Steve Smith Looks Forward To Play His 100th ODI Thursday

The match has become important for both the teams as India is leading by 2-0 in the five-match ODI series

The match has become important for both the teams as India is leading by 2-0 in the five-match ODI series

He let a couple go before being forced to plod at one that was angled across from wide of the crease, resulting in an outside edge that went to Ajinkya Rahane at second slip. It wasn't easy to bat plus the bowling attack is quality as well, you literally have to create shots.

Australia captain Steve Smith on Wednesday expressed happiness over the fact that the bitter pay dispute that threatened to derail the Australian summer of cricket is over and they are here in India taking part in an overseas tour.

While rain hampered both sides' preparation for Thursday's match in Kolkata, the sun has beat down on the Australians who are labouring in the conditions. In Travis Head, he had an ally who would do justice to the No. 4 batting slot. Completely against the run of play, Head swung a Chahal full toss straight to midwicket, prompting a sheepish grin from the bowler at his luck. The Australians needed a few runs in the first 10 overs and we needed a couple of breakthroughs. After having just tonked Kuldeep for a couple of sixes in an over, Maxwell saw reason to charge Chahal and got beaten in flight. He completed his fifty in the 22nd over.

"Hardik believes in himself". Australia had gone from 148 for 5 to 148 for 8. But he dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in his eighth over to turn the match in India's favour.

India lost Rohit Sharma (7) quickly, caught off a simple return catch by Coulter-Nile in the sixth over. The UP lad ran through the Australian lower middle order to put India in a commanding position. The first ODI was played on last Sunday. The situation wasn't new for the all-rounder.

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The Eden Gardens strip which was relaid previous year surprised everyone with its pace and bounce during the India-New Zealand Test match last September and even the ODI between the hosts and England this January.

Heavy rain that lashed the eastern city of Kolkata on Wednesday forced the Australian and Indian teams to skip net practice on the eve of their second one-day global. Kohli played on off Coulter-Nile and was bowled eight short of yet another ODI hundred.

The Indian captain seemed hungry for a big score after his duck in Chennai, and was the master of his surroundings throughout his stay at the wicket.

Like the way always, the young cricketer from Kerala KK Jiyas is perhaps will help this time also in the Chennai ODI, two local club bowlers - Ashutosh Shibram and Rupak Guha - had been seen doing practice to the Aussie batsmen, for the today's match.

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