India’s captain Virat Kohli led by example and scored an impressive 92-run knock as the hosts were all-out for 252 runs in their allotted 50 overs of the second ODI against Australia at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Although Kohli missed to score his 31st century, he scored as many as eight boundaries to excite the Kolkata spectators.
The 28-year-old Delhi batsman stabilised the Indian innings after the early dismissal of opener Rohit Shrama (7). Rohit was dismissed in the sixth over by Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who emerged as visitors’ best bowler in the end.
Riding the momentum, Coulter-Nile took two more wickets in the match. Kedar Jadhav and Kohli were the victims of the 6’3” tall Aussie bowler, who had claimed three wickets in the first ODI as well.
Ajinkya Rahane, who was dismissed for mere five runs in the Chennai ODI, made causative 55 runs in Kolkata. He smashed seven boundaries in his 64-ball knock.
The pair of Kohli and Rahane established a 102-run partnership stand for the second-wicket.
India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni too failed to shoulder responsibility as he lost his wicket for five runs. In the last ODI, Dhoni had scored a match-winning knock of 79 runs.
For Australia, Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar were the successful bowlers under the lead of Coulter-Nile. Richardson took the scalp of Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Agar dismissed the middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (3).
Pat Cummins also joined the party after dismissing tail-ender Kuldeep Yadav (0).
Aggressive hitter Hardik Pandya too failed to make the most out of opportunity as he managed to score just 20 runs. Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (20) got many lives but failed to utilize their fortunes in the right way.