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Ravi Shastri posts heartwarming message after Team India’s 500th ODI win

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 3:28 PM IST

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Men in Blue registered their 500th ODI win on Tuesday, beating Australia in the second ODI of the five-match series in Nagpur. India became the second team after Australia to reach the landmark.

Team India’s head coach was mighty impressed with the effort of players and congratulated them. He took to Twitter to post a heartwarming message for the players.

"Your future is as bright as your faith," Ravi Shastri posted on social media.

It took 45 years to register 500 ODI wins having played their debut game in the format against England in 1974. The sub-continent team registered their first ODI win against East Africa in 1975 while their 100th win came against South Africa in 1993.

The 200th ODI victory was against Kenya in 2000 while they scripted the 300th one-day international win against West Indies in 2007. The 400th ODI win was over Sri Lanka in 2012.

India have played 963 ODI matches till date, winning 500 and losing 414. Australia, who was the first team to win 500 ODI matches, have played 924 matches, winning 558 and losing 323.

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Why is Virat Kohli the greatest ODI player in history of cricket?

CT Contributors Updated: 6 March, 2019, 3:32 PM IST

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli was stupendous with the bat once again as he hit his 40th one-day international century against Australia on Tuesday. Kohli’s remarkable 116-run innings played a massive role in seeing India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Kohli’s brilliance as a batsman has helped him well in terms of his leadership attributes. The manner in which India pulled off a close encounter in Nagpur, showed Kohli’s boldness with the field settings and knowledge to get the bowling changes spot on.

Australia collapsed to hand India a tense eight-run win and at the moment Kohli is flying high in terms of leading the side from the front. His mettle was seen in India’s innings as he top scored with the bat. Kohli’s ability to come out strong depended a lot on his approach.

He kept the scorecard ticking and the 120 balls faced showed why he always kept in touch with the scoring rate. India were bowled out for 250 in 48.2 overs and Kohli’s 116 played a solid role. In reply, the tourists were well placed at 218-6 in the 45th over but lost their last five wickets for 24 runs.

The man of the moment was Kohli, who notched his 65th international ton. He also needs just 10 ODI tons more to get past legend Sachin Tendulkar (49). There have always been discussions regarding who is the best batsman in ODI cricket. But now we are getting a better view.

No doubt that Tendulkar has been phenomenal in his achievements and when it comes to overall application in ODIs and Tests, there is nobody better than him. Tendulkar was always considered as the best ODI batsman in terms of all the numbers and stats that came along.

Tendulkar also played numerous match-winning knocks. But Kohli with time looks to have taken the mantle as the best ODI batsman. His eyes for runs and hunger for match-winning knocks makes him a class above the rest. Kohli has already won 33 matches for India with his tons in ODIs. That’s the same number Tendulkar achieved from his 49 centuries.

Kohli’s dominance in the ODI circuit in recent years have tilted the balance in his favour. We expect the 30-year-old to soon surpass Sachin in terms of ODI hundreds. Getting to the feat way quicker then the legend is pretty remarkable. Kohli’s vision and the touch of class that comes with his captaincy as well, makes him the best batsman in the world in ODI cricket.

Kohli has also developed a knack of breaking Tendulkar’s milestones in ODI cricket since quite some time now. Whatever Tendulkar achieved along the way, Kohli is scripting these records in a much quicker fashion. Also his contributions in winning and ability to score equally in every corner of the world, makes him the perfect example of the modern day great in terms of status and records.

News Cricket

Suresh Raina reveals best suited batting spot for finisher MS Dhoni

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 3:25 PM IST

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MS Dhoni couldn’t do much in the second ODI against Australia and was dismissed without troubling the scorers for the tenth time in his career. Despite his failure, he has been in exceptional form in 2019. The former Indian skipper has scored four consecutive fifties against Australia.

He was adjudged Man of the Series for his performance in Australia. Renowned for his meticulous work, Dhoni had started the ongoing year with a bang.

Suresh Raina, who has a long time association with Dhoni, has stated that former Indian skipper should bat in the lower middle order.

"For MS, the ideal position would be number five or six," said Raina.

"He is such a keen reader of the game and brings years of experience. When required he can build up an innings and his finishing skills are unmatched."

Raina, who has been a part of 2011 World Cup winning team, wants Virat Kohli to bat at number three of four.

