India Wins 2nd ODI – Yadav Claims Hat-Trick

The Indian cricket team has won the second One Day International match against Australia by 50 runs. India ended on 252/10 in 50 overs and Australia ended on 202/10 in 43.1 overs. The match took place in Eden Garden in Kolkata.

Hat-Trick for Kuldeep Yadav

Unfortunately for Australia’s Steve Smith, his 100th ODI match did not go the way he had hoped it would. Smith did make his 18th ODI half-century reaching 59 runs for his team in the 30th over. On the opposite side of the coin,  Virat Kholi scored 92 runs.

Kuldeep Yadav managed to dismiss Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and then Pat Cummins in succession during the 33rd over. Wade was forced to play onto the stumps, Agar was taken with an LBW, and Cummins was caught out by MS Dhoni.

Yadav is the third Indian player to have achieved an ODI hat-trick. The earlier hat-tricks were taken by Chetan Sharma in October 1987 in a match against New Zealand, and by Kapil Dev in 1991 when playing against Sril Lanka.

Kumar Knocks Down Pandya

During the match, Hardik Pandya fell to the ground when Bhuvneshwar Kumar hit a shot that landed hard on the grill of Hardik’s helmet. Players from both teams rushed forward to see if Hardik was okay. Luckily, he was not hurt, and soon went back to the game.

Bhuvneshwar commented on the incident: “When he got hit, we were all worried. It looked like a serious blow, but thankfully he was alright. Once he was back on his feet, we began planning about building a partnership.”

Third One Day International in India – Australia Series

The third One Day International game is set for September 24th. It will take place in Holkar Stadium in Indore.

If Australia does not manage to win the third  ODI, India will win the ODI series. Virat Kohli is hoping for a win, which will help him reach the same record set by MSDhoni for the most consecutive wins in ODI cricket.