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Big Moment For India, As It  Becomes The Second Team To Register 500 ODI Wins

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| March 6 , 2019 , 19:09 IST

Indian Cricket Team on Tuesday scripted history after winning a nail-biting contest against Australia in the 2nd ODI, Nagpur.

India achieved this feat after successfully defending 250 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium.

It's the only second team to reach the landmark after Australia, who have 558 wins in ODIs.

Chasing India's 251 to level the five-match series, Australia got off to a strong start before the hosts roared back into the contest with some disciplined bowling.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar kept his nerve in the final over of the match after Virat Kohli slammed his 40th century as India defeated Australia in a thrilling encounter.

With 11 runs needed from the final over of the match and Marcus Stoinis on the crease, Shankar kept his calm and with two wickets in three balls, he was able to clinch the match for Men in Blue.

Earlier, Kohli continued his brilliant run of form and slammed his 40th ODI century in the second game of the five-match series.

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Kohli's century in India's innings was his 40th in one-day internationals. He overtook former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in the list of most centuries in the format and is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the charts with 49 centuries.

Kohli looked completely in control against the Australia bowlers and in the process, was able to score his 18th century in ODIs as skipper. Currently, he is only second to former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (22).

It has taken India 45 years to win 500 ODIs after playing its first game in the format against England at Leeds on July 13, 1974, in the Prudential Trophy. The nation has featured in 963 ODIs till date.