Virat Kohli made a sublime 40th one-day international century and Vijay Shankar struck twice in the final over as India claimed a 2-0 lead in the series with a dramatic eight-run win in Nagpur.  

Kohli led by example yet again on Tuesday, crafting 116 from 120 balls in India's 250 all out - Pat Cummins the pick of the bowlers with magnificent figures of 4-29 from nine overs. 

Australia were going along nicely on 218-5, but the impressive Jasprit Bumrah (2-29) and Kuldeep Yadav (3-54) both struck to leave a gripping match in the balance. 

Shankar stepped up to win it for India with the tourists needing 11 from the final over to level the five-match series, dismissing Marcus Stoinis (52) and Adam Zampa. 

Stoinis had scored only one run off the 48th over from Bumrah while keeping Nathan Lyon off strike but was unable to see Australia home after piling the pressure on himself.

Cummins had Rohit Sharma caught at third man in the first over after Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to put India into bat. 

Glenn Maxwell snared Shikhar Dhawan (21) leg before with his third ball, but Kohli showed sweet timing as he struck boundaries on both sides of the wicket.  

Still, paceman Cummins and Maxwell put the squeeze on, and Lyon made an immediate impact by removing Ambati Rayudu to leave India 75-3 after 17 overs, so a stand of 81 for the fourth wicket was more than welcome. 

Shankar crunched Stoinis for six as he and Kohli upped the run rate, the latter reaching his half-century off 55 balls. 

The partnership ended in unfortunate fashion, Shankar run out backing up when Zampa got a hand to a Kohli drive. The leg-spinner then struck a double blow by removing Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni in the same over - the former India captain sent on his way first ball. 

The classy Kohli slapped Nathan Coulter-Nile for four to reach three figures yet again before Cummins had him caught at deep square leg. The outstanding quick claimed another two wickets as the India tail was blown away. 

Finch (37) and Usman Khawaja (38) got Australia off to a strong start with an opening stand of 83 only to depart in quick succession, falling to Kuldeep and Jadhav respectively. 

Ravindra Jadeja had the returning Shaun Marsh caught behind and the dangerous Maxwell was cleaned up by Kuldeep to leave Australia at 132-4. 

Peter Handscomb made 48 but departed after Jadeja ran him out with a brilliant direct hit and it was advantage India when three wickets fell for only five runs, starting with Alex Carey's departure for a brisk 22. 

Australia needed 20 off two overs after Stoinis saw off Bumrah, yet Lyon showed his capability by hitting the last ball of the penultimate over from Mohammed Shami for four. 

However, Shankar - whose only previous over in the innings went for 13 - held his nerve to seal victory, claiming the final two wickets in three deliveries. 

Unbeaten half-centuries from Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni sealed a six-wicket victory for India in the opening one-day international against Australia in Hyderabad.

Australia won both Twenty20 Internationals between the sides, but Virat Kohli's side came out on top in the first of five ODIs on Saturday courtesy of an unbroken stand of 141 from Jadhav and Dhoni.

Opener Usman Khawaja (50) was the only Australia batsman to make a half-century in their total of 236-7, with Mohammed Shami (2-44), Jasprit Bumrah (2-60) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-46) taking two wickets apiece.

The match was in the balance when Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa reduced India to 99-4, but Jadhav and Dhoni came to the rescue with superb knocks of 81 and 59 respectively.

Aaron Finch was caught behind off Bumrah without scoring after winning the toss in his 100th ODI, but Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis prevented further early damage from being done.

The excellent Shami and Bumrah kept it tight before Khawaja launched Kuldeep's third ball for six and Stoinis looked well set before whipping Jadhav to Virat Kohli at midwicket, ending a stand of 87.

Khawaja reached his half-century from 74 balls, but was on his way when Vijay Shankar took an excellent catch for Kuldeep and Australia were 133-4 after the spinner removed Peter Handscomb.

Glenn Maxwell - promoted to number five after his Twenty20 heroics - timed the ball sweetly as he struck five boundaries before being cleaned up by Shami, who also bowled Ashton Turner.

Alex Carey (36 not out) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (28) added 62 for the seventh wicket but the India bowlers did a great job of restricting the tourists to a what appeared to be a below-par total.

Australia needed to make early inroads and Coulter-Nile removed Shikhar Dhawan, caught at point for a golden duck. However, Rohit Sharma and Kohli steadied the ship in a patient stand.

Rohit rode his luck and took a blow on the arm from Pat Cummins after the more fluent Kohli hooked the paceman for six, but Zampa dealt a big blow to India by trapping the captain leg before for 44.

