Team India to Quarantine for 14 Days Ahead of World Test Championship Final

WTC Final: Team India to Quarantine for 14 Days Ahead of World Test Championship Final

Team India will fly to the UK in the first week of June for the ICC World Test Championship final, and will undergo a 14-day quarantine, similar to what they did in Australia, according to a report in the Times of India. With Lord’s no longer in contention to host the match, the name that is cropping up is of the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, that has the Hilton Hotel in the stadium premises.

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The report further suggests that the ECB, that has the hosting rights, has blocked the entire hotel from June 1-26, and is working with the ICC to create a bio-secure bubble. The match will also have a reserve day keeping in mind the weather in the country. On the other hand, the Indian team, too has agreed for a 14-day quarantine.

“It’ll mostly be on the lines of the Australia tour where the initial three or five days will be in strict isolation, after which teams will be allowed to train while in quarantine,” said those in the know of developments.

Meanwhile, Team India could continue to stay in England after the conclusion of the final of the WTC, so that they acclimatise to the conditions before the start of the Test series against England.

“BCCI has taken the call not to ask the players to return to India after the WTC final. The idea is to stay there and acclimatise to the conditions before the Tests begin,” sources said.

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After that, the team will return to play a white-ball series against South Africa in August, followed by a series against New Zealand. Post that, the T20 World Cup would take place, followed by a Test series against New Zealand, After which India will tour to South Africa for a full-fledged tour.

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India vs New Zealand WTC Final

Rohit has an aggregate of 1030 runs in 11 Tests (17 innings) at an average of 64.37 in the WTC. No Indian batsman has registered more hundreds than Rohit’s 4 in the Championship. His 161 against England in Chennai is being hailed as one of the greatest hundreds by an Indian batsman in home conditions. Rohit was injured for the Test leg of the New Zealand tour in 2020 and would be looking to provide India the starts that they were devoid of in the 2-0 defeat.

It will not be easy against the left-arm fast and swinging bowling of Trent Boult. He will take the ball away from Rohit and get the surprise delivery to come back in. If there is swing on offer in England, which is mostly the case, then Boult will become a handful to handle for the Indian opener. The left-armer has picked 34 wickets in 9 Tests at a strike rate of 59 in the World Test Championship.

2. Virat Kohli vs Neil Wagner

Virat Kohli has not been at his dominating best since 2020 but is still one of the finest batsmen across formats in international cricket. The Indian captain could just muster 38 runs in the two Tests in New Zealand with a highest score of 19 and would like to make amends with a big performance in the final of the WTC. He would also not like to be the captain who was beaten by New Zealand in the knockouts of two world events in England. Overall Kohli has an impressive record against New Zealand with a batting average of above 51 and three hundreds.

Neil Wagner has a great record for New Zealand in Test cricket. He has picked 219 wickets in just 51 Tests and quite astonishingly, has the second-best bowling average (26.32) and strike rate (51.9) for New Zealand (min. 100 wickets) only after Sir Richard Hadlee in their Test history. Wagner has been the workhorse for New Zealand and their unsung hero. In many ways he has been a bigger match-winner for them than both Boult and Southee.

Wagner can trouble Kohli with his line and length and consistency. He will take the ball away from the right-hander and test the Indian captain outside the off stump in the corridor of uncertainty where Kohli has been dismissed several times in England. He can bowl cross seam which makes it difficult to predict the direction of his swing.

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3. Kane Williamson vs Jasprit Bumrah

Kane Williamson is New Zealand’s play-maker in the middle order and their greatest batsman in Test cricket. He has been New Zealand’s highest run-getter in the WTC with 817 runs in 9 Tests at an average of 58.35 including three hundreds. His 89 in the first innings was the difference between the two sides at Wellington. He has recorded two double hundreds and another hundred in his last four Test innings.

