India v Australia: Steve Smith backs tourists in second ODI in Kolkata

Ross Houston
September 22, 2017

When asked what he thought before bowling the hat-trick ball, Kuldeep said, "I asked Mahi bhai what I should bowl, he said 'tujhe jaisa lagta hai wo daal (bowl what you want)'".

At 106/4, Smith was running out of partners and eventually departed after notching up his 17th fifty in his 100th ODI.

"I don't think Australia need to get into a verbal battle or get into staring competitions with Kohli".

Kohli then brought up his fifty in just 60 balls with a single to long on in the 22nd over, later Rahane brought up his own fifty (x62 balls) too via a single in 23rd over. "But we knew if we had a good start we (would) have a good chance of defending it", said Kohli, who received the man of the match award.

"We did not feel like we had enough at the break. We knew if we don't take wickets, it is going to be hard with the outfield being a bit wet", Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony. "It was a disappointing start to the series but we've got a game tomorrow to turn things around". "We're making silly errors when we're under pressure". But they lost three wickets within the next five overs, including that of Kohli for 92, and were forced to temper their ambitions.

"It was upon one of (the top four) to go on and make a big score and be there at the end", he said. "The blame falls on us", Smith admitted. The second one-day worldwide is an important match for the teams especially for Australia who lost the first match of the ODI series.

As a result, the world champions suffered a 26 runs [D/L method] in the first ODI.

Despite half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, India was restricted to 252 all out in 50 overs in the second ODI against Australia. "And in the last game, I got hit three sixes in an over", he said. "He was nice and positive with his intent. But we just weren't able to do so". "If we did that, the result would have certainly been different". Now, as the series moves to the Holkar Stadium in Indore where the 3rd ODI will be played on Sunday, September 24.

It was in the 33rd over that Kuldeep dismissed Australia's Mathew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins with three lovely deliveries.

Skipper Smith and Travis Head then joined hands for a 76-run stand for the third wicket where the latter was dropped on 15 by Rohit Sharma at first slip in the seventh over. Other than that India are pretty much settled with the lower middle order showing great strength and skills as MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and even Bhuvneshwar Kumar all have contributed with the bat.

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