India vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Who said what

India vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Who said what

Ajinkya Rahane, who is opening the batting for India in the ongoing series in Shikhar Dhawan's absence, then joined forces with skipper Kohli and went on to share a crucial 102-run stand for the second wicket. Hardik Pandya could score only 20 runs with the bat but his performance as a bowler where he picked up two wickets, including that of Smith, seemed to redeem him in the end.

Initially, it was not all rosy for the Delhi man, who was struggling against Australian pacers.

Australia captain Steve Smith scored 59 in his 100th ODI, but his departure in the 30th over led to a spectacular demise. Completely against the run of play, Head swung a Chahal full toss straight to midwicket, prompting a sheepish grin from the bowler at his luck. While Maxwell found it easy to hit Kuldeep with the turn, negotiating Chahal proved to be quite a task for the big-hitter.

In the company of Marcus Stoinis, Smith completed his 18th ODI fifty and kept Australia's chase alive in the process.

Any hopes of levelling the series were dashed, though, when Smith was unable to control a pull off Hardik (2-56), substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja taking the catch at deep backward square leg.

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It was also a story of contrast for Kuldeep who had been smacked for three consecutive sixes by Glenn Maxwell in the series opener at Chennai four days back. Stoinis stretched the innings with quite crisp blows but India needed only two deliveries to take out Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson, and victory was sealed by the 44th over. Bowls a loopy ball, Agar looks to flick it away but the ball dips in and hit him on the pads right in front of the stumps. India was slacking a bit in the middle overs as Australia exerted great control over the run-rate.

It was only the fifth time in ODI cricket that Kohli had got out in the nervous 90s.

Heavy rain on Tuesday morning forced the Australians to train indoors while the Indian team, scheduled to train from late afternoon, cancelled their session as the entire ground remained covered throughout the day. Kohli played on off Coulter-Nile and was bowled eight short of yet another ODI hundred.

Kohli looked good for the better part of his stay at the crease before chopping the ball onto his stumps from a Coulter-Nile delivery. While Kohli played the uncharacteristic role of the supporter in the partnership, Rahane did the majority of the scoring.

This was only the fifth occasion in a total of 187 innings where Kohli got out in the 90s and the Indian captain had to be content with adding the 45th half-century to his ODI career.

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