India vs Australia, 2nd ODI – India won by 50 runs

India vs Australia, 2nd ODI - India won by 50 runs

IND 252 (50.0 Ovs)
AUS 202-all out (43.1 Ovs)

Kuldeep Yadav picked up a hat-trick in the second One-Day International to Crushed Australia in Kolkata on Thursday (September 21). Kuldeep became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs for India after Chetan Sharma and Kapil Dev. He also became the second wrist spinner to achieve the feat after Wanidu Hasaranga.

India won by 50 runs
Virat Kohli

Kohli, winning captain and Man of the Match: We didn’t feel like we had enough on the board at the break. But we knew if we had a good start we have a good chance of defending it. We knew if we don’t take wickets it would be difficult. To be honest, the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on throughout the day. Bhuvi’s spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable. You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs. Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, speaks volumes about their characters. Really augurs well for us how the team is shaping up. I always try to create that kind of motivation for myself. Sometimes things don’t come off for you but I try and stay in the same zone. It wasn’t easy to bat, plus the bowling attack was quality as well. Came off today, so it looked nice. Didn’t come off in Chennai, so it didn’t look nice.
Smith: We were pretty happy with 250, thought we pulled things back pretty well. Did a really good job there. Batters though made poor decisions, and you can’t do that against a quality team like India. Stoinis was good at the end there, just needed someone to bat with. One of the top four needs to go on and make a hundred, just making poor decisions under pressure. To reduce India to 250 on that was pretty good. Need to get those partnerships; if we do that then we should chase these totals down comfortably. They’ve got all bases covered, don’t they?

Kuldeep: Not really (could never dream it). Initially I was struggling to bowl in a particular area. It’s a game of cricket, everything happens. Last match, where I was hit for three sixes in an over, was a learning experience. Asked Mahi bhai what I should bowl, he said ‘tujhe jaisa lagta hai wo daal (bowl what you want)’. This is special for me, changed the game for us. Really proud moment.
Smith fought with a valiant half-century, but couldn’t kick on. The batting of Stoinis was probably the biggest positive, as he got more and more fluent against spin and pace as his innings went on. But it was too big a task for him to pull off, especially with no support at the other end.

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