India has to get Williamson early and their best bet would be their ace speedster Jasprit Bumrah. The fast bowler has the ability to get the ball nip back into the right-hander which can trap him leg before wicket early in his innings or get him caught behind with the one that holds onto its line and goes straight through. Bumrah had got the better of Williamson in both the innings at Christchurch and do not be surprised if he again gets his man in England!

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WTC Final – Overall Record Favours India But Conditions in England Might Suit New Zealand

WTC Final - Overall Record Favours India But Conditions in England Might Suit New Zealand

India hammered England by an innings and 25 runs in Ahmedabad taking the series 3-1 and booked their place alongside New Zealand in the final of the 2019-2021 World Test Championship (WTC) in England in June this year. It will be a mouth-watering contest between the two teams who have both dominated in their home conditions for the last few years. While India have the advantage in terms of the Overall Record, New Zealand beat them 2-0 at home in the last series between the two sides in early 2020.

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Advantage India in Head to Head

India and New Zealand have played each other in 59 Test matches with India winning 21 of these encounters. New Zealand have won just 12 matches against India while 26 Tests have been drawn. In terms of series, India has been victorious in 11 of the 20 series played between the two sides while New Zealand has won 6. Three series have been drawn.

Both Teams Have Dominated At Home

India has dominated New Zealand at home winning 16 and losing just two of the 34 matches they have played against them in India. 16 matches have been drawn. India has won 9 of the 11 series at home against New Zealand while two have been drawn.

New Zealand has won 10 and lost 5 matches against India at home while 10 Tests have been drawn. In terms of series, India won their first Test series in New Zealand under the leadership of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in 1968. They again beat New Zealand in an away series in 2009. Overall, New Zealand has won 6 series at home against India, lost two while one ended in a draw.

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New Zealand thrashed India 2-0 in the last series the two teams played in early 2020. They beat India by 10 wickets at Wellington as Tim Southee returned with 9 wickets in the match. Kyle Jamieson bagged five wickets in the first innings while Trent Boult returned with four in the second to give the hosts a seven-wicket win. India took a slender lead in the first innings but were routed for 124 in the second.

Tom Latham was the highest scorer of the series with 122 runs while Tim Southee the leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets at 13.14 apiece.


Last Series in India

India thrashed New Zealand 3-0 in a clean sweep in the last home series in 2016. All the victories were by massive margins – 197 runs in Kanpur, 178 in Kolkata and 321 in Indore. Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest scorer of the series with 373 runs including one hundred and three fifties. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane also aggregated above 300 runs in the series.

R Ashwin was the standout bowler of the series with 27 wickets at an average of 17.77 and strike rate of 32.5 including 3 five-fors and two 10-wickets hauls in a match.

India has dominated New Zealand in the five-day game historically but were beaten comprehensively in the last away series. Conditions in England will be similar to New Zealand and that will make the task a tad more difficult for India. But as they displayed in Australia and at home against England, this Indian team is up for any challenge and do not be surprised if they pull one off against New Zealand in the final of the WTC in June.

India would like to make up for the loss against New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in England. A win at the WTC Final in the same country will be the perfect retort.

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We Worked Really Hard for This, Tweets Virat Kohli After Series Win

World Test Championship: We Worked Really Hard for This, Tweets Virat Kohli After Series Win

Despite leading the charge in the right from the start in the World Test Championship it still came down to the final match for India to book a place in the final against New Zealand. India beat England by an innings and 25 runs to claim the four-match series 3-1, after losing the first Test in Chennai.

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Skipper Virat Kohli had maintained throughout the series that WTC spot is not on his and the team’s mind and it only caused them distraction during the New Zealand tour, in which India had the chance to seal a spt , but failed to do so. New Zealand, on the other hand, became the first team to book spot in the final, even though they did not top the table after India’s series win at Motera on Saturday.

But, after the win, Kohli did concede that it feels good to have made it to the final during the post-match presentation and later on tweeted he is looking forward to the final game, most likely to be held in June at the Lord’s, right after IPL 2021.

