India vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

Australia's Marcus Stoinis couldn’t get the job done

Camera IconAustralia's Marcus Stoinis couldn’t get the job

However, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could return to the national squad in place of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who did not get the chance to bat in the first ODI while he conceded 22 runs in three overs with the ball.

India registered an eight-run win over Australia in the 2nd one-day global of the series, in what turned out to be a cliffhanger. Indian skipper Virat Kohli was awarded the man of the match trophy for his 120-ball 116.

Australia motored to 0-83 chasing 251 in Nagpur, but Aaron Finch's dismissal on 37 prompted a collapse of 4-49 that was bookended by wickets from left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Kohli was the standout with the bat, as he so often is, bringing up his ton from 107 balls when he smashed Coulter-Nile (1-52) for four and sharing half-century stands with Shankar (46) and Ravindra Jadeja (21), before he was caught off a Cummins slower ball towards the death.

Marcus Stoinis made an unbelievable half-century when Australia was under pressure. Australia were bowled out for 242, with Vijay Shankar taking two wickets in the final over.

The Indians got off to a rocky start, losing openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (21) early in the innings.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rohit, 0.6 overs), 2-38 (Dhawan, 8.3), 3-75 (Rayudu, 16.6), 4-156 (Vijay Shankar, 28.5), 5-171 (Jadhav, 32.2), 6-171 (Dhoni, 32.3), 7-238 (Jadeja, 45.5), 8-248 (Kohli, 47.1), 9-249 (Kuldeep, 47.5).

Virat Kohli celebrates his 40th ODI century.

Kohli's resistance was eventually ended when he holed out to deep square-leg off Pat Cummins, who was the pick of Australia's bowlers with four for 29, while Shankar contributed an enterprising 46 from 41 balls. "If someone bowls well he's happy to wait on them and cash in later, he doesn't miss out on too many bad balls", he said.

This was the second time in two months an MS Dhoni fan invaded the pitch.

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.

Going into the business end of the match, Australia middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were building a partnership whose ramifications had it in them to cause trouble for India.

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