Coulter-Nile (2-46) struck again to remove the scratchy Rohit (37) and India were 99-4 in the 24th over when Ambati Rayudu edged the impressive Zampa (2-49) behind.

Jadhav and Dhoni dug in on a tricky track, though, and the former captain slapped Coulter-Nile over his head for six to ease the tension, with Jadhav reaching his fifty off 67 balls and bringing up the hundred stand by casually guiding Cummins for four.

Dhoni needed treatment for what appeared to be cramp, yet he looked untroubled as he also passed 50 prior to striking Stoinis for back-to-back boundaries to secure victory with 10 balls to spare.

Virat Kohli aims to have a settled India World Cup team in place ahead of the Indian Premier League later this month.

The 2019 IPL gets under way on March 23, just over two months before the Cricket World Cup in England.

But captain Kohli insists he will not be using the country's domestic limited-overs competition to make key personnel decisions, believing India need to have decided on their line-up before then.

And so extra emphasis is placed on the five-match ODI series against Australia which gets under way on Saturday.

"I don't see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection," he told a news conference. "I think that would be a very, very radical sort of analysis.

"We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup.

"I don't see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players. If one or two players do not have a good IPL season, it doesn't mean they are out of the picture for the World Cup. Those things are not going to matter."

Kohli will be taking the upcoming ODI matches seriously in their own right - "otherwise I'd leave the ball to hit the stumps," he said - but the series will also be key in World Cup preparation.

Beyond selection calls, the captain wants to see how India bounce back from a pair of Twenty20 international defeats to Australia, with a certain character required at this year's tournament.

"[The T20Is are] done. It was a short series and Australia played better than us, they deserved to win the series," he said. "We'll have to be at our absolute best to win this particular series.

"As far as I see it, when you've not won two games, it's always an opportunity for a team to come back stronger and show character. In a big tournament like the World Cup or any big series, you have to keep coming back. It's not like you'll win all the games all the time.

"All the guys are really excited and really looking forward to doing the basics right, reading situations, doing what's required for the team and doing it well.

"As long as we take this as an opportunity, we're heading in the right direction as a team. We definitely want to be at our best during the series."

Alex Carey will return to the Australia side for the first one-day international against India and Glenn Maxwell is in line for a promotion.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Carey was overlooked for the 2-0 Twenty20 whitewash of Virat Kohli's side as Peter Handscomb donned the gloves.

Captain Aaron Finch confirmed Carey will be recalled for the ODI opener in Hyderabad on Saturday.

The skipper said: "Alex has done well when he's had his opportunities and I know he was really disappointed missing out on the T20 games,

"But Pete had done a good job for the [Melbourne] Stars and gave us the luxury of playing that extra bowler as well, which was so important at the end of the day.

"Going forward, [the keeper] is probably likely to be in that middle-order, number seven spot."

Maxwell made a scintillating 113 not out in a seven-wicket win on Wednesday after scoring a half-century in the first T20 and is set to be pushed up the order after batting at seven in the home series' against India and South Africa.

"His two knocks here were unbelievable," Finch said.

"Especially that last one, it was as good a T20 innings I've ever seen in terms of a big run chase, where the rate was always hovering around 10-11-12 which makes it difficult to manage your risk-reward scenarios.

"He'll get an opportunity a bit higher up the order, no doubt. His record in India is very good, the way he played in Australia, even in the ODIs there was some really good improvement.

"So whether that's six, whether it's five – I'm not exactly sure yet. But he'll get an opportunity a bit higher than seven I'd imagine."

Glenn Maxwell was described as "a freak" by Peter Handscomb after his stunning unbeaten century guided Australia home against India in Wednesday's second Twenty20.

Chasing 191 for victory in Bengaluru, Australia were toiling at 22-2 when Maxwell walked in, and what followed was one of the finest T20 knocks ever seen.

Maxwell hammered 113 off only 55 balls, including seven fours and nine sixes, to secure victory by seven wickets in the final over and hand the tourists a 2-0 series success, backing up the 56 he made in Sunday's last-ball thriller.

Handscomb contributed 20 not out off 18 deliveries in a match-winning stand of 99 and afterwards paid tribute to his team-mate's sensational innings.

"I just tried to get Maxy on strike, that was the plan, and it was great to be there until the end," he said. "We wanted to make sure there's an in batter at the end, and it was the batters' job to complete the job.

"He is a freak, he can play shots other people can't, and he's really matured now. It was just a pleasure being at the other end."

Maxwell added: "It was a pretty good wicket, so we were able to wait for anything slightly off line or length. We just needed to get it to about 11 or 12 an over for the last four overs, and back ourselves from there. After D'Arcy [Short]'s dismissal it was up to me to sit around and drive the innings forward.

