Virat Kohli scores 40th ODI century in second match against Australia

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday scored his 40th ODI century in second match of the series against Australia in Nagpur.

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New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday scored his 40th ODI century in second match of the series against Australia in Nagpur. As of now, Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries. Kohli also drew level with Tendulkar with his fouth hundred against Australia in India.

Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.

The Indian skipper blazed 120-ball 116, which saw 10 boundaries before he was trapped by fast bowler Pat Cummins. Kohli registered his 40th ODI century, becoming the only second player to achieve the feat after master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

As openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walked on to the field, Cummins dismissed Sharma for a duck on the last ball of the first over. Kohli and Dhawan in the middle recovered India after an early dent. However, off-spinner Glenn Maxwell broke the 38-run stand as he struck Dhawan for 21.

Joining the party, off-spinner Nathan Lyon got a wicket in his kitty in the name of Ambati Rayudu for 18. Vijay Shankar, who stepped in when India was 75 for three, stitched an 81-run partnership with Kohli before he lost his wicket in an unfortunate run-out when he was just four shy fifty.

As Kedar Jadhav (11) and MS Dhoni (0) both departed in quick successions, Kohli built a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja before Cummins took two wickets in the name of Jadeja (21) and Kuldeep Yadav (3). India wrapped up for 250 under 49 overs.

For Australia, Cummins collected four wickets while Adam Zampa picked two. Maxwell, Lyon and Nathan Coulter-Nile got a piece each in their kitty.

In 2018, Kohli did brilliantly with the bat as he scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds. In 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.

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