Stadium: Kohli's 40th century powers India to win 500th ODI

Sanjay Manjrekar

"It feels good to win games for India", Kohli said after the match. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the match trophy for his 120-ball 116.

The tourists were well placed to win the topsy-turvy clash after motoring to 0-83 but Aaron Finch's dismissal on 37 prompted a collapse of 4-49 that was bookended by wickets from left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

When Khawaja followed shortly after by chipping tamely to cover, the innings appeared likely to lose momentum, but Shaun Marsh and Handscomb were able to rotate the strike effectively in a stand more useful than its mere numbers - 39 in 50 balls - suggested.

Glenn Maxwell was clean bowled for 18-ball 4 by Kuldeep Yadav, while Ravindra Jadeja's wonderful throw dismissed Peter Handscomb for 59-ball 48.

Adam Zampa claimed two wickets in as many balls including MS Dhoni for a golden duck, but he was otherwise expensive, as was Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Zampa took advantage of the breathing room by coaxing Kedhar Jadhav to loft a catch to cover, and the very next ball the previously impassable MS Dhoni cuffed straight to Usman Khawaja at slip.




Going into the business end of the match, Australia middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were building a partnership whose ramifications had it in them to cause trouble for India.

On 18 March 2018, India celebrated one of their most stunning last-ball wins in worldwide cricket, when Dinesh Karthik slapped a six with five runs needed off the final delivery of the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh at Colombo. For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the highest wicket-taker, while Jasprit Bumrah and Vijay Shankar took two each. Jadeja, who has played 148 ODIs so far has taken 171 wickets.

Asked to bat first, the hosts were bowled out for 250 runs in 48.2 overs. Jadeja averted the hat-trick, and stayed with Kohli as he went to make his 40th ODI century, making him the only man other than Tendulkar to get this far.

Kohli's resistance was eventually ended when he holed out to deep square-leg off Pat Cummins, who was the pick of Australia's bowlers with four for 29, while Shankar contributed an enterprising 46 from 41 balls.

"Incredible scenes to start the second innings as MS Dhoni is chased around the ground by a pitch invader". Kedar Jadhav too was dismissed by Zampa for 12-ball 11.

The range of front-foot shots against Stoinis enabled Vijay Shankar and Kohli to take control of the proceeding after fast bowler Pat Cummins and the spinners Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Lyon had reduced India to 75 for three.

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