"Pete Handscomb did a great job of getting off strike and being busy. We were able to keep consistently having good overs and keep the [required] run rate in check.

"We were just talking about how we haven't had a lot of success here. To come and perform as well as we have in these two T20s, it's a great start to this tour."

Losing captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile, conceded there was little his side could have done to stymie Maxwell in that sort of form.

"Australia outplayed us in both games, they were more clinical with bat, ball and on the field," said Kohli, who struck six sixes in his thrilling 38-ball 72.

"We put up a decent total, 190 is a good score on any ground, but there was too much dew around, and when Maxy plays an innings like that, you can't do too much."

Glenn Maxwell blasted a remarkable unbeaten 113 from just 55 balls as Australia chased down 191 to defeat India by seven wickets and secure a 2-0 Twenty20 series success.

Having walked to the crease with the tourists stumbling at 22-2 after four overs, Maxwell produced one of the great T20 innings on Wednesday, hammering seven fours and nine sixes en route to his third century in the shortest format.

Maxwell laid the platform for a successful chase alongside D'Arcy Short (40 off 28) before dominating a fourth-wicket stand worth 99 with Peter Handscomb to see Australia home with two deliveries remaining.

The brutal hitting of Maxwell, following his 56 in the series opener, overshadowed the earlier genius of India captain Virat Kohli, who had blasted six maximums in a spectacular 38-ball 72 that had the Bengaluru crowd on its feet.

He, MS Dhoni (40 off 23) and KL Rahul propelled India to 190-4, but even that daunting total proved within Maxwell's grasp as he reached fifty from 28 deliveries and needed only 22 more to bring up his hundred in guiding the visitors over the line almost single-handed.

Rahul had top-scored for India with 50 in Sunday's last-ball defeat and he looked in good form again, launching Jhye Richardson for successive sixes in the fifth over before repeating the feat off Pat Cummins in the next.

He perished for a breezy 47 off 26, however, guiding a catch to deep third-man and when Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant fell cheaply - the latter to Richardson's fine diving catch at long-off - Dhoni walked out to meet Kohli.

Patient to begin with, the pair kicked on in the final six overs, Kohli sending Nathan Coulter-Nile over the ropes three times in a row in the 16th while Short suffered punishment at the hands of Dhoni, who fell late in the piece before Kohli finished the innings in style by thumping Cummins over long-off for a maximum.

Australia's chase was in trouble as Marcus Stoinis and Aaron Finch departed for single figures, Maxwell and Short forced to rebuild before the former put his foot down in the last six overs.

Krunal Pandya was hammered over long-off before Yuzvendra Chahal disappeared over the fence twice in succession – the second via a reverse sweep of remarkable power.

Two fours off Jasprit Bumrah in the 17th over and a six into the sightscreen off Siddarth Kaul helped reduce the equation to seven required from four, and Maxwell crashed Kaul back over his head for a maximum and then to the cover boundary to round off the win in fitting fashion.

Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the remainder of Australia's tour of India due to a side injury, with Andrew Tye called up in his place.

The 28-year-old fast bowler was injured during training in the nets ahead of the opening Twenty20 international in Vizag last week.

Richardson has not recovered and will now fly home as Tye joins the group.

Australia physio David Beakley said: "Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I.

"Unfortunately, he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour.

"Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation and we will monitor his progress over the coming weeks."

Australia won the dramatic first T20I by three wickets on Sunday and will look to clinch the series in the second and final match on Wednesday.

They will then face India in five ODIs, starting in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson were Australia's unlikely batting heroes, the duo reaching a victory target of 127 off the final ball to claim a thrilling three-wicket win over India in the first Twenty20. 

Australia had inserted India after winning the toss and had restricted their hosts to 126-7, with KL Rahul's 50 and MS Dhoni's unbeaten 29 the most significant knocks in a total that always looked below par. 

Glenn Maxwell's 56 off 43 balls and D'Arcy Short's 37 had ensured the visiting side looked to be coasting towards their victory target when 101-3 in the 16th over, yet Jasprit Bumrah (3-16) inspired an Indian fightback. 

Richardson and Cummins came together at the start of the final over, when Australia still needed 14, and both men struck boundaries off Umesh Yadav before Cummins' shot down the ground yielded two off the last ball, seeing the tourists to victory.

India had only managed to score at 6.3 per over but they made early inroads in Australia's batting line-up when Marcus Stoinis was run out from the final ball of the second over and Bumrah struck Aaron Finch on the pads from the next delivery, leaving Australia 5-2. 

Maxwell and Short then produced a vital partnership, though the former survived a direct hit for a run out when on 35 before reaching his half-century. 