"I think number three or four should be good (for Kohli)," Raina, a member of India's 2011 World Cup team, said. "If the top order topples quickly, we need someone like Kohli to keep it together."

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Watch Teaser: MS Dhoni to feature in docu-drama “Roar of the Lion”

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 3:21 PM IST

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Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who is one of the most integral parts of Team India at the moment, will feature in a docu drama series where he will disclose a secret about him. He will appear Hotstar’s docu-drama “Roar of the Lion.”

“Ek kahaani hain, jo aapne ab tak nai suni (There is one story that you are yet to hear),” says the former captain in a teaser. “Ye kahaani hai zidd ki (This is the story of determination).”

The official synopsis of the show reads, “Called MSD, Mahi, Captain Cool, Thala and more by the billions of fans that cheer him on and off the field, MSD’s story is known to all. Or so you think! He has another story to tell, one that not even his closest friends know. What is it all about? His toughest moment as a sportsman, cricketer, captain, husband, father or more?”

He is one of the most successful Indian captains of all time having won T20 World Cup, Fifty-Over World Cup and Champions Trophy. Dhoni will travel with Team India for the 2019 ICC World Cup, which will be played in England and Wales.

News Cricket

Universe Boss overhauls Marlon Samuels to script yet another BIG record

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 3:16 PM IST

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Chris Gayle, the man-of-the-series in the ODIs, fell to Chris Jordan's wide Yorker which he could only squeeze to short third man.

Despite scoring 15 runs in the first T20 international against England, he surpassed Marlon Samuels to become West Indies' highest scorer in the shortest format of the game. The left hand batsman was in need of 5 runs before the game to leapfrog Samuels.

Chris Gayle has scored 1622 runs in 57 matches while Marlon Samuels has accumulated 1611 runs in 67 matches. The third spot is occupied by Dwayne Bravo, who has 1142 runs under his belt.

Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer also failed to leave his mark on proceedings, chipping in with 14 before pumping a Curran full toss straight to mid-on.

Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran helped claw back some of the lost ground, as the fourth-wicket pair added 64 in 51 balls but were parted in style by the returning Jordan.

The reply began in a flurry of activity as Sheldon Cottrell's opening over contained 17 runs, a dropped catch and finally the wicket of Alex Hales.

Joe Root's hopes of sharpening his T20 skills lasted exactly two balls, lbw to Cottrell attempting to open up the leg-side, but Bairstow was unaffected.

He launched himself into a 13-ball sequence containing five boundaries and one six, driving England to 62 for two in the powerplay, well ahead of the West Indies benchmark.

Bairstow nicked Carlos Brathwaite on 34 but a fingertip catch skimmed off Hope's gloves and brought him four more. Brathwaite did manage to see off skipper Eoin Morgan but Bairstow was dropped again by Cottrell shortly after reaching a 27-ball 50 with his second six.

By the time he was held at wide long-on, he had left a target of 58 in 50 balls.

Billings and Denly, both of whom are still seeking to find their place in the England set-up, chalked off all but eight of the required runs in calm fashion before nerves struck.

Holder persuaded Denly to hole out with 14 balls remaining then Billings had a let-off next ball, Oshane Thomas just failing to hang to a miss-cued pull at fine leg.

Reprieved, Billings then swiped at a Cottrell cutter that knocked back his stumps. Four byes over Hope's head eased the growing tension allowing Curran to slog the winning runs.

Videos Cricket

Yuzvendra Chahal Trolls Vijay Shankar In One Of The Most Hilarious Interviews On 'Chahal TV'

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 2:12 PM IST

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India defeated Australia in the second ODI of the series to record 500 victories in one-day internationals. Men in Blue successfully defended the below par total of 250 to win by eight runs and go 2-0 up in the five match series. Apart from Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar also contributed in the winning cause and the duo appeared on Chahal TV to talk about India’s win.

"We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner's delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit," said Kohli.

"If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left," he added.

Vijay Shankar, whose hands are tied when it comes to conversing in Hindi, was jokingly asked by Chahal to speak in Hindi. According to Vijay, bowling last over of the innings piled less pressure on him than conversing in Hindi.

"I was actually ready for it. I was preparing myself for it after the 43rd over. I thought I am going to have to bowl the last over and defend 10 runs. So, it was already there in my mind. So, I was just thinking about what I should do, and I just executed that," said Vijay.

