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New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday dubbed India's first ever win over New Zealand in T20 International as clinical. Kohli further added that he was very pleased with the team's all-round performance. India outclassed the Kane Williamson-led side in the first T20 match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Talking about Ashish Nehra's retirement, Kohli said that he knows how hard Nehra has worked and he deserved this kind of farewell with the crowd cheering him.

Nehra could not have asked for a better send-off as the men-in-blue also won the contest by 53 runs on Wednesday to register their first victory against the Kiwis in the shortest format.


Recalling his debut Ranji match against Haryana in 1997 from the same end where he was asked to bowl the final over on Wednesday, the 38-year-old said he was satisfied and happy to end on a high.

"I still remember my first match in 1997 when I bowled my very first over in professional cricket against Haryana from the same end. There is no doubt that it's emotional but I am happy and satisfied to end his career on a high," Nehra told reporters in the post-match press conference.

"I am very lucky to play my final game in front of my home crowd. This is where I have played my 20 years of cricket. It feels great to retire when you are on top of the game.

"When I informed captain Virat (Kohli) and head coach Ravi Shastri of my decision during the first T20I against Australia at Ranchi, Virat asked me 'Are you sure'"

"I said 'this is the time when you are on top of your game and fortunately got a match in Delhi', what better occasion could I get to hang my boots," he further said.

After undergoing a dozen surgeries during his 18-year-long injury-littered international career, Nehra said it is his body that will be at peace post retirement.

"I will miss all this. That's what you train for. One thing which will definitely be at peace will be my body.

"I said earlier that I can go a couple more years, but there can't be a better time to walk away," Nehra said.

"I last played Test cricket when I was 24 or 25, but at the end, to have played for 18 years and to be here standing in blue clothing and to have played my final match, I could not have asked for anything more.

"I have no regrets. I am always happy, retired or otherwise," added Nehra, who took 44 scalps from 17 Tests.

Asked about his future plans, Nehra said he is yet to take a call on whether to go for coaching or commentary roles.

Nehra finished his international career with 34 scalps from 27 T20 Internationals besides taking 157 wickets from 120 One-day Internationals.






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New Delhi: Actor Jason Momoa, who shot to fame as Khal Drogo of "Game of Thrones", says he is excited about his standalone "Aquaman" movie as he wants to watch it with his children.

The actor, who is married to Lisa Bonet and has two children, also admitted that he hasn't "made too many movies" that his children could watch.


"The cool thing about Aquaman is that it's an origin story, and where we start and where we end up is just going to be amazing. It really is a beautiful movie, and I feel really lucky to be part of it. James is fantastic to work with and what we shot down there in Australia was incredible," Momoa said in a statement.

Talking about the film, Momoa said: "We've never seen an epic adventure under the ocean like this, and we haven't seen an undersea world like the one we're creating in the movie. I'm already excited to watch the movie with my children, and for other kids to see it.

"My son plays with Batman non-stop and it'll be cool to see what he thinks now that there are Aquaman action figures. I haven't made too many movies that my children have gotten to watch, so I'm really looking forward to that."

"Aquaman" is slated for 2018, but Momoa will debut as Aquaman in "Justice League".

Warner Bros Pictures' "Justice League", directed by Zack Snyder and starring DC Super Heroes -- Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg and Ezra Miller as The Flash -- will release in India on November 17.

Momoa says he loves superhero phenomenon in general.

"I think having heroes who are so aspirational really helps people overcome adversities in their own lives. They help us believe in ourselves - and all of us need that. We all need to be inspired, and these characters teach us that we too can be heroes; we too can help others, and try to make this world we're in a better place," he added.




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New Delhi: India had a forgettable outing with both bat and ball as Australia bounced back in the T20 series with a crushing eight-wicket win in the second game on Tuesday. Rookier pacer Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to restrict the home team to a below par 118 at the Baraspara Stadium, which hosted its first international match. Later, Travis Head (48 off 34) and Moises Henriques (62 off 46) shared an unbeaten 109-run stand off 76 balls to fire Australia to a series levelling win in just 15.3 overs. The victory was also Australia's first over India in eight T20 Internationals. The series decider will be played in Hyderabad on Friday.

The lefthand-righthand combination of Head and Henriques took the game away from India after the visitors lost their dangerous openers, David Warner and Aaron Finch, by the third over.

After faltering with the bat, the Indian bowlers put up an ordinary performance, offering too many loose balls to Head and Henriques. The dew also was a factor with the ball not turning as much as it did in the first innings.

