India vs Australia: Pat Cummins says Virat Kohli's ton was the distinction between the 2 sides in Nagpur ODI

Nagpur: Australian pacer Pat Cummins has mentioned that India captain Virat Kohli’s 116 was the distinction between the 2 sides within the second ODI, which the hosts received by eight runs to take a 2-Zero lead within the five-match sequence.

Kohli’s dogged hundred, his 40th in ODIs, helped India revive their innings and publish a aggressive 250 after a middle-order collapse on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli introduced up his 40th ODI ton earlier than finally falling prey to Pat Cummins. AP

Later Indian bowlers, particularly Jasprit Bumrah (2-29) and Vijay Shankar (2-15) held their nerves within the demise overs to restrict Australia to 242 and seal the deal for the house crew.

“I think he (Kohli) was the difference, for sure. We had a couple of really good partnerships, Marcus (Stonis) got 50-odd, couple of guys got really good starts but we didn’t have that one guy (player) who got on with it,” mentioned Cummins, who returned with figures of 4-29.

“So for them to have somebody like Virat in on the finish, dealing with a number of balls, he was most likely the distinction between them getting low-200 or 250. (It was a) actually good innings – chanceless.

“(And he) just played really good shots. I thought for the most part we bowled quite well to him but especially the way he played some of the spin, which looked quite tough to play on that wicket, was certainly the difference.”

The 25-year-old pacer additionally mentioned Kohli is somebody “who just looks in complete command of his game at the moment”.

“…but he (Kohli) batted beautifully, he didn’t give any chances, he looks like he got so much time. If someone bowls well he’s happy to wait on them and cash in later, he doesn’t miss out on too many bad balls,” mentioned Cummins, who has performed 44 ODIs.

Cummins additionally mentioned that there have been a couple of positives for the guests to take from the sport.

“Bowling a team out is good. The way (Adam) Zampa came back, got two big wickets that was a great sign. Nathan Lyon hadn’t played a lot of one-day cricket lately, to come straight back in it’s quite different from Test cricket, he seemed to be firing them in there and kept the scoreboard quite tight, so another great positive,” mentioned Cummins.

On the private entrance, Cummins mentioned he was content material together with his efficiency.

“I really like bowling with the brand new ball, particularly in one-day cricket on these form of wickets, the ball deteriorates fairly rapidly. So I really like getting the model new ball and making an attempt to swing it round, get a little bit of tempo and bounce out of the wicket earlier than it tends to go delicate.


Published Date: March 06, 2019

| Updated Date: March 06, 2019


Updated Date: Mar 06, 2019 12:07:43 IST