten 71 and Yuvraj 58.

Clarke was unbeaten on 111 and White on 89 in 49 balls as Australia set India a stiff victory target having been invited to bat first.

They made an uncertain start as openers Shaun Marsh (0) and Tim Paine (9) fell cheaply, Marsh bowled by Ashish Nehra and Paine caught at mid-on by Ranganath Vinay Kumar off ths same bowler.

That brought Clarke and Hussey (69) together and they patiently rebuilt the innings, accelerating as they got themselves in on their way to a 144-run partnership for the third wicket.

Hussey hit seven fours in 77 balls and his dismissal enabled White to come in and hammer six fours and six sixes to propel Australia to an excellent score.

Clarke batted through to reach 111 in 139 balls, with seven fours and one six, hitting his fifth ODI century.

India also made a poor start to their innings when Shikhar Dhawan marked his debut with a two-ball duck and Murali Vijay (15) edged to Tim Paine, both players falling to Clint McKay.

Kohli then set about rebuilding the innings with Yuvraj, much in the way in which Clarke and Hussey had for Australia, although the pair were more aggressive.

Kohli hit 11 fours and a six in 121 balls, reaching his third ODI century while Yuvraj showed touches of the form that had appeared to desert him recently with five fours in 87 balls.

McKay had Yuvraj bowled and John Hastings had Kohli caught by Hopes but Australia's chances disappeared when Raina came and blasted nine fours and one six to be unbeaten on 71 in 47 balls.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bowled by Hastings for a golden duck but Saurabh Tiwary helped Raina get India over the finish line with an unbeaten 12 in 17 balls as India sealed the game with seven balls to spare.

Both sides handed debuts to two players - Dhawan and Tiwary for India; Hastings and Mitchell Starc for Australia.

After the opening match in Kochi was washed out, India take a 1-0 series lead into the final match in Margo on 24th October.

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