The end result was that India's wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendar Chahal, leaked 75 runs in 7.3 overs. Yadav especially had an ordinary day as he bowled too many boundary balls to Head and Henriques, who hit a combined nine fours and five sixes. Four of those big hits came off Henriques's bat.

Earlier, Behrendorff, playing only his second international match, ended with dream figures of four for 21 in four overs.

The 27-year-old from Western Australia swung the ball both ways on a helping pitch with Rohit Sharma (8), Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Virat Kohli (0) among his high-profile scalps.

It was the first international game played at the venue and the packed crowd was in for a shock after Rohit hit two crisp fours in the opening over bowled by Behrendorff.

Behrendorff showed remarkable maturity to bounce back from those two boundaries to trap Rohit plumb in front with an inswinger.

Kohli departed two balls later after getting a faint inside edge while attempting a flick and the looping ball was caught by the left-arm pacer himself.

Behrendorff then had Manish Pandey caught behind with one that swung away just enough before Dhawan fell to a spectacular running catch by opposition captain David Warner.

His spell of four overs was enough to break the backbone of Indian batting which was hardly tested in the ODI series. The figures were also Behrendorff's best in the T20 format.

With India in deep trouble at 27 for four, Kedar Jadhav (27) and MS Dhoni (13) tried to get going in the middle and ended up with a 33-run stand.

However, Australia were able to tighten their noose around India in the middle overs through Adam Zampa (2/19 in four overs). He had a charging Dhoni stumped with a perfect leg-spinner before finding Jadhav's stumps to leave India in more trouble at 67 for six.

Hardik Pandya (25) hit a cracking six over midwicket, much to the entertainment of the home crowd but it was not enough to take India to a competitive total.

The new international venue did experience some teething issues as journalists complained about the lack of basic facilities in the media centre.




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New Delhi:  Singer Pink has says the "worst day" of her life involved being attacked by bugs in Australia during a bike ride with her husband.

"Oh God, there were so many bugs that I was crying while I was riding. And there were all the signs which say watch out for wallabies and kangaroos everywhere, so I was just waiting to be taken out by a kangaroo while eating the most protein I have had in my life," Pink told Australia's Daily Telegraph, reports femalefirst.co.uk.


The ordeal was so horrific for the star that she even pulled over on the highway and forced her husband to call someone who could pick them up.

"I told him 'This is the worst day of my life, I'm not going any further.' And he's like 'You can't stay here. It's only 88 km to the next gas station, we'll call a hotel and get them come and get us.' I was like 'I quit, I'm done, I would rather die'," she added.






Ranchi: India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli's brilliant knock to score 49/1 (D/L method) against Australia in the rain-marred match to register a nine wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Saturday.

India thus took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Australia.


Dhawan (15 not out) and Kohli (22 not out) helped India cross the line with three balls to spare.

Chasing the revised target of 48, India lost opener Rohit Sharma (11) cheaply as he fell prey to Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile's delivery in the second over.

Untroubled by the dismissal, fellow opener Dhawan and Kohli smacked the ball all over the park to help India seal a comprehensive victory.

Dhawan's 12 ball innings was laced with three boundaries, while Kohli also smacked three fours in his 14-ball knock.

For Australia, Coulter-Nile was the only successful bowler returning the figures of 1/20.

Earlier, due to rain, Australia's innings ended at 118/8 in 18.4 overs.

For the visitors, opener Aaron Finch was the highest scorer with 42 runs in 30 balls.

It was a good day for the Indian bowlers and fielders as they overpowered the visiting batsmen. Apart from one or two instances, the bowlers and fielders displayed brilliant work to restrict Australia.

India started off on a good note as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back skipper David Warner (8) in the first over itself. But soon, in-form Finch and Glenn Maxwell (17) stabilised the Australian innings and forged a 47-run partnership for the second wicket.

Just when things seemed good for the visitors, the Indian spinners played their part and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Maxwell in the seventh over to make the scorecard read 55/2.

After adding a few runs, Finch was also dismissed by chinaman Kuldep Yadav in the ninth over.

Australia's middle-order drastically failed as Travis Head (9), Moises Henriques (8), Daniel Christian (9), and Tim Paine (17) failed to rise to the occasion and were dismissed cheaply.

In the last five overs, the lower order -- Coulter-Nile (1), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa -- tried to pace up the innings but Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar controlled the proceedings.

But with eight balls remaining, rain playedspoilsport and the umpires decided to end the innings.

For India, Kuldeep and Bumrah took two wickets while Bhuvneshwar, Hardik Pandya, Chahal took one wicket each.


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Chennai: Rohit Sharma struck a century as India beat Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground here on Sunday to end the five-match series on a winning note.

