Steve Smith Says They Got Talent to Challenge India


Hardik Pandya (2-56) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-9) soon accounted for those despite Marcus Stoinis' (62 not out) late flurry to leave Australia facing an uphill struggle ahead of the third match in Indore. The match was reduced to 21 overs with Australia needing 164 for victory.

Speaking on match eve, the confident 22-year-old - who took four wickets against the Aussies on Test debut in March - identified Australia's lower order as a potential point of weakness. Indian Team chose to bat first and as it started all that anxious the players was humidity.

In Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile, Australia have two in-form quicks to take the new balls.

Eden Gardens is a familiar turf for Coulter-Nile, as he plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and exhibited exemplary form this season for the purple brigade. "To be honest, the wicket was not easy to bat on throughout the day", he said.

With 252 runs to defend, India's quest for success got a shot in the arm via six exceptional overs from Bhuvneshwar, laced with both-ways swing scattered smartly to deceive both the Australian openers. The piercing heat didn't just trouble the Australian players, but also weighed the Indian captain down.

The keeper-batsman has been in the middle of a great patch in recent times as he went past a few milestones and added a couple of records to his name. Hardik Pandya could score only 20 runs with the bat but his performance as a bowler where he picked up two wickets, including that of Smith, seemed to redeem him in the end.

In tough conditions, Kohli scored 92 to lift India.

Smith and company tried to argue with the on-field umpires for their run out call but in vain. Rahane, who made a creditable 55 (64b, 7x4), was unfortunately run out.

Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey though will be cautious of squandering another chance to make use their all-important opportunities in this series.

Kohli then brought up his fifty in just 60 balls with a single to long on in the 22nd over, later Rahane brought up his own fifty (x62 balls) too via a single in 23rd over. He opened up about his rivalry with the Indian team and Virat Kohli. Kapil had performed his hat-trick at this very venue.

Kohli looked good for the better part of his stay at the crease before chopping the ball onto his stumps from a Coulter-Nile delivery.

Australia's debutant Hilton Cartwright might be replaced by someone like Travis Head at the opening slot along with the pocket size dynamo David Warner.