Nagpur: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century today under pressure of a faltering middle order, stretching the Indian score to a challenging 250 runs in 48.2 overs against Australia in the second one-day international on Tuesday.
Three spinners of Australia, Adam Junka (2/62 in 10 overs), Glenn Maxwell (1/45 in 10 overs) and Nathan Lyon (1/42 in 10 overs) bowled well in the middle overs but Pat Cummins (4/29) was the most successful bowler.
Cummins sent opener Rohit Sharma (0) to the pavilion in the very first over, after which Kohli stepped on the crease and played sensational innings of 116 that included ten fours. He ran most of his runs rather than scoring through boundaries and over-boundaries.
Kohli remained on the crease until the 48th over and faced 120 balls. This is one of the best innings from him as far as his recent record is concerned. He presented a spectacular view of his favourite drive.
Kohli shaped the Indian innings well from the start while Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Ambati Rayudu (18) were not able to play long innings despite spending some time on the crease.
Dhawan looked in the rhythm but Glenn Maxwell got his leg before the wicket. Rayudu was struggling to rotate the strike because the ball was not coming on to the bat. He was finally dismissed by Leon.
Kohli got good partners in the form of Vijay Shankar (46 off 41 balls). The duo added 81 runs for the fourth wicket. Shankar, however, got run out in an unfortunate run following a straight drive from Kohli. Leg-spinner Junka then dismissed Kedar Jadhav (11) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) in successive balls, but Kohli retained the other end.
Kohli completed his 65th international century in international cricket by chasing a Nathan Coulter-Nile ball. Needing to score runs in the last moments of the innings, Ravindra Jadeja was just 21 runs off 40 balls. After the dismissal of Jadeja, Cummins ended Kohli’s innings.
Kuldeep Yadav (3) and Jasprit Bumrah (0) got out in efforts to make runs and India could not even play the full 50 overs.