After captain Aaron Finch won his 2nd toss of the series to subject the tourists to another afternoon of toil under a hot sun, David Warner hit 83 off 77 balls, Finch 60 off 69, Marnus Labuschagne 70 off 60 and Glenn Maxwell bludgeoned a crowd-pleasing unbeaten 63 from 29 balls.
Steven Smith put on a batting clinic with a full array of quirky shot-making as he raced to his hundred, laced with 14 fours and 2 sixes.
Smith fell 2 balls later stretching for a wide slower delivery off Hardik Pandya and getting a thick edge to Mohammed Shami at 3rd man.
Finch and Warner brought up their 12th century opening stand off 16 overs before Finch mistimed Shami and spooned a catch to Kohli via his pads, Finch’s 60 came off 69 balls with the first wicket falling at 142, following the pair’s 156-run stand in the first ODI.
David Warner chanced his luck on 83 but was run out by a brilliant direct throw from Shreyas Iyer at long-off.
While chasing a massive target, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the 8th over of their innings when he miscued Josh Hazlewood and was caught by Mitchell Starc for 30 off 23 balls, and fellow opener Mayank Agarwal went in the next over.
Pat Cummins had Agarwal caught behind for 28 off 26 to leave India 60 for 2 and a sensational catch by Smith at mid-wicket ended Iyer’s knock of 38, giving Moises Henriques a wicket.
Henriques proved Australia’s hero with his athletic horizontal catch to dismiss Kohli off Hazlewood for the prized wicket in the 35th over.
K.L. Rahul hit an enterprising 76 off 66 balls before he sliced leg-spinner Adam Zampa high to Hazlewood at short 3rd man in the 44th over.
India managed to score 338/9 in 50 overs.
It was India’s 5th consecutive ODI defeat for the first time since January 2016 with the tourists now bidding to prevent a series whitewash in Wednesday’s final game in Canberra.
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