Steve Smith Says They Got Talent to Challenge India

IND v AUS: Kolkata rains may not cause much hindrance to 2nd ODI

Steve Smith dismissed Michael Clarke's claim that his captaincy is being challenged on the eve of the Australia skipper's 100th one-day worldwide.

The left-armer became the third man to get a hat-trick for India by dismissing Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls in Thursday's second one-day global. "We did not feel like we had enough at the break".

He said this because Australia can not give their best at the start of the tour. Specially when it comes to Tests, I can continue.

If Cummins and Coulter-Nile don't make early inroads on a pitch that supposedly will offer more seam movement than that in game one, it could be a long evening for the Aussies.

Their record at Eden Gardens is outstanding, and are the deserved favourites going into this one.

On a day when there were talking points galore, we look at the two good and two bad performances.

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Openers David Warner and Hilton Cartwright both fell to Kumar for one, while Travis Head made a run-a-ball 39. Praised his bowlers, Kohli said, "Bhuvi's (Bhuvneshwar Kumar's) spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would do damage in the middle". The Australians needed a few runs in the first 10 overs and we needed a couple of breakthroughs.

Smith lamented the loss of opportunity for the younger players to go to South African shores and put their best foot forward. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable. That's what he gets to the table. You got to have your ideas in place and execute your skills.

The third match in scheduled on Sunday in Indore. "Did a really good job there", he said. Hardik Pandiya proved himself again as he is an all-rounder. So big, in fact, that in his last 61 appearances, Smith has tallied 2711 runs at 54.22, with eight hundreds - including the innings he rates his finest, a century against India in the 2015 World Cup semi-final. He played his first ODI against West Indies this year. "It got better when I thought I would become a full-time batsman".

"I think I've evolved a lot as a white-ball player".

Their 100 partnership came off 113 balls, but was then broken against the run of play. We knew if we don't take wickets it would be hard. By the time Bhuvneshwar was off the attack, his bowling figures read 6-2-9-2, and Australia languishing on 49 for 2. "It came off today so it looked nice, didn't come off in Chennai, so it didn't look nice", Kohli concluded.

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