India thus won the series 4-1. The victory also helped India regain the top spot in the ODI rankings, pushing South Africa to the second spot. Australia remain third.


Chasing a modest target of 243 runs, India crossed the line with 43 balls still to go.

Sharma and fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane put on a 124-run partnership in 22.3 overs which virtually sealed the match in India's favour.

Sharma plundered 125 runs off 109 balls with his innings featuring 11 impressive boundaries and five hits over the fence. This was his 14th century in the 50-over format.

Sharma became the fastest Indian to reach the 2,000-run milestone in ODI cricket at home. He surpassed former India captain Sourav Ganguly and present incumbent Virat Kohli to the top spot.

The right-hander from Mumbai achieved the feat in 42 innings while Ganguly took 45 and Kohli needed 46.

Rahane, who has also been in good form in this series, played a steady knock of 61 runs off 74 balls which included seven boundaries.

Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile finally broke the partnership when he trapped Rahane leg-before.

Kohli then joined Sharma in the middle and the duo proceeded to take the hosts slowly but surely towards victory, adding 99 runs between them off 16.4 overs.

Sharma brought up his century in style, smashing Coulter-Nile for a six over mid-wicket.

He continued to torment the Australian bowlers before falling to leg-spinner Adam Zampa while trying to go over the top.

Kohli, who was cruising along with 39 runs off 55 deliveries, fell just three balls later when a mistimed drive into the hands of Marcus Stoinis at long off handed Zampa his second wicket of the match.

Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey then took India past the post, the latter hitting Australian pacer James Faulkner for two consecutive boundaries to bring up the win in style.


India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia: Steven Smith (captain), Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis BenchGlenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Hilton Cartwright.





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New Delhi: Australia snapped India's nine-match ODI winning steak on Thursday as they had a last laugh in the fourth ODI in Bengaluru beating India by a margin of 21 runs. David Warner and Aaron Finch's 231- run stand and Peter Handscomb's late flourish helped them score a mammoth 334 in 50 overs. Chasing a big total, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma gave India a solid start but quick wickets of the openers and then Virat Kohli jolted the hosts' progress. Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya led the recovery and were going great guns before the latter fell for 41 at the crucial juncture. Jadhav's wicket in the 46th over stuttered the hosts and MS Dhoni's departure in the last ball of the 48th over was the final nail in the coffin. Australia opened their account in the series but still Virat Kohli and men lead the five-match series 3-1 with the final match being scheduled to be played on October 1.

Australia opened their account in the series but still Kohli and men lead the five-match series 3-1 with the final match being scheduled to be played on October 1 in Nagpur.

Courtesy Warner's spectacular ton in his 100th game, Australia put up a commanding score but it was the pace troika of Pat Cummins (1/59 in 10 overs), Kane Richardson (3/58 in 10 overs) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/56 in 10 overs), who delivered in the slog overs to stifle the Indian batsmen.

Manish Pandey (33) and Jadhav (65) added 61 runs for the fifth wicket but both paid for their indiscretion as their dismissals in quick succession brought Australia back in the match.

Dhoni (13 off 10 balls) failed to connect majority of his deliveries, playing as many as six dot balls during the final overs, proving to be too costly.

Once again it was evident that Dhoni's finishing powers are on the wane and he is happier playing second fiddle. Testimony to Australia's domination at the death was that overs 47, 48, 49 and 50 produced 6, 6, 5 and 7 runs respectively.

However, India's chase started in right earnest as Rohit and Rahane adding 106 runs in 18.2 overs.

The duo played some classy shots -- especially Rohit, who hit as many as five effortless sixes compared to a boundary. Rahane at the other end dropped anchor hitting six boundaries and a six with India in cruise control mode.

In the 19th over, Rahane failed to clear Aaron Finch off Kane Richardson delivery and Rohit was unfortunately run-out -- partly due to Steve Smith's brilliance and mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli.

Kohli (21) got set before he played on off Nathan Coulter-Nile for the second time in the series as India were suddenly in a spot of bother at 147 for 3.

Man of the moment Hardik Pandya (41) was then joined by Jadhav to add 78 runs for the fourth wicket.

It was Pandya, who started to take on the bowling, especially leg-spinner Adam Zampa as he hit a boundary and three sixes.

Jadhav started slowly but then picked up pace and matched Pandya stroke for stroke.

Just when they had settled down with a nice partnership, Zampa dropped one short and Pandya was taken at long-off by Warner.

Earlier, Warner hit a splendid century in his 100th ODI as Australia put up a commanding total of 334 for 5 against India in the penultimate encounter of the five-match series, here today.

Warner (124 off 119 balls), who struck his 14th ODI hundred in his milestone match adding 231 for the opening stand with in-form Aaron Finch (94).

Australia were looking good for a total close to 400 but the Indian bowlers pulled back in the final 15 overs in which the visitors could manage only 103 runs.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers despite being expensive as he had figures of 4 for 71 in 10 overs to show for his efforts.

Kedar Jadhav (1/38 in 7 overs) also did his bit to put brakes on the scoring after the openers raised visions of a mammoth total.

Warner, who have had a poor series till date, hit 12 boundaries and four sixes while Finch, who hit 10 boundaries and three sixes off 96 balls, missed out on a well-deserved hundred.

Their dismissals in quick succession did put a halt in scoring rate before Peter Handscomb's 43 off 30 balls and Marcus Stoinis' cameo (15 no off 9 balls) enabled them to cross the 330-run mark.

Kedar started it all by enticing Warner to go for a lofted shot which went straight to Axar Patel at long on and then next two wickets of skipper Steve Smith (3) and Finch were bagged by Yadav.

Incidentally, Smith's dismissal was Yadav's 100th victim in ODIs.

The stage was set for Australia to go after the Indian bowling, being comfortably placed at 248 for three in 40 overs but Travis Head (29 off 38 balls) struggled during the back-10 enabling India atleast curtail the Australian total by 20 runs.

Head was holed by Ajinkya Rahane at deep square leg fence off Yadav.

Handscomb was cleaned up by Yadav after he scored 43 balls off 30 balls with three boundaries and one six. Mathew Wade (3) and Stoinis remained unbeaten.

Earlier, a fluent approach by both Warner and Finch provided Australia a record first wicket partnership of 231 off 201 balls, beating the previous record of 212 scripted by Geoff Marsh and David Boon against India in Jaipur in 1986.

Their partnership was also the highest at Bengaluru, beating the previous best of 183 scored by Brad Haddin and Shane Watson against Canada in a 2011 World Cup match.


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New Delhi:  India rode on a strong batting performance to defeat Australia by five wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) and clinch the five-match series at the Holkar Stadium here on Sunday.

The win also saw India leapfrog South Africa and Australia to the top spot in the world ODI rankings. The hosts were earlier occupying the third position which has now been taken by Australia. The Proteas have dropped one spot to be ranked second.


Chasing a target of 294 runs, India crossed the line in 47.5 overs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

With this win, India skipper Virat Kohli equalled predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record run of nine ODI wins on the trot.

Dhoni's winning streak as captain stretched from February 2008 to January 2009. Kohli's winning run started on July 26 this year.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane gave India a fine start with a partnership of 139 runs.

Rohit scored 71 runs off 62 balls. The Mumbai batsman was in fine form, smashing the ball four times into the stands and six times to the ropes. This was his 33rd half-century in ODI cricket.

Rahane hit nine boundaries while scoring 70 runs off 76 balls.

Later, Hardik Pandya produced a power-packed knock lower down the order to carry the hosts to the cusp of victory.

The Baroda all-rounder top scored for the hosts with 78 runs off 72 deliveries, hitting five boundaries and four sixes along the way.

Pacer Pat Cummins was the most successful among the Australian bowlers with figures of 2/54. Fellow pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar took a wicket each.

India were off to a steady start with Rohit and Rahane maintaining a healthy run rate. The duo took their time to get going with just eight runs on the board after the third over before Rahane stepped out to smash Coulter-Nile for a boundary to the cover fence.

Rohit then launched himself into the Australian bowling, smashing the ball all around the park. He brought up his half-century in style, smashing Agar for a six over long-on.

This was his fastest half-century in the 50-over format, surpassing the 43-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in Pallekele last month.

The Australians heaved a sigh of relief when Rohit fell to a mistimed shot off Coulter-Nile while attempting another big hit. The ball took the top edge of the bat with Hilton Cartwright pulling off the catch at deep mid-wicket.

The visitors had more reasons to celebrate a couple of overs later when Cummins trapped Rahane leg before.

Kohli and Kedar Jadhav added 56 runs between them before both departed in consecutive overs.

However, Pandya brutally extinguished any glimmer of hope the visitors entertained at that point.

He put together a stand of 78 runs off 63 deliveries before falling just 10 runs short of victory.

Earlier, opening batsman Aaron Finch's 124 powered Australia to 293/six in their 50 overs after visiting skipper Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat first.

Finch, who registered his eighth ODI century, shared a 154-run second-wicket partnership with skipper Steve Smith (63 off 71 balls) as Australia, who have already lost the first two ODIs in the five-match series, put up a challenging target for the hosts.

