IND v AUS: Kohli’s 40th ODI ton helps India post 250

Nagpur: Virat Kohli anchored the innings for India after the hosts were sent in by Australia, guiding his side to 250 in the second ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.

The Indian skipper blazed 120-ball 116, which saw 10 boundaries before he was trapped by fast bowler Pat Cummins. Kohli registered his 40th ODI century, becoming the only second player to achieve the feat after master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

As openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walked on to the field, Cummins dismissed Sharma for a duck on the last ball of the first over. Kohli and Dhawan in the middle recovered India after an early dent. However, off-spinner Glenn Maxwell broke the 38-run stand as he struck Dhawan for 21.

Joining the party, off-spinner Nathan Lyon got a wicket in his kitty in the name of Ambati Rayudu for 18. Vijay Shankar, who stepped in when India was 75 for three, stitched an 81-run partnership with Kohli before he lost his wicket in an unfortunate run-out when he was just four shy fifty.

As Kedar Jadhav (11) and MS Dhoni (0) both departed in quick successions, Kohli built a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja before Cummins took two wickets in the name of Jadeja (21) and Kuldeep Yadav (3). India wrapped up for 250 under 49 overs.

For Australia, Cummins collected four wickets while Adam Zampa picked two. Maxwell, Lyon and Nathan Coulter-Nile got a piece each in their kitty.

India will look to build on their 1-0 lead in the ongoing five-match ODI series.