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Resuming the day at 294 for seven in reply to England’s first innings total of 205, the hosts put on board 365 for a big 160-run lead. Washington Sundar stayed unbeaten on 96 while Axar Patel scored 43. For England, the script did not change much as their batsmen yet again found it tough to negotiate the challenge posed by the Indian spinners.

Dan Lawrence (50) though showed the required temperament to counter the spinners. Once their 44-run stand was broken, India did not take long to wrap up the match and the series. Left-arm spinner Patel (5/48) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5/47) shared all the England wickets between them. The two teams will now play a five-match T20 series, starting March 12 at the same venue.

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India’s Road to the World Test Championship Final

India vs England: India's Road to the World Test Championship Final

India beat England by a massive innings and 25 runs in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad to secure a 3-1 win in the series and with it book a place alongside New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) at Lord’s in June this year. While the match was set-up by a brilliant century stand by Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar, the spin wizards R Ashwin and Axar Patel returned with a fifer each to rout England for 135 – their sixth below-200 score in eight innings in the series – to hand India a big series win.

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It has been a long and challenging journey for India and despite all the hurdles and problems with respect to Covid-19 and bio-bubbles, restructuring of the points system and injuries on an arduous tour Down Under, the team has come out on top and finished as the number one ranked team in the ICC WTC Points Table.

India have ended with 520 points and 72.2% PCT (Percentage of Points) from 6 series and 17 matches just ahead of New Zealand who ended with 420 points and 70% PCT in 5 series and 11 matches. India won 5 of these 6 series and 12 of the 17 matches.

Their journey started with a 2-0 sweep against the West Indies in the Caribbean in 2019. Ajinkya Rahane (81 and 102) produced two top knocks under pressure to seal a massive 318-run win at North Sound while Hanuma Vihari, with 111, was their star in the 257-run victory at Kingston.

India then hammered South Africa 3-0 at home with three huge wins – two by an innings and the third by 203 runs. The series gave rise to a new avatar of Rohit Sharma – as opener in Test cricket for India. He scored a hundred in each innings at Visakhapatnam in his first Test as opener for India and followed that with a double hundred at Ranchi.

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India continued their home domination with a 2-0 sweep against Bangladesh at home late in 2019. They thrashed the visitors by an innings in both the Tests which included the Day and Night Pink Ball encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata – India’s first Test match under lights. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav with 12 wickets each were the standout performers for India with the ball in the series.

The 2-0 loss in New Zealand early in 2020 was India’s only blemish in a near perfect campaign in the inaugural edition of the WTC. However, they came back strongly with a stunning 2-1 win in the four-Test Border Gavaskar Trophy in December 2020 – which was their first Test series after nearly a ten-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Against all odds, without their captain and with injuries to several top players including their pace quartet, controversies on and off the field and tough bio-bubble protocols, India went on to record one of the greatest victories in their Test cricket history against a full strength Australian unit in their own backyard. After being routed for 36 – their lowest score in a Test innings in the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide, they came back to level the series at the MCG led by an inspirational hundred from stand-in-captain, Ajinkya Rahane.

India kept discovering new heroes throughout the series while some old ones showcased their class time and again. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin defied the Australian attack and produced the save of the century helping India draw the third Test at the SCG. Washington Sundar, on debut and Shardul Thakur then changed the match on its head with their partnership in the decider in Brisbane before Shubman Gill, Pant and Pujara gunned down 328 in the fourth innings in one of the greatest chases in Test history!

A change in the points system had made India’s task of making it to the WTC final stiffer and more challenging. To make matters worse, they lost the series opener against England in Chennai. But this Indian team, under the inspiring leadership of Virat Kohli and watchful eyes of Ravi Shastri had not learnt the meaning of the words ‘Give Up’!

Rohit Sharma produced one of the finest hundreds registered by an Indian batsman at home and was the difference between the two teams in the second Test at the same venue. Ashwin returned with 8 wickets in the match while Axar Patel, on debut, bagged 7. Patel was India’s hero at his home state and returned with 11 wickets in the match as England were bowled out for 112 and 81 in the two innings in the Day and Night Test in Ahmedabad – the first time they had been dismissed for an aggregate of less than 200 in India.

