Speaking in the post-match press conference after India's eight-run win over Australia in the second ODI at Nagpur, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins said that Virat Kohli's century, (the 40th of his career) was the difference between the two teams on the day. In the ongoing home series, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav's unbeaten 141-run stand led India to victory in the first match.
Pacer Vijay Shankar scalped the last two Australian batsmen in the final over in which the visitors needed to score 11 runs for a win.
Kohli hit 116 from 120 balls to guide India to 250 all out from 48.2 overs after being put into bat.
Australia will take some solace from the fact that some 248 of India's 250 runs were scored when Kohli was at the crease, with Cummins insisting there are plenty of positives as the World Cup looms large. Nathan Coulter-Nile was clean bowled for 4 by Bumrah's fantastic Yorker. Glenn Maxwell's part-time off-breaks were more parsimonious than either.
Chasing a less-than formidable target of 251, Australia began with a solid opening stand in which the Australian captain Aaron Finch made some strides to return to form with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Shaun Marsh for 27-ball 16 in the 24th over.
"It was one of those games where you take it as deep as you can and hope you can get over the line".
Marcus Stoinis scored a half-century and kept Australia in the match till the final over of the match
Behrendorff's omission meant a rare outing with the new ball for Cummins, and he was to strike in the first over of the game.
The fall of Rohit's wicket brought Kohli.
"A wicket like that it's tough to bowl on, it's tough to bat on".
The West Australian reviewed the on-field decision and it only delayed the inevitable. Kohli, meanwhile, pushed through with typically well-chosen strokes, alert running between the wickets and deft placement for the occasional boundary in Nagpur's considerable heat. Dhoni is also the top run-getter at the venue. "Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked", said the skipper.
Kohli´s innings ended when he holed a simple catch to Marcus Stoinis off Pat Cummins who picked up four late wickets. With skipper Virat Kohli on the other side, the 30-year old helped Kohli to stabilise the Indian innings. India's acceleration was measured rather than absolute, again underlining the difficulties of the pitch.
It was Kohli's seventh three-figure knock against Australia, second in the Orange City and 40th in 224 matches. A further indicator of the same was offered by how the Indian innings folded after Kohli's exit, the final three wickets claimed for two runs.