Kuldeep Yadav takes India's third ODI hat-trick in Kolkata

The match has become important for both the teams as India is leading by 2-0 in the five-match ODI series

The match has become important for both the teams as India is leading by 2-0 in the five-match ODI series

Virat Kohli continued his rich vein of form with the bat as he scored a well-anchored knock of 92 runs during the second one-day worldwide against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

The weather took a toll on the Aussies as well, with both Coulter-Nile and Cummins resorting to cooling down with the constant use of wet towels and hydration during drinks breaks.

"I think we lost a wicket pretty early and I was able to form a partnership with Finchy (Aaron Finch)", Smith said.

"It's disappointing start the series with a loss but we have another game tomorrow and we will try and turn things around", Smith said.

Kohli and Rahane apart, Hardik Pandya and Bhubaneswar Kumar made fine rear guard action action scoring 20 each to add substance to Indian innings.

"Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, speaks volumes about their characters".

Kumar struck early after removing the two Australian openers, including David Warner for one, in an inspired first spell that lasted six overs. But then the way the two practice bowlers got through the defences of the Australian batsmen on a number of occasions, the frown never left the face of Smith.

Smith pulled a Hardik Pandya short ball to deep square leg where substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja came off the boundary to take an impressive catch.


Yadav dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins as the tourists slumped from 148-5 to 148-8 in the 33rd over after being set 253 to win on Thursday.

Bhuvneshwar, who scored a match-winning half century in Sri Lanka before this series, said he always possessed batting skill and it was his knock against the Sri Lankans that gave him confidence he can score in ODIs too. "Did a really good job there", he said.

But as if flicking a switch, from the moment he walked out to bat at No. 3 in Sharjah against Pakistan in October 2014, Smith was transformed into just about the complete batsman in limited overs, his wide and audacious array of strokes allied to intelligent decision-making and a determination to make big runs.

While wicket fell from one end, Kohli held on at the other and kept score board ticking partnering Kedar Jadhav.

But just when it seemed that India are on their way towards a huge score, the visitors forged a brilliant fightback with medium pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/51) and Kane Richardson (3/55) doing most of the damage. The duo added 102 for the second wicket after Kohli had won the toss and opted to bat.

Smith and company tried to argue with the on-field umpires for their run out call but in vain.

The tourists must now win in Indore on Sunday to keep the competition alive.

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