Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India Twitter celebrates Kuldeep Yadav hat-trick

India Twitter celebrates Kuldeep Yadav hat-trick

Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early after removing the two Australian openers including David Warner for one in an inspired first spell that lasted six overs.

The skipper said a lot of the blame fell on himself (59) and Travis Head (39) after they'd shared a 74-run partnership following the loss of two early wickets to put the tourists on track for a series-levelling victory.

Kumar made the ball talk in his opening spell, removing the unsafe David Warner and Hilton Cartwright to leave the Australians at nine for two.

Kuldeep's hat-trick victim was Cummins, who edged a wrong 'un with Mahendra Singh Dhoni snapped up in a flash. Then he trapped Ashton Agar in front with a loopy leg-break.

Both Chetan and Kapil had taken a hat-trick while bowling first in their respective matches, albeit, Yadav took the same while defending a small total of 252 runs for India. If I'm Matthew Wade and I'm Marcus Stoinis - and full credit to him for standing up for Matthew Wade - I'd be anxious about my own cricket, rather than all this other stuff. Kohli forced Rahane for a second run in the 24th over, and the latter was run out, unable to beat Hilton Cartwright's throw from long on. India went on to win the greatest Test match ever played on Indian soil by 171 runs after following on.

When the duo looked set for a big partnership, Rahane was run out falling victim to a misunderstanding while taking the second run after scoring 55 and adding 102 runs to the innings in second wiket partnership with Kohli off 111 balls.

The visitors forged a brilliant fightback with pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/51) and Richardson (3/55) sharing the spoils on a slow Eden Gardens wicket.

Bhuvneshwar bowled an impressive first spell comprising pace and swing as he finished with brilliant figures of 6.1-2 -9-3 including the wicket of unsafe David Warner.

Manish Pandey was bowled cheaply and Kedar Jadhav joined Kohli in the middle. The wicket wasn't that easy to bat on, all the batsmen felt that.

With 15 balls remaining in the innings, a passing shower held up the game for 18 minutes with India placed at 236 for 7. Such was the impact that Pandya lay on the ground as the Aussies also rushed to him.

The temperature also rose in the tone of the contest as Marcus Stoinis and Virat Kohli exchanged words. After five overs, Team India lost 19 runs without losing the wicket.

Smith and company tried to argue with the on-field umpires for their run out call but in vain. But he left soon after, attempting to cut a full-length stuff from Coulter-Nile.

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