Australia bowlers keep India in check after Kohli bash
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 21, 2017,
Sep 21, 2017, 19:30
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and made a decision to bat first.
After Steve Smith's men lost the first ODI in Chennai on the Duckworth-Lewis method, they could again be forced into a shortened contest in game two.
Rohit Sharma 6, Ajinkya Rahane 11; Cummins 2-0-7-0. Soon after, Rahane reached his 20th ODI half-century off 62 balls. "Excited to play here at Eden".
This could augur well for the visitors who have in their ranks Nathan Coulter-Nile, who bowled really well the other day, returning best innings figures of 3/44 which included the prize wicket of Virat Kohli who departed without troubling the scorers.
The top order. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma rarely fail twice in a row, and the latter's average at Eden Gardens is a Bradman-esque 99.50. Loath to send his captain back, Rahane responded to the call, and was run-out at the keeper's end, his despairing dive failing to get him home.
Jadhav (24 from 24; 2*4, 1*6) went for his shots that included an audacious paddle sweep, and the only six of the innings over backward point. Although Ravindra Jadeja has been included in the squad he may not feature in the playing 11, partly because of the rotation policy, partly because there is no need to change the balance of the side, with the Australian batting having a tough time against the new spin duo. The last occasion was in Perth in January 2016 when he scored 91 against Australia.
During his 107-ball stay he also had a lengthy exchange with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade that was partly picked up by the stump microphones of the host broadcaster.
In a recent interview, Zampa spoke about the spell and said, "I pride myself on bowling well under pressure but the other day I did not execute how I would have liked to in the over against Hardik".
Peace was finally brokered after months of impasse between Cricket Australia and the players' union on August 3 with the Australian team then travelling to Bangladesh and playing two Tests. He had played three International One-day matches as one in World XI lineups.
Eight balls later, the in-form Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5) drove Kane Richardson early and Steve Smith took a diving catch. Both of these players add 118- run stand and add the good score to India's scoreboard.