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.