Smith defends captaincy ahead of landmark ODI

Posted September 22, 2017

India won the 1st ODI by 26 runs (D/L method) after overs were shortened due to rain.

India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Steve Smith.

When asked about his 100th ODI against India on Thursday he added "I will happily take a duck tomorrow if we win the game".

Whilst the game was rain affected, the Australians would've been disappointed to crumble in their response, with only Glenn Maxwell standing up in the chase.

The Test against New Zealand played from September 30 to October 3 a year ago was an example.

The top order. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma rarely fail twice in a row, and the latter's average at Eden Gardens is a Bradman-esque 99.50. He has recorded 30 ODI hundreds and 45 fifties.

He named former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson and "Mr. Cricket" Mike Hussey in his all-time ODI side.

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In tough conditions, Kohli scored 92 to lift India. Kohli started slowly but catching up and their overtaking Rahane on way to his 45th ODI 50 with a single off Ashton Agar.

His timing was off and runs seemed hard to come by.

From there on, it was all Kohli, who with good support from Ajinkya Rahane, started to middle the ball. The partnership between him and Rahane, who made most of the opportunity in the absence of the regular opener, ended up being the catalyst for India's defendable total. He smashed seven boundaries in his 64-ball knock.

India, too, don't have a settled No. 4 and the team management is now backing Manish Pandey for the slot. Sometimes things don't come off for you but I try and stay in the same zone everytime I come out to play. Such was the state of Wade behind the stumps, that the two batsmen even pinched a single when the ball went past Jadhav's bat and went to the 'keeper. Neither Stoinis nor Wade were impressed by Kohli's call, but the Indian captain also had some words in return. Rohit, who did not look much confident from the beginning failed to connect properly a faster delivery from N M Coulter-Nile who opened Aussi, attack along with Pat Cummings, was caught by the owler after scoring only 7 off fourteen balls.

IND vs AUS 2nd ODI Live Score, India vs Australia Live Streaming on Hotstar, DD National: Indian cricket team is all set to confront with the Australian cricket team in the second One-Day-International match, which will be played on 21st September 2017 at Eden Gardens stadium situated in Kolkata.

Australia's Kane Richardson (left) and his captain Steven Smith celebrate the dismissal of India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni.