Indian team arrives in Kolkata: After inflicting a total and authoritative whitewash of the Steve Smith led Australian cricket team, it is time for the men in blue led by Virat Kohli to strike the chord of the festive season in the city of joy Kolkata. Yes, your guess is correct.
The Indian cricket team along with the Australian cricket team has arrived at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (Indian team arrives in Kolkata) to play the second one-day international match against each other at the famous Eden Gardens cricket stadium.
Indian Team Arrives in Kolkata: Ready to take on Kangaroo
The first one-day international match played between Australian and India at the Cheepauk Cricket stadium at Chennai ended with the Indian team defeating the Australian Kangaroos. The match was battered by rain as the rain god inflicted himself upon the match with full fury.
The result is that Team India won the match by 26 runs following the Duckworth Lewis method. The beginning of the match was not at all rosy for the men in blue as they were soon seen staggering at a meager total of 87 runs for the loss of 5 wickets after 22 over.
It was at this crucial juncture, it was the veteran celebrated cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka Mahi and newbie youngster all-rounder Hardik Pandya who came to the rescue of the team. The two scripted a century run partnership and helped Team India go to a total of 281 for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 over.
Every eye on MS Dhoni for 2nd ODI in Kolkata
Mahendra Singh Dhoni came up to show his class with a beautifully weaved 79 runs and proved the critics who claim that he is finished wrong yet again. However, it was young blood Hardik Pandya who stole the show with his blistering knock. He made 87 runs out of 66 balls.
The commentators opine that the partnership came at a very important point when Team India was actually struggling. The rest of the job was probably done by the rain god.The match then commenced after 2 hours of delay due to rain and Australia needed to score 164 runs in just 21 over as was calculated based on the Duckworth Lewis method.
With daunting task ahead, the Kangaroos lost wickets at regular interval and lost the first top four batsmen in just eight over. Glenn Maxwell played a good knock but his dismissal removed the last leg from India’s road to victory.
Kolkata is about to start celebrating Durga Puja
The team along with the team manager and coach Ravi Shastri had reached the city of joy today. The whole team appeared to be in a very refreshed and relaxed mood which is but obvious as they have drawn fresh blood from their arch-rivals, the Aussies. Dressed in white T-shirts, the men in blue looked cool.
The whole team headed directly to the team hotel right from the airport. Team coach Ravi Shastri reported that there would be no practice session for today as the team members would like to relax and take rest after the air ride. Best wishes Team India!