Vijay Shankar, of India, qualified the last two Australian windows in a touching final that saw the visitors lose the second ODI in Nagpur by 8 races. What started as a Virat Kohli show when the skipper registered his 40th century ODI, ended with some nerves of Shankar steel bowling in front of a crowd of spectators at the VCA Stadium. The Indian bowlers proved once again that they have the cunning to defend rather small goals.
Here is a look at the highlights of the game:
Virat Kohli scored 116 (120) and that helped India accumulate a score of 250 after losing the pitch and hitting first. This was the 40th ODI of Kohli and his 7th century against Australia in ODI. Now he has marked the second most century set against the Australians in ODI cricket. Sachin Tendulkar is the leader with 9 and Rohit Sharma is 2nd with 7.
As captain, Virat also completed 9,000 international cricket races (Tests + ODIs + T20Is). He became the sixth player to complete 9,000 international races. His record of 36 centuries as captain in international cricket is the second best after 41 of Ricky Ponting.
Australia had a good day with the ball. They left India for 250 and, therefore, they took the 10 windows (includes 1 exit). This was only the first time in the last 13 innings that Australia managed to win the 10 windows. The last time Australia managed to take the 10 opposition grounds was against England (259/10) in Perth, on January 28, 2018. It is the third time since 2018 and they have lost in 2 of these matches. Since 2018, this was only the fifth time that Australian bowlers took at least 9 windows out of a total of 18 tickets.
With the victory of 8 races over Australia, India registered its 500th victory. India is the second team to reach this milestone after Australia. It is the third time that a team that bat first wins a game at the VCA stadium in ODIs. India has never lost an ODI in the VCA stadium.