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India vs Australia: Steve Smith’s half-century goes in vain as India register second win

Steve Smith scored a half century and put Australia in a good position in the second one-day international against India at Eden Gardens. India won the match.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 21, 2017 22:22 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Australia's Steve Smith bats during the second one-day international cricket match against India at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP)

Steve Smith had said he wouldn’t mind getting a duck in his 100th ODI if Australia won. On Thursday, he got 50 more than that. It came off 65 balls and had six fours. This was his 18th half-century. (IND v AUS live blog)

For a man who started playing for Australia as a spinner and became their No. 3 batsman, one who is now being compared to Virat Kohli and Joe Root as the best in business now, Smith stood between Australia levelling the series and India taking a 2-0 lead. (IND v AUS live scorecard)

He had walked in when Bhuvneshwar Kumar had cleaned up Hilton Cartwright. Soon after, Kumar dismissed David Warner and it fell on Smith and Travis Head to rebuild the innings. They did with a 76-run stand.

Smith had to be cautious but when Jasprit Bumrah sprayed on either side of the wicket, he was punished with consecutive fours, first with a flick and then a a cut. Kuldeep Yadav had said on Wednesday that Smith is the toughest to bowl to in this Australian line-up. Not for the first time, Smith showed why.

Steve Smith was eventually dismissed by Hardik Pandya and India went on to win the second ODI by 50 runs.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 20:31 IST