Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s brilliant opening spell and a scintillating hat-trick from chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have helped India to outplay Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
After winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat and his partnership to Ajinkya Rahane of more than 100 runs had put the hosts in a commanding position. But, India’s middle-order batsmen failed to capitalize on the brilliant start and the men in blue were bowled out for 252.
With the phenomenal bowling display, the hosts never gave a window to the Aussies of making a comeback in the match. Steve Smith and Marcus Stonis’ half-centuries were the only positives in Australia’s batting as they were bowled out for a meagre 202. With this victory, India also reclaimed
The win had also helped India to reach the numero uno spot in ICC ODI rankings. Now they are ranking No. 1 in both Tests and ODIs. This shows the world dominance of Virat Kohli and his men. However, in order to be at No.1 Indian team needs to win the 5-match ODI series at least by 4-1 or whitewash the Aussies if possible.