India still needed to secure a draw in the final Test at Motera and were in trouble in the first innings having lost six wickets with not even 150 on the board. India’s new generation – Pant and Sundar combined and registered a match-changing 113-run stand for the seventh wicket. Ashwin and Patel then bagged a fifer each to hand India another innings victory and more significantly with it a win in the series and a place at Lord’s in June – a place they thoroughly deserved!

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Rohit Sharma’s Knock in Chennai Was The Defining Moment, Says Virat Kohli

India vs England: Rohit Sharma's Knock in Chennai Was The Defining Moment, Says Virat Kohli

After being 0-1 down, Virat Kohli and co played some brilliant cricket to win the four-match Test series 3-1. Now, after sealing a place in the WTC Final on June 18 in Lord’s, the skipper has said that he is mighty pleased with the comeback.

“The comeback in Chennai pleased me the most. The first game was an aberration and England outplayed us. The toss played a crucial role and the bowlers weren’t in the context. We bowled and fielded with more intensity and so the comeback was very heartening.”

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He added that India’s bench strength is ‘extremely strong’ and this is a ‘good sign’ for Indian cricket.  “Our bench strength is extremely strong and that’s a good sign for Indian cricket. When the transition happens, the standards won’t fall and Rishabh and Washy’s partnership showed exactly that in a crucial juncture of the match. We had to pick up our body language after the first game in Chennai. Every team in international cricket is a quality side and we need to work hard to beat them, even at home,” he said.

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“Keeping that intensity going is most important and is the hallmark of our team. Rohit’s knock was the defining moment in Chennai, and Ashwin has been our most bankable player over the years so they have beenour best players this series. Now we can accept that the WTC final, which was a distraction in New Zealand in 2020, but now it’s a reality,” he added.

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Virat Kohli’s Team Wins By Inns & 25 Runs; Clinches Series 3-1; To Face NZ In WTC Final

India vs England: Virat Kohli's Team Wins By Inns & 25 Runs; Clinches Series 3-1; To Face NZ In WTC Final

The writing was on the wall for England after Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar put together that magnificent 113-run stand for the seventh-wicket changing the match on its head on Day 2 for India. But no one quite expected the visitors to capitulate so quickly on Day 3. England were once again tormented by the Indian spinners and bowled out for their 6th below-200 total in eight innings in the series to hand India a massive series win by an innings and 25 runs and with it a place alongside New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship at Lords in June this year.

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Partnerships win matches – that old cricketing adage could not have been more true than with respect to India in the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad. Two partnerships defined the match for India. Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar came together at 146 for 6 with the hosts in serious trouble and put together a match-defining stand for the seventh-wicket. After taking a massive lead of 160 in the first innings, the spin wizards from India – R Ashwin and Axar Patel ran through the England batting line-up routing them for a paltry 135.

The day started with India resuming their first innings at 294 for 7 with Sundar unbeaten on 60 and Patel undefeated on 11. The pair added India’s second consecutive century stand of the innings taking the score to 365 before Patel was run-out for a gutsy 43. Ben Stokes made sure that the last two Indian wickets fell without adding an additional run. India had taken a match-defining lead of 160. From 40 off 92 deliveries till Pant was dismissed, Sundar went on to score an unbeaten 96 off 174 deliveries which included 10 fours and a six. This meant that he had accelerated and scored his last 56 runs off 82 deliveries.

England were expected to provide stubborn resistance on a pitch which was providing assistance to both the faster men and the spinners but was still a good wicket to occupy the crease and score runs if the batsmen put their heads down – as displayed by the Indian lower-order.

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But Ashwin and Patel had other plans.

