India vs Austria second ODI: India won a thriller against Australia

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 05, 2019 22:56 IST
India vs Austria second ODI: India won a thriller against Australia

India vs Austria second ODI: India won a thriller against Australia
India bowled and fielded brilliantly to defend 250 after Virat Kohli's 40th hundred to defeat Australia in the second ODI in Nagpur by 8 runs. India now lead the 5-match ODI series 2-0.
Australia were chasing a low target on a tricky pitch. But Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja were batting solidly. The Australian openers grew in confidence and Australia was soon cruising at 83 for no loss before India's spinners did the job. Kuldeep Yadav took first wicket for India when he trapped Finch LBW for 37 in the 15th over of the innings. Exactly six balls later and without a run being added, Kedar Jadhav snared Khawaja as Australia down to 83 for 2. Shaun Marsh, who had a good ODI series against India Down Under was the next to go when he edged a Ravindra Jadeja delivery to MS Dhoni behind the wickets. Glenn Maxwell fell to scoreboard pressure - India's spinners had choked him with a fair few dot balls and Maxwell played a poor shot to Kuldeep - Australia, were 132 for 4 in the 29th over, Momentum suddenly shifted towards India with huge task at hand.
Peter Handscomb Along with Marcus Stoinis, played a Handy innings. Handscomb made up a strong partnership before he was run out to a brilliant direct throw from Ravindra Jadeja. On a slow pitch, it was extremely difficult for a new batsman to settle down quickly. However, Alexy Carey did just that. With Marcus Stoinis, he added a quick 47 runs for the fifth wicket as Australia stayed in the game. The two Batsmen were aggressive and took their chances against a top quality Indian attack. One more time Kuldeep came to Rescue as he struck in his last over to remove Carey and pushed Australia back. Stoinis was joined by Nathan Coulter-Nile but he did not last long, falling to Jasprit Bumrah for a 4-ball 4 as the chase once again became a little too hot for Australia. It became more complicated when Bumrah struck again to remove the dangerous Pat Cummins - at that stage, Australia were 223 for 8, needing 28 off 26.
Shami did a gpod job for the first five balls of the 49th over but a lose final ball allowed Lyon to pick up a boundary. It was over to Vijay Shannkar with 11 runs needed off the final over. He had bowled just the one over in the innings earlier and was under immense pressure but struck with the first ball of the final over to remove Stoinis. Adam Zampa walked in to join Nathan Lyon but it was too much of an ask for the two spinners.
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli waged a lone battle to haul India to 250 after Rohit Sharma fell for a duck in the first over. The Indian captain was at his natural best - he ran hard and found the gap for 10 brilliantly timed boundaries. Kohli did not hit a single six in his innings and the only aerial shot resulted in his dismissal in the 48th over. India would add only two more runs to the total but Kohli had ensured his bowlers had enough to defend. Kohli also became the fastest to 9000 international runs as a captain.