India beat Australia by eight runs in second one-day international – as it happened
Virat Kohli amassed his 40th one-day international century but it was Vijay Shankar’s part-time seam bowling that helped India to a tense eight-run victory over Australia in Nagpur.
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.
Defending 11 runs and with Marcus Stoinis on strike Shankar struck first ball, pinning the big-hitting Australian in front for 52 for his first ODI wicket.
His second scalp followed two balls later when last man Adam Zampa was bowled as Australia were all out for 242 from 49.3 overs, leaving their hosts to celebrate taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
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Kohli underpinned India’s total of 250 all out with a sublime 116 from 120 balls – after losing the toss – to move to within nine hundreds of Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record in ODIs.
Kohli’s resistance was eventually ended when he holed out to deep square-leg off Pat Cummins, who was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with four for 29, while Shankar contributed an enterprising 46 from 41 balls.
Australia seemed to be coasting at 122 for two just before the halfway stage of their reply but lost wickets at critical junctures. The left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed three for 54 while Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets and conceded only 29 runs from his 10 overs before Shankar sealed the victory.
News Credit – The Guardian