For India, it is the eighth straight victory in ODI following the single stranded defeats against West Indies a couple of months before and that in the Champions Trophy finale against Pakistan. While, for Australia, it is the tenth consecutive defeat in the format. India's victory in the second match of the series has put the team another match closer to a probable series victory. The Eden Garden produced some of the best moments of dominance for India bowlers, particularly the wrist spinners. It was these adverse effects that slogged Australia's chase 50 runs before the target. Batting first, India scored 252. Australia scored 202 runs exhausting its lineup at 42.3 overs.
India's inning started with the wicket of Rohit Sharma. But it caught a good momentum with the next partnership stretch between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. Batting together for 111 balls, the players scored 102 runs. Rahane scored 55 runs off 64 balls until he was run out. Manish Pandey came to bat for a short stretch, followed by Kedar Yadav. In 49 balls, the players brought 55 runs hauling the score to 186. At this point, India seemed to reach 300 plus runs with almost 15 runs at hand. However, the lower order could not add better runs, while Kohli's wicket two overs after Yadav wobbled the inning. Kohli scored 92 in the inning playing 107 balls.
Australia bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson took three wickets each deranging India's inning. However, the way India bowlers slogged the chase was more than just a defense. It was an attack from spin bowlers to strangulate the players right from the beginning of the inning to the end. It was only Stoinis after the middle order collapse and Smith at the upper line up scoring 62 and 59. The next double-digit figure was 39 and 14 by Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell. The rest could not score more than 8, individually. The spinners found diversified ways to attack the wickets using the pitch for swings, turns, bounce and flight.
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