India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Kohli leads from the front as India double their lead

Virat Kohli 116 India Australia 2nd ODI Nagpur cricket

Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his 40th ODI century

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India captain Virat Kohli scored 116 to lead his side to a nail-biting eight-run win over Australia in the second ODI in Nagpur.

Opting to bowl first, Australia got their first breakthrough on the sixth ball of the match as India opener Rohit Sharma was caught by Adam Zampa at third man off the bowling of Pat Cummins for a duck.

Shikhar Dhawan, who opened the batting with Rohit, mustered 21 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Glenn Maxwell.

Ambati Rayudu failed to have much of an impact either as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 18.

Kohli and Vijay Shankar stabilised the innings with an 81-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his fifty, before Shankar was run out by Zampa for a 41-ball 46.

Zampa then took out Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni in consecutive deliveries as India slumped to 171/6.

Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja steadied things with a 67-run stand before Jadeja was caught by Usman Khawaja at mid-off off the bowling of Cummins for 21.

Kohli went on to score 116, which came off 120 balls and included 10 boundaries, before he was caught by Marcus Stoinis at deep square leg off the bowling of Cummins.

With Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah falling shortly after, India were bowled out for 250.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Zampa snapped up two and Maxwell, Lyon and Nathan Coulter-Nile chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 251 to win, Australia made a strong start to their innings as Khawaja and captain Aaron Finch amassed an 83-run partnership before Finch was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep for 37.

Khawaja ended up making 38 before he was caught by Kohli at cover off the bowling of Jadhav.

Shaun Marsh only made 16 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jadeja, while Maxwell was clean bowled by Kuldeep for four runs.

Peter Handscomb managed to make runs before he was run out by Jadeja, while Stoinis and Alex Carey added 47 runs to the score before Carey was cleaned up by Kuldeep for 22.

Coulter-Nile and Cummins fell soon after, and Australia ended up going into the final over needing 11 runs to win.

However, they were dealt a huge blow on the first ball as Shankar trapped Stoinis lbw for 52, which came off 65 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Australia were bowled out for 242 two balls later as Shankar clean bowled Zampa for two runs.

Kuldeep was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Shankar and Bumrah took two wickets apiece. As for Jadeja and Jadhav, they claimed one wicket each.

Kohli was named Man of the Match.

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