Nagpur: Thanks to the strong performance of the bowlers after captain Virat Kohli’s innings (116), India defeated Australia by 8 runs in the second ODI of the series on Tuesday.
- The Indian team threw a target of 251 runs at Australia for victory, guests bundled out in 242
- Captain Virat Kohli scored 40th ODI century: 116 runs
- For Australia, Marcus Stoinis scored 52 runs with four 4s and a six in 65 balls
- Kuldeep Yadav took 3 wickets for India; pacer Bumrah and Shankar claimed two wickets each
Australia won the toss at the VCA stadium of Nagpur and invited India to bat first. The hosts were all out for 250 runs. After that, the Australian team could only manage 242 runs in 49.3 overs.
With this win, Team India has taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. This is India’s 500th ODI victory.
Marcus Stoney top-scored with 52 runs for the Australian team that had to chase a target of 251 runs. He hit four 4s and a six in his 65-ball innings.
Peter Handscomb contributed 48 runs. Usman Khawaja scored 38 and captain Aaron Finch got 37.
Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli scored 10 boundaries in his century consuming 120 balls. Vijay Shankar contributed 46 runs.
Pat Cummins took 4 wickets for Australia. Adam Junka took two wickets while Cooler Nile, Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Lyon got one wicket each.
Virat’s 40th century, against Australia after 6 years
Kohli scored his 40th ODI century today. This is his second century in Nagpur. He had earlier scored an unbeaten century of 115 against Australia in October 2013.
Kohli has been the leading century scorer for India in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar (49 ODI centuries). Virat scored his seventh century against Australia on Tuesday before Pat Cummins claimed his wicket when he was on 116. Marcus Stoinis caught him out.
Bad start for India
The Indian team started poorly. In the very first over, Rohit Sharma (0) became the victim of Cummins on the last ball, caught by Adam Junka.
After this, Shikhar Dhawan (21) was sent to the pavilion by Maxwell when India were at 38. Dhawan hit 4 fours in 29 balls.
India’s third wicket was lost in the form of Ambati Rayudu (18). After this, Virat shaped the innings with Vijay Shankar and made the team cross 150. Vijay Shankar was run out at a personal score of 46. He hit five 4s and a six, spending 41 balls.
2 consecutive shocks by Junka
Kedar Jadhav (11) could not do anything special. He returned to the pavilion and that was the 5th wicket down for India. In the second ball of the 33rd Australian over by Junka, Jadhav was caught out by Finch. On the next ball, MS Dhoni gave an easy catch to Usman Khawaja, with India’s sixth wicket falling on the score of 171.