India elected to bat first on a hot day in Kolkata. They lost Rohit Sharma for 7 early to Nathan Coulter-Nile. Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli made the Australians toil in the heat. They put on 102 for the second wicket.
Rahane scored his 20th ODI half-century as he made 64-ball 55 runs with seven fours. Kohli was itching close to a record 31st ton. But his century was denied when he inside-edged onto the stumps off Coulter-Nile. The Indian captain made 92 runs from 107 deliveries hitting eight boundaries.
The momentum shifted towards Australia after Kohli’s dismissal. 20 each from Hadrik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India cross 250 mark. Aussies restricted the hosts to 252 in 50 overs. Kane Richardson and Coulter-Nile scalped three wickets each.
In reply, Bhuvneshwar sent back openers Hilton Cartwright and David Warner early in an economical spell in the first powerplay. Steve Smith and Travis Head added 76 runs for the third wicket. Head was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for run-a-ball 39. The leg-spinner also took thr crucial wicket of Glenn Maxwell, who made 14.
The Aussie skipper Smith brought up his 18th half-century. He made 59 runs off 76 balls with eight fours. Australia dramatically went on for a collapse.
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav took the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in the 33rd over to claim a hat-trick. He became the third Indian to take a hat-trick in ODIs.
Marcus Stoinis showed some hope to the Australians. But he remained unbeaten on 62 runs off 65 balls including five fours and three sixes. Australia were bowled out for 202 runs 43.1 overs.
India 252 in 50 overs (Kohli 92, Rahane 55; Coulter-Nile 3/51, Richardson 3/55)
Australia 202 in 43.1 overs (Stoinis 62*, Smith 59; Bhuvneshwar 3/9, Kuldeep 3/54)
India win by 50 runs
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com