Having let India win on Sunday by 26 Runs, Australia headed into the second one-day international in Kolkata desperate to level the series.
Australia made two changes to the side which lost in Chennai before heading for the game, with fast bowler Kane Richardson replacing seam-bowling all-rounder James Faulkner while leg-spinner Adam Zampa makes way for all-rounder Ashton Agar.
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on an overcast afternoon in Kolkata. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane went to bat first, it was all going well for India but in the 5th over Sharma scoops a full ball from Coulter-Nile straight back to the bowler, and the big quick is able to snaffle it.
His catch wasn’t of the straight reflex variety, but he was sufficiently off-balance to make it a good piece of skill. Sharma ‘toed’ it, and Coulter-Nile was aware enough to pop it up with his right hand before grabbing it with both.
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. The partnership reached at 100 and it started getting fairly damaging soon for Australia.
Although, in the 24th over Rahane got out because of a great throw from the boundary by Cartwright to Wade who took the bails off. It brought Pandey to the crease, and momentarily broke India’s gradual momentum towards victory.
It was the 27th over when India lost a big wicket of Pandey, who only managed to score 3 runs in 13 deliveries. Now Jadhav came to the crease to bat but he also failed in getting big numbers for the Indian Cricket Team as he got out in the 35th over scoring only 24 runs. India was now 186/4.
Although, the crowd was sad to see Jadhav leave the crease, but as they saw Dhoni come in everyone got excited to see the Indian Wicketkeeper bat, but that excitement didn’t last for long because Kohli was bowled out by Coulter-Nile in the 37th over, Kholi made an impressive 92runs in just 107 balls. India were 197/5 in 37 overs.
Pandya, the hero of the last match arrived and was looking aggressive from the beginning. In the 39th over Indian lost another wicket and this team it was M.S.Dhoni who scored 5runs in 10 balls and India’s total score was 204/6.
Next one to face the bowler was Bhuveneshwar Kumar and did quite well for a bowler as he contributed 20 runs in 33 balls to India’s target of 237/7.
After Bhuveneshwer’s exit, Kuldeep came to the crease who was sent toward the pavilion by Cummins in the second last over.
Bumrah came onto bat next who was countinously rotating strike to the previous match hero Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya who looked aggressive could not do much for the Indian Cricket team as got out for just 20 runs in 26 balls.
Indian team was all out for 252 runs, as Australian bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson took 3 wickets each.