Captain Virat Kohli notched up 40th ton in limited-overs cricket to help India beat Australia by eight runs in the second game of the one-day series played in Nagpur. Hosts India were dismissed for 250 runs in 48.2 overs. In reply, Australia fell eight runs short of the victory to see India take 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.
Chasing 251 runs to win, Australia got off to decent as openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khuwaja added 83 runs in the space of 15 overs. Finch was the first to be dismissed as Kuldeep Yadav trapped right in front of the stumps to Australia lose their first wicket. He scored 37 off 53 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Part-time spinner Kedhar Jadhav dismissed Usman Khuwaja.
Shaun Marsh looked a little rusty in his game of the series and scored 16 off 27 balls. Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja dismissed Marsh to see Australia go from 83 for 0 to 122 for 3 in a space of eight overs. Glenn Maxwell played a reckless shot as he was cleaned up by Kuldeep Yadav to see Australia lose momentum in the game.
Peter Handscomb looked comfortable at the crease against the spinners. He scored 48 off 59 balls with the help of four boundaries. He was run-out by Ravendra Jadeja after calling for a single off the bowling of Yadav.
Marcus Stoinis struggled to get going in his innings. He was joined by Alex Carey at the crease as the duo added 47 runs to see Australia take the game down to the wire. Carey looked pro-active at the crease and scored 22 off 24 balls with the help of two fours. Australia lost Carey at a crucial stage of the game to see Kuldeep claim his third wicket of the innings.
Pace bowler Jaspreet Bumrah certainly rose to the occasion and dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in the space of few deliveries to see India take control of the game. Bumrah bowled well and conceded just two runs from his final two overs. Shami also bowled but conceded nine runs from his final to see Australia needing another 11 runs to win the game. Virat Kohli made a bold call and gave the ball to Vijay Shankar to bowl the final over of the innings.
Stoinis was trapped leg before wicket as he missed a straight delivery from Shankar. Nathan Lyon also was dismissed by Shankar, who bowled the perfect yorker to see India win the game by 8 runs.
For India, Kuldeep Yadav was standout performer with the ball with three wickets to his name. Pace bowler Jaspreet Bumrah also produced a splendid bowling performance and picked up two crucial wickets to help the turn tide in favor of India.
Virat Kohli smashed 40th ton in limited-overs cricket to help India beat Australia in the third game played in Nagpur
Earlier in the game, Captain Aaron Finch and opted to field first. Virat Kohli looked happy to bat on the surface that was supposed to get slower in the second half of the innings. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck as he played a reckless upper-cut off the bowling of Pat Cummins.
Virat Kohli came to the crease and added 38 runs with Shikhar Dhawan to rebuild the innings after the loss of early wicket. Dhawan once again failed to capitalize on a good start and was trapped right in front of the stumps by off-spinner Glenn Maxwell to see India lose both their openers inside 10 overs.
Ambati Rayudu also got off to decent start and was dismissed Nathan Lyon in the 17th over of the innings to see India lose their third wicket. All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted ahead of MS Dhoni. He came to the crease and played with positive intent from outset. He added 81 runs with Virat Kohli to see India comfortably placed after 28 overs. Shankar scored 46 off 41 balls with the help of five fours and a six.
Shankar was run-out in bizarre fashion as Kohli smashed a delivery towards Adam Zampa to see India lose their fourth wicket. Kohli played well and looked unfazed at the other end. He kept the scoreboard by picking necessary singles. Kedhar Jadhav and MS Dhoni perished for low scores to see India lose their sixth wicket with 171 runs on the board.
All-rounder Ravendra Jadeja came to the crease and added 67 runs with Virat Kohli to see India push their beyond 200 runs. Kohli notched up 40th ton in limited-overs cricket and was well supported by Jadeja at the other end. He scored 116 runs off 120 balls with the help of ten boundaries. Pat Cummins dismissed Virat Kohli to see India lose their eighth wicket.
Australia dismissed the tail-enders to see India dismissed for 250 runs in 48.2 overs. For Australia, pace bowler Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon also picked up crucial wickets for the side in this game.
Virat Kohli named man of the match for his brilliant century against Australia. The third game of the one-day series will be played in Ranchi on Friday.