News Cricket

Virat Kohli overhauls MS Dhoni in unique list

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 1:52 PM IST

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Virat Kohli was man of the match for his 40th hundred, nine less than Sachin Tendulkar's ODI record. Kohli’s 116 off 120 balls, including 10 boundaries, propped up India's par total of 250 all out in the 49th over.

"It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win," Kohli said. "We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well."

Kohli had to dig deep and combined for 67 with Ravindra Jadeja to take India past 200 in the 39th. In doing so, he reached 100 off 107 balls.

Cummins returned to break the stand, and took three wickets — including Kohli — in the final overs to restrict the hosts.

With his knock of 116 runs at the VCA stadium, Virat Kohli surpassed Dhoni to become the highest scoring batsman at the venue with 325 runs. He has scored his runs in five innings at an average of 89.63. Dhoni stands second with 268 runs in five innings.

News Cricket

Virat Kohli has massive praise for Shankar, says he made his batting easy

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 March, 2019, 12:43 PM IST

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Vijay Shankar won a lot of accolades for his critical performance in yesterday's encounter between India and Australia in Nagpur. India won the second game by eight runs. Shankar scored 46 runs and picked up two wickets.

Virat Kohli had a special mention for Shankar. "I want to specially congratulate Vijay [Shankar] because of the way he batted and also for the way he bowled in the last over. That requires a lot of mental strength and he showed a lot of character," Kohli told Chahal.

"When Vijay and I were batting, we built a very good partnership. I think he [Vijay] batted really well, in a very good flow which made my job also easy. With that partnership, I thought India could post in excess of 270 but unfortunately, he was run-out. After that I had to reassess the total," said Kohli.

Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century yesterday. Aaron Finch termed Kohli's century as one of his finest ever innings. Kohli also became the fastest to 9,000 international runs as skipper. He was also adjudged the Man-of-the-Match. And if he continues playing the way he has been, Kohli would reach the magical 50 century landmark in ODIs soon.

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"Kuldeep deserved headlines for both ODIs, not Kedar-Dhoni and Virat-Shankar": Sanjay Manjrekar 

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:57 AM IST

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India won a thriller against Australia in the second ODI in Nagpur. Vijay Shankar defended 11 runs in the final over off the game and as a result, the Men in Blue won the game by eight runs to take a lead of 2-0 in the five-match ODI series.

People credited Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar for India's win. Kohli had made a brilliant century while Shankar scored 46 runs and took two wickets in the game. Somewhere down the line, people didn't credit Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah as much even though they took three and two wickets respectively.

Cricket commentator and analyst, Sanjay Manjrekar opined on the same and tweeted, "How easily we give batsmen all the credit. That India is 2-0 up is thanks more to the bowlers than the batsmen."

"50 overs format is so heavily loaded in favour of batsmen. The imbalance exists even before the game begins. It pains me when bowlers are not given their due. Kuldeep should have grabbed headlines in both games. But it was more Kedar, Dhoni last game & now Virat, Shankar."

News Wrestling

Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy dies at age 61

AP Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:38 AM IST

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King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 (193-centimeter) professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61.

Bundy died on Monday, said promoter and longtime friend David Herro. He posted on Facebook : "Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family." The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.

Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 458-pound (208-kilogram) wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.

He faced Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won. WWE said he was one of the "greatest ... big men to lace up a set of boots."

Hogan tweeted he was "overwhelmed" by Bundy's death. "R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH."

Bundy had guest appearances on the sitcom "Married ... with Children," in which the family on the show shared the Bundy name.

He left the WWF, which later became World Wrestling Entertainment, in the late 1980s but returned in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation, a group managed by "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

Bundy had been planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City.

News Football

Real Madrid's European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax

AP Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:34 AM IST

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Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid's Champions League reign is over.

More than 1,000 days since winning the first of three consecutive European titles, Real Madrid unprecedented era of dominance ended with a whimper when the Spanish giant was stunned 4-1 by Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The humiliating loss meant Madrid was eliminated 5-3 on aggregate in the round of 16, leaving the club looking at a trophy-less season in its first campaign since mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.

"We were not going to win the Champions League forever," said Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, who was sent off in the final minutes of the game. "Reigns eventually come to an end. Something like this was going to happen sooner or later."

