It was a hell of a match at Eden Gardens Kolkata last night. With speculations that rain can spoil the game, it was actually Kuldeep Yadav that spoiled the game for Australia.
Winning the toss for the second time, Virat Kohli chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma departed early leaving Rahane and Kohli on the crease. Both looked phenomenal with Rahane scoring a fifty and departing leaving Kohli on the crease. The Indian captain scored his 45th ODI fifty and played scintillating innings to take the team to a formidable total. He missed his 31st century by just eight runs. After that, no other batsman could bring a momentum and take India to a good score. 283 wasn’t good enough but thanks to Bhuvneswar Kumar who took 2 early wickets.
Well, things looked a bit otherwise during the middle overs with the Aussie batsman looking good with their willow. The actual turning point of the game came in the middle overs, as India’s wrist spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were at the centre of attraction. The wicket of Travis Head and then Glenn Maxwell, both by Chahal also became crucial.
Picking up Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins off successive deliveries, Kuldeep’s debut ODI hattrick was the main attraction. He became the third Indian to do so.
After asking him on achieving this feat, he replied that the former Indian captain MSD was the inspiration from behind the wicket.
“Not really could never dream it,” said Kuldeep. “Initially I was struggling to bowl in a particular area.”
“It’s a game of cricket, everything happens. Last match, where I was hit for three sixes in an over, was a learning experience. Asked Mahi bhai what I should bowl, he said ‘tujhe jaisa lagta hai wo daal (bowl what you want)’. This is special for me, changed the game for us. Really proud moment,” concluded Kuldeep.