Captain Virat Kohli led from the front, scoring his 40th ODI century to help India recover from a shaky start and post a competitive total of 250 in the second ODI against Australia.

Asked to bat first,  India had a disastrous start as Rohit Sharma departed in the very first over for a six-ball duck.  Shikhar Dhawan, who had registered a duck in the previous game,  and Virat Kohli then calmed down the nerves in the dressing room but the two could not big a build partnership. Dhawan was looking in his elements as he had already struck four boundaries to race away to 21.

But before the duo could lay the foundation for a big total, Dhawan threw away his wicket by playing a poor shot of the bowling of Glenn Maxwell. Consequently, India found themselves 2 down for just 38 runs. The onus was now on skipper Kohli to bail the team out of trouble in company of his teammates. Well, Kohli did play his part to perfection but got little support from the other hand. Ambati Rayudu failed to deliver for the second game in a row this series before Vijay Shankar, promoted in the batting order, eased the pressure off Kohli with some string of boundaries.

The duo looked set to bat India to a position of strength before Adam Zampa broke the stand by running Shankar out. The allrounder scored 46 off 41 balls en route his 81-run stand. India then suffered two big setbacks in quick succession. Last game’s heroes Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni departed on successive deliveries as the hosts found themselves reeling on 171 for 6 from 156 for 3.

Zampa dismissed Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni on successive deliveries (Credits: Twitter)

However, Kohli remained firm from his end and went on to score a fine century, his 40th in ODIs.

He was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja (21) as the duo added 67 runs for the seventh wicket to take the score close to the 250-run mark. The hosts then suffered another collapse towards the end, losing their last four wickets for just 12 runs to get all out for 250 from 238 for 6

Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

 

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