Australia beats India by 7 wickets, takes 2-0 series lead

BY foxsports • January 15, 2016

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) George Bailey scored 78 from 58 balls to steer Australia over India by seven wickets in the second limited-overs international and a 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Friday.

In a near repeat of the series opener at Perth, where Australia won by five wickets, India won the toss and batted and Rohit Sharma scored 124 in a total of 308-8.

Sharma made 171 not out in Perth, where India posted 309-3, and shared a second-wicket stand of 207 with Virat Kohli.

The pair again provided the impetus for India's innings, putting on 135 for the second wicket in Brisbane. Ajinkya Rahane then made 89 as India set Australia a testing target as rain threatened.

Sharma was only the third batsman after England's Graham Hick and his fellow Indian VVS Laxman to score back-to-back one-day international centuries against Australia in Australia. He also became the first Indian batsman to score four ODI centuries on Australian soil, overtaking Laxman's three.

While in Perth India looked to be aggressive and force the scoring early on, Sharma guided a more careful policy on Friday as the tourists tried to maintain wickets to allow a late surge in the run chase.

But the Indian innings was cut short by unfortunate runouts.

Kohli, on 59, was the victim of a good piece of fielding when he hit the ball firmly to fine leg and paid for a momentary hesitation in taking a single.

But Sharma was unlucky when he was runout at the non-striker's end after James Faulkner deflected Rahane's straight drive onto the stumps.

Australia's reply was more aggressive in the second match, with Aaron Finch (71) and Shaun Marsh (71) sharing a 145-run opening stand.

Steve Smith, who scored 149 in Perth, scored at almost a run-a-ball to post 46 before leaving Bailey, who also scored a century in Perth, to combine with Glenn Maxwell to guide the Australians home.

The third match is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

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