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Kuldeep too cool for Australia


21st September 2017
A pulsating hattrick by Kuldeep Yadav and a smart all round bowling performance from the Indian team made sure India beat Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI after scoring a modest 252 under overcast conditions here at the Eden Gardens.
Kuldeep Yadav joined the select club of Indian bowlers to have scored a hat-trick in the ODIs. The other two are Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev. Kuldeep secured the hattrick against the Aussies in the second ODI when he bowled Matthew Wade, caught Ashton Agar leg before and then got Pat Cummins caught behind to one that turned sharply. The wrist spinner is however not new to this feat having scored a hattrick in U-19 World Cup against Scotland.
However, Yujuvendra Chahal (3 wickets) and Bhubhneswar Kumar (3 wickets) bowled a stifling line and kength to keep the Aussies on the back foot right through the innings.
Steve Smith said: “It is a case of silly errors and not executing the skills that they have. We made a few poor decisions. After reducing India to 250 we should have won.”
“Head and myself needed to go till the end. But we were not able to do it. It is our fault. It is a matter of not following the ball closely and executing the skills,” he added. Once Steve Smith (59) and Head (39) got out the team just crumbled. Mark Stoines remained unbeaten on 62 but that was not good enough as the visitors folded up for 202.
Earlier, India set up a competitive 252 thanks to some controlled aggression from Ajinkya Rahane (55) and Virat Kohli (92) even as Nathan Coulter Nile and Kane Richardson’s three wickets each threatened to reduce India below 200 after a fine start. A late innings surge from Hardik Pandya (20) and Bhubaneswar Kumar (20) made sure India put up a good score.
Virat Kohli praised Bubhaneswar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah for bowling at the top of the order. “I knew we had two wrist spinners and they would come to the party. Considering the fact that the conditions were overcast, the outfield wet we knew though we were a few runs short it could be defended,” Virat said in the post match.


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