Yuzvendra Chahal eventually accounted for Maxwell when he sliced to long off in the 14th over, and India had their fourth wicket when Peter Handscomb's hesitation after calling Short through for a second resulted in the latter being run out. 

India's hopes of defending their score grew when Ashton Turner was bowled for a five-ball duck, and Bumrah dismissed Handscomb and then Nathan Coulter-Nile with the final two balls in an over that cost just two runs. 

Umesh delivered the last over and was unable to see India home, Cummins dispatching a full toss to the ropes before poking a shot back past the bowler's dive and running through for two. 

It meant India's effort was not enough, despite their innings having shown promise when Rahul and Virat Kohli (24) produced a 55-run stand after opener Rohit Sharma had departed in the third over.

However, India's progress was punctuated by losing regular wickets. Rishabh Pant was run out - Jason Behrendorff making a brilliant one-handed stop and quickly firing a throw in to wicketkeeper Handscomb - before Rahul's fine knock was ended when he lifted a straight shot to Finch at mid off.

Dinesh Karthik was bowled by Coulter-Nile (3-26) before there were three figures on the board and India were 100-6 after 15 overs when a swipe from Hardik Pandya off the same bowler found Maxwell at backward point.

That left Dhoni to try and hog the strike and shield the tail but Umesh was trapped lbw by Cummins, who went on to have a crucial say with the bat in Australia's successful chase.

Virat Kohli warned India must avoid getting into "bad habits" during the Indian Premier League with the Cricket World Cup fast approaching.

India start a two-match Twenty20 series against Australia on Sunday, which will be followed by five ODIs.

The IPL gets under way at the end of next month and Kohli is wary of a lack of 50-over preparation for his side ahead of the World Cup in England.

"All the people who are going to be part of the World Cup squad, they have to make sure that their games don't go too much away from the one-day mould of things," said the India captain.

"That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL. We need 15 people who are confident and mentally happy about where their game is at that particular moment.

"That will take a consistent effort from all the players during the IPL to keep a check on that. The moment we enter the nets and create bad habits, and you lose momentum, you lose batting form, it is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup.

"So from that point of view, everyone will have to protect that mindset and be aligned towards what the team requires of them."

India's last ODI will be against Australia in Delhi over two months before their opening World Cup warm-up against New Zealand, a schedule which Kohli says is far from ideal.

"Yeah, that [a few more ODIs] would have been ideal. More, I would say logical. But that's the way series are compiled nowadays and we have to more or less play that," he added.

"Also because we are playing so much T20 cricket in the IPL so probably a couple of more ODIs would have been more beneficial. For both the teams, not just us. But look, we have to utilise what's in front of us as best as possible. We're going to look to get into the right kind of frame of mind as a team."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has urged the cricket community to "sever ties" with "countries from which terrorism emanates" amid reports it could propose Pakistan be banned from the Cricket World Cup.

A Pakistan-based militant group claimed responsibility for a terror attack in India-administered Kashmir last week, which claimed the lives of 44 Indian security personnel.

India and Pakistan are due to meet in the World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16 and the BCCI has expressed concerns over safety at the tournament.

The governing body said in a statement: "The BCCI wishes to address concerns and sentiments that have emerged after the recent dastardly terrorist attack which was carried out on Indian soil by a terror outfit based out of Pakistan which resulted in the death of 44 Indian security personnel.

"In view of the aforesaid terrorist attack, BCCI fears for the safety and security of players and match officials participating in upcoming ICC events including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

"Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the United Kingdom) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India. BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates."

Omnisport has contacted the ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board for a response.

There has also been talk of whether India might boycott the match against their great rivals in Manchester and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar says he will back whatever stance is taken.

The India great tweeted: "India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament.

"Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart."

The Windies won the Wisden trophy despite a massive defeat in the final of a three-Test series against England. India is next and cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed believes they may be a bridge too far.

Rohit Sharma blasted a brutal half-century after Krunal Pandya starred with the ball as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets at Eden Park to set up a Twenty20 series decider.

The tourists were hammered by 80 runs in the first match of the series in Wellington but responded impressively in Auckland on Friday.

Pandya (3-28) struck three times in quick succession to reduce the Black Caps to 50-4, but Colin de Grandhomme (50 off 28 balls) and Ross Taylor got Kane Williamson's side up to 158-8.

That was not enough to seal the series, though, as captain Rohit (50 from 29) produced a fierce onslaught to become the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals and Rishabh Pant (40 not out) hit the winning runs with seven balls to spare.

Tim Seifert - who made 84 in Wellington - was unable to repeat his heroics from the first match of the series, edging Bhuvneshwar Kumar behind to fall for only 12 before Pandya came to the party.

