Vijay Shankar ended the challenge of the number 11 Adam Zampa by taking a wicket with bold on the Yorker. India won the match by 8 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series. As it happened, it was also India’s 500th ODI match win. What a game played by Kohli and Vijay.
Fate then turned backward. Another reason is that there should be a better balance between the bat and the ball.
11 runs were needed in the last over, but besides Vijay Shankar, India did not have any choice. And he dismissed Marcus Stoinis on the first ball and astonished the Indian team and convinced that we could win the match. Marcus Stoinis was trapped leg before. The match was again in favor of India.
India batted first and was all out on 250 runs which was1a1 powered by captain Virat Kohli’s 40th ODI century and a cameo of Vijay Shankar. With the dismissal being all out for 242 in the last over of the match, Australia’s 11 runs chase became the nail-biter, in which Shankar bowled the last over and took two wickets.
Mohammed Shami’s glorious cover drive proved to be a sign of things coming in the third over and certainly was enough, Finch started coming in a flow towards the second half of the first 10 overs. His opening partner Usman Khawaja also kept pace and this pair started 83 runs within 15 overs.
Finch was the first man to be trapped in the leg-before-wicket of Kuldeep Yadav in the 15th over. Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Kedar Jadhav in the next over and India again captured the match.
Shaun Marsh, who was playing his first match of the series after spell due to injury. Marsh did not last long, although he played well with 16 runs on 27 balls. After that, Glenn Maxwell’s wicket felt on Kuldeep’s ball.
By then India had control but then Australia fought with the partnership of Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis. But Carey was dismissed by Kuldeep in the 44th over and after this Jaspreet Bumrah played the deadly overs. To increase the excitement, he took wickets of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins by leaving Stoinis.
Needed 11 runs in the last over and Stoinis on the strike, Kohli gave the ball to Vijay Shankar to finish the game. This decision paid the dividend because Shankar grabbed the wicket of Stoinis on the first ball of the over. After this, he bowled Adam Zampa and ended the match.
Kohli’s 40th ODI century brought India to competitive 250 after the middle-order collapse on a dry surface at the VCA Stadium, but it proved to be sufficiently successful because India won the remaining three balls only. This was India’s 500th victory in the ODI format.
The first victory came against East Africa in 1975 under the leadership of then captain S Venkataraghavan. India now ahead in the five-match series 2-0.