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Dhawan impresses as India level series 1-1

17th January 2020, 19:33 by Aidan Perkins

Shikhar Dhawan starred with a score of 96 as India beat Australia by 36 runs in the second ODI to set up a series decider on Sunday.

Dhawan's knock was the standout score as the hosts posted 340-6 at the Saurashtra Stadium after Australia had put them in to bat.

Lokesh Rahul backed up Dhawan with 80 and captain Virat Kohli weighed in with 78 before India bowled Australia out for 304 in 49.1 overs.

Steve Smith did his best with 98 as seamer Mohammed Shami took three wickets for 77 runs, while Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each.

The tourists won the first game and so the three-game series is finely poised at 1-1 heading into Sunday's clash in Bengaluru.

Aussie skipper Aaron Finch admitted India had deservedly edged it on the day.

He said: "We were always just one more wicket down than what we'd have liked at any stage of the chase and that's when the required rate started getting out of reach."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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