The spinner removed Colin Munro and Daryl Mitchell followed in controversial fashion in the same over, given out leg before following a review when there appeared to be an inside edge.

Pandya also trapped captain Williamson leg before, but De Grandhomme flexed his muscles as he and Taylor put on 77 for the fifth wicket - the all-rounder striking four sixes in a powerful knock.

De Grandhomme took 16 off three balls from Yuzvendra Chahal and struck Pandya for back-to-back sixes before falling to younger brother Hardik Pandya, then Taylor (42) was run out as New Zealand lost momentum.

Rohit took no time to get his eye in under the lights when India began their run chase, smashing Lockie Ferguson's first ball over the deep midwicket boundary before also setting about Scott Kuggeleijn.

The India skipper moved to 50 from only 28 balls but fell in the next over when he pulled a short ball from Ish Sodhi straight to Tim Southee at deep midwicket.

India were 88-2 when Shikhar Dhawan (30) was bounced out by Ferguson, but Pant - who struck a six and found the ropes four times - and MS Dhoni (20no) saw them home with ease, setting up a winner-takes-all showdown in Hamilton on Sunday.

Australia have been dealt a blow with Mitchell Starc ruled out of the upcoming limited-overs series against India due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Starc took 10 wickets to lead Australia to a resounding win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra, but was hurt on the final day.

The left-arm paceman was left out of the 15-man squad for the tour of India starting on February 24.

"Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra," Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement on Thursday. 

"This means he will be unavailable for the tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in March."

Australia will play two Twenty20s and five ODIs against India, who won last month's 50-over series between the teams 2-1.

Starc's fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood is still sidelined with a back injury, with Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to get their chances.

Shaun Marsh was included and is expected to be available for the third ODI as the left-hander recovers from a hamstring strain and awaits the birth of his second child, with D'Arcy Short in the squad as cover.

Ashton Turner, who has played three T20s for Australia, was also named.

"I'd also like to congratulate Ashton Turner on his selection in the squad. Ashton has been on our radar for some time, given his performances in the shorter formats," Hohns said.

"Ashton is a smart cricketer who reads the game well and provides us with another strong batting option.

"He's been in good form over the summer, and he has an opportunity to put his case forward ahead of the World Cup."

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short (cover for Shaun Marsh), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

New Zealand inflicted India's biggest Twenty20 defeat as Tim Seifert's 84 and a shared effort with the ball helped the Black Caps to a dominant 80-run win on Wednesday.

Opening batsman Seifert - whose previous highest T20I score was 14 - made his runs from just 43 balls as the home side posted a daunting 219-6 in Wellington, the largest total in the format at Westpac Stadium.

India, fresh from a 4-1 triumph in the ODI series, never looked like troubling that score despite MS Dhoni's measured 39 off 31 deliveries.

Tim Southee (3-17) was chief protagonist with the ball, while Lockie Ferguson (2-22), Mitchell Santner (2-24) and Ish Sodhi (2-26) played their part in dismissing India for 139.

Seifert was in turbo mode from the off, putting on 86 for the opening wicket with Colin Munro (34 off 20).

He had already whacked Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six by the time Krunal Pandya was swept into the grandstand over backward square-leg.

Back-to-back maximums off the same bowler followed in the 11th over, at the end of which he was wastefully put down by Dinesh Karthik running in from long-on.

Seifert's electric knock, which included seven fours and six sixes, finally came to an end courtesy of a Khaleel Ahmed yorker, but contributions of 34 and 23 from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor boosted the tally.

India lost Rohit Sharma early when his attempted pull off Southee found the safe hands of Ferguson at deep square-leg. 

A 33-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan (29) and Vijay Shankar (27) was ended when Ferguson bowled the former, before Southee and Sodhi tore into the middle order as Rishabh Pant, Karthik and Hardik Pandya all failed to get going. 

Dhoni struck five fours and a six and put on 52 with Krunal Pandya but Southee accounted for both men as the Black Caps cantered to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Martin Guptill has been ruled out of New Zealand's Twenty20 international series against India due to a back injury.

The opener failed a fitness test in Wellington on Monday, so all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been brought into the squad.

New Zealand are hoping Guptill recovers in time for a one-day international series against Bangladesh, which starts a week on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, Martin hasn't recovered in time for this T20 series - which is very condensed with three games over five days," said Black Caps coach Gary Stead.

"It's a shame as he's obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we've got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.

"It's great to have Jimmy coming into the side after some encouraging ODI performances."

New Zealand and India play the first of three T20s at Westpac Stadium on Wednesday.

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