Skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 40th century to guide India to 250 on a challenging pitch in the second ODI against Australia on Tuesday.
Kohli, hit 10 fours in his 120-ball knock and held anchor on a track that appeared to aid bowlers, after Australian captain Aaron Finch elected to bat in the day-night game.
The Indians got off to a rocky start, losing openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (21) early in the innings.
Sharma (0) top-edged off Adam Zampa and Dhawan (21) was given out leg before wicket after Australia’s appeal was upheld on review.
India had no such luck as Ambati Rayudu’s decision to appeal against the on-field umpire’s lbw decision was turned down, the hosts reduced to a shaky 75-3.
Kohli, the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman, went on the counter-attack, hitting two fours off the last two balls of the 18th over by Zampa to underline his top form.
The 30-year-old skipper timed his innings perfectly, stitching a 81-run partnership with Vijay Shankar, who impressed during his 41-ball 46 before being run out by Zampa.
Zampa struck again soon after, dismissing Kedar Jadhav (11) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) off successive balls to stun the home crowd into silence.
But Kohli looked unfettered at the other end, reaching his 40th ODI century with a four over backward point.
Kohli’s innings ended when he holed a simple catch to Marcus Stoinis off Pat Cummins who picked up four late wickets.
SCORES IN BRIEF
INDIA: 250 all out in 48.2 overs (Dhawan 21, Kohli 116, Shankar 46, Jadeja 21; Cummins 4-29, Zampa 2-62)