Virat Kohli delivered for India in a crunch situation yet again, smashing a hundred of 61 balls in the 6th ODI against Australia in Nagpur. The century was studded with 16 fours and a six. Chasing 351 for victory in a must-win game, Kohli picked up from where Shikhar Dhawan (100) left. Kohli was in a punishing mood right from the start. Coming in at 178/1 after the loss of Rohit Sharma (79), he launched a calculated attack on the bowlers. George Bailey's men were left wondering where to bowl as the Delhi right-hander smashed his way to a 31-ball half-century, his 27th. (Nagpur ODI pics)
In no mood to let up after his fifty, Kohli hardly changed gears as he pushed towards his hundred. He lost Shikhar Dhawan, who departed just after reaching his century, but that did not affect his style of play. Even the wickets of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, both falling to Mitchell Johnson, did not deter him from reaching his 17th ODI hundred in 118 games. It was his second hundred in the series, after he hit 100 not out off 52 balls in the second ODI in Jaipur when India chased down 360 to win. In the course of that innings, he had also become the fastest Indian to score a hundred in ODIs.
Australia had amassed 350/6 after MS Dhoni opted to field, with skipper George Bailey (156) and Shane Watson (102) both hitting centuries.