The off spinner beat Zak Crawley with a classic off spinner before inducing the edge with a one that went straight through for a simple catch to Ajinkya Rahane at slip. England had lost their first wicket in the 5th over with the score at 10. Ashwin made it two in two for India when he dismissed Jonny Bairstow for his third duck in the last four innings getting caught at leg slip by Rohit Sharma. Ashwin had made a double breakthrough in his very first over of the innings.

Dom Sibley had given a fine performance in the first innings of the series opener but since then witnessed his fortunes dwindle rather quickly. When the runs are hard to come by, even luck evades you. Sibley swept a delivery from Patel which struck the knee of short-leg, Shubman Gill only to lob up for a sitter to Pant. England were in dire straits at 20 for 3. Ben Stokes could not repeat his heroics from the first innings and was caught at leg slip by Kohli to become Patel’s second victim. Another England batsman fell to the sweep shot.

Skipper Joe Root and Ollie Pope tried to bring about some normalcy to the proceedings putting together 35 for the fifth-wicket before the latter was foxed by the left-armer and stumped by Pant behind the stumps. Root followed in the next over and was dismissed in identical fashion as in the first innings of the Day and Night Test at the same venue – playing back he was trapped leg before wicket by Ashwin from around the wicket. The writing was on the wall for the visitors at 65 for 6.

Daniel Lawrence and Ben Foakes provided some resistance before Patel sent the latter packing for 13. He picked up his fourth fifer in six innings when he dismissed Dom Bess in his very next over. At 111 for 8, England were heading for a big innings defeat. Patel ended with 5-48 in 24 overs while Ashwin picked the 30th fifer of his career returning with 5-47 in 22.5 overs.

Ashwin picked 32 wickets in the series at an average of 14.71 while Patel returned with 27 at 10.59 a piece at a strike rate of 28.3. Rohit Sharma was India’s standout batsman of the series. He produced a match-winning hundred in the second Test in Chennai before top-scoring once again with a fine 66 on a challenging pitch and tough conditions in the Pink Ball Test at Motera. Pant did a Rohit in the last Test at Ahmedabad while Sundar the batsman silenced the critics of Sundar the bowler with another masterclass performance when his team needed it the most.

England had their chances in the series but failed to capitalize. They won a good toss in this Test too but the batsmen let them down in the first innings.

India continued their dominance at home and wrapped up another series win. They have now won every bilateral Test series at home since losing to England in 2012. The win at Motera also meant that India had reserved a place alongside New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship at Lords in June this year.

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Centurion Rishabh Pant and Impressive Washington Sundar Give India Healthy Lead

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India began the day 24 for 1 with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle but slipped to 80 for 4 by the end of the first session. That’s when Rishabh Pant walked in, but he too saw partners deserting him as India slipped to 146 for 6, still 59 behind England’s first innings score of 205. Any lead would have been a huge bonus for England as India had to bat last.

But from 146 for 6, Pant and Washington added 113 for the seventh wicket to take India past England’s score and into a decent lead.

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Prior to Washington, Pant stitched a couple of small partnerships with Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin, getting himself into the 30s in the process without much risk. There was the odd big hit like a straight six against Joe Root, but it was largely a calculated knock that was paced well.

That pattern continued even after Washington joined. The duo took India to tea at 153 for 6 – England on top – but grabbed the momentum back in the final session. Pant reached his fifty in 82 balls, Washington mixed caution and aggression, as India went past 200.

Once they reached England’s total, Pant opened up. Pant was 55 off 91 at one stage, and in the next 24 balls, reached his century! Root, Stokes and even James Anderson with the new ball were not spared as Pant switched gears; an audacious reverse scoop off Anderson being the shot of the session.

However, Anderson had the last laugh as a change in length forced Pant to swipe across to mid wicket bringing an end to an entertaining knock. Some more of Pant in the final session could have well put the game beyond England – if it’s not already – but it was a just reward to Anderson who was terrific through the day.

At the other end, Washington went past his third Test half-century, once again impressing under pressure with the bat.

