Virat Kohli scored his sixth 50-lus score in seven innings in the series © Getty Images
Virat Kohli scored his sixth 50-lus score in seven innings in the series © Getty Images

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan laid the platform, and Virat Kohli put on the finishing touches, as the visitors piled on 184 for 3 in the second T20 International (T20I) between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. It was the highest T20I total at the MCG as well. India, who lead the series 1-0, were put in to bat after Australian skipper Aaron Finch won the toss. However, things did not go as Finch would have wanted, with the Indian openers hammering 97 for the first wicket. Australia opened bowling with Shane Watson and John Hastings, but by the ninth over seven bowlers had already been used. Finch’s decision to keep rotating his bowlers backfired, with the Indian batsmen cashing on almost every new bowler introduced. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd T20I at Melbourne

Rohit was a bit slow to get going, but once he got his eye in he started bringing out the big hits. Dhawan was the more fluent of the two early on, getting India the early momentum by hitting Hastings for two fours and a six in the fourth over of the innings. That opened the floodgates, with Rohit hitting James Faulkner for three boundaries in the very next over of the innings. Scott Boland and Andrew Tye — two of Australia’s three debutants — started off well with economical first overs, Boland giving just one run, and Tye giving five. However, the third debutant, Nathan Lyon, had a nightmarish debut by giving 15 runs in the only over he bowled. Live Cricket Blog: India vs Australia 2015-16, 2nd T20I at Melbourne

Dhawan was the first to go, reverse-sweeping Glenn Maxwell to Chris Lynn. He had contributed an important 42 off 32 balls with three fours and two sixes. Rohit and Kohli then put on a swift 46 runs, with Kohli contributing 32 of those runs. Rohit was unfortunately run out after a bit of miscommunication that saw him set off for a tough second run despite Kohli waving to him not to run. MS Dhoni promoted himself up to No. 4 ahead of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, and started hitting the ball hard right from the start. One shot in particular stood out: a straight hit against Faulkner that sped to the boundary in a matter of seconds. Had it hit anyone on the way, a few broken bones would have been the best case scenario.

Kohli was on strike batting on 49 at the start of the final over, to be bowled by Andrew Tye. Kohli got to his fifty with a boundary off the first ball, and proceeded to get three off the next two balls. Dhoni then hit the next ball to Shane Watson at long off. Kohli and Raina managed to sneak in two off the next ball, though had Tye collected the throw Raina would have been run out. They could only take a single off the last ball, ending at 184 for 3.

Brief scores:

India 184 for 3 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 60, Shikhar Dhawan 42, Virat Kohli 59*; Andrew Tye 1 for 28, Glenn Maxwell 1 for 17) vs Australia.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)