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Faulkner hits Australia to unlikely win

James Faulkner’s late blitz overshadowed a tour de force from India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Australia moved 2-1 ahead in the one-day international series.

Dhoni had rescued the hosts, who were asked to bat, from a rocky start with a quite brilliant 139 not out from 121 balls.

However, a total of 303 for nine proved insufficient as half-centuries from Adam Voges and Faulkner took Australia over the line by four wickets in dramatic fashion.

Although Aaron Finch and George Bailey, with 38 and 43 respectively, had kept Australia in the hunt, they appeared to have little chance with three overs to go.

With 44 needed to win, something special was required. That was exactly what Faulkner produced, striking a four and four sixes in an Ishant Sharma over that yielded 30 runs.

With Voges for company, he easily saw Australia over the line, fittingly ending matters by heaving Vinay Kumar over the leg side for another maximum. Voges ended on 76 and Faulkner 64 from just 29 balls.

Earlier, some magic from Dhoni was required in the face of an outstanding Mitchell Johnson.

Australia’s left-arm paceman proved a constant threat in claiming 4-46, with only Virat Kohli finding an early antidote as he continued his good form with a flashy 68.

But it was Dhoni expertly marshalling the tail that gave his side a chance as 12 fours and five sixes highlighted his masterclass.

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