Earlier, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara (17), captain Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (27) to end the first session of the day on 80/4.Anderson and Ben Stokes were in terrific rhythm while Jack Leach struck first by dismissing Pujara for the fourth time in this series. It ended a 40-run partnership between Pujara and Sharma that had seen India through to the end of play on the first day.

Stokes then dismissed Kohli for a duck. The ball rose on the Indian captain who ended up edging it to the wicketkeeper. Rahane then tried to up the scoring rate and eventually succumbed to Anderson having made 27 off 45 balls.

Ben Stokes then took the all-important wicket of Rohit Sharma (49). The umpire raised his finger after England appealed for LBW and Sharma reviewed the decision. Replays showed that the delivery jagged in to beat Sharma’s inside edge after which impact was shown as umpire’s call. Ashwin (13) was then dismissed late in the session by Leach.

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Virat Kohli’s Motera Duck is Significant; Here’s Why

India vs England: Virat Kohli's Motera Duck is Significant; Here's Why

India captain Virat Kohli is one among the most successful cricketers in the world, but since 2020 his form has not been that great. 2020 was the only calendar year where he failed to score an international century. One might say that Covid-19 didn’t allow him to play, but the current England series is a case in point.

After being dismissed for a duck on day 2 of the fourth Test match, Kohli has registered a new record. He now has eight ducks as India Test captain- the joint most for any Indian skipper alongside MS Dhoni in Tests.

He also now has a second duck in a series. Statisticians are digging out when was the last time this happened to the modern-day great. Right now, he has more ducks than pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Yes, he has 9 ducks in his entire Test career, Kohli has 12! However, here Kohli’s Delhi teammate Ishant Sharma is ahead of him with 32 ducks.

Earlier on day 1: England wasted an opportunity on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test at Motera in Ahmedabad. After winning a crucial toss and electing to bat first, despite playing with an extra batsman, the visitors were bowled out for a below-par 205 in the 76th over. It was a combination of some excellent bowling from the Indians and some poor batting from the England batsmen on a wicket that was good to bat on and was not doing much for the bowlers on the opening day in Ahmedabad.

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On This Day – March 5, 2019

On This Day - March 5, 2019 - A Virat Kohli Special Against Australia

It was the second ODI between hosts India and Australia in Nagpur in 2019. The home team were 1-0 up in the five-match series. Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to field first. Pat Cummins got the big wicket of Rohit Sharma in the first over of the match. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli took the score to 38 in the 9th over before Glenn Maxwell trapped the left-hander leg before wicket for 21. Ambati Rayudu’s dismissal made it 75 for 3 after 17 overs.

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The greatest ODI batsman of all-time then settled down and played the role of the playmaker from one end. He ran brilliantly between the wickets and got the odd boundary and soon registered yet another half-century in the format off just 55 deliveries. He found an able partner in Vijay Shankar and the pair stitched together an 81-run stand for the fourth-wicket. Shankar took the risks and scored 46 off 41 deliveries while Kohli contributed 31 off 30 balls.

India lost the wickets of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni in quick succession and at 171 for 6 in the 33rd over were in a spot of bother. That did not deter Kohli who continued to go about proceedings as usual. He forged a crucial 67-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja contributing 43 off 40 balls to the partnership. During the course of the partnership he recorded another ODI hundred off 107 deliveries. Kohli was finally dismissed for 116 off 120 deliveries and shortly after India were bowled out for 250 in the 49th over.

In an innings where almost the entire Indian batting order had failed Kohli had put his hands up and delivered scoring big runs at a high rate under pressure.

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Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja gave Australia a splendid start but the skipper’s exit with the team score at 83 (by Kuldeep Yadav) led to a mini collapse as the visitors started losing wickets at regular intervals. Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey threatened but the Indian bowling unit held their nerves and pulled off a fine 8-run victory bowling out Australia for 242 with three deliveries still remaining in the innings.

Kuldeep Yadav picked three wickets while Bumrah and Vijay Shankar chipped in with a couple each but the hero for India on the day was their captain Virat Kohli who had produced yet another masterclass display with the bat in ODI cricket.

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