In the end, the club renowned for assembling its team with expensive "Galactico" signings was undone by a club centered around a core of homegrown young talents.

Ajax, which is enjoying a resurgence thanks to young stars like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, needed less than 20 minutes to reverse a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, with Hakim Ziyech scoring in the seventh minute and David Neres in the 18th.

Dusan Tadic, who set up both first-half goals, added to the lead in the 62nd, and Lasse Schone sealed the Dutch team's triumph with a free kick from a tight angle in the 72nd. Marco Asensio had pulled the hosts closer a couple of minutes earlier.

"We always believed we had a chance, and we had 4,000 fans here who believed as well," Ajax coach Erick ten Hag said. "Over the two matches we definitely deserve to progress to the next round."

In Tuesday's other game, Tottenham won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund to go through 4-0 on aggregate, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Ajax was playing in the last 16 for the first time since 2006 and will be making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2003

For Madrid, it was the fourth straight home loss in all competitions, something that hadn't happened since 2004, and capped one of the worst weeks in the club's recent history. The team was coming off two demoralizing home losses to archrival Barcelona — 1-0 in the Spanish league and 3-0 in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

Out of the Copa del Rey and 12 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league, the Champions League was Real Madrid's only realistic chance of winning anything this season.

"We are sad. We are hurt," Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. "We gave our best but it wasn't enough. All we can do is come back tomorrow and keep working hard. The season continues and we have to keep playing."

Madrid hadn't lost a Champions League knockout tie since the 2015 semifinal against Juventus. It had reached at least the semifinals in eight straight seasons and hadn't failed to make it past the last 16 since 2010.

In the group stage this season, it had lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu for what had been its worst ever European loss.

Madrid was without suspended captain Sergio Ramos, who was sanctioned by UEFA for deliberately earning a late booking late in the first leg, and the defense struggled from the start on Tuesday. The attack also faltered again, with the forwards missing chance after chance.

The Bernabeu crowd went silent early when Ziyech opened the scoring after a breakaway that started with a run by Tadic through the right flank. The already nervous crowd was stunned again about 10 minutes later when Neres added to the lead from close range after Tadic got past a few Real Madrid defenders with a run from near the midfield, clearing Casemiro with a superb spin move and dribble. Neres beat Luka Modric to Tadic's through ball and went past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois before finding the open net.

Things got worse for Madrid as both Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior had to be substituted before halftime because of injuries — being replaced by Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.

Vinicius Junior was hurt at the end of a long run in which he nearly opened the scoring for Madrid. The young Brazilian appeared to be crying as he made his way back to the bench.

Bale struck the woodwork with a shot over Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana just before halftime.

Raphael Varane had hit the crossbar with a header less than five minute into the match, and he also missed from close range later in the first half. Asensio and Nacho Fernandez also wasted opportunities as Madrid's lack of scoring touch was costly again.

Although the hosts kept pressing, it was Ajax that kept threatening the most throughout the game, missing several chances to increase its lead.

Tadic got his goal with a left-footed shot from inside the area, which was upheld after a lengthy video review to see whether the ball had gone out of play before Ajax launched a quick counterattack. Asensio gave his team a glimmer of hope in the 70th, but it was snuffed out just two minutes later when Schone's curling free kick from the left flank beat Courtois and sealed the stunning triumph.

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Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid lead England to win in 1st T20

AP Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:30 AM IST

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Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid guided a depleted England side to a four-wicket victory over the West Indies on Tuesday in the first Twenty20.

England excused four of their first-choice side after the drawn ODI series — Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali — but Bairstow plugged a big gap in the batting lineup with a career-best 68 from 40 balls.

Opening for the first time in 28 matches he broke the back of a 161-run target, which owed much to Rashid's miserly return of 1-15. Tom Curran walked away with four wickets as the West Indies posted 160-8 but it was Rashid's precise stint which did most to stall the home side.

Joe Denly and Sam Billings both fell with the end line in sight but Curran reappeared to hit the winning boundary with seven balls remaining.

Chris Gayle, the man-of-the-series in the ODIs, fell to Chris Jordan's wide yorker which he could only squeeze to short third man. Shimron Hetmyer also failed to leave his mark on proceedings, chipping in with 14 before pumping a Curran full toss straight to mid-on.

Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran helped claw back some of the lost ground, as the fourth-wicket pair added 64 in 51 balls but were parted in style by the returning Jordan.

The reply began in a flurry of activity as Sheldon Cottrell's opening over contained 17 runs, a dropped catch and finally the wicket of Alex Hales.

Joe Root's hopes of sharpening his T20 skills lasted exactly two balls, lbw to Cottrell attempting to open up the leg-side, but Bairstow was unaffected.

He launched himself into a 13-ball sequence containing five boundaries and one six, driving England to 62 for two in the powerplay, well ahead of the West Indies benchmark.

Bairstow nicked Carlos Brathwaite on 34 but a fingertip catch skimmed off Hope's gloves and brought him four more. Brathwaite did manage to see off skipper Eoin Morgan but Bairstow was dropped again by Cottrell shortly after reaching a 27-ball 50 with his second six.

By the time he was held at wide long-on, he had left a target of 58 in 50 balls.

Billings and Denly, both of whom are still seeking to find their place in the England set-up, chalked off all but eight of the required runs in calm fashion before nerves struck.

Holder persuaded Denly to hole out with 14 balls remaining then Billings had a let-off next ball, Oshane Thomas just failing to hang to a mis-cued pull at fine leg.

Reprieved, Billings then swiped at a Cottrell cutter that knocked back his stumps. Four byes over Hope's head eased the growing tension allowing Curran to slog the winning runs.

News Cricket

Sir Ravindra Jadeja joins legends in elite list

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 11:25 PM IST

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Ravindra Jadeja scored 21 runs in the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur. The left hand batsman crossed the 2000-run mark in his career and became the third Indian player to score 2000 or more runs and take 150 or more wickets in ODIs.

He joined the likes of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar in this elite list. Sachin Tendulkar has amassed 18426 ODI runs and also took 154 wickets. Kapil Dev, on the other hand, has scored 3782 runs and took 253 wickets in one-day internationals.

He scored his 2000th run in the 41st over of the Indian innings on the bowling of Glenn Maxwell. He was dismissed after scoring 21 runs off 40 balls. He tried to get aggressive against in-form Pat Cummins but ended up giving a simple catch to Usman Khawaja. Jadeja now has 2011 runs and 171 wickets in ODI cricket.

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 Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s world record

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 10:29 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Australia needed 11 runs off the last over with two wickets left, and lost to India by eight runs in the second one-day cricket international on Tuesday.

Chasing 251 to win, Australia was in it going into the last over until new all-rounder Vijay Shankar, a medium-pacer, trapped Marcus Stoinis on 52 with the first delivery, and bowled Adam Zampa on 2 with the third delivery.

"I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can," Shankar said after his first two wickets in his sixth ODI. "It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally."

Australia was all out for 242 in 49.3 overs, and India led the five-match series 2-0. The third match is in Ranchi on Friday.

Virat Kohli was man of the match for his 40th hundred, nine less than Sachin Tendulkar's ODI record. Kohli’s 116 off 120 balls, including 10 boundaries, propped up India's par total of 250 all out in the 49th over.

"It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win," Kohli said. "We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well."

Kohli had to dig deep and combined for 67 with Ravindra Jadeja to take India past 200 in the 39th. In doing so, he reached 100 off 107 balls.

Virat Kohli has equaled Sachin Tendulkar's record of most tons in a winning cause in ODI cricket. The current Indian skipper has hit 40 tons in one-day internationals out of which 33 have come in a winning cause. Former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 49 centuries in ODIs, also has 33 such tons under his belt.

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 Bowlers lead India to thrilling win

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 9:35 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

India defeated Australia by 8 runs in the second ODI to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. Vijay Shankar was asked to bowl the last over of the innings with Australia needing 11 runs to win. He first dismissed Marcus Stoinis and then rattled Adam Zampa’s stumps to give Men in Blue their 500th win in one-day internationals. Kuldeep Yadav was star of the day, picking up three wickets in the game. Jasprit Bumrah was once again accurate and he went on to add two more scalps in his overall wicket tally.

Earlier, Kohli scored 116 off 120 balls as India was sent in and bowled out for 250 in the 49th over. Australia was in the chase until the last over. Australia was all out for 242 in 49.2 overs. The third match is in Ranchi on Friday.