A hat-trick by young spin maestro Kuldeep Yadav helped India successfully defend a target of 252 against the players from down under to win the second ODI of the 5 match ODI series in Kolkata by 50 runs. India now lead the series 2-0.
India won the toss at the Eden Gardens and elected to have a bat. Both the openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma played steady in the beginning until the sixth over where Nathan Coulter-Nile got rid of Rohit Sharma by catching him off his own bowling.This brought the eventual highest scorer of the match Virat Kohli to the crease to join Ajinkya Rahane.
Captain Kohli took his time to get his eyes on the ball and feel the pitch speed, in the meanwhile Rahane kept the scorers busy with some classy boundaries until the captain joined him with a few classy drives of his own. The two kept the scoreboard ticking and built a partnership which was becoming a genuine cause of worry for the Aussies. The two dealt mostly in doubles and singles with a boundary every now and then; cool and composed cricket.
Virat Kohli was the first to reach his half-century in the 22nd over of the game with Rahane following soon after in the 23rd. The Aussies received a heavenly blessing in the form of Ajinkya Rahane getting run out almost immediately after his half century.
After Rahane’s departure it was Manish Pandey the flamboyant Karnataka Batsman who joined the captain in the middle but couldn’t do much as he disappeared after scoring mere 3 runs of 13 deliveries on a back of a length delivery from Ashton Agar.
At 131/3 in 27.2 overs India was kind of struggling at the point keeping in mind the remarkable batting lineup possessed by the OZs. Kohli and new entrant Kedar Jadhav held the fort from then on, dealing mostly in singles or doubles with the odd boundary or two. The duo managed to succesfully take India to the 180 score range when Kedar Jadhav gave his wicket trying to accelerate his innings. He managed to score 24 runs at a run a ball rate.
Jadhav’s dismissal brought MS Dhoni to the crease who got off to a good start with a boundary to open his account. Things were just getting normal when Virat Kohli got out at 92 by chopping his own stumps with the ball and was disappointed at his luck.
With Kohli out, it was now Hardik Pandya joining Dhoni in hopes of taking the score further. But the pair lasted only one over with Dhoni getting out in the 40th over bowled by Kane Richardson. India was now really struggling at 204/6 in 39.1 overs.
Bhubaneswar Kumar who was now on the crease joined Hardik Pandya in slowly increasing the score tally but fell prey to kene richardson in the last delivery of the 48th over leaving India at 239/7. His replacement Kuldeep yadav didn’t bother the scorers much and got out 2 balls later for zero. The last over saw India score 6 runs and lose the last 2 wickets in the form of Pandya and Chahal bringing an end to Indian innings in exactly 50 overs at 252/10.
In response, the Batting Australia lost it’s first wicket at the score of just 2 runs in the third over in the form of opener Cartwright. His partner David Warner soon followed suit with him getting out in the 5th over to the same bowler, Bhubaneswar Kumar.
Captain Steve Smith and Travis Head keep calm heads and took their team to a score of 50+, things were starting to look good for Australia, thanks to the duo. But, India struck yet again, this time in the 17th over. Travis Head got out to Chahal after scoring 39 runs off 38 balls.
With Australia struggling at 85/3, Maxwell joined his captain in hopes of reviving his team. But this didn’t succeed either as Maxwell got out at after scoring just 14 off 18 deliveries to Chahal. Captain Steve Smith now joined by Marcus Stoinis in the middle reached his half century in the 26th over of the game hoping to turn around the luck for his team. But that was not to be the cae as he disappeared 3 overs later in the 30th over of the game for 55 runs on a delivery by Hardik Pandya.
Things were looking really down for the visitors by then. But there was a little more in the store for them. Kuldeep Yadav decided to make this his day by claiming a hat-trick. One by one, batsmen fell to his spin and handed him their wickets thus making hm only the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in an One-day international match. KUDOS..
Once Kuldeep was done, there were mere formalities left in the game as despite his unbeaten last minute effort of 62 runs off 65 deliveries; highest for his team, Marcus Stoinis just couldn’t get the support he needed from the other end as the entire Australian batting was done for 202 runs in the 43rd over.
While the batting other than Rahane and Kohli let India down today, it can take solace in the fact that there young bucks seem to be shooting just when they are needed to. this could mean only good things for Indian Cricket and its future. As for the Australian team, it seems that they haven’t yet come to terms with the conditions in India, which is odd because almost all of them play in the IPL. Whatever may be the case, this team is doing no justice to the legacy of Australian cricket whatsoever. The intent is missing, the fire is missing. This might actually be the first time that the OZs are considering themselves the dark-horses against India.
It would be interesting to see how the Australian team deals with these back to back loses and come back in the third ODI which could very well turn out to be the series decide, if India wins there as well.
- Toss:India, who chose to bat
- Man of the Match:Virat Kohli
- Venue:Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Umpires:Anil Chaudhary, Richard Illingworth, Marais Erasmus, Nitin Menon
- Referee:Jeffrey Crowe
- India inningsPowerplay 1: 44 runs, 1 wicketIndia: 50 runs in 10.6 overs
2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 51 balls (Ajinkya Rahane 22, Virat Kohli 26)
India: 100 runs in 19.5 overs
Virat Kohli: 50 off 60 balls (5 x fours)
Ajinkya Rahane: 50 off 62 balls (6 x fours)
2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 110 balls (Ajinkya Rahane 43, Virat Kohli 53)
India: 150 runs in 30.2 overs
4th Wicket: 50 runs in 42 balls (Virat Kohli 25, Kedar Jadhav 23)
India: 200 runs in 37.6 overs
Powerplay 2: 163 runs, 5 wickets
Powerplay 3: 45 runs, 4 wickets
India: 250 runs in 49.4 overs
Innings Break: India – 252/10 in 50 overs (Jasprit Bumrah 10)
- Australia inningsPowerplay 1: 47 runs, 2 wicketsAustralia: 50 runs in 11.2 overs
3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 43 balls (Steven Smith 19, Travis Head 24)
Australia: 100 runs in 19.4 overs
Steven Smith: 50 off 65 balls (6 x fours)
Australia: 150 runs in 33.3 overs
Powerplay 2: 135 runs, 7 wickets
Marcus Stoinis: 50 off 58 balls (6 x fours, 2 x sixes)
Australia: 200 runs in 42.3 overs