The Indian bowlers struggled for the better part of the innings but they fought back towards late to not allow Australia get a big score.

Finch, who missed the first two ODIs due to a calf injury, plundered 12 fours and four sixes.

The 30-year-old and David Warner (42 off 44 balls) provided a near-perfect start for the visitors. They put up 70 runs when Warner was bowled by medium pacer Hardik Pandya in the third ball of the 14th over.

Warner struggled early while Finch looked fluent from the onset. Finch's rhythm helped Warner as the left-hander took some time to get it going.

Warner too looked threatening but Pandya ended his stay -- which brought Smith to the crease. Both Smith and Finch displayed calculative batting as they didn't restrain themselves from playing big shots. Mixing ones and twos with boundaries, Smith-Finch put India under pressure.

Finch went on the back-foot and used the long handle to good effect against the spin pair of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Kuldeep and Chahal had tormented the visitors in the first two ODIs but Smith and Finch showed how to tackle the spinners in these conditions.

Finch was at his belligerent best and got to the personal three-figure mark in 110 deliveries. The partnership threatened to take Australia past the 320-run mark at one stage.

But at the personal score of 124 in as many deliveries, he offered a straight catch to Jadhav at deep midwicket off Kuldeep in the fifth delivery of the 38th over, with the scoreboard at 224/2.

Four overs later, Smith danced down the track to hit Kuldeep to the hands of Jasprit Bumrah in the 42nd over -- much to the relief of the Indian camp.

Then, India pulled things under control and picked wickets at regular intervals to peg back the visitors.

Chahal dismissed Glenn Maxwell (5) after the right-handed batsman advanced outside the crease only to miss the wide ball before being stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Later, pacer Bumrah removed Travis Head (4) and Peter Handscomb (3) to ensure that Australia struggled in scoring quick runs.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis (27 not out) and Ashton Agar (9 not out) took Australia to 293/6.









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New Delhi: For any cricketer, an interaction with Sachin Tendulkar on batting is priceless and no wonder 's confidence was boosted when the maestro dropped in during one of his net sessions in Mumbai recently. 

Rahane is not a regular in the Indian limited overs set- up and there was some conversation with Tendulkar about how to improve his game. 


Rahane had posted a picture on his twitter page with Tendulkar talking to him at the Bandra Kurla Complex indoor nets.

"For four days, I did nets at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC in Mumbai). When I met him (Tendulkar), he said, "back your game. You will get opportunities sometimes and sometimes you won't. What's in your hands is your preparation. You should have right mindset. He did not say anything about my technique but spoke only on the mental aspect."

Tendulkar, who has enjoyed a lot of success against Australia, spoke about the length that their bowlers bowl at.

"He has played a lot against Australia and he mentioned what line and length they bowl. How to prepare for that. I have got confidence after talking to him," Rahane said.



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India's left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Thursday became the third Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in one-day internationals. The chinaman bowler achieved the feat during the second ODI against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The 22-year-old dismissed Matthew Wade (2), Ashton Agar (duck) and Pat Cummins (duck) to bag his maiden ODI hat-trick. Before Kuldeep, only former India pacer Chetan Sharma and the 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had achieved this milestone.

Chetan Sharma, the first Indian to take a hat-trick, achieved the feat against New Zealand in 1987, while Kapil did it against Sri Lanka in 1991.

Here's how Kuldeep claimed his hat-trick:

Kuldeep Yadav To Matthew Wade:

OUT! Dragged on! Kuldeep Yadav picks up his first and Kohli has something to say to Wade. A banter happened when the Indian skipper was batting and he gives it back. Yadav bowls it short and a bit wide outside off, Wade gets across a long way to push it away but gets an inside edge back onto the stumps.



Kuldeep Yadav to Ashton Agar:

OUT! LBW! It's two-in-two for Kuldeep Yadav now. All of a sudden the Aussies are falling here like a pack of cards. Bowls a loopy ball, Agar looks to flick it away but the ball dips in and hits him on the pads right in front of the stumps. A loud appeal to which umpire raises his finger, after taking his time. Ashton confers Stoinis if he should opt for the review, his partner says no and gives him the marching order. Can Yadav pick up a hat-trick?

Kuldeep Yadav to Pat Cummins:

OUT! HAT-TRICK FOR KULDEEP YADAV! And the entire Eden Gardens is up on its feet. What a feat for this man, the feeling would be totally unreal. All his mates barge towards him. Bowls a googly and Cummins lunges forward to defend it. The ball turns away a bit, takes the outside edge and Dhoni behind the stumps doesn't make any mistake. It's the 3rd hat-trick for India in the ODIs. Australia in dire straits now.






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