India successfully defend 252 to go 2-0 up

India innings (toss: India, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
A Rahane run out by Cartwright/Wade 55 (64) 7 0 85.93
R Sharma caught and bowled Coulter-Nile 7 (14) 1 0 50.00
V Kohli (C) bowled Coulter-Nile 92 (107) 8 0 85.98
M Pandey bowled Agar 3 (13) 0 0 23.07
K Jadhav caught Maxwell, bowled Coulter-Nile 24 (24) 2 1 100.00
MS Dhoni (WK) caught Smith, bowled Richardson 5 (10) 1 0 50.00
H Pandya caught Warner, bowled Richardson 20 (26) 2 0 76.92
B Kumar caught Maxwell, bowled Richardson 20 (33) 1 0 60.60
K Yadav caught Wade, bowled Cummins 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
J Bumrah not out 10 (6) 2 0 166.66
Y Chahal run out by Wade 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Extras: 15 (1 no-ball, 13 wides and 1 bye)
India’s total: 252/10 in 50 overs, at 5.04 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 19/1 (Rohit, 5.1), 121/2 (Rahane, 23.4), 131/3 (Pandey, 27.2), 186/4 (Jadhav, 35.3), 197/5 (Kohli, 37.5), 204/6 (Dhoni, 39.1), 239/7 (Bhuvneshwar, 47.6), 239/8 (Kuldeep, 48.2), 246/9 (Pandya, 49.1), and 252/10 (Chahal, 49.6)
Australia bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
P Cummins 10 1 34 1 3.40
N Coulter-Nile 10 0 51 3 5.10
K Richardson 10 0 55 3 5.50
M Stoinis 9 0 46 0 5.11
A Agar 9 0 54 1 6.00
T Head 2 0 11 0 5.50
Australia innings (target: 253 runs in 50 overs, at 5.06 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
H Cartwright bowled Bhuvneshwar 1 (15) 0 0 6.66
D Warner caught Rahane, bowled Bhuvneshwar 1 (9) 0 0 11.11
S Smith (C) caught Jadeja (sub), bowled Pandya 59 (76) 8 0 77.63
T Head caught Pandey, bowled Chahal 39 (39) 5 0 100.00
G Maxwell stumped Dhoni, bowled Chahal 14 (18) 0 2 77.77
M Stoinis not out 62 (65) 6 3 95.38
M Wade (wk) bowled Kuldeep 2 (8) 0 0 25.00
A Agar leg before wicket Kuldeep 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
P Cummins caught Dhoni, bowled Kuldeep 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
N Coulter-Nile caught and bowled Pandya 8 (20) 0 0 40.00
K Richardson leg before wicket Bhuvneshwar 0 (7) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 16 (6 wides, 6 leg byes and 4 byes)
AUS’s total: 202/10 in 43.1 overs, at 4.67 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 2/1 (Cartwright, 2.6), 9/2 (Warner, 4.5), 85/3 (Head, 16.6), 106/4 (Maxwell, 22.5), 138/5 (Smith, 29.5), 148/6 (Wade, 32.2), 148/7 (Agar, 32.3), 148/8 (Cummins, 32.4), 182/9 (Coulter-Nile, 39.4), and 202/10 (Richardson, 43.1)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 6.1 2 9 3 1.45
J Bumrah 7 1 39 0 5.57
H Pandya 10 0 56 2 5.60
Y Chahal 10 1 34 2 3.40
K Yadav 10 1 54 3 5.40

Match summary: India vs Australia 2nd ODI

Team India won the 2nd ODI in Kolkata by 50 runs, to take a 2-0 series lead. Chasing a very chaseable 253, Australia were bowled out for 202 in 43.1 overs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/9) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/54) taking three wickets apiece and Hardik Pandya (2/56) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/34) taking two wickets each. Kuldeep became the third Indian bowler to take an ODI hat-trick (after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma), achieving this feat in the 33rd over of the innings by dismissing Matthew Wade (32.2), Ashton Agar (32.3) and Pat Cummins (32.4) on the second, third and fourth deliveries. Virat Kohli was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 92, his 45th ODI half-century.

Bhuvneshwar gave India a head start in defence of 252 by dismissing Hilton Cartwright and David Warner for just 1 run each in the third and fifth over of the innings. Taking early wickets was the need of the hour for India if they had to successfully defend this sub-par total. And the wicket of Warner, in particular, helped them gain control of the 2nd ODI. Steve Smith and Travis Head added 76 runs in 67 balls for the third wicket, to put Australia on course for a victory. Just when they threatened to run away with the match, Head hit a low full toss from Chahal to Manish Pandey positioned at short mid-wicket. Even at 85/3, all that Australia needed was one good partnership.

