Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century and Vijay Shankar’s all-round performance guide India to a convincing win over Australia in the final over of the second ODI at Nagpur.
Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to contribute much as Rohit Sharma went for a duck in the very over and Dhawan managed to score mere 21. Ambati Rayudu too got trapped before the stumps after scoring 18 and left India struggling at 75 for 3 in 17 overs.
What a nail biting game this has been.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019
Then Vijay Shankar walked into the field who was promoted to No. 5. He gave good support to the captain Virat Kohli. The duo added an 81-run stand off 71 deliveries which accelerateIndia’s inning a little bit. Shankar smashed a 41-ball 46, including five boundaries and a six before he getting dismissed.
His dismissal did slow down India’s scoring. After four overs, Adam Zampa struck twice off two deliveries as he picked up Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni and India reduced from 156 for 3 to 171 for 6.
However, Ravindra Jadeja tried to support Kohli for a 67 off 74 run-stand to take India past the 200-run mark. Kohli played with utmost patience and when he got settled down, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past him. However, Jadeja got dismissed in the 46th over for 21.
Kohli scored another ODI century, his 40th in the 44th over. After scoring 120-ball 116, he got dismissed by giving an easy catch to deep mid-wicket. Pat Cummins took a four-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 250.
Brilliant century from Virat , outstanding death over bowling from Bumrah and Vijay Shankar holding his nerves really well in the end. Bahut badhiya jeet. #INDvAUS
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 5, 2019
Chasing 251, Australia openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khwaja got off to a flying start. Both the openers dominated the bowlers for the first 15 overs and added an 87-ball 83-run stand for the first wicket. However, the table turned after arriving on spinners.
Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch before the stumps and break the partnership. Later Kedar Jadhav and Jadeja joined the party and the visitors soon reduced to 132 for 4. The accurate line and length troubled the visitors.
However, Peter Handscomb played a stable knock of 48 off 59 including four boundaries. His knock kept Australia in the run chase. But a splendid direct throw by Ravindra Jadeja from the backward point got him out.
Later Stoinis and Alex Carey made another partnership and started becoming the hurdle for India. Meanwhile, Kuldeep struck again and picked up the wicket of Carey and broke the partnership.
In the 46th over, Bumrah struck twice and dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. In the last three overs, Australia required Twenty-one runs to win but Marcus Stoinis managed to score only one run in that over. Still, the hope was there as Stoinis was timing the ball well.
Meanwhile, Stoinis completed his half-century in the penultimate over. Kohli handed the ball to Vijay Shankar in the last over when 11 runs were needed to win for the visitors. Vijay Shankar trapped Stoinis before the wicket on the very first delivery for 52 and two balls later, his yorker crashed Adam Zampa’s middle-stump. India held their nerve and won the game by 8 runs. With this win, they completed their 500th ODI win as well.
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