Pandya and MS Dhoni then combined for a match-saving partnership, the former in particular dealing the Australian attack to a series of mammoth blows. But we knew if we had a good start we have a good chance of defending it. We certainly tried. I brought Coulter-Nile to try and get a wicket and saved (James) Faulkner for the back end. Interestingly this is one record of Sachin Tendulkar that Kohli is still behind.
"To be honest, the wicket wasn't that easy to bat on through the day and all the batsmen felt that".
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar prevented the Aussies from setting up a strong opening partnership, removing the unsafe David Warner (1 off 9) and Hilton Cartwright (1 off 15) in a tight early spell that reduced the visitors to 9/2.
They rotated the strike, ran their twos hard and played superbly on the off-side whenever Australia offered the slightest of width. "You're trying to evolve and just keep trying to get better".
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Meanwhile, Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee claimed the track would be sporting and aid both batsmen and bowlers. That's what he gets to the table. You can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs.
Be it the ICC World Cup, International Tournament, Indian Premier League, ICC Champions Trophy....you get it all here. "Did a really good job there", he said. Hardik Pandiya proved himself again as he is an all-rounder. Let us hope that the magical carnival of Dhoni and Pandya continue with the add on of splendid performances by Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others. He walked out to bat with just 46 runs against them in the last six innings (3 Test and Chennai ODI) but batted exceptionally in the sapping conditions to put India on their way to a respectable total.
The Test against New Zealand played from September 30 to October 3 past year was an example. On being asked if he felt a strong urge of scoring against Aussies today, Kohli said that he always tries to stay motivated and score. When I first started playing one-day cricket, my first 30-odd games, I played more as a bowler. "Personally I don't like battles with different players if that makes sense". Play resumed after a 14-minute delay, and the explosive finish India wanted simply didn't materialise: the last 15 balls of the innings only produced 15 runs, for the loss of their last four wickets. "We are well-equipped, we are keeping our fingers crossed", East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick had said two days before the game.