Twitter Reactions: Vivacious Vijay Shankar shoulders India in a humdinger in Nagpur

Virat Kohli amassed his 40th one-day worldwide century but it was Vijay Shankar's part-time seam bowling that helped India to a tense eight-run victory over Australia in Nagpur.

They needed 11 from the final over but Vijay Shankar took the last two wickets including Marcus Stoinis for 52. "Only if I do it will people know I can", Shankar said after his first two wickets in his sixth ODI.

Before that, pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2-29), who is ever-reliable in death overs, dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in space of three balls in the 46th over and conceded just one run in the 48th over, playing a crucial role in India's win after the spinners had choked the Australians in the middle overs.

Currently, Tendulkar leads the list of most hundred scored by a batsman during India-Australia ODIs with a total of nine centuries in his tally.

"We've still got quite a lot of cricket before the World Cup but I honestly think it's in a really good place".

"When you get run out like this, I won't say unfortunate, that was struck and he (Kohli) hit the ball so hard and I didn't have much time to get back in (to the crease) but then these things happen in cricket".

Coming in to bat after Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the very first over, Kohli batted nearly till the end, scoring 116 runs off 120 balls with 10 boundaries studding his patient innings.

The visitors, however, lost their way after that as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Adam Zampa scored two to give his teammates hope of a miracle then was clean bowled by Shankar, who was hammered for 13 runs during his only other over in the match. Rohit Sharma perished for a six-ball duck to Pat Cummins. He put on 81 runs with Kohli for the fifth wicket.

Earlier, Kohli steadily build the Indian innings even as he saw the fall of colleagues Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Ambati Rayudu (18).

Shankar was unlucky to be run out when Zampa deflected a straight drive off Kohli's blade to the stumps. India lost Jadhav and Dhoni in consecutive balls.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/54 in his 10 overs.

  • Rosalie Stanley