Captain Virat Kohli Breaks Ricky Ponting's Batting Record In International Record

Indian bowlers delivered in a heart-stopping climax to fashion a narrow eight-run victory against Australia in the second ODI after skipper Virat Kohli conjured up a resolute hundred in testing conditions, here on Tuesday.

Chasing 251 to win, Australia was in it going into the last over until new allrounder Vijay Shankar, a medium-pacer, trapped Marcus Stoinis on 52 with the first delivery, and bowled Adam Zampa on 2 with the third delivery. Shankar and Jarprit Bumrah claimed two wickets each.

Kohli underpinned India's total of 250 all out with a sublime 116 from 120 balls - after losing the toss - to move to within nine hundreds of Sachin Tendulkar's all-time record in ODIs.

India lead the five-match series 2-0.

"I've said previously also that I never think about the selection or World Cup thing because it's a long way off from now". Rohit Sharma perished for a six-ball duck to Pat Cummins. "When he said that, I was clear mentally that the only way to defend those runs is by picking wickets and if I can bowl straighter, (I'll) give myself a chance to take wickets", he said adding that he only bowled the last over for his club side before this.


The pitch was already showing a two-paced nature with shot-making not easy, and India lost wickets regularly.

Coming in to bat after Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the very first over, Kohli batted nearly till the end, scoring 116 runs off 120 balls with 10 boundaries studding his patient innings.

The fall of Rohit's wicket brought Kohli. Zampa struck twice more to remove Kedar Jadhav on 11 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, caught at slip for a first-ball duck, as India slipped to 171-6 in the 33rd over. The innings approaching the end, acceleration was required but Ravindra Jadeja could only manage 21 off 40 balls and was soon removed by Cummins.

Cummins returned to break the stand, and took three wickets - including Kohli - in the final overs to restrict the hosts.Australia's chase began well for a change.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/54 in his 10 overs.


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