All round performance of Vijay Shankar scoring 46 off 41 balls and took two wickets in the final over to secure a nail-biting eight-run win for India against Australia in the second One-day International on Tuesday at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Virat Kohli smashed his 40th century today scoring 116 runs in 120 balls.Chasing India’s 251 to level the five-match series, Australia got off to a solid start before the hosts roared back into the contest with some disciplined bowling.
The 46th over bowled by Bumrah proved to be another turning point. Having not proved as effective till that point in the match, India’s lead pacer struck twice to dismiss Nathan Coulter-Nile and Cummins and leave the entire mantle of chasing down the target on Stoinis.
Knowing fully that India had to bowl one over of Vijay Shankar or Kedar Jadhav in the last four, Stoinis pushed the chase deep. So did India. Neither blinked and eventually brought down the equation to 11 runs of the final over. Vijay Shankar, who had bowled only one over till then in the match and conceded 13, got the first ball to slant in and trap Stonis plumb in front of the wicket. Stoinis took a review but in vain. Two balls later, he yorked and bowled Adam Zampa to end Australia’s chase.
Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja led Australia’s robust reply with an opening stand of 83 before the Indian spinners hauled the hosts back into the contest with a flurry of wickets.
Having elected to field, Australia had begun strongly with Pat Cummins, armed with the new ball, sending down a maiden-wicket over in which he dismissed Rohit Sharma for a duck.
Australia employed spin from both ends after six overs, and soon Maxwell trapped Shikhar Dhawan lbw while Nathan Lyon dismissed Ambati Rayudu.
Kohli and Shankar combined in a breezy 81-run stand to arrest the slide and take India past the 150-mark.Shankar dived back but was run out for 46 after Kohli’s straight drive brushed Zampa’s fingers before hitting the stumps. Leggie Zampa dismissed Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in successive deliveries, but Kohli batted with elegance to bring up his century in 107 balls.The right-hander stroked 10 boundaries in his risk-free knock, sprinting tirelessly between the wickets to pick up runs, before eventually falling to Cummins (4-29).
Brief Scores: India 250 in 48.2 overs (Virat Kohli 116, Vijay Shankar 46; Pat Cummins 4-29, Adam Zampa 2-62) beat Australia 242 in 49.3 overs (Marcus Stoinis 52, Peter Handscomb 48; Kuldeep Yadav 3-54, Vijay Shankar 2-15) by 8 runs