KOLKATA, Sept 21: Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs in the second ODI here today, continuing their dominating run over the listless visitors.
Chasing 253 on a tricky surface, Australia once again had no answer to the guile of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/34) and chinaman Yadav (3/54), who struck at crucial junctures to bundle out the opposition for 202 in 43.1 overs.
With today�s memorable feat, Yadav joined Kapil Dev (1991) and Chetan Sharma (1987) in a select club of Indians who have picked up a hat-trick. The victory was also India�s eighth in a row in ODIs.
India�s sensational bowling performance came after captain Virat Kohli made a fluent 92 to take the hosts to 252 with opener Ajinkya Rahane scoring 55 at the top of the order.
Australia, who surrendered to the Indian spinners in Chennai, seemed equally helpless here with seven batsmen recording single digit scores.
Everytime Australia tried to make their way back into the game, Indian spinners responded with a breakthrough, carrying on from the good work done by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/9) in the early overs.
Kumar made the ball talk in his opening spell, removing the dangerous David Warner and Hilton Cartwright to leave the Australians at nine for two.
Steven Smith (59) and Travis Head (39) got together to resurrect the innings, ending up with a 76-run stand. However, the left-hander flicked a full toss straight to mid-wicket to become Chahal�s first scalp and Australia found themselves under pressure again.
Glenn Maxwell (14) came out to support his captain and looked ominous straightaway, sweeping Yadav for two sixes in an over. But he too did not last long when his team needed another solid partnership.
All Australian hopes disappeared with the fall of Smith, who was holed out by deep square leg fielder off a Pandya bouncer.
Then Yadav joined the party by sending back Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in as many balls to send the Eden crowd into a frenzy.
His best ball without a doubt was the hat-trick ball. The young spinners showed remarkable calm to bowl the wrong one that took a thick edge of Cummins� bat before landing into the hands of MS Dhoni.
Yadav got through Wade�s stumps before trapping Agar in front of the stumps to be on a hat-trick.
Marcus Stoinis waged a lone battle for Australia towards the end with an unbeaten 62 of 65 balls.
India: Ajinkya Rahane run out 55, Rohit Sharma c & b Coulter-Nile 7, Virat Kohli b Coulter-Nile 92, Manish Pandey b Agar 3, Kedar Jadhav c Maxwell b Coulter-Nile 24, MS Dhoni c Smith b Richardson 5, Hardik Pandya c Warner b Richardson 20, Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Maxwell b Richardson 20, Kuldeep Yadav c Wade b Cummins 0, Jasprit Bumrah not out 10, Yuzvendra Chahal run out 1. Extras: (B-1 NB-1 W-13) 15. Total: (all out in 50 overs) 252. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-121, 3-131, 4-186, 5-197, 6-204, 7-239, 8-239, 9-246. Bowling: Pat Cummins 10-1-34-1, Nathan Coulter-Nile 10-0-51-3, Kane Richardson 10-0-55-3, Marcus Stoinis 9-0-46-0, Aston Agar 9-0-54-1, Travis Head 2-0-11-0.
Australia: Hilton Cartwright b Kumar 1, David Warner c Rahane b Kumar 1, Steve Smith c sub b Pandya 59, Travis Head c Pandey b Chahal 39, Glenn Maxwell st Dhoni b Chahal 14, Marcus Stoinis not out 62, Matthew Wade b Kuldeep 2, Ashton Agar lbw b Kuldeep 0, Pat Cummins c Dhoni b Kuldeep 0, Nathan Coulter-Nile c & b Pandya 8, Kane Richardson lbw b Kumar 0. Extras: (B-4 LB-6 W-6) 16. Total: (all out 43.1 overs) 202. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-9, 3-85, 4-106, 5-138, 6-148, 7-148, 8-148, 9-182. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6.1-2-9-3, Jaspirt Bumrah 7-1-39-0, Hardik Pandya 10-0-56-2, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-1-34-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-54-3. � PTI