Glenn Maxwell came out and played aggressively, hitting Kuldeep for a couple of sixes and thereby putting Kohli and Kuldeep under pressure. Remember, India were defending only 252, so they could ill afford to concede these boundaries. While Kuldeep lacked a bit of rhythm, Chahal was in the groove and bowling well. After Kuldeep had been hit for two sixes, Kohli opted for damage control and brought on Jasprit Bumrah for one over from Kuldeep’s end. In the next over (the 23rd), Chahal outfoxed Maxwell with a flighted delivery that drew the right-hander out of his crease, dipped on him, went through his legs and Dhoni acrobatically collected the loose ball and dislodged the bails.

Smith was the one holding the key for Australia and he probably had to bat right through to take his team home. Having been in good touch and settled in, Smith fell to a Pandya bouncer that was directed at his back shoulder (right shoulder) and bounced a bit more than he had anticipated as well. The ball hit the splice of his bat and was caught extremely well by Ravindra Jadeja at deep mid-wicket. Smith, playing his 100th ODI match, made his 18th ODI half-century, scoring 59 off 76 balls (8×4).

With half the side out (138/5), Australia needing 115 more runs for victory and their batting line-up bereft of James Faulkner, you had to fancy India at this stage. Marcus Stoinis started off shakily and was particularly uncomfortable against the two Indian wrist spinners. But he settled in and played some delightful strokes. He was relatively new at the crease when Smith was dismissed and the skipper’s departure obviously increased the burden on Stoinis’ shoulders. And if that wasn’t enough, Wade, Agar and Cummins fell in three successive deliveries too, soon after their skipper’s dismissal, to leave Stoinis in a helpless situation and having to drag Australia to 253 all on his own.

He was unable to in the end despite trying with all his might to shield Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson, who too tried hard to stick around, and score the bulk of the runs too. While he batted impressively and got himself his maiden half-century, eventually making 62* (65 balls, 6×4 and 3×6), his partners were dismissed at the other end. Coulter-Nile was caught and bowled by Pandya for 8 and Richardson was the last wicket to fall, trapped lbw for a duck by the highly impressive Bhuvneshwar. This defeat must be harder to digest than the one in Chennai as far as the Australians are concerned.

Having won a second consecutive toss and opted to bat first again, India were bowled out for 252 in 50 overs. Virat Kohli top-scored for the hosts with 92 (107 balls, 8×4) and he was involved in a 102-run partnership for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane, who himself made 55 (64 balls, 7×4). And while these two batsmen were in the middle, India looked set to at least reach a total around 280.

In the first ODI, the Indian innings had a really poor start (11/3) but recovered splendidly to 281/7; here, India lost their way in the middle phase, Australia finding a way back into the 2nd ODI with a brilliant piece of ground fielding from Hilton Cartwright to run out Rahane and trigger a collapse of sorts. India lost 131/8 in 26.2 overs after this Mumbai batsman was dismissed.

Manish Pandey suffered a second successive failure, this time being bowled for 3 by Ashton Agar (who had replaced Adam Zampa in the Australian playing XI), but Kedar Jadhav joined Kohli and put together 55 for the fourth wicket. The Maharashtra batsman was dismissed for a run-a-ball 24 just when he started timing the ball well and had hit a couple of boundaries. He was caught at backward point by Glenn Maxwell, in trying to play an uppish cut off Coulter-Nile.

The batsmen who followed, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, were unable to provide a flourishing finish to the innings and Kohli, too, was dismissed soon after Jadhav fell. The Indian captain was bowled by an in-swinger from Nathan Coulter-Nile, for a 107-ball 92, his sixth dismissal in the 90s in ODI cricket. This flurry of wickets shifted the momentum in Australia’s favour and unlike in Chennai, they made the most of it.

For Australia, Coulter-Nile continued his good bowling form, taking 3/51 in 10 overs (his dismissals once again including Kohli), and Kane Richardson (another one of the replacements) came back well after being a touch expensive at the start of his spell, finishing with 3/55 (10 overs). Pat Cummins (1/34, 10 overs) and Agar (1/54, 10 overs) took a wicket apiece, while the Indian innings had two run-outs as well.

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