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Australia Make It Two From Two Despite Rohit Sharma Ton

James Faulkner (left) celebrates hitting the winning runs against India in Melbourne
James Faulkner (left) celebrates hitting the winning runs against India in Melbourne
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Australia 269-6 (Finch 96, Smith 47) beat
India 267-8 (Sharma 138) by four wickets
ODI tri-series game two, Melbourne

Australia and India produced a superb exhibition of 50-over cricket in the second game of the One-Day International tri-series which was eventually won by four wickets by the home side in Melbourne.

Rohit Sharma hit 138 in 139 balls as India fought back from a poor start to post a total of 267 for eight.

Mitchell Starc took six for 43 to put the tourists under pressure with only Suresh Raina (51) able to fight back along with Sharma.

In reply, Australia's innings was built around Aaron Finch's 96 in 127 balls but India forced Australia to work hard to overhaul their total.

It was not until the end of the penultimate over that James Faulkner hit the winning runs to hand Australia their second win of the tournament after they saw off England by three wickets in the opener.

An outstanding early spell from Starc, with support from debutant Gurinder Sandhu and Faulkner, had India reeling at 33 for two after he had Shikhar Dhawan well caught at slip by Finch for two and Ajinkya Rahane (12) fell to Sandhu.

Virat Kohli chipped Faulker to George Bailey for nine to leave India 59 for three but Sharma and Raina's 126-run stand for the fourth wicket helped them recover.

Sharma struck nine fours and four sixes in a stunning display of powerful hitting under pressure while Raina played a smart foil, cracking six fours before he failed to get enough on a drive and was caught by Glenn Maxwell off Starc.

MS Dhoni (19) helped Sharma keep the scoreboard moving until both he and Akshar Patel (0) were bowled by Starc, who then ended Sharma's innings when he was caught by Maxwell.

One ball later, Starc bowled Bhuvneshwar Kumar to finish with six for 43 befor Ravichandran Ashwin's 16 not out ended India's recovery charge.

Sandhu returned one for 58 and Faulkner one for 63.

David Warner then raced to 24 in 22 balls as Finch struggled to find his form at the other end during a 51-run opening stand.

Warner was caught by Raina off Umesh Yadav before Shane Watson (41) and Steve Smith (47) supported Finch but their dismissals, by Patel, Mohammad Shami and Yadav respectively, left Australia 219 for four.

India sensed a way back into the match and even more so when Ashwin had Bailey stumped for five and Maxwell was caught and bowled by Kumar for 20.

However, Brad Haddin (13 not out) and Faulkner (9 not out) stepped up to see Australia home with an unbroken 21-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Kumar (1-44), Yadav (2-55), Shami (1-44), Patel (1-45) and Ashwin (1-54) were India's wicket-takers.

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