NAGPUR, March 5: Virat Kohli led from the front with a determined hundred to help India register an eight-run victory and take a 2-0 lead against Australia in the 5-match ODI series here today.
Kuldeep Yadav returned with figures of 3-54 in his quota of overs while Vijay Shankar ensured that the hosts end up on the winning side by picking up 2-15 in his 1.3 overs. Shankar who was given the ball with Australia requiring 11 runs off the last over picked up the wickets of Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa to secure the victory.
Earlier, skipper Kohli�s resolute 40th hundred under pressure steered India to a competitive 250 despite a middle-order collapse in the second One-day International, here on Tuesday.
Australia�s spin troika of Adam Zampa (2/62 in 10 overs), Glenn Maxwell (1/45 in 10 overs) and Nathan Lyon (1/42 in 10 overs) bowled well in the middle overs although it was Pat Cummins who had the best figures of 4 for 29.
Kohli came in after Cummins sent back opener Rohit Sharma (0) in the very first over. The Indian skipper was in good touch and played some delightful drives whenever the ball was pitched up.
In conditions which tested the fitness of each and every player, Kohli struck only 10 boundaries and ran a lot of singles and twos in his 116-run knock. He was at the crease till the 46th over, faced 120 balls in an innings which will rank among one of his top ODI knocks in recent times.
Kohli steadily build the Indian innings even as he saw the fall of colleagues Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Ambati Rayudu (18).
Dhawan looked in good touch as he too hit some crushing boundaries before being trapped by part-timer Glenn Maxwell.
India: Rohit Sharma c Zampa b Pat Cummins 0, Shikhar Dhawan lbw b Maxwell 21, Virat Kohli c Stoinis b Cummins 116, Ambati Rayudu lbw b Lyon 18, Vijay Shankar run out (Zampa) 46, Kedar Jadhav c Finch b Zampa 11, MS Dhoni c Khawaja b Zampa 0, Ravindra Jadeja c Khawaja b Cummins 21, Kuldeep Yadav b Cummins 3, Mohammed Shami not out 2, Jasprit Bumrah b Coulter-Nile 0. Extras: (B-1, LB-7, w-4) 12. Total: (All out in 48.2 overs) 250. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-38, 3-75, 4-156, 5-171, 6-171, 7-238, 8-248, 9-249, 10-250. Bowling: Cummins 9-2-29-4, Coulter-Nile 8.2-0-52-1, Maxwell 10-0-45-1, Zampa 10-0-62-2, Lyon 10-0-42-1, Stoinis 1-0-12-0.
Australia: AJ Finch lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 37, UT Khawaja c Kohli b Jadhav 38, SE Marsh c Dhoni b Jadeja 16, PSP Handscomb run out (Jadeja) 48, GJ Maxwell b Kuldeep Yadav 4, MP Stoinis lbw b Shankar 52, AT Carey b Kuldeep Yadav 22, NM Coulter-Nile b Bumrah 4, PJ Cummins c Dhoni b Bumrah 0, NM Lyon not out 6, A Zampa b Shankar 2. Extras: (lb 3, w 10) 13. Total: (For all out in 49.3 overs) 242. Fall of wickets: 1-83, 2-83, 3-122, 4-132, 5-171, 6-218, 7-223, 8-223, 9-240, 10-242. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-0-60-0, JJ Bumrah 10-0-29-2, RA Jadeja 10-0-48-1, V Shankar 1.3-0-15-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-54-3, KM Jadhav 8-0-33-1. � Agencies