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India out for 250 in ODI, Kohli scores ton

Australia have restricted India to a total of 250 in the second ODI in Nagpur, where Virat Kohli top-scored with 116.

India out for 250 in ODI, Kohli scores ton

Australia have restricted India to a total of 250 in the second ODI in Nagpur, where Virat Kohli top-scored with 116.

SHAUN MARSH of Australia bats during the tour match between Australia and Pakistan A at ICC Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
SHAUN MARSH of Australia bats during the tour match between Australia and Pakistan A at ICC Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Picture:Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

The 40th ODI century of Virat Kohli's career has lifted India to a total of 250 in Nagpur, where the captain tormented Australia yet again but Pat Cummins starred with the ball.

Kohli was a class above the opposition for the umpteenth time in his decorated career, scoring 116 after Aaron Finch invited the home side to bat first.


Pat Cummins, who snared figures of 4-29, dismissed a well-set Kohli in the 48th over and India's tail then crumbled to be all out after 48.2 overs.

Kohli made batting look easy on a pitch that prompted Australia to play Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon, while also asking Glenn Maxwell to deliver 10 overs.

Kohli offered just one chance, a run-out opportunity that Maxwell missed when the gifted batsman was on 86, before picking out Marcus Stoinis in the deep while searching for an 11th boundary.

It was a stop-start innings from India, in which momentum shifted regularly and Kohli's composure came to the fore.

Cummins, handed the new ball for the first time in over a year, started proceedings with a wicket maiden in which he removed Rohit Sharma for a duck to bring Kohli to the crease

Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu failed to cash in on starts but Vijay Shankar threatened to deliver a match-winning stand with Kohli, smacking a quick-fire 46.

Adam Zampa ended the 81-run partnership in fortuitous fashion and single-handedly conjured a collapse of 3-15.

Shankar was unlucky to be run out by Zampa, who got a hand to the ball after it was hammered back at him by Kohli.

The legspinner was on a hat-trick soon after when he outwitted Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni.

Dhoni, fresh from four consecutive half-centuries against Australia in the 50-over format, fell for a golden duck when Usman Khawaja snaffled a sharp slips catch.

Kohli rebuilt in a 67-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja but both batsmen went down swinging at Cummins.

Australia started the tour with victories in both Twenty20 matches, celebrating their first limited-overs series win in over a year.

But Finch's team lost the five-match ODI series opener after posting a modest total of 7-236 in Hyderabad and have won just four of their past 25 ODIs, a worrying stretch given the World Cup starts in less than three months.

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