Kuldeep Yadav takes India's third ODI hat-trick in Kolkata

Kuldeep Yadav takes India's third ODI hat-trick in Kolkata

Virat Kohli continued his rich vein of form with the bat as he scored a well-anchored knock of 92 runs during the second one-day worldwide against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Steve Smith's 100th ODI appearance required him mark the occasion with a match-turning effort, and he earnestly worked on it.

Persistent rain is threatening to derail Australia's bid to level their one-day worldwide series against India in Kolkata. Also, this match is former India captain Dhoni's 300th ODI as playing for India (except World XI games). Smith ended up scoring 59 runs off 76 balls as he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja on a delivery by Hardik Pandya. Pollock represented South Africa in 294 ODIs but played in six ODIs for Africa XI and three for World XI, with a total of 303 ODI appearances.

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Kohli might have been disappointed with his dismissal, where he dragged a wide ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile, onto the stumps, but Twitter recognised his contribution. In a rain-interrupted match, the Aussies were 35 for four before Glenn Maxwell's hard-hitting raised hopes of an improbable win. Earlier this year, he almost dragged Australia to a win from an improbable position in chase of 289 with a counter-attacking 146 at Eden Park, only for Australia to fall six runs short.

In the process, the skipper notched up his 45th ODI half-ton.

India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Steve Smith.

After some fine batting display and a century partnership between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, India lost Rahane and Pandey quickly.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who slammed an 83-run knock in the opening ODI, scored two boundaries before being dismissed for 20 runs. In Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile they have two excellent fast bowlers who used the extra bounce at Chepauk brilliantly, bowling in the corridor.

India, too, don't have a settled No. 4 and the team management is now backing Manish Pandey for the slot. Kedar Jadhav walked out at No. 5 again and added a brisk partnership with Kohli even as players continued to struggle in the heat. But the good news is that the Regional Meteorological Centre has ruled out chances of rain on match day.

Australia felt the full force of the stifling Kolkata heat while bowling with Wade, Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson all receiving treatment for heat stress or cramps.

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