Kohli ton steers India to 250 against Australia

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In a fluctuating second ODI that provided a nail-biting climax, Kohli, the India captain, turned to Shankar's medium pacers for the final over because his more senior bowlers had completed their allocations. Vijay Shankar scored a 41-ball 46 with five fours and a six.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja. Alex Carey was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav for 24-ball 22.

The visitors, however, lost their way after that as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Nathan Coulter-Nile was clean bowled for 4 by Bumrah's fantastic Yorker.

Going into the business end of the match, Australia middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were building a partnership whose ramifications had it in them to cause trouble for India.

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The duo hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park before Vijay was run out by Adam Zampa in the 29th over.

Earlier India made 250 runs from 48.2 overs. Pat Cummins for Australia was the highest wicket-taker as he took four wickets.

Concerns about defending a target among the visitors appeared to have overruled the state of the Nagpur pitch, which looked dry, cracked, and likely to take increasing amounts of spin as the game went on. He along with Indian captain knitted a crucial 67-run stand for the 7th wicket to stem the fall of wickets. Kohli, meanwhile, pushed through with typically well-chosen strokes, alert running between the wickets and deft placement for the occasional boundary in Nagpur's considerable heat. Following his 45 against New Zealand in Wellington during the recent series, the chairman of selectors M.S.K. Prasad said that Vijay Shankar has changed the dynamics of team's choices.

Kohli looked quite drained by the experience of fighting his way to three figures in such conditions, suggesting that it would be a hard chase for an Australian side without anything like the same confidence as India's leader. Pat Cummins came in and was caught behind by MS Dhoni for a duck. A further indicator of the same was offered by how the Indian innings folded after Kohli's exit, the final three wickets claimed for two runs.

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