Kolkata: Virat Kohli’s Team India completed a 50-run win over Australia in the second ODI here on Thursday, thanks to a sensational hat-trick from Kuldeep Yadav. Having decided to bat, India lost Rohit Sharma early, but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane took the team forward, finishing the innings at 252 all out.
Both Kohli (92) and Rahane (55) got out during the innings, with the former being eight short of his 31st ODI ton. For the Aussie bowlers, Nathan-Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson picked up three wickets, while Pat Cummins and Ashton Agar picked one each.
In reply, the Aussies never looked settled, after having lost openers Hilton Cartwright and David Warner early. But, captain Steve Smith’s 59 in his 100th ODI gave hope for the visitors. Marcus Stoinis, too, joined the party by scoring his maiden fifty, but Kane Richardson’s departure courtesy the final wicket for Bhuvneshwar denied Australia the match. With this result, Virat Kohli’s men have retained the top spot in ODI rankings, with three ODIs to play
Australia will have one last chance to step up in this series when the two teams now head to Indore for the third ODI on Sunday.
India: A. Rahane run out (Cartwright /Wade) 55, R. Sharma c and b Coulter-Nile 7, V. Kohli b Coulter-Nile 92, M. Pandey b Agar 3, K. Jadhav c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 24, M.S. Dhoni c Smith b Richardson 5, H. Pandya c Warner b Richardson 20, B. Kumar c Maxwell b Richardson 20, K. Yadav c Wade b Cummins 0, J. Bumrah (not out) 10, Y. Chahal run out (Wade) 1. Extras (b1, nb1, w13) 15. Total (all out in 50 overs) 252.
FoW: 1-19, 2-121, 3-131, 4-186, 5-175, 6-204, 7-239, 8-239, 9-246.
Bowling: Cummins 10-1-34-1, Coulter-Nile 10-0-51-3, Richardson 10-0-55-3, Stoinis 9-0-46-0, Agar 9-0-54-1, Head 2-0-11-0.
Australia: H. Cartwright b Kumar 1, D. Warner c Rahane b Kumar 1, S. Smith c sub (RA Jadeja) b Pandya 59, T. Head c Pandey b Chahal 39, G. Maxwell st Dhoni b Chahal 14, M. Stoinis not out 62, M. Wade b Kuldeep Yadav 2, A. Agar lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 0, P. Cummins c Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 0, N. Coulter-Nile c & b Pandya 8, K. Richardson lbw b Kumar 0, Extras (b-4, lb-6, w-6) 16. Total (all out in 43.1 overs) 202.
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-9, 3-85, 4-106, 5-138, 6-148, 7-148, 8-148, 9-182.
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6.1-2-9-3, Jasprit Bumrah 7-1-39-0, Hardik Pandya 10-0-56-2, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-1-34-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-54-3.
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