Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick and an exceptional performance by the bowling unit helped India register a 50-run win over Australia in the second ODI in Kolkata. Earlier, Virat Kohli (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (55) put India in complete control before Australia fought back to restrict the hosts to just 252.
Brief scores: India 252/10 (Virat Kohli 92, Ajinkya Rahane 55; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/51, Kane Richardson 3/55) beat Australia 202/10 (Steve Smith 59, Marcus Stoinis 62*; Kuldeep Yadav 3/54, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/9) by 50 runs.
India won the toss and Virat Kohli opted to bat first with an unchanged team. Playing his 100th ODI, Steve Smith made two changes in his team with Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar replacing James Faulkner and Adam Zampa.
Rahane-Kohli help India stabilize the innings after early losses
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma opened the Indian innings and got their team off to a slow start finding the first boundary in the third over. In the next over, however, they managed to cross the fence a couple of more times before Nathan Coulter-Nile sent Sharma back to the hut by catching the ball, on the second attempt, off his own bowling. Over the next 24 balls, India added another 18 runs to take the score to 44/1 at the end of the first powerplay. Rahane, along with Kohli, started building a much-needed partnership for India after the early losses and managed to take India to 77/1 after 16 overs and by the 23rd over, both players had crossed the fifty run mark. It was a mistake, running between the wickets, that got Smith the breakthrough that he desperately needed. Rahane was slow on the turn for a second run and failed to make his crease as Wade took the bails off from a perfect Hilton Cartwright throw. By the end of the 25th over, India had scored a sub-par 124 with the loss of two wickets.
Coulter-Nile and Richardson restrict India to 252
Manish Pandey’s stay at the crease was a short one as Agar sent him to pavilion in the 28th over for a score of three. India crossed the 150-run mark in the 31st over and Kedar Jadhav and Kohli started rebuilding the innings. Jadhav decided to go on the
Bhuvneshwar and Chahal inflict early damage
Australia decided to stick with the same opening partnership, Hilton
Stoinis brave innings bettered by Kuldeep’s hat-trick
With 25 overs to go, Australia