Pat Cummins: Virat Kohli's 116 the difference between the teams

Virat Kohli walked in to bat in the second over and held the innings together with his 40th ODI hundred.

Pat Cummins (second from right) celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma.   -  AFP

The spearhead of Australia's bowling attack on this tour, Pat Cummins admitted that India captain Virat Kohil's 120-ball 116 made the difference in the second ODI on Tuesday.

"I think he was the difference, for sure," Cummins said after Australia's eight-run defeat against India.

"We had  a couple of really good partnerships, Marcus (Stoinis) got 50-odd, couple of guys got really good starts but we didn't have that one guy who got on with it. We knew the longer the game went on, the harder it was going to be to score," he said.

"Someone like Virat in at the end, facing lots of balls, was probably the difference between them getting low-200 or 250. He just played really good shots. I think 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," Cummins said.

He also admitted that Kohli is 'someone who just looks in complete command of his game at the moment'.

"A wicket like that it's tough to bowl on, it's tough to bat on. If you bowl well, you feel like you can restrict the batter but nicks behind, getting balls swinging around isn't really an option. You kind of feel a little bit hamstrung in that regard but he (Virat) batted beautifully, he didn't give any chances. He looks like he got so much time," Cummins said.

After clean sweeping the Twenty20 International series, Australia is trailing the five-match ODI series 2-0. So, what has gone wrong for the side? "The T20s are a different game but we had two really good wins in close circumstances. Here you could probably say someone like Dhoni, the way he commanded and showed his experience in the first game then someone like Virat here proved to be the difference," he said.