The Australians tried their level best to be back in the 2nd ODI against India at the Eden Gardens. But Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick gave them an intense shock that they didn’t get enough time to recover and lost the match by 50runs with 41 ball remaining. With this victory, Virat Kohli and Co. lead the series by 2-0. This is also the 11th consecutive international match win for Team India.
After the Indians put an easy total of 252 runs on the board, Aussie opener Hilton Cartwright and David Warner came to open the inning. Just like the Chennai ODI, Cartwright lost his wicket early and was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second over after scoring just 1 run off 15 balls. Bhuvi struck again in the 4th over and eradicated David Warner on 1 off 9 balls.
After this early and huge blow, skipper Steven Smith and Travis Head took control and added 76 runs for the third wicket before Travis Head was removed by Yuzvebndra Chahal in the 17th over after scoring run-a-ball 39 runs. Smith kept on leading from the front while he was joined by Glenn Maxwell.
In the 23rd over, Chahal followed the instruction thoroughly and conceded no runs in the first five balls. In the last ball, Maxwell got tempted to hit a biggie and moved down the line to hit the ball. Unlike his plan, he missed the ball which MS Dhoni grabbed after fumbling a bit and dislodged the bails within a blink of an eye.
Later, Steven Smith scored his 18th ODI half-century but soon lost his wicket. Smith ended up scoring 59 runs off 76 balls as he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja on a delivery by Hardik Pandya.
then came the 33rd over when Kuldeep Yadav changed the entire game by claiming a hat-trick. Kuldeep removed Mathew Wade (2), Ashton Agar (0) and Patt Cummins during the 33rd over of the match’s second innings and became the third Indian bowler after former Indian skipper Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma to take a hat-trick in ODIs. Also, he is the first Chinaman bowler in the world to achieve this feat.
Later, Marcus Stoinis tried to take the game closer and got his maiden ODI half-century. However, he lacked a stagnant support from the other end. The entire Aussie batting line collapsed within 202 runs with 41 balls to spare.
Earlier, team Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and he decided to bat first. India managed to set the target of 253 runs in their quota of 50 overs. Virat Kohli top scored with 92 runs. Ajinkya Rahane too impressed with the bat as he scored 52. Besides them, no other batsman managed to score big in front of the Australians.
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