Second One Day International
India 354-7 (M S Dhoni 124, G Gambhir 76, S K Raina 62) v Australia 255 (M E K Hussey 53)
India beat Australia by 99 runs
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's century helped India level the one-day series against Australia with a 99-run victory in the second match at Nagpur.
Dhoni contributed 124 to India's total of 354-7 before Ravindra Jadeja took 3-35 to help dismiss Australia for 255 in reply.
Australia slumped to 45-3 in the 11th over of their floodlit run chase and, despite a half-century from Michael Hussey, never got back in contention.
Medium pacer Praveen Kumar (2-37) swung the new ball to account for Tim Paine (8) and Ricky Ponting (12), while Ishant Sharma (2-34) chipped in with the scalp of Shane Watson (19).
Hussey and Cameron White rebuilt with a fourth-wicket stand of 48 in 10.5 overs but the required rate was rising rapidly out of control.
India's spinners then took a firm grip - White (23) lobbed a catch to midwicket off Harbhajan Singh (1-62) and Hussey, having made 53 off 60 balls, was bowled playing back to Jadeja.
Wickets continued to fall regularly, left-arm spinner Jadeja adding the scalps of Adam Voges (36) and Shaun Marsh (21) as Australia were all out in 48.3 overs.
The tourists, already without one-day regulars Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Nathan Bracken for the entire seven-match series, were further depleted by injuries to pace spearhead Brett Lee and all-rounder James Hopes picked up during the four-run victory in the opening game.
Ben Hilfenhaus and Marsh came into the starting XI and Ponting won the toss and opted to field first despite the pitch at the VCA Stadium looking full of runs.
Ponting's decision initially looked sound as Peter Siddle (1-55) dismissed Sachin Tendulkar (4), caught at slip pushing away from his body in the fourth over.
But India still made a flying start thanks to Tendulkar's opening partner Virender Sehwag, who flayed 40 off 31 balls as the home side raced along at more than six an over.
Australia briefly hit back, Mitchell Johnson had Sehwag held at mid-off from a miscued drive and Yuvraj Singh (23) - making his return after a finger injury - offered Hilfenhaus (1-83) a return catch to leave India on 97-3 after 15.1 overs.
But Dhoni shared century stands with Gautam Gambhir (76) and Suresh Raina (62) for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively as the visiting attack struggled for penetration.
Spin duo Nathan Hauritz (0-54) and Voges (0-33) were milked for 87 runs in a combined 15 wickletess overs and the seamers all came in for severe punishment when Dhoni and Raina stepped up the tempo in the final 10 overs.
Dhoni drove medium pacer Shane Watson (0-47) for six to bring up his fifth one-day hundred - but first for 15 months - from 94 deliveries.
He was finally dismissed by Johnson (3-75) in the final over of the innings having struck nine fours and three sixes during his 107-ball stay, as India closed on their fourth highest total in one-day internationals.
The third instalment of the series takes place in Delhi on Saturday.