In a feat of lifetime, Kuldeep Yadav on Thursday became only the third Indian bowler to pick up a hat-trick in one-day international cricket. Yadav, turning the game against Australia completely in India’s favour, picked up the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins. Kuldeep’s successive strikes made things very tough for guests. The only other Indian bowlers to have achieved a hat-trick in ODI cricket are Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma. Kuldeep Yadav returned with the figures of 3/54 at the end of his overs.
Earlier, the bowler was having a mediocre outing at the Eden Gardens, however, things changed for him and India in the 33rd over of the match as he picked up the hattrick. Thanks to Yadav’s strikes, Australia, trailing 1-0 in the five-match series, were reduced to 148-8 in the 33rd over, chasing India’s total of 252 all out. Earlier, opting to bat first, India scored 252 all out in 50 overs in the second ODI against Australia.
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Skipper Virat Kohli remained top scorer with 92 runs, while opener Ajinkya Rahane made 55 off 64 balls. The duo scored 102 runs for the second wicket. Kane Richardson, playing his first ODI since February 2016, put up an impressive show and took 3-55. While Nathan Coulter-Nile also returned 3-51. Kohli faced a patchy start but soon overcome it and reached his 45th ODI half-century off 60 balls.
Soon after, Rahane reached his 20th ODI half-century off 62 balls. Ahead of the match, Yadav made news as he expressed confidence that he can dismiss Australia vice-captain David Warner “anytime”. “If you happen to dominate over some player then you don’t feel the pressure, it is the same with David Warner, since he feels the pressure and he thinks that I can dismiss him at any point of time,” Yadav was quoted as saying by the Indianexpress.com.