India were not allowed to drive home their early advantage as Shaun Marsh strung together useful partnerships with Peter Handscomb (20 off 22 balls), Marcus Stoinis (29 off 36 balls) and finally, Glenn Maxwell (48 off 37 balls)
Adelaide: Shaun Marsh smashed his seventh ODI hundred before India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a brilliant spell in the death overs to prevent Australia from getting to 300 in the second match of the ongoing series in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Bhuvneshwar and Mohammed Shami gave India two quick breakthroughs, sending back host captain Aaron Finch and fellow opener Alex Carey with 26 runs on the board. Soon Usman Khawaja fell to an inspired piece of fielding by Ravindra Jadeja and Australia were 82/3 in the 19th over.
However, India were not allowed to drive home the advantage as Marsh, who had a forgettable time in the Tests against India and lost his place in the squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka, strung together useful partnerships with Peter Handscomb (20 off 22 balls), Marcus Stoinis (29 off 36 balls) and finally, Glenn Maxwell (48 off 37 balls).
Marsh scored 131 runs, which included 11 fours and three sixes, and added 94 runs off 65 balls runs with Maxwell.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the searing Adelaide heat. The hosts were unchanged from the previous game, while India brought in debutant Mohammed Siraj in place of Khaleel Ahmed.
Bhuvneshwar bowled Finch (6) through the gate in the seventh over, in a near-similar replay of his dismissal in the first ODI. At the other end, Carey (18) looked set once again before getting out two overs later, a top-edge off Shami's quick bouncer caught at midwicket as Shikhar Dhawan took a skier.
It brought Marsh and Khawaja (21) together, and they put on 56 runs off 65 balls. Their partnership threatened to turn the game away, but Jadeja effected a sensational run out to dismiss Khawaja with a direct throw from backward point.
Marsh was able to manoeuvre the middle overs very well, as Siraj (0-76) proved expensive. The debutant sprayed the ball all over and was never able to hit a consistent line.
India were forced to bowl Kuldeep Yadav (0-66) and Jadeja (1-49) earlier in the innings than they had planned, and even Shami came back for a spell before the 25th over as the lack of a sixth bowling option started to show.
Australia did them a favour by losing wickets at regular intervals. Handscomb (20) was stumped off Jadeja in the 28th over with MS Dhoni effecting another quick dismissal. But he had added 52 runs with Marsh for the fourth wicket carrying Australia past 100 in the 22nd over.
Marsh reached his half-century off 62 balls, and used his feet well against the spinners. In doing so, he added 55 runs with Stoinis (29) for the fifth wicket.
Their partnership threatened to change the pace of scoring but Shami struck in the 37th over, an inside edge caught behind, to dismiss Stoinis. This brought Maxwell to the crease, and the floodgates opened.
Maxwell hit five fours and a six as Australia accelerated after reaching 200 in the 39th over. Marsh, meanwhile, had reached his hundred off 108 balls.
Siraj had a woeful day as he missed out twice on Maxwell's wicket as the hard-hitting batsman survived on 26 and 41. First, the DRS overturned an lbw decision in the 44th over with the ball going down leg, and then Rohit Sharma dropped a tough chance at extra cover in the 47th over.
Bhuvneshwar returned to account for both Maxwell and Marsh in the 48th over and Australia lost a flurry of wickets.
Nathan Lyon (12 not out) smacked 10 runs in the last three balls. Australia scored 93 runs in the last 10 overs.
Team India : Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammed Shami
Australia : Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stainis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff
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Last Updated Jan 15, 2019, 2:34 PM IST